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Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam says surgical strikes against Pakistan were 'fake'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:46 IST

While most political parties, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party, have backed and supported the surgical strike conducted by the Indian Army across the LoC, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has termed the strikes as "fake".

The senior Congress leader took to Twitter and launched a scathing attack on the central government, stating that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP had conducted a fake surgical strike to extract political benefit from the country. Nirupam claimed the government had no proof of the surgical strikes and asked the BJP to provide evidence.

Defending his party and the Indian Army, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra lashed out at Nirupam saying he was questioning the Indian Army's credibility.

"Please don't do this to your own country. Politicians don't carry out strikes. You are questioning the martyrdom of our jawans. Are you questioning the DGMO India? Because, he came out with all the details. No party has ever questioned the Indian Army. This is the first time ever any party has questioned the credibility of the Indian Army," Patra told a TV news channel.

The Pakistan army has dismissed claims that India's military conducted "surgical strikes" against "terrorist units" on its side of the border in Kashmir region. Pakistan rejected the claims as an "illusion" but acknowledged the loss of two of its soldiers in the exchange of fire that also wounded nine others on Thursday.

The Indian Army on 28 September conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads at the Line of Control (LoC), the DGMO, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said on 29 September in a press briefing.

First published: 4 October 2016, 1:38 IST