Rampur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Oct 6 : Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister and Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Thursday asserted that it would not be wise to public the videos of surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army across the Line of Control (LoC).
Khan told ANI, "I don't think making surgical strike video public is a wise idea. Surgical strikes were conducted in the past as well but then also no videos were made public. We don't do publicity of such attacks." Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir yesterday said the army has handed over video clips of the cross Line of Control (LoC) operation to the government as per the laid down procedure.
Ahir said there is a process for putting such issues in perspective which was duly followed by the army as well as the government.
"The laid down procedure has been followed. The DGMO briefed about the surgical strikes. It was not the Defence Minister nor the Prime Minister and not the Home Minister. It was the DGMO, who briefed the media," he said "There was a time when written documents were submitted.
Now, the times have changed. Now, the clips are given and the clips have been given," he told the media here. The Minister of State for Home's statement came amidst the growing chorus for showing proof of the army's surgical strikes on terror launch pads in PoK.
A political slugfest over surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC broke out on Tuesday with Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam calling it "fake" and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asking the government to release the proof of the surgical strikes to counter the Pakistani propaganda against the operation.
The ruling BJP at the Centre, however, lashed out at the opposition for demeaning the morale of the armed forces by demanding proof of the predawn September 29 surgical strikes.