Surgical strikes proved our strength: Modi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Jun 2017 14:12:00


By Yoshita Singh and Lalit K Jha,


None questioned India’s major decision to strike against terrorist launchpads on Pakistani soil

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that India has succeeded in convincing the world about the ‘face of terrorism’ and hence not a single nation questioned the country’s major decision to conduct surgical strikes against terrorist launchpads on Pakistani soil.

“When we talked of terrorism 20 years back, many in the world said it was a law and order problem and didn’t understand it. Now terrorists have explained terrorism to them so we don’t have to,” Modi said, referring to the increasing number of deadly terrorist attacks around the globe.
Addressing the nearly 600 Indian-Americans at a reception organised for him in Virginia, a suburb of Washington DC, he said the Indian Army’s surgical strikes against terror training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on September 29 demonstrated that India can defend its sovereignty and ensure its security whenever required.

The surgical strikes were launched as a response to an attack by Pakistan-based terrorists on an Indian Army base in Kashmir’s Uri in which 19 Indian soldiers lost their lives.
“When India carried out the surgical strikes, the world realised our strength and saw that while we exercise restraint, when the need arises, India can also show its strength and might in dealing with terror and protecting itself,” he said to thunderous applause from the audience.

The Prime Minister said the world could have put India in the dock for launching the strikes. “But for the first time, not one nation in the world raised a single question, about India’s major step to conduct the surgical strikes against terror camps on Pakistani soil.”

“It is a different matter for those who had to suffer due to the surgical strikes,” he said, taking a jibe at Pakistan.