‘Unknown and Invisible’: Jaitley dismisses Cong claims of 6 surgical strikes during UPA rule

Jaitley said the Congress was claiming surgical strikes now only to save political face in light of Masood Azhar’s listing as a global terrorist by the UN

Written by May 2, 2019 19:36

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday dismissed the Congress claims of having conducted 6 surgical strikes across the India-Pak border during the UPA rule. He said that the grand old party was ‘afraid’ of celebrating India’s ‘diplomatic victory’ over Masood Azhar being designated as global terrorist and was therefore making claims of having executed surgical strikes.

Jaitley said the Congress was claiming surgical strikes now only to save political face in light of Masood Azhar’s listing as a global terrorist by the UN.

“This is also the reason why they are now claiming that they also conducted surgical strikes. They were invisible and unknown surgical strikes”, said Jailtey.

Earlier, in an interview with the Hindustan Times, Dr Manmohan Singh had said that surgical strikes were conducted by the UPA government too but were not used for ‘electoral gains’.

“Multiple surgical strikes took place during our tenure as well. For us, military operations were meant for strategic deterrence and giving a befitting reply to anti-India forces than to be used for vote garnering exercises,” Singh said.

Questions are being raised over Congress claims as it comes in the middle of election season and also such claims have been denied by the Army.

Dr Singh and Jaitley’s statements come in the light of UN Security Council blacklisting of the JeM chief. In what is being interpreted as a diplomatic win for India, China finally dropped its objection to the move, leading to Azhar being listed as a terrorist.

‘Big step towards isolating Pakistan’

Jaitley said that the NDA succeeded in an attempt the country has been making for the last ten years as Masood Azhar was involved in many terror strikes against India.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the listing of Masood Azhar by the UN as a global terrorist is a result of the untiring efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in isolating Pakistan and the persistent measures taken by the External Affairs Ministry. She said the government has zero tolerance policy towards terrorism.