Foreign secy, top officials to brief parliament panel on surgical strikes
Top officials will brief a panel of parliamentarians that includes Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on surgical strikes conducted by the army across the LoC on September 28.India's Pakistan offensive Updated: Oct 16, 2016 16:12 IST
Top officials will brief a panel of parliamentarians that includes Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on surgical strikes conducted by the army across the LoC on September 28.
The parliamentary standing committee on external affairs -- headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor -- is scheduled to meet on Tuesday when it will be briefed on India-Pakistan relations with reference to recent surgical strikes.
“Briefing by the foreign secretary, home secretary, defence secretary and DGMO on the subject ‘Indo-Pak relations with specific reference to surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC)’,” a notice regarding the October 18 meeting issued by the Lok Sabha secretariat said.
The meeting assumes significance as the government had earlier expressed reservations over briefing on the same topic to the parliamentary committee on defence.
However, after initial reluctance, the parliamentary panel on defence headed by BJP MP, BC Khanduri, was briefed by vice chief of army staff Lt Gen Bipin Rawat on the surgical strikes.
The Uri army base was attacked by heavily-armed militants on September 18 in which 19 soldiers were killed.
In retaliatory action, the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC on the intervening night of September 28 and 29. A political slugfest is on between the ruling and opposition parties ever since.
Rahul Gandhi had accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of indulging in political exploitation of the sacrifices made by soldiers. His “khoon ki dalali” remark had drawn strong criticism from the government, BJP and some other parties.