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Surgical strike successful, country prepared for any eventuality: Parrikar

Uri brigade commander K Somashanker was removed following army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag’s decision.

India's Pakistan offensive Updated: Oct 03, 2016 01:16 IST
Manohar Parrikar,surgical strike,Uri brigade commander K Somashanker
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar coming out from all-party meeting in New Delhi on Thursday following Indian army's surgical strikes along the LoC.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said the surgical strike against terrorists’ launch-pads across LoC was successful and that the country was prepared for any eventuality.

He also said that the brigade commander of Uri K Somashanker was removed following army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag’s decision, a day after officers at the army headquarters in New Delhi denied of any such order being issued.

“Surgical strike against terrorists’ launch pads were successful. We are prepared for any eventuality,” he told CNN News 18 in an interview.

He said Pakistan was nervous after the strike.

Taking a dig at Pakistan, Parrikar said, “My mother always told me if you go into a forest hunting for a rabbit, you have to be prepared for a tiger.”

Asked about the removal of Uri brigade commander, he said the decision was taken by the army chief since a probe is on to ascertain the lapses that led to the September 18 deadly attack in which nineteen soldiers were killed. Four Pakistani terrorists were eliminated in the counter-offensive by the army.

“Moving out Uri brigade commander was a call taken by army chief assessing if there were gaps in SOPs at Uri,” he said. Parrikar said such action was called “attachment” in army parlance.

Parrikar added that there was a need for an impartial probe into possible security lapses at Uri.

On tensions with the neighbours, the defence minister said PM Narendra Modi had tried his best to improve relationships with Pakistan.

Parrikar underlined that diplomatic activity has given India a lot of impetus on combating terrorism and enabled India to put across its point of view on terrorism to the international community.

First Published: Oct 02, 2016 23:24 IST