Modi praises Indian army for surgical strikes, draws comparison to Israel
New Delhi: Everyone is talking about the army these days, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi commented on Tuesday at a public meeting, without referring to last month’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control.
“Earlier Israel used to be spoken of like this. Now everyone knows our army can do it too and is no less capable,” PM Modi told a large gathering in Mandi in Himachal Pradesh.
Israel is known for its targeted military strikes against enemy countries and militant outfits. The Indian Prime Minister also described Himachal Pradesh as the land of “veers” (the brave) where almost every family has a soldier. On September 29, soldiers crossed over the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and destroyed staging areas for terrorists who, the army said, were prepping to enter India and attack cities. In multiple statements, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has credited the Prime Minister and the government’s “guts” in authorising the raids, which were seen as a response to the attack in Kashmir’s Uri, in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistani terrorists. The army said whatever could be said about the strikes had been said and no other details could be shared. NDTV