Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Punjab -

Of­fi­cers at the ses­sion also ex­pressed con­cern over po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence in the army. For­mer army chief Gen VP Ma­lik (retd) bris­tled: “Even be­fore any ac­tion gets over, your act is be­ing ques­tioned by politi­cians be­cause of po­lar­i­sa­tion that has taken place in the po­lit­i­cal world... We had to jus­tify the army dur­ing the sur­gi­cal strikes.” Col RD Singh (retd) said sol­diers were al­ways ad­vised to never talk about money, women and pol­i­tics in the mess. “To­day, we are dis­cussing raids in the open and politi­cians are milk­ing it.” There was much op­po­si­tion to the term “sur­gi­cal strike”. An of­fi­cer de­manded the army head­quar­ters call it a “raid”. The term ‘sur­gi­cal strike’, said Col Ba­chit­tar Singh (retd), was mis­placed.

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