New Delhi, PTI. Former Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the planned strike of Indian soldiers in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) had already been formed 15 months before the attack. He said that in 2015 the army had launched an anti-militant campaign on the Myanmar border.After this, a TV anchor asked an abusive question from Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. With this question, he was motivated to plan a surgical strike last year (POK).“The starting of September 29 (2016) surgical strike on the western border was 9th of June, 2015….We planned 15 months in advance. Additional troops were trained. Equipment was procured on priority basis,” he said.The Swathi Weapon Locating Radar, developed by the DRDO, was used first in September 2016 to locate “firing units” of Pakistani Army, though the system was inducted officially three months later, Parrikar said.Addressing a gathering of industrialists, the Chief Minister of Goa said, “Targeted attacks on terrorists in PoK were planned 15 months ago.” On June 4, 2015, the North-East terrorist group NSCN-K killed 18 soldiers by attacking an Indian army convoy in Chandel district of Manipur. After this, on 8th June, India targeted nearly 70-80 insurgents by targeting targeted Indo-Myanmar border.
Parrikar said that he felt a question of media very bad. A television presenter from the Union Minister and former military ruler Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had asked, “Do you have the courage and ability to do this even on the western front of the country.” The former Defense Minister said that he then listened carefully but decided to give the answer at the right time.Disclosing that the surgical strikes against PoK militants were planned 15 months in advance after the Manipur killings, he said, “I felt insulted….A small terrorist organisation of 200 people killing 18 Dogra soldiers was an insult to the Indian Army and we sat in the afternoon and sat in the evening and worked out the (plan of) first surgical strike which was conducted on 8th June morning in which about 70-80 terrorists were killed (along the India-Myanmar border).”
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