Chandigarh: Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh today said the surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) was “highly” required as the neighbouring country had failed to check the use of its soil for terror attacks on India.
“It was highly required as Pakistan had failed to take measures to stop attacks on Indian soil and installations, and it was continuously on denial mode,” he said.
Congratulating the Army for the “cleanly executed” strikes in which many terrorists were killed, he said, “India was left with no option but to resort to the surgical operations against terrorists. The strikes have proved India’s claims, not leaving any doubt, that they were being trained in and launched from Pakistan or PoK with Pakistan army’s help.” “It has exposed Pakistan’s complicity which otherwise it has been denying so far,” Amarinder said.
He also cautioned against creating panic by asking people living within 10 km of the Indo-Pak border in Punjab to evacuate.
“Such measures are not required at this stage. In the 1965 war, we did not evacuate people living in 10 km of the international border,” Amarinder said, adding it was absolutely uncalled for.
He asked the government not evacuate people without making proper arrangements and when harvesting season is round the corner.
Speaking about his personal experience in the 1965 war, he said, “I have seen people harvesting crops while shelling was going on between the two armies. Asking people to move out would created unnecessary harassment and misery.” “It is an ill-advised move on the part of the government to ask the people to vacate their places when the harvesting season is round the corner and no arrangements have been made,” Amarinder said, adding, “Where will they go, where will they live, what will they eat and what will happen to their crops?” PTI
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