Surgical Strikes Happened Earlier Also, Now Done With Publicity & No Visible Results: Kargil Hero Brig MPS Bajwa (Retd)
Brig Bajwa (retd) had commanded the brigade that captured Tiger Hill during the Kargil war.
Brigadier MPS Bajwa (retd), who commanded the brigade that captured Tiger Hill during the Kargil war, said on May 6 that surgical strikes have happened in the past as well, and slammed the current politicisation of the same.
He wrote, “Lot many controversial statements on Surgical Strikes. Sad that it’s been politicised. Such strikes at Sector levels were carried out earlier also,” adding that the only difference is that now it is “done at National level, with publicity & fanfare but with no visible results.”
Lot many controversial statements on Surgical Strikes. Sad that it’s been politicised .Such strikes at Sector levels were carried out earlier also . Now done at National level , with publicity & fanfare but with no visible results. Total emphasis on ‘No Casuality‘ to be incurred
— Brig MPS Bajwa (R) (@BrigMps) May 6, 2019
Brig Bajwa (retd) had commanded the brigade that had captured the Tiger Hill during the Kargil War. The brigade had received a gallantry award in recognition of the key victory . He is also a veteran of the 1971 war with Pakistan.
The 2016 Surgical Strike was popularised by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, and often features in the speeches of the party leaders.
Earlier this week, after the Congress party released the list of six such strikes carried out under the UP government, PM Modi ridiculed the operations as “video games“. The remark invited much condemnation from veterans who pointed out that the strikes had been undertaken in the past also.
This includes Lieutenant General (Retd.) DS Hooda, the retired chief of the Northern Command who supervised the 2016 surgical strike. He said on May 4 that surgical strikes were not a new thing, ANI had reported.
Lt General (Retd) DS Hooda on Congress's claim '6 surgical strikes were carried out during UPA tenure: Call it surgical strikes, call it cross border operations, they have been carried out in the past by the Army. I'm not aware of exact dates & areas that have been brought out. pic.twitter.com/5q499OSM9r
— ANI (@ANI) May 4, 2019