One more Parl panel to get briefing on Surgical Strikes

RSTV Bureau
Jammu: BSF personnel keeping a tight vigil at the International Border. Photo - PTI

Jammu: BSF personnel keeping a tight vigil at the International Border.
Photo – PTI

Director General of Military Operations Lt. Gen Ranbir Singh, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi among other senior officials will be briefing the Parliamentary Panel on surgical strike. Last month’s military operation, termed “surgical strikes”, had inflicted major damages on the terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC).

The briefing will be made on Tuesday before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, which is headed by the Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.

The issue had also led to a squabble between the ruling party and the Opposition parties, especially Congress party, with latter accusing the government of using the army operation to draw “political mileage”.

The army officials had earlier briefed the members of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence last week after initial reluctance on the same.

New Delhi: Parliament House on a rainy day.  Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Parliament House on a rainy day.
Photo – PTI

At least three members who attended the meeting said Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Bipin Rawat briefed the Committee on the September 29 surgical strikes.

“A brief statement was made by the Army on the sensitive issue. But no questions were taken,” a member said.

That briefing had witnessed exchange between the MPs across the aisles as Congress’ Madhusudan Mistry wanted to ask questions, which was denied by panel chief Maj Gen (Retd) B C Khanduri.

“There was a heated exchange of words between the two … no questions were finally taken,” a member privy to the Parliamentary panel meeting last week had told the news agency PTI.

The standing committee on Defence was to get “briefing by the representatives of the Ministry of Defence on surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC)”, but later the agenda was changed to hearing by officials of the Defence Ministry, the Law Ministry and the Election Commission “on the status of implementation of E Postal Ballot System”.

However, the briefing was eventually made after two senior Congress members Ambika Sonia and Mistry dubbed the move to change the agenda as “highly unacceptable”.

(With inputs from the PTI)