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Congress congratulates army on anti-terror surgical strikes across LoC

New Delhi: Congress on Thursday hailed the surgical strikes carried out by Army against terror bases across the Line of Control (LoC), declaring that it stood completely behind the armed forces.

“We congratulate the Indian army for undertaking surgical strikes on terror launch pads. We stand completely behind our Armed Forces,” Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress President, tweeted.

Echoing similar feelings, party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “INC wholeheartedly supports the surgical strike on terror pads in PoK by Indian Army. Salute the valour of our armed forces”.

India conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads last night across the Line of Control (LoC) and inflicted significant casualties and heavy damages.

The announcement of the sudden action by the army to target terrorists was made by the DGMO Lt Gen Ranveer Singh at a hurriedly called news conference during which External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup was also present.

Gen Singh said India shared with Pak army details of the surgical strikes which followed “very specific information” that terrorist were positioning themselves in the launch pads along the LoC.

As part of government’s efforts to take all political parties on board, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday informed Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Odisha, Punjab and Bihar and several opposition political leaders about the Army’s surgical strike across the Line of Control.

Surgical strike is a swift attack undertaken by military on specific target which aims to neutralise them while ensuring minimum collateral damage to the surrounding areas and civilians, and return to primary positions. It also prevents escalation to a full blown war.

These attacks can be carried out via air raids, airdropping special operation teams or a ground operation. All three Indian armed forces have their separate special ops teams. It requires detailed and extensive planning to carry out surgical strikes and achieve the objective. External intelligence is vital to carry out these strikes.