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‘A real message has gone’: Shashi Tharoor lauds Indian Army after surgical strike


New Delhi: Congress MP and former UN diplomat Shashi Tharoor said the surgical strikes carried out by the army across the LoC were ‘very very sensible, measured and proportionate retaliation’. Killing 19 soldiers was a provocation, he said referring to the Uri terror attack. “What India did is very very sensible, measured and proportionate retaliation,” he told reporters here. Tharoor, who represents Thiruvananthapuram in Lok Sabha, said ‘a real message’ has been sent to Pakistan that they cannot send troops to “our country to attack our targets’, people and jawans”.

“All seem to be well done…I am proud of the armed forces. They seem to have gone and conducted a successful strike, returned causalities…A real message has gone,” he said.

KPCC president V M Sudheeran congratulated the armed forces for conducting a successful strike and extended full support to them.

In the wake of India’s conduct of surgical strikes across the Line of Control, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called a joint session of the Parliament on October 5.

‘Joint session of the Parliament will be convened on Wednesday to reaffirm the national resolve for safeguarding the sovereignty and preserving the territorial integrity of the motherland against any kind of external or internal threat as well as reiterating the moral, political, and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir,’ Prime Minister Sharif said, reports Geo News.

He further said that a meeting of the National Security Committee will be held on October 4 with special invitation to all the Chief Ministers to deliberate at length the emerging scenario across the Line of Control and also in the Valley.

Meanwhile, Pakistan National Security Adviser Lt. Gen.Nasir Janjua has submitted a comprehensive report on the Line of Control (LoC) cross-border escalation with Indian troops to Prime Minister Sharif, reported Radio Pakistan.

The Prime Minister is also being briefed regularly on the situation on the LoC by the security establishment.

Sharif, according to Radio Pakistan, expressed satisfaction on the level of preparedness of the Pakistani armed forces to match any provocation by Indian security forces.

In the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, the Indian Army claimed that it had conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control. This was confirmed by Director General of Military Operations, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh.

The motive of the operation was to hit out at the terrorists who were planning to infiltrate into Indian territory. ‘The operations were basically focused to ensure that these terrorists do not succeed in their design of infiltration and carrying out destruction and endangering the lives of citizens of our country. During these counter terrorist operations significant casualties have been caused to the terrorist and those who are trying to support them. The operation aimed at neutralising the terrorists have since seized. We do not have any plans for further continuation of the operations. However, the Indian armed forces are fully prepared for any contingency that may arrive,’ he added.

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