Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday in a video message praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian Army for the surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) across the Line of Control (LoC) and warned the PM of "Pakistan's false propaganda".
"A few days ago, 19 Indian soldiers were martyred at the Indian borders," Kejriwal said. "Last week, our army took revenge (for the Uri attack) with great bravery and conducted surgical strikes on terror camps across the border," he added.
"There may be differences between me and the Prime Minister over hundred issues. But I salute the prime minister for the will power which he has shown in this issue," he said.
The Delhi chief minister then warned Modi that Pakistan was engaging in dirty politics now.
"But since these surgical strikes took place, Pakistan has become very agitated. Pakistan has now resorted to dirty politics," he said. "For the last two or three days, we have seen that Pakistan has been taking foreign journalists to the border (with India). It has been trying to convince them that the surgical strikes did not take place."
"Two days ago, the United Nations gave a statement that such activity was not seen at the border. Yesterday, CNN was running a report in which a reporter showed that the Pakistani government had taken foreign journalists in a bus to the border. And they (the Pakistani government) were trying to convince the journalists that nothing had taken place at the spot where India claimed surgical strikes had taken place," Kejriwal said.
"They were trying to show children playing there and trying to portray a normal life there. They were trying to show that there is no proof of surgical strikes there," said the Delhi chief minister. "My blood boiled when I saw that report. There were reports being published by BBC and The New York Times questioning whether surgical strikes actually took place," he further said.
"Pakistan is trying to damage India's reputation in the international community," he said.
"I appeal to the prime minister: Unmask Pakistan's false propaganda like the way you (Modi) and the army taught Pakistan a lesson on the ground," Kejriwal said. "Unmask Pakistan's baseless attempt to damage the reputation of India on the global forum."
"The entire country is with you. We are with you. I also appeal to the people to not fall for Pakistan's false propaganda," he said.
Kejriwal ended his message by saying, "Bharat Mata ki jai."
The Delhi chief minister's video message came after India carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC, with the Army inflicting "significant casualties" on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from PoK, days after Modi warned Uri attack would not go unpunished.
Seven terror launch pads across the LoC were targeted by the Army on the night of 28 September in a nearly five-hour-long operation during which heli-borne and ground forces were deployed.
The announcement of the strikes came 11 days after the attack by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad on an Indian army camp in Uri in Kashmir, after which Modi had said the attackers will not go "unpunished" and that they will not be forgiven.
Watch Arvind Kejriwal's full video message here:
With inputs from PTI
First Published On : Oct 3, 2016 15:23 IST