Omar Abdullah slams Manohar Parrikar's remarks on surgical strike, questions Centre's security policy

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday questioned the strategic security policy of the Centre in the wake of comments made by former defence minister Manohar Parrikar that surgical strikes in PoK were triggered by an "insulting question" by a TV anchor.

In a series of tweets Omar criticised Parrikar's comments,

Omar was reacting to Parrikar's statement that the surgical strikes against militants in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir were planned 15 months in advance.

"One question from media hurt me. Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, an ex-Armyman, was on TV and he was explaining about all kinds of search operations.

"An anchor asked him would you have the courage and capability of doing the same on the western front", Parrikar had said on Friday.

"I listened very intensely but decided to answer when the time came. The starting of 29 September 2016 surgical strike on the western border was 9 June, 2015. We planned 15 months in advance. Additional troops were trained. Equipment was procured on priority basis", he had said.

Omar said a news anchor's question could have provoked a wider conflict with Pakistan.

"We are supposed to feel safer with this sort of decision making", he added.

Updated Date: Jul 01, 2017 15:12 PM

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