DS Hooda, ex-army commander who oversaw 2016 surgical strikes, to head Congress task force on national security

  • DS Hooda was the main architect of the 2016 surgical strikes on terror launch pads in PoK

  • Rahul Gandhi met Hooda and discussed the modalities of the panel

  • A party source said the Congress president is setting up a task force on national security' to prepare a 'vision paper' for the country

New Delhi: DS Hooda, a former in charge of the army’s Northern Command and main architect of the 2016 surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, will head a Congress task force on national security.

Congress sources said party president Rahul Gandhi met Hooda and discussed the modalities of the panel. "The Congress president is setting up a 'task force on national security' to prepare a vision paper for the country," a party source said.

 DS Hooda, ex-army commander who oversaw 2016 surgical strikes, to head Congress task force on national security

Former army commander DS Hooda with Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday. Twitter/@INCIndia

The source also said that Hooda will lead the panel and prepare the paper in consultation with a select group of experts.

Hailing the step, Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi tweeted, "Yet another positive and welcome step towards a strong nation and stronger national security by Rahul Gandhi. The experience that retired lieutenant-general DS Hooda brings in, will benefit the nation in the long run."

In another tweet, she said, "The only thing they will find is surgical strike and How's the josh?!"

The Congress has been accusing the Modi government of politicising the surgical strikes.

On 29 September, 2016, the army had carried out the strikes on seven terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in retaliation to an attack on its base in Uri earlier that month.

Updated Date: Feb 21, 2019 20:29:33 IST