Whose surgical strike anyway: The armed forces are caught in a messy tug-of-war between the BJP and the Congress

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has finally broken his silence. He recently confirmed that the armed forces under his watch had undertaken punitive action against Pakistan through multiple surgical strikes or cross border military strikes. Dr Singh’s remarks came in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s incessant accusations that the Congress was soft on Pakistan and was afraid to take punitive action against terrorists.

The former Prime Minister has all along maintained that he would “like to carry some secrets with me to the grave” — he has also been opposed to the politicisation of the armed forces. However, when repeatedly accused by the BJP of inaction and being soft on Pakistan-based terrorists, Dr Singh has chosen to nail the lie being propagated by his opponents. Read More

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