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Sonia Gandhi congratulates Indian Army for ‘surgical strike’, calls it ‘strong message’

Cutting across party lines, politicians on Thursday congratulated the Indian Army for its action against terrorists and carrying out a successful “surgical strikes” across the Line of Control.

India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: September 29, 2016 17:02 IST ]
Congress president Sonia Gandhi congratulated Indian Army
Congress president Sonia Gandhi congratulated Indian Army

Cutting across party lines, politicians on Thursday congratulated the Indian Army for its action against terrorists and carrying out a successful “surgical strikes” across the Line of Control. 

The Congress, which had been critical of the Narendra Modi led government for its failure to give Pakistan a befitting response, today came out in support of the government.

Party president Sonia Gandhi said that her party stands with the government in its actions to protect our country’s security and deal with the menace of terrorism from across the border. 

“This is a strong message that conveys our country’s resolve to prevent further infiltration and attacks on our security forces and our people,” Sonia Gandhi said in a statement today. 

“The party hopes that Pakistan will recognize that it bears a great responsibility in the continuing cross-border terrorist attacks against India. The Party expects that Pakistan will take effective action to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism that it has supported and it ensures that its territory and the territory under its control is not used for terrorist purposes against India,” she said. 

“The Congress Party congratulates the armed forces on the success of the operation and offers its support to the government in our country’s continuing battle against cross-border terrorism,” the Congress president said. 

Other party leaders conveyed the similar message. 

Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, tweeted: "We congratulate the Indian army for undertaking surgical strikes on terror launch pads. We stand completely behind our Armed Forces." 

Party's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "INC wholeheartedly supports the surgical strike on terror pads in PoK by Indian Army. Salute the valour of our armed forces." 

India conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads last night across the Line of Control (LoC) and inflicted significant casualties and heavy damages.  

The announcement of the sudden action by the army to target terrorists was made by the DGMO Lt Gen Ranveer Singh at a hurriedly called news conference during which External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup was also present. 

Gen Singh said India shared with Pak army details of the surgical strikes which followed "very specific information" that terrorists were positioning themselves in the launch pads along the LoC. 

Here is the full text of Sonia Gandhi’s statement on the Indian Army’s surgical strikes: 

The Congress president in a statement said that the Congress Party stands with the Government in its actions today to protect our country's security and deal with the menace of terrorism from across the border. This is a strong message that conveys our country's resolve to prevent further infiltration and attacks on our security forces and our people.

The Party hopes that Pakistan will recognize that it bears a great responsibility in the continuing cross-border terrorist attacks against India.  The Party expects that Pakistan will take effective action to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism that it has supported and it ensures that its territory and the territory under its control is not used for terrorist purposes against India.

The Congress Party congratulates the armed forces on the success of the operation and offers its support to the Government in our country's continuing battle against cross-border terrorism.

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