No briefing on surgical strikes for Parliamentarians

New Delhi, Oct 14: A briefing of the surgical strikes to Parliamentarians is unlikely to take place. The government has decided that it will not brief the Parliamentarians about the surgical strikes during the Parliamentary Standing Committee meeting to be held on Friday.

The decision to change the agenda was taken at the last minute as the government felt that details regarding such a sensitive operation must not be shared.

Surgical strikes: Govt won't brief MPs

While taking the decision, the government also took into consideration the security aspect. It felt that future operations by the Indian army would be affected if details of the surgical strikes were given out.

At first the agenda of the meeting included taking oral evidence of representatives of the ministry of defence regarding the shortage of ammunition for the army.

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The current agenda would include discussion on the e-postal ballot system for the personnel of the armed forces.

At first the ministry had agreed to discuss the surgical strikes. However, it was also stated that no visual proof would be shown. The Ministry of Defence later opted out of discussing the issue citing a security risk and also stated that future operations would be compromised.

While setting the agenda for the meeting, some Congress leaders demanded that the surgical strikes be discussed. Sources say that these leaders also wanted details on the surgical strikes conducted by the army since 2004.

This demand comes in the backdrop of Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar stating that no surgical strikes across the Line of Control had ever taken place.

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