New Delhi, Oct 5: The Indian army has no problem if the 90 minute footage of the surgical strikes, provided to the government is released. However, many in the top security establishment are against releasing the footage.
Top officials in the government of India are weighing several options before taking any call on this issue.
The National Security Advisor and the chief of the Intelligence Bureau are not in favour of making the video public. Such issues cannot be decided on political compulsion and there could be several complications if video footage is released, top security officials feel.
Further, the thinking in the establishment is that releasing the footage could also lead to an escalation of tensions with Pakistan.
Renowned National Security Analyst, Nitin Gokhale says that the government should not make the footage public. It will also compromise methods, equipment of the special forces and also the humint across the Line of Control, Gokhale also adds. Gokhale also says that there will also be demands each time to release footage.
The top brass in the establishment are weighing this issue with caution. Majority feel that this is sensitive information and cannot be revealed only because some in the political circles are asking for it.
Even Air Chief Marshal, Arup Raha, who is the chairman of the chiefs of Staff Committee had said he would not say anything since it is very sensitive and the situation is still live.
He said that the Air Force holds the power to punish, but any decision of using the IAF in an offensive role has to be taken by the government.