We informed Pakistan about surgical strikes before telling India, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that Pakistan was informed about the September 2016 surgical strikes before the information was made public in India.
On the day the Indian press was informed about the Army’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, top officers of the military were busy trying to establish contact with their Pakistani counterparts, PM Modi said.
I said before India gets to know, we should call Pakistan & tell them what we did so they can come & take dead bodies if they have time. We were calling them since 11 am but they were scared to come on phone,at 12 we spoke to them & then told Indian media: PM on #SurgicalStrike
“We called them [in order to tell them about the surgical strikes] but we they weren’t coming [on the calls] [so] I kept the journalists waiting,” PM Modi said, referring to a September 29, 2016 press conference that was called by the Army.
“I told my officers keep the journalists waiting. First [we will] tell Pakistan [about the surgical strikes] we don’t want to hide [the information],” the prime minister said.
“Finally at 12 pm we spoke to them [Pakistan] and then we told the Indian media,” PM Modi added.
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PM Modi was speaking at a question-and-answer session at London’s historic Central Hall Westminster. He was responding to a question on the surgical strikes, which India launched in response to at the Uri terror attack in which 17 Army jawans were killed.
PM Modi excoriated Pakistan as he answered the question. “When someone has put a terror export factory in place and makes attempts to attack us from the back, Modi knows how to answer in the same language,” PM Modi said.