Home Min ‘Omits’ Mehbooba On ‘Surgical Strikes’ Update

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SRINAGAR: Even as the Home Minister, Rajnath Singh informed at least four chief ministers about the ‘surgical strikes’ conducted against Pakistan, he did not include J&K Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti in the list.

This is notwithstanding the fact that the surgical strikes claimed by India were carried out in the state of Jammu and Kashmir at the Line of Control (LoC) bordering Pakistan-controlled-Kashmir.

As part of government’s efforts to take all political parties on board, Home Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday informed Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Odisha, Punjab and Bihar and several opposition political leaders about the Army’s “surgical strike” across the Line of Control (LoC).

More so, the right wing Bhartiya Janata Party led Union government called an All Party Meet in New Delhi at 4 PM where the parties were told about the “secret operation” carried out during the intervening night of Sep 28 and 29, 2016.

Soon after the announcement of the surgical strike on the alleged militant launch pads in Pakistan administered Kashmir, the Union Home Minister informed Chief Ministers: Mamata Banerjee, Naveen Patnaik, Parkash Singh Badal and Nitish Kumar about the “surgical strikes”.

Singh also spoke to former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury and informed them about the military action on alleged militant launch pads, official reports said.

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