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Army likely to release video of surgical strike

Army officers, talking off record, also keen that India release evidence regarding strikes

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Oct 5 2016 12:26PM | Updated Date: Oct 5 2016 12:26PM

Army likely to release video of surgical strike

India's armed forces, given the green signal to the government to use the video footage of the surgical strikes. The final decision on this rests with the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).


This recommendation was made in the wake of Pakistan's military establishment persistently claiming that the September 29 predawn strikes never happened. Some Opposition politicians in India have also asked for 'proof ' of the strikes.


The footage likely to show how Indian forces worked against terror camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Top army officers, talking off record, said that the army is also keen that India release evidence that will answer those alleging the strikes never happened.


Top government officials also thinking on whether or not to release the strike footage. Officials think that it will be a suitable response. One possibility being considered is whether making the video evidence public may escalate Indo-Pak tensions further.


The army said that they have ample evidence to show the cross-border strikes were highly effective. There's video footage as well as photographs, shot by both ground troops and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that were deployed to monitor the operation.