Union minister in Narendra Modi’s government, Ravi Shankar Prasad, has attacked Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for his video message ‘praising’ the Indian government for surgical strikes across the border.
“Arvind Kejriwalji, I hope you know that you are in the headlines of Pakistani media today,” Prasad was quoted Firstpost news portal.
Prasad’s remark came a day after Pakistani newspaper The Express Tribune published a report titled “Delhi CM ‘questions’ authenticity of India’s ‘surgical strikes’ in Pakistan.”
Prasad added, “Indian leaders are questioning the surgical strikes. There can be nothing more unfortunate. In matters of national security, one should not raise frivolous questions just because of political rivalry. No question should be raised which will affect the morale of the Indian army.”
Kejriwal on Monday had released a video message ‘praising’ Modi for surgical strikes while asking him to prove Pakistani propaganda wrong.
Pakistan had recently taken international media to the LoC to show that the Indian army’s claims of cross border surgical strikes were wrong.
Kejriwal’s message asking the PM to release the evidence to counter Pakistani propaganda hasn’t gone down well with the BJP-led central government, which is facing the heat on social media for using the tension at the LoC for alleged electoral gains ahead of key assembly elections.
Prasad said, “Politics has its own place. Please do not do or say anything which insults the Indian Army. All the member nations of Saarc have isolated Pakistan and stand with India today. No country has criticised the surgical strikes done by the Indian army. Today, Pakistan stands completely isolated diplomatically, strategically and also in terms of international relations. There is an online campaign in the US to declare Pakistan a terror state.”