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Surgical strike had a positive impact on India: Lt Gen Ranbir Singh

ANI  |  Kapurthala (Punjab) [India] 

GOC-in-Chief Singh on Saturday asserted that the 2016 surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC) had a "positive impact" on the country, contradicting (retired) DS who was then the

"Surgical strike is one of the options available to the It had a positive impact on the country and we have been able to curb terrorism to a great extent with its help," Singh told ANI here.

His statement is in contrast to what Lt Gen (retired) emphasised on Friday saying that the hype associated with the surgical strike was not needed. was the when carried out the surgical strike in the wake of the Uri attack.

He told ANI, "I do think there was too much hype over it. The operation was important and we had to do it. Now how much should it have been politicised, whether it is right or wrong is something that should be asked to politicians."

On September 18, 2016, four Pakistani terrorists attacked the at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, killing 19 soldiers. On September 29, the avenging the attack conducted the surgical strike across the LoC in occupied and destroyed terrorist launch pads completely, killing many terrorists.

Meanwhile, when asked about Imran Khan's statement acknowledging his country's involvement in November 2008 attack in Mumbai, Lieutenant General Singh said, "We have always said that was involved in the terrorist attacks during that time. They have not said anything new. Now when they have accepted it, they should take actions against those involved in it. Our strategy to combat terrorism is quite clear. Whenever Pakistan tries to do something in Indian territory, our security forces are ready to fight them back.

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 19:00 IST