In a video message, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal spoke about Indian Surgical Strike. He also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian Army for conducting the Surgical strike against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) across the Line of Control (LoC).
Kejriwal also urged Modi to expose "Pakistan's false propaganda". After India announced about the surgical strike, Pakistan denied it. They, in turn, accused India of passing off cross-border firing as raids conducted across the de facto border.
"A few days ago, 19 Indian soldiers were martyred at the Indian borders," Kejriwal said. "Last week, our army took revenge (for the Uri attack) with great bravery and conducted surgical strikes on terror camps across the border," he added.
The 46-year-old chief minister, a habitual critic of PM Modi, made it clear in his nearly three-minute-long video that "there may be differences between me and the Prime Minister over hundred issues. But I salute the prime minister for the will power which he has shown on this issue," he said.
"But since these surgical strikes took place, Pakistan has become very agitated. Pakistan has now resorted to dirty politics," he said. "For the last two or three days, we have seen that Pakistan has been taking foreign journalists to the border (with India). It has been trying to convince them that the surgical strikes did not take place."
"Two days ago, the United Nations gave a statement that such activity was not seen at the border. Yesterday, CNN was running a report in which a reporter showed that the Pakistani government had taken foreign journalists in a bus to the border. And they (the Pakistani government) were trying to convince the journalists that nothing had taken place at the spot where India claimed surgical strikes had taken place," Kejriwal said.
"They were trying to show children playing there and trying to portray a normal life there. They were trying to show that there is no proof of surgical strikes there," said the Delhi chief minister. "My blood boiled when I saw that report. There were reports being published by BBC and The New York Times questioning whether surgical strikes actually took place," he further said.
"Pakistan is trying to damage India's reputation in the international community," he said.
"I appeal to the prime minister: Unmask Pakistan's false propaganda like the way you (Modi) and the army taught Pakistan a lesson on the ground," Kejriwal said. "Unmask Pakistan's baseless attempt to damage the reputation of India on the global forum."
"The entire country is with you. We are with you. I also appeal to the people to not fall for Pakistan's false propaganda," he said.
Kejriwal ended his message by saying, "Bharat Mata ki Jai."
All the top government officers have warned India not to hesitate and repeat the cross-border strikes to protect itself. However, Prime Minister Modi said over the weekend India has exercised, that Delhi does not "cover any territory."
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BY M. DIVYA SRI