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Congress backs Govt., congratulates armed forces for conducting surgical strikes

Updated: Sep 29, 2016 16:17 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept. 29 (ANI): The Congress on Thursday came in support of the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre and lauded the armed forces for conducting surgical strikes along the Line of Control.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi in a statement said that the grand old party stands with the government in its actions to protect the country's security and deal with the menace of terrorism from across the border.

"This is a strong message that conveys our country's resolve to prevent further infiltration and attacks on our security forces and our people," Gandhi added.

Expressing hope that Pakistan would recognize that it bears a great responsibility in the continuing cross-border terrorist attacks against India, the Congress expected that Islamabad would take effective action to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism that it has supported and it ensures that its territory and the territory under its control is not used for terrorist purposes against India.

"The Congress Party congratulates the armed forces on the success of the operation and offers its support to the Government in our country's continuing battle against cross-border terrorism," Gandhi said.

Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh, Director General of Military Operations (DGMO), earlier today said that the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on seven terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC), which were ready to carry out terrorists strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and various other metros in our country around midnight.

Singh said that the operation of the Indian Army was basically focussed to ensure that the terrorists do not succeed in their design of infiltration and carry out destruction endangering the lives of citizens of the nation.

Singh further said that he spoke with the Pakistani DGMO and expressed New Delhi's concern and meanwhile, shared information over the operation conducted by the Indian Army.

Elucidating the involvement of Pakistan in the recent infiltration bids and terrorist strikes the Indian DGMO said that the captured terrorists have confessed that they were trained by the estranged Asian neighbour. (ANI)