Lt Gen (Retd) D S Hooda with Congress President Rahul Gandhi
Lt Gen (Retd) D S Hooda with Congress President Rahul Gandhi

Cong ropes in Lt Gen Hooda to prepare security vision document

ANI | Updated: Feb 21, 2019 19:43 IST

 New Delhi [India], Feb 21 (ANI): The Congress on Thursday roped in Lt Gen (retd) D S Hooda to prepare a "vision document" for the country's security, more than two months after the former Northern Army Commander said the surgical strike was "overhyped and politicised".
 Hooda was the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Northern Command during the terror attack on Uri Army camp and the subsequent surgical strike in September 2016.
"The Congress President (Rahul Gandhi) is setting up a Task Force on National Security to prepare a vision paper for the country,"' the Opposition party said in a statement here.
It added that Hooda will lead the Task Force and prepare the paper in consultation with a select group of experts.
Hooda, who had overseen the surgical strike of September 2016 on terror camps across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, retired from service in November 2016.
In December, he had triggered a controversy by saying that the surgical strike was “overhyped and politicised.” 
“The military 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,” he had said.
 “I do think that there was too much hype over it,” Hooda had said. 
 Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had later dismissed Hooda’s remarks as an “individual person’s perception.” (ANI)