Former union minister says 10-15 Pakistanis were killed in the raid on post Musharraf had visited 10 days earlier
Former union minister Arun Shourie has disclosed that the Indian Army carried out a major raid across the Line of Control (LoC) when Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s NDA-1 was in power, venturing much deeper than the claims made during last September’s surgical strikes and killing 10-15 Pakistani personnel.
Speaking at ThePrint’s ‘Off the Cuff’ (OTC) event in Chennai earlier this month, Shourie shared details of a cross-border strike carried out during the Vajpayee government, revealing that the post attacked had been visited by Gen. Pervez Musharraf just 10 days before the attack.
“I will tell you something from absolutely personal knowledge. This time it is said we went in two kilometres. In that particular incident – it happened during Atal-ji’s time – they had done something evil on the Indian side. To teach them a lesson a raid was planned which was about 14 km inside Pakistan,” Shourie said in a conversation with ThePrint Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta.
The event was telecast this weekend.
The former union minister said that Indian troops even brought back bodies and documents from the raid. “They killed everybody there, probably about 10-15 people and they lugged seven bodies back across the border into India,” Shourie said. The documents brought back revealed that Gen. Musharraf had visited the Pakistani post just a few days before the raid to interact with troops.
“As a trophy, they also brought the guest book of that particular post. It is lying in one of the regimental headquarters today. And it so happened that 10 days before, Musharraf had come to the post and said what a good job you are doing, keep it up,” Shourie said.
The former minister was making a point against what he called “rising rhetoric”, saying that the operation conducted during NDA-1 was never spoken about.