Army filming fake video to allay doubts on surgical strike: Er Rashid

Independent Kashmir legislator Er Rashid on Wednesday claimed that Army was making video of a fake operation in Leepa valley in frontier district of Kupwara to present it as evidence of its claimed surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC).
Army filming fake video to allay doubts on surgical strike: Er Rashid
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Independent Kashmir legislator Er Rashid on Wednesday claimed that Army was making video of a fake operation in Leepa valley in frontier district of Kupwara to present it as evidence of its claimed surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC).

He said that Army should not make its credibility suspicious only to benefit political parties.

Addressing media persons at a local hotel here, he said: "Very credible sources confirm that Indian Army is engaged in filming videos in Nowgam and Leepa sectors, adjacent to borders showing as if Army is carrying out covert operations in enemy's territory, so that the same can be provided as evidence to satisfy Indian masses and world community."

He said that all the chest-thumping by the BJP in claiming the surgical strikes is being done to promote Home Minister Rajnath Singh as its chief ministerial candidate for Uttar Pradesh, which is going to polls next year.

"The issue of surgical strikes needs to be understood in light of Times of India story published in June this year, revealing that BJP will declare Rajnath Singh as its CM candidate for UP, but before doing so, Rajnath Singh may claim to have carried out some big military operation in Kashmir, in order to gain sympathy among UP voters," he said.

Rashid cautioned the Army not to fall prey to BJP's tactics and escalate tension at the borders.

"Unfortunately Army and police have been staging dramas in the past from Pathribal to Machil and claims of surgical strikes and that of apprehending a Pakistani militant Bahadur Ali are the recent additions to these staged dramas. Any credible investigating agency or journalist can visit the Yehama village in Kupwara district where from Bahadur Ali was apprehended and find that how sensational and dramatic was the operation of apprehending Bahadur Ali," he added.

"Bahadur Ali had been seen moving freely on a bike for three to four days before being apprehended and it is interesting that he was arrested by just two policemen, who had travelled a distance of 3 kms from the nearest police station for the job and brought him in a private vehicle to nearest police station at Qalamabad. Had he been a dreaded militant it would have been impossible to arrest him with the help of just two policemen. Ironically, next day army and task force went and photographed the area and informed locals that they had captured a Pakistani militant," he said.

"Six days later, national media started claiming about Bahadur Ali's arrest, plans and connections," he said.

"First when Indian politicians praised Indian Army over surgical strikes and now when they are raising questions about the same, it is obvious that they are more interested in getting political mileage over each other, rather caring about real story," he said.

"The intelligence agencies want to divert attention from mass uprising in Kashmir but they need to realize that even if Kashmiris call off strike, things will not change unless the dispute is not resolved," he said, adding, "However, they must all restrain from fighting battle of throne for New Delhi on streets of Kashmir."

"The claims and counterclaims being made by Indian politicians are enough proof to conclude that there is something seriously wrong in all the claims whatsoever being made viz-a-viz these surgical strikes. May one ask Army that if Pakistanis facilitated world media to the sites where India claimed to have carried surgical strikes, why can't India come out with concrete evidences to support its claim," he said. 

He said that he has always been attacked for raising voice for public issues. "The two incidents I spoke today about, both belong to my constituency. I have right to speak what is happening there," he said. 

"There was no (cross border) firing in Leepa valley up to October 1. The Indian government has named five points where strikes were carried including Leepa valley but there was no shelling or firing whatsoever on that day. I should not be labelled as any agent. This is the information I had and I shared it with. I have not gone to Pakistan for this," he added. 

"I had asked Omar Abdullah in opposition parties' meet that all of us will resign against the killings in Kashmir but Omar said he is waiting for the appropriate time and I too am waiting for that appropriate time," he said while replying to a query.

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