The army has shown its capability with last month’s “surgical strikes” on militant bases in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday, comparing the military to that of Israel, known for conducting covert operations inside enemy territory.
Speaking at a rally in Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi, Modi credited the military for its anti-militancy operations across the Line of Control and said everyone was talking about the Indian Army.
“Israel used to do it earlier; now the Indian Army has shown it is no less capable,” PTI quoted Modi as saying. Israel’s military and secret service are considered to be among the best in the world and covert operations against militants in foreign territory – especially Palestine – are among their specializations.
The prime minister also credited his government for resolving the issue of equalizing pension payouts for retired soldiers – which he said had been pending for 40 years. The scheme – known as One Rank One Pension – was made operational last year to the cheer of ex-servicemen who had been protesting for an equitable payout for years.
“One Rank One Pension was hanging for 40 years, and it is our government which completed that work. Not only soldiers but their families bless me,” Modi said.