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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Sunday Parakram Parv was not a matter of being ashamed of but a “festival” that showcases India’s determination and the valour of its soldiers. Also Read - Coronavirus: In Letter to UNSC, Pakistan Highlights 'Dire Human Rights Situation' in Jammu And Kashmir

Parakram Parv was celebrated Saturday to mark the second anniversary of the surgical strike. Also Read - Coronavirus in India: Number of Positive Cases Crosses 850, Indian Army Launches Operation Namaste

On September 29, 2016, the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on seven terrorist launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as a response to an attack on its base in Uri earlier that month.

The defence minister said, “As the terror attack happened inside the base on unarmed soldiers, it was necessary for the army to launch a surgical strike at the enemy in its territory.” “Parakaram Parv is a festival to showcase India’s determination that it would not take attacks on its unarmed soldiers on its own soil lying down,” Sitharaman told reporters here.

“If anyone raises questions about the celebration, I would ask if it was something to be ashamed of,” she asked.

Sitharaman denied that the government was politicising the surgical strike and said the festival showed that it is unacceptable for India to remain silent over the blatant cowardly act of a neighbouring country.

It was necessary for the Army to target the terrorist launch pads of the enemy in their territory, she said.

“Though there have been quite a few infiltrations over the past few years and actions were taken to eliminate the intruders, it was a call of the Army with political backing to strike at the terrorist launch pads of our enemies,” the minister added. PTT BDN HMB ANB ANB

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