New Delhi: A parliamentary panel Friday asked the government to go all out to explain to the international community reasons behind India’s decision to carry out air strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps inside Pakistan.
The suggestion came when Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale briefed the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs about the latest developments that have taken place between India and Pakistan after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack by JeM in which over 40 CRPF personnel were killed .
Gokhale, who was assisted by officials of the Ministry of External Affairs, informed the members about the air strikes on JeM terror camps in Pakistan as also about the retaliation by the western neighbour, sources said.
The members told the Foreign Secretary that the government should vigorously publicise across the world the reasons behind New Delhi’s move to target the terror camps, a member later said. Congress president Rahul Gandhi is a member of the committee but was not present in the meeting, Friday.
The Foreign Secretary also informed the members on how India got the support of the members of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the issue where External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is a guest of honour.
The panel members also lauded the armed forces, including the IAF and described the air strike as a ‘glorious and heroic’ job which needs to be widely publicised.
The committee is headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. The briefing was on Indo-Pak relations in the light of the strain in relationship after the Pulwama attack and an air strike by India.