NEW DELHI: Lauding the efforts by the Indian Army, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said that it is important to celebrate two years of surgical strikes.
Speaking at an event organised at the India Gate lawns, Sitharaman said that the day reminds the people of India about the sacrifice and valour that the Indian Army shows.
Sitharaman forwarded her remarks by saying, "In the surgical strike, we have actually hit back at an enemy who was coward."
The government is celebrating Parakram Parv from September 28-30 to mark the second anniversary of the surgical strikes the forces had carried out on terror launch pads in 2016.
Reminiscing the day when India took out surgical strikes, the Defence Minister further added that, "Indian armed forces that day proved to the world that there is a very clear way to show our strength."
"We will not tolerate terrorists entering and creating havoc or even think of creating havoc," ANI quoted Sitharaman.
On the eve of the second anniversary of the surgical strikes, Sitharaman also confirmed that terrorists launch pads were destroyed after the exercise.
"It is all out in the open now (that) all terrorists launch pads were cleared off and those who were wanting to spread terror were adequately punished," Sitharaman said
The minister said the government was celebrating the Parakram Parv through which people could see the valour of the armed forces and remember them.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated on Friday the "Parakram Parv" exhibition at a military station.
(With Agency Inputs)