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Atal Bihari Vajpayee wanted Pakistan Army camp hit after Parliament attack, claims book

Prime News, National (New Delhi), June 29:- A book authored by the then Navy chief says that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee wanted to hit a Pakistani Army camp in the wake of the Parliament terror attack but was forced to drop the plan at the last moment as it got relocated.

Admiral Sushil Kumar also says that while External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh wanted India to support the US war on Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11, the military chiefs disagreed – and Vajpayee diplomatically went with the latter option.

In his book “A Prime Minister to Remember: Memories of a Military Chief” (Konark Publishers), Admiral Kumar says that the mood after the December 13, 2001 attack on Parliament by Pakistan-backed terrorists was for immediate retaliation.

Soon after, the three armed forces chiefs hurriedly met Defence Minister George Fernandes and National Security Advisor Brajesh Mishra in the Army Operations Room.

“Discussions were focussed on delivering a swift riposte which was the need of the hour and the contingency plan selected was to destroy a huge Pakistani Army training camp for terrorists located across the LoC and deep inside Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK),” he says in the 135-page book released here on Friday. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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