Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has set up a task force on national security to prepare a vision paper for the country in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack, in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed by a Jaish-e-Mohammed member.
The task force will be led by Lt Gen DS Hooda (retd), the commanding officer of the Northern Army Command who oversaw the much-lauded surgical strikes against terror camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir in 2016 after the Uri attack.
According to sources, the task force will prepare the vision paper on a strategy to guard the borders in consultation with a select group of experts.
Hooda said the report would be completed in about a month’s time.
“The task force will be a mix of experts. Looking at former diplomats, former military personnel and also those who have served in the police in Maoist areas,” Hooda told News18. Adding that the report will initiate the debate on national security issues in India.
“It will start a debate on preparing a national security plan for India which we have not had so far,” he said.
While both BJP and Congress had earlier said they won’t politicise the attack, the BJP party’s chief, Amit Shah, had said recently in a rally, “Their (CRPF personnel) sacrifice won’t go in vain as it’s not the Congress government which is at the Centre, it is the BJP which is at the Centre”.
The Congress on Thursday questioned why PM Narendra Modi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval have not accepted their responsibility for this massive intelligence failure.
It pointed out that the Jammu and Kashmir police had shared input with all security agencies two days before the attack that a video uploaded online showed that such an attack may be carried out.