Govt restricts media entry to 1965 Indo-Pak war exhibition

Govt restricts media entry to 1965 Indo-Pak war exhibition

Govt restricts media entry to 1965 Indo-Pak war exhibition

Continuing the media gag, the NDA government has restricted media entry to an exhibition on Tuesday to commemorate the 1965 Indo-Pak war.

The exhibition is  be attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Though there were initial plans to allow the general public and entry passes were made, the plan was changed at the eleventh hour. It has now been decided that only official and semi-official media will be permitted at the event.

The exhibition is a part of the ongoing NDA campaign claiming victory in the 1965 India-Pakistan war ignoring the generally accepted historical account of the 15-day battle ending in a draw.

Communication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and senior officials from the armed forces will also attend the inauguration of the five-day exhibition, which would be thrown open to the public soon after the morning event.

Besides recreating the war scenes, tales of valour and memorable moments from 1965 campaign, the exhibition would also showcase the jeep used by 1965 war hero Abdul Hamid, who single-handedly destroyed three Paksitani Patton tanks before being gunned down by the enemy. Hamid received the Param Vir Chakra.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to inaugurate the exhibition, but cancelled his programme because of delegation-level talks with Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, elaborate plans are being made to take a contingent of Parliament members to Goa and officials from the defence ministry to Kochi for regular meetings.Parliament members would be in Goa on September 20 for a meeting of the Consultative Committee.

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