New Delhi: India reportedly conducted surgical strikes against terrorist targets across the Line of Control (LOC) inside Pakistan. External affairs ministry and defense ministry officials claimed that a large number of terrorists were killed in the surgical strikes.
It is yet not clear if Indian fighter jets conducted these surgical strikes across the LOC or Indian soldiers crossed the LOC and took on terrorists’ launch pads there.
India’s DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh while making the announcement said, “India conducted surgical strikes last night across the LoC to safeguard our nation, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday. Significant casualties have been caused to terrorists and those trying to shield them. We don’t have a plan to further conduct such strikes. India has spoken to Pakistan”.
He went on to add, “There were launch pads across the LoC where terrorists were present waiting to infiltrate the nation and attack areas in Kashmir and metros across the country”. He further said that there were no Indian casualties during the attacks.
While detailing the across the border raids DGMO said “We have recovered items including GPS which have Pakistani markings. Captured terrorists hailing from PoK or Pakistan have confessed to their training in Pakistan or in Pakistan controlled region”. The press conference was jointly conducted by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Defence.
In the meantime Pakistan refuted Indian claim about the surgical strike. It said there was unprovoked firing by India on the LOC resulting in the death of two Pakistani army personnel. Pak Army statement said, “Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing on the LoC in Bhimber, Hotspring Kel and Lipa sectors”.
The Indian government in recent weeks has indicated that its campaign against Pakistan will largely be centred around diplomatically isolating it. In line with that strategy, the Prime Minister said he will not travel in November to Pakistan to attend the regional SAARC summit. Three other countries of the 8-member SAARC have joined India’s boycott.