ISLAMABAD: At least two Pakistan Army soldiers were martyred as Indian troops fired across the Line of Control in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday. The Pakistani military confirmed the deaths of its soldiers yet dismissed the Indian claim of ‘surgical strikes.’
“There had been cross border fire initiated and conducted by India which is [an] existential phenomenon,” said an ISPR statement released shortly after the Indian DGMO held a press conference making claims about surgical strikes.
The Indian ministry of external affairs and ministry of defence addressed a joint press conference on Thursday after fire was exchanged on the LoC.
Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said during the address that surgical strikes were conducted by the Indian army on “terror launch pads along the LoC.” He also added that the strikes will not continue.
“Some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launchpads along the Line of Control,” Lieutenant Singh, the director-general of military operations, said.
“The Indian army conducted surgical strikes last night at these launchpads.Significant casualties have been caused to these terrorists and those who are trying to support them,” he told a press conference in New Delhi.
“The operations aimed at neutralising the terrorists have since ceased.” Singh said the decision to launch the strikes had been taken after the military determined the launchpads had been set up with “an aim to carry out infiltration and terrorist strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and various other metros in our country.”
He did not say whether the strikes had been carried out by the Indian air force or by ground troops.
However, the Pakistan military swiftly dismissed the notion of a surgical strike.
ISPR said the notion of surgical strike linked to alleged terrorists bases is an illusion being deliberately generated by Indian to create false effects. This quest by Indian establishment to create media hype by rebranding cross border fire as surgical strike is fabrication of truth
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has declared that Pakistan’s valiant armed forces are fully capable of defending the territorial integrity of the country.
Strongly condemning unprovoked and naked aggression of Indian forces along the Line of Control, he said Pakistan can thwart any evil design to undermine the sovereignty of Pakistan.
The Prime Minister warned that Pakistan’s intent for peaceful neighbourhood should not be mistaken as its weakness.
Nawaz Sharif paid rich tributes to jawans who have been martyred during unprovoked firing by Indian forces. -AFP/ Radio Pakistan / AajNews