NEW DELHI: India’s brave effort of “surgical strikes” across the Line of Control in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir to prevent terrorists who were prepping to infiltrate and attack the Kashmir region and metros, has been hailed nationwide.
There have been no Indian casualties in the strikes which took place last night and were filmed. Sources said seven different terrorist camps were targeted upto two kilometres across the Line of Control or LoC and that “scores of terrorists were killed.”
Lt General Ranbir Singh, the army’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO), said the strikes inflicted “significant casualties” on the terrorists “and their supporters” and that Pakistan was informed by him this morning of the action which has concluded.
Pakistan has said India’s announcement of the strike is “a lie” and that it lost two soldiers in unprovoked cross-border firing by India.
Premier Nawaz Sharif said he condemns “the unprovoked and naked aggression of Indian forces” and the Pakistani army warned that if Indian troops cross the border, it will strike back.
The strikes are being seen as the first major military action taken by India after terrorists from Pakistan crossed into an army camp in Uri in Kashmir earlier this month. 18 soldiers were killed in that attack, one which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said would “not go unpunished.”
Islamabad on Thursday summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale at the Foreign Office and protested over the deaths of two Pakistani soldiers in an exchange of fire with Indian forces.
Pakistan demanded answer from the India government over the killings of the two soldiers along the Line of Control, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The exchange of fire took place in the Bhimber, Hot Spring, Kel and Lipa sectors in Azad Kashmir, and lasted about six hours, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement earlier on Thursday.
Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt-Gen Ranbir Singh claimed Indian Army had conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads along the de facto border in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
Pakistan’s military media wing, ISPR, however, refuted the Indian claim. “The notion of surgical strike linked to alleged terrorist bases is an illusion being deliberately generated by Indian to create false effects.”
Tension between Pakistan and India has been high since an Indian crackdown on dissent in Kashmir following the killing by security forces of Burhan Wani, a young separatist leader, in July.