The Pakistan Army has said that it was “sure” that Indian troops had suffered casualties in the surgical strike on terror launch pads in PoK.
While briefing reporters in Baghsar area of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Pakistan military spokesman Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa said India was “hiding” its losses.
Like earlier, he again rejected Indian claims of carrying out surgical strikes in Pakistani territory as false and concocted.
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On September 29, India carried out ‘surgical strikes’ on terror launch pads across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, inflicting “significant casualties” on terrorists and those who are trying to support them. The announcement by the DGMO came soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that attackers on an Indian army camp in Uri in Kashmir will not go “unpunished” and that the sacrifice of 19 jawans will not go in vain. Reports suggest that nearly 40-50 terrorists were killed in the operation.
Bajwa reiterated that the country’s armed forces were fully prepared to respond to any aggression and the country will give such a befitting rejoinder that the neighboring country will not dare to repeat its misadventure in future, Radio Pakistan reported.
Bajwa added that Pakistani troops had mounted a befitting response to Indian firing along the LoC.
Asim Salim Bajwa warned, “We will do whatever we can for the sake of defence of Pakistan. And, no one should have any doubt about this as we defended the motherland earlier as well and we will do it again with full vigor.”
A day later, Asim Bajwa said there had only been cross border fire initiated and conducted by the former.
Meanwhile, defence minister Manohar Parrikar compared Pakistan’s condition to an “anesthetized patient” after a surgery.
Parrikar compared Indian Army to Hanuman, by making a reference to the Ramayana in which Hanuman crossed an ocean in a single stride after he was reminded about his extraordinary powers by Jamwant.
“Indian troops were like Hanuman who did not quite know their prowess before the surgical strikes,” Parrikar said.
India loves peace and does not believe in unprovoked aggression but it won’t take terror lying down, he said, adding that the strikes were also meant to give a message to Pakistan that Indian troops knew how to retaliate.