Indian Army has claimed that it has conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads at the Line of Control (LoC) on September 28 night.Sources said that the operation was a combination of heliborne and ground forces, and seven terror launch pads were destroyed in the strike across LoC.
Reiterating Indian Army’s conviction to eradicate terrorism, DGMO Lt General Ranbir Singh said the motive behind the operation was to hit out terrorists who were planning to infiltrate into Indian territory and were also planning to attack metros in India.
We support such strikes and want Indian Army to conduct surgical strikes in Balochistan as well: Mazdak Dilshad Baloch pic.twitter.com/2kPHZltG0N— ANI (@ANI_news) September 29, 2016
#FLASH BSF cancels beating retreat ceremony at Wagah border for today— ANI (@ANI_news) September 29, 2016
There were no Indian casualties during the strikes.
Director General, Military Operations briefing the media on the situation in LoC in J&K pic.twitter.com/zmQjvNWmWd— PIB India (@PIB_India) September 29, 2016
Gen Singh said India shared with Pak army details of the surgical strikes which followed “very specific information” that terrorists were positioning themselves in the launch pads along the LoC.
Indian army Special Forces op on terror launch pads lasted from 1230am-4:30AM, location was 500meters-2Km across LOC: Sources— ANI (@ANI_news) September 29, 2016
This is a loud & clear message to Pakistan, that they will pay cost of carrying out terrorism in our nation: Ex DGMO Vinod Bhatia— ANI (@ANI_news) September 29, 2016
This is a lesson for all terrorists; we have the right of self-defence: BJP’s Syed Shahnawaz Hussain on the surgical strikes by Indian Army pic.twitter.com/UaLRKRItxI
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“The operations were focused to ensure that these terrorists do not succeed in endangering lives of citizens in our country. The operations have since ceased,” Lt. Gen Ranbir Singh said.
“We do not have any plans to continue. However the Indian armed forces are fully prepared to deal with any contingency which may arise. I have spoken to Pakistani DGMO and expressed our concern. It is India’s intention to maintain peace and tranquillity in the region but we cannot certainly allow terrorists to operate across the Line of Control with impunity and attack our citizens,” said the DGMO.
After the Uri terror attack, people of India were outraged. PM has reassured nation that such acts will not be tolerated: Venkaiah Naidu pic.twitter.com/4VLEkAcRAN— ANI (@ANI_news) September 29, 2016
As precautionary measures, villages in Punjab which are 10km from International Border with Pakistan have been evacuated, and additional BSF troops have moved in.
Jammu: If you are crossing the border, it means you are declaring a war: Mustafa Kamal (NC) on Indian Army’s surgical strike in Loc pic.twitter.com/7J37Naa8jf— ANI (@ANI_news) September 29, 2016
Soon after the attacks, Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, claimed that the surgical strikes by Indian Army in Pak territory, has led to death of two soldiers and nine getting injured, reports ANI.On the same line, Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations said that there was “no surgical strike by India, instead there had been cross border fire initiated by India.”
“The notion of surgical strike linked to alleged terrorists bases is an illusion being deliberately generated by Indian to create false effects,” the Pakistani military said in a statement.
“This quest by Indian establishment to create media hype by rebranding cross border fire as surgical strike is fabrication of truth. Pakistan has made it clear that if there is a surgical strike on Pakistani soil, same will be strongly responded.”
Pak was behaving like a terrorist state;befitting reply was needed.These strikes boosted morale of our army: Dr Nirmal Singh, J&K Depy CM pic.twitter.com/xSdEdZZ6Xa— ANI (@ANI_news) September 29, 2016