Army’s surgical strikes along LoC destroy 7 terror launch pads,Pakistan rejects India’s claim

NEW DELHI: In response to the recent Uri attack that killed 18 soldiers, the Indian Army on Wednesday night conducted surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) on terror launch pads, said Director General of Military Operations (DGMO).

 Vikas swarup and DGMO Ranbir Singh

Addressing a joint press conference with External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Thursday, DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said, “Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads on the LoC. Heavy damages have been caused to terrorists and many of them have been killed.”

Adding that India had also shared details of the surgical strikes with Pakistan Army and expected them to cooperate in the fight against terror, he said, “The motive of this operation was to hit out at the terrorists who were planning to infiltrate into our territory.”

Going into details about the strike, Singh said that there were no Indian casualties during strikes, adding, “Indian armed forces are ready for any contingency, but no plans as of now for further operations,” DGMO said.

“We can’t allow terrorists to operate across the LoC, there has been a surge in infiltration. It has been a matter of serious concern that there have been many infiltration bids by terrorists at LoC. Despite our persistent urging to Pakistan to not allow territory under its control to not be used for terrorist activities nothing was done,” DGMO Singh said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday also chaired a cabinet committee meeting on security on the situation along Line on Control.

The meeting took place after Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire twice along the LoC in last 24 hours.

Pakistan on Thursday rejected India’s claim of a ‘surgical strike’ across the Line of Control (LoC), saying that the incident was ‘cross-border fire’.

“There has been no surgical strike by India,instead there had been cross border fire initiated and conducted by India which is existential phenomenon. As per rules of engagement same was strongly and befittingly responded by Pakistani troops,” said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in its press release.

“The notion of surgical strike linked to alleged terrorists bases is an illusion being deliberately generated by Indian to create false effects,” the release said.

ISPR also said that 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,” release added.

Addressing media, DGMO Lt Gen Ranveer Singh said that India conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads last night across the Line of Control (LoC) and inflicted significant casualties and heavy damages.

Singh also said that 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.

With agencies