Pakistan on Thursday denied Indian claims of surgical strikes along the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
“India’s claims of surgical strikes are baseless,” DG ISPR Asim Bajwa said, adding that Pakistan is aware of its responsibilities.
“There has been no surgical strike by India, instead there had been cross border fire initiated and conducted by India which is existential phenomenon,” the military’s media wing ISPR said.
The statement added, “As per rules of engagement same was strongly and befittingly responded by Pakistani troops.”
“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 re branding 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,” the statement said.
Addressing the media, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said, “Indian claims of surgical strikes are a lie. There was exchange of firing along the LoC which Pakistan Army responded to.”
Earlier today, India’s military claimed it carried out “surgical strikes” along the de facto border with Pakistan in AJK to thwart a series of attacks being planned against major cities.
“Some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launchpads along the Line of Control,” Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, the army’s director-general of military operations, said in reference to the unofficial border in divided Kashmir.
“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 reporters in New Delhi, adding that he had called his Pakistani counterpart to
inform him of the operation.
Two Pakistan Army soldiers were killed on Thursday as Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing along the Loc in Bhimber, Kel and Lipa sectors, ISPR said.
The exchange of fire took place in the Bhimber, Hot Spring, Kel and Lipa sectors, and lasted about six hours early on Thursday, the Pakistani military’s press wing said in a statement. Pakistani troops mounted a fitting response to unprovoked Indian firing.
PM Nawaz condemns Indian ‘naked aggression’ in AJK
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the “naked aggression of Indian forces” Thursday after two Pakistani soldiers were killed in firing along the LoC.
A statement from PM Nawaz’s office said he “strongly condemned the unprovoked and naked aggression of Indian forces” and vowed the military was capable of thwarting “any evil design to undermine the sovereignty of Pakistan”.