Pakistan Army rubbishes India's claim of 'surgical strikes' along LoC

Published: September 29, 2016
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A file photo of Pakistan Army a the disputed Line of Control (LoC). PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of Pakistan Army a the disputed Line of Control (LoC). PHOTO: AFP

At least two Pakistan Army soldiers were killed as Indian troops fired across the Line of Control in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday, dismissing the Indian claim of ‘surgical strikes.’

“India’s claims of surgical strikes are baseless,” DG ISPR Asim Bajwa said in a statement. “There has been no surgical strike by India, instead there had been cross border fire initiated and conducted by India.”

The military’s media wing added, “As per rules of engagement same was strongly and befittingly responded by Pakistani troops”.

Pakistan denies India’s claim of surgical strikes along LoC

The exchange of fire took place in the Bhimber, Hot Spring, Kel and Lipa sectors, and lasted about six hours early on Thursday, the military’s media wing said.

Bajwa said the notion of surgical strike linked to alleged terrorist 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,” the statement said. “Pakistan has made it clear that if there is a surgical strike on Pakistani soil, same will be strongly responded.”

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India’s military had 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.

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“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 he had called his Pakistani counterpart to
inform him of the operation.

Small firearms used in attack: Defence minister

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said Indian claims of surgical strikes were a lie, adding small firearms were used during the skirmish across the LoC and Pakistani forces responded in a befitting manner.

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PM Nawaz condemns Indian ‘naked aggression’ in AJK

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the “naked aggression of Indian forces”.

A statement from the Prime Minister’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”.

NSA briefs PM on LoC situation

National Security Adviser General Nasir Janjua submitted a comprehensive report on the current LoC situation, reported Radio Pakistan.

The prime minister expressed satisfaction on the level of preparedness of the Pakistani armed forces to match any provocation by Indian army.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also met with the prime minister and discussed the current security situation with him at length.

Pakistani nation is proud of valiant armed forces: COAS

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has said the entire Pakistani nation was proud of its valiant armed forces, which always stood behind the military in an event of a war.

The army chief expressed these remarks during a meeting with members of National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defence Production at the military headquarters in Rawalpindi. “COAS General Raheel Sharif welcomed the parliamentarians to GHQ.

PM convenes multiple meetings to assess LoC situation

The prime minister has decided to convene a cabinet meeting on Friday to assess the deteriorating situation across the Line of Control (LoC) .

“PM Nawaz has decided to convene a cabinet meeting on Friday where deteriorating situation in the IOK will be the top agenda,” a statement issued by the prime minister’s office said.

In South Asia, water is thicker than blood

“Besides, PM will discuss the evolving situation after his UNGA visit and constructive bilateral meetings with heads of state/government, and the UN secretary general to consolidate the gains during the prime minister’s visit to New York.”

The prime minister has also called on Tuesday a meeting of National Security Committee with special invitation to all the chief ministers to deliberate at length the emerging scenario across the LoC and brutal oppression in IOK.

Nawaz also called a joint session of the Parliament to reaffirm the national resolve for safeguarding the sovereignty of the country, the statement added.

UN urges restraint

Following tensions, the United Nations has urged India and Pakistan to exercise restraint.

“The United Nations calls on the government of India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and encourage them to continue their efforts to resolve their differences peacefully and through dialogue,” said UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric.

UN officials are following the increase in tensions in Kashmir “with great concern”, said Dujarric, adding that UN military observers were in contact with both sides to try to obtain further information.

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Reader Comments (54)

  • ahmed
    Sep 29, 2016 - 12:27PM

    Good job India, you asked for a war now in return you will also get a “surgical strike” followed with our lame justification. If it is confirmed by our military then nothing is going to stop us from returning some strikes back, you have no right to bomb our country and expect to get away with it.Recommend

  • Fast
    Sep 29, 2016 - 12:35PM

    Another drama but good to fool poor Indian people.Recommend

  • salman
    Sep 29, 2016 - 12:38PM

    Is that the same Indian DGMO cell which instantly claimed that the guns recovered from the Uri rebels had Pakistani marking ? P.S.Later their own investigation team denied his claim about the guns.

    So now they are also equating border firing equal to surgical strikes ? LOLRecommend

  • harkol
    Sep 29, 2016 - 12:39PM

    hmm.. Good narrative. Stops this situation from escalating.Recommend

  • Mayor
    Sep 29, 2016 - 12:57PM

    There is certainly truth in it after Pakistani soldiers died. They must have died while Indian forces were marching into Pakistan. Who knows the real casualties, it may be more. It is hard to believe only 2 Pakistani soldiers died. Recommend

  • Vectra
    Sep 29, 2016 - 1:02PM

    Lets forget denial as this denial has taken this country Pakistan down.So lets analyze it.

    India conducted 8 urgical strikes 3Km inside Pakistan for 2 or more hours as reported by Joint Indian MEA – Army DGMO’s press conference & Indian media

    The detailed report says Indian para special forces goes 3 Km inside Pakistan for strike which lasted for 2-3 hours and targeted terror camps and said inflicted ‘significant’ and heavy casualties.It also caused heavy damage not just above 2 reported.The report says that Pakistan Army men were killed when they came to protect the terrorists and in process gets killed although no of Pakistan Army killed was not revealed.

    This seems is also confirmed by sudden US NSA Susan Rice’s sudden phone call to Indian NSA Ajit Doval last night after full 12 days of Uri incident and India’s along with 3 other nations cancelling SAARC participation yesterday as well.

    So the question why deny if the things happened and US knows them as well and world will know them as well.

    Make Peace Not Fight—ThanksRecommend

  • Navik
    Sep 29, 2016 - 1:05PM

    @ahmed:
    Pakistan denied it.. Its good news for India, market is improving…. Otherwise it would be an another conflict and market will crash again… Recommend

  • SB
    Sep 29, 2016 - 1:09PM

    @ahmed: Be calm down and control emotion. It is serious matterRecommend

  • Raja
    Sep 29, 2016 - 1:11PM

    Endians don’t have the guts to do a surgical strike, they know the strength of Pak Army. They fired at line of control and gave it a name of surgical strike to save their busted image. Recommend

  • abhi
    Sep 29, 2016 - 1:15PM

    Good for Pakistan. If there was no surgical strike they should be happy.Recommend

  • JSM
    Sep 29, 2016 - 1:16PM

    @ahmed:
    You have to admit first that this has happened.Recommend

  • Tp
    Sep 29, 2016 - 1:16PM

    Let’s see what “muh thod jawab” Mr.Khwaja Asif can give.Recommend

  • chinto
    Sep 29, 2016 - 1:17PM

    Indians are only making false claims to please their public. When there will be surgical strike the whole world see the strike back.Recommend

  • curious2
    Sep 29, 2016 - 1:37PM

    there had been cross border fire initiated and conducted by India which is existential phenomenon
    .
    Who talks like that? Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 29, 2016 - 1:37PM

    @Tp:
    For us to respond, the Indians actually have to do something!!!Recommend

  • Suresh
    Sep 29, 2016 - 1:42PM

    @chinto:

    So, you agree that, Pakistan did the strike first.Recommend

  • illpopo
    Sep 29, 2016 - 1:48PM

    Indian army and government under immense pressure are trying to fool their nation by using the word “surgical strike”! Surgical strike is highly coordinated, calculated, well targeted and result oriented arrangement. Killing couple of solders in cross border firing is nothing new for both sides.Recommend

  • Amit
    Sep 29, 2016 - 1:48PM

    @ahmed:
    Problem with u guys is you talk to much, and do nothing other than using proxies.
    Take my words Pakistan will do nothing even after second surgical strike and Indian army needs to worry about on one thing that is operational casualties.
    Seriously can do nothing.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Sep 29, 2016 - 1:56PM

    @Raja:
    Never in the history of the region now called Punjab has it ever stood up to invaders. First Bluster then surrender at the first opportunity is the standard operating procedure. Recommend

  • Spectra
    Sep 29, 2016 - 2:09PM

    @Vectra so patriotic of you ! Aren’t you from across the border Recommend

  • Bhaichara Amanpasand
    Sep 29, 2016 - 2:17PM

    Let’s fight against poverty & corruption and let’s work for peace!Recommend

  • Shreyas
    Sep 29, 2016 - 2:37PM

    Any individual with some degree of commonsense will know that surgical strike by Indian forces did occurred last night. As usual Pakistan Army will deny this to keep their reputation and moral high. We do not need to remind them of Osama’s incident.Let’s look at some indicators to confirm the Surgical strike.

    Susan Rice Call to Ajit Doval this morning. Clear indication that U.S. was aware of this Strike.
    Narendra Modi postponed MFN status meeting with LOC issue meeting.
    Nawaz Sharif and Rahil meeting this morning.
    John Kerry’s call to Sushama Swaraj( Last 2days)

    So now pakistan army is trying to save their face by calling it cross boarder firing.Recommend

  • Rajesh
    Sep 29, 2016 - 2:41PM

    I don’t understand how long Pakistan shall remain in denial state.Recommend

  • Tp
    Sep 29, 2016 - 2:51PM

    @Pakistani: Convenient, isn’t it? All you have to do is keep saying no strikes happened. That way, you don’t have to walk the talk. :-)Recommend

  • Vectra
    Sep 29, 2016 - 2:52PM

    @Spectra:
    I gave a news only and this looks fact,i hate denying.

    If happened the Pakistan Army should say yes why shy away btw apart from above as i said, the Indian report also says the timing of its happening was from 2 AM and onward and they reported that even before Pakistan Army denying it in press.The timing of 2.30 AM was also given by DAWN in its article today.So how Dawn & Indian media timing of 2Am matches when the fact is India did press conference much earlier than Pakistan Army’s statement???Recommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 29, 2016 - 3:04PM

    India stirs up trouble one day before Imran Khans protest march……the timing coincides with the PML-N’s statements yesterday on TV advising Imran to desist….coincident ?Recommend

  • wiki
    Sep 29, 2016 - 3:09PM

    Youshould fight against poverty and government who causes poverty.Recommend

  • Taxzu
    Sep 29, 2016 - 3:13PM

    @vectra
    For the information of Indians, at LOC forces are standing eyeball to eyeball. All the posts are 2 to 3 km apart. I have been to azad kashmir and I can see indian posts by naked eye. So only idea of having terrorist camps at LOC is ridiculous. Also what were so many militant doing at LOC. were they going to attend a wedding ceremony or partying. They have named it surgical strike just to feed the war hysteria created by Indian Media.Recommend

  • Nasir
    Sep 29, 2016 - 3:19PM

    @Mayor:
    It’s hard to believe there has no been Indian casulties don’t joke yourself Modi is just trying to get out from the pressure he is facing!Recommend

  • chinto
    Sep 29, 2016 - 3:29PM

    @Vectra
    If there will be surgical strike then the whole world see the strike back. And this is only face saving tactics by your media and establishment. Recommend

  • FAZ
    Sep 29, 2016 - 3:43PM

    @Vectra:
    I think you should read Seymour Hersh’s report about Bin Ladin. There are many conspiracy theories and then comes up the facts. For that matter Samjhota express is also an example. We all know India “had” to do something. The word surgical strike could not have been eaten back by Modi sahib.
    So
    Cheers..
    Be happyRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 29, 2016 - 3:48PM

    @Tp:
    Further proves that you are living in lala land. Besides just because you say so strikes happened does not make it so either. So dream on :)))Recommend

  • S
    Sep 29, 2016 - 5:03PM

    We Pakistanis are not jingoistics like Indians.We are a very graceful nation.Recommend

  • Iqra
    Sep 29, 2016 - 5:19PM

    If there would have been any surgical strike, the whole world would have known that. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 29, 2016 - 5:27PM

    @Amit:
    Right, second strike but what about the first one?!!Recommend

  • Akhil
    Sep 29, 2016 - 5:28PM

    @Iqra:
    Did you check BBC?Recommend

  • Kam
    Sep 29, 2016 - 5:30PM

    I dont see any headlines on cnn or bbc yet…world seem to be too busyRecommend

  • Abc
    Sep 29, 2016 - 5:31PM

    The international media is reporting that surgical strikes did happen. The US has the capability to know what happens on every inch if the planet all the time. Lets see what they have to say….Recommend

  • Zahid
    Sep 29, 2016 - 6:02PM

    This ‘surgical strike’ was by snipers positioned well inside Indian Occupied Kashmir. The rest is a game of smokescreens and mirrors to cater to different audiences as per Indian plans to ‘isolate’ Pakistan. Sad part is this will be ‘befittingly’ responded to. It means few more sons, brothers, fathers, husbands would die unnecessarily on both sides. No one wins. Life goes on. Pathetic. Kitna badal gaya insaan.Recommend

  • Sabi
    Sep 29, 2016 - 6:28PM

    Pakistan should fight like a good boxer who keep his head cool wait for hot head opponent to make a blunder and then knock him down with one punch. India will regret chosing such a mad man.Recommend

  • Shehzad
    Sep 29, 2016 - 7:24PM

    Surical strike is a figment of their imagination.

    Majority of the Indian population is being fed by the politicians and media nexus.

    The indian army initiated unprovoked artillery fire that resulted in Pakistani soldiers losing their lives.

    Unfortunately more lives will be lost on both aides as a result of Indian brinkmanship.Recommend

  • curious2
    Sep 29, 2016 - 8:26PM

    Indian claims don’t make much sense to me. If the terrorist camps were only 3km was the border then why not take them out with modern artillery or cruise missiles? Sending troops across the border risk capture, injury, death and I suspect the USA would have only risked troops if capture of terrorist was the goal or maybe concern over civilian casualties – neither seemed a priority in this case. Doesn’t seem like the reward was worth the risk. Recommend

  • Kashmiri
    Sep 29, 2016 - 8:26PM

    Lol…. I live not very far from the unprovoked firing by Indians and I can tell you it was indiscriminate firing…. unbelievable how they are feeding lies to their public…. truth will come out in the next few days and modi will have to answer his critics on why he lied. Recommend

  • Peshawar ka afghan
    Sep 29, 2016 - 8:29PM

    @Rajesh:
    Until you admit there was no surgical strike….Recommend

  • fau
    Sep 29, 2016 - 8:33PM

    After Uri Brigade ‘s its another propaganda.
    This all is fabricated by indian intelligece
    to divert world attention from current IOK situation.

    Pak Army is not sleeping so that india can strike inside
    Azad Kashmir.

    By the way there is nothing all along LOC for surgical
    strikes.
    There are only poor villagers living there for
    hundreds of year.Recommend

  • Tp
    Sep 29, 2016 - 8:40PM

    @Sabi: Great strategy. But don’t wait for too long. The boxer may get old.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 29, 2016 - 8:47PM

    Dear Indians…. Just go to CNN site and read the news…. even they are saying clashes… so if u don’t believe us I hope u believe the CNN or better go and read bbc newsRecommend

  • AD
    Sep 29, 2016 - 9:44PM

    @Pakistani:
    See BBC news. CNN hardly covers South Asia.Recommend

  • Moin Ashraf
    Sep 29, 2016 - 10:06PM

    This is all fabrication and disinformation. The US uses this kind of tactics to gain advantage over its enemy, same is being followed by India. In real they dont have balls to attack or carry surgical strike. It was just a cross-border fire exchange between two. Indian PM (who was not permitted in US for his terrorist activities) and Indian establishment are purposely trying to deviate the Kashmir issue. India has installed high tech grids near their border so claiming that Uri attackers came from Pakistan side makes no sense. All Indian establishment want is to satisfy their extremists, war-mongering leaders for which they have fabricated this entire drama.Recommend

  • Gol gappa
    Sep 29, 2016 - 10:32PM

    Congrats. Indian stock market dipped. Bring it on so that it completely buckles down.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 29, 2016 - 10:44PM

    @AD:
    Unless you are reading a different BBC website…. the news on BBC clearly says that Indians are saying a surgical strike and Pakistanis are saying there is no surgical strike. And BBC is not making any statements on their own. So what are you trying to say.

    And CNN is reporting clashes not surgical strike….

    Only Indian media reporting surgical strikes… No no one else….go to sleep nowRecommend

  • Travis
    Sep 30, 2016 - 8:39AM

    Pakistan’s ONLY option is to deny strikes took place. Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place !!Recommend

  • Khizer Syed
    Sep 30, 2016 - 2:23PM

    Dear Indians
    You people lack the courage potential and and capability to attack Pakistan…
    Please stop airing false news … Pakistan army is one of the best army in the world way better than yours …Recommend

  • AD
    Sep 30, 2016 - 7:25PM

    @Khizer Syed: Best in world? Lol. Not the first time your sovereignty is breachedRecommend

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