‘Surgical’ farce blows up in India’s face

Published: September 30, 2016
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File photo of Indian army on LoC.

File photo of Indian army on LoC.

ISLAMABAD: The Narendra Modi administration staged a drama on Thursday to placate a media-induced public frenzy following the Uri attack. The Indian military claimed that it had carried out ‘surgical strikes’ against perceived ‘terrorist launch pads’ on the Pakistani side of the Line of Control in disputed Kashmir region. But the Pakistani military ripped to shreds the Indian farcical claim as an “illusion being deliberately generated by the Indians to create false effects”.

“We deny it. There is no such thing on the ground. There is just the incident of the firing last night, which we responded to,” chief military spokesperson Lt Gen Asim Bajwa told a news channel. “There has been no surgical strike by India, instead there had been cross-border fire initiated and conducted by India,” the Inter-Services Public Relations added in a statement.

Pakistan Army rubbishes India’s claim of ‘surgical strikes’ along LoC

“As per rules of engagement, [the] same was strongly and befittingly responded by Pakistani troops,” the ISPR added.

The notion of a surgical strike is a “quest by the Indian establishment to create media hype by rebranding cross-border fire as surgical strike is fabrication of truth”. Pakistan Air Force also rubbished the Indian claim, saying “Pakistan’s air defence will be ensured at all costs”.

India’s media as well as hawks in its officialdom have been baying for blood since four gunmen mounted a brazen attack on a military base in Uri, in the disputed Kashmir region, on Sept 18, killing 18 Indian soldiers. The Modi administration has drawn a lot of flak over its reluctance to go for military adventurism. And Pakistani officials believe this is why this farcical drama was staged by the Indian military.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said India is trying to give false colour to the exchange of fire on the LoC to appease its trigger-happy people and media. “The firing on the LoC is a part of a well-thought-out plan to satisfy Indian public opinion,” he said in a statement. “Pakistani soldiers gave a befitting response to Indian aggression and our armed forces are fully prepared to do so  in case of any violation of ceasefire on the LoC.

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According to the ISPR, Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing at four sectors of the LoC, Bhimber, Hot Spring, Kel, and Lipa. The fire exchange started at 2:30am and continued till 8am, it added. Two Pakistani soldiers were killed in the firing. They were identified as Havaldar Jumma Khan and Naik Imtiaz.

It’s not the first time India has presumably avenged the Uri killings. The Quint news website claimed on Sept 21 that Indian army troops had conducted a cross-LoC surgical strike on the night between Sept 20 and 21 and ‘neutralised at least 20 terrorists’. The story was laughed off by Indian readers who questioned its veracity. Shame-facedly, however, The Quint cited Thursday’s ‘surgical strike’ as a proof of what it claims happened on Sept 20.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the ‘unprovoked and naked aggression’ of Indian forces. “Our intent for a peaceful neighbourhood should not be mistaken as our weakness,” Sharif said as he paid rich tributes to the martyred soldiers. He said Pakistan’s valiant forces were fully capable of defending the territorial integrity of the country and can thwart any evil design made to undermine the sovereignty of Pakistan.

India’s high commissioner was also summoned by the foreign secretary to reject the ‘baseless Indian claim’ of surgical strikes.  Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry condemned the unprovoked firing by the Indian forces on the LoC. “These incidents are a continuation of a pattern of ceasefire violations committed by India,” he said, adding that the armed forces of Pakistan would continue to give a befitting response to any act of aggression.

Chaudhry noted that India has deliberately escalated tensions at the LoC in order to divert attention of the international community from the grave situation in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, where the occupation forces have unleashed a reign of terror against innocent and defenceless people.

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The foreign secretary stated that Pakistan remains a victim of interference and Indian state-sponsored terrorism. In this regard, he referred to the confessional statement of serving Indian naval officer Kulbushan Jadhav, who had been carrying out terrorist and subversive activities in Pakistan, especially in Balochistan and Karachi.

Chaudhry also expressed Pakistan’s deep disappointment at India’s decision to pull out of the 19th Saarc summit. For its part, Pakistan is committed to the objective of regional cooperation, envisaged in the Saarc Charter.

Earlier in the day, a senior Indian army officer claimed that they had conducted ‘surgical strikes’ across the LoC to thwart attacks on some of its biggest cities. “Some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launch pads along the LoC,” said Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, the director general military operations of India, describing the intelligence information as ‘very specific and credible’.

“The Indian army conducted surgical strikes last night at these launch pads. Significant casualties have been caused to these terrorists and those who are trying to support them,” he told a news conference in New Delhi. “The operations aimed at neutralising the terrorists have since ceased,”

Singh said the decision to launch the strikes had been taken after the military determined the launch pads had been set up with “an aim to carry out infiltration and terrorist strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and various other metros in our country”. “The operations were basically focused to ensure that these terrorists do not succeed in their design of infiltration and carrying out destruction and endangering the lives of citizens of our country.”

He did not say whether the strikes had been carried out by the Indian air force or by ground troops.

The Indian DGMO said he had called his Pakistani counterpart to inform him of the operation, which had ended. But Lt Gen Bajwa said the contact between DGMOs only included communication regarding cross-border firing, which was within existing rules of engagement.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 30th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (46)

  • Haji Atiya
    Sep 30, 2016 - 9:33AM

    So, hypothetically speaking, if India dropped a nuke on Pakistan we can just say it was a natural phenomenon, a sandstorm….nothing out of the ordinary.Recommend

  • Ali
    Sep 30, 2016 - 9:33AM

    Hahaha. Indians have lost it. Recommend

  • Shabbir
    Sep 30, 2016 - 9:41AM

    This denial is nothing new. Pakistan even rubbished 1971.Recommend

  • salman
    Sep 30, 2016 - 9:45AM

    In next 24-36 hours, Indians themselves with start question their Army about the so called surgical strike. Funny part is, they claimed to enter into Pakistani side by 200 m in different location to take out the camps, wow 200 meters. Now who in the world will construct the the camps right at the LOC. Even if some Jihadis does, they can easily be taken out from the firing by Indian forces well inside their LOC and you don’t need to cross the border for that but ………just LOLRecommend

  • Vishal
    Sep 30, 2016 - 9:59AM

    Dear Pak civilians,
    Pakistan too is victim of such terrorist attack, don’t forget that these terrorist killed your children in school with zero point gun shot. So don’t get ashamed of the act of INDIA’s surgical strike on terrorist launch pads, rather welcome this act than atleast Indian Army cleaned ur garbage which was harming both.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Sep 30, 2016 - 10:01AM

    Can any Indian provide evidence of their surgical strike? When all this drama will get over?Recommend

  • JSM
    Sep 30, 2016 - 10:11AM

    Even if it is a frace, what credibility do Paksitan and ISPR have. Do not for get Osama bin Laden at Abottabad.Recommend

  • Ali
    Sep 30, 2016 - 10:15AM

    Why India has to hide in mountains and falsely claim surgical strikes. If India has to have surgical strikes, bring them to Lahore and other cities where it can be verified. The truth is that India does not have the balls to do it and Modi cheating his people. Recommend

  • Lusu paiyan
    Sep 30, 2016 - 10:26AM

    The Surgical Strikes is lies then, how the two Pak military man’s died..?Recommend

  • Buck
    Sep 30, 2016 - 10:31AM

    Did Pakistan not deny Abbottabad operation initially?Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 30, 2016 - 10:32AM

    @Vishal:
    Say No to drugs!!!Recommend

  • DK
    Sep 30, 2016 - 10:42AM

    I was listening to Bloomberg radio on the way back home tonight and heard Pakistani’s foreign office spokesman stating that the the attack by India was unprovoked and that proves that India does not want peace. I was skeptical of this surgical strike but the FO spokespersons statement made it very clear.

    So the Pakistani government is clearly misleading its citizens. And before you smear me as an Indian my parents were born in Karachi moved to US before my birth.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Sep 30, 2016 - 10:42AM

    May be the Hindu hardliners would have put up bounty on Modi’s head as well if he had not come up with such drama. No matter it looks farce to the onset, yet it delights Indian war frenzy media & public – and for BJP that offcourse is enough satisfaction. Brownie points scored domestically will yield results in upcoming state elections for them & will also put already under pressure main opposition party Congress on further defensive. Any rational Indian mind questioning the semantics of the so called surgical strikes will be muted or perhaps lynched to silence.Recommend

  • Haider
    Sep 30, 2016 - 10:45AM

    @Lusu paiyan
    Cross Border firingRecommend

  • wang fang
    Sep 30, 2016 - 10:57AM

    as per reports indian army says it has videographed the entire operation through drone cameras as well as helmet video capturing devices of special commandos who conducted the operation and india will release the videos at its time of choosing.jai hind.Recommend

  • abd
    Sep 30, 2016 - 11:02AM

    @vinsin:
    There is video evidence of the same… I’ve seen it.Recommend

  • optimist
    Sep 30, 2016 - 11:07AM

    @Lusu paiyan:
    Thats cross LOC firing you Einstein!Recommend

  • M Bilal
    Sep 30, 2016 - 11:09AM

    @Shabbir: If we accept the products being churned out by Indian propaganda machines, we are out of the denial mode. In a nutshell, till we have our own point of views or explanations, we are into a denial mode.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Sep 30, 2016 - 11:10AM

    @vinsin:
    Indian army claims to have drone footage, they will not make this claim because they will have to produce it at some pointRecommend

  • Usman
    Sep 30, 2016 - 11:10AM

    Why doesn’t India provide proofs of the so-called surgical strikes and refute the Pakistani narrative once and for all? What’s stopping them? Recommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala
    Sep 30, 2016 - 11:16AM

    We accept the arrangement of we keep doing and you keep denying, this way both of us are happy.Recommend

  • Udayakumar
    Sep 30, 2016 - 11:18AM

    This is the time when people on both sides of the boarder stand united to defeat the nefarious designs of vested interests of power; in India and Pakistan. The real culprits are safe and their families well protected and taken care of. The rewards of bloodshed safely get parked in foreign accounts. But the poor ignoramus mass stand to lose their lives, properties their dear ones and everything else. Patriotism, jingoism and martyrdom are their marketing tricks which the propagators have no faith at all – or else their family members would have gone to the war front inside of staying in safe sanctuaries.Recommend

  • sher khan
    Sep 30, 2016 - 11:27AM

    please take your dead and injured from LOC.Recommend

  • Deepak Arora
    Sep 30, 2016 - 11:27AM

    For years Pakistan denied the presence of Osama in Pakistan then one day America kiiled him there. Then Pakistan criticized America for Drone attack inside it but later came the fact that Pakistan army was also involved in it. This speaks volume of the credibility of Pakistan’s institutions. Now as far as India’s claim is concerned I will wait for videos that allegedly were taken during this raid.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Sep 30, 2016 - 11:35AM

    India has done what it needs to do,now it is Pakistan’s wish to either accept or not but India knows it,US knows it and all other 25 nations knows it.India has got live evidences too.Recommend

  • rakesh
    Sep 30, 2016 - 11:39AM

    @salman:
    who said 200m. all the press releases said 3kmRecommend

  • Np
    Sep 30, 2016 - 11:39AM

    @Ali:
    India wanted to attack terrorists who were hiding in mountain. Why would it track civilians in Lahore?Recommend

  • Anon
    Sep 30, 2016 - 11:45AM

    This is the best tactics by Pakistan to prevent escalation.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 30, 2016 - 11:48AM

    The first casualty of war is the truth.Recommend

  • Avnesh
    Sep 30, 2016 - 11:51AM

    Apparently, the IA has videos including drone videos and were all set to release it yesterday. But then realized that it would be proof that India violated the Shimla agreement. Perhaps they are rethinking what would be gained from releasing it versus what would be gained from allowing Pakistan to keep ambiguity publicly. Just wait & watch.Recommend

  • Avnesh
    Sep 30, 2016 - 11:51AM

    Apparently, the IA has videos including drone videos and were all set to release it yesterday. But then realized that it would be proof that India violated the Shimla agreement. Perhaps they are rethinking what would be gained from releasing it versus what would be gained from allowing Pakistan to keep ambiguity publicly. Just wait & watch.Recommend

  • Imran
    Sep 30, 2016 - 12:06PM

    @Li Wei
    Yes the video hasn’t been released by India since the movie’s shooting hasn’t started yet. On India’s time of preference (read completion of the film produced by Indian army) it will be released. ROFL :PRecommend

  • M Bilal
    Sep 30, 2016 - 12:08PM

    @DK:
    Lol, the foreign office was referring to Indian gun fire from within Indian occupied Kashmir. No one is denying that. You got to understand difference between cross border firing & surgical strikes.Recommend

  • B Pereira
    Sep 30, 2016 - 12:21PM

    @Srinivasulu Mekala:
    That’s the best outcome, suits India perfectly. India can continue such strikes and Pakistan will continue to deny they happened. Awesome!Recommend

  • salman
    Sep 30, 2016 - 12:30PM

    During Osama Bin Laden raid, ISPR and Pak Govt remained silent for 18 hours and than only Pakistani Govt released an official verdict. There was never any denied about the American raid. See here is the difference. Indian claim was rubbished by the Pakistani authorities both militarily and Govt with in no time infact heavy cross border was being reported since early Dawn and at 7.30 morning ISPR confirmed the deaths of 2 Pakistani soldiers. Recommend

  • Auginpk
    Sep 30, 2016 - 12:31PM

    Past masters in self illusion and denial. We know who does all this.Recommend

  • sid
    Sep 30, 2016 - 12:36PM

    @Lusu paiyan: have you ever heard of cross border firing?? get up.. its morning time..? lolzRecommend

  • Rahul
    Sep 30, 2016 - 12:39PM

    So far Pak has been accusing India of operation in their country and we denied. Now, when we say we did, they say we didn’t. LOL Recommend

  • wah wah
    Sep 30, 2016 - 12:46PM

    come on indians dont fly so high you are talking about which surgical strike? your DGMO is crying that the guy captured by Pakistan has inadvertedly crossed into azad kashmir…. Recommend

  • Amit
    Sep 30, 2016 - 1:23PM

    Your Govt & Army wants you to live in denial. So be it !!
    Just wait until the footage is made public. At least then you will realize.

    BTW, just for record. Many in Pakistan still claim that US never picked up Osama. Nothing of that sort has happened.

    Peace !Recommend

  • asad
    Sep 30, 2016 - 1:34PM

    To my dear Indian friends,

    If the ‘surgical’ thing is true: good for you, congratulations on doing something we’ve been doing to you for the last 20 years….clapping on the baby step…now chill out with all the war hype, and get back to work….
    Even if it is fabricated, congratulations on satifsying your public…now chill out with all the war hype, and get back to work…
    Recommend

  • Vectra
    Sep 30, 2016 - 1:47PM

    @wah wah:
    A “deserter”, plz see the meaning of deserter.All surgical team members are back unharmed and the person unknowingly crossed was not part of that team.Recommend

  • Shahid
    Sep 30, 2016 - 2:12PM

    Both sides need to stop this war mongering and come to their sensesRecommend

  • Mohamed
    Sep 30, 2016 - 3:29PM

    This type of news are not going to feed you neither money nor food. Go back to work and join hands with likely minded people and work towards the development of Pakistan. Recommend

  • optimist
    Sep 30, 2016 - 5:01PM

    lets conclude it all. It was a surgical strike on Indian intellect.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 30, 2016 - 5:07PM

    @Shahid:
    Take your advise across the border. Have a look at the Indian media first and then comment.Recommend

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