India hiding casualties from cross border fire, Asim Bajwa says

Published: October 1, 2016
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DG ISPR ASIM BAJWA. PHOTO: REUTERS

DG ISPR ASIM BAJWA. PHOTO: REUTERS

Director General ISPR Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa said on Saturday that the military was certain of India having suffered casualties and was hiding details of it.

Bajwa made the remarks while speaking to journalists. He reiterated that the country’s armed forces were fully prepared to respond to any aggression, Radio Pakistan reported.

Briefing media persons in Baghsar area, Bhimber district near the Line of Control (LoC) on Saturday, Bajwa said war was not in anyone’s interest nevertheless. He further said that Pakistani troops had mounted a befitting response to Indian firing along the LoC early Saturday.

The DG ISPR also said they were sure that the Indian side had suffered causalities and was hiding details of it. He once again rejected Indian claims of carrying out surgical strikes in Pakistani territory as false and concocted.

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Meanwhile, Indian commander of Uri Headquarters Brigadier K Somashanker was reportedly shifted to another location until an investigation in the attack is concluded. Earlier on Thursday, at least two Pakistan Army soldiers were killed as Indian troops fired across the Line of Control in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

A day later, Asim Bajwa dismissed the Indian claim of ‘surgical strikes’ along the border, saying there had only been cross border fire initiated and conducted by the former. Pakistan and India have been involved in a tense verbal and diplomatic spat since the Uri attack. At least 18 Indian troops were killed in an attack on a military airbase in Sri Nagar near the Line of Control (LoC). India accused Pakistan of perpetrating the attack, a charge the latter denied categorically.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Smoke
    Oct 1, 2016 - 3:17PM

    Why would they declare their losses? They’re playing a psychological gameRecommend

  • Sanjay Sharma
    Oct 1, 2016 - 4:32PM

    Every soldier on duty is counted. Every soldier on a mission is counted. Every missing warrior is counted. And every martyr is counted. No country can befool herself by not counting her soldier whether alive or dead, as the nation is accountable to the family of soldier. However Bajwa saheb is speaking for his country for keeping nation’s morale high. And rightly so. But soon the truth will come out. Neither India nor Pakistan can hide it. Nevertheless war shouldn’t be an option. Jingoistic attitude will land both the countries in poor light in long run.Recommend

  • Khan
    Oct 1, 2016 - 4:48PM

    @Sanjay Sharma: I am Pakistani Soldier and for once absolutely agree with you here…!!!Recommend

  • AD
    Oct 1, 2016 - 5:08PM

    @Smoke: It is not possible to hide causalities in India. This is not Pakistan. Status has to be reported to the families.Recommend

  • abreez
    Oct 1, 2016 - 5:11PM

    Modi is quack doctor but what Pakistani media is showing to its viewer is not believable, Indian soldiers targeting by Pakistanis with LMG, laser designator and sniper rifles. LOC firing is not a new thing but Laser designator and sniper rifles will make human life at LOC very cheap and both sides will suffer ultimately.Recommend

  • patriot
    Oct 1, 2016 - 6:08PM

    @Sanjay Sharma:
    Martyrs are those who believe in life after life, you hindus probably don’t believe in that. You can check up the social media where some of your so called soldiers are shown being shot like turkeys by the Pak army. Now we are waiting for your evidence of your so called surgical strikeRecommend

  • ghazal- india
    Oct 1, 2016 - 7:15PM

    when there was no raid , how come casualties . both sides be happy with their version. Recommend

  • A human
    Oct 4, 2016 - 12:08PM

    War can never be a solution nor it will solve anything…But let me know one thing honestly..Why Afganistan which was a very humble society was replaced by taliban and who created them…Why 4-5 saarc countries denied visiting pakistan…I dont want to blame you but you need to introspect. Why international Cricket is not played in pakistan..These are few things that you must understand…Let us fight to eradicate poverty…and see who will won…Recommend

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