Uri aftermath: Global media doubts surgical strike claims

Published: October 4, 2016
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Indian Air Force 'Garuda' commandos descend from a helicopter during IAF Exercise Iron Fist 2016 at Pokhran in the western Indian state of Rajasthan on March 18, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Indian Air Force 'Garuda' commandos descend from a helicopter during IAF Exercise Iron Fist 2016 at Pokhran in the western Indian state of Rajasthan on March 18, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

India’s claims of cross-border ‘surgical strikes’ are being taken with a pinch of salt even by the international media.

Leading US newspaper, The Washington Post, in an article on Sunday published interviews of locals living along the Line of Control. The majority of villagers in the three areas along the LoC said that they did not witness any cross-border movement of troops or hear the sound of any helicopters.

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The residents of Bhimber, Chamb and Sahmani said that a heavy exchange of fire did take place, although no one said that “they had seen or heard anything that supported India’s claim that it carried out cross-border strikes on several staging areas for militant groups that left “double digits” of militants dead,” according to the article.

Another well-reputed publication, ‘The Diplomat’, in a piece titled ‘Is India Capable of a Surgical Strike in Pakistan Controlled Kashmir?’ raised some serious questions about the capabilities of the Indian military.

The article asks whether the Indian forces have the requisite capability for those much-hyped ‘surgical strikes’. The piece takes a critical look into India’s defence system, stating that the majority of the acquired warfare mechanisms and machinery are along the ‘Cold War’ lines.

It also blatantly states that most of the Indian machinery is in a ‘training and testing’ or rather an ‘infancy’ phase.

According to a BBC Urdu article, when the locals residing merely two kilometres away from Indian check-posts were inquired about the strikes they said: “What surgical strikes? That day there was just more than usual firing.”

It seems that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, under exceeding pressure following the Uri attacks, made a face-saving move, which lacks the substance to make it convincing and credible.

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Moreover, the Indian army’s muddled up and porous information also raised more doubts regarding the authenticity of such ‘strikes’.

Interestingly, Pakistan Army after firmly denying the claims of strikes also took independent journalists to the LoC at Baghsir, 20 kilometres from Bhimber to show the situation on ground.

DG ISPR General Asim Saleem Bajwa stressed that while Pakistan has brought journalists to the LoC and is showing them the situation on ground, India is not allowing the same access to its own people which is suspicious.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Salman
    Oct 4, 2016 - 9:54AM

    To all Indians “ignorance is bliss” . Try to catch up with CNN and BBC rather local news channels who create as much hype as Rajnikanth. Peace out !Recommend

  • Shahid
    Oct 4, 2016 - 10:15AM

    Those who think that indians did infiltrate and killed so many ‘terrorists’ sitting like lame ducks on ‘launching pads’ are literally insane. First, I belong to Azad kashmir and my whole family lives there, there have been no such thing as crossing of Indian soldiers into Azad kashmir. Secondly, what is a launching pad? Do these ‘terrorists’ have rockets in them through which they are launched from a launching pad and indians conveniently came and killed them all? What nonsense. This low even by indian standards. Recommend

  • LOL
    Oct 4, 2016 - 10:25AM

    LOOOL. Modi hitting himself in the foot and the hands and the face and the head. Recommend

  • waqas ahmad
    Oct 4, 2016 - 10:30AM

    @ All indians,
    You guys can only arrest Pakistani Pigeons, indians can only conduct surgical strikes in flop bolliwood movies, this is not anything that indian can do. dont troll yourself your nation has lost the credibility, now you guys need a surgical strike on modi ge.Recommend

  • paki
    Oct 4, 2016 - 11:15AM

    @ waqas ahmed
    they cant arrest pakistani pigeons even pakistani pigeons are smarter than indian army………..Recommend

  • Syed
    Oct 4, 2016 - 2:10PM

    Somebody should tell Modi’s Government that what happened at URI is surgical Strike and not that what Indian Government and media are falsely claiming.Recommend

  • Beef Soup
    Oct 4, 2016 - 2:14PM

    @Salman:
    What? Indians loves living in their dreams. Only an Indian can gloat about having 3rd largest economy when significant portion of the country is in poverty.Recommend

  • optimist
    Oct 4, 2016 - 2:48PM

    why is it so quiet here today? whose missing i wonder!Recommend

  • Sri Varahadev
    Oct 4, 2016 - 3:08PM

    When India has not disclosed precise locations of its on foot across LoC surgical strikes, how can Punjabi dominated Military of Pakistan claim a precise location for an event that they say did not happen and then take journalists to those locations? Do Pakistani’s believe that Punjabi dominated Military of Pakistan are able to read minds of the Indian Army?Recommend

  • saleem
    Oct 4, 2016 - 3:30PM

    We may all be laughing about this surgical strike claim that has back fired but I fear there is more then meets the eye. Modi is not a kid nor are the advisors around him. An online stock agent connection told me that there was unusual short sell orders placed for Sense (Bombay Stock Exchange) by specific institutional investors that day . While people are arguing whether the strike happened and the Indian trolls trying to be devils advocate but the benefit is already reaped at their expense. There are people who made millions if not billions as result of the drastic fall in stock exchange. Your leaders have there guns unto you !!! I would suggest investigative journalists in India to get the assessment of those who benefited through stock market dramatic fall and rise.Recommend

  • Wise man
    Oct 4, 2016 - 9:21PM

    @priyadarshi Raghav you ask your generals where is the proof? The onus of proof is upon India. You people are being fooled by your own elected gov. Recommend

  • Rustam
    Oct 5, 2016 - 1:34PM

    @saleem: Very good and very valid observation. However, you should realize that you are addressing it to brain washed and dumb Indians They are also being kept ignorant by virtual censorship in India Recommend

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