Army conducts surgical strikes on terror camps across LoC

Army conducts surgical strikes on terror camps across LoC DGMO said he had informed his Pakistani counterpart about the operation | PTI

Indian army conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir on Wednesday night causing significant casualties on terrorists, said Director General Military Operations Lt Gen. Ranbir Singh.

Talking to media soon after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the DGMO said he had informed his Pakistani counterpart about the operation.

"The strikes were carried out based on specific and credible information," he said.

The motive of this operation was to hit out at the terrorists who were planning to infiltrate into our territory, said Singh. No Indian casualties have been reported during the operation.

It is a matter of serious concern that there has been many infiltration bids by terrorists at LoC, he told a hurriedly called press briefing where External affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup was also present.

Despite our persistent urging to Pakistan to not allow their territory for terrorist activities, nothing was done, Singh said.

The DGMO said the operation had since ceased. "We do not have plans of further continuation of the operations. However, the Indian armed forces are fully prepared for any contingency that may arrived."

The surgical strikes came 11 days after a terror attack on an Indian army camp in Uri on September 18 killing 18 soldiers. The attack had escalated the tension between India and Pakistan with New Delhi accusing Islamabad of facilitating infiltration of terrorists across the LoC.

Pakistan, however, denied any surgical strike by India but admitted to the death of two soldiers in cross-LoC firing by Indian troops.

"The notion of surgical strike linked to alleged terrorists bases is an illusion being deliberately generated by Indian to create false effects," a military statement said.

"This quest by Indian establishment to create media hype by rebranding 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, according to the

Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minisrer Nawaz Sharif warned India not to take Pakistan's peaceful intent as "our weakness".

Radio Pakistan quoted him as saying that the Indian operation led to the death of two Pakistani soldiers.

"Our intent for peaceful neighbourhood should not be mistaken as our weakness as our valiant forces are fully capable of defending the territorial integrity of our country," the prime minister said. He said Pakistan can "thwart any evil design made to undermine the sovereignty of Pakistan".

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