Islamabad denied on Thursday that Indian military forces carried out “surgical strikes” across the Line of Control and described it as “cross-border fire”, saying Pakistani troops had responded strongly to the offensive.
In a strongly worded statement, the Pakistani army said India’s claim of a surgical strike was an “illusion” carried by New Delhi to create “false effects”.
“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 came after the Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launchpads across the LoC, resulting in significant casualties.
Gen Singh said India shared with Pak army details of the surgical strikes which followed “very specific information” that “terrorists” were positioning themselves in the launch pads along the LoC.
Tensions have escalated between India and Pakistan after a militant attack in Kashmir’s Uri killed 18 soldiers last week. Earlier in the day, two Pakistani soldiers were killed after Indian forces retaliated to “unprovoked firing” by Pakistani troops at two different areas along the Line of Control in Poonch.