- Pakistan Fuming, Says 2 Soldiers Killed in What India Calls ‘Surgical Strikes’ on Militants
India claims it carried out surgical strikes against Pakistani-based militants across the de facto border in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir – a claim which Islamabad denies, accusing India of firing across the border and killing two soldiers.
Referring to the alleged strikes, India’s Director General of Military Operations Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh said in a Thursday statement that “some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launchpads along the Line of Control.”
“The Indian Army conducted surgical strikes last night at these launchpads. Significant casualties have been caused to these terrorists and those who are trying to support them.”
“The operations aimed at neutralizing the terrorists have since ceased,” he told a press conference in the Indian capital New Delhi, as quoted by AFP. He did not elaborate on the nature of the operations, or whether Indian troops had entered Pakistani-controlled territory.
Singh said the action followed “specific and credible information” that terrorists were waiting to carry out attacks on India’s territory. He said the Indian Army had informed Pakistan about the operation, and is “prepared for any contingency that may arise.” Singh claimed that India’s military has foiled 20 infiltration attempts by terrorists this year.
“India is doing this only to please their media and public,” Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Asif replied in a statement cited by Reuters.