India hits Pakistan terror launchpads in surgical strikes along LoC

Surgical strikes along LoC: India had repeatedly warned Pakistan not to allow its territory to be used for terrorist activities.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 29, 2016 6:31 pm
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India conducted surgical strikes last night along the LoC to safeguard our nation, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday. “Significant casualties have been caused to terrorists and those trying to shield them. We don’t have a plan to further conduct such strikes. India has spoken to Pakistan,” DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said.

“Based on receiving specific and credible inputs that some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launch pads along Line of Control to carryout infiltration and conduct terrorist strikes inside Jammu and Kashmir and in various metros in other states, the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes at several of these launch pads to pre-empt infiltration by terrorists. The operations were focussed on ensuring that these terrorists do not succeed in their design to cause destruction and endanger the lives of our citizens.

“During these counter terrorist operations significant casualties were caused to terrorists and those providing support to them. The operations aimed at neutralizing terrorists have since ceased. We do not have any plans for further continuation. However, the Indian Armed Forces are fully prepared for any contingency that may arise,” the DGMO said. No Indian casualties occurred during the surgical strikes that were carried out last night by the Indian Army.

“We have recovered items including GPS which have Pakistani markings. Captured terrorists hailing from PoK or Pakistan have confessed to their training in Pakistan or in Pakistan controlled region,” Singh said.

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“I spoke to the Pak DGMO, shared our concerns and told him that we conducted surgical strikes last night: DGMO Singh said.

PM Narendra Modi had informed President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President and former Prime Minister Mahmohan Singh on the surgical strikes. Jammu and Kashmir Governor and CM Mehbooba Mufti have also been informed about the surgical strike.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh has informed Chief Ministers of Punjab, West Bengal and Odisha, CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury and Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad about surgical strikes.

The press conference was jointly conducted by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Defence.

Meanwhile, Pakistan, in a statement issued has said: At least two Army men were killed as Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire over the Line of Control in “Azad Jammu and Kashmir”. The exchange of fire began at 2:30am, ISPR said, and continued till 8:00am. “Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing on the LoC in Bhimber, Hotspring Kel and Lipa sectors,” the statement said.

India had repeatedly warned Pakistan not to allow its territory to be used for terrorist activities. Besides, India had called for an international diplomatic boycott of Pakistan as it shielded terrorists on its land. At the United Nations General Assembly, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Pakistan was a terror state and it need to rein in terror elements.

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Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security to discuss the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control. Also present at the meeting were Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, NSA Ajit Doval, and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.

Three ceasefire violations by Pakistan were reported along the LoC in the last 24 hours.

Prime Minister Modi was also scheduled to hold a high-level meeting on Thursday to review the Most Favoured Nation status granted to Pakistan, but that meeting has now been rescheduled for next week.

India had also summoned Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit and handed over evidence that proved the terrorists that attacked an army base in Uri and left 19 jawans dead, did come in from across the Line of Control.

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    Krishnan Chundharan Krishnan
    May 23, 2017 at 8:15 pm
    stan is already a well known nation for exporting and training of terrorists. Like North Korea , world body must isolate stan also.
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      Abhinav Gour
      Sep 29, 2016 at 5:26 pm
      Appropriate action executed by Indian Army. A much awaited action since decades of our patience . An innumerable salutes to our Indian Army because of u India shines. Proud of u 🇮🇳 # surgical strike
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        asdasd
        Sep 29, 2016 at 1:48 pm
        BUAHAHAHHAHA .. CALLING LOC CROSSFIRE A surgical strike .!!!!! illiterate indians
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          smd ibrahim
          Sep 29, 2016 at 12:03 pm
          le kuthhe kafir kuin muslims ku involve karra eeaa bath ind vs pak ki haii muslim vs hindu ki nahee
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            Abhay
            Sep 29, 2016 at 11:08 am
            How about a respect for the human lives.. I am sure everybody who has a slightest sense of patriotism would die for his or her country if the situation demands as one should , but is it a crime to respect human life.. If somebody gives you a bomb and asks you to drop in a heavily poted area in stan killing many stanis just to prove a point that india is the greatest country and we know how to give a for tat ? I don't think so and if you feel so, you should get yourself checked.. the most important thing is that as country and armed forces we should know how to keep our own
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              Abhay
              Sep 29, 2016 at 11:10 am
              Placing strong words and showing emotions doesn't make you a true Indian..
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                Ak
                Sep 29, 2016 at 8:27 am
                A normal exchange of fire across loc nd India calls it 'surgical strikes'. India behaving like a petulant kid now.
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                  Rajiv
                  Sep 29, 2016 at 10:21 am
                  Welcome Indian Army. Bravo. It's 56 inch if Indian Army/PM and every Indian.
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