Pakistan takes journalists to LoC, tries to change surgical strike narrative

According to a report in the Express Tribune, the journalists were taken to Boxor Formation and Hot Springs Formation along the LoC.

Written by Kanishka Singh | New Delhi | Updated: October 3, 2016 12:58 pm
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Pakistan is trying to change the narrative about India’s surgical strikes on terror launchpads along the LoC on early Thursday morning. In a trademark denialist mode, Pakistani military officials took busloads of Pakistani and foreign journalists to two forward positions on their side of the LoC to show them that there were “no surgical strikes” conducted by the Indian Army on terrorist launchpads and it was only cross border firing.

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Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa, the director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), escorted journalists from international news outlets to prove wrong the Indian Army’s claim. According to a report in the Express Tribune, the journalists were taken to Boxor Formation and Hot Springs Formation along the LoC. It said: “The purpose of the embedded tour was to allow journalists to independently investigate the Indian claim. If the Indian military has really carried out a cross-border strike, then it should also open up their side of the LoC to the media.”

Prominent media outlets represented included CNN, BBC, VOA, Reuters, AP, AFP, News Week and BBC Urdu Service.

The BBC report said: “As we were getting ready to be taken to the second location, one of the senior officers accompanying us said that had there been a “surgical strike” – as India claims – there would have been many more dead bodies and a lot more damage. The area seemed intact, but if there were more dead bodies we would have no way of knowing. We only saw what we were shown.”

The LoC, which is the de facto border between India and Pakistan in Kashmir, is the most militarised border front in the world. It is also unusual for the military to take journalists to forward positions. Journalists are rarely allowed to visit these areas and if they are then it is only with military escort and supervision.

The Pakistani ISPR took the journalists to locations where they claimed two Pakistani troops were killed and also contended that there are no signs of destruction visible anywhere near those locations. Villagers, who live nearby, said that the Indian troops in the visible border outpost never lost their posts during the fated night. This is also being peddled as an argument by Pakistan.

By common logic, special ops teams that carried out covert surgical strikes on terror launchpads would not be mobilised from the border outposts. Furthermore, the fact that villagers were not able to catch the teams is also a sign of the effectively carried out operations which by its very covert nature needs to be swift and secretive. The villagers agree to hearing lots of crossfire and army showed journalists that normal life continues. However, no media outlet seemed to question India’s claims and simply awaited India’s response on Pakistan’s actions.

The surgical strike was carried out as a counter infiltration operation along the LoC. According to reports, Indian Army killed at least 38 terrorists during the operation.

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    prakash gotimukul
    Oct 3, 2016 at 1:32 am
    In a state controlled by terrorists backed by army, what else do you expect. Army can show any portion of 1200 km border and foolish editors of media will accept and write fiction . This country Pak is a terror state. Its like Bagdadi saying that they follow all laws and his people are very happy. Pak is almost like ISIS
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      cherans
      Oct 2, 2016 at 5:54 pm
      Can Pak now at least tell how many soldiers died during Kargil war?. They even did not take their bodes...
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        Chander Pal
        Oct 2, 2016 at 11:02 pm
        It's all the propaa of the Indian army. 1971 did not happen. Osama was not in Pak
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        Deer
        Oct 3, 2016 at 2:46 am
        Piggistan always says this only its an expected reaction nothing new in it
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        Shahzeb
        Oct 7, 2016 at 4:28 pm
        Did India take its media to LOC ?? no, because there's no proof of that. Soon indian army will reveal videos of fake sergical strike what they are making to show its public. lt;br/gt;every indian once must think why videos or proof late ?? because they don't have any proof now.
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          Shahzeb
          Oct 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm
          Modi govt is doing all of this just for the gain of political interest because in India, the one who is anti-muslim, anti-stani, is the best and would be selected easily without by its public.
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            Shahzeb
            Oct 7, 2016 at 4:25 pm
            garrulous you are just.
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              Fire
              Oct 2, 2016 at 4:15 pm
              stan has exposed the lie of Modi
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