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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                    Manish Singh
                    Oct 3, 2016 at 6:15 am
                    Kid. Remember 1971.
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                      Umar
                      Oct 3, 2016 at 12:39 am
                      Surgical strike lol all I'll say is a movie tht didn't do too well as for denials India was even in denial when stan came into being so let's stop denials but the major point is wars don't serve any purpose peace does and I can bet my life pak soldiers and equipment is far ahead of India our soldiers r way too motivated so the honest truth is lets take a chill pill and enjoy I am shocked at Hindu talibans the way they wanna go for war makes me laugh
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                        Umar
                        Oct 3, 2016 at 12:48 am
                        Well lets take it this way we call all those terrorists who kill innocent people if I am rite what did modi the Hindu Taliban leader did in Gujarat come out of this rut of Hindu and Muslims, talk abt peace or everyone's dhotis will be wet.and mind u when u talk abt 71 as I read in one of the comments don't forget northern Muslims ruling entire India almost for 1000 years or so but thts not the point the point is live and let live so do t talk abt 71 only history goes way back
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                          Vivek
                          Oct 2, 2016 at 3:37 pm
                          Even kArgills is denied ye log nahi sudrenge
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                            Vivek
                            Oct 2, 2016 at 3:45 pm
                            Take them to balouch POk and show them what are u doing once CPEC is built over balouch bodies balouch will become slaves in their own houses and loose everything they have to act now or it will be never
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                              Vivek
                              Oct 2, 2016 at 3:32 pm
                              There is nothing to approve it is reality pak backed terrorists have been eliminated
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                                Aftab Ahmad
                                Oct 2, 2016 at 5:45 pm
                                What a intresting story, strik but at unknown location :-)
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                                  Ali Soren
                                  Oct 3, 2016 at 2:37 am
                                  Indian side cant allow journalists,,just as they have lost Kashmir, similarly , they are afraid they will lose the faith of their people....
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                                    Ali Soren
                                    Oct 3, 2016 at 2:42 am
                                    stupid people
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                                      Ammad Saleem
                                      Oct 2, 2016 at 4:35 pm
                                      We invite you to baluchistan, and you will see the balouchi people more patriotic stani then others living peaceful live, ur media and govt have made u fool's my friend.
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                                        Charles
                                        Oct 2, 2016 at 2:55 pm
                                        Where is our proof ? Every other person i meet is questioning the gov ?
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                                          anmol
                                          Oct 2, 2016 at 2:02 pm
                                          Good. Then stan has no reason to "hit back" as Rahil Sharif and Hafiz Sayeed had announced on day one after the so called surgical strike by India
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                                            Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
                                            Oct 2, 2016 at 8:35 pm
                                            Has the Indian Army said that it had sent its paratroopers inside PoK by helicopters and the forces carried out the firing and destruction inside PoK. It has only told that 'surgical attack was done on militant launch pads and may militants have been killed. Later there was some news that the paratroopers were brought from distant bases to the LoC. It does not mean that the troops were dropped on the other side of LoC which is held by stan. These troops could have been special forces and they were dropped on Indian side of LoC at strategic locations and they fired at the militant camps. All other things are what the media has imagined and not what the army has officially spoken. As someone has told this surgical attack could have been something like laprascopic one done from this side of LoC. And the destruction caused also could not have been as much as the media has imagined. All this exercise was to boost the morale of average Indian which has gone down after Uri attack.
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