The Indian Army conducted an overnight surgical strikes along the Line of Control in Pakistan on Thursday. The surgical strikes targeted seven terror launch pads across using heliborne and ground forces. Addressing a press conference, DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said India inflicted “significant casualties” on terrorists and those who are trying to support them. Several Indian leaders, across party lines have since hailed the Army for successfully executing surgical strikes and backed the Modi government’s decision as a befitting retaliation to Pakistan.
Here’s a quick guide on the entire operation:
What: India confirmed that surgical strikes were conducted along the LoC to safeguard our nation 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.
Pakistan, however, has dismissed India’s claim of surgical strike and has termed it as a “quest” by India to create media hype by re-branding cross-border fire, that killed their two soldiers, as a surgical strike. In a statement, Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday said, “The Pakistani Army gave befitting response to the Indian army. Indian Army opened up small arm fire last night on five sectors across LoC. India is doing this under a well-planned objective. If India tries to do this again, we will respond forcefully. India is doing this only to please their media and public.” Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack and said, “Strongly condemned the unprovoked and naked aggression of Indian forces resulting in martyrdom of two Pakistan soldiers along LoC.”
When: Indian news agencies reported that the strikes were conducted between 12:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m, Thursday. According to a statement released by Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the firing started around 2.30 am and continued well after dawn till 8.00 am on Thursday.
Where: The seven terror launch pads were located between 500 meters to three kilometres across the LoC in Pakistan. An ISPR statement said, town of Bhimber, Hotspring Kel and Lipa sectors in Pakistan were attacked.
Why: Thursday’s attacks were the latest in the offensives launched by India since the Uri attack. On September 18, four men executed what was one of the worst terrorist attacks on the Indian Army and killed 19 army jawans in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri in the rear office of an Indian Army infantry installation. The attackers are believed to have come from Pakistan. Since then, India has upped its diplomatic offensive against Pakistan in a bid to isolate the country internationally.
Causalities: The Defence Ministry confirmed that there were no causalities on the Indian side. The Pakistan side has accepted that two soldiers were killed in the early morning firing. There are some reports that upto 40 terrorists were killed in the strikes across multiple launchpads. However, the Indian defence apparatus has not yet authenticated any of these reports.