Indian lie of ‘surgical strike’ exposed

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Journalists visit sites of Indian violation on LoC; PM convenes political meeting to discuss Indian provocations; Pak, India troops trade fire again

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—In a briefing to journalists at Baghsir, LoC, on Saturday, DG ISPR Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa exposed an India’s blatant lie of a surgical strike of which there is no evidence at the place where they claimed to have conducted the so-called ‘surgical strike’.
He said it’s impossible to conduct a surgical strike in a short time because the area is dominated by rugged mountains and tough terrain. Moreover, there are several posts held by Pakistani troops.
We are sure that the Indian soldiers have lost lives during the unprovoked firing at the Line of Control. Gen Bajwa added that the Indian army was not accepting the loss of lives at their end. He added India’s denial in the matter is a question which needs to be put to them.
Baghsir is located 20 kilometres from Bhimber at the LoC; our aim was to show the situation on the ground to journalists. DG ISPR said we want to expose the failed planning of Indians.
DG ISPR further said that in such an area where infiltration by Indian forces is impossible and the area is monitored in such a way that even slight move by wildlife does not go undetected.
Pakistan Army fought back valiantly and rejected Indian claims of carrying out a surgical strike in Pakistan, said Bajwa.
He said we will do whatever we can to protect the Motherland. “No one should be mistaken as we are ready to respond anywhere at any time.”
On media reports of an Indian soldier having entered into Pakistani territory “inadvertently”, Bajwa said the military is “looking into the matter”.
He rejected Indian claims that paratroopers had entered Pakistan soil. “You have all heard that paratroopers landed in Pakistan. But where did they go?” he said that the Pakistan Army would never let anyone infiltrate and get away.
DG ISPR said the whole world recognizes the achievements of Pakistan Army.
He added that our troops had been trained to fight and operation Zarb-e-Azb is an example of our success.
Lt-General Bajwa explained that choppers create enough sound to be detected and any attempt to land helicopters in the valley would echo and amplify the sound further.
DG ISPR stressed that while Pakistan has brought journalists to the LoC and is showing them the situation on ground India is not doing the same for its own journalists, which sounds suspicious.
Meanwhile, Indian forces on Saturday morning resorted to unprovoked firing across the Line of Control (LoC) inside Pakistani territory.
ISPR said Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing which started at 4am and continued till 8am on LoC in the Bhimber sector.
Earlier on Thursday, two Pakistani soldiers embraced martyrdom when Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing across the LoC.
The unprovoked fire was painted as a surgical strike by senior Indian officials, in a move apparently aimed to satisfy the Indian public.
To a question Gen Bajwa said it was cross-border fire initiated and conducted by Indian forces which is an “existential phenomenon”.
Tensions between the two nuclear-armed countries are high over Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir by the Indian forces. Uri incident, which claimed lives of 18 Indian soldiers, is also another factor for the tension as India continues to blame Pakistan, though without proof.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has convened a meeting of Heads of Parliamentary Parties on Monday.
The Heads of Parliamentary Parties will be given briefing on Kashmir situation and present security situation on LoC.

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