Cornered Pak says no ‘surgical strike’, ‘India fired from across border’

Islamabad: A cornered Pakistan on Thursday dismissed India’s claim that it has conducted a military operation across the LoC to target terrorist launching pads, terming it as a “quest” by India to create media hype by re-branding cross-border fire as surgical strike.

“There has been no surgical strike by India, instead there had been cross border fire initiated and conducted by India which is existential phenomenon,” Pakistan army said in a statement.

“As per rules of engagement same was strongly and befittingly responded by Pakistani troops. The notion of surgical strike linked to alleged terrorists bases is an illusion being deliberately generated by Indian to create false effects. This quest by Indian establishment to create media hype by re-branding cross border fire as surgical strike is fabrication of truth,” it said.

“Pakistan has made it clear that if there is a surgical strike on Pakistani soil, same will be strongly responded,” the statement added.

Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that India’s claim was not true.

“India violated LoC last night and only used light weapons in the firing,” he said, adding Pakistan forces gave befitting reply to Indian firing.

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has also rejected India’s claim of surgical strikes. “Pakistan is ready to respond to any such strikes,” PAF said in a statement.

He later added, “Indian Army opened up small arm fire last night on 5 sectors along 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.”

Earlier Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the “unprovoked and naked aggression” by India along the LoC and said Pakistan’s armed forces are fully capable of defending the territorial integrity of the country.

Sharif also warned that Pakistan’s intent for peaceful neighbourhood should not be mistaken as its weakness.

“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned the unprovoked and naked aggression of Indian forces resulting in martyrdom of two Pakistani soldiers along the LoC,” the statement said.

“Our intent for peaceful neighbourhood should not be mistaken as out weakness and our valiant forces are fully capable of defending the territorial integrity of country and can thwart any evil design made to undermine the sovereignty of Pakistan,” it said.