New Delhi: Last night. India conducted surgical strikes along the LoC to safeguard our nation, said the Defence Ministry on Thursday. DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said that significant casualties have been caused to terrorists and those trying to shield them. We do not have a plan to further conduct such strikes. India has spoken to Pakistan.
DGMO said that based on very specific and credible information, we received yesterday, that some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launch pads along the LoC with an aim to carry out infiltration and terrorist strikes in J&K and various other metros in our country. No Indian casualties occurred during the surgical strikes that were carried out last night by the Indian Army.
Ranbir said that we have recovered items including GPS which have Pakistani markings. Captured terrorists hailing from PoK or Pakistan have confessed to their training in Pakistan or in Pakistan-controlled region.
PM Modi had informed about the surgical strikes to President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President and former Prime Minister Mahmohan Singh. The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir and CM Mehbooba Mufti have also been informed about the surgical strike.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has informed Punjab Chief Minister, CM West Bengal and Odisha’s CM, CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad about surgical strikes.
The press conference was jointly conducted by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of External Affairs.
In a statement, Pakistan has said that at least two Army men were killed as Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire over the Line of Control in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The exchange of fire began at 2:30 am, and continued till 8:00 am. The statement said that Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing on the LoC in Lipa, Hotspring Kel and Bhimber sectors.
India had warned Pakistan not to allow its territory to be used for terrorist activities. India had also called for an international diplomatic boycott of Pakistan as it shielded terrorists on its land. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the UN General Assembly said that Pakistan was a terror state and it need to rein in terror elements.
On Thursday, PM Modi was also scheduled to hold a high-level meeting to review the Most Favoured Nation(MFN) status granted to Pakistan, but that meeting has now been rescheduled for next week.
India had also summoned Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit and handed over evidence that proved the terrorists that attacked an army base in Uri town in Kashmir and left 18 jawans dead.
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