Hitting back at Pakistan following its failure to act against terror, the Indian Army today said it conducted surgical strikes targeting four terror camps and six launching pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir last night.
The announcement was made at a press conference held by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Defence Ministry.
“Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads on the LoC, significant casualties have been caused,” DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said.
"Heavy damages have been caused to terrorists, many of them have been killed," the DGMO added.
As per the initial reports, 30 to 35 militants were killed in the operation.
The strikes were carried out based on specific and credible information that militants were waiting to infiltrate and also had plans to target metro cities.
They entered 3 kms and exchange of fire began at 2:30am, ISPR said, and continued till 8:00am. “Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing on the LoC in Bhimber, Hotspring Kel and Lipa sectors,” he said.
News agency ANI reported that Indian Army special forces were para-dropped across the Line of Control.
The motive of this operation was to hit out at the terrorists who were planning to infiltrate into our territory, the DGMO added.
"Indian armed forces ready for any contingency. As of now we have no plans of further operations," he said.
I spoke to the Pak DGMO, shared our concerns and told him that we conducted surgical strikes last night: DGMO pic.twitter.com/s0ntc1Q5DX— ANI (@ANI) September 29, 2016
"We can't allow terrorists to operate across the LoC, there has been a surge in infiltration," he said.
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh also informed that India has already shared with Pak Army details of surgical strikes. "We expect them to cooperate in the fight against terror."
The tension between India and Pakistan heightened after Uri terror attack that left 18 jawans dead. India has blamed Pakistan for the ghastly attack but Islamabad denied having any role.
Strongly condemning "unprovoked and naked aggression" by India along the LoC, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today 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, Radio Pakistan reported.
He said Pakistan can thwart any "evil design" to undermine its sovereignty.
He strongly condemned the "unprovoked and naked aggression of Indian forces along the Line of Control".
Meanwhile the Pakistan military said two of its soldiers were killed in ceasefire violation by India along the LoC today.
Sharif paid rich tributes to jawans who have been killed in the firing.
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