Hours after the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes targeting terror camps operating in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, Pakistan today vehemently rejected India’s claim, calling it a fabrication of truth.
In a statement, Pakistan Army dismissed India's claim that it has conducted a military operation across the LoC to target terrorist launchpads, terming it as a quest by India to create media hype by rebranding 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," the statement said.
"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 rebranding cross border fire as surgical strike is fabrication of truth," the statement added.
"There has been no surgical strike by India, instead there had been cross border fire initiated and conducted by India which is existential phenomenon. As per rules of engagement same was strongly and befittingly responded by Pakistani troops," the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
Pakistan also made it clear that if there is a surgical strike on Pakistani soil, same will be strongly responded, the statement said.
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.
“Small firearms were used during the skirmish and Pakistani forces responded in the same calibre. Two army personnel were killed and nine others were injured during the cross-firing on the LoC,” the Defence Minister further said.
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.
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.
Menwhile, PM Sharif has summoned Defence minister Khwaja to his residence. The cabinet of Pakistan is also scheduled to meet on Friday.