Indian Army crosses LoC, conducts surgical strikes in Pakistani territory
The Indian Army today said it has conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan, causing significant casualties.
"The Army has conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads on the LoC and significant casualties have been caused. The motive of this operation was to hit out at the terrorists who were planning to infiltrate into our territory," Director General of Military Operation (DGMO) Lt General Ranbir Singh said today in a joint press conference with officials from the Ministry of External Affairs.
"I spoke to the Pakistan DGMO and shared our concerns. I told him that we conducted surgical strikes last night," Lt Gen Singh said.
The Pakistani Army has also admitted that two of its soldiers were killed in an exchange of fire with Indian forces across the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir today.
Earlier today, India responded to unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan on LOC with punitive strikes. Two Pakistani soldiers have been killed in Indian firing.
India had on Tuesday announced that it was pulling out of the SAARC summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November after the September 18 cross-border terror attack on an Indian Army base in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of 18 Indian soldiers.
Modi had said that the Uri attack would not go unavenged.
At least two soldiers were killed as Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire along the Line of Control (LoC), the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday. The exchange of fire began at 2.30 a.m., ISPR said in a statement, and continued till 8.00 a.m., Dawn online reported.
"Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing on the LoC in Bhimber, Hotspring Kel and Lipa sectors," the statement said.
The latest incident comes as the Indian Army said on Thursday it had inflicted significant casualties in surgical strikes on terrorism in Pakistan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) to discuss the situation at the Line of Control (LOC).
The Cabinet Committee on Security meeting is understood to have discussed various options related to the LoC in the wake of the Uri attack.
Amidst heightened tension with Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) to review the situation along the LoC.
The meeting is understood to have discussed various options related to the Line of Control (LoC) in the wake of the Uri terror attack. The meeting is also understood to have taken stock of the ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts.
Four terrorists stormed an Army camp in Uri on September 18 and killed 18 soldiers.
Pakistani troops have also twice violated the ceasefire along the LoC since Wednesday. On Thursday, they violated the ceasefire in Naugam sector of Kashmir by opening indiscriminate fire towards Indian Army posts. Pakistani troops on Wednesday targeted Indian positions with small firearms along the LoC in Poonch district.