NEW DELHI: The Indian Army today conducted surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC), confirmed Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh, Director General of Military Operations (DGMO).
Here is what we know about the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army along the Line of Control (LoC) as per what army sources have revealed:
- -Five terror launch pads destroyed by Army across LoC, Indian Army Special Forces were para-dropped
- -The surgical strikes were carried out between 12:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.
- -Location was 500 meters to two kilometres across the LoC.
- -The surgical strikes were conducted on Pakistani terror camps belonging to multiple terror groups.
- -There were no Indian casualties.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has said that two Pakistan Army soldiers were killed and nine others were injured in the exchange of fire between the two forces. Pakistan media also quoted the Pakistan Air Force as saying that the Indian Army had not conducted a surgical strike, and that it was ready for any eventuality.
The Inter-Services Public Relations division of the Pakistan armed forces said, “ Pakistan has made it clear that if there is a surgical strike on Pakistani soil, the same will be strongly responded.”
It confirmed that there was an exchange of fire between Pakistani and Indian troops in Bhimber, Hotspring, Kel and Lipa Sectors on the Pakistan side of the LoC.
Earlier, in the day, addressing a joint press briefing organised by the Ministries of External Affairs and Defence, Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh, said, “The Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads on the LoC in which 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. We don’t have a plan to further conduct such strikes. India has spoken to Pakistan. I spoke to the Pakistan DGMO, shared our concerns and told him that we conducted surgical strikes last night.”
A surgical strike is a military attack which results in, or is intended to result in, or is claimed to have resulted in only damage to the intended legitimate military target, and no or minimal collateral damage to surrounding structures, vehicles, buildings, or the general public infrastructure and utilities.
The government has called for an all-party meeting at 4 p.m. this evening.