India on Thursday conducted surgical strikes on late Wednesday night along the Line of Control (LoC) and destroyed eight terrorist launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). However, immediately after the announcement was made, Pakistani authorities and media denied any such action from Indian Army and accused that it was just a ‘farce’.
It however said that ‘skirmishes’ were reported along the LoC between Indian Army and Pakistani Rangers and their two jawans were killed.
According to several media reports, Pakistan’s reaction was expected as it ‘did not want to escalate the situation’. Amidst all this, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also called a cabinet meeting which is scheduled to be held on Friday.
Towards the end of the day, Pakistani media began reporting that there were casualties on Indian side which India denied and said that no such casualties were reported from anywhere along the LoC. One Indian soldier had inadvertently crossed the LoC and entered the territory occupied by Pakistan and was captured by their soldiers.
There have also been reports that the entire operation carried out by jawans was captured using a drone. However, Pakistani newspapers on Friday reported that the announcement regarding surgical strikes was just used by Indian government to ‘fool its people’. It also gave more importance to the claim that eight Indian soldiers were killed along LoC.
Here is how it was reported :
The newspaper reported that that Pakistan had denied any ‘claim’ of surgical strikes by India along the LoC.
The newspaper highlighted Pakistan’s stand that ‘surgical strikes’ did not take place. “The military said that India violated the ceasefire agreement once again on the LoC and two Pakistani soldiers embraced martyrdom, while nine were injured due to the unprovoked firing of Indian forces,” it added.
Calling India’s surgical strikes as an act of ‘face saving’, Express Tribune quoted Pakistan Army which said “rebranding cross-border fire as surfical strike is fabrication of truth’.
The Frontier Post
“The captured soldier, Chandu Babulal Chohan, has been shifted to an undisclosed location, Pakistan Observed said of the Indian soldier who inadvertently entered the territory occupied by Pakistan.
Dawn news said that there was an escalation in tensions between India and Pakistan along LoC after two Pakistani soldeirs were killed in cross border firing. Another report talked about the skeptics in both the countries who questioned the ‘details provided by officials’.