NEW DELHI: India’s Minister of State for Information and Boradcasting Rajyavardhan Singh has said the so-called surgical strikes across the LoC did not involve any aerial operation, rejecting Indian army’s claim that troops of Special Forces were dropped inside the Pakistani territory as part of the operation.
“There were no aerial strikes,” Indian newspaper The Hindu quoted the minister, an ex army man, as saying.
According to The Hindu, the minister denied that any helicopters were used. The Thursday morning saw claims by India of carrying out surgical strikes inside Pakistan with the latter dismissing it as just firing across the Line of Control (LoC) in which two Pakistani soldiers were martyred.
Pakistan strongly condemned this unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces which, it said, was continuation of a pattern of ceasefire violations committed by the Indian forces.“We can assure India that any such aggression will not go unanswered or unpunished. Pakistan is ready to defend its people and territory from any Indian aggression or Indian state-sponsored terrorism on Pakistani soil. The valiant armed forces of Pakistan have given and will continue to give a befitting response to any aggression,” said the Foreign Office spokesman in a statement.
The foreign secretary summoned the Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale later in the evening and rejected the baseless Indian claim of the so-called surgical strikes.The foreign secretary condemned the unprovoked firing by the Indian occupation forces on the LoC, resulting in martyrdom of two Pakistani troops.