India has conducted “surgical strikes” on suspected militants in Pakistan it suspects of preparing to infiltrate into the part of Kashmir it controls, the army’s director general of military operations said on Thursday.
Lt General Ranbir Singh told reporters the strikes were launched on Wednesday based on “very specific and credible information that some terrorist units had positioned themselves to infiltrate”.
Singh said the strikes had caused significant casualties, and that he had he had called his Pakistani counterpart to inform him of the operation.
An army source said that the strikes were launched across the Line of Control, or de facto border between the two countries.
Another source told ANI that Indian Army special forces were para-dropped across LoC, and they destroyed five terror launch pads.
Meanwhile, the NDA government has called an all party meeting at 4pm today after Indian Army conducted surgical strikes in Pakistan territory.
Here are the highlights from the press conference addressed by the DGMO.
1. Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads on the LoC, significant casualties have been caused: DGMO
2. The motive of this operation was to hit out at the terrorists who were planning to infiltrate into our territory: DGMO
3. I spoke to the Pak DGMO, shared our concerns and told him that we conducted surgical strikes last night: DGMO
Watch him speak about it here:
— ANI (@ANI_news) September 29, 2016
4. It has been a matter of serious concern that there has been many infiltration bids by terrorists at LoC: DGMO
5. Despite our persistent urging to Pakistan to not allow territory under its control to be used for terrorist activities, nothing was done: DGMO
6. This is reflected in the terror attacks in Poonch and Uri on September 11 and 18 respectively: DGMO
7. The Indian armed forces are ready for any contingency, however, there are no plans as of now for further operations
8. No Indian casualties during surgical strikes that were carried out in Pak territory last night by the Indian Army: DGMO
9. Our desire for peace should not be perceived as weakness: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif
10. Sensex crashes 555 points and Nifty slides about 170 points in noon trade after reports of surgical strikes against Pakistan.
11. PM Narendra Modi informs President, Vice President and former prime minister Manmohan Singh about the surgical strikes.
12. Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra and chief minister Mehbooba Mufti have also been informed about the strikes by the armed forces.