Pakistan in denial, calls India's surgical strike a lie

Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan is ready to maintain the safety and defence in the country

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday condemned the surgical strikes conducted by India along the Line of Control claiming that their desire for peace should not be interpreted as a weakness.

Sharif added that the Pakistan government is ready to maintain the safety and defence in the country.

“Our intent for peaceful neighbourhood should not be mistaken as our weakness as our valiant forces are fully capable of defending the territorial integrity of our country,” Sharif said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations has claimed that India carried out the strikes on the Pakistani side of the LoC in the Bhimber, Hotspring, Kel & Lipa sectors.

Pakistan said that at least two of their soldiers were killed in the firing along the border, but dismissed India’s claim that the fatalities were a result of surgical strikes conducted in Pakistan.

The Indian Army had on Thursday confirmed that it carried out surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads across the LoC on Wednesday midnight in the wake of rising cases of infiltration along the border.

In a joint press briefing with the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup, Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Ranbir Singh said significant casualties have been caused in the military strike.

The DGMO stated that despite India persistently urging Pakistan not to allow its territory for terror activities, no steps were taken. “This is reflected in the terror attacks in Poonch and Uri on 11th and 18th September respectively,” the DGMO said.

“It has been a matter of serious concern that there has been many infiltration bids by terrorists along the LoC. I spoke to the Pak DGMO, shared our concerns and told him that we conducted surgical strikes last night,” the DGMO said.