While the Indian media has gone all out in praising the Indian soldiers and the Modi government for taking such a step, its counterpart in the neighbouring country Pakistan has been the exact opposite.
Acting upon specific intelligence inputs which said that a number of terrorists were getting ready to infiltrate into the Indian territory and carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and other prime targets in India, the Armed forces conducted surgical strikes across the Line of Control in Kashmir and demolished the terror launch pads on September 20. There were TV reports which said that around 35-40 terrorists and nine Pakistani soldiers were killed in the surgical strikes by the Indian Army. In a Joint media address by Indian Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Defense, the information about the strikes was provided. Taking a revenge for the Uri attacks where 17 Indian soldiers were killed, the Indian Army not only destroyed the terror camps but also killed several terrorists. Instead of helping India to wipe out terror camps, Pakistan military was accused by the Indian Army of trying to stop the strike.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has gone all out in claiming that the ‘surgical strikes’ are a farce. The Pakistan army has totally dismissed the claims that the Indian military conducted ‘surgical strikes’ against ‘terrorist units’ on its side of the border in Kashmir. Claiming such reports as baseless, Pakistan has called the rebranding of cross-border firing as a ‘fabrication of truth’. While the Indian media has gone all out in praising the Indian soldiers and the Modi government for taking such a step, its counterpart in the neighbouring country Pakistan has been the exact opposite. Pakistani media, apart from calling the surgical strikes an ‘illusion’, has also mocked at the Indian government and its people. Here are a few excerpts from popular newspapers in Pakistan:
Pakistan’s oldest one one of the most popular newspapers, Dawn wrote in the article, “Modi has become a prisoner of his own image”:
“A war hysteria has gripped India. It has never happened that those who want peace have been so muted. With crucial regional elections also coming up next year, the ruling party cannot be seen as being unresponsive to the alleged Pakistani interference in Kashmir. The inflammatory commentary by politicians, experts, and journalists is a result of the mushrooming clout of the Hindu right-wing, which is ready and willing to discount peace in the region, at least rhetorically.”
“Risky posturing has come to define New Delhi’s politics and the national media has played a part in this. Instead of army’s abuses against Kashmiri civilians being the main topic, everyone is busy discussing the pros and cons of war with Pakistan.”
“What happened in Uri, where 19 Indian soldiers were killed in an alleged militant attack, is condemnable, but the response from the Indian government and especially the media has been highly irresponsible.”
The Express Tribune in its article, ” ‘Surgical’ farce blows up in India’s face”:
“The Narendra Modi administration staged a drama on Thursday to placate a media-induced public frenzy following the Uri attack. The Indian military claimed that it had carried out ‘surgical strikes’ against perceived ‘terrorist launch pads’ on the Pakistani side of the Line of Control in disputed Kashmir region. But the Pakistani military ripped to shreds the Indian farcical claim as an “illusion being deliberately generated by the Indians to create false effects.”
In another article, “Cross-border raid: Strategic analysts laugh off Indian claim”:
“Is such a sophisticated and precision-guided operation possible in a highly militarised zone? Or, does the Indian military have the wherewithal to mount such an operation?”
“Lt Gen (retd) Amjad Shoaib, who had also served at the LoC during his service said intrusion was possible at some mountainous areas along the LoC, but to say that Indian special forces came and carried out ‘surgical strikes’ and went back undetected was “too good a story to be believed”.
An official with the knowledge of LoC region was quoted as asking, “This looks a fantastic movie script. Do you think it was possible that more than 70 Indian soldiers were on our side of the LoC for hours and our forces couldn’t detect them?”
Geo TV in its article, “Pakistan ready to respond if provoked, Maleeha warns India”:
“Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi on Friday said that Pakistan was exercising restraint but if India continues the provocations that it has been engaged in then the country was ready to respond with all the capabilities in its command. The unprovoked fire was painted as a surgical strike by senior Indian officials, in a move apparently aimed to satisfy the public. Pakistan is showing maximum restraint but there are limits to our restraint if India continues with provocations,” Lodhi said. “Right now our effort is just to tell everyone ‘this is what’s happened so far, watch this space because it’s a very dangerous space’.”