After conducting surgical strikes last night across LoC causing significant casualties to the terrorists, Ambassadors of 22 countries have been briefed by foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. According to ANI, “Ambassdors of 22 countries, including P5 nations, have been briefed on LoC situation by foreign secretary.” The Surgical strikes were based on specific intelligence input of terror groups ready to infiltrate into India and carry out terror attacks. Seven terror launch pads were targeted across the LoC by special forces of the Indian Army during the surgical strike. According to Times Now, 35-40 terrorists and 9 Pak Army men were killed in the strikes.
There were no Indian causalities during surgical strikes that were carried out. “We have recovered items including GPS which have Pakistani markings. Captured terrorists hailing from PoK or Pakistan have confessed to their training in Pakistan or in the Pakistan-controlled region,” Singh said. According to the sources, seven launchpads were targeted in the strike and the operation was a combination of heliborne and ground forces. The sources also revealed that the operation started after midnight and ended around 4:30 AM today.
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President, Vice President, Former PM Manmohan Singh, J&K Governor, J&K CM Mehbooba mufti were also briefed on the surgical strikes by the Indian Army. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has informed Chief Ministers of Punjab, West Bengal and Odisha, CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury and Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad about the operation.However, Pakistan rejected India’s claim of surgical strikes across LoC. Pakistan Airforce said that “this (by Indian Army) was not a surgical strike and we are alert for any eventuality.”
Meanwhile, the all party meeting at MHA ended. “Govt briefed us about the surgical strikes, we congratulated the forces for being successful in the operation,” Ghulam Nabi Azad said.
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Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) to discuss the situation at the Line of Control. Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Manohar Parrikar and other senior ministers were present at the meeting. India had repeatedly warned Pakistan not to allow its territory to be used for terrorist activities. Besides, India had called for an international diplomatic boycott of Pakistan as it shielded terrorists on its land. At the United Nations General Assembly, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Pakistan was a terror state and it needs to rein in terror elements.