• Tuesday, Dec 06, 2022
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

Pakistan PM bins Indian claim of cross-border strikes

  • Published at 12:34 pm September 30th, 2016
  • Last updated at 12:48 pm September 30th, 2016
Pakistan PM bins Indian claim of cross-border strikes
Pakistan on Friday "completely rejected" India's claim to have sent troops across its disputed border in Kashmir to kill suspected militants, as India evacuated villages near the frontier amid concerns about a military escalation. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif maintained that India fired from its side of the heavily militarised frontier in the disputed region of Kashmir, the flashpoint for two of three wars between the nuclear-armed neighbours, and killed two soldiers.
Also read- Pakistan needs to change its tune
"The cabinet joined the Prime Minister in completely rejecting the Indian claims of carrying out 'surgical strikes'," Sharif's office said in a statement. In a rare public announcement of such a raid, India on Thursday said it had carried out "surgical strikes", sending special forces to kill men preparing to sneak into its territory and attack major cities. Indian officials said troops had killed militants numbering in the double digits and that its soldiers had returned safely to base before dawn, but declined to provide more evidence about the operation. [youtube id="UF6991p7dMA"]

‘Surgical farce’

While India's public and politicians have welcomed the operation, Pakistan greeted New Delhi's version of events with scepticism and ridicule. Television news channels and newspapers reported only small arms and mortar fire, a relatively routine occurrence on the de facto border. Pakistan's Express Tribune, an affiliate of the New York Times, led its edition with the headline "'Surgical' farce blows up in India's face".
Also read- Five things that led to India’s strikes in Pakistan
India's announcement on Thursday has raised the possibility of military escalation between the rivals that could wreck a 2003 Kashmir ceasefire. India evacuated more than 10,000 villagers living near the border, and ordered security forces to upgrade surveillance along the frontier in Jammu and Kashmir state, part of the 3,300-km frontier. Hundreds of villages were being cleared along a 15km strip in the lowland region of Jammu and further north in the mountains of Kashmir. "Our top priority is to move women and children to government buildings, guest houses and marriage halls," said Nirmal Singh, deputy chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. [caption id="attachment_18993" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Soldiers guard the body of Pakistani soldier Imtiaz, killed during cross border firing at the disputed border between India and Pakistan, during his funeral in Faisalabad, Pakistan September 29, 2016 Reuters Soldiers guard the body of Pakistani soldier Imtiaz, killed during cross border firing at the disputed border between India and Pakistan, during his funeral in Faisalabad, Pakistan September 29, 2016 Reuters[/caption] "People who have not been able to migrate were instructed not to venture out of their houses early in the morning or late in the night." Modi's government has been struggling to contain protests on the streets of Kashmir where more than 80 civilians have been killed and thousands wounded in the last 10 weeks after a young separatist militant was killed by Indian forces.
Also read- What will happen if India-Pakistan lock into nuclear war?
Pakistan said on Friday that Sharif's special envoys had arrived in Beijing to brief China on the deteriorating situation in Indian-controlled Kashmir. China, a Pakistan ally, expressed its concern, Pakistan's foreign ministry said in a statement.
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail