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Surgical Strikes: Pakistan Summons Indian Envoy, Captures Soldier

Indian armed forces foiled multiple infiltration bids after Uri attacks, DGMO Ranbir Singh declared.

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DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh during a joint press briefing of Defence Ministry and External Affairs Ministry on Thursday, 29 September 2016. (Photo: PTI)
Snapshot
  • DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh announced the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC last night.
  • Pakistan claims to have captured an Indian soldier and killed several others after the announcement.
  • Singh also declared over 20 foiled infiltration bids in Kashmir.
  • Two Pakistani soldiers and 38 terrorists were reportedly killed, although no Indian casualties were reported.
  • Pakistan denied surgical strikes, but reported ceasefire violations by India between 2:30 am and 8 am.
  • “Our desire for peace should not be interpreted as our weakness,” says Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
  • Sensex dipped over 500 points after the Army announcement.
10:14 PM , 29 Sep

Pakistan Captures Indian Soldier Along LoC

Pakistan captured an Indian soldier on its side of the disputed Kashmir border, military officials in the two countries said on Thursday.

It is confirmed one soldier from 37 Rashtriya Rifles with weapons has inadvertently crossed over to the Pakistan side of the Line of Control.
Indian Army official

He said such incidents of people including civilians crossing the frontier by mistake have happened in the past from both sides and those who strayed are returned.

Two officials based in Pakistan's Chhamb's sector said the Indian soldier with weapons was captured on Thursday.

Army’s Nothern Command however have clarified that the Indian Army suffered no casualties in Thursday’s operation across the border, thus debunking all claims of this soldier being part of the Indian contingent which carried out the surgical strikes.

The army in a statement has also debunked news of Indian Army suffering losses in last night’s attack.

9:23 PM , 29 Sep

Pakistan, India Should Resolve Issues Through Dialogue: China

Following India's "surgical strikes" on the terrorist launch pads in Pakistani Kashmir on Thursday, China has said that Beijing was in touch with both New Delhi and Islamabad through "various channels".

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that China hopes that India and Pakistan can properly resolve relevant disputes through dialogue and consultation.

He also revealed that during the China-India Counter-Terrorism Security Dialogue held on 27 September, the two sides exchanged views on how to enhance counter-terrorism security cooperation.

China is a friendly neighbour nation of both Pakistan and India. China has always hoped that Pakistan and India will solve their differences via dialogue, improve their relations, and ensure cooperation in a diverse range of fields. And boost together the peace, stability and development of the region.
Geng Shuang, spokesman, Chinese Foreign Ministry.
8:22 PM , 29 Sep

Baloch Leaders Say Indian Surgical Strikes Gives Them 'Hope'

Baloch nationalist leaders and activists across the world on Thursday welcomed the cross-border surgical strikes by India across the LoC and urged continuation of such operations.

It’s a great day which gives up hope. This should have been done long back... we welcome this audacious move by India. Pakistan is a haven for terrorists and has now become a cancer; and unless it’s not curbed the world would continue to suffer.
Sher Mohammad Bugti, Spokesperson, Baloch Republican Party 

Baloch nationalists, who are holding demonstrations outside the Chinese embassy in London against the human rights situation and the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), called the strike "a right move".

It’s a right move. The whole world knows that Pakistan was behind the Uri attack, India had all the reasons to hit back. It’s very important to strike those who disturb the peace
Faiz Mohammad Baloch, Free Balochistan Movement, London
8:00 PM , 29 Sep
(Photo: IANS)
(Photo: IANS)

Indian High Commissioner Summoned by Pakistan

The Pakistan Foreign Office on Thursday summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale over the "unprovoked" cross-border firing by Indian Army in which two Pakistani soldiers were killed.

According to Foreign Office sources, Pakistan "strongly" condemned the firing across the Line of Control, Geo TV reported.

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry handed over the protest note to Bambawale, sources said.


Published: 29 Sep 2016, 12:20 PM IST
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