Shailesh Kumar, National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 27 December 2017
Pakistan denies Indian Army crossing Line of Control (LoC) and killing 3 of its soldiers injuring another. Rebutting Indian Media claim, Major Gen Asif Gafoor, DG ISPR in a tweet last night wrote. “No Indian soldier crossed over LOC. Indian media claim is continuation of their self defeating projections to satisfy domestic audience”.
No Indian soldier crossed over LOC. Indian media claim is continuation of their self defeating projections to satisfy domestic audience.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) December 26, 2017
The Pakistani stand is on an expected line as Pakistan never accepted India’s first ever publicly declared surgical strikes. Surgical Strikes 2.0 is retaliation of Pakistan Army’s barbaric attack in Rajouri sector violating ceasefire in which 3 soldiers of 2 Sikh regiment and a major martyred. Indian Army successfully conducted first surgical strike in September 29 to avenge the terror attack on it’s Uri base. Watch National Defence Sting operation in which Pakistanis themselves accepting Indian surgical strikes 1.0.
According to sources, Indian Army soldier from Poonch sector on the evening of 25 December crossed LoC and implanted IED and awaited Pakistani soldiers near a water body adjoining a temporary Pakistani post. After a while, Pakistani patrol triggered IED blasts as they walk them over. Stunned Pakistani soldiers could hardly retaliate and 3 of them killed in Indian soldiers’ bold action while 4th succumbed to injuries later. The killed Pakistani soldiers are from 59 Baloch regiment namely Abdul Rehman, Mohammad Usman and Sajjad including a major rank officer.
The Indian action is clear projection of tactical assertiveness on Line of Control while maintaining strategic restrain in dealing with Pakistan.
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Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 17 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.