Tensions between Pakistan and India continue to rise
Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh, India’s director-general of military operations (DGMO), revealed in a press conference Indian armed forces have carried out surgical strikes at Azad Kashmir, against militants who were present in launch pads across the Indo-Pak border. Indian forces carried out the operation on the de facto border which is a disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir. The operation resulted in the death of many terrorists and their supporters. The militants tried to cross the line of control (L.O.C), which is a ceasefire area since 1972. LT. Gen. Ranbir Singh said militants were planning to attack areas of disputed Kashmir and railway stations of other cities in India.
Ranbir Singh did not elaborate on the operation, however; militants were arrested and they have confessed they were trained either in Pakistan or in areas administered by Pakistan. No Indian soldiers were killed and the Indian Army has ceased the operation. He announced that Pakistani armed forces were informed about the operation and the Indian army was ready to control every emergency situation arising as an effect of this operation. Singh claimed the Indian army and intelligence services have hindered 20 such attempts of attack by militants. The Indian News Agency (ANI) reported the Special Forces entered Pakistan via parachutes at five different points ranging from 500km to 2000 km. The operation started after midnight and lasted about 4 hours.
Authorities in Pakistan denied the Indian claims of the operation. Their Defense Minister, Khawaja Asif, issued a statement that India is performing these acts to satisfy their media and common Indians. Pakistani Military has announced no such operation has been performed by any foreign army. Instead, the Indian army had started firing on the Pakistani areas which were strongly answered. The cross-border fire occurred in the Bhimber, Hot Spring, Kel, and Lipa sectors in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and two Pakistani soldiers reportedly died in these strikes.
There were no reports of any damage in Indian occupied Kashmir. Pakistan declared if any such activity is performed in Pakistani territory, Pakistan will strongly answer in the same way. Such attempt of Indian firing is a first military reaction in action to Uri’s attacks. India previously blamed Pakistan of being a “group of Terrorists” in the UN conference. The Pakistani authorities say that Indian government and security agencies have not provided a single proof of Pakistan’s involvement in Uri’s attack.
India reacted to Uri’s attack by announcing the boycott of The International SAARC conference which was to be held in Islamabad. Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister, may possibly break the river- sharing contract which was signed by the both governments in 1960. Doing so may cause a serious lack of water in Pakistani areas.