The Indian military said it targeted "some terrorist teams" across the LoC on Wednesday night. "During these counter-terrorist operations, significant casualties have been caused to the terrorists and those who support them," Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh told media.
He provided no specific details. But Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu said Indian forces attacked five to six terrorist launch pads. Sources said 38 terrorists were killed. Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh was in the operations room on Wednesday night as the assault began at midnight. It ended around 4.30 a.m. on Thursday. The commandos were reportedly air-dropped close to the LoC and they struck at seven terrorist launch pads 2-3 km inside Pakistan-held territory.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif decided on Thursday to call a cabinet meeting on Friday in view of the "unprovoked aggression of Indian security forces ... and deteriorating situation in Jammu and Kashmir". He said "our intent for peaceful neighbourhood should not be mistaken as our weakness", adding that Pakistan can "thwart any evil design made to undermine the sovereignty of Pakistan". The Pakistan military said: "The notion of surgical strikes linked to alleged terrorist bases is an illusion deliberately generated by India." Terrorists fighting Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir are known to be based in the Pakistan-held territory of divided Kashmir, enjoying the backing of the Pakistani military and terror groups aligned with Pakistani intelligence.
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said the terrorists killed in the surgical strikes had planned to infiltrate and target Jammu and Kashmir and other metros in the country. "The operation was basically focussed to ensure that these terrorists do not succeed in their design," he said. The DGMO said the operation had since ceased. "We do not have plans of further continuation of the operations. However, the Indian armed forces are fully prepared for any contingency that may arise."
Thursday saw the Pakistani military shelling Indian positions across the LoC -- which divides Jammu and Kashmir between the two countries -- at Danesh and Lakshmi posts in Naugam sector, police said. The Indian Army retaliated.BPakistan said the exchange of firing lasted from 2.30 a.m. till 8.00 a.m., leaving two Pakistani soldiers dead. "Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing," the Pakistan military said. The Indian DGMO said he spoke to his Pakistani counterpart and told him about the overnight operation. "It is India's intention to maintain peace and tranquility in the region but we cannot allow the terrorists to operate across the LoC with impunity and attack the citizens of the country. "We expect the Pakistan Army to cooperate with us to erase the menace of terrorism from our region," he added. In New Delhi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and other opposition leaders said they backed the government's decision to go for "surgical strikes".