Pakistan Says There Was No “Surgical Strike” by India — Flies Media To Alleged Point Of Battle — Pakistan is Set on Winning Over Media, Journalists

The Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a major damage-control exercise, the Pakistani army yesterday flew international and local media to the Line of Control (LoC) to ‘prove’ India didn’t conduct anysurgical strikes+ across it in Pakistan, local and other international media reported today.

In fact, French news agency Agence France Presse (AFP) called the ferrying of journalists by air “a rare step” by Pakistan.

“The army took the rare step of flying international media to the de facto border to make its case in a battle of competing narratives,” AFP wrote.

All of this to desperately prove to the world that no “signature of any surgical strike”+ could be found and that India’s claims were “white lies”, as Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa, a spokesman for the Pakistani army, told the journalists, according to Dawn and The News International.

A Pakistan army officer shows journalists a forward area Indian post about 166 kilometers (103 miles) from Islamabad. (AP Photo)

The group of 40 journalists flown by the Army to a forward command post on the LoC represented about 20 media organisations.

Pakistan in denial

Pakistan has denied the surgical strikes took place and merely said that two of its soldiers were killed in ”routine” cross-border fire on the intervening night of September 28-29, when India successfully struck terrorist camps taking out at least 38 terrorists across the LoC in Pakistan.

Pakistan army soldiers patrol at the forward area Bagsar post in Bhimber. (AP Photo)

“No such incident has taken place nor any such will be allowed to happen in future and if the adversary attempted so, it will be responded to with an ever strongest force,” Bajwa said.

Gen Bajwa asked several rhetorical questions of the Indian military about its surgical strikes and said the Indian Army‘s director general of military operations should be “sure-footed” while making statements on sensitive matters.

“If they’ve caused that damage to us, we don’t know any has been caused to us! You can go and meet the civilian population. Our side is open: to the UN mission, to the media, to the general public,” AFP quoted him as saying.

AFP, on its part, said it was not possible to verify the general’s claims, “…though villagers who spoke with a second AFP reporter in the area independent of the military-guided trip were also incredulous”, AFP wrote.

Pakistan army soldier takes position at a forward area post in Bhimber. (AP Photo)


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One Response to “Pakistan Says There Was No “Surgical Strike” by India — Flies Media To Alleged Point Of Battle — Pakistan is Set on Winning Over Media, Journalists”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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