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Post surgical strikes on Pakistan, Home Min calls all-party meeting

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in a statement, said the Congress party stands with the government in its actions today to protect our country's security and deal with the menace of terrorism from across the border
Rajnath Singh

In what could be a preparation for any outcome following the surgical strikes across LoC, the government has called an all-party meeting on Thursday at Home Ministry. The meeting was called soon after the announcement that the Indian Army on Wednesday night conducted surgical strikes on Pakistan.

After the meeting of Cabinet Committee on Security, DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh had announced that India had responded to the repeated infiltration along the LoC.

“India conducted surgical strikes last night across the LoC to safeguard our nation,” the Defence Ministry said on Thursday.

“Significant casualties have been caused to terrorists and those trying to shield them. We don’t have a plan to further conduct such strikes. India has spoken to Pakistan,” DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said.

“There were launch pads at the LoC where terrorists were present waiting to infiltrate the nation and attack areas in Kashmir and metros across the country,” the DGMO said.

“We have recovered items, including GPS, which have Pakistani markings. Captured terrorists hailing from PoK or Pakistan have confessed to their training in Pakistan or in Pakistan controlled region,” Singh said.

“I spoke to the Pak DGMO, shared our concerns and told him that we conducted surgical strikes last night,” DGMO Singh said.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in a statement, said the Congress party stands with the government in its actions today to protect our country’s security and deal with the menace of terrorism from across the border.

“This is a strong message that conveys our country’s resolve to prevent further infiltration and attacks on our security forces our people,” reads the statement.

The Congress party hopes that Pakistan will recognise that it bears a great responsibility in the continuing cross-border terrorist attacks against India, Gandhi said.

“The party expects that Pakistan will take effective action to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism that it has supported and it ensures that its territory and the territory under its control is not used for terrorist purposes against India,” she added.

“We are with the Army because they know the situation well and have been facing all the challenges. We will speak after the all-party meeting, which has been convened by the government today around 4 pm,” Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar told reporters in New Delhi.

Earlier, soon after the Uri attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had warned that those responsible “would not go unpunished” for a September 18 attack on an Indian Army base that killed 18 soldiers.

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