Friday, October 14th, 2016

India refutes Pak daily report claiming surgical strike a “bluff”

Narada Desk | October 14, 2016 12:27 pm Print
The Ministry of External Affairs released a statement terming Pakistani newspaper News International's report on the surgical strikes as 'concocted and baseless'
Vikas Swarup : MEA spokesperson

India on Friday rejected a report in a Pakistani newspaper, that claimed the surgical strike carried out by Indian Army on the intervening night of September 28 and 29 in LoC a “bluff”.

The Ministry of External Affairs released a statement terming Pakistani newspaper News International’s report on the surgical strikes as ‘concocted and baseless’.

In a report titled, ‘Indian FS admits surgical strike was a bluff’, the newspaper alleged that India’s Foreign Secretary had admitted that no surgical strikes had been undertaken across the Line of Control by the Indian Army.

The report claimed that the admission by India was made during a recent meeting with German ambassador in New Delhi.

Reacting to the report, MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Friday morning released a statement, saying, “News International Pakistan’s story titled “Indian FS admits surgical strikes was a bluff” is completely concocted & baseless. German Ambassador Dr Martin Ney was in group of foreign envoys briefed by Foreign Secy on Sep 29 on the surgical strikes. They have had no further conversation since on this subject.”

News International in its report said: Indian foreign secretary in a recent meeting with German ambassador in New Delhi, admitted that there was no “surgical strike” undertaken by the Indian Army inside Azad Kashmir.

The Pakistani Newspaper report:

When Ms Rukhsana raised the issue of Uri’s false flag and the so-called ‘surgical strike’, Ms Simmone confided with the Pakistani diplomat that during a formal meeting on the issue of ongoing India-Pakistan stand-off between German Ambassador to India Dr Martin Ney and Indian FS Subramaniam Jaishankar in New Delhi, “the Indian Foreign Secretary has categorically denied and said that there was no ‘surgical strike’ undertaken by Indian army inside Azad Kashmir, Pakistan.”

The report also quotes an official source as saying, “With the so-called mantra of surgical strike, the BJP government wanted to achieve many objectives such as to prove to the world that Pakistan is a terror sponsoring state and India has the military muscle to put it under restrain, Kashmir’s freedom movement is nothing more than Pakistan’s sponsored terrorism, to satisfy its populations’ demand of avenging Uri attack and to create an unrivaled political space ahead of UP’s state elections.”

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