Amid the political debate surrounding the authenticity of surgical strikes in India, Pakistan has once again rejected India’s claim of conducting surgical strikes across the Line-of-Control (LoC) on September 29 killing around 40 terrorists and destructing many terror launch pads.
Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit was quoted as saying by the Dawn, “As far as the government of Pakistan is concerned, there was no surgical strike whatsoever, otherwise they would have responded immediately.”
Basit, rubbishing the claim of ‘video evidence’ of the cross border strike in an interview to a magazine, “There can’t be any video… Because the surgical strike did not take place.”
Responding to a question about the investigation into the Uri terror attack, which India claimed to be carried out by Pakistan, Basit said, “We would like to get out of this blame game, so why not get an international investigation into this incident?”
The Pakistan High Commissioner added, “You did not leave any room for cooperation. When you start blaming Pakistan and terming us as a terrorist state, you are closing all the doors for cooperation.”
Basit went on to say that if India considers that Pakistan has done it then the best way forward is to have an international probe.
As media person raised a on Balochistan, Basit said, “The people of Balochistan are as patriotic as people in other parts of Pakistan. But we do have worries because there is a larger question of a foreign agenda of destabilising Pakistan,” he added.
Following the Uri attack, India had backed out of the SAARC summit, a move, which was supported by Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Basit termed the postponement of the SAARC summit a “collective loss” for all countries involved. He said, “We are confident that Pakistan will host the 19th summit – if not this year, then sometime next year.”
In the aftermath of the Uri terror attack in which 19 Indian Army soldiers were martyred, India had conducted surgical strikes on the intervening night of September 28 and 29 at the terror launch pads across the LoC, resulting in the increase of tension between the neighbouring countries.