Surgical Strikes Against Pak Across Line of Control (LoC) At 7 Terror Camps

NEW DELHI :  India has carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir to prevent Pakistani terrorists who had "positioned themselves at launch pads with the aim to carry out strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and other metros," said the army today.

There were no Indian casualties in the strikes which took place last night in Pakistan-Occupied  Kashmir, said sources to NDTV. The strikes which used para-commandos and helicopters were conducted at seven locations up to 2 kms across the Line of Control.  

The army's Director General of Military Operations, Lt General Ranjit Singh,  said Pakistan was informed - in keeping with protocol - of the cross-border strike and that the action came after a week-long surveillance of the places where the terrorists were placed to infiltrate into India.

The army also said that recently captured terrorists have confessed to their training and arming in Pakistan.

The strikes are the first major military action taken by India after terrorists from Pakistan crossed into an army camp in Uri in Kashmir earlier this month. 18 soldiers were killed in that attack. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged that the attack will not go unpunished.

Details of the strike were announced after PM Modi called an urgent meeting of the cabinet committee on security.

A surgical strike is "a calculated maneuver to ensure you deliver maximum damage which gives a big surprise to your adversary," explained former air chief Fali Major, praising last night's operation for its execution.

The government has in recent weeks indicated that its campaign against Pakistan will largely be centred around diplomatically isolating it. In line with that strategy, the Prime Minister said he will not travel in November to Pakistan to attend the regional SAARC summit. Three other countries of the eight-member SAARC have joined India's boycott.

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