Mirpur SP confirms India's surgical strikes, says Pak army protects jihadis

Oct, 05 2016 IST

  • 21:25 (IST)

    Mirpur SP says Pakistani Army facilitates jihadi movement, report CNN-News18

    In another shocking revelation, the Mirpur SP admitted that the Pakistani Army facilitates jihadi movement in forward areas and arranges for their crossing over to India. "The Army brings them (lashkaris)... it is in their hands," he said.

    Read the exclusive CNN-News18 report here.

  • 20:53 (IST)

    Listen to part of the conversation between Mirpur SP and CNN-News18’s Investigations Editor Manoj Gupta

  • 20:44 (IST)

    Mirpur SP says Pakistan army hides jihadis, reports CNN-News18

    "Sir, that happens," the SP said when asked if the Pakistan army hides jihadis.

     "Yes sir, they do that, we know. This is why the area has been cordoned off," the SP added when asked if the army is not letting information about the jihadis out.

    Read the full transcript of the conversation here.

  • 19:22 (IST)

    Mirpur SP uses the word terror ‘launch bases’ for Lashkar camps, names five soldiers killed during India's strike across the LoC, reports CNN-News18

  • 18:31 (IST)

    Mirpur SP confirms strike timings, reports CNN-News18

    "Sir, that was night...you can say roughly 3-4 hours... between 2 am and 4 or 5am... the attack continued between that time," the SP told CNN-News18, also confirming the time of the commando raid.

    "There were attacks on separate places... several places were attacked... they also met resistance," he added.

  • 18:24 (IST)

    Mirpur's SP confirms twelve died in Indian's surgical strikes on 29 September, reports CNN-News18

  • 18:18 (IST)

    Pakistani Army cordoned off areas​ after strikes

    CNN-News18’s Gupta called the Mirpur's SP pretending to be ‘IG Mushtaq’ and sought details about the casualties of the night of the surgical strikes, 29 September.

    In response, the SP told him that he personally knew about the strike that night – Samana in Bhimber, Hazira in Poonch, Dudhniyal in Neelam and Kayani in Hathian Bala – and said Pakistani Army had cordoned off all these areas immediately afterwards.

    The SP also said Pakistani Army put the dead bodies in ambulances and took them away, adding that many have been buried in villages and that his cops were evaluating the coffin boxes.

  • 18:12 (IST)

    Superintendent of Police (Special Branch) of the Mirpur Range in PoK admits to surgical strikes, a CNN-News18 exclusive

    CNN-News18’s Investigations Editor Manoj Gupta made a phone call to a senior police official in PoK who, under the impression he was speaking to his superior, rattled off the events of that tumultuous night and confirmed every single claim made by the Indian Army.

    The Superintendent of Police (Special Branch) of the Mirpur Range in PoK, is heard admitting that the surgical strikes had indeed taken place at many sectors on the early hours of 29 September.

  • 18:07 (IST)

  • 18:04 (IST)

    Nawaz Sharif raises Kashmir issue in Pakistan parliament, claims India resorted to false allegations

    Addressing a joint session of the Parliament on Wednesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that he will "back the struggle of Kashmiris", while discussing the Indian aggression at the Line of Control (LoC).

    Delivering his speech in Urdu, the Pakistani premier said that within hours of the Uri attack, India blamed Pakistan for the incident sans proper investigation. Sharif also said that Pakistan "suggested an international level inquiry" of the Uri attack with "an open heart"

On 29 September, the Indian Army carried out "surgical strikes" along the de facto border with Pakistan in Kashmir to thwart a series of attacks being planned against major cities, the Army said.

Pakistan's military, however, accused India of killing two of its soldiers in "unprovoked firing" along the Line of Control that divides the disputed territory and said its troops had responded while maintaining that no such strike was carried out by India across the Line of Control (LoC).

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, the director-general of military operations, said the decision to launch the strikes had been taken after the military determined the launchpads had been set up with "an aim to carry out infiltration and terrorist strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and various other metros in our country."

The strikes came after the government accused Pakistan-based militants of launching a deadly assault on an army base in Uri, Kashmir earlier this month that killed 19 soldiers.

India has also been on a diplomatic drive to isolate its arch rival and fellow nuclear power since the attack on the base on 18 September.

But soon a debate raged over whether the government should release evidence of the army's strikes with BJP leader Subramanian Swamy favouring putting out an edited version of the video on the action while most experts spoke against it.

Rejecting the demand, the ruling BJP attacked some Congress leaders and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal for raising questions over the strikes and accused them of giving a handle to Pakistan to advance its false propaganda.

The Congress, on its part, insisted that it never questioned the authenticity of the strikes but steered clear of the demand, including from within its own ranks, for the release of evidence, saying it would give appropriate advice in the best interest of national security if consulted by the government.

A large number of countries, including Russia, have congratulated India on these strikes, he said.

Former army chief Gen VP Malik slammed those questioning the credibility of the strikes saying, "The video should not be released just because some stupid people have sought so."

BJP Spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said, "At a time when the whole world has stopped believing Pakistan we have the spectacle of Congress, Kejriwal and other parties questioning strike carried out by our armed forces and giving a handle to Pakistan to advance its false propaganda."

Reacting to the newspaper report, he said the credibility of Indian armed forces is so high that the whole world has rallied behind India and supported surgical strikes. "We do not need to rely on any media report to justify the statement of the armed forces."

Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir on Wednesday said footage of the strike has been submitted to the Prime Minister's Office by the Army.

Asked if the government planned to share the video, he said: "No such decision has been taken yet, a call can only be taken by the Prime Minister."

"A nation has its own policies and one needs to practise restraint. People like Sanjay Nirupam and Arvind Kejriwal listen to Pakistan. The DGMO did the briefing and everyone in India believes it," the minister said.

With inputs from agencies


Published Date: Oct 05, 2016 06:03 pm | Updated Date: Oct 05, 2016 11:03 pm