Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BSF chief hint at surgical strikes-like attack on Pakistan, say death of jawan has been avenged

In a cryptic statement, home minister Rajnath Singh suggested that India launched surgical strikes on Pakistan. The comments come after a BSF jawan was killed at the border.

FP Staff September 29, 2018 08:34:22 IST
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BSF chief hint at surgical strikes-like attack on Pakistan, say death of jawan has been avenged

On the second anniversary of the surgical strikes on terror camps launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Border Security Force (BSF) Director-General KK Sharma on Saturday said that "sufficient action" has been taken to avenge the killing of BSF head constable Narender Singh by a Pakistan border action team.

The Indian Express quoted him as saying: “We have taken sufficient action along the LoC to avenge the death of our soldier”. The BSF chief did not go into details of the “sufficient action”.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday was the first to start speculations about an India-led surgical strike being conducted on Pakistan.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh BSF chief hint at surgical strikeslike attack on Pakistan say death of jawan has been avenged

File image of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. PTI

ANI quoted the home minister as saying at an event in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar: "Something has happened. I won’t reveal it now. Something big has happened. Trust me, something really big has happened two-three days ago. And you will also see what happens in future.”

According to the news agency, the Home Minister did not elaborate on his cryptic comment, but he did make a clear reference to BSF's head constable Narendra Kumar's brutal killing on 19 September, along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district.

Singh's comments come after Pakistani troops slit Kumar's throat after fatally shooting him along the international border (IB) near Jammu, officials said on 19 September.

Official sources said that Kumar's body was retrieved ahead of the India-Pakistan fence after over six hours, as Pakistan "did not respond" to calls to maintain the sanctity of the frontier and ensure that the BSF search parties were not fired upon. Other than his slit throat, his body bore three bullet wounds.

While the BSF did not comment on the developments, sources said the force had alerted all its formations along the IB and informed the army to remain vigilant at the LoC.

Prior to Singh's statement, Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat had said that it was time for another surgical strike, according to NDTV. "I believe there is a need for one more action (surgical strike). But I would not want to disclose how we want to do it," he told India Today in an interview.

As per the NDTV report, General Rawat had also said that infiltration from across the Line of Control (LoC) persisted despite the call for a ceasefire. He went on to say that this cannot continue, and assured that necessary action has to be taken to deter terrorists from disrupting peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

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