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Surgical strike in PoK was a drama staged by PM Modi under domestic pressure: Hafiz Saeed

News Agencies | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:47 IST

Hafiz Saeed, chief of Jamaat-Ud-Dawah (JUD), an Islamic charity linked to outlawed militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (Let) has claimed that India staged "surgical strike" drama under pressure from its people. He said that the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was facing pressure to retaliate after 19 soldiers were killed in an attack on an army base in Uri sector in Jammu and Kashmir on 18 September.

"They (some people in India) started asking that 'you had said that you would attack Pakistan, you would do a surgical strike'. Everyone who was in grip of this fever started asking Modi and the Indian government. For this Ajit Doval staged a drama. He made up a surgical strike drama while sitting indoors," Saeed said.

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Saeed was of the opinion that no raid was actually carried out by the Indian troops.

"The whole film was made in which this surgical drama was shown in which they said their 150 expert paratroopers, after crossing the control line and entering Pakistan, carried out a raid. Actually, no raid was carried out, neither in Bhimber nor in Lipa, Chamb and dudhnial," he added.

Indian Army on Wednesday said that it conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in response to the terrorist attack at Uri sector.

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Two Pakistani soldiers and over 30 terrorists were reportedly killed in the attack.

Director General of Military Operations Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh said that the motive of the operation was to hit out at the terrorists who were planning to infiltrate into the Indian Territory.

Lt General Singh informed that significant casualty was caused to terrorists during the operation.

The DGMO said, it is a matter of serious concern that there have been many infiltration bids by terrorists at the LoC and it was reflected in the terror attacks in Poonch and Uri on 11th and 18th of this month.

Meanwhile, anti- India protests were held in Lahore, Multan, Karachi, and some cities of Balochistan in wake of rising tensions between the arch-rivals.


First published: 1 October 2016, 1:55 IST