Indian Army launched surgical strike in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir (PoK) on Wednesday night and inflicted significant casualties and heavy damages, said Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh in a joint press conference with Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokerperson Vikas Swarup in New Delhi on Thursday.
Live updates on Indian Army's surgical strike across LoC:
#The way surgical strikes have been conducted we are feeling a sense of pride, we are not a weak nation: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis
#We are really proud of our army and whole nation supports them: MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on #SurgicalStrike conducted by Indian Army
# Encounter underway between Security forces and terrorists in Mendhar sector of Poonch(J&K)
# Congratulate our Army for giving befitting reply to Pakistan,we welcome this: Sayed Zainul Abedin, Ajmer Dargah Dewan
# I am sure amidst prevailing gloomy scenario in the region,hope for peaceful means of resolving the issues will again stand the ground: J&K CM
# Confrontation could lead to disaster of epic proportions if urgent steps not taken to bring down heightened tensions in the region: J&K CM
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Surgical Strike-
# Congratulations to the Indian Army on successful counter terrorism operations against terror groups and their launching pads.
# We are proud of our armed forces. They have once again exhibited exemplary courage and valour by destroying the anti India designs.
# I also congratulate the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on taking a bold decision and showing true grit and mettle in crucial times.
# If Pakistan continues to deny the surgical strikes by India, then videography of the operation could be released: Sources
All-Party meet ended
# Only that amount of force was used which was called for, to take down terrorists and those who supported them: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
# The surgical strike targeted 5-6 places across LoC along Kupwara and Poonch. No casualty on Indian side, says Venkaiah Naidu.
# Ambassadors of 22 countries called for a briefing on Loc.
# Leaves of security forces deployed along the Line of Control cancelled.
Villages in border areas being evacuated
# All schools within 10 kms of India-Pak border to be closed till further orders, says District Education Officer, Ferozepur(Punjab).
# Congress President Sonia Gandhi says "we stand with the Govt in its actions to protect country’s security".
# Party hopes Pak will recognise that it bears a great responsibility in continuing cross-border terrorist attacks against India.
# 38 terrorists and 2 Pakistani soldiers were killed in Indian Army surgical strikes, no Indian casualties. Those killed included terrorists, their guides and handlers: Reports
# All border villages in Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab are being evacuated as a precautionary measure to avoid escalation in firing from Pakistan
# High level meeting of top civil, military officers in #Uri to discuss evacuation plans in case Pakistan ends ceasefire, resorts to shelling.
# BSF cancels beating retreat ceremony at Wagah border for today.
# Villages in Punjab which are 10KM from International Border with Pakistan are being evacuated, additional BSF troops move in.
# Any step taken by India against terrorism, is right: Mazdak Dilshad Baloch, Baloch leader on surgical strikes by Indian army.
# We support such strikes and want Indian Army to conduct surgical strikes in Balochistan as well: Mazdak Dilshad Baloch
Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister on surgical strikes by Indian Army across LoC -
# At least now Pakistan will stop terrorism against India.
# Country is safe in hands of PM Modi & Army, thats why people in diff parts of world are appreciating steps taken to counter terror.
# Army operation was a part of their responsibility in defending unity, safety and security of the country.
# PM Modi said that befitting measures will be taken to ensure the safety and security of the country.
# After the Uri terror attack, people of India were outraged. PM has reassured nation that such acts will not be tolerated.
# Our positive gestures were only reciprocated with further encouragement to terrorists (by Pakistan).
# India has been repeatedly urging Pakistan that its territory should not be allowed for terror activities.
# These ops are a part of the mandate of the Indian Army to foil any attempts of infiltration into our soil.
# Operation was a combination of heliborne and ground forces: sources.
# Seven terror launch pads were targeted in the strike.
# Operation started after midnight and ended around 4:30 AM today.
# Pak was behaving like terrorist state, befitting reply was needed.These strikes boosted Indian army's morale: Nirmal Singh.
# Mission of this nature cannot be arranged overnight. This must have planned for a long time in great detail: Gen Shankar Roychowdhury (Retd).
# The nation is with the Indian Army: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
# This is a lesson for all terrorists; we have the right of self-defence: BJP's Syed Shahnawaz Hussain on the surgical strikes by Indian Army.
# Government calls an all party meeting at 4pm today after Indian Army conducts surgical strikes in Pak territory.
# Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations says Indian offensive carried out in Bhimber, Hotspring, Kel and Lipa sectors on Pakistan's side of LoC.
# Sensex falls by over 500 points, Nifty down by 120 points after India announces surgical strikes.
# President, Vice President, Former PM Manmohan Singh, J&K Governor, CM J&K briefed on the surgical strikes by the Indian Army.
# We are ready for the safety and defence of our country, says Pak PM Nawaz Sharif.
# We condemn this attack, our desire for peace should not be interpreted as our weakness, says Pak PM Nawaz Sharif.
# Pak defence expert: "A routine cease fire violation is being reported as a "surgical strike" by Indian Army."
Highlights of DGMO-MEA Press conference-
# Indian armed forces ready for any contingency, no plans as of now for further operations.
# Heavy damages have been caused to terrorists, many of them have been killed.
# India shares with Pak army details of surgical strikes, expects them to cooperate in the fight against terror.
# We can't allow terrorists to operate across the LoC, there has been a surge in infiltration.
# Indian Army conducted surgical strikes last night on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC).
# I spoke to the Pak DGMO, shared our concerns and told him that we conducted surgical strikes last night.
# Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads on the LoC, significant casualties have been caused.
# Despite our persistent urging to Pak to not allow territory under its control to not be used for terrorist activities nothing was done.
# Indian Army says for the first time that it conducted surgical strikes to take down terror launch pads across LoC last night.
# Expect Pak Army to cooperate with us to erase terror.
# India has finished surgical strikes in PoK, have no plans to continue them. Have informed Pak about our action.
# India conducted surgical strikes in PoK last night. Significant casualties to terrorists and those supporting them: DGMO
# Based on very specific info that some terror teams were at launch pads aiming to infiltrate, Army conducted surgical strikes.
# No let up in infiltration and terror attacks in India despite Pak commitment in 2004.
# India has proof of Pak terrorists in attacks in JK.
# A matter of serious concern that there has been continuing infiltration on LoC. Almost 20 attempts foiled this year.
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Reports in Pakistani media
At least two army men were killed in the 'massive' retaliation by the Indian Army to the unprovked firing by Pakistani troops over the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday.
The exchange of fire took place in the Bhimber, Hot Spring, Kel and Lipa sectors, and lasted about six hours early on Thursday, the Pakistani military's press wing said in a statement.
"Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing on the LoC in Bhimber, Hotspring Kel and Lipa sectors," the ISPR statement said.
India, Pak tension escalates after Uri attack
Tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours are running high following the terrorist attack on an amry camp at Uri Sector in Kashmir and it caused speculations of Indian retaliation on social and mainstream media in Pakistan.
The brutal terror attack on army base camp at Uri, Kashmir which left 18 soldiers killed and many more injured has left the country seething with anger and anguish. There is a strong sentiment against neighbours Pakistan who have been severely lambasted for sponsoring terrorism in the Kashmir Valley. The recent spate of attacks in Pathankot, Punch and Uri have led to a complete change in India’s foreign policy towards Pakistan.
India also decided not to take part in the SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November this year. Bhutan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh also decided to not atend the SAARC summit after India's decision to boycott SAARC meetging in Pakistan. India on Wednesday said the SAARC Summit in Islamabad has to be postponed as it and three other countries have pulled out of the meet. (Read here the report in Hindi also)