Ground realities belie India’s claims: minister

Khawaja Asif

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Sunday said ground realities had internationally exposed India’s “false claims” about conducting a surgical strike in Pakistan.


Talking to the media, he said the surgical strike “drama” was planned, staged and played by Indian intelligence agencies in a bid to divert the world’s attention away from the burning issue of Kashmir.

He said that the facts and ground realities had revealed the Indian lies about surgical strike and vowed that “the sacrifices of Kashmiri people would not go waste and they would get freedom from Indian yoke”.

“The whole nation stands united and is ready to sacrifice their lives to defend the motherland while battling shoulder to shoulder with the armed forces.”

Meanwhile, Pakistani ambassador in Washington Jalil Abbas Jilani has said networks of all militant organisations — including the Haqqani Network — have been broken during Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

In an interview to Voice of America (VOA), he said India’s claim of a surgical strike was far from the truth; however, an incident of firing took place along the Line of Control which Delhi was claiming to be a surgical strike for unknown reasons.

He said Pakistan wanted peace and; therefore, was not in favour of tension between the two neighbouring nuclear powers. “But, Pakistan reserves its right of defence and capacity of a strong response with proportionate force.”

“India has been blaming Pakistan of supporting militant organisations rather than taking action against them, which is wrong,” Jilani said while rejecting India’s stance.

The international community has been provided documents about the arrest of an Indian Navy official, Kulbhushan Yadav from Balochistan. “We are telling the world that how India was interfering inside Pakistan.” He appreciated the US efforts for reducing tension between Pakistan and India.