Pak rejects Surgical Strike in Balakot, asks not to underestimate Pakistan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on India's Surgical Strike-2

Pakistan on Tuesday warned the Indian government not to underestimate them and strongly rejected India’s claim of targeting terrorist camp near Balakot and causing heavy casualties.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan held a special meeting of the National Security Committee hours after the reports of India’s air strikes in Balakot in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). While terming India’s action as “uncalled for aggression”, he vowed to respond “at the time and place of its choosing”. He also called upon Pak armed forces and the people of Pakistan to remain prepared for all eventualities.

The NSC, country’s top civil and military brass, strongly rejected Indian claim of targeting an alleged terrorist camp near Balakot and the claim of heavy casualties. Once again Indian government has resorted to a self-serving, reckless and fictitious claim,” said a statement issued after the NSC meeting in Islamabad today.

The note, according to media reports, said Pak would invite the world media to show them the ground realities besides deciding to report the issue of ‘India’s violation of Line of Control (LoC) to the United Nations and other international forums.

The Prime Minister also termed the Surgical Strike-2 as the “face-saving exercise of the Indian government keeping the forthcoming general elections in that country in view, putting regional peace and stability at grave risk”. 

Later addressing a joint press conference with the ministers of defence and finance, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi too refused to accept India’s claim of destroying terror camps of banned JeM in Balakot. “There was no presence of any such camp or camps,” he asserted.