A day ago the news channels and the social media platforms were buzzing with the 2016 surgical strike that the Indian army undertook. While it was being politicized in India, Pakistan has snubbed the video’s authenticity.
Pakistan on Thursday rejected purported video clips circulated in the Indian media about the Indian Army’s 2016 surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the border, calling India’s claim as “farcical”.
India had conducted a surgical strike against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on the intervening night of September 28–29, 2016. At that time too, Pakistan had refused claims of the strike, calling it an “illusion” and “fabrication of truth to create media hype”.
Several Indian TV channels showed video clips reportedly of the surgical strikes which were carried out on terror launch pads across the border in September 2016.
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Reacting to the video, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said, “I have said it before and will say it again. The farcical claims of surgical strikes are a figment of Indian imagination and nothing else! They may dream on”.
Talking about the controversy regarding the visit of Indian High Commissioner to a Sikh Gurdwara, he said the Sikhs have been protesting against the release of the controversial movie ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ that has hurt their religious sentiments.
“The Indian High Commission was informed about the escalated situation and the heightened anti-India sentiments of the Sikhs and agreed to cancel their visit. Any attempts to politicize the sentiments of a religious community would be regrettable and counterproductive,” he said.
He said the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi issued visas to more than 300 Indian Sikhs to participate in their religious event and a special train was arranged by Pakistan to transport the pilgrims from Attari to Wagah.
To a question about transfer of FIA officer-in-charge of the Mumbai attack probe, Mazhar-ul-Haq, he said the matter of the Mumbai trial has been ongoing for the past 10 years or so. “The officers-in-charge have been changed during this time, but the state functions continue uninterrupted,” he claimed.
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