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‘Wait and watch’, responds Rajnath to clamour for footage of cross-LoC strikes

Indian soldiers made the country proud with their valour during the army’s recent strikes against militant bases in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, home minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday.

India's Pakistan offensive Updated: Oct 02, 2016 20:14 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Union minister for home affairs Rajnath Singh at an event at Central park in New Delhi’s Connaught Place.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

Indian soldiers have made the country proud of their valour by striking terrorist launchpads across the line of control (LoC), home minister Rajnath Singh told reporters on Sunday.

However, when asked if the government would release footage of the strikes to counter Pakistan’s claim denying any such occurrence, he simply said: “Wait and watch.”

Singh will leave for a two-day visit to Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.

The home minister’s comments came a day after the Pakistan army reportedly flew local as well as international journalists to the LoC in an attempt to prove that no such strikes occurred. The group of 40 scribes – which was taken to a forward command post on the LoC – represented about 20 media organisations, reports from Islamabad claimed.

“The country as well as the whole world are aware of this (surgical strikes)… the way our jawans displayed valour and made India proud,” Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a Swachh Bharat event on Sunday.

Relations between the two countries have nosedived ever since the Indian army claimed on Thursday that it had inflicted heavy casualties through pre-dawn strikes on “terror launchpads” across the LoC.

Islamabad dismissed the claim, claiming that no such strikes took place. Many in India have called for video footage of the operation to be released, so Pakistan’s version can be disproved..

First Published: Oct 02, 2016 14:28 IST