New Delhi, Oct 5, 2016: A senior Pakistan police official has admitted that India indeed carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and killed at least five soldiers and several terrorists in an operation that Islamabad denies happened.
The Superintendent of Police (Special Branch) of the Mirpur Range in Pakistani Kashmir, Ghulam Akbar, told CNN News18 TV channel that the strikes took place in many sectors on the early hours of September 29.
The news channel said on Wednesday that one of its journalists, Manoj Gupta, posted as Inspector General of Police Mushtaq while speaking to Akbar over the telephone.
The channel aired excerpts of the conversation, quoting Akbar as saying that he personally knew about the strikes.
He said the Indian operation occurred at Samana in Bhimber, Hazira in Poonch, Dudhniyal in Neelam and Kayani in Hathian Bala, the border sectors on the Pakistani side of the Line of Control (LoC).
Akbar said the Pakistan Army cordoned off all these areas immediately after the Indian incursion.
“Sir, that was the night… you can say roughly 3-4 hours… between 2 a.m. and 4 or 5 a.m… The attack continued for that time.
“There were attacks on separate places… Several places were attacked… They also met (with) resistance,” Akbar said.
Akbar clearly stated that the Pakistani army was caught unawares and lost five soldiers whose names were revealed but not telecast by the channel and that the bodies of an unknown number of terrorists were quickly removed by the Pakistani military and taken away in ambulances.
He said the bodies many have been buried in villages.
Akbar also revealed that the Pakistani Army facilitates the movement of terrorists in forward areas and arranges for their crossing over to India, the channel said.
“The army brings them, sir… it is in their hands,” Akbar said.
When asked if any locals or jihadis were killed, Mirpur SP said, “No locals died. But there is a probability that jihadis have been killed.”
In another shocking revelation, Mirpur SP admitted that the Pakistani Army facilitates jihadi movement in forward areas and arranges for their crossing over to India. “The Army brings them (lashkaris)… it is in their hands,” he said.
The admission by the senior police officer came even as Pakistan has repeatedly trashed Indian claims that its commandos crossed the LoC and destroyed seven terror launch pads and killed an unknown number of militants.
Pakistan even took a group of local and foreign journalists to some areas near the LoC to claim that the surgical strikes never happened.
Despite all this, Pakistan is still denying on the surgical strikes that India conducted in PoK.
The Indian Army carried out the operation to avenge the September 18 killing of 19 Indian soldiers in a terror attack on a military base in Jammu and Kashmir.
India said the suicide attackers were from the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and infiltrated from Pakistan.