After India’s claims of surgical strikes in Pakistan, protests began on local Pakistani media regarding the authenticity of the claim. The fire soon spread to international media upon which politicians across the border have now started questioning whether the incident actually took place or was it just another hoax. The so-called surgical strikes took place in retaliation to the Uri attack against militants allegedly situated in Kashmir. The latest to join the long line of politicians questioning the authenticity of said surgical strikes is the Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal. On Monday, he urged the Indian premier Narendra Modi to release evidence of the ‘strikes’.
According to a Facebook post by Kejrival, a critic of Modi said,
My blood boils to see such reports.
He demanded of PM Modi to release a video footage of the ‘surgical strikes’. This particular development comes just two days after Pakistan army took local journalists on a rare visit to forward locations across the Line of Control (LoC). The journalists represented CNN, BBC, VoA, AP, News Week, Reuters and BBC Urdu. The journalists were taken to two spots across the 190-kilometer stretch of the LoC. The two spots, Boxor Formation and Hotspring formation, are the areas where India claims to have conducted the ‘strikes’. Both locations, some 50 kilometers apart, showed no signs of destruction or casualties except the two Pakistani soldiers already announced martyred.
Indian Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, an ex-Indian Army man said that there weren’t any aerial strikes. He further stated that the Indian Army crossed the LoC on the ground for carrying out preemptive strikes, which as per him, was also not anything like crossing the international border.
Indian accounts of the entire situation evolve by the minute. Not knowing how to handle the tall claim of having conducted surgical strikes in Pakistan, India finds herself at a loss for answers to questions being raised by the local and international media, and politicians.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.