Two units of the elite 2nd Paras SF comprising 18-20 soldiers flew across the LoC in the Uri sector in military helicopters and reportedly carried out an operation that killed at least 50 suspected terrorists across three terror camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Total casualties, including those injured, could be as high as 200, sources said.
Military sources revealed to The Quint, which confirmed this information from two other independent sources, that the operation happened during the intervening hours of 20 September and 21 September.
Indications that the Indian Special Forces struck across LoC came in the form of Pakistan declaring a no-fly zone over PoK on 20 September night.
Pakistan’s national flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had cancelled flights to northern Pakistani cities, including to Gilgit and Skardu in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, due to “airspace restrictions”.
PIA called off flights to Gilgit and Skardu in Gilgit-Baltistan region in Pakistan- occupied-Kashmir (PoK) and Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
PIA spokesperson Danyal Gilani had tweeted this information late Tuesday evening.
Due 2 northern areas airspace restrictions PIA’s 21st Sep’s flights to Gilgit, Skardu & Chitral ve been cancelled. Inconvenience regretted.
— Danyal Gilani (@Danyal_Gilani) September 20, 2016
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a telephonic conversation with Pakistan’s powerful army chief General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday night ahead of his speech at the UN in which he is expected to raise the Kashmir issue. It is understood that they are likely to have discussed this cross-border raid as well.
Speaking at an event earlier today, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the Uri attack may need a “knee-jerk” reaction.
“Won’t go into details of what India can do, but sometimes knee-jerk reaction is required,” he said.
Hours after the attack on Sunday by four terrorists that led to the deaths of 18 Indian soldiers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had tweeted that those behind the act “would not go unpunished”.
We strongly condemn the cowardly terror attack in Uri. I assure the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 18, 2016
India has blamed the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist outfit for the early morning attacks.
A statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs listed the items recovered from the terrorists, including GPS, with coordinates that indicate the point and time of infiltration across the LoC and the subsequent route to the terror attack site; grenades with Pakistani markings; communication matrix sheets; communication equipment; and other items made in Pakistan, including food, medicines and clothes.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had summoned Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Wednesday and conveyed India’s demand for action by Pakistan to crack down on the terror infrastructure in its territory.