The surgical strikes by Indian Army across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have been widely reported by international media. Some newspapers and websites also reported Pakistan’s continued denial of the Indian operation causing heavy casualties.
Here’s a look at how some top publications covered the event –
The UK Telegraph reported that the Indian ground troops crossed a few hundred metres inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to destroy six to eight terrorist “launch pads” – structures close to the border used by militants preparing to infiltrate into India. “The strikes before dawn on Thursday were in direct response to a spate of recent cross-border attacks on Kashmir, which New Delhi has blamed on Pakistan amid rapidly worsening relations between the countries,” the Telegraph report said.
The BBC said in its report that the operation was “aimed at preventing attacks being planned by Pakistan-based militants”. It also quoted unnamed Pakistani army officials as saying that the fighting started in the early hours of Thursday morning and continued for about six hours.
The New York Times termed the Indian army operation as a ‘precedent setting’ one. “Though India’s military has almost certainly carried out cross-border raids, the government has never publicly announced them, even during the brief conflict in Kargil in 1999,” the NYT said.
The NYT also reported that India’s operation had rattled Pakistan, which is threatening to use nuclear weapons in the event of a war.
Another American newspaper, the Washington Post termed the surgical operation as “the most aggressive military action from India toward Pakistan in years and could mark a shift in India’s strategy toward its neighbour”.
The Al Jazeera reported that there was unease and tension among the residents of the area, where Indian Army carried out the operation.
Al Jazeera spoke to Saifullah, a resident of the border town where the Indian strike took place, who said that the locals got frightened when the shooting started.
“While there was a lot of fear and unease, things have settled down now. You see cars on the road and a bit of calm on people’s faces. Shops are also open and businesses are running as normal now,” Saifullah was quoted as saying by Al Jazeera.
Australia newspaper, the Sydney Morning Herald said in its report that Pakistan vehemently denied the surgical strike by India. It quoted Abid Mir, a senior superintendent of police of Rawalakot, a city near the Line of Control, as saying that India hit an army post with shelling.