The Indian army declared today (29th September) that it destroyed 8 terrorist camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir in a series of surgical strikes. India, till date, had only been threatening to take such an action but actually had never taken any.
However, shortly after the claims, Pakistan Army and administration denied any such surgical attack and blamed the Modi government, which has been under pressure after the Uri attack, of spreading rumors. However, the Pakistani authorities did admit losing two soldiers in border skirmishes with India.
Now, its a classical case of word against word. We can only draw speculations about what actually happened until and unless some compelling evidence comes out from either of the states.
However, whatever be the case there can be only two possibilities of what could have happened. And the possibilities are, that Indian Army might have conducted surgical strikes in the Pak Occupied Kashmir (POK) or they (India Army) might not have conducted any such strikes at all.
We will discuss both the possibilities below.
If what India claims is True
If India’s claim of conducting surgical strikes in POK is true, then it is a matter of great pride and self satisfaction for the Indian Army, which has only been defending India’s borders till date. India has never shown any aggression against provocations by Pakistan and, in the past, has always presented it’s other cheek every time it was slapped on one of its cheeks (in the form of cross border terrorism). These surgical strikes will also serve well for the ruling BJP and PM Modi, because they had been under tremendous pressure to act aggressively after the Uri attack.
If India’s claims are indeed true, the Pakistani establishment, for obvious reasons, can’t accept it. Because, if it corroborates the claims made by the Indian authorities, it would be under tremendous pressure to strike back India, which would only further escalate the situation and would in turn be devastating for Pakistan. And that is exactly what has happened. While Indian authorities and the government are bragging about conducting surgical strikes and destroying terror camps in POK, Pakistani authorities have rejected the claim.
If India’s claim of Surgical Strikes are not True
If India’s claims are indeed false, then Pakistan need not worry at all. In fact, the Pakistani establishment should be happy about the fact that the current Indian government had to lie about attacking Pakistan in order to win back the dwindling public opinion.
Both Modi haters and Modi supporters have pieces of news to chose and quote from. Same is the case with Pakistan supporters and Pakistani haters. People will believe in what they want to believe in.
However, we at CitizensPerspective believe that sooner or later the truth with actual evidence will come out. And when it does, either the Pakistani establishment or the Indian government will have to find a place to hide in!