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Indian army says it conducted "surgical attacks" along the disputed border
Pakistan says there was no incursion, just an exchange of gunfire
Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will convene an emergency cabinet meeting Friday about the “deteriorating situation” in Kashmir, he said in a statement.
Two Pakistani soldiers were killed after clashes with Indian troops on the de-facto border between the two countries, Pakistan’s military said Thursday.
The Indian army said it had conducted “surgical attacks” in the disputed region to foil a “terrorist attack,” according to India’s Director General of Military Operations.
But Pakistan insisted that no incursion had taken place into the territory it controls, saying there had only been an exchange of fire. It promised a “forceful response” if there was a repeat of the operation.
India said it had acted to protect its citizens – Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh told reporters on Thursday the strikes had been based on “specific credible information” that militants were planning to carry out strikes in Indian cities, including Jammu.
“The operations were basically focused to ensure that these terrorists do not succeed in their design of infiltration and carrying out destruction and endangering the lives of citizens in our country,” he said.
An Indian government official told CNN some border villages in the Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir State had been evacuated. Educational institutions were also ordered closed on Thursday evening.
The incident comes less than two weeks after 18 Indian soldiers were killed in an attack by armed militants on an army base in Uri, about 63 miles (102 kilometers) from Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.