Political parties hail India’s military strikes across LoC

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New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were on Thursday briefed on the surgical strikes on launch pads of terrorists across the Line of Control (LoC), sources said.

They said Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti were also briefed about the strikes.

The Indian Army has said it caused “significant casualties” on terrorists and those who support them during surgical strikes on Wednesday night.

The government has called an all-party meeting on Thursday in the wake of surgical strikes across the India-Pakistan border late on Wednesday night.

“We are with the army because they know the situation well and have been facing all the challenges. We will speak after the all-party meeting, which has been convened by the government today around 4 p.m.,” Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar told reporters here.

India caused “significant casualties” on terrorists and those supporting them during the surgical strikes across the India-Pakistan border on Wednesday night, the Indian Army earlier said.
Shortly after an announcement that India carried out surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday informed key national leaders and chief ministers about the military operations.

According to official sources here, the Home Minister also informed Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.

The government has convened an all-party meeting in the capital on Thursday which will be addressed among others by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In the all-party meeting, Rajnath Singh was likely to brief leaders about internal security situation in the country, sources said.

President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari were also apprised about the strikes.

On Thursday, Pakistani military shelled Indian positions across the Line of Control (LoC) — which divides Jammu and Kashmir between the two countries — at Danesh and Lakshmi posts in Naugam sector, the Jammu and Kashmir Police said. The Indian military retaliated.

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations said the exchange of fire began at 2.30 a.m. and continued till 8.00 a.m., leaving two Pakistani soldiers dead.

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