India’s military says it has conducted “surgical strikes” against “terrorist units” in Pakistan it suspects of preparing to infiltrate the part of Kashmir it controls, a claim denounced by the Pakistani army as an “illusion”.
Tensions remain high between the two nuclear-armed neighbours following the killing of 18 Indian soldiers nearly two weeks ago.
Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, the Indian army’s director general of military operations, told reporters on Thursday that the strikes were launched on Wednesday following “very specific and credible information that some terrorist units had positioned themselves to infiltrate”.
On Tuesday it said Prime Minister Narendra Modi would not attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Islamabad in November, in a major snub to its neighbour.
Both India and Pakistan claim the disputed Himalayan region in full, but govern over separate parts of it, divided by the heavily militarised LoC.
The Indian-controlled part of the territory has a Muslim majority and there are a number of armed separatist groups fighting New Delhi.