India has redundant as “completely unfounded” a Pakistani newspaper story today, which claims that India’s foreign secretary S Jaishankar told the German ambassador here that no surgical strikes took place on terrorist camps in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir (POK).
According to a report, ‘Indian FS admits surgical strike was a bluff’ the newspaper alleged that India’s Foreign Secretary had admitted that no surgical strikes had been undertaken across the Line of Control by the Indian Army. The report claims that the admission by India was made during a recent meeting with German ambassador in New Delhi.
The resources said “an informed official source” told Pakistani officials in Berlin that “the Indian Foreign Secretary has categorically denied and said that there was no ‘surgical strike’ undertaken by Indian Army inside Azad Kashmir, Pakistan.”
Azad Kashmir, is, of course what Islamabad calls Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.
India swiftly put down that report this morning.
The newspaper publishes that when Afzal raised the issue of the Uri terror attack – which the same newspaper called a fake attack staged by India – Stemmler told her about the supposed exchange between foreign secretary S Jaishankar and the German Ambassador in New Delhi.
The story quotes another “official source” as saying that “with the so-called mantra of surgical strike”, the ruling BJP government wanted to achieve many objectives.