Truth comes out, can’t conceal it: India on Pakistan’s denial of surgical strikes

 

The surgical strikes by Indian armed forces+ against terrorist camps across the Line of Control (LoC) has sent the intended message to Islamabad, India has said. The Ministry of External Affairs also said the truth of the strikes+ being carried out would emerge, irrespective of the efforts Pakistan makes to conceal it.

“The Indian Army was given a task that was carried out with surgical precision. The desired result has been obtained. The intended message has been conveyed,” said foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup at a news conference on Thursday.

“All I would like to say is that the truth comes out, no matter how hard one tries to conceal it,” he said in response to statements from officials in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) that confirm the strikes+ .

He also said it was up to the government to decide whether or not to release the video clips of the surgical strikes to quell Pakistan’s efforts to deny+ that they took place. “Whatever the government puts in public is determined by national security,” Swarup said.

He however took a more delicate line on reports that India could review a proposal to withdraw the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ (MFN) status+ it has accorded to trade with Pakistan. “Promoting shared prosperity with all our neighbours has been the government’s priority. But terrorism cannot be the commodity exported,” he said, adding that a decision on the MFN status could be made soon.

The foreign ministry spokesperson also welcomed any steps that would strengthen the United Nations’s 1267 committee that oversaw sanctions on globally designated terrorists. He also pointed out that India’s attempts, through the 1267 committee to formally recognize Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a ‘globally designated terrorist’, had been supported by 14 of the 15 members of the UN Security Council. China had extended its blocking of India’s bid against Masood Azhar on technical grounds.

Swarup also said India would formally engage China on reports of the blocking of a tributary of the Brahmaputra river. He listed the various formal structure and bodies where India would raise its concerns, and pointed out that the formal agreement with China allows it to construct run-of-the-river projects for hydel power.

Reports of China’s intentions of the Brahmaputra, that have emerged over the past week, have been seen as a retaliation to India’s decision to review the Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan.

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