New Delhi: Even though Pakistan has staunchly denied that Indian special forces carried out a surgical strike in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, intelligence inputs suggested on Friday that Pakistani forces are hurriedly burying bodies of slain terrorists to erase evidence.
As per reports, the slain terrorists – their number (as per different estimates) varies from a minimum of 30 to as high as 70 – are being buried in areas near to the scene of the operation. Most of the terrorists are believed to have belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujahideen.
The unceremonious burying appears to be aimed at bolstering Pakistan’s lie that the surgical strike was a bluff by India and all that happened was just another incident of cross-border firing.
Also, the action means that their families will never get to know of their fate.
Intel inputs added that Pakistan has asked Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar to keep a low profile for now and resist the temptation to make statements – that are usually anti-India in nature. Also, Maulana’s possible public avowal of seeking revenge of the
Indian operation would amount to an affirmation of India’s stand that a raid was actually carried out. Something that Pakistan has been strategically denying.
In a separate development, Pakistan officially handed over bodies of two regular soldiers that it has accepted to have been killed in the operation in PoK. This is when, Indian Army believes that quite a number of Pakistani soldiers, who were stationed near the terror launch pads, were neutralised by the 9 Para Commandos of the Indian Army.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif chaired a cabinet meeting in Islamabad to assess the current situation.
Later Radio Pakistan quoted Sharif telling the cabinet that Islamabad wants peace in the region but “we will not allow anyone to cast an evil eye on Pakistan”.
Sharif said Pakistan wanted peace to pursue its development agenda “but every Pakistani is ready to defend the motherland”.