Pakistan is bluffing about surgical strikes, says Germany

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Bengaluru, Oct 15: Germany has sought a clarification from Pakistan about a recent report which said that the Indian Foreign Secretary had denied carrying out a surgical strike in Pakistan.

A Pakistan daily had reported that India's Foreign Secretary had admitted to the German Ambassador during a recent meeting that the Indian army had not carried out a surgical strike across the Line of Control.

Pak bluffing about strikes: Germany

The German embassy has said that the report which appeared in the News International is baseless and without any truth.

Terming the report as a bluff, the German embassy said that the statement was without truth. Further Germany has also sought a clarification from the Pakistan embassy in this regard.

In the report that appeared in the Pakistan newspaper it was claimed that German authorities, during a recent meeting with Pakistan officials in Berlin, had informed them about the conversation between the German Ambassador and the Foreign Secretary.

Germany has termed this as false and has sought an explanation and clarification from Pakistan in this regard.

The spokesperson for the Ministry for External Affairs, Vikas Swarup said that the report was completely concocted and baseless. The German Ambassador was in fact one of the envoys who was briefed about the surgical strikes on September 29 he also said.

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It may be recalled that after the surgical strikes, Germany had supported India and said that everyone has the right to hunt terrorists across the border.

Germany had also said that under international law, every state has the legal obligation to make sure that no terrorism emanates from the territory it controls and also every state has the right to defend itself against international terrorism.

Germany also said that it stands with India as it has a strategic and ongoing bilateral cooperation on counter-terrorism.

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