Indian cities on high alert over possible retaliation against surgical strikes

The Indian government asked security to be heightened in the states of Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and Gujarat. Photograph:( Getty )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 01, 2016, 03.30 AM (IST)

 

The Indian government isssued a nationwide alert on Friday after intelligence inputs on possible attacks by Pakistan-based terror groups in the country in retaliation to the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army on Wednesday that killed 38 terrorists across the Line of Control. 

The government has asked the agencies to intensify security at all industrial units, airports and other locations across the country.

The interior ministry has asked the states of Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and Gujarat to be extra vigiliant.

There were intelligence reports that some terrorists might have crossed over to India during the last month, and could act against the surgical strikes. 

Pakistan warns of 'befitting response' to any misadventure

On Friday, army chief Raheel Sharif stated that Pakistan's Army was prepared to give the "most befitting response" to any "misadventure" by any "adversary".

Talking to troops at a newly developed Combat Reaction Training facility in the close vicinity of Lahore Garrison, General Raheel exhorted all commanders to lay more emphasis on combat readiness, emphasising that training in peace time is the only guarantor of averting and winning war if imposed.

"Any misadventure by our adversary will meet the most befitting response," said Raheel adding that "Pakistan cannot be coerced through any amount of malicious propaganda". 

Meanwhile, chairing a special cabinet meeting to review the security situation in the country, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan will take all necessary steps to protect its people and territorial integrity in case of any aggression or violation of the LoC.

Terming "Indian aggression" as a threat to the entire region, Sharif warned that Pakistan is also capable of executing surgical strikes and will not allow anyone to "cast an evil eye" on it.

Meanwhile, security was strengthened at vital installations across Punjab and choppers hovered over several sectors along the border. 

The BSF has restricted all civilian movement along borders with Pakistan. In Punjab, the government has ordered the evacuation of the civil population from villages falling within 10 kilometers of the border of the state with Pakistan.

Schools, colleges and community centres have been turned into camps for people to stay until the tension eases.

The Indo-Pak border continues to be volatile after the surgical strikes were conducted in response to the Uri attack on the Indian Army on September 18. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)