New Delhi: Lashkar-e-Toiba founder and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed has said that India staged "surgical strike" drama following domestic pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to retaliate after 19 soldiers were killed in an attack on an Army base in Uri sector in Jammu and Kashmir on September 18.
"They (some people in India) started asking that `you had said that you would attack Pakistan, you would do a surgical strike`. Everyone who was in grip of this fever started asking Modi and the Indian government. For this Ajit Doval staged a drama. He made up a surgical strike drama while sitting indoors," Saeed said.
The JuD chief was of the opinion that no raid was actually carried out by the Indian troops.
"The whole film was made in which this surgical drama was shown in which they said their 150 expert paratroopers, after crossing the control line and entering Pakistan, carried out a raid. Actually, no raid was carried out, neither in Bhimber nor in Lipa, Chamb, and Dudhnial," the 26/11 mastermind added.
On Friday, a video of Saeed surfaced in which he was heard threatening Zee News - India's biggest media house - over its fearless coverage of Indian para commandos' surgical strikes across the Line of Control during which they dismantled at least seven terror launch pads and killed several terrorists in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
India on Wednesday carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, inflicting "significant casualties".
This came after the September 18 cross-border terror attack on an Indian Army camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of 19 soldiers.
India has blamed the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed for the attack.