In one of the major reply to Pakistan in the aftermath of Uri attack, the Indian Army on Thursday claimed that they carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday night to discourage Pakistani terrorists who had “positioned themselves at launch pads with the aim to carry out strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and other metros”.
“India conducted surgical strikes last night across the LoC to safeguard our nation,” the Defence Ministry said on Thursday. “Significant casualties have been caused to terrorists and those trying to shield them. We don’t have a plan to further conduct such strikes. India has spoken to Pakistan,” DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said.
“There were launch pads at the LoC where terrorists were present waiting to infiltrate the nation and attack areas in Kashmir and metros across the country,” the DGMO said.
“We have recovered items, including GPS, which have Pakistani markings. Captured terrorists hailing from PoK or Pakistan have confessed to their training in Pakistan or in Pakistan controlled region,” Singh said.
“I spoke to the Pak DGMO, shared our concerns and told him that we conducted surgical strikes last night,” DGMO Singh said.
As per NDTV report, the Army said after the surgical operations, Pakistan was informed – in keeping with protocol – of the cross-border strike and that the action came after escalating violations of the 2003 ceasefire.
Media reports said India had informed the United States before carrying out the operations. Security forces have also cancelled all the leaves, which implies that India has started preparation for retaliation from Pakistan.
A surgical strike is “a calculated maneuver to ensure you deliver maximum damage which gives a big surprise to your adversary,” explained former air chief Fali Major, praising last night’s operation for its execution.
The strikes that came soon after the recent Uri attack is first major military action taken by Narendra Modi’s government. It may be mentioned that 18 soldiers were killed in the recent terror attack at an Army station in Uri. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had pledged that the attack will not go unpunished.
The details of the strike was announced after PM Modi called an urgent meeting of the country’s top ministers to review security. The Cabinet Committee on Security includes the Defence, Home and Foreign Ministers.