Nation Current Affairs 04 Oct 2016 India to keep Pakist ...

India to keep Pakistan in check surgically

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | RAJNISH SHARMA
Published Oct 4, 2016, 2:49 am IST
Updated Oct 4, 2016, 3:52 am IST
The security forces have been directed to work on preparing adequate infrastructure close to the LoC.
Army soldiers arrive outside the base camp which was attacked by suspected militants at Baramulla, northwest of Srinagar, on  Monday. (Photo: AP)
 Army soldiers arrive outside the base camp which was attacked by suspected militants at Baramulla, northwest of Srinagar, on Monday. (Photo: AP)

New Delhi: Surgical strikes across the Line of Control are here to stay as a deterrent to terrorism from across the border, and as an act of retribution, top government sources told this newspaper.

While earlier, after the government announced surgical strikes on terror launchpads across the border, it had said that no more military action was planned, the government has now decided to not just keep an eye on militant launchpads and camps operating close to the LoC, but to target and destroy them if India is targetted.

 

Uri then, rather than being an isolated act of both preventive and retributive action, seems to be the beginning of a major shift in India’s policy and practice of dealing with terror. Security forces will continue to maintain the “element of surprise’’ in all future strikes.

The decision to keep the option of possible surgical strikes was taken during a series of meetings held between the Prime Minister, home minster, defence minister and the National Security Adviser following the demolition of seven militant launchpads across the LoC on September 28. The security forces have been directed to work on preparing adequate infrastructure close to the LoC from where such operations can be launched at short notice. A unit of the Special Forces is likely to be stationed permanently in the region keeping in view the prevailing volatile security situation in the region.

 

“The surgical strikes carried out on Wednesday night will definitely not be an isolated incident,” a senior security official said.

Rattled ISI relocates terror camps
The Centre’s tactical thinking in keeping the option of striking at the terror launchpads operating close to the LoC open is that it acts as a deterrent to ensure that militants don’t strike at vital installations in the region and helps check infiltration.

“Possibility of such operations in future cannot be ruled out. If terrorists carry out a strike here, our security forces will hit back with greater intensity. The timing and place of retaliation will be part of a detailed strategy so that the surprise element remains,” the senior security official said.

 

Following the Uri incident and anticipating India’s response, Pakistan’s ISI had moved at least five to six terror camps operating in PoK deeper inside Muzaff-arabad, closer to residential areas.

Meanwhile, Pakistan troops on Monday violated ceasefire four times by resorting to heavy mortar shelling and firing on Indian Army posts and civilian areas along LoC in Poonch district of J&K, leaving five civilians injured.

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Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi




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