Pakistan’s denial suits us for now, will change tactics if provoked again
If provoked again, we will amend our operational tactics: India’s security top officials
Pakistan’s denial suits us for now, will change tactics if provoked again :- Days after the Indian Army had announced that it had carried out surgical strikes against the seven terror launch pads along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, a top official of the country’s security establishment has said that “if provoked again, we will amend our operational tactics”.
Sending a tough message to Pakistan, the official, who has been closely involved in planning the surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, said: “The surprise element in such an operation is a key to success and there will be no further predictable repetition. If we are provoked again, we will amend our operational tactics. And for the time being, the continuing denial of Pakistan that there were no surgical strikes is a stance that suits us.”
Details are slowly trickling in and about the timing and also the nature of the attack in which, officials said, an estimated 45-50 militants, mostly the belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba, may have been killed or somewhere grievously injured. The largest number of fatalities was in the Lipa area of PoK, followed by Bhimber and Kel.
However, no effort was made and no time was further lost by members of the commando teams in counting the casualties. A key official has also said, “The ferocity of the attack was a surprise element was so complete that it was unlikely, many militants would have survived. Moreover, the fact is that there was no retaliation whatsoever and the only setback to the operation was a mine-blast injury suffered by one of the commandos.”
Before the strike, specific intelligence and intercepts had been received that these launch pads — semi-built structures which have since been substantially damaged in the attack by rocket launchers and grenade launchers — were almost fully occupied and that the militants were waiting for the moonless night of September 30, or amavasya, to ingress.
The intelligence inputs had also given a clear signal that military targets were to be hit again, barely two weeks after the September 18 Uri attack in which 18 soldiers were killed.
Pakistan looked isolated at the SAARC summit
The Indian side had also factored in the dark night period while deciding when to strike at the militant hideouts snuggling the LoC. The fact that the United Nations General Assembly session ended on September 26 and by September 28, Pakistan looked isolated as the host of the November SAARC summit, were other factors that came into play. The surgical strikes may, thus, have been advanced by a day or two.