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Gurdaspur

The Gurdaspur district of the state of Punjab, on July 27, 2015, woke up to gun shots as three gunmen in Army fatigues attacked different sites.

They started their assault by shooting indiscriminately at an incoming Punjab Roadways bus. The bus driver showing attentiveness and courage drove straight to the assailants forcing them to clear the way.  He then sped of directly to a government hospital for treatment of the injured passengers.

The shooters then carjacked a nearby Maruti 800 after killing its driver and then zoomed off to the Dina Nagar police station. In their way, they shot dead a roadside vendor.

Before entering the police station, the attackers shot at an adjacent community health centre, killing three civilians and a policeman.

The gunmen then entered the police station and opened fire at the occupants, seriously maiming five policemen. They were immediately engaged by the other policemen in the spot.

After an 11 hour, siege all three were finally neutralised by the special security forces.

Udhampur

Following the Gurdaspur attack, in nine days India experienced yet another attack in its vulnerable northern belt. This time, it was in the Udhampur district of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, an otherwise peaceful district.

A consortium of four terrorists wielding AK-47s opened fire on a convoy of BSF plying on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. The subsequent retaliation from the BSF forces resulted in the death of one terrorist. The BSF lost two of its soldiers.

Two terrorists managed to flee the scene while one, Mohammad Naved, was caught alive by the security forces. He claimed to be a resident of Ghulam Mohammadabad in Pakistan.

ISI-linked spies

The Delhi police have also been uncovering an emerging ISI (Pakistan’s intelligence) linked spying racket in India’s security agencies. In the latest case related to this spying racket, an erstwhile IAF officer from Punjab has been nabbed by Delhi police.

The accused KK Ranjith, dismissed recently by the IAF on receiving actionable evidence by security agencies, was posted at Bhatinda.

He was ensnared into a ‘honey trap’ set up by the ISI after he met an unidentified woman on Facebook.

Earlier a similar arrest was made in West Bengal of a serving army personnel. His arrest took the total number to five in the operations undertaken by the Delhi police to unearth a spying racket, headed by alleged ISI operative Kafaitullah Khan.

Pathankot

The state of Punjab witnessed yet another attack as it began the New Year with a continuing siege at the western frontier Indian Air Force (IAF) base.

In the wee hours of January 2 a posse of terrorist entered the IAF base and were immediately engaged by prepositioned elite security forces, Garud commando force, of the IAF, raised especially for such contingencies.

The security agencies had a credible intelligence of the attack after the centre alerted the concerned authorities and quickly dispatched the NSG. Earlier, on Jan 1, SP Salwinder Singh, whose car was forcefully taken by the terrorists had alerted the local police station. No credence was given initially but later the picked it up and it immediately became clear that Pathankot was the target.

Despite early intelligence, with sufficient time to mobilise troops to preserve the military sanctity of the IAF base, the security forces failed to prevent the entry of the terrorists.

Thus far, seven security troops have become martyrs and six terrorists have been neutralised. The combing operations continue, almost sixty hours since the operations began, around air base, akin to the size of a ‘mini city’.

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Is surgical strike the ultimate answer to Pakistan fueled terrorism?

The new policy has sent a clear indication to Pakistan that the Indian government was not averse to precision attacks similar to last year’s cross-border strike on militants in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

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In the new military doctrine, India has kept the options open for surgical strikes in response to “terror provocations.”
In the new military doctrine, India has kept the options open for surgical strikes in response to “terror provocations.” Wikimedia Commons
  • The attacks on Indian military bases in Sunjwan, Uri and Pathankot are not routine militancy
  • Like every time, this time also Pakistan denied its hand in the audacious terror attack on the Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sunjwan area
  • A surgical strike can be carried out by sending Special Forces into enemy territory through various channels

On 10 February 2018, the Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists barged into the camp of the 36 brigade of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry and started firing indiscriminately. The terrorists managed to sneak into the camp from the rear end of the base after a brief exchange of fire with the sentry guarding the periphery. The Sunjwan attack resulted in the death of five Army men, including two junior commissioned officers (JCOs), and the father of a soldier.

The attacks on Indian military bases in Sunjwan, Uri and Pathankot are not routine militancy. They replicate the acts of war. Without reacting in a knee-jerk manner to the terror attack, the Indian Army will come up with a befitting reply, the like of one which army gave after Uri attack.

Also Read: Gurdaspur Attack: Is India well equipped to deal with terror?

Although, intelligence agencies had informed of some kind strike on an Army or security establishment by Jaish-e-Mohammed. The threat was issued in view of the death anniversary of Afzal Guru, who was hanged on 9 February 2013, for the 2001 attack on Parliament House.

Like every time, this time also Pakistan denied its hand in the audacious terror attack on the Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sunjwan area. On top of that, Pakistan showed the audacity to warn India against conducting cross-border strikes.

Surgical Strike could be achieved by air raids, airdropping special ops teams or a ground operation.
Surgical Strike could be achieved by air raids, airdropping special ops teams or a ground operation. Wikimedia Commons

In the new military doctrine, India has kept the options open for surgical strikes in response to any “terror provocations.” This sends the clear indication to Pakistan that the Indian government was not averse to precision attacks similar to last year’s cross-border strike on militants in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Now the question arises, as to why Pakistan was taken on the backfoot after Indian Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman condemned the attack and vowed to take revenge on the part of fallen heroes of Indian Army.

What is a Surgical Strike?

A surgical strike is meticulously devised swift and calculated strike on the specific target with an aim to neutralize the intended lot while ensuring minimum collateral damage to the surrounding areas. Such neutralization of the targets cut down the possibility of a full-blown war. Surgical strikes are part of India’s response to the ‘Cold War’ strategy followed by Pakistan and has already proved effective in foiling a new infiltration bid by terrorist groups across the LoC (Line of Control).

Also Read: US: Terrorist attack at Pathankot ‘heinous’

How is a Surgical Strike carried out?

A surgical strike can be carried out by sending Special Forces into enemy territory through various channels. It could be achieved by air raids, airdropping special ops teams or a ground operation. All three Indian armed forces, Army, Air Force and Navy have their separate special ops teams. The details operation like surgical strikes is understandably never been revealed by the Indian authorities. External intelligence like Military intelligence, Intelligence Bureau and R&AW are quite vital in carrying out these attacks and these special operation teams work closely with them.

Surgical Strike fulfils the need of a shot in the arm for enemies without causing serious military damage to the other side, thus limiting escalation.
Surgical Strike fulfils the need of a shot in the arm for enemies without causing serious military damage to the other side, thus limiting escalation. Wikimedia Commons

India’s Special Forces carried out surgical strikes against militant camps in Myanmar in June 2015, leaving 38 Naga insurgents dead and on similar lines, a surgical strike on Pakistan’s terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) was carried out. Both the operations had the backing of the central government and India’s muscular response was announced to the world.

Pakistan, however, rubbished India’s claim as a “figment of imagination”.

What is the need for Surgical Strike?

The surgical strike is said to be the best form of attack is political theatre. It fulfils the need of a shot in the arm for enemies without causing serious military damage to the other side, thus limiting escalation.

During the surgical strike on Pakistan, army picked their target well too and struck when the terrorists and Pakistan Army was caught virtually with their pants down. There was nothing wrong with the response which India gave to Pakistan, as the Indian Army struck in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), which rightfully belongs to India and whose freedom is something that India has a direct stake in. n no manner, that part belongs to Pakistan.

Also Read: India Avenges Uri Attack: Indian Army conducts surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads in Pakistan

Again, in a brilliant move, the army chose to target the terrorists who were being pushed into India by Pakistan from the terror launch pads. The international community also stayed united on the offensive surgical strike by Indian Army.

The global community condemns the terror in any form and India hit the terrorist in that manner only. During the crossfire at that time, two Pakistani soldiers were killed as they sought to defend the terrorists. It is no two ways theory that Pakistan army fuel full supports to various dreaded organizations and later pump them into India, in the name of ‘Jihad.’

Surgical strike humiliated Pakistan beyond imagination. It showed them up for their coward acts that they prefer to strike on sleeping people. Although, Pakistan came up with a full denial that any such surgical strike by Indian Army as claimed by India never happened. But it was the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif who admitted the Strike, which was again refuted by Pakistani Army.

During the surgical strike, army picked their target well too and struck when the terrorists and Pakistan Army was caught virtually with their pants down.
During the surgical strike, army picked their target well too and struck when the terrorists and Pakistan Army was caught virtually with their pants down. Wikimedia Commons

Conclusion

If this is the only language that Pakistan wants to talk, the Indian government and armed forces will take no lying down and every miss-adventure from any foreign organization will be dealt with the same fury. Since long, Pakistan has been testing India’s patience level on the doctrine of ‘Cold War’ strategy and now it’s high time that India should make them learn for their intended misjudgements.

Also Read: Pakistan asks India for more evidence regarding 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks

Whether a knife falls on a melon or a melon falls on the knife, it is always the melon that gets cut. In the proxy war waged by Pakistan, it is always the innocent people who have always been the worst sufferers.