- India’s options range from diplomatic isolation of Pakistan; to a spectrum of military and intelligence offensives
- Eighteen soldiers died in one of the worst terrorist attacks on the Indian Armed Forces in recent years
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The government has indicated that it has a number of options when formulating the best possible response to the terrorist attack on the Uri Army base where 18 soldiers lost their lives.
The options range from diplomatic isolation of Pakistan; to a spectrum of military and intelligence offensives.
Top-level sources in the security apparatus told Mail Today that India’s response will be at multiple levels and not restricted to a tactical operation on or across the Line of Control (LoC).
The government has indicated that it has a number of options when formulating the best possible response to the terrorist attack on the Uri Army base where 18 soldiers lost their lives (pictured – the 17 soldiers who died instantly after the attack)
The sources pointed out that the political atmosphere was charged and there was intense pressure on the government to act.
Besides, there was the question of redeeming Indian Army’s pride after suffering one of the worst casualties in Jammu and Kashmir in more than two decades.
Director General Military Operations (DGMO) lieutenant general Ranbir Singh, confirmed after a series of meetings held at various levels starting from the Prime Minister, that: “We (India) reserve the right to respond to any act of the adversary at a time and place of own choosing”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi who remained busy throughout the day, meeting with officials of various ministries and heads of the three defence services, later briefed President Pranab Mukherjee, who is the supreme commander of the armed forces, on the government’s planned strategy.
Jammu: An army officer paying tribute to the soldiers who were killed in Uri attack, at a wreath laying ceremony
“The Indian Army has displayed considerable restraint while handling the terrorist situation both along the Line of Control and in the hinterland,” said Lieutenant General Singh.
He stressed that the army had the desired capability to respond to “such blatant acts of aggression and violence as deemed appropriate by us”.
The sources referred to the incident when the Indian Army avenged the beheading of its soldiers in 2013 through a tactical operation that was never publicised.
Top-level sources in the security apparatus told Mail Today that India’s response will be at multiple levels and not restricted to a tactical operation on or across the Line of Control
However, this time the situation was different, they said, and the response had to be in measure with the casualties inflicted by the enemy.
The sources said all the military options have their own advantages and pitfalls.
It is felt by officials that crossing the Line of Control (LoC) for surgical military operations could lead to escalation. Although, a special forces operation has not yet been ruled out.
Eighteen soldiers died in one of the worst terrorist attacks on the Indian Armed Forces in recent years
The surgical strikes by Indian Air Force across the border would require precise identification of targets.
The officials said that acquisition of targets like terrorist training camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) continues to be a challenge.
At the tactical level, the army can increase firing on the border targeting vulnerable Pakistan army posts.
The army said that it had managed to foil 17 infiltration bids on the Line of Control this year and had killed four terrorists each in Punch on September 11 and Uri on September 18.
Meanwhile, the combing operation around the army camp in Uri was called off on Monday evening and the area was declared secured after the recovery of 39 under barrel grenade launchers, five hand grenades, two radio sets, two GPs, two map sheets, two matrix sheets a mobile phone and a large number of food and medicine packets bearing Pakistani markings.
The death toll for Sunday’s pre-dawn Uri strike by Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists near the Line of Control has gone up to 18 after an injured soldier died of his wounds at an army hospital in New Delhi.
The Army said the attack was bore similar signs to that of the attack on Pathankot air base in January this year by terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad Read
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