Covert becomes overt: Congress spells out three strikes UPA carried out

Five Indian and three Pakistani soldiers were killed in a shooting between August 30 and September 1, 2011 across the Line of Control in Kupwara district/Neelum Valley.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: October 6, 2016 1:47 pm
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The Congress on Monday claimed the UPA II, like the NDA government, had also conducted “surgical strikes” — but without making them public. The party listed three dates — September 1, 2011; July 28, 2013; and, January 14, 2014 — when the strikes took place. The Manmohan Singh government, known for its publicly stated policy of “strategic restraint”, was in power at the time.

While the strikes were not made public, a look at events around those dates offers some clues into what could have transpired.

September 1, 2011

Five Indian and three Pakistani soldiers were killed in a shooting between August 30 and September 1, 2011 across the Line of Control in Kupwara district/Neelum Valley. Both countries accused the other of initiating hostilities.

Pakistani media reports claimed fighting started when Indian security forces opened fire on a Pakistani checkpoint on the LoC in Neelum Valley in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Spokesman of the Inter Services Public Relations, Major General Athar Abbas, confirmed the incident while talking to BBC Urdu. He said the attack was unprovoked. He also claimed that three soldiers were going from one post to another when they got lost due to bad weather and, after a 24-hour search, their bodies were recovered.

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But Lieutenant Colonel J S Brar, spokesman of the Indian Army, claimed that Pakistan had made an infiltration bid in Keran sector of J&K’s Kupwara district on August 30, which was foiled by Indian security forces.

Brar claimed that on the night of August 31, an Indian border post was fired at by Pakistani troops. Both sides
exchanged fire for hours, leading to the casualties.

Prior to that incident, ties between the two countries had been on a mend. About six months earlier, the then PM Manmohan Singh had invited Pakistan PM Yousaf Raza Gilani to watch the Cricket World Cup final in Mohali, being played between India and Pakistan on March 30. A day before the meeting of the PMs, home secretaries from both countries were scheduled to meet to discuss the progress on the 26/11 terror probe.

Focus was also on economic ties. In April 2011, the commerce secretaries met in Islamabad. The thrust was on Pakistan granting the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India, and India removing the non-tariff barriers to Pakistani products.

In May, 2011, India released a list of 50 ‘Most Wanted Fugitives’ hiding in Pakistan, including Dawood Ibrahim and Hafiz Saeed, meant to pressure Pakistan after the killing of Osama bin Laden in his compound in Abbottabad. But after two errors were discovered on the list, the CBI removed it from their website pending a review and the Pakistani interior ministry rejected it altogether.

July 28, 2013

On July 27, a Pakistan Army soldier was reportedly killed and another seriously injured in “unprovoked” firing by
Indian troops from across the LoC, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported. According to Pakistan Army’s ISPR wing, the incident took place on Rawlakot’s Nezapir sector near the LoC.

The Pakistani foreign office strongly condemned the shooting, saying it was “unfortunate that such an incident should have taken place at a time when the two governments are making sincere efforts towards improving relations”. But the Indian Army blamed Pakistani troops for violating ceasefire.

Later, on the night of July 30, 2013, there were reports that four Pakistani men were killed near Katwar post in India. India said the men were “intruders” and “militants”, but Pakistan disputed that claim and said the men were “local civilians” plucking herbs and had strayed close to the LoC when they were abducted by Indian soldiers.

The year 2013 had started on a tense note. On January 8, 2013, Pakistan Army’s Border Action Team, wearing black combat uniforms, crossed the LoC and ambushed an Indian Army patrol team, killing two soldiers of the 13 Rajputana Rifles and injuring two others. The skirmish reportedly lasted about 30 minutes, after which the intruders retreated from Indian territory. Two soldiers were killed and their bodies were reportedly found mutilated, with one decapitated.

All through 2013, diplomatic talks between the two countries could not move forward because of the tense atmosphere.

January 14, 2014

On January 13, 2014, the then Army Chief General Bikram Singh said that a strong reply had been given to last
year’s cross-border raids by Pakistan, referring to reports that 10 Pakistani soldiers had been killed in Indian action across the LoC.

Asked what retaliatory action had been taken, the Army Chief said that soldiers “have reacted well as required” and that there is an endeavour “not to escalate the situation into operational or strategic arena”.

“It depends, if rules are followed by our neighbours, we follow the rules. If rules are broken, then obviously we cannot stick to the rules. Even we are going to break the rules,” Singh had said.

Two days after January 14, 2014, Pakistan’s commerce minister Khurram Dastgir Khan visited India and met the then commerce minister Anand Sharma, and the two sides agreed to expedite the implementation of the liberal trade regime.

About three weeks earlier, the Directors General of Military Operation had met in Wagah after 14 years — their first meeting since the 1999 Kargil war. Coming at the end of a year that saw an unprecedented number of cross-border violations since the 2003 ceasefire agreement came into place, the meeting was seen as an effort to normalise the relationship.

During the meeting, the Indian side had strongly raised the issue of at least two cross-border raids that resulted in the death of seven Indian soldiers and also conveyed that it does not expect a repeat of 2013 that saw over 195 ceasefire violations on the LoC. DGMO Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia and Pakistan’s Maj Gen Aamer Riaz also decided to hold two flag meetings between the Brigade Commanders on the LoC.

The meeting of the two DGMOs was aimed at reducing tension on the border and had been agreed upon in September, 2013 — when the then PM Manmohan Singh met his counterpart Nawaz Sharif at the UN in New York.

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    indian
    Oct 4, 2016 at 9:45 pm
    Lol. Why say it now? Clowns
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      Prateik
      Oct 5, 2016 at 5:03 pm
      Don't worry my dear bhaktards. Sprinkle COW ON MODI. ALL PEEDA WILL VANISH!
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        Jay Chaudhari
        Oct 5, 2016 at 9:38 pm
        Yep also cuz some people think this is the first ever 'covert op' our army carried out.
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          SURESH
          Oct 5, 2016 at 8:13 am
          Three instances reported are not surgical strike.The main thing is Congress is not able to digest what has been done by NDA.This is the reason not only Congress but also other opposition parties are talking in different language.Their main aim is to confuse the issue.However this pro-stani brigade themself getting exposed.Now compeion is going on who is the commander Kejriwal or Chidambaram. Their action shows how loyal these persons to our country India.
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            MyTake
            Oct 5, 2016 at 6:50 pm
            Congies and their chamchas after making people a sacrificial goats now trying to "share" the glory!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Instead of "revealing" it now, why not make this an "antique" in its own right and p it on to your distant progenies within Congress?
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              MyTake
              Oct 5, 2016 at 6:44 am
              Congress did more than three strikes! It did 3G, 4G, Austus to name a few!
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                MyTake
                Oct 5, 2016 at 11:10 pm
                How can empowering people become only a party affair when it affects people's lives and affairs? If there is any doubt within any party that party should not exist to start with!
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                  MyTake
                  Oct 5, 2016 at 11:06 pm
                  If it is not not revealed, how do you know it took place or not? You bluff the people to give a cover to your inefficiencies, after the stanis took you for a ride? What is wrong claiming something which empowers the people?
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                    MyTake
                    Oct 5, 2016 at 11:22 pm
                    India's doctrine as far as stan is concerned, should be:lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;"You give one finger guaranteed two in return". lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Logic does not go p thick Pak Army Skull, it's been emptied and reinforced in Maddrasaas and jehadi battlefield in their day to day life!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;As far as its "all weather friend" China is concerned, China will not be interested to let it escalate beyond its own threshold point when it is investing billions in stan. Without Chinese support stan will be heard pressed to even breathe!
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                      MyTake
                      Oct 6, 2016 at 1:21 am
                      Those who are used to fishing in trubled waters or in water by making it muddy, have not given up their habit yet. They are doing it, this time around in the name of opposing Modi!
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                        Jayakumar
                        Oct 5, 2016 at 1:51 pm
                        Congress is licking its own backside and its wounds and making a virtue of it. May be Chiddu, Rahul baby, Doggie, Panju pla war games in madam's bedoir.
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                          Bharat
                          Oct 5, 2016 at 8:26 am
                          This why we like MMS and congress !!! ther should be politics on war .. at other hand BJP is posting posters and all over state that they ... the big sign on helpless govt .. fail in secuirty fail in fullfilling promises .. yes but ped in fulling promises for Ambani and adani ..
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                            SubbuI
                            Oct 5, 2016 at 5:42 am
                            ARE THESE FOOLISH AND FANATIC BJP AND SANGHIS ARE SAYING ARMY WAS NOT DOING THEIR JOB BRAVELY AND WERE COWARDS. AND OUR PARAKRAMI SURVEER PRADHAN MANTRI SRI NARENDREBAI DAMODAR DAS MODI AND ENCOUNTER SPRCIALIST DREADED DON AMIT SHAH ONLY MADE THEM BRAVE AND ATTACK BACK. lt;br/gt;HALLO FEKU BAKTHS AND PROS TROLLRS YOU BETTER ANSWER OR ACCEPT ARMY ALLWAYS ATTACKED BACK BRAVELY
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                              Deepak Thakur
                              Oct 5, 2016 at 4:34 am
                              Congress has again shown to what low level they can fall and they found a partner in arms in Kejriwal. National interest should be above every thing else !Period!
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                                John
                                Oct 5, 2016 at 10:23 am
                                These incidents claim d by Congress donot fit the definition of surgical strikes.
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                                  Vivek
                                  Oct 6, 2016 at 12:45 am
                                  Doubting intentions our army and police forces has been old legacies of Congress they have done it so many times this time it is incharge from Mumbai otherwise it is job of one single person
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                                    Vivek
                                    Oct 6, 2016 at 4:33 pm
                                    Agreed could see desperation of congress all cross fire at loc have to be converted into surgical strike fear of congress is otherwise Modi will run with all votes Sharad Pawar has joined league now Nirupam has shied away
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                                      Abbiya
                                      Oct 5, 2016 at 4:59 am
                                      BJP.feku and his chaddi gang biggest lied before parliament election.now same formula using on UP election.it is not need to play cheapest politics. Surgical strike is common things for army all over the world.but cheap politics is playing only indian BJP and his team. .
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                                        Pissgt;Ongt;Brahmans
                                        Oct 5, 2016 at 1:50 am
                                        Blind trust. (Example Burma)
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                                          Vikrant
                                          Oct 5, 2016 at 7:19 am
                                          Seems like entire stani and their support brigade has been rattled by Modi. On one side Congress says it supports the govt's action on other hand its leaders are calling it fake and others are busy saying this was done under our regime too.
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                                            george
                                            Oct 5, 2016 at 5:56 am
                                            Punishing Pak was a must but going public was not very smart. This is not going to change the approach of s. The best solution is to become an economic super power and everyone else will fall in line
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