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Pathankot attack: Army defends NSG deployment at airbase

Lt Gen Singh defended the NSG deployment and sought to convey that the decision was not a solo flight by National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: January 7, 2016 7:04 am
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SEEKING to counter the criticism of the NSG-led operation against the terrorist infiltration and attack at Pathankot airbase, the GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lt Gen K J Singh Wednesday called the operation a “complete success” and said it was an example of the “excellent synergy” among the forces.

A day after the operation ended with questions about the necessity of deploying the NSG, and confusion in the command structure during the operation due to presence of multiple agencies, Singh said “Operation Dhangu Suraksha” (Dhangu is the name of the village where the airbase and other defence facilities are located) had been a “complete success. I say that because all our strategic air assets are safe, not harmed, not touched. The airbase remained operational throughout this operation. That means sorties that were meant to be launched for surveillance, communication, evacuation — all could be launched”.

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Lt Gen Singh defended the NSG deployment and sought to convey that the decision was not a solo flight by National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval.

“Deployment of NSG was a joint decision taken at an appropriate level, which included the service chiefs. Because there were strategic assets located here, and there could have been a hostage situation, NSG is specially trained for that. It is a success of this operation that airbase was operational. God forbid, if the airbase had not been operational, how would have we brought the NSG there? That was the main reason that the NSG was inducted prior to the operation to prevent and tackle the hostage situation”.

Lt Gen K J Singh admitted that the first alert about possible terrorist infiltration had come during a joint meeting of law and security enforcement agencies on December 30 from the Joint Director, Intelligence Bureau.

Replying to the queries pertaining to over-90 hours taken to kill the terrorists, Lt Gen Singh said, “You need to use the stop-watch method here. The total point of contact with the terrorists was about 10-11 hours. Rest of the time was utilised by us for the combing and sanitisation of the area”.

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    Asokan
    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:43 am
    We have so many satellites. Why we cannot have satellites to monitor the border with thermal imaging so that anybody moving can be detected real time. Our software experts should be able link that to command and control for terminating the infiltrators through use of drones and missiles. Only such actions from army,navy , air force give confidence to Indians.
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      Ajay Dogra
      Jan 7, 2016 at 1:33 am
      I think we must accept mistakes which are glaringly evident in the w operation. I think army br should have moral courage to give out the facts to the nation. I am sorry to hear these statements from a senior general which reeks of sycophony
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        jaganji
        Jan 8, 2016 at 5:28 pm
        Frankly, CNN-IBN's "the Week that was'nt" is no match for the comedy in the Arnab's debates with stani guests. He simply exasperates the guests from across the border tele-wisely but then these ISI -sponsored guests have the last laugh when they retaliate through terror attacks on our vital installations. Therefore less of these foreign guests on our shows, the better. No point driving sense into bulls or talking peace to mad dogs.
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          kapi
          Jan 7, 2016 at 12:29 pm
          Its high time that these scamgressi slaves of looterri mattaji sonniya and her gang of slave daccoitts like land maffios virbhadra sink,haris rawwat,sidaravan,gahhlot,hoodda etc. are kikked in tihhar immediately for their non stop swindelling activities which- has turned all the aam aadmis of our country into beggers.
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          1. Sudhir Iyengar
            Jan 7, 2016 at 2:48 am
            Time does not matter once the terrorists are cornered, rather it is prudent not to risk lives and minimize damage. It may also result in the terrorists giving up once cornered and surrounded for a long time...nothing wrong in it. However, the story of the dead taxi driver and Police are somewhat fishy and need investigation.
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