Post surgical strikes Pakistan gets a tough message: Pay high cost for terror, covert ops

New Delhi works on options to make it difficult for Pak army to strike back

Written by P Vaidyanathan Iyer | New Delhi | Updated: October 9, 2016 9:01 am
kashmir-759 According to the official, the government is now focused on the more important task of ‘consequences management’.(Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Ten days after the surgical strikes along the Line of Control, the government is confident it has made the point to Pakistan that any covert operation will be at a high cost. Islamabad’s international isolation on cross-border terrorism after the Uri attack has also given New Delhi diplomatic conviction to launch a similar counter-offensive in case of a repeat misadventure by Pakistan.

“India has raised the stakes, we have raised the cost for Pakistan. There is a possibility of this (surgical strikes) becoming an ‘acceptable norm’. For Pakistan, terrorist strikes or covert operations were a low- risk, low-cost option all along. This has changed now. We don’t want escalation, but we have set a precedent,” a top government official said.

According to the official, the government is now focused on the more important task of ‘consequences management’.

“We are working on the premise that there will be retaliation. Various options are being worked on to make it impossible for the Pakistan army to strike back. We are minimising our response time and raising our tactical capabilities,” the official said, emphasising that ‘consequences management’ required a much more professional approach. In the last two years, the government has also been addressing the deficiency on the acquisition and procurement front, the official said.

Responding to reports in Pakistan media about differences between the civilian government and the army in Pakistan, the official said the Uri attack and subsequent surgical strikes by India gave an opportunity to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to make the country’s military realise the country’s international isolation.

“One country was sufficient to derail the SAARC summit. The international community unanimously condemned cross-border terrorism. We made a self-admission of LoC violation. Nobody said we were wrong. Not even China. Russia, in fact, gave a strong statement against Pakistan,” the official said.

The official said the cost of world alienation due to terrorist strikes has surely sunk in within the Pakistan establishment. “The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi has accepted our invitation to be the Chief Guest for the Republic Day function in India,” the official pointed out, indirectly pointing to India’s well thought-out and all-round diplomatic offensive to put pressure on Pakistan.

Drawing parallels with the terrorist attack in Mumbai, the official noted that the 2008 attack had forced India to be continuously on alert. “The surgical strikes have done more than that to Pakistan. There is a cost of mobilisation. They need to be perpetually on alert now. Their state of preparedness too has to be high,” the official said.

Emphasising that India has “strong credible evidence” of the surgical strikes, the official said there was “no advantage” in releasing it.

The official maintained this was the first time India launched a surgical strike of this nature. “Earlier, we may have launched operations to stave off a terrorist strike or while chasing them back on their way back, but this is the first time we struck with such surgical precision,” the official said.

To Pakistan’s denial of surgical strikes, the official said, “In a strategic sense, nothing suits us more than this.” The official, however, pointed to the flurry of activity in Pakistan after India’s announcement. “The mobilisation there, commanders’ meetings, cabinet meeting, sending ambassadors abroad, etc, all suggest something else,” the official said.

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    Ikok
    Oct 9, 2016 at 5:06 am
    Indian army and ministers mas turbating and saying surgical strikes.. true such acts cannot be disclosed
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      Ikok
      Oct 9, 2016 at 11:48 am
      Proffesor. Your time for next cl
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        indian
        Oct 9, 2016 at 5:11 pm
        I'm proud that for the first time in a long while, India is standing up and making stan pay. If only we had done this after the Mumbai strikes - instead, Manmohan did nothing - boycott cricket!
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          Anti
          Oct 9, 2016 at 6:40 am
          Un observers had already rejected any surgical strike must read there report . don't live in fools paradise . in this e media age nothing can be hidden if it really has happed .
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            Anti
            Oct 9, 2016 at 6:35 am
            You fool ppl still believe there was a surgical strike .
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              Fire
              Oct 9, 2016 at 9:33 am
              DD it is mother India. Father is Palistan
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                Sundar
                Oct 9, 2016 at 1:11 pm
                India has to protect its border,ets and its citizens and for that it can go to any extent. Shri Modi by properly using the Indian Army, created the fear of God in the minds of stan and its establishments. Believe yourself is the slogan of present Indian Government. One strike,one and only strike that has blown the morale of stan Army. Yes, we can do and we will do as and when required, at our convenience. I salute Shri Lt.General Ranbir Singh and his boys for boosting the morale of the country and for silencing the mouth of critics. Congratulation to the Army Chief Gen.Suhag. Our Air Chief Marshal is a superb leader and if he gets a chance from our Government, he will do many such excellent operations. Jai Hind.
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                  MyTake
                  Oct 9, 2016 at 2:27 am
                  One thing is to continuously upgrade and prioritse the targets and take it as an opportunity to attack as soon as stan does the mischief!
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                    Romik
                    Oct 9, 2016 at 12:37 am
                    As afar as anyone with sense can see JeM and Sayeed are memebrs of stani armed forces. And we have been at war with stan retliation was long overdue adn needs to continue.
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                      SubbuI
                      Oct 9, 2016 at 6:39 am
                      AMERICA WILL PAY ALL THE HIGH COST TO STHAN AS IT IS NOT TERRORIST STATE SO BARAK'S JIGRI DOST NALAYAK NMODI MUST STOP LICKING AMERICAN S AT LEAST NOW ON.
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                        SubbuI
                        Oct 9, 2016 at 6:53 am
                        BY ALL THIS PRESS STATEMENTS BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE ONLY CREATING WAR HYSTERIA AND CREATE FEAR PHSYCOLOGY AMONG VOTES IN POOL BOUND STATES SPECIALY UP AND POLARISE VOTES. WHAT THIS IS CALLED? YES! I OR CASHING IN OF ARMY SACRIFICES. FIRST LET THIS NALAYAK NMODI SETTLE SITUATION IN KASHMIR AFTER 3 MONTHS CURFEW INSTEAD ALL THIS WAR MONGERING STUNTS.
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                          Ahs
                          Oct 9, 2016 at 3:36 am
                          I am not surprised that you people still believing surgical strikes ever happened. the only Propaa your biased media showing 24/7.
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                            Ajay G
                            Oct 9, 2016 at 6:01 pm
                            Very aptly described the scenario. Kudos to our Army and Modi.
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                              Amit Mukhopadhyay
                              Oct 9, 2016 at 6:05 am
                              Where is the harm to provide proof? Why isn't India pressing for a journey by a group of respectable media persons to the spot for a verification of the facts? India is enled to conceal the planning and operational details of the alleged surgical strike, but that's not the question. The question is, why to conceal the result of the strike? Don't disclose how you did it, but why are you concealing the result? Better to say, why it is becoming apparent that India wishes the result of the strike isn't seen by the world? Has India even once demanded that an international team of 50 journalists, including journalists from India and stan, visit the site to verify the facts of the alleged strike? I support Arvind Kejriwal on this issue. Concealing operational details is one thing, but wishing the fact of the strike isn't verified in any manner is a different question. I am not doubting the integrity of the army, but at the same time it is also true that (1) prime minister Modi didn't announce the successful completion of such a strike (in case of controversy in future, he would just say, "I didn't say anything about it"), (2) No senior minister or BJP leader took the responsibility of directly declaring it to the media that a surgical strike was carried out, rather they always said it WITH REFERENCE TO DGMO -- "the DGMO said this, the DGMO said that, don't you believe the DGMO?" Why are they giving information with reference to DGMO? Don't they want to take responsibility of declaring? Are they afraid that the w thing might be proved to be hot air in future and that's why they are saying every single word with reference to DGMO so as to pre-empt the possibility of being held to account in future? (3) Even those ministers who failed to avoid media persons on this matter tried to parry questions and even avoided maiking eye contact while speaking, looked away from camera. Ankhe churane ka kya wazah ho sakta hai? (4) Nobody from govt or BJP has demanded even once that, if there is a doubt in the international community, the result and after-effect of the surgical strike may be verified by a team of international observers. You can conceal the operational details of the "surgical strike" for technical reasons, but why to conceal even the result of it? We can trust the DGMO, but that too has a limit. The entire world cannot be convinced by the statement of DGMO. There is a limit to which something could be stretched. I demand let there be a team of international observers visit the site of the surgical strike in order to verify the truth of the strike. I am believing the DGMO, but the world isn't. Hence verification is necessary, especially when you lose nothing as a result of verification of the result.
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                                Amit Mukhopadhyay
                                Oct 9, 2016 at 5:40 am
                                kanu, the subject here is surgical, and you are talking about female foeticide and dearth of brides. Why boss? Is it something sarcastic you are trying to put across?
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                                  ANAND KUMAR
                                  Oct 9, 2016 at 8:55 am
                                  After Indian surgical strikes, w stan is crying and begging for peace and justice in front of UN and other foreign countries, in reply the respected dignitaries lecturing stan to stop state sponsored terrorism against India or feel the heat.
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                                    ANAND KUMAR
                                    Oct 9, 2016 at 7:48 am
                                    Those who are commenting against Indian interests are the best examples of coward traitors who want disturbance in India. Unfortunately, your dreams would never be fulfilled. We will identify all of you. Soon you would find yourselves in the biggest graveyard called stan along with your friends Hafiz Saeed, Masod Azhar, Dawood, ISI, and Pak's stray dogs army. India will also give free hands to our Balochistan brothers to convert stan into Rapeistan. Till then enjoy the great Indian Democracy.
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                                      ANAND KUMAR
                                      Oct 9, 2016 at 10:32 am
                                      Azeem, Ask your mother how India tear apart stan in 1971 and captured 93000 coward stray dogs of Pak army? and How stan was crying and begging for those cold dogs in front of w world? Your mother will tell you in detail. Listen her carefully..
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                                        Pakistani
                                        Oct 9, 2016 at 9:38 am
                                        One sentence to India;lt;br/gt;“Just Bring It And See What Happens".
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                                          ashoks
                                          Oct 9, 2016 at 2:22 am
                                          When a country learns to call a spade spade then only others will respect you otherwise the world westerns discussion will be only about America ,China and Russia
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                                            Adam
                                            Oct 9, 2016 at 7:33 am
                                            Who cares if there was a strike or not. And Why anybody wants to know. Why?lt;br/gt;If it is done then no body can revert it and if it is not done then no body except government can do it.lt;br/gt;I would say just focus on the end result, India wanted to send out one message and it is delivered successfully. As long this message keeps terrorists out of the country that's all we should care.
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