Surgical strike was sealed, delivered, kept under wraps until CCS meeting

Right now, though, the government believes that any premature release of pictures or videos can complicate the post-strike situation.

Written by Sheela Bhatt | New Delhi | Updated: October 1, 2016 10:00 am
surgical strikes, surgical strike, India pakistan, Pakistan, India, Indian army, uri attack Surgical strikes: A source close to Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that in a meeting on September 24 “broad details of targeting terrorists” were discussed with members.

The top brass of the BJP and the government were aware that “action will be taken” days after the Uri attack but details of the surgical strike were kept under wraps until after it was over — and came as news to most members of the Cabinet Committee on Security when they met yesterday, sources have told The Indian Express.

A source close to Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that in a meeting on September 24 “broad details of targeting terrorists” were discussed with members. But operational details of the strike, a top government source said, were known only to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

“The strike has sent the clear message that the Modi government is not your usual government. We are not orthodox, the Prime Minister doesn’t go by the dos and don’ts of conventional diplomacy,” a top BJP leader told The Indian Express yesterday.

Indeed, Modi’s speech at Kozhikode calling for a war against poverty was a message from the people of India to the people of Pakistan and the strike on terror pads on Thursday was between the Indian Army and the Pak Army, the BJP leader said explaining the unfolding strategy of the Government in the wake of the unprecedented surgical strike on Thursday.

A top government source said that according to the Indian Army’s estimate, “casualties are substantial and if and when photographs and videos are released, the Army will be able to buttress the claim of success.” An official who has watched the film of the operations says its impact was “huge.”

Right now, though, the government believes that any premature release of pictures or videos can complicate the post-strike situation.

Another development being watched very carefully here is Pakistan Army chief Raheel Sharif’s retirement scheduled for later this year. The view in the government is that this puts pressure on the Pak security establishment to come up with a response to the first ever strike since 1971 that India has admitted to. That Pakistan is in a denial mode, sources said, helps it to buy some time to plan its response.

“No country will blame India for not trying enough. The Prime Minister went to Lahore and after the Pathankot attack, we allowed ISI men to inspect. What more by way of peace overtures can India show to win Pakistan’s trust?” asked a top government source.

Asked about a possible retaliation from Pakistan and pressure on India from US and China, the government source said: “Of course, we have taken into account these things but we have responded to the Indian people’s desire. India is celebrating the Army’s action. How long can a country of 1.2 billion be at the receiving end and take hits from Pakistan without raising a finger? Kitna maar khaye hum?”

Asked about the Kozhikode speech and its apparent mismatch with a surgical strike barely days later, the top party leader said: “What has happened at the border is between the Indian army and Pakistan army. When we suffer from terrorism, we have to plan counter-terrorism. What Modi talked about in Kerala are pressing issues for both countries that touch people.”

Incidentally, BJP president Amit Shah had discussed the Uri attack and its political fall-out with Modi and his party colleagues before he left for Kerala to attend the party’s national executive. After the strike, he called a meeting of BJP spokespersons and told them to “moderate” their responses. Shah and Parrikar refused to speak to the media and BJP avoided a press conference that day. The message to all to was to “underplay” the operation, a signal that the government is treading cautiously given the possibility of a Pakistan response.

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    MyTake
    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:20 am
    Pak response? Rule of thumb is get things in place "return" the " Response" with interest: lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Indian response = Pak Response X 2lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This includes friendship.
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      C.anand
      Oct 1, 2016 at 3:07 am
      The military will take care of the militaries of the rogue countries so can our defence n external ministers not to talk of PM who has been given certificate by non performer state actor like RG ! But I hereby appeal to govt to appoint as many as possible capable secret agents to safe guard our internal security so that no terrorist act may take place in future !
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        Anil
        Oct 1, 2016 at 4:34 am
        This was Just to Glorify the PM and BJP.Tough action should be taken against stan so that they should not in any denial mood. Go inside and attack their army camp.At the same time make all efforts to bring back our precious soldiers in their captivity..Don't know what these animal will do with him. Cant even think of it
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          Anil Bharali
          Oct 2, 2016 at 11:14 am
          Surgical Strikes is to bring dividends to BJP for UP and Punjab election due in next year.Result is unofficially out as " lack of skills and preparedness'.
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            Anand
            Oct 2, 2016 at 12:18 am
            army is the same which when defeated by India and splits their country in 1971 and even as their entire army surrendered to Indian forces in Dhaka told their people that they have actually won the war in 1971 and celebrated in Karachi. They again denied when USA did surgical strike to kill Osama bin Laden and even denied Taliban chief even after killing him in stan. DO you think they will not continue to deny yet again? The truth is s are the most defeated and insulted army of the world.
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              Aqeel Baloch
              Oct 1, 2016 at 6:51 am
              Copy below link and browse it. You'll find the truth.
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                Aqeel Baloch
                Oct 1, 2016 at 6:50 am
                Haha. Huge Drama. Here I share original video of Attack on Indian soldiers. Please check them and Say "Ram Nam................." Hahaha..
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                  Aqeel Baloch
                  Oct 1, 2016 at 6:51 am
                  w w w . youtube . com . /watch?v=GVRd6z20q70
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                    Bubba Yakoza
                    Oct 2, 2016 at 4:45 am
                    If Uri attack was done by stan then their 4 personnel infiltrate inside 6km of Indian held Kashmir and kill 19 Indian soldiers inside their base camp. On the contrary, 200 Indian commandos infiltrate inside 2km of stan held Kashmir and kill just 2 stani soldiers. Who is the winner then?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Let's evaulate costs. stan had to transport only 4 personnel to Uri while India has to transport a large chunk of army all across the border, LOC and the Line of control. So who did cost effective job?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I think Indian politicians befooled entire Indian public and sentiments are so high that no one is willing to check statistics.
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                      Dzouza
                      Oct 1, 2016 at 1:01 am
                      I am not educated.... so please someone educate me... why there are no Secular and peace loving bloggers did not comment anything... doctor said my eyes could be not able to see properly, please help find any such comments... also, when someone told peace loving cult are rappers (im not educated so bear spelling mistake) i said dont blame them ...there have been no peace loving cult girls rapped in all those media news
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                        Jamil Minhas
                        Oct 1, 2016 at 6:36 am
                        It was strange type of a Surgical Strike which Indian DGMO claims to have been carried out across LoC in Azad Kashmir area. stan completely denies of any Surgical Strike at any sector of Azad Kashmir. Yes there had been a cross border firing on different sectors from Indian side (which is a routine on Ceasefire line) in which 2-stani solders martyred and 9-injured. stan army doesn't know where and how Indian army carried out Surgica Strike, nether Indian army released any detailed information to its media...................... After the news of Surgical Strike Mumbai Stock exchange downed to 400~500 points whereas Karachi Stock exchanged showed progress and good business. stani enjo ODI watching (yesterday) and Indians celebrated Surgical Strike................ In the opinion of most of stani sectors. Indian Govt. alongwith Indian army be-fooled Indian people to satisfy their ego. If India is right, it should provide the proof with GENUINE video or photographs along-with telling their people about the areas where such FAKE SURGICAL STRIKE is carried out.
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                          deep
                          Oct 2, 2016 at 6:58 am
                          use your mind dude is it possible that all the 7 lunch pad has only two pak army personal. ha ha . where 200 Indian commandos infiltrate inside 2km of stan held Kashmir and kill just 2 stani soldiers..ha ha ha that why ppl are rightly said stani duffer only believe in stupidity. your army is making fool of you they cant protect there border .. you know why they have refuse abt this surgical operation? coz if they acknowledge then they will be exposed in front of world that stan army is promoting and sending terrorist in India and its is fit case to declare stan a terrorist state. secondly your rahil sharif credibility is on stake
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                            Funnyporki
                            Oct 2, 2016 at 4:08 am
                            Cricket or war, porkis love living in the past miniscule achievements that have so the analogy makes perfect sense. Porkis asking for evidence that they got raped...so funny. You must be the guy who ask's his mom for evidence that your father is really your daddy.
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                              guru592006
                              Oct 1, 2016 at 1:56 am
                              It sounds like a Pak terror supporter crying. If you are an Indian, please request the army to allow you to be with them in next operation.
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                                JayHind
                                Oct 1, 2016 at 1:12 am
                                Jangle maen more nacha kisne dekhs
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                                  siva
                                  Oct 1, 2016 at 12:08 am
                                  Talk peace now or enter stan and finish them off. Enough of gloating. Don't lose the battle as Panditji did by allowing complacency and we have lost Azad Kashmir. So now the best route is peace as we are nuclear powers. Open up people to people contacts and increase Trade and commerce . Things will boom by itself and when economic benefit happens Kashmir will be automatically resolved. Isolate Kashmir for now and focus on co-operation in other areas.
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                                    siva
                                    Oct 1, 2016 at 4:24 am
                                    You are right or justified in opining your doubts on the reality or the wanton hype of a surgical strike. You can also be tolerated for the remarks on the Indian Media - 9 your description of a Find) . But you are totally and absurdly wrong in stating that we do not have the capacities of the U.S. in inflicting damage to our enemies. we are still a more free country than the U.S. which is a manitor and having a crook mind set. Our Judiciary is exemplary while theirs is nowhere near us. For centuries we have never ever been an aggressor that is why you are bereft of the understanding of our Military or special forces.
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                                      khan
                                      Oct 1, 2016 at 1:52 pm
                                      All that is left is pictures, hold your phone behind yourselves and take a slefie of your , thats your proof
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                                        khan
                                        Oct 1, 2016 at 1:37 pm
                                        All you guys are doing is throwing out nonsense to see what sticks and then fly with it.You had better take a deep look at why your airforce is only 40% airworthy and why your military needs to make such ridiculous laughable claims and take your pick which one you want to keep, your PrimeMinister or your CnC because some one will take the fall for this ludicrous lie and I have yet to see a politician lose a lying contest
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                                          khan
                                          Oct 1, 2016 at 1:34 pm
                                          And then Launch pads? wtf? what are they spring boards to shoot taliban in the air across the border, maybe they are sardine cans which are tightly packed with 20 taliban so you can conveniently come and use a rocket launcher to blast them in a single shot and then flap your wings and fly across the mountains all in a couple of hours crow flight . . .are you people dreaming
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                                            khan
                                            Oct 1, 2016 at 1:31 pm
                                            Having Mi-35s on standby with no target information, no knowledge of the mountainous terrain at night is once again nonsense. Mohdi ji will not come and turn the key and off we go to extract 80 troops, meaning about 5 helicopters, flying through the mountains below radar in the dark, with no preparation. Seriously, your CnC seems mentally challenged, first paradrop 3 miles now this. Find some educated guy, whats he from supply?
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