Pakistan denial of surgical strikes suits us for now, we will change tactics if provoked again: Top official

The Indian side had also factored in the dark night period while deciding when to strike at the militant hideouts snuggling the LoC.

Written by Ritu Sarin | New Delhi | Updated: October 3, 2016 12:53 pm
pakistan, surgical strikes, pakistan surgical strikes, ceasefire violation, pakistan ceasefire violation, Indian Army, Line of Control, loc, pok, Jammu and Kashmir, india news, indian express, indian express news With the commando teams, numbering close to 150 personnel, already transported near the LoC, probably two days in advance, tactical details of the stealth operation were continuously repeated. (AP File Photo)

Days after the Indian Army announced it had carried out surgical strikes against seven terror launch pads along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, a top official of the country’s security establishment has told The Indian Express that “if provoked again, we will amend our operational tactics”.

Sending Pakistan a tough message, the official, who was closely involved in planning the surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, said: “The surprise element in such an operation is key to its success and there will be no predictable repetition. If provoked yet again, we will amend our operational tactics. And for the time being, the continuing denial of Pakistan that there were no surgical strikes is a stance that suits us.”

 

Details are slowly trickling in about the timing and nature of the attack in which, officials said, an estimated 45-50 militants, mostly belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba, may have been killed or grievously injured. The largest number of fatalities were in the Lipa area of PoK, followed by Kel and Bhimber.

No effort was, however, made and no time was lost by members of the commando teams in counting the casualties. A key official said, “The ferocity of the attack was such and the surprise element so complete that it was unlikely, many militants would have survived. The fact is that there was no retaliation whatsoever and the only setback to the operation was a mine-blast injury suffered by one commando.”

Before the strike, specific intelligence and intercepts had been received that these launch pads — semi-built structures which have since been substantially damaged in the attack by rocket launchers and grenade launchers — were almost fully occupied and that the militants were waiting for the moonless night of September 30, or amavasya, to ingress.

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The intelligence inputs had given a clear signal that military targets were to be hit again, barely two weeks after the September 18 Uri attack in which 18 soldiers were killed.

The Indian side had also factored in the dark night period while deciding when to strike at the militant hideouts snuggling the LoC. The fact that the United Nations General Assembly session ended on September 26 and by September 28, Pakistan looked isolated as the host of the November SAARC summit, were other factors that came into play. The surgical strikes may, thus, have been advanced by a day or two.

With the commando teams, numbering close to 150 personnel, already transported near the LoC, probably two days in advance, tactical details of the stealth operation were continuously repeated.

The Indian Express has learnt that the precise timing for the attack was pre-fixed and everything was planned backward. With the seven commando teams needing varying time to reach their targets — depending on the terrain and distance — the assault teams were launched from Indian territory on a staggered schedule so that the strikes could be simultaneous and swift.

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    Anti
    Oct 3, 2016 at 3:51 am
    Behan kay loray ur even single soldier did not cross loc white lie I'm sitting in bhimber and fool ppl believe me there was nothing Indian ppl they are making u fool
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      Barua
      Oct 3, 2016 at 2:19 am
      Mr. Seshadri, it is no figment that many Brahmin women were fantacizing Nehru. You know better.
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        Shania
        Oct 3, 2016 at 10:06 am
        And what about Indians begging in gulf countries to earn living i guess India should be officially declared a poverty state
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          FAKISTANI
          Oct 3, 2016 at 12:19 am
          No more prof than from a horse's mouth that the Surgical Strike was FAKE
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            Blah.blah
            Oct 3, 2016 at 2:33 am
            How dare you doubt the ISRO scientists? FYI they were the same scientists who sent MANGALYAAAAAAAN to take exactly 4.0 blurred and useless images of Mars and after a lot of pressure AND AFTER FEW YEARS "BOUGHT" SOME IMAGES FROM ESA AND PUBLISHED THAT AS TAKEN BY MANGALYAAAAAAAN.
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              Ramachandra
              Oct 3, 2016 at 2:29 am
              @Seshadri. Your brahmin ancestors all were behind the aphrodisiac Nehru. Didn't you have his photo in your pooja room?
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                Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                Oct 3, 2016 at 6:46 am
                ""Osama bin laid-"" pushed his wife in front to shield himself and the bullet ripped his forehead and body got dumped in the Indian Ocean, this all happened right inside his safe house heaven ,--abbotabad---PAAPISTAN,---and PAAPis armies are still living in denial dream.
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                  Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                  Oct 3, 2016 at 2:22 am
                  A another Indian surgical strike, the world will not be able to prove that anything like PAAPISTAN did ever existed in the world map.
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                    Vinodhini
                    Oct 3, 2016 at 2:22 am
                    The so called surgical attack was totally madeup by Indics to falsely prove to the senseless world that stan is really behind the Uri attack. Urinattack is an insider job to set up stage for the so called surgical strike. World community is no fools to be fooled. BarbARYANS may think they are intelligent, just think.
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                      Common sense
                      Oct 3, 2016 at 3:22 pm
                      Independence doesn't qualify someone or something for blind trust.....try using your brain please
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                        Common sense
                        Oct 3, 2016 at 4:51 pm
                        Very well....where was the "urgent" action to stop those coming for Uri or Pathankot (and baramulla as a matter of fact)? Wake up and smell the coffee...no strikes happened....zilch...zero...nul
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                          Common sense
                          Oct 3, 2016 at 3:25 pm
                          Well said. The Indians unfortunately are blindly following ficious non sensical propaa without using their brains
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                            Common sense
                            Oct 3, 2016 at 3:23 pm
                            Well said. The Indians unfortunately are blindly following ficious non sensical propaa without using their brains.
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                              Common sense
                              Oct 3, 2016 at 4:58 pm
                              What pictures? The only pictures they have are clippits from a James bond movie....shot themselves in the foot by bull $41tting so much...... baramulla happens 3 days after so called surgical strike. They can't even say that terrorists entered from stan.....as it will make the drama look like a comedy show!!
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                                Common sense
                                Oct 3, 2016 at 3:20 pm
                                You stole my thunder. Exactly...it only took 3 days...now what? The sooner the lies of our politicians and military are realised the better. Despite all the animosity and hate...I belive the stanis on this occasion were right....no surgical strike took place.
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                                  abdul
                                  Oct 3, 2016 at 5:17 am
                                  surgical strike was a right step from the government and it has circulated an immense confident among Indian troops an it's citizens. Declaration of attack also can give a strong message to enemy that we started hunting and for time being India might face some consequence but all these end once surgical strike continues ans started to destroy POK hideouts. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; Prime Minister and for BJP politically its a gain. Coming UP,Goa, Punjab elections will be an easy walkover for NDA alliance due to this action. Also, once we suious Military is being used for political mileage and I am sure it is. Because previous governments also conducted such and similar strikes but it did not reveal details for a political mileage. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Congress and for other parties , Its not a good time . Modi is strong, cleaver and know how to act, talk and win the hearts even enemy.
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                                    Tariq Khan
                                    Oct 3, 2016 at 6:30 am
                                    However, peace is better for both countries if think for a while.
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                                      kabeer ahmad
                                      Oct 3, 2016 at 8:58 am
                                      Hhhhhhhh
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                                        kabeer ahmad
                                        Oct 3, 2016 at 8:56 am
                                        Last night only 4 mujahd attack in baramola pora india chekh raha he
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                                          kabeer ahmad
                                          Oct 3, 2016 at 8:53 am
                                          Modi ka surgical strike only in tv
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                                            kabeer ahmad
                                            Oct 3, 2016 at 8:52 am
                                            Modi ny pory india ko chotiya bina diya UP k election k liy
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