“If India dares to launch a surgical strike inside Pakistan, it will face 10 surgical strikes in response,” Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson of the military’s Inter Services Public Relations, was quoted as saying by Radio Pakistan.
The BSF chief said some counter-action has already been taken along the LoC. “We have taken sufficient action along the LoC to avenge the death of our soldier. We have reserved our right of retaliation and time.”
Describing the surgical strikes as a substantive response by security forces to continuous mischief from across the border, Madhav told mediapersons that “one need not see too much politics in it”.
Delhi University will organise a talk by Retd Major General P K Saighal and Retd Major General Dilawar Singh on Saturday.
Centre has made elaborate plans to mark the anniversary of the cross-border operation in which the Indian Army in a covert mission ventured inside enemy territory, and destroyed several terror launchpads preparing to infiltrate across the border.
In a letter to vice-chancellors on Wednesday, the UGC suggested that institutions ask students to “pledge their support” to the armed forces through letters and cards, which the government will use for publicity.
The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry has also requested lyricist Prasoon Joshi to write a special anthem “invoking patriotism in the light of surgical strike commemoration”, according to a note by I&B Secretary Amit Khare.
The University Grants Commission (UGC), has directed universities and higher education institutions across the country to observe September 29 as Surgical Strike Day.
“The strikes showed that India has arrived on the global stage and that India is strong. I hope the film will inspire youngsters,” said Piyush Goyal.
Lauding the Army operation, Parrikar said, “The most important thing about surgical strikes is the secrecy. Only PM, me, Army chief and Director General of Military Operation knew.”
Calculated release of videos of surgical strikes serves political, not military, ends.
“Congress will get a certificate from some terrorist organisations of Pakistan just like Ghulam Nabi Azad got the certificate from Lashkar-e-Toiba,” Ravi Shankar Prasad said. “Is the Congress’s only commitment to demoralise the armed forces?”
It questioned the timing of the release of the video and argued that the Narendra Modi government, which claimed credit for the Army action, had mistreated the armed forces by not providing them state-of-the-art equipment and slashing their budgetary allocation.
On the intervening night of September 28-29, 2016, Indian Army carried out surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), just eleven days after the Uri attack which had claimed the lives of 18 soldiers.
Surgical strike video: “Let the ruling dispensation remember that the blood and sacrifice of our brave soldiers cannot become a political vote garnering tool for the Modi Government and the BJP,” Congress said.