After hitting out Pakistan where it hurts most, India has again sent out a strong message to Pakistan that it will not consider Line of Control (LoC) as sacrosanct if Pakistan continues to export terrorists.
As per a media report
, India conveyed this message to Pakistan after the September 29 surgical strikes.
Clearly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is no Vajpayee and does not consider LoC as sacrosanct as his predecessors believed. During the 1999 Kargil Conflict, the then Indian establishment led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee had made too much of virtue by claiming that even in extreme situations, Indian armed forces didn’t cross the LoC to strike.
What’ notable in the current surgical strikes is that this was the first time in the 70 years since Independence that — at least on public record — India has entered Pakistani territory. The well planned and executed operation, preceded by nearly a week of drone and satellite surveillance of the launchpads, were intended to ensure that terrorists would no longer feel comfortable. What was different this time is that India announced such an operation after it took place.
Clearly, it marks a significant change in India’s policy towards terrorism and also sends a message to the people of India who have been demanding action against Pakistan.
In all likelihood Pakistan was not at all expecting any response after Uri attack but the speed and surprise with which the special forces of the Indian Army conducted the operation, left the Pakistani establishment terrified and scared of another similar attack if the regular work goes on. Up to 38 terrorists, with and without uniform, were killed during the strikes.
Special forces of major military powers in the world are active to conduct covert action deep in side enemy territories. A popular example of such a strike was the famous operation conducted by US Navy Seals to kill Osama bin Laden in Abbotabad in Pakistan.
Though such operations are never announced unless there is a political message to be conveyed, the announcement by the Indian Director General of Military Operation (DGMO) was a tactical move to make sure that Pakistan responds and that response will put it in a spot. While Pakistan Army’s media wing, ISPR, denied any such surgical strike, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the strike as naked aggression.
So far Pakistan has denied any such move by India but India has drone and camera footage from the special forces of the operation. The denial clearly represents that Pakistan does not want an escalation with India.
It must be remembered that there is little support for any form of terrorism across the world given the recent spurt in global terror attacks. And as India becomes more counteroffensive, for Pakistan it means that it has to now deal with a new element of uncertainty.