Indian Army, stung by suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad’s (JeM) fidayeen attack on a heavily-guarded camp, has asked the government for “limited but punitive cross-border strikes” to send an unequivocal message to Pakistan, a report suggests.
The Army is also considering concentrated artillery barrages, sniping and other operations, along the 778-km Line of Control (LoC).
Experts believe the heightened military pressure along the LoC will also make a ruthless and relentless enemy across the border rethink its strategy.
Army battalions along the LoC as well as forward IAF airbases on the western front have in any case been put on “full alert” to take care of any contingency, government sources said. According to Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal (retired), a fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, the time is right to hurt Pakistan physically. He said without crossing the LoC, India can conduct artillery strikes to destroy their bunkers and forward posts, communication centres, logistic infrastructure and ammunition depots.
Pakistan has declared it will launch nuclear strikes against India when a significant portion of its territory has been captured or is likely to be captured, or the Pakistani military suffers heavy losses.
Despite the fact that “surgical strikes” may not be on cards as yet, targeted artillery and heavy-mortar fire on Pakistani bunkers can check into movement of their patrols in key positions.
According to some security establishment officials, a political decision has to be taken to send a clear message to Pakistan that “enough is enough.”
On September 18, four terrorists attacked a camp close to headquarter of the 12th Brigade at Uri in Baramulla District. Seventeen brave soldiers were martyred and about 30 soldiers were injured in the deadly attack. It was reported that the Army gunned down all the terrorists who sneaked into the base around 5:30 am. Uri town in Baramulla district is located just a few kilometres from the LOC.
These militants threw several grenades and opened fired at the base where 17 grenades exploded in just 3 minutes. Tents and shelters in 150 metre area were burnt and 13 soldiers were burnt alive. Army officials believe militants crossed the Line of Control hours earlier and were waiting somewhere nearby.
Of the 17 martyred, 15 belonged from advance party of 6th battalion of the Bihar Regiment, and two from 10th Dogra.
Sources also said that a map carried by militants was found which was marked and indicated in Pashtun language.
In a similar incident, militants carried out a similar type of attack on December 5, 2014, at Mohra, Uri where ten security personnel were killed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter and condemned the deadly attack. In his tweet he assured the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished. Home Minister Rajnath Singh cancelled his Russia and United States trip due to the situation prevailing in the Valley.