State­ment by DGMO on In­dian Army Strike on Pak­istani ter­ror­ists

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IT HAS been a mat­ter of se­ri­ous con­cern that there has been con­tin­u­ing and in­creas­ing in­fil­tra­tion by ter­ror­ists across Line of Con­trol in Jammu and Kash­mir. This is re­flected, amongst oth­ers, in the ter­ror­ist at­tacks on 11 and 18 Septem­ber 16 in Punch and Uri re­spec­tively. Al­most 20 in­fil­tra­tion at­tempts have also been foiled by the Army at or close to the Line of Con­trol dur­ing this year. Dur­ing these ter­ror­ist at­tacks and in­fil­tra­tion at­tempts, we have re­cov­ered var­i­ous stores in­clud­ing GPS and items that clearly in­di­cate their ori­gins in Pak­istan. Fur­ther­more, captured ter­ror­ists hail­ing from Pak­istan or Pak­istan Oc­cu­pied Kash­mir have con­fessed to their training and arm­ing in Pak­istan or ter­ri­tory un­der its con­trol. The mat­ter had been taken up at high­est diplo­matic lev­els and through mil­i­tary chan­nels. In­dia has also of­fered con­sular ac­cess to these ap­pre­hended ter­ror­ists for Pak­istan to ver­ify their con­fes­sions. Fur­ther­more, we had pro­posed that fin­ger­prints and DNA sam­ples of ter­ror­ists killed in Punch and Uri could be made avail­able to Pak­istan for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

De­spite our per­sis­tent urg­ing that Pak­istan re­spect its Jan­uary 2004 com­mit­ment for not al­low­ing its soil or ter­ri­tory un­der its con­trol to be used for ter­ror­ism against In­dia, there has been no let up in in­fil­tra­tion and ter­ror­ist ac­tions from across the Line of Con­trol. If da­m­age was lim­ited, this was pri­mar­ily due to the ef­forts of our sol­diers de­ployed in our multi-tiered counter-in­fil­tra­tion grid that has been ef­fec­tive in neu­tral­iz­ing in­fil­trat­ing ter­ror­ists. The In­dian Armed Forces have been ex­tremely vig­i­lant in the face of this con­tin­u­ing threat.

Based on re­ceiv­ing spe­cific and cred­i­ble in­puts that some ter­ror­ist teams had po­si­tioned them­selves at launch pads along Line of Con­trol to car­ry­out in­fil­tra­tion and con­duct ter­ror­ist strikes in­side Jammu and Kash­mir and in var­i­ous met­ros in other states, the In­dian Army con­ducted sur­gi­cal strikes at sev­eral of these launch pads to pre-empt in­fil­tra­tion by ter­ror­ists. The op­er­a­tions were fo­cussed on en­sur­ing that these ter­ror­ists do not suc­ceed in their de­sign to cause de­struc­tion and en­dan­ger the lives of our cit­i­zens.

Dur­ing these counter ter­ror­ist op­er­a­tions sig­nif­i­cant ca­su­al­ties were caused to ter­ror­ists and those pro­vid­ing sup­port to them. The op­er­a­tions aimed at neu­tral­iz­ing ter­ror­ists have since ceased. We do not have any plans for fur­ther con­tin­u­a­tion. How­ever, the In­dian Armed Forces are fully pre­pared for any con­tin­gency that may arise.

I have been in touch with Pak­istan Army DGMO and have in­formed him of our ac­tions. It is In­dia’s in­ten­tion to main­tain peace and tran­quil­lity in the re­gion. But we can­not al­low the ter­ror­ists to op­er­ate across the Line of Con­trol with im­punity and at­tack cit­i­zens of our coun­try at will. In line with Pak­istan’s com­mit­ment in Jan­uary 2004 not to al­low its soil or ter­ri­tory un­der its con­trol to be used for at­tacks against In­dia, we ex­pect the Pak­istani army to co­op­er­ate with us to erase the men­ace of ter­ror­ism from the re­gion.

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