Modi warns of ‘tough action’ over deadly raid
INDIA’S prime minister summoned top security advisers to thrash out a response to a deadly raid on a Kashmir army base blamed on militants from Pakistan amid calls for action against the nuclear-armed nation.
Narendra Modi has vowed to punish those behind the attack in which gunmen hurling grenades stormed a base, killing 18 soldiers in the worst such attack in over a decade.
The Hindu nationalist prime minister promised during his election campaign to take a hard line over Kashmir and has faced calls from army veterans, and even some in his own party, for military action against Pakistan.
On September 19, he summoned his national security adviser and military leaders to formulate a response, which media reports said could include air strikes on training camps on the Pakistan side of the Line of Control that divides Kashmir.
But security experts say India lacks the military capabilities to take on its neighbour in the divided Himalayan region, already tense after weeks of violent clashes between police and demonstrators protesting at Indian rule.
“It’s not like the US conducting air strikes in Syria to tackle ISIS that’s hundreds of miles away from home ground. Pakistan is next door,” said Ajai Sahni, executive director at the Institute of Conflict Management think-tank in Delhi.
Ranbir Singh, the army’s director general of military operations, said the markings on some of the material recovered from the slain militants showed they had come from across the border.
“The Indian Army has displayed considerable restraint while handling the terrorist situation in Kashmir and the border,” he said.
“We reserve the right to respond to any act of the adversary at a time and place of our own choosing.” –