Modi warns of ‘tough ac­tion’ over deadly raid

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.” –

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