A Com­edy of Er­rors

The In­di­ans con­grat­u­lated them­selves on con­duct­ing ‘sur­gi­cal strikes’ against Pak­istan whereas these were noth­ing more than cross-bor­der fir­ing in­ci­dents along the Line of Con­trol in Kash­mir.

Southasia - - REGION PAKISTAN -

On the night be­tween Septem­ber 28 and 29, a num­ber of cross­bor­der fir­ing in­ci­dents oc­curred on the Line of Con­trol in Kash­mir. India re­ferred to these in­ci­dents as “sur­gi­cal strikes.” The In­di­ans had been talk­ing about sur­gi­cal strikes against Pak­istan ever since the at­tack at the Uri brigade head­quar­ters in Kash­mir on Septem­ber 18. The Pak­istan Army dis­missed the so-called sur­gi­cal strikes as sim­ply ‘an il­lu­sion … de­lib­er­ately gen­er­ated by India to cre­ate false ef­fects.”

India’s direc­tor gen­eral of mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions, Lt. Gen. Ran­bir Singh

By Javed An­sari claimed that on the ba­sis of re­ceiv­ing spe­cific and cred­i­ble in­puts that some ter­ror­ist teams had po­si­tioned them­selves at launch pads along the Line of Con­trol to carry out in­fil­tra­tion and con­duct ter­ror­ist strikes in­side Jammu and Kash­mir and in var­i­ous met­ros in other states, the In­dian army had con­ducted sur­gi­cal strikes at sev­eral of these launch pads to pre­empt in­fil­tra­tion by ter­ror­ists.

India pro­vided few de­tails of the op­er­a­tion but it was said the “sur­gi­cal strikes” con­sisted of a he­li­borne unit and Spe­cial Forces that in­fil­trated the LoC and con­ducted as­saults on the sus­pected ter­ror­ist launch pads that were two to three km be­yond the LoC in­side Pak­istan. Pak­istani de­fence an­a­lysts ques­tioned the ve­rac­ity of the claim, say­ing that if the In­dian forces had moved into Pak­istan-con­trolled ter­ri­tory, how did they man­age to get out af­ter the strikes, since Pak­istan is in a con­stant state of war and its armed forces are al­ways on the alert. How was it pos­si­ble that if the In­dian Army per­son­nel had en­tered Pak­istani ter­ri­tory to con­duct the ‘sur­gi­cal strikes,’ the Pak­istan Army did not come to know

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