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.
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