Post the surgical strikes carried out by India on seven terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) inflicting "significant casualties" across the LoC, the Army said that it needs six months to cause serious damage to the terror infrastructure in Pakistan, reported Economic Times.
The strikes, which were carried out on the 28 and 29 September, has been seen as a reprisal for the Uri attack by the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed which killed 19 soldiers.
The report quoted a top army official as saying that a medium-term plan or a sustained campaign is needed in order to entirely damage the capabilities of the terrorists.
An article in Firstpost had stated that India needs to re-evaluate its military options to keep up with the Pakistani strategy. The article says: It will take more than a cross-LoC surgical strike to make Pakistan withdraw its support to anti-India terrorist groups and cross-border terrorism.
Surgical strikes and cross-LoC raid look feasible options if the Pakistani Army and the ISI keep up with its strategy of executing terrorist attacks in Indian states bordering Pakistan — like Uri and the previous attacks in Udhampur, Pathankot, Gurdaspur, and the rest. But if the ISI manages to repeat what it had done in Mumbai in 2008 or revives its campaign of causing serial blasts in major Indian cities, then this sort of response to the surgical strikes may look harder to execute, particularly if the attack has its roots exclusively in Pakistani Punjab, and not PoK.
Then the Indian government and the Indian Army will have to think of new ways to militarily respond to Pakistan.
The newspaper report quoted another top army officer as saying, "This is the time to make an actual difference that will deter cross-border terror support.”
First Published On : Oct 4, 2016 15:31 IST