Yesterday was the first anniversary of the surgical strikes that were conducted in PoK. The Army had executed the strikes on terror camps. The estimate number of kills were said to be around 40 to 50 and even a few Pakistan Army regulars were neutralised in the bold strikes.

Former Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag spoke yesterday about the surgical strikes. He said, “In June 2015, we conducted surgical strikes in Myanmar, and again in September 2016, we conducted surgical strikes in Pakistan. Both strikes were very successful without any loss of life…no casualty to our people.

“It was a very bold decision of our prime minister to approve the surgical strikes. So, the credit firstly goes to our prime minister. The credit also goes to my subordinates, my able commanders and brave soldiers who executed these surgical strikes.”

He also said that the country’s national pride as well as image – nationally and internationally – has gone up manifold after surgical strikes. He added that the strikes had successfully created a deterrent as no major incident has occurred since.

A very strong statement recently come from the Army Chief Bipin Rawat as well. He said, “Surgical strike was conducted to send a message and if adversaries do not understand, it will be repeated.”

His next statement must have sent shivers down the spines of terrorists across the border and even the Pakistan Army that supports them: “Sarhad ke us paar jo atankwadi hain, wo taiyaar baithe hain. Hum bhi unke liye iss taraf taiyaar baithe hain. Woh idhar aayenge, hum unko receive karke, dhai foot jameen ke neeche bhejte rahenge.”

The Indian Army has complete freedom to retaliate to any ceasefire violations or attack by terrorists. Just a few days back, militants in the North East had fired upon a patrol of the Indian Army. The retaliation from the army was so severe that many militants were killed, while the rest escaped. During this, not one Indian Army soldier was martyred.


Vinayak Jain

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