Delhi may not go for ‘knee-jerk’ reaction against Pakistan

Published: September 20, 2016
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Hours after the attack, India’s civil and military leaders blamed a Pakistan based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad. PHOTO: AFP

Hours after the attack, India’s civil and military leaders blamed a Pakistan based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad. PHOTO: AFP

Despite calls from its security establishment to consider ‘limited but punitive cross-border strikes’ inside Pakistan, New Delhi has ruled out any ‘knee-jerk’ reaction in the wake of a brazen attack on the Indian army’s headquarters in the disputed Himalayan territory.

Eighteen Indian soldiers were killed by four militants in the attack on an Army Brigade Headquarters in the Uri area near the Line of Control (LoC) Sunday morning.

India weighs response to deadly Kashmir attack it blames on Pakistan

Hours after the attack, India’s civil and military leaders squarely blamed a Pakistan based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) with media commentators calling for a military response.

Quoting unnamed sources, the Times of India on Monday reported there will be no ‘knee-jerk’ reaction ‘anytime soon’. They said ‘action against Pakistan’ will be taken only after proper planning, coordination, exploring all options and taking everyone concerned into confidence.

Indian Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh, too, appeared to echo the government’s thinking, saying that no action
should be taken under the influence of emotions and anger.

“Having seen the army closely, I feel, it needs to be analysed as to what happened there … It needs to be investigated how the incident took place and what were the lacuna” he said.“… from the army’s side, alertness is required. The Kashmir situation needs to be thought out. The action has to be taken without getting influenced by emotions, anger. It has to be taken coolly and with proper planning,” he added.

According to the Times of India, the Indian army wants their government to also consider ‘limited but punitive cross-border strikes’ to send an ‘unequivocal message’ to Pakistan.

It said the Indian Army is also going to turn up the heat along the 778-km Line of Control (LoC) with concentrated artillery barrages, sniping and other operations.

Indian Army battalions, along the LoC as well as forward Indian Air Force (IAF) bases on the western front have in any case been put on ‘full alert’ to take care of any contingency, Indian government sources said.

Indian military asks govt to consider ‘punitive’ cross-border strikes

Though ‘surgical strikes’, covert military operations or ‘hot pursuits’ inside Pakistani territory may not be on the cards as yet, the army can certainly ‘bleed’ Pakistani troops without crossing the LoC, the newspaper quoted sources as saying.

However, some Indian officials have also cautioned against any adventurism against Pakistan, adding that Pakistan is no Myanmar, where Indian Para-SF troops conducted a transborder raid to take out militants in June 2015. “The government has to take into account that any strike inside Pakistan can escalate into an all-out war. Pakistan, of course, often threatens first-use of tactical nuclear weapons if it is attacked by India,” said an official.

Meanwhile, former army chief Shankar Roy Choudhary has recommended that India should form its own ‘fidayeen’ or suicide squad. Chaudhary’s remarks were aired by NDTV news channel.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 20th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Kickass
    Sep 20, 2016 - 8:53AM

    Nawaz Sharif will now register an FIR against unknown persons at a Muzzafarabad Police Station.Recommend

  • hari
    Sep 20, 2016 - 9:16AM

    Attack CPECRecommend

  • NKAli
    Sep 20, 2016 - 9:37AM

    @Kickass: hahaaah! Yes, you are 101percent right. Nawaz Sharif cannot see any harm come to India. It will not be surprising if he cries on the shoulders of India’s UN ambassador. Salams Recommend

  • salman
    Sep 20, 2016 - 9:40AM

    scared ?Recommend

  • Cool
    Sep 20, 2016 - 9:47AM

    They will respond by what they are already doing from Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Ravian
    Sep 20, 2016 - 9:58AM

    Being a Pakistani, I strongly believe that the so-called “non-state actors” are a much bigger threat to Pakistan than India. A handful of “strategic assets” have single handedly destroyed Pakistan’s image and have achieved nothing in return. The 2008 Mumbai attacks continue to haunt Pakistan. And now it is very difficult for Pakistan to wriggle out of Uri incident, which has also seriously dented the Kashmiris’ legitimate and peaceful struggle. Instead of blaming India’s reaction, Pakistan needs to go after the non-state actors such as Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-a-Tayyaba. As long as we don’t set our house in order, we cannot convince the world community on the losses that we have suffered during the war on terror. Recommend

  • Mayuresh
    Sep 20, 2016 - 10:00AM

    In other news, the NY bomber spent quite some time in Pakistan recently. The noose will tighten slowly, but surely so focus on that. Unfortunately have to play long game here rather than go for short ego satisfying moves which will only lead to loss of more lives on both side. Recommend

  • LOL
    Sep 20, 2016 - 10:24AM

    The article is not based on facts. India’s claim of going inside Myanmar was duly denied by Myanmar and then India as well. It was just a false story for chest-thumping purposes.Recommend

  • Gruham
    Sep 20, 2016 - 10:32AM

    There will be a great deal of jingoistic rhetoric from the Indian politicians and the Indian media….and that will be the end of any reaction from India.Recommend

  • Abhijeet
    Sep 20, 2016 - 10:35AM

    Pakistan should eliminate Mazood Azhar immediatelyRecommend

  • dave
    Sep 20, 2016 - 11:31AM

    @Cool:
    We have learned the art of how to divert attention from the Pakistanis and say in false flag.Recommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala
    Sep 20, 2016 - 1:50PM

    Whatever we do, we will think 292 moves ahead of the enemy, and when we do it, it will be the right thing. This 18 souls have changed the future of Indo-Pak relations for evr, in favour of India. The resolve that evaded Indian psyche all these years has been made firm now. Why should Indians talk or boast? Just quietly act. Time to burn midnight oil and make meticulous preparations. Recommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala
    Sep 20, 2016 - 1:57PM

    Whatever we do, we will think 280 moves ahead of the enemy, and when we do it, it will be the right thing. This 18 souls have changed the future of Indo-Pak relations in favour of India. The resolve that evaded Indian psyche all these years has been made firm now. Why should Indians talk or boast? Just quietly act. Time to burn midnight oil and make meticulous preparations. Recommend

  • Khalid rashid
    Sep 20, 2016 - 1:58PM

    India will never go for any surgical strike cos they know it will invite strike by Pakistan using nuclear tactical weapon which our forward units are equipped Recommend

  • Maaz Ahmad
    Sep 21, 2016 - 7:38AM

    your discussion is true BT think about ur ancestors what they thought us what we have to do now…best of luckRecommend

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