By Lt Gen JS Bajwa
30 Sep , 2016
As tactical military operations, these raids were an outstanding success. But a larger question remains.
India’s forces carried out a series of successful pre-emptive surgical strikes 3-5 km across the Line of Control (LC) on terrorist launch pads in the wee hours of the morning of 29th September 2016. The terrorists were planning to infiltrate and conduct Uri like operations in J&K and other metros. The Indian forces eliminated 38 terrorists and two Pakistani soldiers, injured nine, and extricated themselves without suffering any casualties. Without going into details, it is clear that the paratroopers were inducted by aircraft along the LoC, and mounted a surprise raid on the unsuspecting terrorists, As tactical military operations these raids were an outstanding success.
…the larger question is: has Uri been avenged? What about the many incidents before Uri? Are those all buried unsung and forgotten and Pakistan forgiven?
It is a sign of bold decision making at the highest political and military level, excellent actionable intelligence, meticulous planning, inter-service coordination of the highest order and finally raw guts and courage of the Indian soldier.
However the larger question is: has Uri been avenged? What about the many incidents before Uri? Are those all buried unsung and forgotten and Pakistan forgiven?
This operation was a success because the government had the leadership and political will to face the consequences. The military trains to be ready to execute any task against an enemy provided the government wants it to do so. Unfortunately the earlier dispensations at the Centre were not bold and decisive enough to take the harder option.