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Indian Army conducts surgical strikes across Line of Control

Sep 29, 2016 16:00 IST

Indian ArmyIndian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control. Director General of Military Operations Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh said the motive of the operation was to hit out at the terrorists who were planning to infiltrate into the Indian Territory.

Lt General Singh informed that significant casualty was caused to terrorists during the operation. He said that it is a matter of serious concern that there have been many infiltration bids by terrorists at LoC and it was reflected in the terror attacks in Poonch and Uri on 11 September and 18 September 2016.

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As per DGMO nothing was done despite India's persistent request to Pakistan not to allow territory under its control to be used for terror activities. He said Pakistan gave a commitment to India in 2004 that it will not allow its soil to be used for anti India terror activities.

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Besides, he also informed that almost 20 infiltration attempts have been successfully foiled by Indian Army in 2016. India has also offered consular access to apprehended terrorists from Pakistan and finger prints and DNA samples of the terrorists killed in Uri and Poonch attacks can also be made available to the neighbouring country.

Lieutenant General Singh said, he spoke to his Pakistani counterpart to share India's concerns and told him about the surgical strikes. He said, India cannot allow terrorists to operate across the LoC.

What is Surgical Strike?
A surgical strike is a military attack which results in only damage to the intended legitimate military target, and no or minimal collateral damage to surrounding structures, vehicles, buildings, or the general public infrastructure and utilities.

A swift and targeted attack with the aim of minimum collateral damage to the nearby areas and civilians is a surgical strike.

Surgical strikes that require not just detailed and exhaustive planning but also needs precision in execution are undertaken by forces across the world.

India’s surgical operation across LoC in Pakistan
Indian Army performed a four hour surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK). As per army, the strike was conducted to prevent terrorists who were prepping to infiltrate and attack the Kashmir region and metros.

The strike which resulted in heavy casualties on terrorists also indicated a change of stand on the rules of engagement on the disputed LoC. As per reports, first-of-its-kind strike across the Pakistani border was based on specific intelligence reports. 

Details of the Surgical Strike

As per reports, the operation in which paratroopers from Special Forces were involved began on 28 September 2016 around 12.30 am. The commandos were airdropped at the LoC from where they crossed over the Pakistani side. They entered about three kilometers to conduct the surgical strikes in Bhimber, Hotspring, Kel & Lipa sectors, on Pakistans side of LoC. As per reports, seven terror launch pads were destroyed in which about 38 terrorists and 2 Pakistani soldiers were killed. The best part of the operation was that no Indian casualties were reported.

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