Explained — What is a surgical strike?
By Karan Manral
| Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 17:34
New Delhi: When Indian Army displayed its surgical capabilities by penetrating into Myanmar last year and killing militants, people were sceptical if such a strike could be carried out against Pakistan. After all, Myanmar is a friendly territory.
However, in the early morning hours of Thursday, 29th September 2016, the Indian Army put to rest all doubts by conducting a surgical strike at the LoC.
Amidst all this excitement and hysteria, have you ever thought what exactly a surgical strike is and how it is executed?
Let us understand:
• Experts describe surgical strike as ‘a calculated manoeuvre to ensure you deliver maximum damage which gives a big surprise to your adversary’.
• A surgical strike requires intense preparation by the side planning such a strike. There is the risk of an all out war as the other country may take it as an ‘act of war’.
• There has to be tremendous co-ordination among the government, intelligence agencies and the security forces for the strike to be successful.
• Such strikes are carried out by teams of specially trained commandos, also called Special Forces. These are generally executed in early morning hours as an ‘element of surprise’.
• Special Forces are informed well in advance so that they could prepare accordingly for it.
• These strikes are generally quick and effective. Also, additional commandos are kept on standby for any eventuality.
• Once the operation is over, the side that has carried out the strike has to inform the other country about it.
Hence, a surgical strike is not something that can be carried out at the drop of a hat and requires meticulous preparations. But now that the Indian Army has carried out an attack like this, Pakistan has been warned that no terror attack in future will be tolerated.