Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday hinted at some strong military action against Pakistan if necessary just like the surgical strikes that were carried out last year. “Strikes were a message we wanted to communicate. I think they understood what we mean. These things could follow if required,” Rawat said speaking after the launch of book ‘India’s Most Fearless’ which is based on the surgical strikes conducted along the Myanmar border and the Line of Control.

“We are prepared for any infiltration. Terrorists are ready at that side of the border and we are ready on this side to welcome them. We will receive them and send them to their graves,” Rawat said.

General Rawat added that terrorists will continue to come and Indian soldiers are ready to ‘welcome’ them.

“We are prepared for any infiltration. Terrorists are ready at that side of the border and we are ready on this side to welcome them. We will receive them and send them to their graves,” Rawat said.

Asked about Indian Army’s preparedness a year after the cross-LoC strike, the Army chief said: “You can count on us.” He said that India is now a “stronger nation, capable of taking decisions when time comes, keeping our national security in mind”.

“On my first visit to the Northern Command after the Myanmar (border) strike, I said now you have to be prepared. Citizens will expect you to respond in similar manner if something similar happens (in future),” he added.

“They must know it can happen anywhere, anytime… we have had no major incident after that (surgical strikes),” he said.

In a major step to punish perpetrators of terror at the Line of Control (LoC), India on September 29. 2016 carried out a surgical strike and targeted five terror launch pads at the LoC.

Let us understand what is a ‘surgical strike’:
 
• 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.
(With input from agencies

First Published | 25 September 2017 10:36 PM
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