‘Surgical strikes as and when needed’

Govt. says credible inputs were received

Indian Army carries out pre-emptive operations on terror launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC) as and when required, the government informed Parliament on Wednesday.

This was in response to a question on the surgical strikes carried out by the Army against Pakistan army over the last 15 years.

“Based on specific and credible inputs about terrorist teams having positioned themselves at launch pads along the LoC to carry out infiltration and conduct terrorist strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and in various metros in other States, the Indian Army carries out operations to pre-empt infiltration by terrorists, as and when required,” Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

This is an indirect acceptance that surgical strikes on terror launch pads are not a one off event as was claimed earlier but have happened on several occasions.

No figures given

The answer did not specify the number of cross border strikes year-wise.

In the aftermath of the terror attack on the Army camp in Uri during September 2016, the Army had launched surgical strikes on terror launch pads along the LoC, which several Ministers had claimed showcased the government’s “decisiveness” in hitting terrorists on the other side of the LoC.

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