Surgical Strike

army-7592India claimed to have made “surgical strikes” against militant bases in Pakistani-held territory on September 29, claiming to have killed 9 Pakistani soldiers and up to 50 militants. According to Indian officials, soldiers targeted areas near the Line of Control (LoC). Initially, artillery were fired across the frontier, in order to provide cover to commandos and para-commandos (special force). Army source stated that special forces team traveled 1 to 3 kms on foot along with grenades and rocket launchers. Firstly there was a debate on whether the government should publish videos or photographic evidence of the strike after Pakistan claimed that no such strike had taken place.

Midnight Action

2 A.M
In cover of total darkness, para commandos took down launch pads with explosives, shoulder fired rocket launchers and grenades. Indian posts along the Line of Control had provide firing  to support teams operating across the border.

4:30 – 8 A.M
Para Commando teams exited combat zone under the cover of fire. Two Indian soldiers injured in the firing but all were safely evacuated to the Indian side of the LoC.

10 A.M
Political leadership briefed in detail on the action, decision taken by PM Modi to make the raids public. Pakistani DGMO informed about the strikes along the LoC, told that target was terror, not Pakistani military.

12 Noon
Indian army announced that had conducted surgical strikes in PoK to take down terror launch pads.

New Delhi: Director General Military Operations (DGMO), Ranbir Singh salutes after the Press Conferences along with External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup, in New Delhi on Thursday. India conducted Surgical strikes across the Line of Control in Kashmir on Wednesday night. PTI Photo by Shirish Shete (PTI9_29_2016_000022B) *** Local Caption ***

Officials said that the strike, carried out by at least two para commando units, targeted seven launch pads and were planned over the past week. The Director – General of Military Operations, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, informed his Pakistani counterpart of the strike with an assurance that the target was terror infrastructure and not the Pakistani establishment. India announced the strikes after the CCS meeting on Thursday morning, where the army briefed the political leadership on the details of the mission.

A range of briefings on the strikes took place through the day, with the President, Vice-President, former PM Manmohan Singh and the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Governor informed about the details. India also briefed the envoys of 25 nations.

While the number of causalities is not immediately known, it is estimated that 30-35 terrorists were at the locations targeted by special forces. Late on Thursday evening, India confirmed that a soldier belonging to an anti-infiltration unit had inadvertently crossed over the other side of LoC. After reports in Pakistani media that an Indian soldier had been apprehended, officials said the jawan from 37 Rashtriya Rifles had indeed crossed over. The Indian side, however, rubbished Pakistani reports that eight Indian Army personnel had been killed.


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