M K Tayal
What are you supposed to do when you know that your neighbour is about to take his gun out and kill you. Options, according to India would be to strengthen surveillance and reconnaissance.
Last year, India carried out ‘surgical strike’ in Pakistan as mark of her retaliation against the Sept 16 Uri attack. The purpose of the surgical strike conducted was to send across a strong message to Pakistan after it increased cross-border attacks. But perhaps Pakistan has not got the message in the desired intention.
Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat has warned that more Uri-terror like attack could happen. “Security of installations in hinterland is becoming a cause for concern. We are getting reports of Uri-like terror attacks well in depth,” Gen Rawat said.
Though, Rawat had earlier warned that the Army would carry out another surgical strike, if required.
Sending out a stern warning to terrorists across the border who are waiting to attack India, Rawat had said, “The surgical strike was conducted to send a message and if our adversaries do not understand, it will be repeated. The terrorists across the border are sitting ready. On this side of the border, we are also ready for them. They will come here, we will receive them and we will bury them two feet below the ground.”
Thank you General Saab, but what are we supposed to do now – wait and watch! Does not the Indian army think that there is a requirement now? Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi wait and watch another terror attack before reacting?
With so much precise intelligence information pouring in, it is rather awkward to wait for the Pakistanis to strike rather than taking pre-emptive measures to deal with the situation.
Look at the latest intelligence inputs that the security establishment in the country have. And these are well reported and documented in the RAW and IB headquarters. Certainly the Prime Minister has been shown this report.
The intelligence reports distributed October 17 evening indicated that ‘serious efforts’ were being made to “strengthen the terrorist networks with additional reinforcements, to target military posts and civilian areas”.
Intercepts indicate that over a hundred terrorists have either entered Jammu and Kashmir or are ready at launch pads right on the line of control.
Two terrorists were spotted on 12 October in Sempura near Pantha Chowk in Srinagar. The intel report suggested that they were likely to attack a security forces convoy ‘soon’. Our intell guys are certainly sure this time.
The next day, Six Hizbul Mujahideen reached Pak Post Jungle 1 opposite Krishnaghati. They were likely to attack forward posts.
On 14 October, three terrorists (one local and two foreign) were spotted moving towards Pantha Chowk and Haidarpur. The intelligence report says, “This group is planning to carry out terrorist initiated incident or target security forces.” Look at the details in the report.
Terrorists have also been seen near Pakistani village Deewar on the LoC. This is near the Pakistan military post-Green Bump, opposite Poonch. They are likely to attack Indian posts with standoff fire. Our agents are all over.
Five terrorists entered Sonapindi in the Macchal sector of J&K. Six terrorists are in the Pakistani village of Dhundiyal. They are being led by the LET commander Rashi Gafoor and reports suggest they want to enter by tunneling from Ramgarh to Arnia. This could be a lengthy process.
Five Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists are in Kunda, across the line of control (LoC) in Keran. They are expected to take one of the two following routes: The first through Upper Bor and Kachhal and Patro to Sundi Galli or through Nilam to Keran and Kundian to Zunreshi. Routes are also known.
Four LET terrorists with a guide are at Battakaiyan in Uri. They are expected to enter through Khanda Nala to Baramulla or through Nusai and Dogi Pahar and Hajibar to Baramulla. Should we not be blocking these routes?
Five LET with two guides are at Kharameru and they plan to hit Uri. They, judging by intercepts, are either taking the SKS Pass to Ban Bahik to Litar Bahik and Rafiabad route or the Gail Galli, Kala Pahar, Naga Pathri, Baba Gail and Rafiabad route. We just missed them! We went to the SKS Pass and they took the other way!
Six Hizbul Mujahideen with a guide were at Pacchiban launch pad. They are also targeting Uri, either through Panu and Sukhdar or through Pandu and Jabla. Have they been launched yet!
Six LET terrorists with a guide were at Kharameru and they were likely to enter Kalapahar through Narpathra, Patiala and Kazinag or Manabar through Narpathra visa Patiala and Kakua. Phew!
Since mid-October five LET terrorists are at the Pakistani army post, appropriately named Badmash, opposite the Krishnaghati sector.
Ten Lashkar terrorists, trained at a forward Kahuta camp were at Launch Pad Kacharban. They have divided into two subgroups and moved to Balanwali Dhok and the Pak Forward Defence Line Contour Complex manned by 649/815 Mujahid battalions respectively. They have been told to attack Indian forward defense posts in the Saujjiyan sector. Just overwhelming. Exhausted, the Indian Army chief just gave a statement.
This is perhaps first time, such a detailed and precise intelligence report has been made and even circulated to the media. Is it to build hysteria or just to divert attention of the people from domestic issues?
An Intel report has revealed that the ISI, Pakistan’s military intelligence agency was making a determined effort to disrupt Jammu and Kashmir and parts of Northern India during Diwali week. Now the Diwali week is over. Certainly all this preparation of the Pakistani establishment are not going to be wasted. Do we take such intelligence report seriously and act on them or ignore them and go about our daily jobs?