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Q. Surgical strikes on terror camps: Comment recently carried out surgical strikes by Indian army on cross border terror camps.
Oct 01, 2016 Related to : GS Paper-3 and 2

Ans :

Introduction-

After running through various different non military operations after terrorist attack on Army camp, Indian government has granted green signal to army to carry out military operations on terror camp. Indian army has been conducted surgical strikes on
terror camps across the Line of Control.

What is surgical strike?


It is a military attack which intended to damage to the legitimate military target, without any collateral damage to surrounding structures, vehicles, buildings, or the general public infrastructure and utilities.

India’s surgical strike-

  • Recently Indian army has carried out surgical attacks on terror camps and it has destroyed several terror camps without any injuries to Indian forces which went across LoC.
  • The decision to strike in this manner was evidently taken after specific intelligence that terrorist groups were planning attacks in India.
  • Though it is not the first time India has undertaken quick cross-LoC operations, but for the first time it has been announced publicly.

Analysis-

  • By undertaking surgical strikes across the LoC, Indian army has given befitted reply to state sponsor terror activities of Pakistan.
  • With this, India has sent strong message that if Pakistan fails to curb its terror activities then it will abandon the self-proclaimed policy of strategic restraint.
  • The term ‘surgical strike’ used by the India were intended to convey that this was not an attack on Pakistan’s defence forces, but a targeted action against terrorists poised to wreak damage in India.
  • It is welcome that India has declared the strikes complete shortly after the operation, to convey message to Pakistan that India would not escalate the conflict beyond this.

Conclusion-

India has been carried out surgical strikes, after utilising all non military operations. India has faced several terror attacks which were sponsored by Pakistani state. Recent surgical strike was required to send the strong message to terror activities across the border. India being a responsible state acted wisely by conducting surgical strikes across the LoC.


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