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Indian Army Post Strikes : New Posture and Policy?

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It has been a period of interminable patience over the past 44 years since the signing of the Simla Agreement when India has used soft diplomacy to convince Pakistan that it is in the interest of both countries that we seek ways to live in peace, amity and cooperation. Nothing worked. Not even the return of 93,000 Pakistani prisoners of war evacuated from Bangladesh to prevent the people of that new nation from venting their anger on the Pakistan Army for the merciless genocide of Bengali people. So, the current government had resorted to the surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) raising speculations of a new posture and the advent of a policy of ‘offensive defence’. Perhaps, it is time to give our due thought to the former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf (of Kargil infamy) who had remarked that even if Kashmir is settled to Pakistan’s satisfaction India would still be under attack.

Indian leaders have done everything in their power to convince Pakistan to change its ways. The concessions in Simla were an investment in peace. It did not work. Even after the perfidy executed in Kargil by Musharraf during the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government headed by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the current Prime Minister Narendra Modi truly stooped to try and conquer the recalcitrant neighbour. He made the unusual and humane effort when he, to everyone's surprise, broke journey in Pakistan on his return from Afghanistan to greet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his birthday. Earlier, the opportunity offered by the invitation to Nawaz Sharif to attend the oath-taking ceremony went a begging.

Last year, on 2 January 2016, we faced an attack on Pathankot Air Force base with cogent evidence of the involvement of Pakistani handlers. We kept our patience and made available all the facts and proofs on Pakistan Army’s involvement but Pakistan denied them completely. Our patience was again tested by the world community when we raised the issue of Pakistan being the source of terrorism around the globe in the UN Assembly and sought action against Masood Azhar, leader of the Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist organisation. China scuttled that move.

But the attack on 18 September 2016, on the Army Base Camp at Uri killing 17 soldiers and injuring 19 army personnel was the height of brutality by Pakistan. The government decided to take a stern action and inflict condign punishment on the perpetrators of terrorism in India. On the night of 28 September, the Indian Army struck at bases across the LoC in Pakistan-controlled territory.

India has never attacked any other State after its Independence. But as a matter of fact, we have paid a huge price in human lives and such an operation was long overdue. Medical science teaches that when sweet pills fail, surgery becomes inevitable.

Our Armed Forces have struck once but they are also ready to repeat surgical strikes if and when needed for the preservation of our national security and dignity. This edition is the first issue of 2017 dear readers and team DSA assures you to provide the same high quality content and impressive presentation for your reading pleasure.

Wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous 2017!
Jai Hind!

 


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