Indian Army Was Prepared For Escalation From Pakistan, Says Official Who Planned Surgical Strike

Army carried out surgical strike 11 days after the Uri attack.

New Delhi: 

The Indian side was prepared for escalation — in case Pakistan chose to do so — while conceiving and executing the 2016 surgical strikes by crossing the Line of Control (LoC) along the Jammu and Kashmir border, according to the army general who oversaw the strikes.

“We had sort of war-gamed all the contingencies of what could be the impact of the surgical strike. And one of the things that we did consider was that in case Pakistan decides to escalate, then what do we have to do,” Lt. General (retd) Deependra Singh Hooda, who planned and oversaw the execution of the operation as the General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the Northern Command said.

“And we had put plans in place of what is to be done in various areas. I can’t go into details, but definitely it was something that we considered,” he added.

On the intervening night of September 28-29, 2016 — 11 days after the Uri attack by terrorists from across the border — a group of Indian Army commandos crossed the LoC and in a pre-emptive strike destroyed several terror launch pads in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. The Army estimated that 30-70 terrorists and their handlers were killed in the strike The highly-decorated officer retired from the Army on November 30th, the same year.

Lt. General (retd) Hooda also said they knew there would only be a “limited” kind of response from Pakistan side, if at all.

“I was clear in my mind that the surgical strike…

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