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Surgical strikes may repeated if required: Army

Army formally confirmed to political parties that surgical strikes were carried out and could be repeated if needed

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Oct 15 2016 1:38PM | Updated Date: Oct 15 2016 1:38PM

Surgical strikes may repeated if required: Army

Army confirmed during defence standing committee that its units crossed the Line of Control over a "wide arc" and that the surgical strikes could be repeated if the ground situation warranted such a course of action.


Army reply was forwarded to all the political parties, in the light of the political row over "evidence" for the surgical strikes.


It was significant that the events were formally confirmed to the committee and it is the first time the Army has briefed MPs after the Indian DGMO's initial statement in public and at the all-party meeting.


Army vice-chief Lt Gen Bipin Rawat informed the panel that the commando action was based on specific inputs that terrorists were present at terror launch pads across the LoC and were intent on striking Indian targets in J&K.


The briefing, lasting around 15 minutes, saw Lt Gen Rawat explained that though the Indian DGMO informed his Pakistani counterpart that the surgical strikes were a "oneoff" action, the future course depended on the security scenario.