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Indian Army's fear should be instilled in Pakistani soldiers
On Saturday, 10 February, Pakistan sponsored jehadi organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad attacked Sunjwan Army camp on the outskirts of Jammu, martyring seven people including six soldiers and one civilian.

Even before this attack was over by Monday, with all three jehadis being killed, jehadis of Lashkar-e-Taiba tried to repeat this performance in Srinagar at a CRPF camp in which 1 jawan was martyred.

After this incident, as it happens every time, the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and many others got busy in doing a lot of atmamanthan as to how to teach Pakistan a lesson. Every time after a Pakistan sponsored jehadi attack, this process gets repeated. Then it dies its own death with things carrying on as usual waiting for the next jehadi attack to happen.

On Saturday early morning, about four jehadis of JeM, all from Pakistan but operating for last few months from Pulwama in the Kashmir Valley, approached the 36 Brigade camp of Tiger Division, located in Sunjwan on the Jammu-Srinagar highway and entered it from behind making use of a nallah. As a barricade there was no wall at this place except steel plates. Their mission was to blow up the ammunition dump of the Brigade which they did not succeed in due to being detected. So they got holed up in family quarters of the Brigade.

They were eventually all killed but it took the army three days to complete the cleanup. In doing so, the Army lost six of its soldiers and one civilian was also killed. On Monday, while this operation was still on two jehadis of Lashkar-e-Taiba tried to enter a CRPF camp in Srinagar. They were also detected but in the exchange of fire one CRPF constable was martyred.

Once again India has all the proof available including the transcript of instructions being passed to them from the Pakistani side as to what to do. These jehadis belonged to the JeM and Lashkar-e-Taiba, who operate under directions of the Pakistani Army and the ISI. In fact they can be rightfully considered as foot soldiers of the Pakistani Army without uniform.

On the Indian side, as is our policy, after such incidents, unending rounds of meetings start at the highest level. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman has said that Pakistan will be made to pay a price, as if Pakistan cares about what she has to say!

The problem with India and its netas is that all our policies concerning Pakistan are reactive in nature and not proactive. The Indian Army and the BSF get a free hand on the LOC and International border only after mischief has been created by Pakistan and not at all time. The Pakistani Army knows that the Indian Army will cross the border for a surgical strike only in retaliation to a border violation of some magnitude. If fear that Indian Army can cross the border at will to carry out more surgical strikes is instilled in Pakistani soldiers' minds, will they still encourage cross border infiltration?

The Pakistani Army is so scared of releasing details of the casualties suffered by them in India's retaliatory actions, that they have even denied releasing such details to the country's Parliament, despite it asking for the same.  

If India tells Pakistan that it is withdrawing Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status it has given to Pakistan, which Pakistan has not given to India; if India tells Pakistan that it is going to review the Indus Water Treaty in which Pakistan is getting lion's share of water from six rivers, will Pakistan still sponsor cross border terror?

What India needs is resolute political will and strategic one window military advice given to Indian political masters from Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) system lying sanctioned since 2003 but is yet to be implemented!

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