NEED TO REDEVISE STRATEGY

With terrorists seemingly under pressure from their masters in Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) to carry out some spectacular attacks on security force establishments to avenge killings of a large number of militants including top commanders in the Kashmir valley, which has completely demoralized the militant cadre, both within Kashmir as well as in Pakistan and PoK, the increasing attacks by terrorists accompanied simultaneously by ceasefire violations during the recent days is a clear indication of desperation on the part of the neighbour especially after being singled out at the committee of nations. Only the other day the line of control remained tense in Poonch and Rajouri districts with two children killed in Pak shelling and dozen other civilians and a BSF jawan injured besides an Army jawan martyred. While the Home Minister Rajnath Singh complimented the security forces for successfully eliminating the terrorists involved in the suicide attack on a BSF camp at Humhama in Srinagar adjacent to Srinagar Airport, it needs to be realized that the situation seems to have assumed alarming dimensions with Pakistan as ever being in no mood to relent its belligerency against India. The Defence Ministry as usual continues to maintain the high degree of alertness with the Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre on a two-day visit to Jammu today and it seems that it is high time to reformulate the strategy against Pakistan to give it a big final blow beginning with fresh surgical strikes especially on the launch pads and terror camps across the borders. While India has resorted to surgical strikes earlier too at various location across the LoC inflicting heavy casualty on terrorists besides razing about seven terror camps across LoC, now it seems that such strikes need to be made a regular feature. Though Indian troops’ retaliation has been calculative like in the past, yet there is a dire need to counter the repeated ceasefire violations which have failed to die down despite our retaliation as well as dialogue. With winter approaching near and making it difficult for the terrorists to sneak into J&K, there is apprehension of more misadventure against India by the neighbour in the coming days. As such the matter deserves utmost focus because it is not only a defence issue but the matter of victimization of the people living in the border areas too who have been continuously suffering on account of death and destruction of properties besides repeated displacements leaving them in utter disappointment and despair. While the Union government with the most professional Army, Navy and Air Force is prepared for every eventuality there is a dire need to follow a strategy whereby chances of collateral damage get minimised to a bare minimum. It needs to be kept in mind that ‘old habits die hard’ and Pakistan is on the forefront to prove this adage. It is a nation that came into existence on the basis of two nation theory that has failed to hold good right from 14th August 1947 till date. Today Pakistan is no less than a rogue state having become the biggest terrorist industry of the world putting not only India and the world into trouble but struggling itself for its survival due to the terrorists that it manufactured and nurtured. In such a situation it seems that continuing regular surgical strikes against the terrorist camps coupled with economic and other sanctions is the best option available to keep the enemy at bay for all times to come.