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Uri Attack: Government Must Act and Act Fast
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Issue Courtesy: www.defenceinfo.com | Date : 19 Sep , 2016

The terror attack in Uri is part of a well calibrated game plan designed by Pakistan to escalate the threshold of violence in Jammu and Kashmir. Fidayeen (Suicide) squads of terrorists have been launched across the state to express support for those who are causing social disruption in some parts of the Kashmir valley.

The second objective is to demonstrate to the disrupters the vulnerability of the security forces so that they shed their fear and stay motivated to continue with their anti-national activities.

The timing has been well thought out!! It has been coordinated to step up the pace of unrest in the valley at the precise moment when it was scaling down.

It is unfortunate that the Uri attack has resulted in so many casualties, but then, in a situation of war, a determined enemy cannot be contained at all times; there are bound to be setbacks. India has to exhibit resilience to absorb such shocks, however sad and disheartening they may be.

A significant aspect is that Pakistan had credible intelligence on the basis of which the attack was launched. It knew the timing when the changeover of troops would be taking place and there would be a larger than normal strength at the Army base at Uri.

It was known to the enemy that the troops would be in tented accommodation for which reason incendiary rocket propelled grenades were a part of the arsenal carried by the terrorists.

The criticality of creating a more robust intelligence network in the Kashmir Valley with the specific intention of neutralising the Over Ground Workers (OGW) network of the terrorists gains significance.

The timing of the attack and the professional manner in which it was carried out is indicative of professional military planning and training. This derivative puts paid to all assertions that Pakistan is likely to make of this attack also being the handiwork of non-state actors.

For the people of Kashmir the attack should be a strong indication of what lies in store for them should the protective shield of the Indian Army be removed as a few of them keep demanding.

Let there be no doubt that Pakistan will make mincemeat out of the Kashmiri people if there is even the slightest reduction in the security threshold, let alone withdrawal of the Army as suggested by some.

Under the circumstance it would be prudent to simply forget about revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) any time in the near future.

All right thinking people in Jammu and Kashmir, especially the Kashmir valley, need to remain stead fast with their security forces that are facing the evil challenge of terrorism emanating from Pakistan with exceptional resilience, courage, fortitude and patience apart from taking so many casualties.

Those who have seen the dreadful days when terrorism was at its peak and have suffered in the hands of foreign terrorist should come in the forefront to meet this challenge, shoulder to shoulder, with the security forces as they did earlier to defeat the scourge in the state.

It is quite apparent that the policy of appeasement that has been followed by successive Indian Governments with the hope that Pakistan would relent from its evil designs has not paid any dividend. The time has come for the Indian state to evolve a policy that is pragmatic and in tune with the existing realities.

India needs to call Pakistan’s bluff and take credible steps at the diplomatic and operational level to make the cost of such misadventures unacceptable for the country. This would require a strong political will and taking of some bold decisions that are in tune with the might of the nation and the aspirations of its people.

There is a need to keep security alertness at its peak considering reports of one more Fidayeen squad being on the loose.

Simultaneously, the state government will need to generate the will to control the daily sessions of stone pelting, unrest and disruption in the hands of paid miscreants. More than required leverage has been given to the so-called young boys and now is the time to rein them in.

It would not be out of place for the Indian army to take credible steps to punish Pakistan intransigence by Artillery and missile fire across the line of control. Flattening of a few Pakistani posts would be quite in order and absolutely justifiable under the circumstances.

Considering that Pakistan is not ready to take the hand of friendship that India has consistently extended over so many decades and through so many governments, it is time now to change the diplomatic narrative.

Diplomatic relations with the country should be cut off as a first measure followed y complete stop of trade and transit. Most importantly, the bus and trade route open to Pakistan through two points in Jammu and Kashmir should be stopped; it gets in more contraband and drugs than people or goodwill.

In simple terms, India needs to have nothing to do with a neighbour as obtuse and malevolent as Pakistan has proved to be.

As the debate in the after math of the attack in Uri rages across the nation with a sense of outrage overwhelming all other emotions, the need to action by the government is gaining weight by the hour.  There is no leverage available for a graduated response; the government has to come up with a counter policy soon in case it wishes to retain its credibility.

Till such time that firm action is not taken Pakistan is not likely to cease its obduracy. It will continue to follow a policy of proxy war against India. The Government has to respond to the consistent belligerence emanating from Pakistan to fulfil its responsibility of ensuring the safety and security of the citizens of the country which also includes its security forces.

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Col Jaibans Singh

is a reputed Geo-strategic analyst, columnist and author of Jammu and Kashmir: The Tide Turns.

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4 thoughts on “Uri Attack: Government Must Act and Act Fast

  1. what is stopping us to use of technology along the borders . I have read about how Israel protect their borders with the use of technology with very less human patrolling …

    I know in Kashmir we have high terrain and long border with PAKISTAN however with the use of technology where human patrolling is risking will help to stop the cross border infiltrations….this is the time when we should spend money to get the required equipment from Israel and from other international countries and they would help us doing so …

    Do the analysis which country has the type of equipment like radar , night vision cameras long distance, Wire with sensors…and analyze if it is useful for us and at which point … we just need to analyze what are available in world and implement as soon as possible.

    the reason is why do we need this is that a need of a hour.
    1. Where we cant stop Pakistan fro proxy wars and
    2. we cant rely on help from the local people living in Kashmir.
    3. War is not the solution as it will have impact on India’s economy as Pakistan don’t care about their economy as they don’t have any ambition.

    Govt should think about this and start implementing the use of technology along borders . Ans its never too late …

  2. Every time we bleed from other side, we used to outrage for some time and our memory fade away until the next attack come. The families of our brothers suffer.

    Hope, this Govt. will plan to stop such attack in future with strategic planning.

    Hope that all technological means such as satellite imaging, different types of instrumentation & alarming sensors and intelligence gathering equipment have been used to track down such infiltration in this difficult terrain. However we have to investigate where we are lagging.

    Israel have the most efficient border protection system which depends more on technology than humans to protect its border. The World war –II style GUNs and CANNONS alone will not be able to stop such incidences now. Hope Govt. will plan accordingly and execute swiftly.

  3. The national sentiment is one of outrage and the Government will need to take some firm action to assuage the same. While surgical strikes are not likely to pay dividends, stand off fire on Pakistani posts is quite necessary at the moment.

    All eyes are now on the manner in which India handles the issue in the UNGA and what actions are taken in the next few weeks to isolate Pakistan diplomatically and economically

  4. Colonel Jaibans Singh, we should not forget that Indian authorities and media are trying to cover the brutal killing of an eleven years old Kashmiri student, beaten to death by Indian occupying forces on 16 September 2016. The dead body recovered late night from Sarbandh reservoir, had on its back hundreds of pellets’ marks and right arm and elbow also broken. Kashmiris kept his body in a nearby Government School premises to show the world about brutalities carried out by Indian occupying forces and gave a call to Kashmiris across the state to assemble at Bandipora on 18 September 2016. Indian intelligence agencies planned a drama on the same day to divert international attention from Indian atrocities. Indian authorities have also admitted that the killings of the troops were due to the fire that broke out on the tents.

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