Didn’t expect major escalation from Pakistan after surgical strikes: Ex-GoC, Northern Command

Prime News, National (New Delhi), July 2:- 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, told IANS in an interview.

“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, eleven days after the Uri attack by militants from across the border, a group of Indian Army commandos crossed the LoC and in a pre-emptive strike destroyed several launch pads of militants in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. The Army estimated that 30-70 militants and their handlers were killed in the strike. The highly-decorated officer retired from the Army on November 30, the same year.

Hooda also said they knew there would only be a “limited” kind of response from Pakistan side, if at all. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).


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