NEW DELHI,Ishfaq-ul-Hassan: A day after the Union minister of state for information and broadcasting Colonel (retd) Rajyavardhan Rathore said the surgical strike against militants (in Myanmar) was a message to all the countries, including Pakistan, the Indian army operating in Kashmir played safe and refused to draw any link between Manipur (Myanmar) operation and situation along the line of control (LoC) in the valley.
“Manipur operation was conducted according to its situation and operational circumstances. I do not want to link the two (Kashmir and Myanmar operations),” Lieutenant General Subrata Saha, general officer commanding (GOC) 15 Corps, told reporters here.
Asked whether there is any possibility of the Myanmar-like operation on the LoC in Kashmir, Lt Gen Saha said linking the two will not be professionally appropriate.
“Whatever reaction and response is adopted (by the troops on ground) is according to the particular operational situation. To link the two will not be professionally appropriate,” he said.
The army commander’s remarks comes a day after the union minister of state for information and broadcasting created flutter by issuing a note of warning to countries including Pakistan for harbouring terror against India.
Rathore’s warning notwithstanding Pakistani troops has provoked India more than once by breaching the Line of Control (LOC) and attacking the army troops inside the Indian territory in Jammu and Kashmir.
It started on January 8, 2013 when Pakistan troops crossed the line of control into Indian side and beheaded Lance Naik Hemraj and badly severed the head of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh of 13 Rajputana Riffles before fleeing to their side of LoC in Mendhar sector of Poonch district in Jammu.
Nine months later on August 6 2013, Pakistan army backed by highly motivated militants breached the line of control (LoC) and ambushed the Indian army patrol killing five soldiers and wounding another at Chakan da Bagh in Poonch sector of Jammu division.
If it was not enough, a newly infiltrated group of highly trained militants, who were facilitated by Pakistani army, carried out a fidayeen attack on the 31 field regiment at Mohra in the garrison town of Uri killing eight army men including a Lieutenant Colonel rank officer and three cops on December 5, 2014. Six fidayeens were also killed in the counter terror operation by army.
Sources said Indian army has always maintained sanctity of the LoC and not crossed or breached it despite provocations from militants and Pakistani army. “Even during Kargil war, we did not cross the LoC. We always maintained the sanctity of the LoC,” said a senior intelligence officer.
Even Indian army has not attacked any of the terror camps or launch pads despite having all information about their presence on the LoC and deep inside the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Official sources said there are around 14 to 15 terrorist camps and 35 launch pads and some coordination centres active on the other side of LoC south of Pir Panjal range.