Key Highlights of India’s Surgical Strikes against Pakistan

After the pathetic URI attack where 18 Indian soldiers were killed, Indian army conducted surgical strikes against Pakistan across the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir. The motive was to “turn off the tap of infiltration at its root” from Jammu & Kashmir. It was to target terrorists waiting at multiple launch pads with the intention to cross over into India for terrorist activities.

The military defined a surgical strike as a military attack intended to inflict damage on a specific target, with little or no collateral damage to the vicinity. 

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Key Highlights-

  • Operation was conducted at around 12.30 am on September 28 and lasted for 4 hours. Paratroopers from Special Forces were airdropped at the LoC, from where they crossed over the Pakistan’s territory.
  • Indian Paratroopers entered 3 kilometers across the LoC and conducted the surgical strikes in Bhimber, Hotspring, Kel & Lipa sectors.
  • There were 38 terrorists and 2 Pakistani soldiers killed by Indian Army paratroopers, no Indian casualties. Those killed included terrorists, their guides and handlers. 
  • 7 terror launch pads were smashed during the surgical strike which ended at 4:30 AM.
  • The entire operation was monitored and approved by PM Narendra Modi s India wanted to “turn off the tap of infiltration at its root” in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK). 
  • There was full participation of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval from the Army headquarters in New Delhi.
  • No casualties to Indian troops, heavy casualties were sustained by Pakistan-based terrorists. 
  • After surgical strike, India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh has asked Punjab govt to evacuate villages falling within 10 kilometers of the LoC in view of the escalating situation. 
  • Pakistan army has denied claims that India’s military conducted surgical strikes against terrorist units on its side of the border in PoK

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