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Surgical strike — the Indian fiction

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09.11.2018

PHOTO: REUTERS

“I’ve got a plan so cunning, you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel” — this Blackadder quote is so relevant to the so-called Indian surgical strike against Pakistan in September 2016. The masterminds of this pathetic and gawky scheming, perhaps due to some sort of urgency, fastened the tail on weasel’s nose instead of its rear. The poor Indian weasel, with its bushy tail in the front and bare hind, went around the jungle becoming a laughing stock. The Indian claim of launching a surgical strike against Pakistan across the Line of Control (LOC) was this weasel with its tail in front. It was nothing more than a figment of silly imagination and a lumbering move. The entire plan was structured with fictional undertones, unrealistic premise and clumsy execution. The fictitious claim was a bizarre exercise in futility that could not gain credence, both within and outside India.

It is pertinent here to understand the connotation and context of a surgical strike. It is an accepted military terminology in which the word ‘surgical’ denotes the exactitude with which a surgeon aims at intended parts of body while affecting minimum or no harm to unintended organs. Thus a surgical strike is a precise military strike or attack of varying magnitude intended to cause damage to a specific target for specific results without causing any or minimum collateral damage. Such a strike can be undertaken by ground troops or aerial platform — but certainly not through a media operation, as India vainly strove to do. On 29 September 2016, the Indian Army pretentiously claimed to have launched a surgical strike against “terrorist launch pads” across the LOC from India-occupied Kashmir. Since there had been no such significant happening at any location along the Line of Control, other than routine exchange of fire between the two sides, Pakistan emphatically denied any such action.

As the entire exercise was fabricated and constructed from a pack of lies, its sponsors within the Indian........

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