The Army on Friday told the political parties that the surgical strikes could be repeated if the ground situation warranted such a course of action. This was conveyed during a briefing to the defence standing committee. In the light of the political row over “evidence” for the surgical strikes, it was significant that the events were formally confirmed to the committee – the first time the Army has briefed MPs after the Indian DGMO’s initial statement in public and at the all-party meeting, says a TOI report.
Army vice-chief Lt Gen Bipin Rawat informed the panel that the commando action was based on specific inputs that terrorists were present at terror launch pads across the LoC and were intent on striking Indian targets in J&K. Details of the entire operation, including damages inflicted on the terror camps as well as possible number of terrorists who had gathered across the LoC, emphasizing that all the Indian soldiers involved in the action returned safely, were given by him.
The briefing, lasting around 15 minutes, saw Lt Gen Rawat explain that though the Indian DGMO informed his Pakistani counterpart that the surgical strikes were a “oneoff” action, the future course depended on the security scenario that might unfold if Pakistan did not move to fulfil its promise not to let the territory under its control to be used by terrorists targeting India. Lt Gen Rawat said the operation was carried out in self-defence as the Army had vital and concrete inputs+ about the looming infiltration bid by terrorists from different locations and the threat they posed to Indian interests.