With an aim to focus more on ‘consequences management’, in the aftermath of the surgical strikes, the Indian government has claimed that a point has been made to Pakistan that all covert operations by the neighbouring Pakistan will have huge costs. Indian government’s diplomatic conviction at a time when Pakistan seems to have been isolated by the world is so much that it is confident of launching counter-offensive strikes if the neighbouring army tries for ‘misadventures’, an Indian Express report said. The Indian Express quoted a top government official as saying, “India has raised the stakes, we have raised the cost for Pakistan. There is a possibility of this (surgical strikes) becoming an ‘acceptable norm’. For Pakistan, terrorist strikes or covert operations were a low- risk, a low-cost option all along. This has changed now. We don’t want escalation, but we have set a precedent.”
Emphasising the need for a professional way to approach ‘consequences management’, the official added, “We are working on the premise that there will be retaliation. Various options are being worked on to make it impossible for the Pakistan army to strike back. We are minimising our response time and raising our tactical capabilities.” He said that there has been a deficiency for the last two years, in the address front for the government when it comes to acquisition and procurement. The official was reported as saying that after the surgical strikes and Indian Army’s admission to the same, Pakistan has been isolated and no country said that India was wrong, not even China. The whole world unanimously condemns cross-border terrorism.
The official claimed that Pakistan establishment has understood that the cost it will have to pay as the world is alienating it. The official indirectly pointed out the next Republic Day function will have the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi as a Chief Guest, which means a lot on the diplomatic front, the IE reported. The official compared the situation to the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 when India had to be continuously very alert. Similarly, after the surgical strikes, Pakistan will have the mobilisation cost as well has the alerted preparedness will be high.
On the issue of the ‘proof’ regarding the surgical strikes, the official said that India had “strong credible evidence”, and said that the increased activity in Pakistan with cabinet meeting and mobilisation, have a different picture to portray.