After initial comments of giving a befitting reply to Pakistan following the terror attack in Uri that claimed the lives of 18 soldiers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received advice against going forward with rash military actions against the neighbours. According to IE, India’s top military commanders warned the PM and other ministers at the meeting on Monday, that the Pakistani army had raised its defensive walls along the LoC. Though complete reports from the meeting remain in shadows, it is quite clear that senior government officers have taken a call to draw back of rushing into immediate military strikes against Pakistan.
However, according to IE, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Army Chief Dalbir Singh, suggested the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar among other ministers, long-term options of retaliating against jihadis and the Pakistani army infrastructure. Air Force Chief Arup Raha, who also happens to be the chairman of the Chiefs of Staffs Committee, was absent at the meeting, which is a possible sign that the government was not considering immediate air strikes across the LoC. The Indian Air Force has had elaborate plans prepared for retaliatory strikes on Jihad camps in PoK, following the 26/11 attacks. The Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service also proceeded on time which is another indication that India is not considering immediate military strikes against Pakistan.
Though the Indian Army has elaborate plans in place for strikes against jihadist camps and military infrastructures, it was reported that Pakistan has heavily fortified its position following the attack in Uri making a counter-attack very risky. Meanwhile, field commanders also said that if a battle starts at the LoC between the two sides, the forwards of both the countries trading fire could facilitate infiltration which would help the jihadist groups already working in Kashmir.
It was also reported that Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, had a meeting with his top commanders and said that the Pakistan military remained watchful towards any attacks on the country following India’s hostile stance after the terror attack in Uri. A statement from Pakistan Army quoted its chief as saying that the “armed forces of Pakistan are fully prepared to respond to entire spectrum of direct and indirect threat”.
So, the government is focussed on gathering evidence that would help legitimise any such military action against Pakistan at an international level.