After seventeen soldiers of the Army were martyred in the terror attack on an Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri on Sunday, Indian Army and the government have made one thing clear, that they will not sit quietly and will avenge the death of our soldiers. According to Indian Express, from possible strikes against jihadist military infrastructure across the Line of Control to Pakistan Army positions that are alleged to have helped push infiltrators, an entire range of responses are being considered by the Indian security establishment in retaliation against Uri attack. Not only this, NSA Ajit Doval, sources said, chaired a Sunday morning meeting involving top intelligence and Army officials, where he called for options to be prepared for presentation to the Prime Minister.
The Northern Command, senior military sources told the Indian Express, has begun assessing plans to strike Pak Army positions that are suspected to have facilitated the infiltration of jihadist groups through the LoC, using special forces or artillery. In addition, New Delhi is also considering deeper strikes on training camps across the LoC, as well as the use of intelligence assets to target commanders responsible for the Uri attack. “We will avenge the killings of our soldiers”, a top military commander told The Indian Express, “but we will do so based on cold-blooded professional military assessment, and on a timeline of our choosing, not one dictated by political imperatives or the prime-time news cycle”.
The intelligence services are scheduled to hold a series of meetings on Monday to review and assess available information on the Uri strike, sources said. The key evidence so far, a senior military official said, has come from the Defence Intelligence Agency, which provided intercepted communications which led Director-General of Military Operations Ranbir Singh to tell reporters on Sunday that the strike had been carried out by the Jaish-e-Muhammad — also responsible for the January 2 attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot. The discussion on Sunday, which included representatives of the Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing and the Directorate-General of Military Operations, also touched on possible Pak military responses to Indian strikes.