As India is celebrating the second anniversary of surgical strike on Pakistan with ‘Parakram Parv’, the man who planned and executed the strikes on ground spoke exclusively to Republic TV’s Snehesh Alex Philip. Former 15 Corps Commander and current Chief of Integrated Defence Staff Lt Gen Satish Dua said that ‘India has the capability to hit again’. Lt General Dua als said that ‘what will happen next need not necessarily be the same kind of operation’ as there are range of operations available with the forces.
“India is a very strong country. India has the capability. With just one small operation we showed our capability to hit back. Pakistan is continuing to export terrorists. What will happen next is a leadership call. Whatever happens, it will be a very different thing, it need not necessarily be the same kind of operation. So there’s a range of options. And, that’s an operational decision,” said Lt General Dua.
Without revealing the range of operations Lt General Dua made it clear that the options the forces have range from very low level operations to the higher ones.
“Ours is a professional army, we have been in combat for decades. We are always ready. When I say we are always ready, I just not mean readiness for war only, that too is there. We have a range of options, for which we are ready mentally, we are always training towards it. The range of options, I will not discuss, but they are perfect for very low level operations to high level operations. So the army is always ready. It’s only the context, the need for doing it what fits in best will decide which option we need to exercise,” said the Lt General.
Speaking on the Uri attack by Pakistan, which led to Surgical Strike by India, Lt General Satish Dua said, “It was a sad loss, the pain was professional. It’s not so much about pressure, there was a challenge. There was a challenge as to how this was to be met. The challenge was also to make sure that we don’t have casualties on our side. “
Lt General Satish Dua also said that the army wanted to make Pakistan feel the pain which they felt after Uri and Pathankot attacks.
“The Army Chief also mentioned in an interview recently.when Uri happened , before that there was Pathankot. We feel the pain, so it’s important that we make them feel the pain. What was done, they came across and hit us at Uri and other places, we decided to hit terrorists’ launch pads at the other side of the line. So at least they felt the pain,” he said.
“Not losing men was the underlying denominator of all this,” said Lt General Dua while highlighting the challenges the Army faced during the Strikes on Pakistan.
“Operationally the challenge was success. For any operation, success is the most important. Our operation has to be planned perfectly, executed immaculately and with great amount of bravery and that’s what I am very proud to say our soldiers did,” he added.
Indian Army carried out surgical strike on Pakistan on September 29, 2016 and at least 38 terrorists were eliminated in the surgical strike. The precision attacks were carried out by the Indian Army after 19 soldiers were martyred in Pakistan-sponsored attack.