Despite calls from its security establishment to consider ‘limited but punitive cross-border strikes’ inside Pakistan, New Delhi has ruled out any ‘knee-jerk’ reaction in the wake of a brazen attack on the Indian army’s headquarters in the disputed Himalayan territory.
Eighteen Indian soldiers were killed by four militants in the attack on an Army Brigade Headquarters in the Uri area near the Line of Control (LoC) Sunday morning.
Indian Weighs Response to Deadly Kashmir Attack it Blames on Pakistan
Hours after the attack, India’s civil and military leaders squarely blamed a Pakistan based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) with media commentators calling for a military response.
Quoting unnamed sources, the Times of India on Monday reported there will be no ‘knee-jerk’ reaction ‘anytime soon’. They said ‘action against Pakistan’ will be taken only after proper planning, coordination, exploring all options and taking everyone concerned into confidence.
Indian Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh, too, appeared to echo the government’s thinking, saying that no action should be taken under the influence of emotions and anger.
“Having seen the army closely, I feel, it needs to be analyzed as to what happened there … It needs to be investigated how the incident took place and what were the lacuna” he said.“… from the army’s side, alertness is required. The Kashmir situation needs to be thought out. The action has to be taken without getting influenced by emotions, anger. It has to be taken coolly and with proper planning,” he added.
According to the Times of India, the Indian army wants their government to also consider ‘limited but punitive cross-border strikes’ to send an ‘unequivocal message’ to Pakistan.
It said the Indian Army is also going to turn up the heat along the 778-km Line of Control (LoC) with concentrated artillery barrages, sniping and other operations.
Indian Army battalions, along the LoC as well as forward Indian Air Force (IAF) bases on the western front have in any case been put on ‘full alert’ to take care of any contingency, Indian government sources said.