Rajnath Singh triggers fresh surgical strike talk, more action and a big announcement likely soon

By ankur sharmaFirst Published 29, Sep 2018, 5:27 PM IST
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Pakistan PM Imran Khan, ISI chief Naveed Mukhtar and General Qamar Javed Bajwa go into a huddle after Indian action on the border

New Delhi: Indian security forces seem to have once again conducted border raids against Pakistan, in response to it killing a BSF jawan and mutilating his body recently. Further action is likely.

While home minister Rajnath Singh has dropped broad hints about such a raid in a recent speech, the government is likely to hold a full-fledged press briefing next week.

Sources in the Indian security establishment said the operation started three days ago but was not yet complete. This is the reason why the government is not revealing details. This time the forces have photo and video evidence of the operation. This evidence may also be used diplomatically to expose Pakistan’s backing or terror.

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It is still not clear whether it was a surgical strike. Sources say it was a joint operation of para forces and BSF along the international border. According to top security sources, one of the Indian Army’s oldest and fiercest regiments has got active.

Kuchh hua hai, main bataunga nahin. Theek-thaak hua hai. Vishwas rakhna theek-thaak hua hai do-teen din pehle. Aur aage bhi dekhiyega kya hoga. (Something has happened. I won’t reveal it now. Something big has happened. Trust me, something really big has happened two-three days ago. And you will also see what happens in the future),” Singh said in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, on Friday. “Maine BSF ke jawanon ko bol diya hai ki pehli goli mat chalana. Padosi hai. Lekin agar udhar se chaley toh fir goliyan ginna mat ke kitni chalai hai (I have told BSF men not fire first as they are our neighbours, but if they fire, don't count the number of rounds you have fired).”

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When Singh was hinting about the operation on Friday, in Pakistan, a top-level meeting was being held by Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, ISI chief Naveed Mukhtar and the newly-elected prime minister Imran Khan.

On Friday, while talking about the killing of BSF head constable Narender Singh on September 18 along the International Border (IB) in Ramgarh sector of Jammu and Kashmir, BSF director-general KK Sharma said, “Now we are witnessing Pakistani border action team (BAT) activity on the IB which never happened earlier. BAT action usually happens on the LoC. This is a more aggressive stance compared to the past.”

Last Updated 29, Sep 2018, 5:27 PM IST