New Delhi: The cross-LoC surgical strike last year was carried out by Indian troops to send across a “strong message” to Pakistan, which could not have been conveyed through other means, former General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Army’s Northern Command Lt. General D.S. Hooda (retd) has said.
Hooda, who oversaw the September 2016 attack across the Line of Control in Pakistan as then head of the Northern Command, told news channel NDTV that they were also prepared for retaliation from Pakistan’s side but it did not happen.
He said one soldier was injured in the operation, though it was not in firing from the Pakistan’s side, but in a landmine explosion on the Indian side of the LoC. Hooda said a part of the soldier’s leg was blown off.
Asked why the Indian Army chose to go across the LoC to destroy the terror launch pads instead of using air attack or any long-range attack weapon, Hooda said those attacks would not have sent across the same message.
“I think a strong message has to be sent sometimes. You can say you could have done it from air, from long-range artillery… I think a message had to be sent out, a strong message had to be sent out,” Hooda told the news channel.
“After the June 2015 strike (by the Indian Army across the India-Myanmar border), a lot of statements had come from Pakistan — from their Interior Minister as also their official spokesperson — which said Pakistan is not Myanmar, and we will give a befitting reply if India resorts to any adventurism. Those were the kind of statements that were made.