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EditorialBe calm and be fully alert!

Be calm and be fully alert!


Post surgical-anti-terror-strike borne Pakistan has not yet come to its term in grasping fully that 's action was target specific and not against its existence. Following Thursday's surgical strikes at terrorist launch-pads in the Pakistan-held , an uneasy calm prevails on the Indo-Pakistan front. Human dislocation from both sides of LoC and borders has started on a large scale causing lot of miseries to the people living across both sides.  Both countries have sounded high alert. Though Pakistan denies that surgical strikes took place, its military, political executive and the jihadi crowd were all in a tizzy. On Indian side, a saner behavior is expected from leadership to avoid over indulgence of drumbeating and people avoiding ostentatious celebrations. While the special task commandos' achievement is worth welcoming and morale boosting, yet people should not over-indulge into ostentatious celebrations      The obvious contradiction might escape the blockheads in-charge of the rogue nation, the wider global community will not fail to see the fallacy in the Pakistani claims. India has to be prepared for a Pakistan misadventure anytime soon. Contrary to India's proved credentials of observing strategical restraint under similar situations, the Pakistan Army undertake any misadventure without bothering any civilized norm. So India needs extra-ordinary precautions and preparedness.    The peculiar situation available in Pakistan is that Pak Army Chief Raheel Sharif's extension in service beyond November, when he is due to retire in the normal course, would depend on escalating hostilities and then arguing that he cannot go in the midst of tensions on the Line of Control with India. Happily, India is prepared to give a fitting reply to any misadventure that might be launched by our hostile western neighbour. Further, it can engage hordes of terrorists to strike anywhere in the country with the help of and even India's embassies or other vital interests abroad. The period upto November 30 is most crucial as Nov. end is the date General Raheel has to get retired. Possibility of his refusing to relinquish his charge on the pretext of Indo-Pak standing face to face, may not be ruled out. A coup is very strong possibility keeping in view the past track of Pakistan.  Modi would not have given the go-ahead to Thursday's riposte without taking into account all possible consequences. After 30 years of soft-pedaling jihadi attacks, India has at long last decided to call Pakistan's bluff. And the Modi Government has no intention to stray from the script now.  Any attack by Pakistan would be met with a strong Indian response. The template for India's response was set on Thursday morning when special units of the Indian Army went deep inside Pak-held . The Government finessed its handling of the pre-and post-attack activity, taking care to inform the Pak DGMO about what it had done to destroy the terrorist outposts and taking into confidence the domestic Opposition and briefing the diplomats posted in New Delhi.  The fact that the stock markets and the rupee fell sharply on Thursday underlined the absolute importance of peace for economic growth. Despite India reiterating for the nth time a desire for normalcy, if Pakistan is hell-bent on mischief, India cannot be faulted for defending itself. That much ought to be clear to the global community.  Modi has gone out of the way to befriend Pakistan. Rebuffed each time, he cannot be blamed for now standing up to a terror-exporting Pakistan. After Thursday, the gloves are off, the action is on. Should Pakistan make the mistake of further provocation, the Modi Government has the support of the entire country to give a fitting reply.  India is no longer ready to soft-pedal jihadi attacks. Which is how it should have been long, long ago when Pakistan first started exporting terror.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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