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Neutralizing psychological war against Pakistan


New Delhi: The surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in Pakistan-occupied on the night of 27th-28th September was to neutralize those bases, but the impact was far more than the death of the terrorists.

The cross de-facto-border strike has done more for neutralizing Pakistan's psychological war against than any other single event in recent times.

Pakistan had been relentlessly making efforts to smear India's reputation at every international forum since the killing of the self-styled Hizbul Mujahideen commander in and Kashmir Burhan Wani on July 8 July by Indian security forces.

As a propaganda effort, the social media boosted his image while he was living and more so after his death.

Almost on a daily basis, Pakistan's foreign office, social media warriors, jehadi leaders, politicians and even Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif issued statements denouncing India and its human rights record.

It encouraged stone pelters in the Kashmir Valley. Jehadi militants infiltrated into the funeral processions to encourage the raising of pro-Pakistan slogans. Jammu and Kashmir seemed to be sliding into the 1990's like phase.

Nawaz Sharif sent emissaries to foreign capitals and International organizatons to besmirch India's reputation. But to no avail. Whether at the UN or in other country capitals, Pakistan found itself isolated. A recent article in the ‘Dawn' published in Pakistan claims that in an internal meeting chaired by the Pakistan Prime Minister on the 10th of October some opposition leaders commented on the utter loneliness of being Pakistan today.

Promoting Burhan Wani as a ‘martyr' who fell to Indian bullets was a psy-war operation launched by the Pakistani state. This was followed by terror strikes by the cross border terror-jehadis on Indian Army camps, the worst being in Uri on 18th September that resulted in the death of 19 Indian soldiers.

The Uri attack shocked India. It was a terrible blow on a nation's pride to have its soldiers killed in its own land by foreign terrorists. The attack had to be avenged in some manner that would restore the confidence of the Indian people in its armed forces, in its ability to protect its borders and the safety and security of its citizens. The political leadership of the country and the state also felt shaken by the incident.

The success of the surgical strike on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir ten days after Uri on September 28-29 was announced by the Director General of Military Operations, Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh. The Government of India had authorized the Director of Military Operations to brief the media soon after the surgical strike. The response was the first of its kind as has been corroborated by strategic experts and retired army generals. We suffered no casualties. The Pakistani establishment has been mired in confusion ever since Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh's briefing. Denying the attacks, then being affronted, then mobilizing troops on the border and ramping up its war rhetoric.

India has been able to successfully prove its case to the community that it can't any longer take hits on its armed forces by jehadi terrorists from across the border. In a time and era long gone, India would have been swamped by calls from world leaders criticizing the cross LoC action. Today, there is negligible support for violent secessionist movements and zero tolerance for states that support terrorism.

Pakistan's psy-war efforts have failed. There is sympathy towards India and annoyance at Pakistan for not being able to mend its ways.

It is, however, disconcerting how some politicians in the country have added muscle to Pakistani propaganda by calling for visual proof of the cross LoC strikes. Yes, it is necessary to hold the Army accountable to action just like the police or intelligence organizations, but it is also important to understand the need for respecting the secrecy that is sometimes necessary in operational matters. Some details have to be kept secret.

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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