New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is deeply involved in the planning of a possible military action against Pakistan. He is keenly monitoring a roadmap being prepared for giving a befitting reply to Pakistan for the Uri attack, sources said. The roadmap is being readied by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval in close coordination with the three Services chief.
The Prime Minister has got involved in the nitty-gritty of planning, and has visited the ‘War Room’ twice in the last 5 days. Contrast this to the fact that before Uri attack, he had visited ‘War Room’ just twice in over two years. ‘War Room’ is a secret office in the South Block, and is also called Military Ops Directorate.
PM visited the ‘War Room’ on September 20 and 21. At the meeting on Sept 20, attended by the NSA and three Services chief, PM was told that since Pathankot, 17 infiltration bids have reported. The five also discussed possible response to the Uri attack.
The PM was briefed about the terror camps around the LoC with the help of detailed maps. He was informed about the locations, amount of arms and ammunition and the backup that terrorists at these camps have. The plan to go for “targeted Ops” after neutralising the terror camps was also discussed at the meeting. However, no final decision was taken.
Sources say that a section of the military establishment is not in favour of attacking the terror camps. This section feels that some camps are deep inside Pak territory and these strikes will be “major offensive” which is not needed. Instead, this section feels, the government should opt for a “tactical operation” like attacking Pak post along the LoC which will yield better results. Those against hitting terror camps say that “tactical operation” can be implemented fast “at a time and place of our choosing”.
Meanwhile, the army has already been issued instructions to upgrade its “operational readiness” in terms of troop movements and artillery positions.