The likes of Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin spoke of a war against India. They tried to convince their cadres that Pakistan was invincible and can stand up to India. However, all that changed on Wednesday. After the surgical strike, the terrorists across the Line of Control (LoC) made a strategic retreat.
Intelligence Bureau officials say that there was a major operation being planned by the operatives of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and the Hizbul Mujahideen. By the turn of winter, these outfits had decided that they would send in at least 200 more terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir to strike at army camps and also keep the state under boil.
Strategic retreat after surgical strike
The terrorists of these outfits were, however, in for a major surprise on Wednesday night. The army which planned this operation in coordination with the Intelligence Bureau and the Research and Analysis Wing moved swiftly for about 3 kilometres. Once they had approached the targets, they took down the terrorists who were not prepared for the surprise.
As a result of this action several terror launch pads have been abadondoned and terrorists have moved back. They have moved back several kilometres now, Intelligence Bureau officials say.
Prior to this strike they were as close as 500 metres to the Line of Control. However, as of now the camps have been cleared out in fear and the terrorists have moved back, the official also notes.
In the operation, there were seven launch pads that were destroyed. Three were destroyed completely. Sources say that at the time of striking, the special forces fired at the terrorists and also hurled smoke grenades into the camps.