New Delhi, Oct 5: A video from the army, satellite imagery and Lashkar-e-Taiba itself confirming casualties suffered is part of the proof that India has on the surgical strikes it carried out last week. Amidst demands by various politicians to release proof of the surgical strikes, top officials in the government are debating whether to release the 90-minute footage of the strikes or not.
A majority within the establishment are against releasing the footage as it could compromise operational details. However, there is also a sense of anger among others who feel that the army is being unnecessarily questioned about the veracity of the operation.
While the surgical strikes were watched live by the National Security Advisor (NSA) and others, the army also has provided footage it has to the government. The footage was obtained from the body cameras that the members of the special forces were wearing on the night of the operation.
In addition to this, the Cartosat-2C satellite was also put to use at the time of the surgical strikes. The satellite helped the special forces to narrow down locations. The satellite also provided 'Area of Interest' base images to the special forces. This helped a great deal in narrowing down the locations that were to be hit during the surgical strikes.
Intelligence Bureau officials are also trying to ascertain if during the Friday prayers the Lashkar-e-Taiba had raised this issue and spoken about their cadres being killed.
At a mosque affiliated to the Lashkar-e-Taiba, some terrorists are said to have spoken about the death of their colleagues and blamed the Pakistan army for not defending them.