New Delhi, Sept 19: Top security officials will meet in Delhi on Monday to chalk out a response mechanism in the wake of the attack at Uri, Jammu and Kashmir in which 17 soldiers were martyred and four terrorists killed.
"We will respond for sure and this will not go unpunished," said a top official in New Delhi. The army, intelligence bureau and the Research and Analysis Wing will have a lot of work ahead and they have been asked to come up with proposals on how to counter this incident.
After the details are shared, the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval would make a presentation to the Prime Minister, based on which the next course of action would be taken.
A meeting has been scheduled for 10 am on Monday which would be presided over by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh
All in favour of strikes
At the various meetings that were held on Sunday, all officials were in favour of carrying out strategic strike along the border. Top officials felt the need to respond in a hard manner and ensure that terrorists camps across the border are eliminated.
This time around the air force has indicated that they would be prepared to carry out a surgical strike. However, none are in favour of a brash response and want to take this operation to a logical end.
In the aftermath of the 26/11 attack, the Air Force Chief had said that they were ready to strike. However, the air force wanted more backing from the intelligence bureau.
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The plan to carry out a strike was dropped as both the intelligence bureau and the armed forces had said that they cannot ensure success. This time around the establishment wants to be extremely sure before they can launch a strike in Pakistan.
There can be no scope for failure and the strikes have to ensure a 100 per cent rate of success, an officer also noted.
The IB, R&W and the army would discuss this issue over the next couple of days before a final presentation can be made to the Prime Minister who would need to give the final approval. The aim is to carry out a precise military operation across the border in a bid to shut down jihadi camps, a senior officer also informed.