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Surgical strike on Pakistan planned 15 months in advance: Parrikar

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    The plan to carry out a surgical strike in Pakistan started 15 months in advance said former defence minister and Goa Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar. The surgical strikes across the Line of Control was carried out in September 2016. The planning for the same began in June 2015 after the NSCN-K ambushed an Army convoy in Manipur.

    Recapping events that led to the surgical strikes, Parrikar told a gathering of industrialists on Friday that he felt "insulted" when he heard about the June 4, 2015 incident in which 18 jawans were killed.

    Surgical strike on Pakistan planned 15 months in advance: Parrikar

    "The starting of September 29 (2016) surgical strike on the western border was June 9, 2015... We planned 15 months in advance. Additional troops were trained. Equipment was procured on a priority basis," he said.

    The Swathi Weapon Locating Radar, developed by the DRDO, was used first in September 2016 to locate "firing units" of the Pakistani Army, though the system was inducted officially three months later, Parrikar said.

    Disclosing that the surgical strikes against PoK militants were planned 15 months in advance after the Manipur killings, he said, "I felt insulted... A small terrorist outfit of 200 people killing 18 Dogra soldiers was an insult to the Indian Army and we sat and worked out the [plan of] first surgical strike, which was conducted on June 8 morning in which about 70-80 terrorists were killed [along the India-Myanmar border]."

    "It was a very successful strike," he said. On the Army's side, the only injury was a leech attaching itself to a soldier's leg. Contrary to some reports, no helicopters were used. "I had placed helicopters (on stand-by) only in case of emergency evacuation," he said.

    He also listened intently to a TV discussion with his ministerial colleague Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

    "... one question (from media) hurt me. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, an ex-Armyman, was on TV and he was explaining about all kinds of search operations. An anchor asked him 'would you have the courage and capability of doing the same on the western front'," Mr. Parrikar recalled.

    "I listened very intensely but decided to answer when the time came," he said.

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