Statistics: How surgical strikes pushed Pakistan to the wall
They were many who questioned the surgical strikes carried out by India across the Line of Control last year. However, there is proof to indicate that the strikes were indeed conducted and the number of casualties and violation along the Line of Control as well as the International Border have come down drastically.
Prior to the surgical strikes, violations by Pakistan were reported almost every single day. There were 228 ceasefire violations at the Line of Control and 221 at the International Border. However, post the surgical strikes in November 2016, the number of violations at the LoC was 22 and on the IB, 6.
More interestingly, the number of civilian casualties in 2017 have been nil at both the LoC and IB. Prior to the surgical strikes, there were 13 casualties and 83 persons had been injured at the LoC. At the IB, there were 74 persons who were injured while five BSF jawans were martyred and 25 others injured prior to the surgical strikes.
The number of terror strikes too came down drastically. Prior to the November surgical strikes, there were 110 terror incidents just in three months. After the strikes the number came down to 87. Three months prior to the strikes in November, 34 security personnel were martyred. After the strikes 19 security personnel laid down their lives.
Questioned by many
The surgical strikes were questioned by many. Several persons sought proof of the strikes, but the government did not give in. Senior officials say that the reason for the number of incidents to come down are due to two reasons. First, Pakistan has realised that India will not take cross border terror and ceasefire violations lightly.
India had stayed quiet for long, but with the surgical strikes a strong message has been driven to Pakistan. Second, the retirement of General Raheel Sharrif as the chief of army staff in Pakistan is another reason. He nurtured a personal grudge against India and was very confrontational in nature, the officer also added.