Pakistan’s armed forces have reportedly selected targets in India in case the latter decides to move first with strikes against the country. In a Geo TV report, it is stated that an operational plan has also been prepared by the military establishment to retaliate against any possible offensive from across the border.
Quoting sources placed in the defense establishment, the news report states that targets in ‘war-mongering’ India have been selected in case of ‘aggression or surgical strikes from the enemy.’ One such source has said that Pakistan is fully prepared to counter India. “Pakistan is fully prepared to meet any military challenge from India. Our operational plan is ready, quid pro quo targets are finalised and forces have been dedicated.”
Another source is quoted as saying that regardless of the nature of developments in the weeks to come, Pakistan forces will remain on high alert. “Whether it is a Cold Start or hot pursuit, we are ready. India is well aware of our capabilities and also knows the fact that despite the Pakistan Army’s participation in internal security issues, a military balance is well maintained to meet any challenge from across the border.”
The source even went to the extent of saying that ‘in case of surgical attack from India, Pakistan would immediately respond for which targets had already been set.’
Tensions between India and Pakistan have spiked since the terror attack on an Indian army base in Uri on Sunday. Four terrorists were gunned down but 18 brave soldiers also lost their lives, even as India came out strongly to condemn the incident and the entire terror network in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). Indian security establishment even provided the government with a variety of punitive but limited actions possible against Pakistan without actually going to war, which range from “surgical strikes” to “cross-border raids” by special forces or Ghatak platoons of infantry battalions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also promised that perpetrators of the ghastly attack would be brought to justice. These may have played a big role in Pakistan becoming rather jittery.
Furthermore, there was a report that Indian forces had crossed the Line of Control near Uri and eliminated 20 terrorists in a surgical strike . This though was denied by Indian Army sources.
Across the border, military preparations seem to have begun in earnest. Pakistan declared a no-fly zone across some of its northern regions where Pakistan Air Force conducted combat exercises which were later termed ‘routine.’ On Thursday night, a Pakistani journalist even tweeted that F-16 jets were flying over Islamabad in what may have been an air drill.