New Delhi: India’s military action on terrorist training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is unlikely to restrain Islamabad from setting up more camps, according to Indian intelligence units.
While an air attack by India on a terrorist training camp in Balakot in February has been the most prominent so far, Sunday’s action was part of a series of anti-terror operations carried out by the Indian Army against terror launch pads in Pakistan.
However, according to a central government official familiar with the development, considering the modus operandi of terror units, such strikes by the Indian Army are unlikely to stop the mushrooming of terror camps across the border.
“Contrary to popular belief, terror camps are makeshift tents and asbestos structures. So, even if one is bombed, there is nothing stopping the group from erecting another tent until they have infiltrated here (into India). Such strikes are not preventive. They only delay the action," the official added, requesting anonymity.
As many as 55 terrorists have infiltrated into India from PoK in the last two months alone, crossing over to Shopian and Baramulla in Kashmir, according to intelligence data.
“If two men die in these camps, two more are recruited. If some ammunition is lost, the Pakistan Army replenishes it. India has to guard its own borders and such strikes are a fitting response to the neighbouring country’s attempt at sending terrorists our way," said another central government official. “However, a lot of non-state actors like Hafiz Saeed cannot be controlled by Pakistan anymore and, if they try, they will turn against them."
On Sunday, the Indian Army retaliated after Islamabad attempted to push terrorists into India, hitting Pakistani army posts in the Tangdhar sector which were used as terror launch pads. Six to 10 terrorists and an equal number of Pakistani troops were killed in the action, and at least three launch pads were destroyed. This was the third instance of New Delhi directly targeting terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan-controlled territory since 2016.