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Why India’s attack in PoK called Surgical Strike and not war?

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Just when the NDA government was investigating a non-military response to the Uri attack or the Indus Water Treaty, the Indian Army went ahead and conducted ‘Surgical Strike’ on terror launch pads. Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Director General Military Operations (DGMO) and Vikas Swarup, spokesperson for Ministry of External Affairs revealed the news this afternoon. Chewing over the tension between India and Pakistan the news came much to a surprise.

The Indian Army on Thursday said that it had carried a ‘Surgical Strike’ last night across the border in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Meanwhile, Pakistan denied any such incident and said it was a ‘cross-border’ fire. Two Pakistan Army soldiers were killed and nine others were injured in the exchange of fire between the two forces, according to reports.


According to Army sources, seven terror launch pads have been devastated in the strikes which took place between 12.30 am and 4.30 am, at around 500 meters to 2 Kilometres across the Line of Control (LoC). Indian Army personnel were air-dropped across the LoC at the location of the strikes.

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If you are wondering ‘Why is it called a “Surgical Strike” and not a “War”?’ we decode the same for you –

  • A surgical strike is a military attack that claims to have damage only to the intended legitimate military target. It causes no or less damage to surrounding structure, people, general public infrastructure and other utilities.
  • War is a state of armed conflict between societies. It is usually regarded by severe violence, devastation, and mortality, using regular or irregular military forces.
  • Surgical strikes are complex and require detailed, exhaustive planning and needs to be carried out with absolute meticulousness.

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  • Surgical strikes have also proved effective in foiling infiltration bids by terrorists across the border.
  • External/ Intelligence inputs are vital for carrying out surgical strikes as the enemy needs to be pin-point.
  • Surgical strikes helps in answering the enemy in a time-bound manner and lessens the chances of full-fledged war.
  • Earlier in June 2015, the Indian Army conducted a 40-minute surgical strike in Myanmar, killing 38 Naga insurgents and injuring seven.
  • During the initial stages of the 2003 Iraq War also known as Shock and Awe tactic, the US Air Force coordinated surgical strike in the bombing of Baghdad, where government buildings and military targets were attacked.