Deterrence was 2016 surgical strike's aim: Former Army chief


General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Indian Army's Northern Command (retired) Lieutenant General DS Hooda, the archietct of the surgical strikes, revealed that the operations were live-streamed back to the army headquarters in Udhampur and Delhi.

In an interview to a news channel, Hooda said, "Yes, we were getting the images live".

Hooda had earlier said that the moment Pakistan denied any such operation, the army knew that it had achieved the mission. As per ANI, he said,"Surgical strike was conducted to send a message and if adversaries do not understand, it will be repeated". "Hum bhi unke liye iss taraf taiyaar baithe hain (terrorist on the other side of the border are ready, we, on this side of the border are also ready for them)".

However, he refused to divulge that who was watching the surgical strikes in Delhi. "So, the credit firstly goes to our Prime Minister for the strike", he said. "People on the other side must feel there is no safe place...", he said, referring to terror infrastructure across the border. He also said that strikes had a deterrent impact as no major incident has occurred in last one year. He also stressed the need for appointing a special envoy on Kashmir.

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The Army had executed Surgical Strikes on the night of September 28 previous year when Indian commanders had para dropped into Pakistan and killed 50 terrorists.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that at least 50 terrorists and two Pakistan Army handlers were killed in these strikes; there were no Indian casualties.

In June 2015, the Indian Army had carried out a surgical strike along the India-Myanmar border on the camps of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) militants, days after an ambush in which terrorists killed 18 Army men in Manipur.