Opinion | Strong message
It wasn’t long after Pakistan got a reprieve from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global watchdog that monitors terror financing, that the menace of its rat-a-tat games reared its head again in Kashmir. India has had to respond with due force to its ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC). Reports indicate that the Indian Army hit at least four terrorist launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir with artillery weapons on Sunday after firing from that side claimed the lives of two soldiers and a civilian. Details of fatalities across the LoC are awaited, but the body count is expected to include terrorists as well as Pakistani soldiers.
Our forces appear not to have crossed the LoC, unlike the two previous surgical strikes carried out. In general, India has maintained a balance of restraint and aggression. While threats need to be neutralized for the security of our people, Pakistan should not have justifiable grounds for an escalation of hostilities that could end up in a full-blown war. India’s measured action shows the maturity of our forces. At the same time, it sends out a strong message to our neighbour. The country’s resolve against terrorism should not be tested.