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    India’s cold start doctrine

    From day one the Indian media and retired Indian generals and bureaucrats had been clamouring for revenge. It was presupposed that the raiders at Uri were Pakistani.
    The options discussed for ‘punishing’ Pakistan in the Indian media were: 1) long-range artillery bombardment of Pakistani positions on the LoC and at so-called ‘terrorists’ camps in Azad Kashmir; 2) surgical strikes on these camps; 3) surgical strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammad and Jaamatud Dawa bases; and 4) a general offensive.
    Having dithered for ten days the Indian army adopted for option 1 but announced that they had carried out a surgical strike against so-called ‘terrorists’ camps in Azad Kashmir (option 2). This is no doubt a lie.
    First they said that the Indian raiders were para-dropped, then they said that the raiders landed via two helicopters, and finally it was said that the raiders infiltrated by foot. Apart from this, there are many more absurdities in their account. They may have succeeded in fooling the 1.2 billion people of their country, but not the world. Already, discerning Indian minds are asking for evidence of the surgical strike.
    As for the general offensive (option 4), this could aim at seizing critical space in Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan (Skardu), and in southern Pakistan to split the country in two. It is in southern Pakistan that the Cold Start doctrine can be ideally employed. Following the attack on the Indian parliament building on Dec 13, 2001, the Indian government ordered the commencement of Operation Parakaram (Operation Victory), the largest mobilisation of Indian forces since 1971. It appeared that war was inevitable. Yet, after a 10-month-standoff, Operation Parakaram was terminated. India had lost face.
    The main reason this happened was the time taken by the three strike corps to reach their wartime locations from central India. It took them three weeks during which time Pakistan was not only able to deploy its forces but also to internationalise the crisis.
    After Operation Parakaram the Indian army concluded that the traditional doctrine was inflexible because of the huge size of the strike corps – they have long deployment times, are difficult to manoeuvre and their concentration in the forward areas gives away the general strategic direction they would adopt. And, above all, the doctrine inhibited a quick response to challenges posed by acts like the attack on the Indian parliament, Mumbai, Pathankot and Uri.
    As a consequence, the Indian army developed a new limited war doctrine called Cold Start to respond to what it calls proxy wars by Pakistan. This doctrine would seek to inflict significant damage on the Pakistan Army before the international community could intervene. The essence of this doctrine is reorganising the army’s offensive power into eight smaller division-sized integrated battle groups (IBGs).
    The IBGs are to be positioned close to the border so that three to five are launched into Pakistan along different axes within 72 to 96 hours from the time mobilisation is ordered. Patterned on the Israeli army’s concept of task forces, Cold Start envisages high-speed operations day and night to achieve objectives in the desired time and space framework.
    In a war limited by time, the single-most important factor is mobility. But this requires a perfect matching of the physical means of mobility with the mobility of the mind, as the value of a highly mobile force can be reduced to zero by commanders whose minds are characterised by lack of imagination, initiative and flexibility.
    In the 1965 war the Indian 1 Corps, spearheaded by the 1st Armoured Division, and in 1971 the same corps with eight tank regiments, had moved at infantry pace even though they were opposed by light covering troops. Changes in dispositions such as forming a new defensive line, reassigning of objectives, switching forces not in accordance with their original plan, took time. Above all, their commanders at all levels lacked enterprise, imagination and initiative.
    Given this, while Cold Start is a sound concept – though not original – the Indian war directors need to question the ability of their commanders at all levels to execute it efficiently and sustain the advantage gained from striking first. The ‘law of the initial advantage of the aggressor’ assumes critical importance, as it is the aggressor who generally sets the pattern which operations will take.
    The Germans in the Second World War and the Israelis in the 1956 and 1967 wars had translated the concept of blitzkrieg, characterised by surprise, speed and concentration, with devastating results against numerically superior forces because they had a flair for conducting high-speed operations with flexibility, rapidity and less military routine.
    However, despite the weaknesses demonstrated by the Indian army in 1965 and 1971, the Pakistan Army does not underestimate their war potential. Suffice it to say, that the restructured Pak Army, has multiplied its capability to counter the Indian army’s IBGs or strike corps.
    The writer is a former armour and SSG officer. Email:

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    May 2016

    Full story of possible surgical strikes.i gathered it from various indian news channels

    1. the operation of surgical strikes carried out via CARTOSAT 2C satellite which was sent into space by india in june 2016
    2. as per indian media this satellite made the operation easy
    3. had there being no Cartosat 2c wont be possible for indian army to carry out this operation
    4. so indian army was monitoring the position of their self assumed terrorists via cartosat 2c along LOC that were ready to infiltrate
    5. the ops was carried out in between 2:30 to 4:30am
    6. before the para commandos could infiltrate they landed via helicopters into various sectors in the INDIAN LOC.
    7. meanwhile our airdefence system might went on full alert owing to these helicoptors
    8. the infiltration of para commandos into pakistani LOC made possible by indian army in various sectors when they initiated cross border firing with shelling just to keep pakistan army in various sectors distracted
    9. while our troops were busy in hammering indian check posts and destroyed some of them too.meanwhile this distraction gave para commandos a chance to infiltrate into pakistani loc
    10. when they entered they targeted 7 terror launch pads killing more than 38 terrorists
    11. as these para commandos might be better equiped and took full advantage of darkness
    12. their self assumed terrorists could not retaliate.meanwhile Indian para commandos too claim to kill 2 soldiers who arrived at spot
    13. before sunrise after completion of ops they returned home WITHOUT A SCRATCH.
    14. so this is the whole story i gather from various news channels like NDTV,TIMES OF INDIA,THE HINDU,INDIAN EXPRESS,ABP NEWS ETC

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    Questions that made this surgical strikes suspicious

    1. first question that made this surgical strikes suspicious is that indian DGMO didnot mention the details of strikes,including location,number of commndos that in,who led these para commandos etc
    2. the details only mentioned by INDIAN MEDIA which is known to defame pakistan every now and then
    3. while it is the responsibilty of indian miniter,military official or any bureaucrate to release the details via press conferrence then why INDIAN MEDIA had been releasing reports?
    4. while reports of indian media were itself doubtful.where first they said swedish guns used then say israeli guns used,first said all commando returned safely then said only one was minor injured via mine
    5. the other questions are..had there been infiltration of 200 para into various was impossible for them to return safely as their self assume terrorists too retaliated and meanwhile our jawans too might have spotted the disturbance amid tensions with indian.there is already heavy military deployment of pak army at LOC.with air restriction in that make this claim doubtful
    6. indian army or gov didnot release the film or footage yet
    7. even indian own politicians are demanding for proofs which indian gov couldnot present...
    8. more important is that.the place where para might conducted op is doubtful as first our army would be there to stop them at Loc then it is difficult to cut fencing then the area might be full of lights where they conducted ops all it looks more a suicidal strikes than a surgical one
    9. Meanwhile our army not only denied the strikes but brought various news channels anchors to the tower along LOC to fully observe so called strikes.had there been any strikes it takes atleast 10 to 20 days to clean up blood and destruction of structure claimed by indian its a farce



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