Can hit Pakistan with surgical strike again: Lieutenant General Deependra Singh Hooda

The Army General who oversaw the first such strikes on terror camps across the Line of Control (LoC), in a comment today told a source. If India wants to send Pakistan another strong message, India “can definitely” hit them again with surgical strikes, he said. Lt General (Retired) DS Hooda also said the 2016 decision to hit the terror camps came from the Centre and the military agreed with it.

“Decision (on conducting surgical strikes) finally came from political leadership but military was in agreement that we needed to do something. If we want to send another strong response to Pakistan in the future we can definitely do it again,” said General Hooda.

Video footage of the surgical strikes + across the LoC, which took place on September 29, 2016, was aired on TV news channels on Wednesday. The eight-minute-long video shows how the Special Forces of the Indian Army crossed over the LoC and destroyed the targets on the Pakistani side of the LoC.

The footage of the September 29 surgical strike was aired on TV channels for public viewership recently. Drones were used to make the video and show how troops from the special forces crossed the LoC to carry out the attack.

The operation was monitored from a control room in Udhampur, Headquarters of Indian Army’s strategic Northern Command,” General Hooda, the then Northern Army Commander told PTI.

“One of the major challenges that the team that went across, faced was that the camps were located close to Pakistan Army posts,” Hooda added.

Hooda was heading the Udhampur-based Northern Command when the strike took place. He said the operation was being closely monitored from a control room. The operation was around six hours-long, he said while giving out details of the attack.

The Indian Army destroyed terror camps and also inflicted damage on Pakistani Army as the terror camps were situated near their posts.