Four lessons to be learned from the Pampore Attack

Jammu and Kashmir

Saturday to Monday afternoon, is a perfect lesson why we shouldn’t carry out attacks on terrorism on Kashmir without a proper strategy in place.

Terrorist Attacks will have more local Support in coming days

Terrorist attacks will keep on happening and it is difficult to rule out such incidents. It will take time to curb these things. A new way that militants have adopted is that they want people to come on streets, stage protests against security forces because ‘that’ will definitely make them martyrs. The Saturday to Monday gun battle offered ample proof of the worsening situation where locals came out in the open shouting anti-India, anti-Forces slogans. Even the mosque in the area was playing songs supporting the Terrorists.

The Army has not learned any new way to deal with new threats. They should be working on changing the strategy of deployment and area domination and when there is a doubt their strategy should also ensure that they don’t suffer any damages in these operations.

This is not the 1990s

on Saturday afternoon. This encounter also had multiple inbuilt challenges. After the ambush, the militants had a chance to run away, a familiar strategy they would adopt during the 1990s. Instead, they walked into the Entrepreneurship Development Institute building, where they asked the civilians to evacuate.

Then the Army adopted a flip-flop strategy, losing two Captains and one Lance Naik. Undoubtedly, the militants were in an extremely advantageous position, hiding behind the large block of walls that is more than 60 feet high, with many windows.

Militants are better equipped and better trained now

The Army evidently never calculated such a scenario in its counter-insurgency strategies. That something happens for the first time is no logic for the loss of Human Capital. Fidayeen attacks have been happening in Kashmir for the last Two decades now. The question is: Could not what the Army did in the end have been done in the beginning?

Old tactics cannot and should not be applied in the changing situations where terrorists adopt new techniques and are equipped with a new mindset to fight for. In the 1990s, when the army would go in for anti-terrorist operations, they would take on militants with double the strength. The soldiers would use that advantage to neutralise militants after a brief spell of gunfighting.

Nowadays the local youth armed with stones often reach the site where a gun battle is underway giving birth to different problems and then army has to tackle those too side by side. If gun could have been the solution to solve ‘Kashmir’, then why for the past 23 years, no solution has come out?

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One thought on “Four lessons to be learned from the Pampore Attack

  • February 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Well well well
    U seem to know all pros and Con’s of a gun Battle i suggest you should join army instaed of writing articles and i can assure one thing that in past 25 years you havent lost a single family member or a near one by an army bullet

    Good luck to you for your future job of military advisor .


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