India prepares to launch surgical strike in PoK under its Cold Start Doctrine: Pakistani media

New Delhi, Pratyush Ranjan | Updated : 23 September 2016, 11:58 AM

India has moved the units of Indian Army and Indian Air Force to forward air bases near Line of Control (LoC) to launch surgical strikes as part of India's three-phased strategy, according to reports in Pakistani news websites.

India has completed its first phase preparations to attack selected targets in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) under the Cold Start Doctrine, Pakistani website The News International and Pakistan Today reported on Wednesday.  

The report further says that Pakistan would respond with full force in case of any strike by India.

The decision by the Pakistan government to cancel flights to the country's northern areas was taken as a precautionary step on Wednesday.

The tensions between the nuclear-armed adversaries have soared recently after the Uri terror attacks.

Heavily armed terrorists had stormed the Army camp in Kashmir's Uri sector in the wee hours of September 18, killing 18 jawans and injuring 19 other personnel in the terror strike in which four militants were neutralised.

What is Cold Start Doctrine?

Cold Start Doctrine is a military strategy developed by the Indian Armed Forces for use in a possible war with Pakistan. It involves the various branches of India's military conducting offensive operations as part of unified battle groups. 

The Cold Start doctrine is intended to allow India's conventional forces to perform holding attacks in order to prevent a nuclear retaliation from Pakistan in case of a conflict.

Its objective is to foster initiative and creative thinking and links theory, history, experimentation and practice.

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First Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 02:53 PM
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