It seems to be a very professional enemy here that believes in strike and retreat back to the foliage in the dense forests! Cannot rule out the possibility of involvement of experts here from Pakistan!
-‘This could be an arrow in the darkness but still cannot be dropped off! Speculations do yield results. What Pakistan does is send out infiltrators but something is amiss here! What is irritating in this are jungles! Survival in jungles well only three kinds of creatures know, one are the animals, the second are the guerillas (but have to be equipped with the art of survival) and third the men in army who know how to survive in jungles if food is not available for a few days because they know they would get back to the base anyhow! Terrorists can but only with support of the local population but seemingly there is none here otherwise the killers would have been traced! That is why we pondered over this angle’!
-‘Another thing, no group, I mean the terrorist has claimed any responsibility for the action! Just a small fire fight and then the disengagement. The enemy is not to be found! This definitely is not Schwarzneggers section facing a Predator moving around in jungles with all kinds of robotic accumulation and assimilation, there has to be someone who knows the jungles, sudden pop up, hit and slide back. Two lethal gun fights and not a single one of the enemy down is incomprehensible! But trust me it is difficult. The heart says that sooner we get them the better it is but the mind says that hold on! You may hit something bigger!’ We will!’
-First DKG and then Bhata Dhurian, the area of responsibility of the units deployed is familiar. Beautiful greenery, lovely trees and thick vegetation! Aerial view cannot give much. Back in the late nineties nothing could be observed from air, yes penetrating the jungle was some kind of experience. Yes the jungle fight, we are going to win anyhow but something else also is making news though not yet confirmed, one JCO and a soldier is missing’! Again this is nothing new. This happened a long time back also and I know of several incidents when some did go missing!’
-‘Today was the sixth day since the encounter began as it was reported that fresh firing had begun. The area is the same i.e. Bhata Dhurian. It was obvious the men from the elite 9 para commandos had to be rushed to the area which is a dense forest. The machines are in air, the choppers are in the air to look for movement but these forests are dense. I told you not a fig or a bush moving can be found from the air. Trust me if the movement has been it has to be along the rivulets or steramlets in these forests and there are plenty but still with the cover of the forests!’
-‘So set the animals free, I mean the sniffer specialists the dogs trained! They have the instinct for hunting in jungles, they can sniff the rat holes! Where machines fail, animals do win!’
So far seven soldiers have given their lives while a junior commissioned officer and another soldier are said to be missing even though there is no confirmation as yet but people know it! Had they been terrorists doing so they would have been knocked out! Search is on and our soldiers have penetrated the forests, the militant groups are mum and Pakistan is saying nothing? What and why are obvious questions and if our soldiers are missing then where are they and with whom? There has to be a missing link and I with certainty can say that all missing links are across the LOC! This is a bit of an out of turn pattern! Not that this has not happened before, but in counter insurgency operations expect the unexpected! If terrorists can cross over some in garb of terrorists can also! Sometimes the enemy too uses surprise to its advantage and this time they did it! But certainly not forever!
Just a small little scenario I will create in my mind to be thought over in situation’s room for Pak Generals across and Imran khan the Prime Minister, ‘Imagine that your country is like that of tamed dogs. The terrorist attacks there are like fleas biting the dog, but what the terrorists are really after is not to bite the dog. It’s to have the dog, in an attempt to get the fleas on him, chew himself to pieces. That is what Pakistan is going to end up as finally some sane man rising up and saying to a youngster seeing the carnage, ‘are you a terrorist? Or just an idiot? It would be too late by then that I was an idot and will have no reply at that moment and this is going to happen! As I always say just a matter of time!
Anyway the battle of the forests in Bhata Dhurian continues but something else would be brewing elsewhere. I will still say that the forces have to join the scattered pieces of whatever information is available and there are several as to what happened in the past six months in Districts Rajouri and Poonch with ceasefire intact. There was something else too happening. The infiltrators were knocked off in fact ten of them but that could be considered as wasted humans by Pakistan and I still back myself that the plan was bigger and someone or could be a few else were supplying the information from here and also guiding the men who came in and striking with sudden impact. It cannot be sudden but the cinemascope on the terrain is bigger. The cover of the forests has been used as alibis and dry rivulet beds and stream lets as getting in points! Perhaps! Otherwise such a strike is not possible. Both are the best infiltration routes if a devious plan is to be executed!
I could be wrong too but cannot be that grossly!