That is exactly what the Indian Army is doing in Kashmir and human intelligence is the biggest factor in the anti terror operations!
‘Intelligence shortcomings have a thousand fathers; secret intelligence triumphs are orphans!…(Old sayings)
-‘The flow of the information and intelligence has to be spot on. There’s no other way out, no amount of wishful dreaming will get you to the target end. Yes at the beginning when a lead is found out you do know that the demon is out of the bottle and is moving around. Obviously the trail to track him starts, the face-off is for ever from now onwards, the embrace gets tighter and it becomes a battle of wits, it’s fluid, meandering and tedious but finally the hunters prevail over the men out to create the ruckus and devour the humanity and thus continues the story of human intelligence’.
-‘I just was going over the book by James Allen Gardner ‘Trapped’, needless to mention the book is all about spying but a passage really impressed me as I had undergone similar experiences in my times as we went about developing information networks in insurgent areas. The informers have their own charm, they draw you, at times the talk irritates and sounds repelling. I remember that exactly, they will dance with words, they will play with your emotions (that is because they have none of their own), but in the end they will come out with a stunner and when that is confirmed the word coming out of the excited mouth pieces in the situations room is, ‘Bingo’! Let’s do it!’ The target is trapped finally’!
-‘I will tell you about an incident of an informer of mine who was a deadly smooth operator. Muzammil that day called me to a shabby looking tea stall in Rajouri market and we sat on the table which by no means was good enough to rest the tea glasses and some bakery on the plate but anyhow the meeting was as such. Suddenly three more men came and sat on the table right to us! Our conversation ceased abruptly with the entry of the three in which was an oddly-shaped man whose body resembled a certain vegetable. He was a thickset fellow with calloused and jaundiced skin and a patch of brown hair, a frizzy upheaval. Muzammil told me that ‘’Uss Shimla Mirch Ka khyal Rakhna, Usi Ko Aap Dhoond Rahe Hain’! I had no idea what Muzammil had just said. Yes we were on the hunt for Mustafa but were not sure what my informer had said. He (Muzzami) walked out of the shack first and after sometime then I did too. While going he told me that his one leg is fatter than the other and the reason is that he had been hit by a bullet and hence the right leg is bandaged and was wearing an oversized blue salwar! It was just the inconsistency of his leg sizes that was the missing link! We caught the Shimla Mirch and the other two and not a bullet was fired but Mustafa was the man who ensured that the chain continued to be built and some spectacular revelations led to splendid success as the time moved on! That is what human intelligence can do! If the intelligence is precise and spot on the target can be taken out without any collateral damage and that is what GOC15 Corps (Chinar Corps was saying at a recently held function in the Valley while he spoke to the media persons!
-‘Anti-militancy Ops going on in Valley purely based on human intelligence said Lt Gen D P Pandey and he was absolutely on the ball because that is the thing which matters. (More about this later in the script)
‘My father once told me that it’s not enough for a man to be lucky; that a guy has to know when that streak is on for him, It comes as naturally to him as breathing or lying, or worse and the choice has to be made instantly for the decision to come in faster! This is because that streak of information does not give much of a time to think’!
It’s the toughest yet most gratifying job as one goes about collecting, collating and disbursing intelligence to make it actionable. Well it’s a job where everything goes right which it does almost in all the cases but some splatter apart like a broken egg. It’s the kind of job that, a few months down the line, if things go badly, could end with you standing in a darkened room, in front of a row of men whose faces you cannot see, being asked questions to which there are no right answers. That is the game of intelligence and over the years the Indian Army has perfected it and one can say with a fair degree of confidence that the human intelligence network is absolutely on the roll!’.
I This is what the General Officer Commanding Chinar Corps had this to say:
General officer Commanding (GOC) of Srinagar based army’s 15 Corps Lieutenant General D P Pandey said that anti-militancy operations launched by the army in the past few days are based on human intelligence and he would not like to connect any operation with the events that took place in Srinagar or elsewhere.
Maybe the apprehensions amongst the people is that since the heat has been raised against the militants it could be possible that the retaliatory action by militants was against the softer targets.
But the General said that security forces and the people of Kashmir need to be very careful to keep the communal harmony intact. Talking to reporters on the side-lines of a function at SKICC here, the GOC Pandey said that all the anti-militancy operations launched in the past few days were based on human intelligence.
He further added that he would not like to connect these operations with any of the events that took place in Srinagar or elsewhere, he probably had said this in an obvious reference to the selected killings in Srinagar. Replying to a query, the GOC Pandey said that the civilian killings are highly condemnable and that security forces and the people need to be very careful to keep the communal harmony intact.
On the infiltration attempts, he said that so far two attempts were made and both were foiled. The Army is alert and ready to taper off any attempt of infiltration on the LOC. The militants operating in the hinterland will be killed with the help of people’ and they are being eliminated dime a dozen
The GOC paid tributes to the five slain soldiers killed in an anti-militancy operation at Dera Ki Gali on Poonch-Rajouri border. He said that even though the area of operation doesn’t pertain to him but the operation was on in the area.
Earlier, the GoC flagged off 300 students who would pursue different courses across the country under various scholarship programs!
There is no doubt that Dragons (Indian Army) are in the Eden called Kashmir but they never breathe fire. Intuitive: The word conveys that we should be looking deeper to what the human intelligence is saying and with what purpose! If it solves our purpose and aim just back it and if it does not then diffuse as to what the man is saying! He may be absolutely on the stumps or a wide ball he has thrown to think about? It is a bit of an annoyance but still the word known as patience works it out!
As far as extreme thinking goes in positive or negative thinking military wise I will not go beyond the German flying master Herman Goring. What he said is all in Published books. During my twenties I did not find him worth reading but just one day, I thought why not go through this German also, many things he said do not fit into present day scenario in India-Pakistan matrix but some do as far as Pak Generals go and one amongst many probably he wanted to say was that the the common people don’t want war, its true; neither in Pakistan, nor in Kashmir, nor in America nor, for that matter, in China. In other words no one wants war. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy of these countries. Pakistan wanted to carry the whole one and that could not have been a possibility! It will never be and lets block this red matrix. For Pak Generals it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy there or a military dictatorship, or a Parliament which Imran Khan rules or a Communist language that China is propagating! Absolute power means nothing, delicate love for humanity means everything. It is where the Indian Army prevails! That was what General Pandey was trying to convey and he did! By the way, the destination is still a small distance away but trust me the loveable kids of Jammu and Kashmir, love India and there would be no violence! This is what my Human Intelligence says!