It is yet not clear when the army actually received specific and credible inputs about terrorists gathering at launch pads behind the Line of control (LoC) but the plan to take these out was well planner and placed as per play. The D-day saw a flurry of high-level activity involving assault that was launched around midnight. The operation concluded around 4.30 in the morning and confirmed report reached us in the afternoon. During this operation Army Chief monitored strikes from Operations Room and the remote control orders were executed in a most clinical way. The commandos were air-dropped close to the LoC and they destroyed seven terrorist launch pads around 2 to 3 kms inside Pakistan territory across the LoC in Poonch and Kupwara sectors. Army made most of the weak defence and attacked at an appropriate time before the terrorists make their move to come inside India. It was indeed a successful surgical operation just like the one in which US captured Osama-bin Laden in a mid-night operation.
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