Despite having a fairly accurate location of the terrorists, they were not tracked and the resultant loss of army officials could have been avoided had there been a thorough check and spotting all the six terrorists on the same day. The Centre’s eagerness to claim credit for what it said was a successful coordinated response to the terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase lay in tatters with the discovery of two more terrorists in action and that resulted in death of a seasoned NSG commando and injury to many of his colleagues. Nasty surprise was in fact in line with the many missteps since the terror threat was discovered. Within the military and the rest of the security establishment, and outside, several questions are being raised about the way the entire operation was handled. Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in the national capital, and directly went into a huddle with senior officials including National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and others to discuss the terror strike. The PM’s meeting was the culmination of day long consultations by Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and others with various stakeholders. No dramatic change in the PM’s Pakistan policy was expected immediately, it is reliably learnt. Thus there was no inkling of the dramatic events that were to unfold over the next several hours. National security should be beefed up from all corners to avert such incidents in future.
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