Army chief Bipin Rawat’s said at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai that the terrorist camp in Balakot has resumed its functioning.
Why Balakot camp resumption is a major issue?
- It was barely seven months ago, in February, that the Air Force bombed Balakot and claimed to have taken out about 300 terrorists being trained there. That action was explained as a pre-emptive one, and at the same time as a punitive response for the Pulwama attack which killed 40 CRPF personnel earlier that month.
That things have been turned around in less than seven months opens the door to more questions about the much touted efficacy of the strike as well.
- Evidently, the Jaish-e-Mohammed, though a banned entity, continues to operate with impunity. This underlines the reality that replenishing the numbers of terrorists who are taken out of reckoning is not a challenge for Pakistan’s establishment.
- Certainly, the development does not increase the Indian people’s confidence that the Balakot strike has somehow frightened terrorists and their patrons in Pakistan into demoralised disarray. Moreover, Gen. Rawat said that there were 500 terrorists ready to infiltrate into Kashmir, and that to counter those attempts the Army had “thickened” its presence along the Line of Control.
Source: The Hindu