New Delhi, September 30: An elite group of Indian Army on Thursday conducted pre-dawn surgical strikes across Line of Control, killing 35-40 terrorists in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. The pre-planned surgical strikes conducted by para-commandos marked a shift of Indian policy of ‘strategic restraint’. But it first took place on October 7, 2014, when national security adviser Ajit Doval ordered the armed forces to respond Pakistan with “full force” even on the slightest provocation. After the surgical strikes, people of India celebrated it some gave credit to Narendra Modi and Indian Army but very few know that the brainchild behind the strikes was Ajit Doval. Also Read - Country Witnesses 500% Spike in Cybercrimes Due to Limited Awareness: NSA Ajit Doval

As part of the new standard operating procedures, Ajit Doval spent his Thursday night at the “war room” located at South Block that houses the ministry of defence. The entire operation was closely monitored by Ajit Doval, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and the Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh. It is believed that the aggressive approach has been adopted by India for the first time after BJP came to power in 2014 and especially after Ajit Doval was appointed as India’s fifth National Security Advisor. Also Read – Domestic politics, public pressure influenced Narendra Modi to conduct surgical strikes: International Media Also Read - National Security Advisors of BRICS Nations to Hold Virtual Meeting on Thursday

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According to a report, on Wednesday night at around 11:00 pm the trio – Ajit Doval, Manohar Parrikar and General Dalbir Singh – arrived separately at the war room and stayed till the operation was over and para-commandos reached their base safely. A source close to ABP described the atmosphere in the war room and compared it with the night when Osama Bin Laden was killed by US Special Forces and US security officials including President Barack Obama were closely monitoring the situation.

The Indian Army first targeted terror facilities around 20 km deep inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir and fired heavy artillery. The terrorists scattered under the surprise artillery fire. The terrorists were then tracked by drones until they took shelter at their launching pads located near Line of Control. About a dozen terrorist took shelter at each launching pad. Para commandos who were para-dropped at the spot then surrounded the launching pads and killed around 35-40 terrorists.

There are rumours that the casualties of terrorists could be much higher as official figures are not shared by both India and Pakistan. A source close to ABP who was present inside the war room further added that some of the terrorists scramble for safety, while some were shredded and others who were seeking refuge at the launching pads along with the Line of Control. Some believe that around 60 people died in yesterday’s pre-dawn operation and at least 10 Pakistani army personnel were killed. But it seems that the actual number of casualties may never be known.

It is quite shocking that before Thursday’s surgical strikes, India did not have any standard operating procedures for such operations. After Kandahar hijacking Brajesh Mishra the then-NSA chief and Ajit Doval’s boss four times placed such procedures which were later removed by the government.