Let’s face it: terrorism is here to stay. What India must do to combat the menace is to rapidly expand its intelligence network and show no generosity in dealing with outfits bent on wreaking havoc. The recent capture of a Pakistani militant, the second since the Mumbai terror attacks, shortly after he and an accomplice killed two BSF men and wounded a dozen soldiers by ambushing a convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Udhampur, shows yet again why New Delhi must adopt a multi-pronged strategy rightaway. And this involves negotiations with Pakistan as well as precision strikes at military targets.
The captured LeT operative’s statement that “killing Indians was fun” clearly reflects the designs of non-state actors in league with the Pakistani army. NSA Ajit Doval has stressed the use of force against such intentions. “We should not punch below our weight or above our weight, but improve our weight and punch proportionately,” he said recently. It’s time for India to act.