Aditya_V wrote: Unfortunately for Pakis there is no land to playwith as Lahore, Sialkot and rest Shakargarh area is critical for them<SNIP>
This holds for India as well.
- Pathankot is 25 km from international border.
- The critical Pathankot - Kathua - Sambha road which connects rest of the country with Jammu and thence, with Srinagar, is at its maximum, only 25 km from the international border.
- At most places, it is under 15 km from the border.
- Pathankot is our main logistics node for entire north. Also home to one of India's biggest cantonments with 2 x (I) Armored Brigades, Infantry Division HQ+some of its brigades, POL, fighter base etc.
- And to hold Pathankot, you need to hold Gurdaspur.
- So, India per force has to go on offensive in this sector. This automatically gives depth to our sensitive lines of communications.
- On Pakistan's side, Sialkot - Jafarwal - Shakar Garh axis opposite our Pathankot-Madhopur-Sambha road allows Pakistan Army to move and concentrate troops at location(s) of its choice
- However, there are east-to-west water bodies/rivers here; while lateral troop movement is possible, the bridges on these water bodies/rivers are choke points. And these bridges are in depth.
- Also, it means that these rives provide protection along the flanks of Pakistan Army troops.
- Side effect of this is that troops cannot move laterally unless they move back and use the bridges.
- Taking out the bridges will complicate troop movement for Pakistan Army.
- Rivers/Nallas are an issue depending upon water level in them, especially the nallas.