Pranay wrote:Cannot comprehend the high casualties on the Indian side if the Indian side was forewarned and essentially had setup an ambush and how come they were able to ingress 45 meters into the base??
You need to understand that 16 hours before the attack a Superintendent of Police was kidnapped and his phone taken, and when he reported this any normal security conscious police officer would naturally ignore the complaint and point out that the SP reporting his own abduction had a "colourful past" and was probably lying and his background was more illustrative of reality than the abduction.
You must also understand that when a driver was killed and his car hijacked after the above abduction of the police officer, no competent police official would make a connection between the two events. Obviously they are separate events.
The rabble rousing Punjab public gave a lot of trouble to the police by insisting that the killing of a car driver was a terror event. After all the police were busy investigating the colourful background of the recently abducted police officer.
16 hours is such a short time and there was no hurry or panic. After all terrorists do not come in tanks or helos. They have to walk. How far could they go? If there was any error it was made by the terrorists themselves who did not announce exactly which part of Punjab they were going to attack.
valuable time was lost in this needless "SP being abducted and story not believed" scenario. It is being reported that the SP went to some village to see some "baba". and was waylaid during his return trip.
The fact of the matter is, WTF was the SP doing out at night in some remote village, being the sole occupant cum driver of the official SUV which looked like a XUV 500 from the pictures on teevee. It was certainly not an official trip and from the dubious response he generated, it looks like this particular SP was in the habit of getting into such escapades and misusing the official vehicle.
A SP has a dedicated driver + vehicle at his beck and call 24x7, 365 days a year and usually a couple more for madam ji and the kids. No effing reason for him to drive himself unless he was engaged in some very dubious activity. The tourists seem to have killed the taxi driver but spared the SP, very strange onlee.
The police should have erred on the side of caution and alerted the security forces instead of delaying the reporting. The errant SP could have always been sorted out later, abundant caution should have been the primary and driving concern, especially when a terror alert was out.
why were the fences not lit on both sides and/or electrified?? For a military base on high alert, it looks foolish that some miscreants cut the barbed wire after scaling the wall and entered the administrative building or as some other reports would have us believe, crept in through a remote nallah and entered the base.
the tourists certainly had very good intel and if they had it, it seems a damn shame that the security folks did not identify the same points of ingress as threats and therefore should have covered the same more diligently. It speaks volumes of intimate inside knowledge and help from folks who had surveyed the inside of the perimeter to identify weak points or very high resolution photos from maybe US/chinee MIL satellites. The ISI honey trapped network may be a lot bigger than originally thought.
In either case it speaks poorly of the security and risk analysis procedures and unguarded entry points, even during a state of heightened alert. It may be worthwhile to do an unannounced security audit of all MIL bases/installations on a random basis using multiple teams and plug gaps at the earliest.