To strike the right balance-lessons for media and Army Lt Gen Hasnain

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    To strike the right balance - The Hindu
    Thank you for a great article sir.
     
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    Re: To strike the right balance-lessons for media and Army Lt Gen Hasn

    @bennedose Could you please share the gist ? All that I get is: Army should use right terms like instead of "winding up" they should have used transformed & so on..does this article has something useful to say ?

    Not challenging, just wondering :)
     
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    Re: To strike the right balance-lessons for media and Army Lt Gen Hasn

    The gist is that there is miscommunication with what is being said is being said using the wrong terminology and the information is being misinterpreted by the press leading to misleading reports

    1.The army use of the word "cordon" was wrong. Cordon suggests "surrounding" which it was not. It was a U shaped incomplete ring open at the LoC. You cannot have a cordon at the LoC because of reasons stated in the article
    2. Anti-infiltration ops do not "terminate" as in the forces leaving areas unmanned and going to sleep. When infiltration occurs they are transformed into intense operations with more men combing inaccessible areas and once it is clear that no more infiltrating Pakis can be found the ops get transformed back into regular patrols.
    3. There is difference between simply crossing the fence and escaping into India. There is a buffer zone between fence and Pakistan where terrorists can be caught but in some cases they either cross the fence or are allowed to cross the fence and caught in areas just inside the fence. In some cases infiltrators are simply dealt with using high accuracy "airburst" shell (I am assuming mortar fire is used here)
    4. In normal situations there are more posts than men. Those posts get occupied when needed. Filling up the area with men will still not prevent infiltration because the terrain is so hostile and men will slip in.
    5. Procedures exist to ensure security even when one patrol party is taking over from another, but leakage of information about exactly what time a new patrol party is taking over is difficult to prevent. Just like the Indian army has accurate information about such activities on the Pakistani side from porters and villagers and other sources, information about movements from the Indian side leaks to Pakistani posts
     

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