By intel gathering, I meant recruiting humint sources and such. And intel gathering in Pakistan proper. No military unit is trained to do that so far.What do you mean by no one is trained for intel gathering, then what do the special forces do by dressing up like jihadis, in POK.
That is the point. Para SF is tasked with too many things. And they have to train for so many different roles. Each soldier does. Which means you cannot expect them to be the best at everything. It would be much better if there were separate units for unconventional warfare, direct action, intel support, intel gathering, internal COIN ops, logistical support, etc.Regarding direct action, are they given the authority to conduct direct action behind enemy lines? I don't think they would mind if they are given the opportunity to plan and execute such operations.
When they have been given the opportunity to conduct ops behind enemy lines, they have done it right since 1965, haji pir pass.
Operating in enemy territory isn't something which a ground commander can decide, the order has to come from Delhi. So the point was the DGMO being an SF should have advised the leadership to make a proper structure of the SF.
Now if the SF are happy (as someone mentioned above) with the domain they are operating in, then there is no point in discussing I guess. Cause they would know what's best.
Most of them would have just been operating in Kashmir or along LoC. If you randomly ask them to conduct a raid in, say Skardu, they won't be prepared for it.
The direct action part itself isn't the problem. Infil and exfil is. You cannot expect choppers to get them there. SAM coverage is too good. They have to infiltrate through the LoC like the terrorists do, get to their target, kill/capture and get the fuck out the same way. All this before the porks can make sense of what is going on. So, it can't be too overt. They need special tactics, equipment and most importantly training to conduct said op. And solid intelligence.
Would the same guys that were operating along LoC till yesterday be prepared for that? No. A separate SOF unit is needed for that. Also, members of such a unit cannot be expected to check terrorist infiltration along LoC 24/7 under artillery shelling and shit.
You can just not expect as much as you do from Para SF. The apathy of the military leadership is to blame for this. They are still stuck in 1965. And the political will? It is fucking pathetic.