Is Indian Military planning another adventure across Pakistani borders?
NEW DELHI - Indian Special forces commandos division has been deployed along the Pakistani border who launched counter-terrorism operations in simulated environments that could emerge while countering terrorists.
The operations cum surgical strikes were conducted at Pakistani border in the first spec ops exercises. Indian Army, Air Force, and Navy commandos took part in "Operation Smelling Field" to fine-tune their counter-terrorism skills and other drills in anticipation of receiving orders from the central government to undertake possible surgical strikes on terror training camps and launch pads located across the border in the near future.
This first exercise of the Armed Forces Special Operations Division, codenamed “Smelling Field”, was conducted near Naliya town in Kutch district of the Indian state of Gujarat, Indian news agency ANI quoted defence sources as saying.
"There are important Air Force and Army bases in and around the town of Naliya which is a part of Kutch district. The exercise was conducted in Gujarat to test the team’s skills", said Indian defence sources speaking on condition of anonymity.
After the success of the drills conducted over the weekend, the defence sources confirmed that the Special Operations Division will undertake more such exercises in the near future.
The Armed Forces Special Operations Division (AFSOD) is currently led by Major General Ashok Dhingra. He is the first chief of this commando force.
Future plans include tighter integration of the three Special Forces to reduce costs of training, logistics, and administration. Prior to the first war games, the three special forces functioned independently. A decision has now been taken to make the AFSOD the nodal command and control point for all three commando structures.