Cautioning that there is a possibility of "transnational signatures" in future terrorist campaigns, the Army's new sub-conventional warfare doctrine prescribes hitting all foreign mercenary groups hard.
"Transnational signatures are likely in future terrorist attacks," says the 45-page doctrine, made public by Chief of Army Staff Gen JJ Singh, and warns that the number of groups operating in India have internal equations and nexus.
Though the doctrine does not elaborate on transnational collaborations, it apparently implies that groups trained in different countries could be making a common cause.
It also warns of weapons of mass destruction falling into "non-state players and terrorist groups" and likelihood of terrorist organisations targeting the country's financial nerve centres and banking services along with command and control systems.
While the paper lays emphasis on use of velvet gloves for local insurgent groups, labelling them "misguided elements of the country", it calls upon security force personnel to show "no mercy" to foreign mercenaries.
"These elements profess no ideology or respect for civil norms and no quarter should be shown to them as they represent the face of gun-and-violence culture".
The doctrine has been drafted by the Shimla-based Army Training Command and would be reviewed after every five years to keep it in consonance with the prevailing environment.