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Special Operations India: Pathankot on History TV18 on June 25

The documentary is about Indian Special Forces who successfully prevented the terrorists from damaging air force assets at Pathankot and saved civilians at the cost of their own lives

History TV18 will present the true story of the counter terror operation as it unfolded with “Special Operations India: Pathankot” on June 25 at 9 pm.

This one-hour documentary based on true events is the third film in the “Special Operations India” limited series. The first two were about India’s Surgical Strikes in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and the Indian Special Forces action on insurgent camps in Myanmar. 


On New Year’s Eve 2015, a group of terrorists from Pakistan infiltrated into Punjab. Their aim was to attack the frontline Pathankot Airbase, destroy defence assets and kill as many Indian citizens as possible.

Following a police report, Indian Intelligence agencies intercept calls made by the terrorists and take measures to pre-empt an attack. The sprawling 2,000-acre Indian Air Force station at Pathankot goes on a red alert. After lying hidden for almost 24 hours, the terrorists are spotted. The hunt begins. 


At Pathankot, the Garud Commando Force, the IAF’s first line of defence, along with the National Security Guard (NSG), India’s elite federal contingency force, were called upon to neutralise the terrorist threat, in a counter terror operation on home soil. The documentary recreates the mission to hunt down and eliminate the Fidayeen terrorists, in dramatic action sequences, with authenticity and little known facts.

Indian Special Forces successfully prevented the terrorists from damaging air force assets.  Civilians on the base were also kept safe. But brave Indian defence personnel made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. This is their story. 

The tense narrative follows India’s Garud and NSG Commandos in their mission to stop the suicide attackers. The story is pieced together with new findings and first-hand accounts of the men who fought to protect the airbase.

Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor to the Govt of India, Air Marshal S.B Deo, Vice-Chief of Air Staff, Manohar Parrikar, Former Defence Minister, IAF Group Captain V. Badoni, Squadron Leader, Garud Commando Force, IAF Squadron Leader, Yashu Bhardwaj and Nitin Gokhale, Defence Analyst and Author, tell the compelling story in their own words, with rare insights.

Avinash Kaul, COO, Network18 and MD A+E Networks | TV18, said, “Special Operations: India, Pathankot, is yet another tale of valour showcasing the grit and mettle of the Indian Armed Forces. These India productions help add new dimension to our programming, by making high-voltage, contemporary stories come alive through first person narratives of people directly involved. Such shows, with stellar production values and new-age storytelling, have clearly established History TV18 as the leader in Factual Entertainment in India.”

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Meenakshi Raju



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