The Indian Air Force jets on Tuesday carried out unprecedented air strikes on terror camps across the Line of Control in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. According to reports, as many as 12 Mirage 2000 jets took part in the operation that dropped 1000 Kg bombs on terror camps across LOC at around 3 am on Tuesday, completely destroying it.
A report by news agency ANI said that Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad terror launch pads across the LOC were completely destroyed in IAF air strikes. Jaish-e-Mohammed control rooms has also been destroyed, added the report.
Meanwhile, India’s Cabinet Committee on Security has started. Attending the meeting are Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has called for an emergency meeting in Islamabad to discuss the security situation.
Some reports said that Pakistani F16s had scrambled to retaliate against IAF Mirage 2000s but turned back due to size of the Indian formation. Western Air Command was involved in coordinating the secret operation.
Pakistani military’s spokesperson Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted, “Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzafarabad sector. Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot. No casualties or damage.”
He also tweeted a series of photos in support of his claims.
Payload of hastily escaping Indian aircrafts fell in open. pic.twitter.com/8drYtNGMsm
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 26, 2019
Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted, ” I salute the pilots of the IAF.”
The latest air strikes by the Indian Air Force has come two weeks after a terror attack in Pulwama killed 45 soldiers.
On September 29, 2016, the army had carried out what it said were surgical strikes in the Pakistani territory.
- Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale met envoys of US, UK, Australia, China, Russia, Turkey, Indonesia among others in Delhi to brief them about today’s air strikes.
- This was grave aggression by India against Pakistan. This is a violation of LoC and Pakistan has the right to retaliate in self defence: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi
- Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh tweets, “Great job by the
#IndianAirForce. The #IAFStrikes have sent the much needed signal to Pakistan and the terrorists it’s harbouring – don’t think you can get away with acts like the #PulwamaAttack. Bravo to the #IAF men and my full support for the action.”
- Former IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal (retd) AY Tipnis: Congratulations to Indian Air Force. I didn’t expect the force to pull off such performance.
- MEA to hold press conference at 11.30 am
- RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav tweets, “We salute bravery of our pilots and Air Force. We are blessed and proud of our forces. Jai Hind.”
- Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit tweeted, “Salutes to our brave soldiers. We are proud of you.”
- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots who have made us proud.”