This is the first time after the 1971 war that Indian fighter aircraft have violated Pakistani airspace. Indian aircraft did not cross the LoC even during the 1999 Kargil war. ANI has reported that The Indian Air Force fighter planes dropped 1000 kg bombs on early Tuesday on terror camps across in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (Pok).
Referring source, ANI has said, “At 0039 hours on 26th February a group of Mirage 2000 Indian fighter jets struck a major terrorist camp across LoC and completely destroyed it.”
Successfully Destroyed the Terror camps
It was a strike involving several fighter jets of the Indian Air Force which has now successfully destroyed camps. They belonged to Pakistan based terror outfits in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, PTI reports.
Reports say that LoC in Balakot, Chakothi, and Muzaffarabad sectors have completely been destroyed along with JeM control rooms. It is said that the force was targeting a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) hideout in Balakot sector with laser-guided bombs.
12 Mirage fighter jets were used in the operation resulting in complete destruction of terror camp across the LoC.
The incident comes two weeks after Pulwama attack where 40 CRPF soldiers got killed and martyred for the nation. The terror-attack had put Nation in outrage and Prime minister Narendra Modi had vowed to punish those behind the attack. He had said that no one will be spared.
The US has said it supports India’s “Right to self-defence” in the back of the attack.
- SurgicalStrike2 lasted for 21 minutes
- Balakot Attack – Between 3:45 AM to 3:53 AM
- Muzaffarabad Attack – Between 3:48 AM to 3:55 AM
- Chakoti Attack – 3:35 AM to 4:04 AM
12 Mirage2000 IAF Jets were divided into a group of 3 to 4 and carried out the strikes.
The Pakistan foreign minister has called for a meeting in Islamabad to discuss the security situation.
High Alert has been put on all air defence systems by Indian Air Force along the International border and LoC to respond to any possible action by Pakistan air force, ANI reported.
Pakistani F16s were scrambled to retaliate against IAF Mirage 2000s but turned back due to the size of Indian formation. Western Air Command coordinated the operation.
Senior BJP leader Mr. Subramanian swami said while speaking on the IAF strike across LOC, “Actually it was mostly on our own territory, which is called PoK- Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. So you can always bomb your own territory, nothing wrong,”
He added, “Even if it was their territory, we have under the United Nation charter, the right of self-defence. They have been attacking us and they say we want to give a thousand cuts to India, so our government did the right thing by giving them 1000 bombs.”
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief minister tweeted and said, “Wow, if this is true this was not a small strike by any stretch of the imagination but will wait for official word, should any be forthcoming,”
Congress president Rahul Gandhi said, “I Salute the Pilots of IAF.”
Congratulations to the #IndianAirForce for carrying out successful strikes on a terrorist camp across the LoC. Salute you with pride!
— Lokesh Nara #StayHomeSaveLives (@naralokesh) February 26, 2019
— Karan Fancywala ™ (@KaranFancywala) February 26, 2019
The laser guided bombs are built with Israeli technology and were first used in Kargil. The air strike happened around 3.30 am, sources
Shishir Gupta reports
— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) February 26, 2019
For the first time since 1971, #IndianAirForce jets have bombed beyond the line of control outside India.
Now that's HISTORIC! This is not even a #Surgicalstrike2 .. It is a clear attack on terror camps run deep inside Pakistan controlled borders.
How is the Josh? pic.twitter.com/vrDa1ycBnf
— Kiran Kumar S (@KiranKS) February 26, 2019
— Kiran Choudhry (@officekiran) February 26, 2019
— raj preeth (@raj_matrix1984) February 26, 2019
The confidence level shared between Modi Govt and our armed forces is just superb. Whether Surgical strike 1 or Surgical strike 2, the operation was conducted with utmost precision. Salute ??#Indiastrikesback
— Sheetal Mishra ? (@itssitu) February 26, 2019
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