In what could be termed as one of the biggest victories of India, Indian Air Force (IAF) avenged the brutal Jaish-e-Muhammad attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama on Tuesday morning. Reports suggest that this was the first ever cross-border air strike that India had carried out in nearly five decades (last action was during Bangladesh war in 1971). Termed as Surgical Strike 2.0, IAF jets destroyed the joint training camps of Jaish and LeT inside Pakistan with 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets, 1,000 kg bombs in mere 21 minutes. Crossing the Line of Actual Control (LoC), and entire Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), the jets hit the terror camps in Balakot at 3:45 am.
‘क्षमाशील हो रिपु-समक्ष
तुम हुए विनीत जितना ही,
दुष्ट कौरवों ने तुमको
कायर समझा उतना ही।
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) February 26, 2019
Indian Army has shot down a Pakistani spy drone in Abdasa village, in Kutch, Gujarat. Army and police personnel present at the spot. pic.twitter.com/84wUJY916l
— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019
JeM’s Yusuf Azhar alias Mohammad Salim alias Ustaad Gohri who was targeted today by IAF #airstrike in Balakot across LOC was on the Interpol list and among the most wanted in India. pic.twitter.com/1eTj8FhFMJ
— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019
Post strike, a Pakistani Twitter user had posted what he claimed to be an ‘action’ by the Pakistan air force. He wrote, “Visuals of Pak Air Force in Action over and around Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir, and areas near LoC after failed attempt by Indian air force to intrude into Pak air space.” However, Pakistan’s jets did try to retaliate but according to news agency ANI, they turned back due to the huge size of the Indian Air Force.
Read below: Foreign Secretary’s statement on the strike…
On 14 February 2019, a suicide terror attack was conducted by a Pak based terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad, leading to the martyrdom of 40 brave jawans of the CRPF. JeM has been active in Pakistan for the last two decades, and is led by MASOOD AZHAR with its headquarters in Bahawalpur.
This organization, which is proscribed by the UN, has been responsible of a series of terrorist attacks including on the Indian Parliament in December 2001 and the Pathankot airbase in January 2016.
Information regarding the location of training camps in Pakistan and PoJK has been provided to Pakistan from time to time. Pakistan, however, denies their existence. The existence of such massive training facilities capable of training hundreds of jidhadis could not have functioned without the knowledge of Pakistan authorities.
India has been repeatedly urging Pakistan to take action against the JeM to prevent jihadis from being trained and armed inside Pakistan. Pakistan has taken no concrete actions to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism on its soil.
Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose. In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary.
In an intelligence led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated. This facility at Balakot was headed by MAULANA YOUSUF AZHAR (alias USTAD GHOURI), the brother-in-law of MASOOD AZHAR, Chief of JeM.