Tuesday, February 26, 2019

India hits back for Pulwama terror attack, Jaish terror camps demolished in IAF strike

India hits back for Pulwama terror attack,
Jaish terror camps demolished in IAF strike

New Delhi: Within 12 days after Pulwama attack (14th February 2019), India on Tuesday, 26th February 2019 carried out Surgical Strike 2 by air strikes in Pakistan with top government sources saying that there were over 200-to 300 casualties from IAF strike. Reports say that terror launch pads across the LoC in Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad sectors have completely been destroyed along with JeM control rooms.

While officials in the air force refused to comment, saying that they have nothing to reply, sources informed that the force targetted a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) hideout in Balakot sector with laser-guided bombs.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level CCS meeting in New Delhi earlier today along with Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Arun Jaitley on the attack.
News agency ANI quoted IAF sources as saying that the "attack" took place at 3:30 am when 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets "struck a major terrorist camp across the LoC and completely destroyed it with 1,000 kg bombs.

The reaction has come days after the Pulwama attack, where 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM had claimed responsibility for the attack. The incident had escalated tensions between the two neighbours, with New Delhi vowing to take stern action against Islamabad.

Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations Major-General Asif Ghafoor had tweeted saying that a "payload was released in haste, which fell near Balakot". However, no casualties or damage was reported, he added.
Indian Air Force fighter planes dropped laser-guided bombs at a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp across the Line of Control in Balakote, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa early on morning, intelligence sources have said.

The laser guided bombs are built with Israeli technology and were first used in Kargil. The air strike happened around 3.30 am.

According to top government sources, the Balakote camp is spread around 6 to 7 acres and is the biggest Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Pakistan.

“Our army has demonstrated extreme bravery”, said Union Minister Prakash Javdekar in the first comment by a senior government functionary on the cross-border strike. The entire country is standing with the armed forces, he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also held a top security meet at his official residence to review the situation. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval are among those present at the Cabinet Committee of Security meeting.

While all top government officials are refusing to take the call, a top intelligence source confirmed the strike at one of the biggest Jaish e Mohammed camp in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. According to analysts, the strike confirmed that India will deploy full spectrum deterrence if hit by a terror strike by Pakistan based terrorist group.

“The Modi government made it clear from Uri 2016 that every terror strike will be met with a retaliation ,” said a top diplomat. “The question in the past was should we or should we not. Now it is when where and how.”.

The strike comes almost two weeks after a terror attack killed 40 CRPF troopers in Pulwama in south Kashmir that raised tensions between India and Pakistan. The suicide bombing had led to calls for punitive strikes against Pakistan for harbouring terrorists.

Pakistan’s Director General of Inter Services Public Relations Pakistan, 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.”

IAF strike by India was praised by one and all including Congress President Rahul Gandhi, J & K former CM Omer Abdullah, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee, Karnatak Chief Minister H.D. Kumarswamy, Delhi CM Aravind Kejriwal. Tweets flooded with praising IAF strike.

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