India strikes back for Pulwama attack, confirms Indian govt
February 26, 2019
In the early hours of today, India carried out air strikes on terror camps across the Line of Control. At 3:30 this morning, 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force dropped 1,000 kg bombs on terror camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, apparently destroying them completely.
The strikes have been called 100% successful and went on exactly as planned. Prime Minister Narendra Modi met top ministers in the cabinet committee on security at his home in Delhi to take stock of the situation.
India's Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, representing the Indian government, confirmed that the strike was successful. He held a press meet by 11.30 am to confirm the same.
The Indian government had received information that Jaish-E-Mohammed is planning for more terror attacks in different parts of India. This strike was inevitable against terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed and it was a preventive action taken by the Indian government. Many senior commanders and terrorists could be eliminated in the strike at the biggest camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed at Balakot. No civilian casualties have been reported. In 2004, the Pakistan government had assured that their soil will not be used for terrorist activities. The Indian government hopes that Pakistan lives up to their public commitment and holds the terrorists accountable for their actions-Vijay Gokhale, Indian Foreign Secretary
Terror launch pads across the LOC were destroyed by the laser-guided bombs and so were the control rooms of the Jaish. The Air Force has put on high alert all air defence systems along the international border.
The attacks come two weeks after the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, in which over 40 soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed when a suicide bomber of the Jaish-e-Mohammed exploded a car full of bombs next to a security convoy.
A spokesperson for the Pakistan military has issued a statement post the attack.
"Indian aircrafts' intrusion across LOC in Muzafarabad Sector within AJ&K was 3-4 miles.Under forced hasty withdrawal aircrafts released payload which had free fall in open area. No infrastructure got hit, no casualties. Technical details and other important information to follow", tweeted Major General Asif Ghafoor, Spokesperson, Pakistan Armed Forces.
This is the first time in decades that India has sued air power across the border. Congress Party chief Rahul Gandhi said, "I salute the pilots of the IAF", while the official Congress handle said, "We salute the @IAF_MCC for their consistent & determined effort to keep Indians safe. Jai Hind".