The last two days have been not easy for Pakistan. Exactly Twelve days after the Pulwama terror attack, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out major strikes at terror camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot town of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. At 3.30am on Tuesday (26 Feb 2019) morning, India woke up to the news of the Indian Air Force attacking terror camps. India carried out the strike by 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets.
The aircraft dropped 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs on a major terror camp across the Line of Control, completely destroying it. Now the question is where is Balakot and why was it IAF’s target for surgical strike 2.0?
You will find all the details as to why did the Indian Air Force (IAF) target Balakot for the second surgical strike and why was it so important to strike Balakot immediately.
Where is Balakot?
Balakot is a town, located in Pakistan. It is hub of jihadi militants and is around 50 kilometres Abbottabad, famous for housing Osama bin laden after 9/11 attacks. Don’t be mistaken as there is a place known as Balakot in Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand as well. The surgical strike was carried out was in a town known as Balakot which is in Pakistan.
Why did the IAF target Balakot?
It was a base, for training “fidayeen” fighters, or those who launched suicide attacks against the group’s chosen targets. Balakot had the biggest camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group, which was 80 km from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir or PoK.
Balakot lies in the Mansehra district in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, which is situated nearly 18 miles from the North West Frontier Province in Pakistan. Trainers in Balakot, which is situated by the side of Kunhar River, were ex-army personnel.
Yousuf Azhar, brother-in-law of JeM leader Masood Azhar, was the prime target of Indian Air Force as he was reportedly running the terror camp in Balakot which was pounded by India in the early hours of Tuesday. According to Indian intelligence officials, perpetrators of the Pulwama attack were trained at this camp. Also Read: How India Planned & Carried ‘Operation Balakot’, Monitored By PM Modi
Yousuf Azhar is linked to the originary moment of the Jaish. He is wanted by the Central Bureau of Investigation for his alleged role in the hijacking of the Indian Airlines flight IC-814 in December 1999, engineered by the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen. It led to a hostage crisis in Kandahar that would eventually force the government to release Masood Azhar and two other prisoners then lodged in Indian jails. Masood Azhar went on to form the Jaish, launching an era of suicide attacks in India.
Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot was likely to continue their plans for the next suicide mission in Kashmir. The terrorists were sent to Balakot for advance Daura-e-Khaas training in weapons, explosives and field tactics. Balakot is an epicentre for terror activities and training of terror groups and had several accommodations for trainee terrorists. Masood Azhar and other terrorist leaders had earlier delivered an inspirational speech for trainee terrorists in Balakot.
Indian Foreign Secretary, Vijay Gokhale, termed this as a non-military attack over Balakot
This was majorly conducted to remove the terror uprising in the area of Balakot and was also done to destroy the JeM camps. The major air attack was done at 3:30 am, which caught Pakistan unaware. According to BBC Urdu, villagers in Manshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said they heard four to five loud blasts between 3 am and 4 am on Tuesday morning, which provided clear evidence of the air attack. Also Read: Don’t Miss These Funny Trolls & Memes Strike Against Pakistan
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