Surgical Strikes 2.0 LIVE Updates: Days after Pulwama attack, India on Tuesday carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan with top government sources saying that there were over 200 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.
COAS visited Headquarters Rawalpindi Corps. Commander Rawalpindi Corps updated COAS on operational situation & state of readiness along Line of Actual Contact (LAC), Line of Control and Working Boundary (WB). COAS expressed satisfaction on the state of preparations & readiness. pic.twitter.com/OjOl0j9q4R
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 25, 2019
While officials in the air force refused to comment, saying that they have nothing to reply, sources told CNN-News18 that the force was targeting a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) hideout in Balakot sector with laser-guided bombs. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is chairing a high-level CCS meeting in New Delhi along with Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Arun Jaitley on the attack.
🇮🇳 I salute the pilots of the IAF. 🇮🇳
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 26, 2019
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.
Video made by locals in Fort Abbas border area near Bahawalpur purport to show flights by Pak Air Force jet fighters in response to reports of flights by Indian jets pic.twitter.com/ix3QZLQnOs
— Khalid khi (@khalid_pk) February 25, 2019
The comment 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.
— Vivekk | विवेक | বিবেক | விவேக் (@Oyevivekk) February 26, 2019
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.