— Priyank Bothra (@bothrapinkz) February 26, 2019
Things we know about the strike so far
– The attack took place in Balakot, a town in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan, which is about 50 km (31 miles) from the Line of Control (LoC), which acts as a de facto border between the two countries that have fought three wars since their independence from British colonial rule in 1947.
– Indian military aircraft crossed into Balakot in Pakistan and “released a payload” after Pakistan scrambled its own jets
– The operation lasted for about 20 minutes.
– Drones were also a part of the operation.
– Karachi-based newspaper Dawn has reported that Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has summoned an emergency meeting to review the situation after Indian air force intruded Pakistan airspace.
– Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level CCS meeting in New Delhi along with Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman and Arun Jaitley.
Karachi-based newspaper Dawn reported that Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has also summoned an emergency meeting to review the situation after Indian air force intruded Pakistan airspace.
– Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale confirmed the air strike and said a large number of JeM terrorists, trainers and senior commanders were eliminated in largest JeM camp in Balakot. The camp was led by Maulana Yusuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghauri, brother-in-law of JeM Chief Masood Azhar. The government said the camp was located on a hilltop, deep in a forest, and far away from any civilian presence.
Read the Pakistan Major General Asif Ghafoor’s Tweet Below:
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.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 26, 2019
News Agency ANI tweeted informing about the IAF action:
IAF Sources: 1000 Kg bombs were dropped on terror camps across the LoC https://t.co/jpC2w5f8X7
— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019
Tensions are high between the neighbours following the ghastly February 14 attack
India’s operation comes two week after the terror attack in Pulwama in which over 44 soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed when a suicide bomber of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed exploded a car full of bombs next to a security convoy.
A 22-year-old Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Adil Ahmad Dar was identified as the suicide bomber who carried out the attack. Accused of one of the deadliest terrorist attacks the state has ever witnessed, Dar lived just 10 kilometres away from the attack spot in Gundibagh.
Soon after the Pulwama terror attack, India had appealed to the international community to back the naming of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a “UN designated terrorist”.
On September 29, 2016, the army had carried out surgical strikes on seven terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in retaliation to an attack on its base in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri earlier that month.
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