New Delhi: 12 days after the February 14 suicide attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group that claimed lives of 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, a group of Mirage 2000 Fighter jets struck a major terrorist camp across the LoC and completely destroyed it with 1,000 kg bombs. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir: 3 Jaish Terrorists, Including Bomb Expert, Killed in Pulwama Encounter
“At 0330 hours on 26th February a group of Mirage 2000 Indian Fighter jets struck a major terrorist camp across the LoC and completely destroyed it,”ANI quoted IAF Sources as saying. Also Read - Haryana Youth Poses As CISF Constable, Dupes IAF Officer of Rs 75,000 on E-commerce Website
Speaking to a news channel, IAF sources said that the laser-guided bombs were dropped on the terror camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps in Balakot, Chakoti and Muzaffarabad, completely destroying them.
If reports are to be believed, the decision to avenge the Pulwama attack was taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself.
Meanwhile, Pakistan armed forces spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor also admitted that the IAF warplanes crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in Muzafarabad sector.
“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,” Major General Asif Ghafoor, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the army, said in a tweet.
“Indian Air Force violated Line of Control Pakistan. Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled. Indian aircraft gone back,” he tweeted.
According to a report in Karachi-based newspaper Dawn, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has summoned emergency meeting to review the situation after Indian air force intruded Pakistan airspace.
Referring the strike as ‘self-defence’, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said,”We are bombing our own territory temporarily called PoK. So no international law broken but it is in self defence.”
BJP spokesperson Nighat Abbass also hailed the air strike on micro-blogging site Twitter saying,”This is the new India; it will enter the house and kill if you dare to poke it. Thanks PM Modi for giving a free hand to Army.”
Congress president Rahul Gandhi also expressed delight over the anti-terror operation. “I salute the pilots of the IAF,” Gandhi tweeted.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah also appreciated the strike and said that “if true, this was not a small strike”. However, he said that he would wait for official word.
Meanwhile, Indian Air Force has put on high alert all air defence systems along the international border and LoC to respond to any possible action by Pakistan Air Force.