New Delhi: The Indian Air Force on Tuesday carried out air strikes inside Pakistan early Tuesday, decimating several terror camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed on the Pakistani side.
The strikes involving several Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force successfully destroyed camps belonging to Pakistan-based terror outfits in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
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The strike by the IAF comes 12 days after the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed carried out the dastardly terror attack in Pulwama, which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF jawans.
Here is what we know so far about the IAF operation across the Line of Control:
• In an intelligence lead operation in the early hours today, India struck the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commander & Jihadis were eliminated, says Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.
• Twelve Mirage 2000 fighter jets pounded terror camps in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakoti by shelling 1,000 kg bombs in the well-planned strike. Three attacks were carried out in Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad at 3.45 am, 3.48 am and 3 .58 am respectively.
• Pakistani F16s were scrambled to retaliate against IAF Mirage 2000s but turned back due to size of Indian formation. Western Air Command coordinated operation.
• Prime Minister Modi chaired a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Security which was attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Sitharaman.
• Indian Army sources said that the forces targeted camps belonging to terror outfits JeM, Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba.
• Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has summoned an emergency meeting in Islamabad. The meeting will discuss the security situation, reported Radio Pakistan.
• Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad terror launch pads across the LOC completely destroyed in IAF air strikes. JeM control rooms also destroyed, say sources.
• In Islamabad, the Pakistan Army alleged that the Indian Air Force violated the Line of Control (LoC) in Muzaffarabad sector, but denied of any casualty or damage.
• The development comes amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan after the February 14 suicide attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group that killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.