New Delhi: Surgical strikes 2.0, which deployed 12 Mirage-2000 fighters, proved to be bigger than the ones conducted on September 29, 2016, after the Uri attack. At 0330 hours on 26th February, a group of Mirage 2000 Indian Fighter jets struck major terrorist camps across the LoC and completely destroyed it. Reports claimed that the decision to avenge the Pulwama attack was taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself. Also Read - Virat Kohli Makes Big Statement Ahead Of WTC Final Against New Zealand
Here are the reasons why Surgical Strikes 2.0 are much larger in scale when compared to the first surgical strike after Uri-attack: Also Read - India Playing XI For WTC Final Announced: Ishant Sharma In, Siraj Sits Out. Details Here
1) The first surgical strikes were conducted by special forces near Kupwara and Poonch located near the LoC. Surgical strikes 2.0, on the other hand, struck deep into the Pakistani territory. Moreover, the Indian fighter aircraft have crossed the Line of Control for the second time after the 1971 war. Notably, even during the 1999 Kargil war, the Indian aircraft had not crossed the Line of Control (LoC). Also Read - WTC Final: I Feel Strike Rate is Absolute Non-Sense: Dinesh Karthik Defends Cheteshwar Pujara's Approach
2) In the surgical strikes 2.0, the IAF has dropped a huge payload of weapons on Jaish sites which were much larger than the artillery and gunfire used in the first surgical strike.
3) The first surgical strike was the ground operations and with limited a small target in sight. However, the surgical strike 2.0 killed approximately 300 terrorists.
4) This is the first time Air Power has been used to destroy the terror camps. Even during the Kargil war, Mirage 2000 didn’t cross the LoC.
India retaliated with a surgical strike on the Pakistani territory of Balakot and two other sites in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) namely Muzaffarabad and Chakothi. The major strike comes barely two weeks after the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist carried out the dastardly Pulwama terror attack, which claimed lives of 40 CRPF jawans.
(With Agency inputs)