12 days after the Pulwama attack 12 Indian Air Force Mirage-2000 jets crossed the Line of Control (LoC) early on Tuesday (between 3:45 am to 4:04 am) and destroyed terror camps of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot.
Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale officially confirmed the air strike in the press conference and said a large number of JeM terrorists, trainers and senior commanders were eliminated at the largest terror training camp in Balakot. The camp was led by Maulana Yusuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghauri, brother-in-law of JeM Chief Masood Azhar. No civilian casualties have been reported.
This is the first time after the 1971 war that Indian fighter aircraft have entered Pakistani airspace. Indian aircraft did not cross the LoC even during the 1999 Kargil war.
The air strike comes 12 days after a terror attack on CRPF soldiers in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. Unlike the first surgical strikes conducted on September 29, Tuesday’s surgical strikes have been carried out deep inside Pakistani territory.
Around 1,000 kg of laser-guided bombs has been dropped on Jaish control sites in Bagalkot area and putting the casualty figures at around 300.
The Airstrike involved a very high-risk factor, however, the IAF Bravehearts completed the clean airstrike in just 21 mins. Pakistan was regularly carrying out terrorist activities in India and was violating ceasefire along LOC. With this surgical strike, India has given clear signals to Pakistan and terrorist groups active in Pakistan soil that the Indian policies are changed under Narendra Modi leadership and the New India will not forget and will not forgive.