12 days after the devastating Pulwama attack in Kashmir, carried by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group, India is now believed to have carried out air strikes inside Pakistan and targeted terror camps.
According to the government sources, the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Mirage 2000 fighter jets bombed terror camps in areas like Chakoti, Balakot, and Muzaffarabad, in a pre-dawn strike. Balakot, where the surgical strike was carried out is about 50 km from the Line of Control, a military control line between Pakistani and Indian controlled parts of Jammu and Kashmir. The operation lasted for about 20 minutes and nearly 1000 kgs of laser-guided bombs were dropped, the source added.
The development comes amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan after the February 14 suicide attack in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, which killed 40 CRPF soldiers.
Defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman briefed about the operation to honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The meeting of Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) was conducted by Modi, it was attended by Nirmala Sitharaman, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi praised the Indian Air Force. He tweeted saying, " I salute the pilots of the IAF". Delhi Chief Minister took to Twitter and said,
"I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots who have made us proud by striking terror targets in Pakistan". Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra stated that he is proud of the Indian army and he further added saying, "We have told Pakistan that our martyrs’ sacrifice will not go waste. I am an Indian and I feel proud today. I am waiting for more information, but I feel proud of what information I have got till now".
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