In a sensational development, 12 Mirage 2000 Indian Fighter jets struck a major terrorist camp across the LoC at 3:30 AM on 26 February. In the attack, the fighter jets dropped 1000 kilogramme of explosives on a major terror installation of Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist group, across the Line of Control.
Currently the government sources said that the Balakot Jaish camp has been completely flattened in the limited strikes conducted by Indian Air Force. The sources also added that initial assessment of damages suggest at least 200 to 300 casualties.
Few claim that this is not a surgical strike because the Indian Air Force went deep inside Pakistan territory. Editor of My Nation, Abhijit Majumder said “This is not Surgical Strike 2. Balakot is in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, just 60 km or so from Abbottabad where Pakistan military nestles, where Osama bin Laden was killed. Indian Mirage 2000s have struck deep in the heart of Pakistan. This is a full-blown attack”.
Defence analyst and journalist Shiv Aroor reported “Indian MoD and IAF to make statement shortly on Major General Asif Ghafoor’s claim that India may have conducted air strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir”
Even when the 2016 surgical strike had taken place, Pakistan had denied the news just to prevent itself from any kind of embarrassment.
Even this time Pakistan is following the same tactic as the Pakistan Amy spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor denied any attack from Indian air Force. But said that the Indian Airforce had violated the Line of Control. This confirms the news that Indian fighter jets penetrated into Pakistan.
He stated “Indian Air Force violated Line of Control. Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled. Indian aircrafts gone back. Details to follow”.
He added “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”.