Indian Air Force strikes in PoK LIVE: Fighter jets drop 1,000 kg bombs across LoC in Pakistan’s Balakot

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Air Force strikes in PoK: The strikes were conducted around 3.30am on February 26; a group of Mirage 2000 Indian fighter jets struck major terrorist camps across the LoC.

Air Force strikes in PoK: In a surprise to Pakistani security forces, the Indian Air Force reportedly dropped around 1,000 kg bombs on Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps across the (LoC) in Muzafarabad sector early morning on Tuesday. Pakistan army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor also confirmed that that the Indian Air Force (IAF) violated the Line of Control (LoC). “Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot,” he tweeted, adding that no casualties have been reported so far. ANI also reported: “At 0330 hours on 26th February, a group of Mirage 2000 Indian Fighter jets struck a major terrorist camp across the LoC and completely destroyed it.”

21:14: “Recognise India’s legitimacy to ensure its security against cross-border terrorism”: France

The statement by the acting spokesperson of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs says-

  • France most firmly condemns the terrible attack perpetrated on 14 February 2019 against Indian security forces in Pulwama, for which the terrorist group, Jaish-e-Mohammed, has claimed responsibility.
  • France recognises India’s legitimacy to ensure its security against cross-border terrorism and asks Pakistan to put an end to the operations of terrorist groups established on its territory.
  • France, which stands by India in the fight against terrorism in all its forms, is fully engaged in mobilising the international community to sanction the terrorists responsible for this attack and freezing their financing networks.
  • France solemnly calls on India and Pakistan to exercise restraint so as to avert any risk of military escalation and preserve strategic stability in the region.
  • The resumption of bilateral dialogue between Islamabad and New Delhi is necessary to initiate a peaceful settlement of differences.

20:06: IAF Strikes: Politicians Across Parties Praise India’s Air Strikes On Jaish Camp

IAF strikes: The political leaders across parties reacted positively to the Air Force’s retaliation after the Pulwama attack.

19:38: RSS congratulates Govt, IAF for translating people’s feeling into action

The RSS congratulated the government and the Indian Air Force for the pre-dawn air strikes on terror camps in Pakistan, saying they translated the the feelings and anger of millions of Indians.

18:53: Sushma Swaraj after the all party meeting, says that she is glad all leaders congratulated us for the surgical strikes and forgot all the political differences. Everybody all gave assurance to fight against terror.

18:35: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday after the all party meeting said, “We will continue to support our security forces to end terrorism from the country. The best thing about the operation was no civilian was killed.”

17:53: Fight Not With Pak, Fight With Terror Establishment: Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the all party meeting says:

  • Have spoken to US Secretary of state and many other foreign ministers.
  • The fight is not with Pakistan, but with terror establishments.

17:25: EU urges ‘maximum restraint’ from India, Pak after air strike: AFP

The EU on Tuesday called on New Delhi and Islamabad to exercise “maximum restraint” after twelve Indian Air Force Mirage 2000-5 IN fighter jets crossed the Line of Control around 3.30 am and dropped 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs on the targets.

17:18: India carried out pre-dawn, pre-emptive air strikes across the Line of Control to target Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, which was planning more attacks in the country after Pulwama, the government said today. Here’s what we know:

17:12: Pictures of Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot show a firing range, pool and a gym besides dormitories and training areas, official sources say.

Indian fighter jets destroyed the camp, flying across the Line of Control this morning.

9.39am: Where is Balakot in Pakistan: Balakot, a town in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan, is about 50 km (31 miles) from the Line of Control (LoC), which acts as a de facto border between the two countries that have fought three wars since their independence from British colonial rule in 1947, says Reuters.

9.30am: The action comes just 12 days after a CRPF convoy was targeted by a JeM suicide bomber, killing 40 personnel and injuring five others.

9.26am: All terror camps of JeM across Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad destroyed in Pakistan.

9.25am: Reports suggest Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been briefed on the air strikes conducted by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

9.19am: The government to brief media on the India Air Force strike soon. The government earlier declined to comment on the issue even though the  Pakistani side confirmed that India conducted air strikes across LoC in Balakot region in Pakistan.

9.09am: Pakistan army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor confirms the damage done by the Indian Air Force fighter jets.

9.07am: As per News18, the Indian Air Force strikes could have caused around 200-300 casualties on the Pakistani side.

9.05am: NC leader and former J&K CM Omar Abdullah lauds the Air Force, says “if this is true this was not a small strike by any stretch of imagination”.

9.01am: The government has so far declined to comment on the issue but has also not denied about reports of the Indian Air Force conducting strikes across the Line of Control.

9.00am: As many as 12 Mirage 2000 jets took part in the operation that completely destroyed several terror camps across the Line of Control in Pakistan.

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