In a pre-dawn operation, Indian Air Force hit Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camps in Pakistan territory today (Tuesday, Feb 26).
Around 0330 hours today, 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the IAF dropped 1,000 kg bombs on multiple terror camps of the JeM, completely destroying them, news agency ANI reported quoting Air Force sources.
Terror launch pads in Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffrabad across the Line of Control were destroyed by the laser-guided bombs and so were the control rooms of the Jaish, reported ANI.
Reports said the strikes were “100 per cent successful” and went on “exactly as planned”.
The Air Force has put on high alert all air defence systems along the international border and the Line of Control, the news agency reported.
A meeting of Cabinet Committee on Security was on at Prime Minister’s residence.
IAF’s action comes as India’s response to the Feb 14 attack by JeMtrained terrorist on a CRPF convoy on Jammu-Srinagar Highway in Pulwama in which 40 jawans were killed. The JeMled by Masood Azhar, had claimed responsibility for the attack and had also posted videos of the bomber, who had joined the terror group a year ago.
According to various reports, control rooms of Jaish-e-Mohammed have been destroyed in the aerial strike by IAF.
Sources: Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad terror launch pads across the LOC completely destroyed in IAF air strikes. JeM control rooms also destroyed pic.twitter.com/cSE0TjVsBS— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019
🇮🇳 I salute the pilots of the IAF. 🇮🇳— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 26, 2019
Subramanian Swamy: Even if it was their territory, we have under the United Nation charter the right of self-defence. They have been attacking us & they say we want to give a thousand cuts to India, so our government did the right thing by giving them 1000 bombs. https://t.co/t1N22SzLHS— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019
I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots who have made us proud by striking terror targets in Pakistan— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 26, 2019
ये मोदी का हिंदुस्तान है, घर में घुसेगा भी और मारेगा भी,— Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (@gssjodhpur) February 26, 2019
Air Force carried out aerial strike early morning today at terror camps across the LoC and Completely destroyed it
एक एक क़तरा ख़ून का हिसाब होगा !ये तो एक शुरुआत है .. ये देश नहीं झुकने दूंगा...#Balakot #Surgicalstrike2 pic.twitter.com/fqYJgWxuqX
Radio Pakistan reported that Pakistan Finance Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has summoned an emergency meeting today to “discuss situation after Indian Air Force’s violation of LOC. The meeting will discuss the security situation. It will be attended by former secretaries and senior ambassadors,” Radio Pakistan reported.