12 days after the Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Air Force on Tuesday morning crossed the Line of Control and carried out aerial strikes at multiple targets.
There were at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel who were killed in the worst attack in Pulwama on February 14. The Pakistan-based JeM had claimed responsibility for the gruesome attack.
Amid calls to take revenge for the Pulwama attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently assured: “Is baar purahisab lenge (We will settle the books in full this time).”
Notably, on September 29, 2016, the Indian Army had conducted surgical strikes on seven terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) as a response to an attack on its base in Uri on September 18, 2016.
According to the sources, The IAF used Mirage-2000 jets with laser-guided 1,000-pound bombs causing an estimated casualty of 200-300. The laser-guided bombs are built with Israeli technology and were first used in Kargil. The air strike happened around 3.30 am.
After the attack in Pakistan, the Union Minister Prakash Javedkar said: “Our army has demonstrated extreme bravery.” He also added in the statement that the entire country is standing with the armed forces.
Prime Minister was holding an official meeting at his residence to review the situation. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval were also present in the meeting.
A top intelligence source confirmed the strike at one of the biggest Jaish e Mohammed camp in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan terrorist group.
According to analysts, the strike confirmed that India will deploy full spectrum deterrence if hit by a terror strike by Pakistan based terrorist group.
“The Modi government has made it clear from Uri 2016 that every terror strike will be met with retaliation,” said a top diplomat. “The question in the past was should we or should we not. Now it is when where and how.”