The distinct sound of fighter jets, in Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir, is just too loud to disregard as a ‘routine security drill’. Hours ago, India made its move three hours past midnight, ‘Surgical Strike 2.0’. The Indian Air Force (IAF) dropped 1000kg of laser-guided bombs on Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) biggest training camp in Balakot, Pakistan.
In an election rally in Rajasthan, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the people that ‘India is in safe hands’. PM Modi said “It is such a moment that we should salute our brave-hearts, bow to them. There is nothing more important than this country.”
India’s Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said credible intelligence was received that JeM was planning more suicide attacks in India. He said the preemptive strike became absolutely necessary and added that ‘top commanders’ were eliminated in the strike. Maulana Yousuf Azhar, the brother-in-law of Masood Azhar was the head of the Balakot JeM camp.
Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said the Indian military planes had violated the Line of Control (LoC). A statement from the Prime Minister Office said ‘Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing’.
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JeM, Pakistani militant group, was behind the Pulwama terror attack that killed over 40 CRPF soldiers. Since the attack, there has been regular war of words between India and Pakistan. Though the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan denied his country’s role in the terror attack, India and ally countries such as Iran and France have accused Pakistan of harboring terrorists.