The terrorist activities in the training camps in PoK are not something new for India. The Indian army has been patiently dealing with terrorism since decades. However, the recent Pulwama attack against the country crossed all the boundaries of patience, when at least 46 Indian soldiers died, making it the deadliest single attack against the Indian forces in the region since 1986. A Pakistan-based group, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) took the complete responsibility of the attack, which the country did not take lightly.
Vijay Gokhale, the India Foreign Secretary, confirmed during a press conference that on Tuesday the Indian Air Force (IAF) had performed an aerial strike inside Pakistan that targeted the training camp of JeM. He also added that a very large number of JeM terrorists, commanders, trainers, and groups of jihadis–who were planning for another suicidal attack–were killed. This makes the first attack of India since the Indo-Pak war of 1971 and regarded as a necessary operation to control the increasing operations of JeM.
This Tuesday, India conducted a pre-dawn aerial strike on the key terror training facilities of JeM, situated at Balakot in the region of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The strike took place after 12 days of Pulwama attack of JeM and it included deliberately crossing of Line of Control (LOC) as it was 65 km away from LOC. India’s five to six Mirage-2000s jet fighters crossed the LOC by over 10 km on at 3:27 am and showered with laser-guided 1,000-pound bombs that caused an estimated casualty of 200-300 before returning to base. It is expected that the attack destroyed a facility which was sheltering a large number of terrorists, handlers, and trainers. The entire two-hour operation that started with the takeoff of Mirage-2000 jets and their touch down at the respective bases was well-choreographed and performed under the supervision of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. However, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the Pakistan Foreign Minister cleared that these actions of India will be regarded as grave aggression, as it involved a clear violation of LOC and Pakistan holds the right to self-defend and give a rightful response.
What did the U.S government say?
In the aftermath of the Tuesday’s attack, the U.S. has singled out Pakistan and condemned its previous attack. Moreover, it stated that the U.S. will resolve to bolster counterterrorism cooperation with India and it has offered to see its unarmed Guardian surveillance drones to improve India’s military capabilities to effectively deal with terrorism.