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Surgical strike 2.0: Day after Balakot attack, India-Pakistan tensions escalate

The Indian Air Force hit major terror camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir in the wee hours of February 26. Here's all we know so far.

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In a press briefing, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "One Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by Indian Air Force. In this engagement, we have lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan claims he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts." <strong><em>Read on to find out everything you need to know about the India-Pak tussle.</em></strong> (Image: ANI)
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In a press briefing, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "One Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by Indian Air Force. In this engagement, we have lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan claims he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts." Read on to find out everything you need to know about the India-Pak tussle. (Image: ANI)

In the wake of Pulwama terror attack which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF soldiers, Indian Air Force (IAF) launched an attack on the perpetrators Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed sending 12 Mirage-2000 jets across the Line of Control (LoC) early on February 26 morning, conducting surgical strikes on JeM camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). (Image: Moneycontrol)
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In the wake of Pulwama terror attack which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF soldiers, Indian Air Force (IAF) launched an attack on the perpetrators Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed sending 12 Mirage-2000 jets across the Line of Control (LoC) early on February 26 morning, conducting surgical strikes on JeM camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). (Image: Moneycontrol)

Timeline of the surgical strike: The IAF jets struck JeM hotbeds with 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs in Balakot at around 3.45 am, Muzafarrabad at around 3.48 am and Chakoti at around 3.58 am. (Image: Twitter/ Gajendra Singh Shekhawat)
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Timeline of the surgical strike: The IAF jets struck JeM hotbeds with 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs in Balakot at around 3.45 am, Muzafarrabad at around 3.48 am and Chakoti at around 3.58 am. (Image: Twitter/ Gajendra Singh Shekhawat)

Casualties: The IAF primarily targeted the biggest JeM camp headed by Maulana Yusuf Azhar, alias Ustad Ghauri (not in pic) - brother-in-law of JeM Chief Masood Azhar (L). According to Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, the location of the strike was chosen to make sure there were no civilian casualties. The total number of reported casualties were more than 200, though Pakistan has denied the same. (Image: Moneycontrol)
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Casualties: The IAF primarily targeted the biggest JeM camp headed by Maulana Yusuf Azhar, alias Ustad Ghauri (not in pic) - brother-in-law of JeM Chief Masood Azhar (L). According to Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, the location of the strike was chosen to make sure there were no civilian casualties. The total number of reported casualties were more than 200, though Pakistan has denied the same. (Image: Moneycontrol)

The instruments of destruction:  The Mirage-2000 fighter jets are manufactured by French company Dassault Aviation that also manufactures the Rafale Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircrafts. One of the most versatile and deadliest aircraft in IAF's arsenal, the Mirage-2000 was first commissioned in 1985. It played a decisive role in the 1999 war of Kargil and turned it in India’s favour. The jet features a fly-by-wire flight control system and has a Sextant VE-130 HUD, which displays data related to navigation, flight control, weapon firing and target engagement. The Mirage-2000 fighter jet is capable of launching both air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles and has a Thomson-CSF RDY (Radar Doppler Multi-target) radar on board. (Image: Moneycontrol)
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The instruments of destruction:  The Mirage-2000 fighter jets are manufactured by French company Dassault Aviation that also manufactures the Rafale Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircrafts. One of the most versatile and deadliest aircraft in IAF's arsenal, the Mirage-2000 was first commissioned in 1985. It played a decisive role in the 1999 war of Kargil and turned it in India’s favour. The jet features a fly-by-wire flight control system and has a Sextant VE-130 HUD, which displays data related to navigation, flight control, weapon firing and target engagement. The Mirage-2000 fighter jet is capable of launching both air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles and has a Thomson-CSF RDY (Radar Doppler Multi-target) radar on board. (Image: Moneycontrol)

What Indians said: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level CCS meeting in New Delhi early on February 26 morning along with Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Arun Jaitley on the attack. Modi also briefed President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu about Indian Air Force’s striking a JeM terror camp in Balakot. (Image: ANI)
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What Indians said: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level CCS meeting in New Delhi early on February 26 morning along with Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Arun Jaitley on the attack. Modi also briefed President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu about Indian Air Force’s striking a JeM terror camp in Balakot. (Image: ANI)

Foreign Secretary of India, Vijay Gokhale, in a press conference said that the air strikes on JeM camps were "non-military preemptive action, in the face of imminent danger." Gokhale added that the strikes were carried out on “the biggest training camp in Balakot”, which he said was being run by Maulana Yusuf Azhar, the brother-in-law of JeM chief, Maulana Masood Azhar. However, as of now, it is unclear whether Maula Yusuf Azhar was killed in the attack. (Image: Moneycontrol)
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Foreign Secretary of India, Vijay Gokhale, in a press conference said that the air strikes on JeM camps were "non-military preemptive action, in the face of imminent danger." Gokhale added that the strikes were carried out on “the biggest training camp in Balakot”, which he said was being run by Maulana Yusuf Azhar, the brother-in-law of JeM chief, Maulana Masood Azhar. However, as of now, it is unclear whether Maula Yusuf Azhar was killed in the attack. (Image: Moneycontrol)

Lt General DS Hooda (Retd), the commanding officer of the Northern Army Command who oversaw the surgical strikes in 2016, said that the IAF must have planned it well, selected routes, used sophisticated jammers. "IAF is much superior to Pakistan as far as technology is concerned. I think we are more than adequately prepared to retaliate. My thinking is that it's not going to be anything big from their side," Hooda told News18. (Image: Wikipedia)
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Lt General DS Hooda (Retd), the commanding officer of the Northern Army Command who oversaw the surgical strikes in 2016, said that the IAF must have planned it well, selected routes, used sophisticated jammers. "IAF is much superior to Pakistan as far as technology is concerned. I think we are more than adequately prepared to retaliate. My thinking is that it's not going to be anything big from their side," Hooda told News18. (Image: Wikipedia)

Opposition leaders including Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal lauded the air strike, saluting the bravado of Indian Air Force pilots. Prominent politicians such as Omar Abdullah, Mamta Banerjee and Mehbooba Mufti also weighed in on the strikes. While Abdullah speculated the response of Pakistan, Banerjee hailed the IAF. (Image: Moneycontrol)
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Opposition leaders including Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal lauded the air strike, saluting the bravado of Indian Air Force pilots. Prominent politicians such as Omar Abdullah, Mamta Banerjee and Mehbooba Mufti also weighed in on the strikes. While Abdullah speculated the response of Pakistan, Banerjee hailed the IAF. (Image: Moneycontrol)

The response: Pakistan's fighter jets violated Indian air space in Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district but were pushed back by Indian jets on air patrol, reported PTI. (Image: Air Combat Command)
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The response: Pakistan's fighter jets violated Indian air space in Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district but were pushed back by Indian jets on air patrol, reported PTI. (Image: Air Combat Command)

y: Pakistan via its Inter-Services Public Relations (DGSIPR) Twitter handle tweeted: "In response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF crossed LOC. PAF shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K while [the] other fell inside IOK. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on [the] ground while two in the area." However, India denied Pakistan's claim stating that all pilots have been "accounted for". The airforce further revealed that the jet that crashed in Budgam, claiming the lives of two soldiers, was actually an IAF Mi-17 helicopter, not a fighter jet and the crash was due to a technical default, not because of Pakistani attack. (Image: ANI)
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Pakistan via its Inter-Services Public Relations (DGSIPR) Twitter handle tweeted: "In response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF crossed LOC. PAF shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K while [the] other fell inside IOK. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on [the] ground while two in the area." However, India denied Pakistan's claim stating that all pilots have been "accounted for". The airforce further revealed that the jet that crashed in Budgam, claiming the lives of two soldiers, was actually an IAF Mi-17 helicopter, not a fighter jet and the crash was due to a technical default, not because of Pakistani attack. (Image: ANI)

Rising tension between the two nations: Reports suggest that the Indian Air Force is now in the highest state of alert. IAF jets are in a high state of readiness and can take off in two minutes. The Army and BSF have also been put on the highest degree of alertness along the border in Rajouri and Poonch districts. Authorities have ordered temporary closure of educational institutions in a 5-km radius along the Line of Control (LoC). (Image: Moneycontrol)
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Rising tension between the two nations: Reports suggest that the Indian Air Force is now in the highest state of alert. IAF jets are in a high state of readiness and can take off in two minutes. The Army and BSF have also been put on the highest degree of alertness along the border in Rajouri and Poonch districts. Authorities have ordered temporary closure of educational institutions in a 5-km radius along the Line of Control (LoC). (Image: Moneycontrol)

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has met all paramilitary DGs. Singh was briefed about the border situation. He gave specific instructions to all DGs for complete preparedness at the border and full strength deployment. Instructions were also given for safeguarding civilians and following standard operating procedures (SOPs) in case of any emergency. (Image: Moneycontrol)
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Home Minister Rajnath Singh has met all paramilitary DGs. Singh was briefed about the border situation. He gave specific instructions to all DGs for complete preparedness at the border and full strength deployment. Instructions were also given for safeguarding civilians and following standard operating procedures (SOPs) in case of any emergency. (Image: Moneycontrol)

Commercial flight operations were suspended at Amritsar airport. Meanwhile, Vistara notified via Twitter that flights to and from Amritsar, Srinagar, Chandigarh and Jammu were put on hold due to airspace restrictions. Pakistan also shut down domestic and international commercial flights from airports in Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad and Sialkot. (Image: Flightradar)
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Commercial flight operations were suspended at Amritsar airport. Meanwhile, Vistara notified via Twitter that flights to and from Amritsar, Srinagar, Chandigarh and Jammu were put on hold due to airspace restrictions. Pakistan also shut down domestic and international commercial flights from airports in Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad and Sialkot. (Image: Flightradar - *Map not to scale)

First Published on Feb 27, 2019 03:12 pm
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