The Indian Air Force (IAF), on early Tuesday, bombarded the training camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist group in the Balakot area of Pakhtunkhwa province situated around 50 kilometres away from the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan territory. This was the first time IAF crossed LoC after 1971 Indo-Pak war. The sources claim the JeM camp in the dense forest area of Balakot housed more than 300 terrorists which was headed by JeM chief’s, Masood Azhar, brother-in-law, Yusuf Azhar alias Ustad Gauri. Yusuf was involved in the 1999 plane hijack of IC-814 and was in the most wanted list of InterPol.
The air strike was a response to the killing of more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, on February 14 in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, when they were heading to Srinagar from Jammu in a convoy of 78 CRPF buses which was carrying 2500 CRPF personnel. The attack was contrived by a fidayeen (suicide) bomber who drove a white SUV loaded with more than 300 kilograms of explosives. JeM had taken the responsibility of the catastrophic deadly attack which had resulted in the body parts of the personnel strewn on the streets.
India condemned the dastardly and cowardly attack by the Pakistan sponsored terrorist group and promised a strong retaliation. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi had warned the masterminds of the attack as well as “their guardians” of strategic action that they will force the culprits “remorse” for committing this sin. It’s 12 days from the date of attack and India has taken the avenge from the perpetrators of killing of 40 CRPF personnel.
(With inputs from ANI and PTI)