The Indian Air Force (IAF), seemingly, hasn’t finished the war against terrorism as well as their ‘guardians’ yet. The IAF, on Monday, shot down a Pakistan’s surveillance drone in an attempt to foil the latter’s second attempt to enter the Indian airspace with evil intentions. The drone touched the Indian air defence radar in the Anupgarh-Bikaner sector of Rajasthan and the IAF was intimated without any delay. The IAF quickly responded by making it’s Sukhoi-30MKI airborne which returned only after bombarding and destroying the Pakistani sent Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) using it’s Air-to-Air missile. As per the information received, the Pakistani sent UAV was spotted on the Indian side of the international border at 11.30 am on Monday and the same was believed to have been sent to identify the key important spots across the border in Rajasthan.
This was the second attempt by the nuclear powered Pakistan since February 26 to intrude in the Indian airspace and gather important information across the border, which was foiled by the IAF successfully. The first drone was shot down by the IAF three hours before IAF’s Air Strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) camps at Balakot in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan on February 26. The UAV was sensed by the air defence system along the Kutch border in Gujarat on February 26, and was shot down by the IAF.
Both the nuclear powered countries are claiming to be on standby to meet any eventualities after IAF’s air strike at the key terrorists’ facilities in Pakistan. From the onground border security forces to air defence system, Indian forces are ready to respond to any provocation by Pakistan. “We are fully prepared and in a heightened state of readiness to respond to any provocation by Pakistan,” asserted Major General S S Mahal, Indian Army’s Additional Director General (ADG) of military operations, quoted TOI.
The Indian Air Strike, on February 26, was a response to the despicable and dastardly attack on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy comprising of 78 vehicles carrying 25,00 personnel from Jammu to Srinagar. The attack was contrived through a fidayeen (suicide) who used a white SUV to carry 250kg of explosives which was blasted beside the convoy resulting into killing of 40 CRPF personnel.
The Pakistan responded to the Air Strike by sending it’s F-16 Falcon jet targeting Indian military installations which was foiled by the IAF wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman using his Mig-21 Bison by shooting it down. Abhinandan’s fighter jet was in return shot by the Pakistan forces and he had to eject himself and land on Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). He was taken into custody by the Pakistan forces but released on Friday after Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, announced, on Thursday, Abhinandan’s release through Wagah border. The inter border skirmish is seemingly settled but both the sides of the border are on high alert to respond to any situations.