IAF Dismantles Terror Camps In POK In Deep Penetration Precision Surgical Strike 2.0

Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 26 February 2019

Indian Air Force fighter jets carried out deep penetration surgical strike inside Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and dismantled terror camps including that of JeM, LeT and HuM. The attack was expected as a retaliation was for sure due after Pakistan based terrorists, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) led by Maulana Masood Azhar launched attack on CRPF convoy in Awantipora of Pulwama district in J&K on 14 February. All Indian fighter jets returned safety to Indian territory.

According to sources, the strikes happened at Muzaffarabad, Balakot (Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa) and Chakhoti around 3 am. Mirage 2000 upgrade aircraft of IAF went deep inside Pakistan territory and dropped bombs on these terror camps. The attack was swift, smooth and a cakewalk for Indian Air Force Fighter Pilots, said an IAF source. India is proud of Indian Air Force and Indians pay deep respect and gratitude to Indian Armed Forces. 

There could be 200-300 terrorists in these camps, who would have died in the attack. Mirage fighters according to sources have pounded laser guided bombs on these camps. AWACS provided an eye in the dark sky. 

Pakistan’s DG ISPR in a tweet accepted Indian aerial strike. “Indian Air Force violated Line of Control. Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled. Indian aircrafts gone back. Details to follow”.

A picture posted by DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor
A picture posted by DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (pitcure posted by DG ISPR, Pakistan) Can not be verified by National Defence

“Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzafarabad sector. Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot. No casualties or damage”.


DG ISPR, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor in a face saving exercise says that PAK scrambled jet and Payload of hastily escaping Indian aircrafts fell in open. National Defence can not verify Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor's claims as they are known for their lies.
DG ISPR, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor in a face saving exercise says that PAK scrambled jet and Payload of hastily escaping Indian aircrafts fell in open. National Defence can not verify Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor’s claims as they are known for their lies.


He also posted picture saying, “Payload of hastily escaping Indian aircrafts fell in open”.

Indian Air Force or Government of India is yet to make an official statement. News report suggest NSA Ajit Doval had a meeting with Prime Minister Modi.

Media reported that at least 12 Mirage 2000 upgrade fighters attacked at 3 places after 12 days of attack on Pulwama in pre dawn attack. 

Indian Air Force recently condcuted a day-night-dusk exercise Vayu Shakti 2019 to demonstrate IAF’s deep penetration surgical strikes capabilities in Pokhran Range adjoining border with Pakistan. Air force chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa in his Vayu Shakti speech said, “We are showcasing our ability to hit hard, hit fast and hit with precision, as also hit during day, hit during night and and hit under adverse weather conditions through our autonomous bombing capability”

Pakistan as expected is in denial mode. Pakistan Military’s PR wing head also known as DG, ISPR, Major General Asif Ghafoor tweets, “Indian aircrafts’ intrusion across LOC in Muzafarabad Sector within AJ&K was 3-4 miles.Under forced hasty withdrawal aircrafts released payload which had free fall in open area. No infrastructure got hit, no casualties. Technical details and other important information to follow”. Pakistan, has also denied Surgical Strike 1.0 carried out by Indian Army as retaliation post Uri attack.

According to sources, the IAF aircraft were scrambled from Bareilly and Agra airbase.

Statement by Foreign Secretary on 26 February 2019 on the Strike on JeM training camp at Balakot

On 14 February 2019, a suicide terror attack was conducted by a Pak based terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad, leading to the martyrdom of 40 brave jawans of the CRPF. JeM has been active in Pakistan for the last two decades, and is led by MASOOD AZHAR with its headquarters in Bahawalpur.

This organization, which is proscribed by the UN, has been responsible of a series of terrorist attacks including on the Indian Parliament in December 2001 and the Pathankot airbase in January 2016.

Information regarding the location of training camps in Pakistan and PoJK has been provided to Pakistan from time to time. Pakistan, however, denies their existence. The existence of such massive training facilities capable of training hundreds of jidhadis could not have functioned without the knowledge of Pakistan authorities.

India has been repeatedly urging Pakistan to take action against the JeM to prevent jihadis from being trained and armed inside Pakistan. Pakistan has taken no concrete actions to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism on its soil.

Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose. In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary.

In an intelligence led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated. This facility at Balakot was headed by MAULANA YOUSUF AZHAR (alias USTAD GHOURI), the brother-in-law of MASOOD AZHAR, Chief of JeM.

The Government of India is firmly and resolutely committed to taking all necessary measures to fight the menace of terrorism. Hence this non-military preemptive action was specifically targeted at the JeM camp. The selection of the target was also conditioned by our desire to avoid civilian casualties. The facility is located in thick forest on a hilltop far away from any civilian presence. As the strike has taken place only a short while ago, we are awaiting further details.

The Government of Pakistan had made a solemn commitment in January 2004 not to allow its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India. We expect that Pakistan lives up to its public commitment and takes follow up actions to dismantle all JeM and other camps and hold the terrorists accountable for the actions.

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