IAF carries out strike across LoC, destroys Pakistan terror camps

India today carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan at around 3.30 am, in what could be termed as a major crackdown against terrorism.

Media reports reveal there were more than 200 casualties from the IAF strike.

Twelve IAF Mirage 2000 fighter jets crossed LOC and targeted Jaish-e-Mohammed camps in Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad along with JeM control rooms with laser-guided bombs, said media reports.

1,000 kgs bombs were dropped on terror camps across the Line of Control (LoC) and completely destroyed the camps. The operation went on for about 20-21 minutes.

It has been reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting with top ministers in the cabinet committee on security in Delhi to take stock of the situation. The crackdown comes days after a JeM suicide bomber attacked a CRPF convoy in Pulwama on Jammu-Srinagar Highway.

In what could be termed one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with over 100 kg of explosives into a bus carrying Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Pulwama district on 14 February. 40 jawans of the CRPF were killed in the attack.

Reacting to the strike, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi congratulated the IAF pilots.

AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots who have made us proud by striking terror targets in Pakistan.”

Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha said “Congratulations to our brave air force for a brilliant operation across the LOC.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan has claimed that the IAF jets violated the LoC and the Nation’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has called for an emergency meeting to review the situation.

NT Bureau