More than one Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter aircraft on early Tuesday (Feb. 26) morning crossed the Line of Control that divides the state of Jammu & Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
The operation involved 12 Mirage 2000 jets which dropped 1,000 kg of bombs to completely destroy major terror camps in Balakot,Chakothi and Muzaffarabad,
The terror camps targeted in the attack include several Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) camps,
Balakot is a town in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, well beyond the section of Kashmir in possession of that country. This makes the ramification of the Indian military action considerably bigger. Besides, even during the 1999 Kargil war, the Indian government had not allowed the IAF to cross the LoC.
In 2016, following a deadly attack on an Indian Army base in Uri of Kashmir, a team of the Indian Army crossed over into Pakistan to destroy terrorist launchpads in a surgical strike.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is said to have given a “free hand” to the military in the matter. The Pakistan government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan had meanwhile warned India against any misadventure and had offered to investigate the Pakistan connection, if any, of the Pulwama attack.