A group of Mirage 2000 & Sukhoi Fighter Jets Indian Fighter jets struck a major terrorist camp across the LoC and completely destroyed it.
The IAF sources also went on to add that Mirage 2000 jets dropped 1000 Kg bombs on terror camps across LOC while Sukhoi Fighter Jets provided cover to Mirage.
Earlier, Pakistan claimed that Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets crossed the Line of Control and returned after Pakistan Air Force (PAF) scrambled war planes.
Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad terror launch pads across the LOC completely destroyed in IAF air strikes. JeM control rooms also destroyed, claimed sources.
The Indian government is yet to respond to the development but multiple reports have claimed that the IAF carried out the strike at a terror camp well beyond the LoC.
Flight tracking websites spotted heightened activities along the border with an IAF early warning plane Emb 145 and mid-air refueller circling in the area early in the morning.
Follows a suicide bombing attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Pulwama on February 14 that killed 40 troopers.
The attack was claimed by Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and prompted a spike in tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
Earlier, the Pakistan Army on Tuesday claimed that the Indian Air Force crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and dropped payload near Balakot in Pakistani territory.
Pakistan Army spokesperson said Indian aircraft “intruded” from Muzaffarabad sector and faced “timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force.”
Pakistan’s claim comes in the wake of tense relations between the two countries in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.
“Indian Air Force violated Line of Control (LoC). Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled. Indian aircrafts gone back. Details to follow,” the Spokesperson for the Pakistan Armed Forces, Major General Asif Ghafoor, tweeted early on Tuesday.
In another tweet, he added, “Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzaffarabad sector. Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot. No casualties or damage.”
Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Jawed Bajwa had visited Pakistani troops deployed at the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir and instructed them to “be ready to face any eventuality,” on Friday.
Bajwa had also visited the Headquarters Rawalpindi Corps on Monday, where he was updated on the operational situation and state of readiness along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), LoC and Working Boundary (WB).
He met with Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan at the Air Headquarters in Rawalpindi where the two chiefs “deliberated on operational environment including threat and response” and “expressed satisfaction on readiness, coordination and synergy,” according to Ghafoor.
Tensions are high between the neighbours following the ghastly February 14 attack, wherein a Jaish-e-Mohammed (Pakistan-based terror outfit) operative attacked a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Awantipora in Pulwama district on the said date, leading to the death of over 40 CRPF personnel.
The attack has since been widely condemned, with the United States telling Pakistan to cease providing support and a safe haven to terrorists and terrorist outfits.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had earlier promised “action” if “actionable intelligence” was provided by India about its links to the Pulwama terror attack.
Khan had also warned of “retaliation, without even thinking,” if any kind of military action is launched by India.
In response, India dubbed Khan’s statement as “a lame excuse,” asking him to stop misleading the international community.