The air strike by India came two weeks after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack.
In the last few weeks after India’s airstrike in Balakot, Pakistan has resorted to more than five hundred ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to Indian Army’s General-Officer-Commanding (GoC) of 16 Corps, Lt General Paramjit Singh, during this period situation arose, as many as hundred times, when Pakistan used weapons, that are generally used during wars, and targetted urban bases. The weapons used include heavy weaponry like mortars and artillery guns.
Assuring the citizens he added that the Army is deployed along the LoC and in the last few weeks, India has promptly and effectively retaliated causing loss of lives to the soldiers of the Pakistan Army.
At least ten people, including four security personnel, have been killed and nearly 45 others, mostly civilians, injured in the twin districts since India’s preemptive air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 in response to the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
He added that the enemy is plotting to spread terror in the peaceful areas of the Jammu region. He further assured that the Army, with the help of the people, will not allow them to succeed.
Lt Gen Singh joined the military and civil dignitaries to pay homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the liberation of Rajouri in 1948.
On February 26, IAF fighter jets targetted JeM’s advance training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot. Islamabad retaliated by attempting to target Indian military installations the next day. However, the IAF thwarted its attempted.
India, after the aerial strikes, had said that it killed a large number of terrorists. However, Pakistan said India’s claim was “reckless” while stating that it will respond “at the time and place of its choosing.”