New Delhi – India offered its homage to its soldiers martyred at Pulwama by destroying the Jaish-e-Mohammed bases in Balakot, Pakistan. Tuesday morning dawned with the delightful news, and the country began celebrations. The Indian Air Force’s Mirage 2000 targeted the Jaish training centres in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and areas even beyond it in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. Bombs weighing approximately six thousand kgs were used for the attacks, reportedly killing at least 350 terrorists. Although media representatives claim their sources to have reported the number of dead terrorists to be anywhere between 600 to 650.
At 3:30 am on Tuesday, 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets took off from the Indian air base in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh and began bombing Jaish’s largest training base at Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in a matter of minutes. Along with Jaish, the Lashkar-e-Taiba and even the Hizbul Mujahideen were using the camp to provide training for acts of terrorism. The terrorists also used the base as a command and communications centre. Therefore, hundreds of terrorists were present at the base camp.
A total of six bombs weighing approximately 1000 kgs were used in the attacks. The Mirage 2000 fighters of the Indian Air Force, known for its capability to hit targets with pinpoint accuracy annihilated the base camp reportedly killing 325 terrorists and 25 to 27 of the operative trainers in a mere second. However, media representatives say their sources claim the number of dead terrorists to be between 600 to 650. The Indian Air Force operation lasted for 21 minutes. Pakistan’s F-16’s had even taken a flight to stop the Mirage 2000. Nevertheless, after it dawned upon them that they were required to counter 12 planes simultaneously, the fighter jets are said to have returned to their airbase.
Pakistan had never imagined the Indian Air Force would penetrate their airspace and attack Balakot. Thus, Pakistan, which was completely oblivious and unprepared, is unnerved due to the attacks. After the strike at Balakot, the terrorist camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) were targeted as well. They include the base camps at Muzaffarabad and Chakothi. The entire operation competed at 4:05 am early Tuesday. Through the terrific feat, the Indian Air Force has proved its abilities and professionalism. Also, retired air force and military officials as also strategic analysts have highly commended it.
A universal reaction of having taught the much-required lesson through the attack to Pakistan has emerged from India. The offence was welcomed in some parts of India with a festive celebration. The families of the soldiers martyred in the Pulwama attack welcomed the operation. Moreover, Pakistan needs to be taught a more significant lesson, urges a martyred soldier’s wife.