Live Update – Steps taken by Indian government following Pulwama attack – India strikes back – Indian Air Force Jets destroyed terrorist camps in PoK
26th Feb. 2019 update – Indian Foreign Secretary speaks upon the airstrike carried out by the IAF on PoK in the early hours of February 26, 2019, in a press conference today at 11:30 am.
He said: “Credible intelligence was received that Jaish-e-Mohammed was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country & fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose.
In an intelligence lead operation in the early hours today, India struck the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commander & Jihadis were eliminated. The camp was led by Maulana Yusuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghauri, brother in law of JeM Chief Masood Azhar.”
India is firmly & resolutely committed to taking all measures to fight the menace of terrorism. This non-military pre-emptive action was targeted specifically at JeM camp. The selection of the target was also conditioned by our desire to avoid civilian casualties. It’s located in a deep forest on a hilltop.
26th Feb. 2019 update – The Indian Air Force jets crossed the LoC this morning and attacked the Jaish camps in PoK. 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets carried on the strike. The aircrafts dropped 1000 kg laser-guided bombs destroying the Jaish camps completely. The air strike was said to have been planned right after the Pulwama Attack but carried out today as a lot of preparations were required.
Such an attack surely needs a lot of intelligence and preparation to attack the specific locations and targets with precision. By carrying out this attack India has proved that we are fierce when it comes to taking revenge and we will now not tolerate terrorism at all. We will not Forget and We will not Forgive.
The Aerial hits by IAF in PoK for the first time ever have shaken the Pakistani Armed forces. In all the wars we have had with Pakistan till now, we had not crossed the LoC. It is for the first time ever that the Indian Airforce has crossed the LoC and hit Pakistan by getting into its territory.
Asserting their zero-tolerance policy towards activists who try to malign the country by their rhetoric and bring a halt to the peace process by sympathizing with terrorists, the Indian Government has started taking strong measures. From withdrawing the Most Favoured status given to Pakistan, holding a meeting with representatives of more than 25 countries to elevate the pressure on Pakistan in the international fraternity and reaffirming that the army has been given a free hand, the Narendra Modi led government has been unforgiving in its scathing retaliation to bring an end to the enemies of the country.
Steps taken by Indian government following Pulwama attack
24th Feb. 2019 – Three Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists were killed in an encounter in Turigam area of Kulgam district in South Kashmir on 24th February 2019. A Deputy Superintendent of Police and an Army jawan were martyred during the encounter.
22nd Feb. 2019 – The UP Police ATS arrested two terrorists linked to Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Saharanpur on 22nd Feb. 2019. The two arrested terrorists have been identified as Shahnawaz Ahmed Teli from Kulgam and Aqib from Pulwama. 32 pistols and 30 live cartridges were recovered from the suspects. Shahnawaz was recruiting members for Jaish. He is also said to be an expert in the grenade attack.
Encounter at Pinglan – 3 terrorists killed – 4 Jawans Martyred
Operation Smoke Out
The government has started ‘Operation Smoke Out’ to flush out of their hide-outs and wherever opportune eliminate any insurgents/terrorists in the valley and elsewhere in India.
Security withdrawn from separatist leaders
The security provided to five separatist leaders has been withdrawn. The security cover and vehicles provided to these separatist leaders stands withdrawn. J&K police to review if any other separatists have government security or facilities, which will be withdrawn immediately.
आतंकियों को देंगे जवाब – CRPF DG
वायु सेना पूरी तरह तैयार – Air Chief Marshall
India withdrew most favoured nation status to Pakistan
The Indian government withdrew the most favoured nation status granted by it to Pakistan. Basic customs duty on all goods imported from Pakistan to India has been raised to 200% with immediate effect. The decision by India to withdraw the status earlier given to Pakistan is intended to isolate Pakistan diplomatically and squeeze the country’s industry.
Security forces given a free hand to punish the perpetrators
The Prime Minister said that the Indian security forces have been given a free hand to punish the perpetrators of the attack. Wherever the terror groups and the perpetrators may hide, our security forces will flush them out and punish them,” the PM said at a gathering in Pandharkawada. “Be patient and trust them.”
“How, when, where and who will punish the killers and their promoters will be decided by our forces, who are capable of dealing with the situation,” Modi said at a public meeting in this area of Maharashtra.
India Summoned Pakistan’s Envoy
India summoned Pakistan’s envoy and served a diplomatic notice demanding the country to take action against the militant group, a government official said.
Government met officials of 25 countries
The Indian Government apprised around 25 country leaders, including representatives from South Korea, Sweden, Slovakia, France, Hungary, Italy, Britain, Russia and Japan.
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Putting aside their differences for the larger benefit of the country, an all-party meeting was organised in the capital to come to a consensus on the further course of action. We strongly condemn the dastardly terror act of 14th February 2019 at Pulwama in J&K in which lives of 40 Bravehearts of CRPF were lost. Today we stand united in solidarity with our security forces in fighting terrorism and in defending the unity and integrity of India, the resolution passed at the all-party meeting read.
“The entire nation speaks in one voice to express its determination to fight these challenges. Today, we stand united in solidarity with our security forces in fighting terrorism and in defending the unity and integrity of India,” the resolution said.