Circumstances past 5 years at J&K
The circumstances in Kashmir have been tense since 2014 with innumerable fatal attacks on soldiers. In the last five years, Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a 93 per cent rise in death of security personnel claimed by the data released by the Government. A chunk of these attacks have occurred in Pulwama region.
Data put out by the Ministry of Home Affairs showed there has been a sharp escalation in terror activities between 2014 and 2018. It has been suggested that there has been a 176 per cent jump in the terror activities in the Valley. The state witnessed over 1,700 terrorist activities (28/month) during the last five years. This has increased homeland insecurity.
The data distributed in Lok Sabha also issued out the sharp spike in terror activities since 2016 and total of 1,315 people were killed in the state due to acts of terrorism. While several regions in the Valley have been affected by home-grown militants, the Pulwama district has seen a high volume of terror encounters. However, the 14th February 2019 attack that left CRPF paramilitary troopers dead is the most destructive terror attack in the Valley in the last three decades of Kashmir's insurgency.
The devious Pulwama Attack
The attack which killed at least 40 CRPF jawans was carried out by 20-year-old Adil Ahmed Dar, who was due to appear for his class 12 exams before he went missing, according to his parents. While initial reports claimed that the attack was triggered by an IED explosion, it was later reported that Dar had rammed the explosive-laden SUV into one of the buses. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack and released a video of Dar, who joined the group a year ago.
While Pakistan has denied any role in the attack, India sent a stern warning to its neighbour while United States warned the nation to eradicate safe havens for terrorists. Many other countries also condemned the dastardly incident that left more than 40 families in anguish.
A huge political outcry was observed after the Pulwama terror attack. Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only condemned the attack on CRPF personnel but also gave security forces full freedom to retaliate against the heinous attack that took lives of 40 paramilitary troopers.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, was visibly emotional at a press event and promised complete support from the entire Opposition in solidarity with the security forces and government. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also condemned the attack and said such acts of terrorism cannot be tolerated and ignored. A host of other ministers including Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal condemned the cowardly terror strike on security forces as well. Not just political parties but prominent personalities from the field of art, entertainment and sports condemned the attack and demanded redemption.
Over 45 countries including the US and China reacted to the noxious attack on CRPF jawans. The United States not only condemned the attack but also attacked Pakistan for harbouring terrorists. Russian President Vladamir Putin sent condolences to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind. France also condemned the attack and extended support to combat terror networks and cut their funding to prevent such cross-border attacks. While China expressed condolences and condemned the act of terror, it still did not change its stance on Masood Azhaar, who is the founder of Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Support also poured in from Australia, European Union, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives, Bangladesh and a host of other countries.
Indian administrators and security forces have gone into an overdrive after the devious attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the terror outfit has committed a huge mistake, adding that the sacrifice of the slain soldiers will not go in vain. Soon after a high-level Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley declared that India is withdrawing "Most Favoured Nation" status to Pakistan. The symbolic move will further cut trade ties between the two neighbouring nations. India has also launched a diplomatic offensive against Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack. According to reports, India held a briefing for envoys of 25 countries including P5 nations, including US, China, Russia, UK and France. Before the briefing, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale summoned Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood to his office and issued a very strong demarche over the attack.
India Strikes back
IAF targeted JeM, LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen training camps arounds 3.30 a.m. Tuesday on the 26th February 2019 exactly two weeks after grieving our soldiers. The public anger and emotions had put the government of PM Modi under tremendous pressure. According to reports, 1000 kg bombs were dropped on the camps in Balakot, Muzzaffarabad and Chakoti with complete accuracy. The Pakistani Army confirmed that India crossed the Line of Control in the Muzzaffarabad Sector. As many as 12 Mirage 2000 jets struck the terror launch pads.
The bombing went on for 21 minutes and 12IAF aircrafts returned safe, undeterred and undetected claiming the lives of 300 terrorists at the camps.
Indian Air Force has put on high alert all air defence systems along the international border and LoC to respond to any possible action by Pakistan Air Force. While officials in the air force refused to comment, news agencies have been told that the force was targeting a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) hideout in Balakot. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting in New Delhi at his residence along with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and other government officials.
The meeting was after Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Asif Ghafoor confirmed in a tweet that the IAF planes dropped the payload near Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa before leaving in haste as the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) scrambled its war planes.
After the news of the attack surfaced on social media, Twitter has been buzzing with reactions and many are calling the attack ‘Surgical Strike 2’. #SurgicalStrike2 is currently the #1 trend in India and worldwide. A remarkable operation has sent a clear message to the sponsors of the jehadis that our niceness should not be comprehended as our weakness. Many celebrities and personalities have expressed their support and pride on this strike. 12 bravehearts have met an entire grieving nation justice.
IAF meets justice for our grieving nation, India.