It was Pulwama avenged as India carried out “non-military, pre-emptive air strikes” across the Line of Control early this morning.
It was confirmed this time by both Indian and Pakistani side, albeit with different versions.
The target was the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which as per Indian side was planning more attacks in the country after Pulwama episode.
Post the pre-emptive strike, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale confirmed that India struck the biggest camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed and a “very large number” of terrorists were eliminated.
Some 300 terrorists were killed in the Indian Air Force strike at around 3.30 am, top government sources have confirmed.
It was also confirmed that twelve Mirage 2000 fighter jets dropped 1,000 kg bombs on the camp at Balakot but the Indian Air Force is yet to officially confirm.
India will brief major world powers about Tuesday’s air strikes.
The “facility at Balakot”, located in the thick forests and on a hilltop, was headed by Maulana Yousouf Azhar, or Ustad Gouri, the brother-in-law of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar.
A large number of terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis planning terror strikes were eliminated, said the Foreign Secretary. Sources say India may release a video of the strike.