In the strike which was carried out on 26th February 2019, Indian Air Force’s IAF Mirage 2000 fighter jets went beyond the Line of Control (LOC) and bombed the terrorist camps in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakoti. The entire operation was to destroy the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps.
The strikes were a retaliation to the Pulwama attack which killed a convoy of vehicles carrying CRPF personnel. The Indian convoy was attacked on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway by a ssuicide bomber. In this attack, 40 jawans were martyred, making it one of the most deadly attacks in the country in the recent times.
1 year has passed and many things have changed since then. The former IAF Chief, Air Marshal BS Dhanoa during an interview said, “One year has gone past and we look back with satisfaction. We have learned a lot of lessons, lot of things have been implemented post-Balakot operations. Basically, it is a paradigm shift in the way we conduct our operations. The other side never believed that we could carry out a strike inside Pakistan to take out terror training camp which we successfully executed. It is a paradigm shift and the result is there for you to see.”
The air chief also mentioned that the strikes acted like restriction because during the Lok Sabha polls no major terrorist activities were carried out.
The Balakot Airstrike gave a clear cut message to the terrorist that the cross border policy being adopted by them will not be tolerated anymore.
Though Pakistan tired targeting the Indian military in Jammu and Kashmir very next day, their attempts were let down by IAF. In the fight afterwards, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was flying MiG-21 Bison fighter jet shot an advanced F-16 of Pakistan Air Force.
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