Indian Air Force Attacks Pakistan. No Damage Says Pakistan

Indian Air Force Attacks Pakistan on February 26, 2019. Photo: Spokesperson Pakistan Armed Forces
Indian Air Force Attacks Pakistan on February 26, 2019. Photo: Spokesperson Pakistan Armed Forces

As the tension between India and Pakistan has increased, both the sides are preparing for an imminent war between them.

By Rakesh Raman

As India and Pakistan have come on the verge of a military conflict, Pakistan has confirmed that the Indian Air Force (IAF) violated the Line of Control (LoC) in the wee hours of Tuesday to bomb the Pakistan territory.

Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, Spokesperson of Pakistan Armed Forces, said in a series of tweets today that Indian aircraft intruded across the LoC in Muzafarabad Sector, but there were no casualties.

“Indian aircrafts’ intrusion across LoC in Muzafarabad Sector within AJ&K was 3-4 miles. Under forced hasty withdrawal aircraft released payload which had free fall in open area. No infrastructure got hit, no casualties. Technical details and other important information to follow,” Ghafoor tweeted.

He added that Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled and Indian aircraft went back.

However, Indian media reports suggest that IAF planes flew almost 30 miles inside Pakistan in Balakot town to hit the terror camps and kill almost 200 terrorists in a 20-minute operation.

“I salute the pilots of the IAF,” Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted after today’s operation.

The heightened confrontation between the two countries follows the recent terror attack on CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) men in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in which more than 40 Indian men died.

As the tension between India and Pakistan has increased, both the sides are preparing for an imminent war between them. Of late, Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited LoC and reviewed the state of preparedness of the troops deployed there. According to Pakistan government, the Army Chief lauded high morale of troops.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Ambassador at the UN in New York Maleeha Lodhi met the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to brief him about latest developments and the situation in “occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” and she asked him to play a role in helping to deescalate tensions.

Kashmir has always been a conflict area between India and Pakistan since 1947 when both these countries got freedom from the British rule. In order to stake their claims over Kashmir, India and Pakistan have fought two aggressive wars in 1965 and 1971, besides incessant skirmishes between the rival armies.

Now, it is a political compulsion for both the countries to blame each other without sufficient evidence for local violence because there is a large number of irresponsible voters in India and Pakistan who expect their leaders to issue reckless, explosive statements and hit back violently when attacks on innocent people take place.

Pakistan Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said “Kashmir was never part of India, never will be.”

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.

Photo courtesy: Spokesperson Pakistan Armed Forces

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