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India Strikes Pakistan | 25 Top JeM Commanders Wiped Out In IAF's Air Strike: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval Briefs the CSS

Written By Daamini Sharma | Mumbai | Published:

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval has briefed the Cabinet Committee on Security (CSS) that the top commanders of Jaish-e-Mohammad have been wiped after Indian Air Force conducted a pre-dawn air strike, destroying 3 terror camps of JeM in Pakistan within 21 minutes.   

Top sources have informed Republic TV that the National Security Advisor informed the committee about the following points:

  • 25 top commanders have been killed in the air strike 
  • The target demolished was not an ordinary terror launch pad or base, rather it was a virtual garrison 
  • The terror facility destroyed had firing ranges, explosive test facilities, air-conditioned offices of trainers, barracks for those under terror training 
  • The facility demolished by Air Force had facilities like swimming pools, recreation centres
  • The facility was built with army/ISI  assistance 
  • The larger number of the terrorist present at the facility was due to - post-Pulwama decision to move out terrorists from launch pads

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Hours after a dozen IAF jets pounded terror camps across LoC, India confirmed the action, saying it had targeted the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad, the terror group involved that claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack on a CRPF convoy in which 40 jawans were martyred. 

Here are the full details of how the IAF prepared and carried out the pre-dawn strike crushing Pak terror camps to the pulp, as per top sources:

  • Raksha Mantri was presented with multiple retaliatory options
  • Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanya drew up the plan for retaliatory air strikes
  • Indian Army and Air Force stepped up the air surveillance along the LoC.
  • Drones were also used for the surveillance
  • Target spots were selected around Feb 20-21
  • Two Mirage squadrons with 12 jets were designated for the mission
  • Early warning jet of Embraer platform and mid-air refueller did a trial run
  • 12 Mirage 2000s, equipped with laser-guided bombs, take off in batches
  • They fly at a low-level across LoC near Muzaffarabad
  • The laser pods were used to pinpoint targets

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The reported strike comes days after the Pulwama attack, where 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM had claimed responsibility for the attack. The incident has escalated tensions between the two neighbours, with New Delhi vowing to take stern action against Islamabad.