Twelve days after India lost over 40 CRPF soldiers in a horrifying Pulwama terror attack, India struck back by striking deep inside Pakistani territory of Balakot, and two sites in PoK -- Muzaffarabad and Chikoti. The top sources have told Republic TV that Prime Minister Modi supervised the operation as he was present in the situation room at South block during the strike.
Celebrating India's victory, 'Bharat' actor Salman Khan wrote: "Respect @IAF_MCC Indian Air Force... Jai ho !!!"
Other Bollywood celebrities including Atul Kasbekar, Sonu Sood, Vivek Oberoi and other have too lauded the IAF pilots.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level Cabinet Committee on Security meeting in New Delhi along with Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Arun Jaitley. The attack, which the government said was pre-emptive action in the face of more fidayeen strikes, took place at 3:30 am.
Sources in the Ministry of Defense have informed Republic TV that the arial strike conducted by India on Pakistan was "a diplomatic strike". Moreover, MoD sources also informed that the strike was a clear "warning" in wake of the cowardly terror attack conducted by the Pak based terror outfit. As per the MoD sources, "this was not cross International border but way beyond LoC". The MoD sources termed it as "escalatory move”.
Blueprint of the air operation was discussed with the Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman during her recent meeting with all the 3 Service chiefs in New Delhi. All the risk assessment was also done and Raksha Manti was informed that 10-15 IAF aircraft will be used.
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.