While it has been quite difficult for Pakistan to cope with the Indian Air Force air strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed's (JeM) biggest training camp in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Balakot district, Pak Army spokesperon Major General Asif Ghafoor wished India's jets had stayed for a little longer after the strike.
While addressing a media briefing in the aftermath of the IAF strike on JeM terror camps in multiple locations in Pakistan, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor explains why they couldn't shoot the Indian Air Force's planes, on being questioned by one of the reporters in the gathering:
"Jahaz is liye nahi giraye... aapko mere saara bataye ki pehli combat team kahan gayi.. dusri kahan gayi agar aap uska jahaz. I wish ke utne time rehte. Maine kaha hai ki jab hostilities break ho toh 100% Air Force aapki in air hoti hai. Ab chuki yeh maine aapko batadu agar India yeh decision leta ki maine strikes karni hai... aur military targets pe karni hai, toh woh stand off distance se bhi kar sakta tha LOC cross kiye bagair bhi kar sakta tha jab unka design hi yeh tha ki sirf ek dry run lena hai aur kisi bhi lets say Pakistan mai hazaron madarse hain they just had to oick one madarssa, and usme jo humare students hote unke casualities hote unke liye jhoot ko sach karna aasan hota , ki jo shaheed hue bachhe woh toh nahi batayenge ki hum toh peaceful the, woh toh terrorist claim karte."
(Did not drop the jets because.. I already told you where did the first combating take place, second combating took place. I wish their aircrafts would have stayed for longer. When the complete hostilities broke out, then 100% your Air Force is in the air. I must tell you, if India would have taken this decision that we have to carry out a strike and which will be carried on military targets, it could have easily done that from a stand-off distance. It could have targeted without even crossing the LoC. When they had designed to take a dry run and we have to hit at such a place... let's see, Pakistan has thousands of Madarssas. They had to pick one Madrassa and fire, there whoever students would have been there.. casualties would have been there, then it would have been easy for them to prove the lie... now the killed students and civilians will not wake up and say that we were peaceful citizens. They will claim that they were terrorists.)
As per sources, the strike carried out by 12 of the IAF's Mirage 2000 fighters, lasted up to 17 minutes, and was carried out at three locations:
India struck Jaish-e-Mohammed's(JeM) biggest camp in Pakistan on early Tuesday in a major 'preemptive' action killing a large number of terrorists and trainers of the Pak-based terror group preparing to carry out suicide attacks in this country.
Earlier on Tuesday, a rattled Pakistan Army went on to allege that the IAF violated the LoC in Muzaffarabad sector. Major General Asif Ghafoor, taking to Twitter wrote that "no casualties were reported".
However, sources confirmed to Republic that over 300 terrorists who were undergoing training at Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen terror camps at Balakote, Muzaffarabad and Chakothi in Pakistan were neutralised in IAF's air strike.
Furthermore, India's Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale addressed a press briefing wherein he had confirmed about IAF's air strike on the JeM training bases. He further also confirmed that one of the terror facilities in Balakot, which was struck down by IAF's Mirage 2000, was headed by Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar's brother-in-law Maulana Yusuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghouri.