Updates On Indian Air Force Strikes In Balakot

**Bhubaneswar:** Ten days after Pulwama attack that claimed lives of over 40 CRPF jawans, Indian Air Force attacked Balakot across the Line of Control to decimate a terror camp.

5:00 pm- India has apprised the envoys of all major countries including US, Russia, China, France and the UK about its air strike on the Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) biggest terror training camp. Envoys of Sri Lanka, Maldives, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Turkey and Indonesia were also briefed about the air strike, state reports.

4:45 pm- Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said international media to be taken to the area of strikes as soon the weather permits.

3:30 pm- High alert sounded along Gujarat borders with Pakistan

3:00 pm- Reportedly, Pakistan will raise the issue of India’s “violation” of the Line of Control (LoC) at the United Nations and other international forums. Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has summoned a special meeting tomorrow. He has directed that elements of national power including the Armed Forces and the people of Pakistan to remain prepared for all eventualities.

2:55 pm- Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti bats for peace. She tweets, “If my aversion to unnecessary retaliation & subsequent war makes gullible people question my nationalism then so be it. I would rather bat for peace & save lives than sacrifice countless ones just to satisfy collective egos and misplaced sense of pride & patriotism.”

2:50 pm- India & Pakistan should exercise ‘restraint’, says China.

2:45 pm- “Our niceness should never be comprehended as our weakness.
I salute the IAF, Jai Hind,” tweets Sachin Tendulkar.

2:30 pm- Ammunition dump blown up today in Balakot, Pakistan by IAF Mirages. The dump had more than 200 AK rifles, uncountable rounds hand grenades, explosives and detonators, says news agency.


2:15 pm- Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he assures that India is in safe hands. “I am understanding your josh today,” he said.

2:00 pm- ANI reports that foreign diplomats from the USA, UK, Russia, Australia, Indonesia,Turkey and six Asean nations being briefed by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Indian air strike across LOC in Balakot.

1:55 pm- Odisha CM Naveen Patanik and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy salute Indian Armed Forces.

1:50 pm- Former Pakistan defence minister Khawaja Asif calls for all parties to “put on a united front” in the wake of IAF’s pre-emptive.

1:45 pm- “India will never tolerate terrorism,” says BJP chief Amit Shah.

1:30 pm- Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami lauds Prime Minister Narendra Modi'[s “bold” efforts against terrorism.

1:00 pm- Indian Air Force put on high alert with all defence systems along the international border and Line of Control (LoC) directed to respond to any possible retaliation.

12: 50 pm- Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has invited Opposition leaders for a briefing at 5 pm in Jawahar Bhawan.

12:30 pm- ANI reports that Indian Army has shot down a Pakistani spy drone in Abdasa village, in Kutch, Gujarat.

12:15 pm- Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, “I will call it a grave aggression. We had warned the world that such an act can take place. Today they (India) carried out this misadventure against Pakistan. This is a violation of the Line of Control. Pakistan reserves the right to an adequate response and a right to self defence.”

12 pm- Tawab Ghorzang, former director at Afghanistan’s National Security Council, praises the Indian Air Force for strike in Balakot. “The area has been known to have the so-called Jihadi Training Camps since era of Zia-ul-Haq,” he tweeted.

11:55 am- Sources said that a day after Pulwama, the air chief had proposed an air strike and aerial recce was done to identify locations.

11:45 am- Vijay Gokhale says, “It was also selected to avoid civilian casualties. It is in a thick forested area.”

11:40 am- Vijay Gokhale informed that many JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders were eliminated as the largest JeM camp in Balakot was targeted by IAF. Camp was led by Maulana Yusuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghauri, brother in law of JeM chief Masood Azhar.

11:18 am- “Great job by the #IndianAirForce. The #IAFStrikes have sent the much needed signal to Pakistan and the terrorists it’s harbouring,” tweets Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh.

11:15 am- Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf takes a jibe, “Side Effects of Bollywood Are Hazardous To Indian Media’s Mental Health.”

11:11 am- Our 12 return safely home after wreaking havoc on terrorist camps in Pakistan. India is proud of its heroes. I salute their valour- Kamal Hassan.

11:10 am- “My Salute to the Indian Airforce. Jai Jawan.. Jai Hind,” tweets Karnataka chief minister Kumaraswamy. Mayawati also praises the air strikes.

11:05 am- China’s news agency Xinhua reports that Beijing and Islamabad are holding talks.

11:00 am- Lt Gen DS Hooda (retd) said to a news channel that IAF must have planned it well, selected routes, used sophisticated jammers.

10:55 am- News agency ANI reports that Pakistani F16s were scrambled to retaliate against IAF Mirage 2000s but turned back due to size of Indian formation.

10:50 am- “IAF also means India’s Amazing Fighters. Jai Hind,” tweets Mamata Banerjee.

10:45 am- Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale to give first official reaction on the air strike at 11:30 am.

10:35 am- Locals tweet- We’re in Srinagar. All we could hear is: war planes roaring in the skies past 3 am. My wife woke me up to say “something is going on”.

10:25 am- Punjab and Himachal Pradesh on High Alert. Local administration and police directed to ensure security in areas of central security forces, Indian Army and Air Force.

10:15 am- Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi postpones his trip to Japan due to the “sensitive situation”.

10:10 am- Shashi Tharoor tweets ‘Jai Hind’.

10:05 am- Pakistan maintains that “no infrastructure got hit, no casualties”.

10:00 am- “I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots who have made us proud by striking terror targets in Pakistan,” tweets Kejriwal.

9:50 am- “I salute the pilots of the IAF,” Rahul Gandhi tweets.

9:45 am- Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Finance minister Arun Jaitley over the strikes.


9:40 am- According to a report in Karachi-based newspaper Dawn, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has summoned emergency meeting to review the situation.

9:35 am- According to news agency ANI, terror launch pads across LoC in Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad have completely been destroyed in IAF air strikes. JeM control rooms have also destroyed.

9:30 am- Reacting to the strikes, former J&K CM Omar Abdullah tweeted, “Wow, if this is true this was not a small strike by any stretch of imagination”

9:25 am- According to reports, PM Modi has been briefed by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

9:20 am- BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has called the strike “self-defence”

9:15 am- The Indian government is yet to respond to the development.

9:10 am- Sources state that 200-300 casualties from Pakistan side. Meanwhile Ghafoor claims no casualty. “The payload was dropped in haste by IAF as Pakistan Air Force was immediately scrambled,” tweets Ghafoor.

9:05 am- Reports claimed that the IAF strike was carried out by a group of 12 Mirage 2000 fighters at around 3.30 a.m.

9:00 am- Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Asif Ghafoor tweeted early Tuesday and Radio Pakistan claimed that the IAF planes dropped payload across LoC in Balakot.


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