CLICK TO READ | 'They Could Have Been Shot Down': Ex-IAF Top Guns Hail 'Risky but Necessary' Air Strikes
According to Former Indian Air force top guns, what India did was a necessary act to counter terrorism. However, if Pakistan retaliates, it would be an act of war, they said.
Four jawans injured in Akhnoor ceasefire violation by Pakistan. Pakistan also violated ceasefire in Krishna Ghati sector at 5:30 pm today. Ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Nowshera sector and Akhnoor sector. Another ceasefire violation by Pakistan took place in Balakote sector of Poonch. The Pakistani army is using mortar shelling and heavy firing on Indian posts. The Indian army is also retaliating. Another ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Mendhar sector of Poonch has been reported. In total, Pakistan has violated ceasefire in five places.
In a response to Senior Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien, Omar Abdullah says, ‘The government was categorical that it can’t and won’t speculate as to the number of JeM cadre killed in this morning’s action.”
I was in the meeting in Delhi today where senior ministers briefed representatives of various political parties about today’s air strikes.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 26, 2019
Schools remain closed in Rajouri | Due to prevailing situation on line of control all government and private schools located in 0-5 km range from LoC in Rajouri district shall remain closed. Exams of fifth, sixth and seventh classes scheduled for tomorrow (February 27) is also cancelled. Fresh date will be notified.
Oppn drops Common Minimum Programme as agenda, air strikes to be discussed | The opposition parties have decided to drop the formulation of the Common Minimum Programme as the agenda for their meeting on Wednesday and will now discuss the strikes against the terror camps in Pakistan instead, sources said. Senior leaders in the opposition confirmed that in a discussion with the Congress, the CPI(M) and the CPI said that they will only be part of the meeting if Common Minimum Programme is off the table. With the change in agenda, sources said Left parties are now on board. Opposition leaders who are set to attend meeting are Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, among others.
CLICK TO READ | 5 Reasons Why IAF Strike Deep Inside Pakistan is a New Beginning for India's Counter-Terror Doctrine
India, for the first time, has broken a self-imposed psychological barrier of not resorting to first aerial attack.
Acting spokesperson of France's Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs: France recognises India’s legitimacy to ensure its security against cross-border terrorism and asks Pakistan to put an end to the operations of terrorist groups established on its territory. France, which stands by India in the fight against terrorism in all its forms, is fully engaged in mobilising international community to sanction terrorists responsible for this attack (Pulwama) and freezing their financing networks. France calls on India and Pakistan to exercise restraint to avert any risk of military escalation and preserve strategic stability in region. Resumption of dialogue between Islamabad-New Delhi necessary to initiate peaceful settlement of differences.
We expect the world community, including India, to treat international and domestic victims of Pakistani terror identically and not only dismantle Pakistan's ability to support cross-border terror but also dismantle its capacity to use terror as a means of suppressing its ethno-linguistic minorities including Baloch, Pashtun and Sindhi people: Naela Quadri Baloch
We also sincerely hope that regional powers such as India will widen the scope of their anti-terror strikes and cover Balochistan as well because Pakistan has used Balochistan as a base for training terrorists who are not only used to suppress the indigenous Baloch nation, but also target other countries in the region: Naela Quadri Baloch
India exercised its right within bounds of international law: Baloch Activist | Prof Naela Quadri Baloch, head of WBWF (World Baloch Women's Forum) on the Indian Airforce Jets striking JeM training camps in Pakistan. Pakistan has long been an exporter of terror across the world. After observing restraint for nearly three decades, India, a longstanding victim of cross-border terrorism sponsored by the Pakistani state, has at last targeted terrorist camps in Pakistan. As a responsible nation India has exercised its right to self-defence within the bounds of international law. The Baloch people wholeheartedly welcome this development: Naela Quadri Baloch
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore says today’s air strikes were a clear message to terrorists.
Today's airstrikes are a clear msg to every terrorist: we will get you.— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) February 26, 2019
Extremely proud of our armed forces & their matchless valour.
This is a decisive, new India under PM @narendramodi ji's leadership. We WILL do what is reqd for the safety of our ppl.#IndiaStrikesPakistan pic.twitter.com/tKOdcAZMj7
CLICK TO READ | 'India's Revenge', 'Pakistan Will Respond': How International Media Reported on 'Surgical Strike 2.0'
As news of the IAF air strike in Balakot trickled in early in the morning, both Indian and Pakistani media went into overdrive with varying news reports.
Chiefs of 3 armed forces to brief PM on security situation | Chiefs of the three armed forces on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to brief him on the security situation following IAF's air strike targeting a JeM terror camp inside Pakistan. Sources said the chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force met the prime minister this evening to brief him on the security situation along the border. The meeting comes against the backdrop of Pakistan's threatening retaliation.
NIA files chargesheet against 6 ISIS supporters. NIA carried out searches at seven locations in Srinagar on Tuesday in connection with J&K terror funding case. These included premises of separatist leaders Yasin Malik, Shabbir Shah, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohd Ashraf Khan, Masarat Alam, Zaffar Akbar Bhat and Naseem Geelani. Property papers, financial transactions receipts, bank account details, letter heads of different terrorist organizations and documents relating to recommendations for visa for admn in Pakistan education institutions were found. High tech internet communication set up was also recovered from Mirwaiz Farooq's residence, ANI reported.
CLICK TO READ | IAF Bombing Destroys Jaish Camp in Pakistan's Balakot; Pre-dawn Strike Lasted Less Than 2 Minutes, Say Sources
According to government sources, 12 Mirage-2000 fighter jets pounded the camp with 1,000 kg of laser guided-bombs, killing up to 350 terrorists and trainers who were moved there for their protection after the Pulwama terror attack on February 14.
PM Modi was up all night monitoring air strike on JeM camp: Sources | Prime Minister Narendra Modi was up all night as he monitored the Indian Air Force operation to destroy a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Pakistan, relaxing only after all the pilots returned safely home, government sources said on Tuesday. After congratulating all those involved in the operation around 4.30 am, he got busy with his daily routine as he prepared for a full day's schedule, including the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security at his residence around 10 am, PTI reported. He then rushed to the Rashtrapati Bhawan, where President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2015-2018.
CLICK TO READ | In Veiled Threat to India, Body That Oversees Pak Nuclear Weapons Programme to Meet
The National Command Authority is Pakistan's principal decision making body on nuclear issues. Pakistan has invoked its nuclear capabilities in the past as well when tensions between the two countries escalated.
An auto driver offered free rides today in celebration of Indian strikes on JeM camp in Balakot.
Delhi: An auto driver Manoj offered free rides today in celebration of Indian strikes on JeM camp in Balakot. He says, 'Can't do much but I'm offering free rides. I'm happy, I'm not charging anything today.' pic.twitter.com/Lcz718fk0I— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019
Indian movies will not be released in Pak | Cinema Exhibitors Association has boycotted Indian content, no Indian Movie will be released in Pakistan. Also, have instructed PEMRA to act against Made in India Advertisements: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain
Cinema Exhibitors Association has boycotted #Indian content, no Indian Movie will be released in Pakistan. Also, have instructed PEMRA to act against Made in India Advertisements: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain pic.twitter.com/LPBqKgBWOm— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) February 26, 2019
Despite airstrikes cross LoC Trade continues | The Cross LoC trade between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad continued despite Indian Air Force strikes in Balakot area of Pakistan on Tuesday morning. Officials said that a total of 70 trucks crossed LoC from both sides. They said that 35 trucks crossed over the other side of the Kashmir from Uri. “They carried tomatoes, embroidery and grapes,” the official said. Earlier, India has said that they carried out a pre-dawn strike on a ‘militant camp’ across the Line of Control soon after Pakistan army said that Indian fighter jets were forced to leave after they crossed the LoC in Muzaffarabad sector, according to a report by Freepress Kashmir.
Federal Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari at UN Human Rights Council said the airstrike as gross human rights violation.
Federal Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari addressed @UNHumanRights Council @UNGeneva & highlighted gross human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir- referring to @OHCHRAsia Report. pic.twitter.com/JLncvOXnX4— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) February 26, 2019
Perfect time to recall NSA Ajit Doval talk at SASTRA during Feb'2014 clearly capturing today's IAF non-military pre-emptive strike which is a strategic form of defensive offence.
Doval did today morning nothing to surprise Pak. He had said it in 2014 in a lecture @SastraUniv— S Gurumurthy (@sgurumurthy) February 26, 2019
Ajit Doval clearly said during his talk at SASTRA during Feb'2014 capturing today's IAF non-military pre-emptive strike which is a strategic form of defensive offence. pic.twitter.com/QVhwshRjG9
Pakistan wants peace and stability in the region but we cannot compromise our integrity. We had informed the international community before India's wishes. Pakistan has taken a very responsible attitude despite the threats from India after the Pulwama incident. India's aggression can affect common peace talks in Afghanistan. India's aggressive move is highly condemned and we expect that America will play its role in this regard: Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
CLICK TO READ | #SorryNotSorry: Indian Companies Trying to Make Quick Buck Off IAF Strike is Plain Crass
After people started reacting (mostly negatively) to Burger Singh's off-putting opportunism and #sorrynotsorry began trending on desi Twitter, the social media handles of other companies, apparently figuring there's no such thing as bad publicity, jumped on to the brandwagon to flog their own wares.