08 May, 2021

Opinion | India Has Acted In Legitimate Defence Against Terrorists

The IAF’s surprise strikes were thoroughly planned, leaving nothing to chance

Opinion | India Has Acted In Legitimate Defence Against Terrorists

As the air war seems to escalate, northern airbases on both sides are on high alert. Civil flights in these bases were suspended. This came about after the Indian Air Force (IAF) crossed the Line of Control in peacetime for the first time ever since independence. Twelve multi-role Mirage 2000s, escorted by SU 30 air-superiority fighters and supported by combat enablers like the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and Flight Refuelling Aircraft (FRA), carried out strikes into northern Pakistan, including at targets beyond Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in the early hours of February 26, 2019. It was a signal to the world and Pakistan in particular that enough is enough. We would not let Pakistan continue to bleed India through direct infiltration and support to terrorists in J&K.

The political resolve was clear. After more than 40 Indian soldiers lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attack, Prime Minister Modi had publicly said that their martyrdom would be avenged. The armed forces were given a free hand to choose the place and time of reprisal.


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