WCD Times: Today above 3.00 am IST/4:30 pm Monday, Eastern Time, 26th February 2019, Indian Air Force offensive strike in Pakistan Controlled Kashmir, with Mirage 2000 jets hit Balakot 24 KM NW of Muzaffarabad at 3:45 am and the strike went on till 3:53 am. About 6 bombs & 1,000 kg bombs were used to attack the Terrorist camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed from Mirage 2000 Indian Air Force Jets. An Indian official has confirmed attack and said it was a retaliatory measure for the attack on 40 Indian CRPF last week in Indian Controlled Kashmir in Pulwama, the attack took 19 minutes to be finished. A Twitter handle @CivMilAir the location of AWACS over Delhi early morning today. “Airborne Early Warning eyes in the sky up over New Delhi”. As of yesterday, Former president Pervez Musharaf warned Pakistan, that India can destroy Pakistan in seconds, Indian has strikes pakistan now. Full news below the updates…
IAF air strike in Pakistan Updates :
26th Feb 2019,
5:09 pm IST/6:29 am ET
IAF also means India’s Amazing Fighters. Jai Hind— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) February 26, 2019
4:26 pm IST/5:56 am ET
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi: Pakistan will take international media to the area of strikes, helicopters are being readied, right now weather is bad, will fly when weather permits.
4:20 pm IST/5:50 am ET
Indian western borders are in High alert, in Rajasthan, Punjab, Kashmir.
4:17 pm IST/5:47 am ET
Intel Sources: Picture of JeM facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan pic.twitter.com/th1JWbVrHw— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019
3:47 pm IST/5:17 am ET:
China on Tuesday urged New Delhi and Islamabad to “exercise restraint”. “We hope that both India and Pakistan can exercise restraint and adopt actions that will help stabilise the situation in the region and improve mutual relations,” China’s foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, according to news agency PTI.
3:41 pm IST/5:11 am ET:
A special meeting of the National Security Committee chaired by the Prime Minister was held at PM’s office today:
The meeting was attended by Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Finance, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, COAS, CNS, CAS and other civil & military officials. Forum strongly rejected Indian claim of targeting an alleged terrorist camp near Balakot and the claim of heavy casualties. Once again Indian government has resorted to a self-serving, reckless and fictitious claim. This action has been done for domestic consumption is an election environment, putting regional peace and stability at grave risk. The claimed area of the strike is open for the world to see the facts on the ground. For this domestic&international media is being taken to the impact site. The forum concluded that India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing. To take the nation on board, the govt has decided to requisition a joint session of the Parliament. Prime Minister Imran Khan has summoned a special meeting of NCA on 27 Feb 2019. PM has directed that elements of national power including the Armed Forces and the people of Pakistan to remain prepared for all eventualities. He decided to engage with global leaders to expose irresponsible Indian policy in the region. PM appreciated the timely and effective response of PAF to repulse Indian attempt without any loss of life or property.
A special meeting of the National Security Committee chaired by the Prime Minister was held at PM’s office today. The meeting was attended by Ministers of Foreign Affairs,Defence,Finance,Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, COAS,CNS,CAS and other civil & military officials. pic.twitter.com/6qGNSyeydb— PTI (@PTIofficial) February 26, 2019
3:34 pm IST/5:05 am ET:
Pakistan Airforce and Indian Airforce Dog fight in Pakistan.
Video made by locals in Fort Abbas border area near Bahawalpur purport to show flights by Pak Air Force jet fighters in response to reports of flights by Indian jets pic.twitter.com/ix3QZLQnOs— Khalid khi (@khalid_pk) February 25, 2019
3:20 pm IST/4:50 am ET:
Flags of USA, UK and Israel painted on staircases seen in Jaish e Mohammed facility destroyed by IAF jets in Balakot: ANI
3:15 pm IST/4:45 am ET:
Sources ANI: This was an intelligence-based counter-terror strike not a military action for sake of war. Have demolished entire terror set up in the suicide bombing training centre in Balakot, and over 300 terrorists were eliminated in the covert operation by Indian Air Force.
Pakistan is in an emergency meeting where it might be planning for an attack on India. In Islamabad, Foreign Minister Qureshi said India has violated the LoC and Pakistan has right to respond. “First, they committed aggression against Pakistan today. It is a violation of the LoC. I consider it a violation of the LoC, and Pakistan his right to give a suitable response in self-defence,” he told reporters after an “emergency meeting” with high-level officials at the Foreign Office (FO) for consultations. Prime Minister Imran Khan had called the emergency meeting on Indian Air Force attack.
There have been 12 Mirage 2000 jets were used for the attack, While Indian air force entered the LOC of Pakistan, Pak Air Force scrambled their jets to chase away Indian Jets. Pakistan dint claim, Pak jets dint attack Indian Air Force Jets. Indian jest dropped Bombs in empty grounds, was no one was killed or no infrastructure damaged has occurred said Pakistan Airforce.
Indian Opposition leader & head Politician Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal praise IAF pilots for crossing LoC.
🇮🇳 I salute the pilots of the IAF. 🇮🇳— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 26, 2019
I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots who have made us proud by striking terror targets in Pakistan— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 26, 2019
While Omar Abdullah has praised raised question about the strike, “If this is Balakote in KPK (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) it’s a major incursion and a significant strike by IAF planes. However, if it’s Balakote in Poonch sector, along with the LoC it’s a largely symbolic strike because at this time of the year forward launch pads and militant camps are empty and non-functional,” he added.
There is also a confusion with the place of attack name, the name Balakot/Balakote, the Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Asif Ghafoor of Pakistan, said the “intrusion” took place within three to four miles of LoC in Pakistan administered Kashmir. His earlier tweet had mentioned that the Indian fighters dropped a payload at Balakot. A place called Balakot is located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and a Balakote is located in the Pakistani administered Kashmir.
On speaking to media, Senator Sherry Rehman of Pakistan, a leading opposition leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party, said that “Indian incursion” across the LOC is strategically “ill-advised and tactically pointless”. Such moves only ratchet up tensions in a region bristling with anger. Obvious that (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi’s election war drums make prospects for talks collateral damage. India’s ruling party sees no other way to win the elections hence, itching for war,” Rehman said in a tweet. Pakistani media was reporting that the Indian government has staged a symbolic intrusion due to domestic pressure. While these coming in, India’s stock market has Crashed SENSEX & NIFTY are at the low-level market. SENSEX 36,079 (-133.66) NIFTY 50 10,866 (-14.05)
The consequence of the India Pakistan war will be devastating for Indian People and Economy:
If the war starts, the Indian economy will collapse, high inflation will start within 24 hours, Example daily sold Tomato for INR 30 per kg will Raise to INR.100 to INR.200 within a few days time. People will panic and there will be a huge cash crunch in India and Pakistan. Banks will shut down, cash will be a problem for everyone, as people started to withdraw money from ATM and Banks, all banks will run out of money. While both governments will shut down banks and put withdrawal limit to people’s bank account. which might trigger local protest against the war and government. There will be a huge loss for International companies and local business. Then Stock market of the country will crash like anything, Death will occur in a matter of times, these are just basic consequence if the war occurs and becomes an international problem, these consequences with quadruple.
Statement by Indian Foreign Secretary on 26 February 2019 on the Strike on JeM training camp at Balakot:
On 14 February 2019, a suicide terror attack was conducted by a Pak based terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad, leading to the martyrdom of 40 brave jawans of the CRPF. JeM has been active in Pakistan for the last two decades and is led by MASOOD AZHAR with its headquarters in Bahawalpur.
This organization, which is prescribed by the UN, has been responsible for a series of terrorist attacks including on the Indian Parliament in December 2001 and the Pathankot airbase in January 2016. Information regarding the location of training camps in Pakistan and PoJK has been provided to Pakistan from time to time. Pakistan, however, denies their existence. The existence of such massive training facilities capable of training hundreds of jihadis could not have functioned without the knowledge of Pakistan authorities.
India has been repeatedly urging Pakistan to take action against the JeM to prevent jihadis from being trained and armed inside Pakistan. Pakistan has taken no concrete actions to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism on its soil.
Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose. In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary.
In an intelligence-led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated. This facility at Balakot was headed by MAULANA YOUSUF AZHAR (alias USTAD GHOURI), the brother-in-law of MASOOD AZHAR, Chief of JeM.