Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the decision to strike back at the terrorist camps across the Line of Control (LoC.) The decision was taken in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, which took place on the 14th of February.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) started the strike around 3:30 A.M., on the 26th of February. Approximately 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets flew across the LoC and dropped 1000 kg of laser guided bombs and destroyed the terror camps situated at the LoC.
The Jaish e Mohammad (JeM) was the main target of the strike as it was this terrorist group which was responsible for the Pulwama attack, which killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans.
According to sources, the strike was 100 % successful and went as planned.
An IAF source said, “At 0330 hours on 26th February a group of Mirage 2000 Indian Fighter jets struck a major terrorist camp across the LoC and completely destroyed it. 1000 kg bombs were dropped on terror camps across the LoC. 12 Mirage 2000 jets took part in the operation that dropped 1000 kg bombs on terror camps across LoC, completely destroying it (sic.)”
However, the Pakistan Government claimed, the Indian Air Force crossed the LoC and dropped bombs on Balakot, which is in the territory of Pakistan. Observing the situation, General Qamar Jawed Bajwa, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of Pakistan, instructed the Pakistan Army at the LoC to be ready for a fight.
The strike across the LoC is still going on.
PM Modi is expected to meet Nirmala Sitharaman, the Defence Minister of India, and Arun Jaitley, the Finance Minister of India, to discuss the strike.
India conducted a similar strike in 2016, when a Pakistani terrorist group attacked the Indian Army base camp, on the 18th of September 2016, at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, which killed approximately 17 jawans.