Indian Air Force crossed LoC for the first time after 1971 war

New Delhi: A fortnight after the Pulwama terror attack, India crossed over Line of Control (LoC) and destroyed the JeM, LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen training camps at around 3:30 am on Tuesday.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) used 12 Mirage aircraft and dropped 1000 kilograms of bombs on the terror launch pads across the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

The IAF had crossed the LoC and used the Mirage aircraft during the 1971 war for the last time. Even during the 1999 Kargil war, they had not crossed over to the LoC. Violating a foreign country’s airspace is considered to be an act of war.

On Tuesday, IAF not only struk sites at Chikoti and Muzaffarabad close to the LoC, but also went deep inside the Pakistani territory to destroy the terror launch pads in Balakot sector.

Pakistan, however, claimed that IAF fighter jets crossed the LoC and returned after the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) scrambled war planes. Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Asif Ghafoor tweeted.

Pakistan claimed that the IAF planes dropped payload in haste before leaving, which fell near Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The alleged incident took place in the Muzaffarabad sector, claimed Radio Pakistan.

The airstrike in Pakistan follows a suicide bombing attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama on February 14 that killed at least 40 jawans.