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Twelve Indian Air Force (IAF) Mirage 2000 fighters crossed the Line of Control in the wee hours of Tuesday and destroyed a major terrorist camp based in Pakistan.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 22:17
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NEW DELHI: At last twelve Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crossed the Line of Control (LoC) at 3:30 AM on Tuesday and destroyed a massive Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist camp in Pakistan's Balakot in which ''a large number of terrorists'' were eliminated. The IAF sources said the Mirage fighters dropped approximately 1000 kg of bombs on terror camps across the LoC and completely destroyed it. It was a "non-military, pre-emptive airstrikes" carried out by the IAF fighters across the Line of Control which mainly targeted terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Pakistani military confirmed that the IAF jets entered deep into Pakistan and reached Balakot, a town in Mansehra district in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa before Pakistani Air Force tried to intercept them. Pakistani armed forces spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor claimed that IAF jets were intercepted by PAF near Balakot.

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''The IAF fighters 'released payload in haste while escaping' which fell near Balakot,'' Major General Asif Ghafoor said. He added that there were no casualties or damage to the Pakistani side.

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It has also emerged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi followed the real-time updates of IAF's pre-dawn operation to strike down terror camps in Pakistan on Tuesday. PM Modi supervised the entire operation from the situation room at Rashtrapati Bhavan's South Block. Top intelligence sources told Zee Media that multiple options were given to Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa who chalked out the entire strike plan. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had also detailed the PM on the IAF operation earlier. After the successful completion of the operation, top foreign diplomats of the US, China, Russia, UK, Brazil, Australia, Indonesia, Turkey and six ASEAN nations were duly briefed about today's operation.

Here are the live updates:

26 February 2019, 22:01 PM

Pakistan summons acting Indian High Commissioner, vows strong response after IAF raids in Balakot.

26 February 2019, 21:53 PM

France calls on India and Pak to exercise restraint to avert any risk of military escalation and preserve strategic stability in the region. Resumption of dialogue between Islamabad-New Delhi necessary to initiate peaceful settlement of differences, says acting spokesperson of France's Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs

26 February 2019, 21:52 PM

Recognise India's legitimacy to ensure its security against cross-border terror, says France


26 February 2019, 21:49 PM

Army, Navy, IAF chiefs meet PM Modi and NSA Ajit Doval, discuss military preparedness in the event of any retaliation from Pakistan.

26 February 2019, 20:57 PM

Watch: People at Attari-Wagah border dance and celebrate IAF raids in Pakistan's Balakot.


26 February 2019, 20:10 PM

The RSS congratulates the government and the IAF for the successful airstrikes on terror camps in Pakistan, says it translated the feelings and anger of millions of Indians.


26 February 2019, 19:53 PM

India had made it clear that terrorism must be eradicated, we had given many chances to Pakistan, therefore, India was forced to take action so that these things can be stopped: MoS VK Singh on IAF raids in Pakistan

26 February 2019, 19:48 PM

Cinema Exhibitors Association has boycotted Indian content, no Indian movie will be released in Pakistan. Also, I have instructed PEMRA to act against made in India advertisements, says Choudhary Fawad Hussain, Pakistan's I&B Minister.


26 February 2019, 19:09 PM

I am happy that all parties in one voice praised the security forces and supported the Modi govt's anti-terror operations, says EAM Sushma Swaraj after all-party meet ends.


26 February 2019, 19:04 PM

 In the all-party meeting today, EAM Sushma Swaraj informed the leaders that she spoke to US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo over the IAF airstrikes on JeM terror camps in Pakistan's Balakot, reports ANI.

26 February 2019, 18:44 PM

We have appreciated the efforts of the armed forces, they always have our support to end terrorism. Another good thing is that it was a clean operation which specifically targeted terrorists and terror camps, says Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress after all-party meet:


26 February 2019, 18:42 PM

Punjab is on alert, I will be touring bordering areas on Wednesday. We are ready for any eventuality. I told the Union Home Minister that if there is anything that Punjab can do we are there to for the defence of our country: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

26 February 2019, 18:18 PM

Ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Nowshera sector and Akhnoor sector. Pakistan also violated ceasefire in Krishna Ghati sector at 5:30 PM today, reports ANI.


26 February 2019, 18:10 PM

Surgical strikes after Uri and now air strikes in self-defence, both have given the message to the world that for the security of the country, India's soldiers and government can go to any extent, says BJP chief Amit Shah.


26 February 2019, 18:07 PM

 Ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Nowshera sector and Akhnoor sector, hours after IAF's airstrikes in Pakistan's Balakot, reports ANI.

26 February 2019, 17:29 PM

The all-party meeting called by EAM Sushma Swaraj hours after IAF carried out airstrikes targeting Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps in Pakistan's Balakot currently underway at Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan. 


26 February 2019, 17:19 PM

Australia urges both sides to exercise restraint, avoid any action which would endanger peace and security in the region and engage in dialogue to ensure that these issues are resolved peacefully, says Australian FM Marise Payne.

26 February 2019, 17:11 PM

Australian government is concerned about relations between India and Pakistan following the horrific terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February, which Australia has condemned, says Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne.

26 February 2019, 16:55 PM

Pakistan will take international media to the area of IAF airstrikes, helicopters are being readied, right now weather is bad, will fly when weather permits, says Pak Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

26 February 2019, 16:51 PM

The country is in safe hands, it's will power of PM Modi that has led to the IAF action today. We had political leadership in PM Modi which decided this time to act. We acted in a responsible manner, protected India's interest and ensured that we didn't violate international norms, says BJP leader Ram Madhav.


26 February 2019, 16:43 PM

Pakistan destroying evidence after Indian Air Force's Mirage 2000 fighter jets raid JeM terror camps in Balakot, claim intelligence source. READ

26 February 2019, 16:41 PM

Pakistan has summoned joint Parliamentary session after IAF operation in Balakot, reports ANI.

26 February 2019, 16:40 PM

IAF airstrikes 'act of aggression', says Pakistan; PM Imran Khan orders forces to remain prepared for all eventuality, say reports.  

26 February 2019, 16:35 PM

Punjab has put its border districts on high alert in the wake of the IAF airstrikes across the Line of Control, undertaken by India as a retaliatory measure in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack: CM Amarinder Singh.

26 February 2019, 16:33 PM

Pakistan summons joint parliamentary session after IAF operation in Balakot, reports ANI.

26 February 2019, 15:57 PM

It's an excellent operation that has been undertaken. It was certain it'll happen, it was writing on the wall as PM had announced it. We've seen that earlier when PM announced after Uri we went in for surgical strike 1. This is surgical strike 2.0, says ex-Army Chief General Bikram Singh.


26 February 2019, 15:55 PM

''We have done what any self-respecting country would do. We are proud of what our forces have done for us. They are our shield, and they have behaved exactly like a shield. We are very proud. Salute to our fighters,'' says Kamal Hassan on IAF raids. 



26 February 2019, 15:53 PM

A total of six bombs were dropped on Pakistan-based terrorist camps by the IAF's Mirage 2000s fighters, reports ANI.

26 February 2019, 15:48 PM

Satisfied that Indian Govt has had such a rapid response in informing Heads of Missions. The info is that they did not affect any civilian or any Pak military installation, that it was direct attack due to credible intelligence received, says Hans Castellanos, Dean of Diplomatic Corps, according to ANI. 


26 February 2019, 15:35 PM

India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Islamabad shall respond at the time and place of its choosing, says Pakistan's National Security Committee after a meeting chaired by PM Imran Khan, reports ANI.

26 February 2019, 15:32 PM

In Assam, Congress president Rahul Gandhi congratulates IAF pilots for Tuesday's successful airstrikes in Pakistan. 


26 February 2019, 15:26 PM

Other key Jaish figures targeted in today's IAF raids were - Mufti Azhar Khan Kashmiri, the head of Kashmir operations and Ibrahim Azhar, the elder brother of Masood Azhar who was also involved in the IC-814 hijacking, reported news age by ANI.


26 February 2019, 15:25 PM

Chinese diplomat was also briefed by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on the IAF's airstrikes in Balakot, reports ANI.


26 February 2019, 15:22 PM

Foreign diplomats from the US, UK, Russia, Australia, Indonesia, Turkey and six ASEAN nations were briefed by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on IAF airstrikes across LOC in Pakistan's Balakot, reports ANI.

26 February 2019, 15:11 PM

According to news agency ANi, here are the key Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) operatives targeted in today's air strikes:- Maulana Ammar (associated with Afghanistan and Kashmir ops) and Maulana Talha Saif (brother of Maulana Masood Azhar and head of its preparation wing).


26 February 2019, 14:28 PM

Government sources said that Tuesday's operation was intelligence based counter terror strike not a military action for sake of war. The airstrikes demolished entire terror set up in the suicide bombing training centre in Balakot and over 300 terrorists were eliminated.

26 February 2019, 12:58 PM

JeM's Yusuf Azhar alias Mohammad Salim alias Ustaad Gohri who was targeted today by IAF in Balakot across LOC was on the Interpol list and among the most wanted in India.


26 February 2019, 12:47 PM

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the airstrike was grave aggression by India against Pakistan. He added that this is a violation of LoC and Pakistan has the right to retaliate and self defence.


26 February 2019, 12:32 PM

NSA Ajit Doval along with Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat and IAF Chief BS Dhanoa is reviewing the security situation on the borders after IAF strikes at JeM terror camp in Balakot across LoC.


26 February 2019, 12:23 PM

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has called an all-party meeting at 5pm today.



26 February 2019, 12:23 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has briefed both President and Vice-President about the  Indian Air Force strike at JeM terror camp in Balakot across LoC.

26 February 2019, 11:38 AM

India struck the biggest terror camp of Jaish in Balakot, many terrorists eliminated, said Vijay Gokhale

26 February 2019, 11:35 AM

 India struck the biggest terror camp of Jaish in Balakot in which large number of terrorists were eliminated, said Vijay Gokhale.


26 February 2019, 11:34 AM

Jaish-e-Mohammad has been active in Pakistan for the last two decades and led by Azhar Masood, who is based in Bahawalpur, said Gokhale.

26 February 2019, 11:32 AM

Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale briefs the media in Delhi on IAF's airstrikes inside PoK.


26 February 2019, 11:26 AM

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh said that each time Pakistan will attack us, it will definitely get reply from Indian forces.




26 February 2019, 11:18 AM

Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) Chief Kamal Haasan saluted the soldiers and said: "Our 12 return safely home after wreaking havoc on terrorist camps in Pakistan. India is proud of its heroes."

26 February 2019, 11:17 AM

Three attacks were carried out in Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad at 3.45 am, 3.48 am and 3 .58 am respectively.

26 February 2019, 11:16 AM

Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy and former UP Chief Minister Mayawati have also congratulated IAF over the air strikes.

26 February 2019, 11:10 AM

Union minister Prakash Javadekar has lauded IAF and said that necessary step is taken by Air Force.