Anniversary of Balakot airstrike: How India prepared the ideal response after the horrific Pulwama attack in 2019
On February 26, 2023, it will be four years since the Balakot airstrike, which was carried out in response to the vicious and deadly Pulwama assault against India, which also claimed the lives of the attacker and 46 members of the Central Reserve Police Force.
The Indian Air Force conducted a bombing raid against terrorist camps in Pakistan's Balakot region on February 26, 2019 in an attempt to exact revenge for the deaths of the CRPF jawans in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama.
On February 27, the Indian government acknowledged the Balakot airstrike, claiming that numerous people were killed as a result of the fighter aircraft airstrikes militants who had been erecting a camp in Pakistan's Balakot region.
Why did India initiate the airstrike on Balakot?
After being shocked by the assault in the Pulwama region of Jammu and Kashmir, which resulted in the deaths of 46 CRFP troops, India launched the airstrike against Pakistani terrorists in Balakot. A suicide bomber carried out the Pulwama assault in 2019 on February 14, and the Pakistan-based terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for it.
The Indian government planned the Balakot airstrike against Pakistani terrorists as retribution for the Pulwama attacks and as a memorial to the CRPF members who lost their lives in the incident. It is believed that many terrorists in the region perished in the operation.
What transpired during the attack on Balakot?
On February 26, early in the morning, Indian Air Force fighter aircraft launched an attack against the alleged terrorist camps set up in the area by flying across the border in the contentious region of Jammu and Kashmir and dropping bombs in the town of Balakot, Pakistan.
The Balakot airstrike against Pakistani terrorists used 12 Mirage 2000 aircraft in total. One of the jets was shot down by the Pakistan Air Force, and the pilot, Abhinandan Varthaman, was captured by the Pakistani government. Later on, Varthaman was freed and permitted to enter India.