BREAKING: Indian aircrafts violate LoC, chased away by PAF jets

08:07 AM | 26 Feb, 2019
BREAKING: Indian aircrafts violate LoC, chased away by PAF jets
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Lahore - In early hours of Tuesday IAF jets tried to violate Pakistani airspace in Muzaffarabad sector of Azad Kashmir.

According to DG ISPR PAF were immediately scrambled who chased them away.

According to Pakistani Military's spokesperson, IAF jets were unable to hit any target or do any damage. PAF had already been on high-alert for such an eventuality and there were reports of PAF conducting border patrol missions in light of Indian hostilities.

While escaping, the IAF jets released payload in haste which fell in an open area near Balakot without causing any damage.

The IAF jests intrusion across the Line of Control (LOC) in Muzafarabad Sector within Ajaz Jammu and Kashmir was three to four miles, the Pakistani Military spokesperson said.

According to some local journalists, the location where the IAF aircrafts dropped payload appears to be an uninhabited forest of Jaba, in Mansehra district, located at 60km from LoC within Pakistan.

On the other hand, BBC reports that the IAF sources have denied the recent violation of the LoC, by saying that "Mirage fighters took off from Ambala air base and without crossing the international border bombed designated targets."

"The whole exercise took 30 mins, all aircraft returned safely," BBC reported.

Pakistani security officials took to Twitter and said that "no targets were engaged by the Indian aircraft, the speed with which they entered and left Pak airspace, no target could be engaged." The Indian Aircraft remained in Pakistan's airspace 'practically for 30 seconds or less' they said.

While Pakistan is claiming that Indian jets failed to hit any target and scrambled in haste due to PAF's quick response, Indian media has been quick to jump the gun to claim some sort of victory over Pakistan. This violation of LoC is already being called Surgical Strike 2 in the Indian media, but it seems more like a information operation to placate their own public rather than a military strike. Indian public has been demanding some sort of action against Pakistan after Pulwama attack, which Indian media and govt had blamed on Pakistan.

It should be remembered that this is an election year in India and far-right Indian ruling party BJP and PM Naridar Modi want to maintain the 'strongman' image at all costs. Pakistan has been an important talking point in Indian elections and hatred for Pakistan attracts a lot of Indian votes.

DG ISPR shared proofs of Indian payloads that had fallen in empty areas due to their haste to scramble with PAF on their tails.

According to reports, Indian defence ministry is now saying it has no knowledge of any violation of Pakistani airspace by IAF aircraft.

India has deployed heavy artillery and forces on the Line of Control (LoC) after tensions flared up between Pakistan and India in wake of a suicide attack on Indian Army convoy by a Kashmiri youth.

This is a developing story.