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IAF strike in Pakistan: India retaliates, tries to dampen war sentiments

29 2 1734

If India crossing the Line of Control (LoC) to enter Pakistani airspace, for the first time since 1971, and blowing up a major Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) training camp with 250-300 terrorists in Balakot—the operation involved the use of aircraft from multiple bases, including a mid-flight re-fuelling aircraft, a surveillance drone, apart from 12 Mirage 2000s—was meticulously planned and executed, the pre- and post-handling was equally impressive. That the US was clearly on board was evidenced from president Trump’s statement, on the 22nd, that India was “looking at something very strong”; National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had discussed the possibility of the strike with his US counterpart John Bolton two days after the Pulwama attack. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj being invited to the inaugural plenary of the foreign ministers’ conclave of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation despite Pakistan’s opposition also signalled a breakthrough in diplomatic relations, as did China signing off on the UN........

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