SunstarTV Bureau: On February 14, 2019, it was charisma all over. Not a happy ending to the remains of Valentine’s Day as we all rushed into an incident which today the report claims.
A royal black color suits many outfits but sometimes it adds on some horrific stories to history. Feb14 2019, this day, at Lethapora in Pulwama district when we all lost 40 valued valures from CRPF after an IED laden vehicle rammed into the convoy carrying them. The perpetrator Adil Ahmed Dar was also killed. This vehicle-borne suicide attack lessened a military-grade troop carrier to a mangled heap of metal within seconds. This heinous act was claimed by Pakistan based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed.
A Maruti Eeco vehicle having Chassis number MA3ERLF1SOO183735 Engine G12BN164140 was sold to Mohammad Jaleel Ahmed Haqqani, a resident of Heaven Colony, Anantnag in the year 2011. It subsequently exchanged hands seven times and finally reached Sajjad Bhat, son of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, resident of Bijbehara, district Anantnag, who had acquired the vehicle on February 4. Sajjad was a student of Siraj-ul-Uloom, Shopian, the spokesperson said.
Kashmir is a socio-military active zone where on daily basis our armed soldiers deal with the insurgency, terrorism, and slipper cells of Pakistan. The enemies, continuously finger the patience and test our soldier whom we consider the ambassador of peace to the valley. The innocent civilians suffer from some vandals. The terrorists not only target military personnel but also innocent peoples in the name of Mukhbiri and manhandle human shield to escape.
This Pulwama incident outraged civil Indians and pressurised the government to avenge the martyrdom of our soldiers. And our security forces were all set to carry out a massive take down the terrorists from their launchpad.
Balakot airstrike and India-Pakistan standoff
After the Pulwama terror attack, the government of India urged the Financial Action Task Force Laundering (FATF) to put Pakistan on the blacklist. The FATF decided to keep it on the ‘grey list’ and gave Pakistan time till October 2019 to comply with the 27 conditions it had laid down in June 2018, when it was put on the ‘grey list’, with an attending caveat. If Pakistan failed to comply, it would be added to the blacklist. On 17 February, the state administration revoked security provisions for separatist leaders.
On February 26, twelve Mirage 2000 jets of the Indian Air Force crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and dropped bombs into Balakot, Pakistan. India claimed that it attacked a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp and killed a large number of terrorists, reported to be between 300 and 350. Meanwhile, Pakistan claimed that they quickly scrambled jets to intercept the IAF jets, who dropped their payloads to quickly return over the Line of Control.
On February 27, the Pakistan Air Force conducted an airstrike into Jammu and Kashmir in retaliation for the Indian airstrike the day before. Both Pakistan and India agreed that no damage was caused by Pakistan’s airstrike. However, in an ensuing dogfight between Indian and Pakistani jets, an Indian MiG-21 was shot down over Pakistan and its pilot – Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured. Pakistan later released Varthaman on March 1.