The Pakistan Air Force had failed to detect the presence of the Indian fighter jets on Tuesday. It was already too late for them as their surveillance system had been jammed by the Indian Air Force during its raid at Balakot militant camp in pre-dawn strikes, a leading daily said on Wednesday citing sources.
The Indian package, usually referred to a minimum of 10-12 and maximum of 39-40 fighter jets, mounted with electronic warfare (EW) system that helped jam the Pakistani radars.
Meanwhile, UN chief Antonio Guterres who has been following the situation between India and Pakistan “very closely”, has appealed to the governments of both nations to exercise “maximum restraint” to ensure the situation does not deteriorate further, a top UN official has said.
The remarks came after Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a pre-dawn air strike on a terror training camp inside Pakistan.
Media reports said at around 3.30 am, 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the IAF dropped 1,000 kg bombs on terror camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, destroying them. The strikes, involving several fighter jets of the IAF, destroyed camps belonging to Pakistan-based terror outfits in Balakot area of the country’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
India destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest training camp in Pakistan, killing a “very large number” of terrorists, trainers and senior commanders.
Hours after the pre-dawn strikes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a public meet in Churu area of Rajasthan said: “I want to assure the people that the country is in safe hands. There is nothing above the nation.”
“My soul says today is the day to reiterate what I had expressed in 2014. I swear by my land I won’t let my country be destroyed. I will not let the country stop. I will not let the country bow down. I pledge to the motherland that I will not let her head down,” he said.
The Prime Minister, however, did not make a direct reference to the Balakot strikes.
Later, at an all-party meet in New Delhi in the evening, the political leaders cutting across party lines appreciated the IAF for its precision and professionalism in striking at the terrorist launch pad without incurring any loss to civilian life or hitting any Pakistani military target.