A new report claims that New Delhi is prepared to launch another strike against Pakistan, even as the tension remains high between the two Nations after the Pulwama terror attack and the ensuing cross-border engagement.
According to a report by India TV, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the future strategy in Pakistan. It said that during the meeting National Security Advisor Ajit Doval informed the Prime Minister that the three forces- Air Force, Army and Navy was ready for any action against Pakistan and that they were only waiting for a political sanction.
The report says that Modi assured a free hand to all the three forces and urged them to ensure that no civilian was harmed in the attack and that the target should only be military related.
During the CCS meeting, it was agreed that not only Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir but, the target could also be inside Pakistan territory.
On February 14, there was a suicide attack on CRPF convoy at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir by the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e- Mohammad in which 40 CRPF jawans lost their lives. The tensions between the two nuclear armed countries escalated and India retaliated after 12 days as a fleet of IAF fighter jets crossed the border and pounded a major training camp of the terrorist outfit at Balakot inside Pakistan.
After the Balakot strike, a dogfight occurred between the air forces of both the countries which resulted in the loss of a fighter jet from each side and a brief detention of IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Vardhaman by the Pakistan army. The IAF claimed that Vardhaman had shot down an F16 jet of Pakistan before ejecting from his crashing Mig 21 Bison jet.
On Thursday, a US based media house rejected India’s claim that it has shot down a Pakistani F-16 after claiming that two of the officials had visited Pakistan and had counted all the F16s and found none of them missing.
The report about India’s preparation for another strike on Pakistan come Days Ahead Of the general elections in which pm Narendra Modi and Party BJP are looking for return to power. Modi and his party leaders have been raking at the Balakot strike and India’s successful Anti- Satellite Missile test during their campaigns prompting the opposition leaders to accuse the Government of using armed forces and other Institutions as political gains.