New Delhi: India carried out air strikes inside Pakistan early on Tuesday and targeted terror camps, sources said, while the IAF has officially not confirmed the reports the whole of Indian and Pakistani media outlets are talking about.
However, Pakistan Army officers have confirmed the strike on Twitter.
Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzafarabad sector. Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot. No casualties or damage.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 26, 2019
The strikes involving several fighter jets of the Indian Air Force successfully destroyed camps belonging to Pakistan-based terror outfits in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the sources said.
Understandably not appreciating the Narendra Modi government for sanctioning the air strikes, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal have lauded the IAF pilots who have hit Pakistan hard.
?? I salute the pilots of the IAF. ??
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 26, 2019
I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots who have made us proud by striking terror targets in Pakistan
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 26, 2019
While India has not yet officially confirmed the air strikes on Pakistani terror camps, the ADGPI of the Indian Army has cryptically alluded to it by quoting some lines from a famous poem of Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’.
'क्षमाशील हो रिपु-समक्ष
तुम हुए विनीत जितना ही,
दुष्ट कौरवों ने तुमको
कायर समझा उतना ही।
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) February 26, 2019
The poem, citing instances from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, talk of the virtue of strength. It uses the story where the Indian Ocean gave way to Lord Rama only after he threatened to dry it up with a brahmastra. And then it talks of the exhortation to Arjuna by Lord Krishna in the Gita of Mahabharata where God says forgiveness behoves only the strong.