2019 Kashmir airstrike
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The 2019 Kashmir airstrikes refers to the six surprise airstrikes carried out by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) at multiple locations in Jammu and Kashmir, India on 27 February 2019. Part of 2019 India–Pakistan standoff, it was first time PAF entered in Indian territory since 1999 Kargil conflict.
On 14 February 2019, a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a vehicle-borne suicide bomber at Lethpora in the Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir, India. The attack resulted in the deaths of 46 Central Reserve Police Force personnel and the attacker. The perpetrator of the attack was from Indian-administered Kashmir. India blamed Pakistan for the attack resulting a standoff between two nuclear armed nations. On 26 February 2019, IAF conducted an airstrike inside Pakistani territory. Pakistan condemned the violation of LOC and vowed to retaliate.
On 27 February 2019 Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Pakistan Air Force (PAF) conducted six airstrike at non-military targets in Nadian, Laam Jhangar, Kerri in Rajouri district and Hamirpur area of Bhimber Galli in Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir, India. The announcement was followed by a tweet by Director general of the ISPR Maj Gen. Asif Ghafoor revealing that PAF also shot down two Indian MiG-21 jets that entered Pakistani territory in reaction to PAF airstrike. One of the jets crashed in Budgam, Indian Kashmir and the other crashed in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan whose injured pilot IAF Wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman was also arrested by ground forces of Pakistan Army. However India claimed that IAF jet crash was due to technical failure.
India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a press conference confirmed that PAF violated LOC and entered Indian territory through Nowshera, Jammu and Kashmir sector shooting down one IAF jet and it's pilot going missing. India also claimed to have shot down PAF's F-16 Fighting Falcon in its territory. A claim which was denied by Pakistan saying no F-16 was used in the operation.
DG ISPR later conducted a press conference telling: "Since today morning activity has been ongoing at LOC. This morning PAF engaged six targets across LOC from within Pakistani airspace.". He also said that the strikes were carried out just demonstrate Pakistan's aggressive capabilities.
Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed the nation saying the sole purpose of our action convey that "if you can come into our country, we can do the same.". Khan also offered India for peace talks.
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