Indi-Paki crisis, a brief rundown of everything happening

First off, I’d like to take this time to thank everyone for jumping aboard the IntelDoge twitter page. For the new folks, this is something that I do as a hobby, and I cannot unfortunately devote 100% of my time to it. I work a job, and have school work to do as well, therefore my time I spend on twitter is purely whatever free time I have. However, this is something that I genuinely love doing. I’ve done this for over a year now, and have grown the page dramatically thanks to some really awesome people.

Now, where were we. The Indian-Pakistani conflict has been something that has been ongoing for years now, it’s not something that just started the other day or anything like that. However, we’re currently seeing a level of conflict that hasn’t been seen in many, many years, so that’s where I’ll be starting.

February 14th, 2019 “The Pulwama Attack”

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Indian troops patrolling the area of the Pulwama attack, photo courtesy of ANI.

On February 14th, 2019, a convoy of vehicles carrying a group of security personnel on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a suicide bomber in a vehicle at Lethpora in the Pulwama District in Jammu and Kashmir, India. It resulted in the death of forty Central Reserve Police Force personnel and the attacker. The person responsible for the attack was Adil Ahmad Dar, a member of the terrorist organization, Jaish-e-Mohammed. The terrorist group also took responsibility for the attack.

This incident fueled the already rough tensions between the two countries, as India previously has accused Pakistan of supporting the terrorist organization. Pakistan vigorously denied any responsibility for the attack however it is known that Jaish-e-Mohammed and the organizations leader does operate from within the country, only further fueling India’s accusations of the country supporting the group.

Immediately the effect was felt across India and Pakistan, and the rest of the world. India’s Minister of Home Affairs promised a “strong response” for the terror attack, and the Prime Minister of India condemned the attack and offered solidarity with the victims and the families of the victims. India directly accused Pakistan of being responsible for the attack in Pulwama.

Pakistani officials denied the allegations mentioned above, and the Foreign Minister of Pakistan condemned the bombing. Pakistan’s Federal Information Minister stated that Pakistan was taking action against the terrorist group and that Pakistan would assist India in taking further action against terrorist groups operating in the country. Pakistani newspaper, “The Nation” called the attacker a “freedom fighter” who took out members of an “occupying force”.

February 25th, 2019 “#IndiaStrikesBack”

On February 25th, 2019 twelve Mirage 2000 fighter jets belonging to the Indian Air Force took off from numerous points inside of India and crossed the Line of Control into Pakistan. The Indian Air Force jets then proceeded to launch an airstrike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in the Balakot region inside of Pakistan.

The Indian Air Force jets struck the camp, and the initial reports were that between 200-350 militants were killed in the airstrike, however as of right now that number remains unconfirmed. The Indian jets returned to their bases without being engaged by Pakistani aircraft. However, Pakistani jets were scrambled once the Indian jets crossed the Line of Control. But, according to reports from Indian officials, the Pakistani jets turned back around when they saw the high number of Indian jets in the group.

Pakistani officials claim the jets violated Pakistani airspace around the Muzaffarabad area, and that they scrambled jets to respond to the aggression, forcing the Indian jets to retreat back to their airspace. In the process of returning to their airspace, Pakistani officials claim the Indian jets released some of their payload, which is something done when pilots feel they’re about to engage in a dogfight in order to increase speed and agility with their jet. Pakistani officials claim there were no injuries or damage as the result of the payload being released.

Following the incident involving the jets, Indian and Pakistani troops engaged in shelling across the Line of Control at numerous different points. Pakistan reported that there were four civilians killed, and eleven wounded by Indian shelling from the LoC.

The incident marked the first time since the war in 1971 that Indian jets crossed the Line of Control, and the first time since the two states became nuclear powers.

India and Pakistan have their own “versions” of this incident, and both of them were listed above. Indian version = jets crossed the border, struck a terrorist camp and returned. Pakistani jets were scrambled and turned back when they saw the amount of jets in the group. Pakistani version = Indian jets crossed the Line of Control, Pakistani jets were scrambled from their bases causing the Indian jets to hastily retreat, and in the process the jets released their payload. Which side you believe is up to you.

February 26th, 2019 “Indian MiG-21 downed”

I do not have a lot of information regarding this topic, as it happened earlier today before I woke up, and I wasn’t able to collect information about it, for some reason everything was very sketchy and the reports were unverified, we’re certain this event took place though.

As I awoke this morning I began to read reports of an Indian Air Force MiG-21 being shot down by Pakistani Air Defense. Pakistani forces as of right now claim they downed one, possibly two MiG-21 jets belonging to the Indian Air Force. As of right now we’re not sure if Pakistan did down a second jet, that’s just something we’ve seen being thrown around and reported by various people.

It IS confirmed however that Pakistan did down at least one jet, and they currently have the pilot of the jet in custody. Pakistani soldiers released a video of the Indian Air Force pilot in custody, drinking tea, and thanking the Pakistani Army for their kindness they’ve given him. Here’s the video.
https://twitter.com/fighterpics/status/1100758246082727936 (thanks Quentin and VayehiOhr for finding this video for me!)

“Featured Image” is of a downed Indian Air Force jet in the Budgam district, approx. 30kms from Srinagar.

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