Pakistan Plans For 'Surprise' Response After Surgical Air Strikes By India

Posted March 03, 2019

Pakistan was under intense pressure from the United States, the UAE and Saudi Arabia to de-escalate the tensions with India in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack and release the Indian pilot.

Images then circulated of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's capture, which were condemned for what appeared to be a physical attack at the hands of residents in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, but also praised because of the actions of the Pakistani soldiers who intervened to create a barrier.

They said the decision has been taken in view of "military requirements" where Varthaman captured by Pakistani forces will be handed over to senior Indian Air Force officials.

Scores of people assembled at the Attari Joint Check Post (JCP) here on Friday to receive Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman who is likely to be released by Pakistani authorities later in the day.

But as night fell, the wait dragged on and the crowd of people, previously numbering several thousand waving flags and singing patriotic songs, dwindled to a few hundred. India's MiG-21 fighter upgraded by Russian Federation possesses combat capabilities identical to those of the F-16 of Pakistan's Air Force, the editor-in-chief of National Defense magazine, Igor Korotchenko, said about recent clashes involving these planes.

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At least six airports were shuttered in India, and a vast area of airspace north of New Delhi was closed to civilian flights. An Indian military statement said that "out of anger and frustration", Pakistan "initiated unprovoked cease-fire violation".

Tensions escalated between Islamabad and New Delhi following a suicide attack on Indian security personnel in Indian-controlled Kashmir on February 14, which killed over 40 paramilitary troopers.

Shortly after India carried out the bombing raid and Pakistan announced to retaliate with a surprise response, India stated that any retaliation from Pakistan's side would mean "an act of war", according to Express.

The President shared a word of praise for Wing Commander Varthaman on the micro-blogging website.

India confirmed the return of the released pilot on Friday.

"The army personnel saved me from the mob". "Wing Cdr. Abhinandan, your dignity, poise and bravery made us all proud". That led to a dogfight and the Indian fighter jet being shot down in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

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India and Pakistan - both nuclear powers - claim all of Kashmir, but each controls only parts of it.

The Indian military said its forces returned the fire. India has long accused Pakistan of cultivating such militant groups to attack it. Pakistan has said it was not involved in that attack and that it was ready to help New Delhi in the investigation.

On Tuesday India claimed its warplanes struck a camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) group in northwest Pakistan, which is blamed by New Delhi for the deadly attack. Although Modi has been under increased pressure to show force after the Pulwama attack, both countries, especially India should have exercised restraint to support peace and stability in the region.

He said that one Indian pilot was in the custody of the Pakistani army.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday while addressing the joint session of Parliament had announced the release of Abhinandan - as a decision that was lauded by the global community and media.

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Pakistan's military said two civilians were killed and two wounded since Friday afternoon on Pakistan's side of Kashmir from a barrage of Indian shelling.