Balakot Terror Camps Reactivated, 45-50 Jaish Terrorists Being Trained: Sources (Photo Credit: File)
Terrorists camps in Pakistan’s Balakot, where Indian Air Force conducted air strikes, have been reactivated and around 40-45 Jaish-e-Mohammed Terrorists are receiving training there, according to new agency ANI, citing government sources. The Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting the biggest JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26. Although the government didn’t release a specific number of causalities, it was estimated that some 30-40 terrorists were killed in the strike. Pakistan, however, dismissed the presence of terrorists and said that Indian bombs only destroyed a few trees.
The Balakot strike had its aftermath and Air Forces of bother India and Pakistan indulged in an intense dog fight mid-air next day. In the fight, Indian fighter jet was drowned and a pilot was captured by Pakistan. It was also claimed that before going down, the Indian pilot had shot down a Pakistani F-16 from his MiG-Bishop. Now nearly 8 months after the strike, sources have once again seen terrorists training camps in the Pakistan town. They also said that some suicide bombers are also being mind washed at Balakot camps.
Jaish, a Pakistan-based terrorist outfit, is planning to carry out major strikes in Jammu and Kashmir following India’s move to strip the state of its special status, guaranteed under the Article 370 of the Constitution. The terrorists of Jaish are trying to infiltrate into the Indian side of the broder to carrry out attacks.
The development has come days after Northern Command chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh claimed that nearly 500 terrorists werewaiting to crossover at the LoC. He also said 200 to 300 terrorists are operating in hinterland of J&K to keep the region in turmoil with Pakistan's support.
He said that while Indian Army wants peace, Pakistan keeps trying to do some mischief to disturb the peace in the region. "Even today terror infrastructure is being run within Pakistan (by its forces and agencies). These include training as launching pad for terrorists to infiltrate into the country," he said.