The Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting the biggest JeM training camp in Balakot. (Photo Credit: File Image)
Months after the Indian Air Force pre-dawn airstrikes destroyed the terror camps in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the terrorists are trying to reactivate the Balakot camp, the Narendra Modi government told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. In a reply in the Upper House, GK Reddy (Minister of State Home), said: “Inputs indicate that attempts are being made by Pakistan-based terrorists to reactivate their camp in Balakot and restart their religious and Jihadi indoctrination courses against India. Indian govt committed to take steps to protect borders.”
On being asked about steps taken towards resettlement of Kashmiri Pandits and other communities after abrogation of Article 370, Reddy said that the Government of India and J&K government continue to take proactive steps for relief and resettlement of Kashmir migrants. He further said that 3000 state government jobs have been created for Kashmiri migrants, 6000 transit accommodations have been approved. Modi government has also approved a scheme with an outlay of Rs 2000 crores for grants of financial assistance of Rs 5.5 lakhs per family for 36,384 displaced families of Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir (PoJK & Chhamb) which initially settled in J&K, Reddy added.
Last Month, an ANI report had also pointed out that 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. 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 downed 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 border to carry out attacks.