PM Shehbaz affirms ‘responsibility to defend the nation’ on 4th anniversary of Operation Swift Retort – Pakistan
On the fourth anniversary of Operation Swift Retort, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday stated that whereas the federal government aimed for peace with all, it was “aware of our responsibility to defend the nation”.
On February 27, 2019, the Pakistan Air Pressure (PAF) had shot down two Indian planes that had violated Pakistani airspace. One of many Indian pilots was captured by Pakistan, however was later handed over as a gesture of peace.
In a tweet at this time, the premier paid tribute to the Pakistan Air Pressure for its “befitting response” to the Indian violation of Pakistan’s airspace “on the pretext of false flag Pulwama assault”.
“Whereas we intention for peace with all, we’re aware of our responsibility to defend the nation. Let nobody make any mistake about it,” he warned.
The Inter-Companies Public Relations (ISPR) Director Basic Main Basic Ahmed Sharif stated that at this time was a reminder that the Pakistani forces have been able to defend “each inch of the motherland” if aggression was ever imposed on it.
“CJCSC (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees Committee), companies chiefs and air forces of Pakistan pay tribute to the resilience of the nation and resolve of air forces displayed throughout Operation Swift Retort,” he stated.
The DG ISPR added that the “daring, resolute and measured response from Pakistan thwarted Indian nefarious designs” after “India stage managed a cowardly assault on a fictitious goal”.
“Let at the present time be a reminder that whereas being a peace-loving nation, Pakistan air forces are ever prepared, not solely to defend each inch of the motherland however to take the struggle again to the enemy if ever, aggression is imposed on us.
“Any delusion ensuing right into a misadventure will at all times be met with the total may of Pakistan air forces backed by a resilient nation,” he vowed.
In the meantime, PTI chairman Imran Khan — who was the prime minister when the operation was carried out — stated that his authorities’s choice to decide on a “restricted army response” had signalled a “clear message to India”.
How it unfolded
The epicentre of the Pakistan-India escalation was an attack in occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama on Feb 14, 2019, in which more than 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers were killed.
The attack, surpassing one in 2016 when 19 soldiers died, saw explosives packed inside a van rip through buses in a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying some 2,500 members of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force.
Two blue buses carrying around 35 people each bore the brunt of the explosion around 20 kilometres from the main city of Srinagar on the main highway towards Jammu.
The next day, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his country would give a “strong response” to the Pulwama attack.
The “blood of the people is boiling” and forces behind the act of terrorism will be definitely be punished, he was quoted as saying by Hindustan Occasions.
Modi didn’t title Pakistan however went on to say: “If our neighbour, which is completely remoted on the earth and thinks it may well destabilise India via its techniques and conspiracies, then it’s making an enormous mistake”.
The state of affairs heated up when Indian army planes violated the Line of Management, intruding from the Muzaffarabad sector. “Pakistan Air Pressure instantly scrambled” and Indian plane went again, the ISPR had stated in a press release.
The intrusion in Pakistani airspace by Indian Air Pressure (IAF) plane had occurred for a second consecutive day, as one in all its planes needed to launch payloads within the Balakot space whereas being chased away within the early hours of the day. The Pakistan army spokesman had then promised “shock” for India in response to the IAF aggression.
A day later, the IAF jets entered Pakistani airspace after the PAF strikes on the opposite facet of the LoC from Pakistani airspace for, what the International Workplace and Military had described as, an indication of Pakistan’s “proper, will and functionality for self-defence”.
The PAF strikes throughout the LoC have been first introduced by then FO spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal by way of a tweet. “PAF undertook strikes throughout LoC from Pakistani airspace. The only real function of this motion was to display our proper, will and functionality for self-defence. We don’t want to escalate however are absolutely ready if compelled into that paradigm,” he had tweeted.
Shortly afterwards, the then Pakistan army spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor introduced the taking pictures down of IAF plane. He had tweeted, “IAF crossed LoC” after the PAF strikes in India-occupied Kashmir (IOK).
“PAF shot down two Indian plane inside Pakistani airspace. One of many plane fell inside AJK whereas the opposite fell inside IOK. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on the bottom whereas two within the space,” he had said.