How Pakistan has handled the situation

News Analysis

In a series of events that began on Tuesday, when Indian fighter jets breached the Line of Control (LoC) and violated Pakistani airspace, where they dropped a payload in Balakot; to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) retaliation on Wednesday, where the PAF shot down two Indian Air Force (IAF) jets, Pakistan has handled the matter very professionally.

(The image below helps put the incident into perspective)

Courtesy: BBC

Tuesday 26th of February

At around 3:30 am, Indian fighter jets violated the LoC and dropped a payload in Balakot. Director General Inter-Services Public Relations, Major General Asif Ghafoor, said that, the Indian fighter jets dropped their payload in haste, as Pakistani jets immediately scrambled following the intrusion.

The matter behind, the hasty retreat of the Indian jets is because of the timely and effective response from the PAF. Therefore, helping keep the borders and its civilian’s safe, the PAF has carried out its duties perfectly.

Wednesday 27th of February

The PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts. One which landed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) has been identified as a MiG 21 Bison, while the other fell in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

Early Wednesday morning, two Indian aircrafts crossed the LoC, however, the PAF was ready and acted swiftly to the matter, by taking down both the planes. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, of the IAF, has been taken into custody after his MiG was shot down by Pakistani Air Force Squadron Leader, Hassan Siddiqi.

The PAF can, again, be lauded for their effective and professional response in such a serious matter. The PAF has handled the situation with due consideration and with effective outcomes.

IAF commander Abhinandan has also gone on record as saying that the treatment he has received from the Pakistani military has been very good and that the officers tasked with taking care of him are “thorough gentlemen.”

Other than the PAF, PM Khan has also played a part in handling the situation.

On Wednesday afternoon, PM Khan addressed the nation and talked about the incident that occurred, however, the part of his speech that was most relevant was the conclusion in which he said, “Let’s sit together and settle this with talks.”

Even after the direct conflict between the two countries air forces, PM Khan stressed the point that sanity and peace should prevail. PM Khan added, “Our action was only intended to convey that if you can come into our country, we can do the same. Two of their MiGs were shot down. It is imperative that we use our heads and act with wisdom.”

However, some Indian politicians do not share the same sentiment as PM Khan. Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hinted at the country’s [India’s] ability to stage an operation like the one carried out by the US against Osama bin Laden in 2011, despite peace talk offers stemming from across the border.

“The kind of things we see…. I remember when the US Navy SEAL had taken Osama bin Laden from Abbottabad; can’t we do the same?” Jaitley said, reported livemint.

The Finance Minister made these comments to target terror mastermind Masood Azhar of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) and Hafiz Saeed of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Taking the matter into perspective and context we can see that the Pakistani military, media personnel and politicians, have done a commendable job handling the difficult situation. We can only wait to see how the situation develops and hope that better sense prevails.

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