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Place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

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Balakot: Place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Balakot is a town in Mansehra District in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The town was destroyed during the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, but was later rebuilt with the assistance of the Government of Pakistan and Saudi Public Assistance for Pakistan Earthquake Victims (SPAPEV), a Saudi relief organisation.

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Heavy Pakistan shelling in Poonch, two civilians injured

The mortar shelling from across the border started in Balakote area of Mendhar sector around 1.20 pm, prompting strong retaliation by Indian Army, the officials said. They said two civilians were..
IndiaTimes - Published

Congress leaders' statements on J&K have helped Pakistan: PM Modi

"Whenever we talk of Swachch Bharat, surgical strike or Balakot strike, the Congress starts jumping in pain. The statements of Congress leaders on Kashmir please Pakistan, who uses it to strengthen its..
IndiaTimes - Published

'Congress starts jumping with pain if anyone says Balakot': PM Modi in Haryana's Sonipat

Slammed the Congress party, PM Modi in Sonipat's Gohana said during its (Congress') misrule neither jawans were safe, neither farmers nor our sportspersons.
DNA - Published

After ATC mix up, Pakistan F-16 jets intercepted Delhi-Kabul Spicejet flight last month

Amid tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad after Balakot air strikes in February, Pakistani fighter jets intercepted a Kabul-bound Indian passenger plane for almost an hour over their airspace last..
IndiaTimes - Published

Wish India possessed Rafale jets during Balakot strike: Rajnath


IndiaTimes - Published

IAF friendly fire case: Air Force Group Captain, Wing Commander face court-martial in Mi-17 chopper crash

On the morning of February 27, when Pakistan counter-attacked in response to the Balakot airstrike, an IAF Mi-17 chopper crashed over Budgam near Srinagar killing all six of its occupants.
DNA - Published

45-50 terrorists, including suicide bombers, training at JeM Balakot facility: Sources

Eight months after Indian Air Force (IAF) bombed the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist camp in Pakistan's Balakot, intelligence agencies have received inputs that as many as 45-50 terrorists, including..
IndiaTimes - Published

Statements by Congress leaders only strengthen Pakistan: Rajnath Singh slams oppn over Rafale shastra puja row

"If we had Rafale fighter aircraft with us, then I think we need not have gone to Pakistan for Balakot airstrike. We could have eliminated terror camps there, even while sitting in India," Defence..
DNA - Published

Pakistan shells villages along LoC in Balakote, Krishnaghati


IndiaTimes - Published

Abhinandan leads the men and machines that taught Pak a lesson

The IAF on Tuesday put the men and their flying machines that bombed on February 26 a Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) facility at Balakot and then thwarted Pakistan's counter-offensive the next day at the..
IndiaTimes - Published

IAF demonstrated its resolve, capability in punching perpetrators of terrorism: Air Force chief RKS Bhadauria

The IAF Chief also acknowledged the contribution of all the personnel who he said silently and professionally contributed to the airstrikes at the terror camp in Balakot.
DNA - Published

Air Force Day: IAF awards squadrons for braving Pak attacks, conducting Balakot airstrikes

Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal's 601 Signal unit was awarded for their role in Balakot aerial strikes and foiling the aerial attack by Pakistan in February.
DNA - Published

IAF Chief awards units for Balakot airstrikes, thwarting Pakistan attack

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's 51 Squadron was awarded unit citation by Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria for thwarting Pakistani aerial attack and shooting down enemy F-16 fighter aircraft on..
IndiaTimes - Published

Abhinandan Varthaman, who shot down Pak's F-16, flies fighter jet at Air Force Day Parade

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman of IAF, who shot down Pakistan's F-16 jet during a dogfight on February 27 earlier this year, flew MiG-21 Bison aircraft on Air Force Day parade today at Hindon Air..
IndiaTimes - Published

'Major shift' in the government's way of handling terrorist attacks: IAF Chief

"The strategic relevance of this (Balakot air strikes) is the resolve of the political leadership to punish the perpetrators of terrorism. There is a major shift in the government's way of handling..
IndiaTimes - Published

Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day


IndiaTimes - Published

IAF Mirage 2000 fighter jets that destroyed Jaish terror camp in Balakot airstrike code-named 'Spice'

However, the Balakot Operation was code-named 'Operation Bandar' to maintain secrecy
DNA - Published

'Operation Spice' was code word for Balakot airstrike, reveals IAF

The IAF had conducted the Balakot airstrikes on February 26 in response to the terrorist attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama which resulted in the martyrdom of 40 CRPF personnel.
DNA - Published

Indian Air Force clip features Balakot strike

New Air Chief Marshall RKS Bhadauria releases promotional video to mark Air Force Day
DNA - Published

Successfully struck Jaish terrorist camps located at Balakot: IAF Chief

The IAF chief also assured the nation of the force's sacred resolve in defending the country's sovereignty and safeguarding the national interest.
DNA - Published

Air Force releases promotional video on Balakot airstrike

Releasing the video, Air Chief Marshal Bhaduria said that the footage in the promotional video was not actually from Mirage fighter jets that launched an airstrike on the terror launch pad in..
IndiaTimes - Published

Indian Air Force ready to respond to any Pak attack at short notice: Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria

A promotional video regarding the story of Balakot was also showcased at the event.
DNA - Published

IAF monitoring situation along Indo-Pak border, ready for Balakot-type strike: Air Force chief Bhadauria


IndiaTimes - Published

Gwalior: Balakot airstrikes planner ejects safely in MiG-21 crash


IndiaTimes - Published

Security forces fully prepared: Rajnath Singh on reactivation of Pakistan terror camps

Two days after the Army Chief said that terror camps in Pakistan were being reactivated, defense minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said Indian security forces were fully prepared to meet the..
IndiaTimes - Published

Reactivation of Balakot terror camps: India’s armed forces are prepared to face any challenge, defence minister says

India’s armed forces are prepared to face any kind of challenge, said defence minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday allaying concerns over reactivation of terrorist training camps in Pakistan’s..
IndiaTimes - Published

‘Balakot-reboot claim bid to shift focus from J&K’


IndiaTimes - Published

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat admits to intel reports

Says JeM camps back in Balakot, nearly 500 terrorists waiting across LoC to sneak into India
DNA - Published

500 terrorist waiting to sneak in: Army chief

Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday said that at least 500 “well-trained” terrorists are waiting to infiltrate from Pak into J&K. Rawat also said that the Balakot terror camp in Pak, which was..
IndiaTimes - Published

'Conducted surgical and air strikes, now let's keep terrorists guessing': Army chief after Pak reactivates Balakot

The Army Chief was at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai to inaugurate the Young Leaders Training Wing (YTW).
DNA - Published

Security forces recovers 40 kg explosives in J&K's Kathua, averts major terror attack

Earlier in the day, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that Pakistan has reactivated the terror camp in Balakot and more than 500 terrorists are waiting to infiltrate from across the border.
DNA - Published

'Balakot reactivated by Pak very recently': Army Chief General Bipin Rawat says, '500 terrorists waiting to infiltrate'

"Balakot has been re-activated by Pakistan, very recently," said Army Chief General Bipin Rawat.
DNA - Published

Terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot reactivated, Army chief General Bipin Rawat says

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on Monday said terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot has been reactivated and that there are at least 500 people waiting to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir from..
IndiaTimes - Published

Pakistan back to old habits, revives Balakot terror camp

Move comes in response to India's decision to abrogate Article 370, bifurcate J&K into two UTs
DNA - Published

J&K: Pak violates ceasefire in Mendhar sector

At around 4:15 pm, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and shelling with mortars in Balakote area in Mendhar sector, Indian Army said.
DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

Surgical strike needed to destroy JU hub of anti-nationals; TMC waiting to get Supriyo killed: BJP

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Friday alleged that the Jadavpur University campus has become a hub of anti-nationals and communists and "our cadres" would conduct a Balakot-like surgical..
IndiaTimes - Published

IAF receives Spice-2000 bombs, used in Balakot airstrike from Israel

The Indian Air Force has signed an over Rs 250 crore contract with Israel for Mark 84 warhead and bombs, which can destroy buildings completely
DNA - Published

IAF receives Spice-2000 'building blaster' bombs

In a major boost for India's aerial firepower, the Indian Air Force has started receiving the 'building blaster' version of the Balakot air strike-fame Spice-2000 bombs at the Gwalior airbase. The..
IndiaTimes - Published

J&K: Army destroys unexploded mortal shell in Balakote village

A team of Army officials destroyed unexploded mortar shell found in Balakote village in, Poonch district. Reportedly, 120mm of mortar, fired by Pakistan Rangers were recovered by the villagers of..
IndiaTimes - Published

Chandrayaan-2: How response of opposition parties was different after surgical, Balakot strikes


IndiaTimes - Published

IAF chief BS Dhanoa flies last combat sortie with copilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman

Abhinandan became a national hero after he shot down an F-16 of the Pakistani army during India's attack on a terrorist camp in Balakot, deep inside the Line of Control, on February 27.
DNA - Published

We both fought Pakistanis and we both ejected: IAF chief does sortie with Abhinandan Varthaman

IAF chief BS Dhanoa who flew his last sortie with Abhinandan Varthaman, drew parallels with him saying both of them had fought Pakistanis and had ejected. "Both of us got ejected and both of us fought..
IndiaTimes - Published

Abhinandan Varthaman flies sortie of MiG-21 with IAF Chief

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman on Monday flew a sortie in a MiG-21 fighter aircraft along with IAF Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa. Varthaman fighter jet was shot down during Pakistan counter-attack on..
IndiaTimes - Published

Pakistan considering full closure of airspace to India, ban on land routes for trade with Afghanistan, says Fawad Chaudhry

Pakistan had fully closed its airspace in February after an Indian Air Force strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot
Firstpost - Published

PM Narendra Modi uses Pakistan airspace to travel to France

For the first time after February's Balakot airstrike, PM Narendra Modi on Thursday used the Pakistan airspace to travel to France for a bilateral meet. The airspace had been shut following the..
IndiaTimes - Published

Army was ready for ground escalation by Pak after Balakot airstrikes: Army Chief Bipin Rawat

"Army was ready for any ground escalation by Pakistan after the Balakot operations," he said during an interaction with retiring officers here.
DNA - Published

'Imran Khan acknowledges what India did in Balakot': Rajnath nails Pak PM over his candid admission

"Few days ago, prime minister of Pakistan said that India is planning to take an action bigger than Balakot. It means that Pakistan PM acknowledges what India did in Balakot," said Rajnath Singh in..
DNA - Published

Will give befitting reply if any action taken by terrorists on Article 370: Ravi Shankar Prasad

He was replying to media's question about Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan's statement that Pakistan has 'full knowledge' that India is planning a bigger operation than Balakot in PoK.
DNA - Published

Vir Chakra for Abhinandan Varthaman, Vayu Sena medals for Balakot bombers

Wing Commander Varthaman, who downed a Pakistan jet during an aerial combat in February and was held captive for three days, has been conferred the Vir Chakra, India's third-highest war time gallantry..
DNA - Published

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to be conferred Vir Chakra

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be awarded Vir Chakra on Independence Day for shooting down Pakistan F-16 during the February 27 air-skirmish between Indian Air Force and Pakistan Air Force a..
IndiaTimes - Published

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