Chapter 0: The Pulwama Attack
After the attacks in Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Pampore and Uri, Pulwama terror attack followed on. On 14th February 2019, a convoy of 78 vehicles transporting more than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was attacked by a car bomb carrying more than 200 Kg of RDX. The incident took place in at Lethpora (near Awantipora) in the Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir, India. The attack resulted in the deaths of more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and the attacker. The responsibility for this heinous attack was claimed by the Pakistan-based Islamist militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). The attacker was Adil Ahmad Dar, a local boy from Indian-administered Kashmir who was also a member of JeM.
Chapter 1: MFN Status Withdrawn and Series of Diplomatic Attacks on Pak
India with a good will and keeping peace in mind granted the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan way back in 1996, but Islamabad has not reciprocated and always replied with innumerable terror strikes, be it in borders or the tragic 26/11 Mumbai Attacks. The status means a WTO member country is obliged to treat the other trading nation in a non-discriminatory manner, especially with regard to customs duty and other levies. After the Pulwama Terror Attack, this status has been withdrawn from Pakistan. This marked the first reply from the Indian Administration.
Followed by the withdrawn of MFN status was the Indus Water Treaty. Under the treaty, India has control over water flowing in the eastern rivers — Beas, Ravi and Sutlej. Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources Nitin Gadkari tweeted “Our government has decided to stop our share of water which used to flow to Pakistan. We will divert water from Eastern rivers and supply it to our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.” The above tweet from a Modi Cabinet Ministry stroke hard into the minds of Pakistan Government as these three rivers are the lifeline of Pakistan.
To point out few more bans on Pakistan Government or Pakistan related issues, these are as follows:
- All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA) on 18th February 2019 announced a total ban on Pakistani actors and
artistesworking in Indian film industry.
- Former Indian players and BCCI called for the boycott on the 2019 World Cup group match of Indo-Pak with raising concerns on banning Pakistan cricket team from playing in the 2019 Cricket World Cup tournament. (Update: ICC rejected the call on the ground that It won’t interfere in the diplomatic issues and scheduled matches have to go on).
- The Jammu and Kashmir administration as per the Central Government order had withdrawn the security of five separatist leaders including Hurriyat Conference chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Apart from Mirwaiz, the security cover had also been removed for Abdul Ghani Bhat, Bilal Lone, Hashim Qureshi and Shabir Shah.
- Mumbai Cricket Club of India (CCI), Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) and Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) removed the pictures of legendary Pakistan Cricketers from the Hall of Fame.
Chapter 2: Air Strike By Indian Air Force
Prime Minister Of India, Mr. Narendra Modi paid tribute to the mortal remains of departed brave hearts of CRPF at Paalam Airport Delhi. PM Modi in his following election rallies
Chapter 3: Air Space Violation By Pakistan Air Force and Abhinandan Story
Pakistan tried to retaliate with their Air Strike on Indian Military Establishment in the following morning of 26-27th February 2019. Indian MEA informed the public and media that Indian Air Force due to their high state of readiness and alertness, it averted the attempt by the Pak Air Force. MEA further added that Indian Air Force responded instantly only because Pak tried to violate the Indian Air Space. In its previous information, India MEA cleared the fact that the Air Strike on Pak soil was a non-military preemptive measure which it did not attack Pakistan Army or any civilians but to the Terrorist Training camps only after credible intelligence.
During the strong response from Indian Air Force, one MiG 21 Bison(2nd Gen Fighter) took down a highly sophisticated American F-16(4th Gen Fighter) used by the Pak Air Force (which the Indian MEA did not clarify at the first instant; just informed that the Indian MiG 21 Bison has taken down a Pakistani Fighter Aircraft). In between the skirmish, the shot Pakistani Aircraft had fallen in the Pakistan side and one India MiG 21 got also shot down in the process. The Pilot of the shot MiG 21 was missing as per the statement of Indian MEA and it also reported that Pakistan claimed to take the pilot in their custody.
In the Dawn Newspaper of Pakistan, the story was half wrong and half right. As per the report by Maj Gen Gafoor, it said that it had taken custody of two Indian Pilots after taking down two Indian fighter Aircraft. Within a few hours, Pak Spokesperson changed the number of pilots taken under custody from two to one. The Pilot of MiG 21 Bison was Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman captured by the Pakistan Army as he, unfortunately, had to land on Pakistan soil. Initially, he was beaten harshly by the local before the Pak Army could take him under their custody.
Reporting back by Maj Gen Gafoor crafted a fake and false-peace loving story in front of the media without realizing what the future had stored in for Pak and its fake attitude. He said, “It was unanimously decided by the Armed Forces that no military installations or civilian areas would be targeted, and the strikes would be conducted in a responsible manner to avoid collateral damage and further escalation in the region.”. (Source: Dawn.com)
He further added, ” The state of Pakistan, the Government of Pakistan, the Armed Forces of Pakistan and the people of Pakistan have always conveyed a message of peace to India, and the route to peace goes through the way of ‘dialogue’. Both countries have nuclear capabilities, but war is actually the failure of policy, which India needs to understand.” (Source: Dawn.com)
After taking Wing Commander in their custody, they tortured him mentally to get the mission details and spread false propaganda videos to spread fake news about Indian Mentality, Indian Media and Indian Defence System. He did not reply a single detail beyond Geneva Conventions.
Chapter 4: Proof by IAF and Return of Wing Commander Abhinandan
The Indian Air Force (IAF) along with its Army and Navy counterparts on 28th February evening displayed parts of an AMRAAM beyond visual range air-to-air missile providing conclusive evidence that Pakistan used American F-16 fighter jets during Indian Air Space violation targeting Indian military bases and installations in Kashmir. (The use of F-16 is against the pact between Pakistan and the US)
Pakistan on 27th February 2019 categorically said that no F-16 fighter jets were used fearing the probable reaction and ban from the US and also denied the fact that one of its planes had been shot down by the Indian Air Force in return.
Within 56 hours of capture, Pakistan PM Imran Khan stated in their parliament proceedings that out of Peace Gesture, it would release the Indian Pilot. Actually, it was the Diplomatic pressures all over world condemning the Pulwama Attacks including the strict demarcations of Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Pakistan had to finally release the pilot of shot down MiG 21 Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, even though it still denied the involvement of any Pakistani Agencies or Army or the support of Pakistan soil. Fun Fact: Worth mentioning, in the viral video released by Pakistan enquiring the Indian Pilot, his fearless expression and his straight face one-liner: I am not supposed to tell you this, is winning hearts all over the world.
Chapter 5: Present Scenario in Asia and Beyond
Pakistan is still in denial mode regarding the attack and also the use of F-16. Imran Khan asked India for credible intelligence so as to work against any terror outfit in relation to Pakistan. India since ages have been providing dossiers of proofs and evidence but nothing substantial step has been ever taken by Pakistan. PM Modi in his recent speeches has let the country know that the air strike and release of Abhinandan is just a pilot project and would do something big to uproot terror links causing border tensions and killing innocent Indians and Indian Defense personnel.
Reactions from different countries:
Lt Col Kone Faulkner, The US Defense Department spokesperson said, “We are aware of these reports and are seeking more information,” a State Department spokesperson said. “Due to non-disclosure agreements in Foreign Military Sales contracts, we cannot discuss the specifics of end user-agreements contained within .” This simple statement will make a huge impact on Pakistan for its evil intentions as the US defense council investigates the matter more deeply.
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi recently met with India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and referring to both the 14th February 2019 Pulwama attack killing 40 CRPF personnel and the 19th February 2019 Khash–Zahedan suicide bombing killing 27 Revolutionary Guards of Iran, he stated that Iran and India would work together to prevent future attacks.
In a view of the Pulwama Attack, the New Zealand Parliament on 20th February 2019 unanimously passed a motion condemning the Pulwama terror attack. Passing the most needed motion in respect of Indian Diplomacy, New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters in the Parliament also expressed condolences to the families of the departed brave hearts.
Various other countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan, France, Hungary, Israel, Maldives, Nepal, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates condemned the Pulwama Terror Attack including United Nations Secretary-General.