Apparently shaken by Indian Army’s strike on Pakistan’s terror-aiding military posts along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has declared all its forward air bases operational.
Pakistani media reports, however, claim that the decision to activate the airbases was taken in the wake of “threat” by Indian Airforce Chief. Quoting Waqt News, The Nation reports that PAF took the decision during the visit of “Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman to Forward Operation Airbase where he personally took part in exercises of PAF.”
During his visit, Aman met the pilots and technical staff of PAF. A fighter squadron carried out higher and lower altitude flights, says a PTI report.
According to the report published on Wednesday, Aman said that PAF is ready throughout the year. “The nation does not need to be worried from such kind of statements from the enemy,” he was quoted as saying. “If anyone tried to do some kind of misadventure with Pakistan, it will face strong retaliation,” he added.
In another report, Pakistan’s Samaa TV said that Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter jets made flights near Siachen Glacier on Wednesday morning. However, Indian Air Force said there was no violation of India’s airspace by PAF. Located in the eastern Karakoram range in the Himalayan mountains where the Line of Control between India and Pakistan ends, the Siachen glacier is the highest battleground on the Earth.
On Tuesday, Indian Army released a video showing the assault on Pakistan military posts in Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir, which was used to send terrorists into the Indian territory. In a usual response, Pakistan said Indian Army’s claim was “false”. Moreover, Pakistan Army also released a fake video to prove it had destroyed Indian posts on May 13.
In a letter to each officer of Indian Air Force, India’s Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa recently asked them to “be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice”.
The letter signed March 30 said, “In the present scenario, there is an ever persistent sub-conventional threat. Therefore, we need to be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice. Training needs to be focused towards this.”