It’s been two years now, on this day, a convoy carrying 40 Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel on the Jammu–Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a vehicle-borne suicide bomber at Lethapora (near Awantipora) in the Pulwama district of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan-based Islamist terrorist group, Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed the responsibility of the most dastardly terror attack ever since 1989.
The attack killed 40 Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel as well as the perpetrator—Adil Ahmad Dar—who was a local Kashmiri youth from the Pulwama district.
India blamed neighbouring Pakistan for the attack, while the latter condemned the attack and denied having any connections to it. The attack dealt a severe blow to India–Pakistan relations, consequently resulting in the 2019 India–Pakistan military standoff.
Days later, on 26 February, twelve Mirage 2000 jets of the Indian Air Force crossed the Line of Control and dropped bombs into Balakot, Pakistan. India claimed that it attacked a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp and killed a large number of terrorists, reported to be between 300 and 350. Pakistan claimed that they quickly scrambled jets to intercept the IAF jets, who dropped their payloads to quickly return over the Line of Control.
It is to be noted that Kashmir is a disputed territory, claimed both by India and Pakistan with both countries administering part of the territory.
Meanwhile, remembering the sacrifice of the Bravehearts, netizens on Sunday took to social media platforms to pay homage to the martyrs who laid their lives for the nation.
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