Pakistan to observe February 27 as ‘Operation Swift Retort’
Pakistan will observe the Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) retaliatory action on 27th February 2019 against India as ‘Operation Swift Retort’.
- It was mentioned at PAF’s Air Staff presentation, which is held quarterly every year to take stock of operational preparedness of the force.
- According to PAF, “swift response” demonstrates their firm resolve, capacity and capability in thwarting (opposing successfully) the criminal designs of adversary.
- Although it alarmed that its response to any new “misadventure by the adversary” (in this case India) would be stronger than before.
- After 14 February 2019, when Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) suicide bomber attacked CRPF convoy in Pulwama, killing 40 CRPF soldiers, tensions between India and Pakistan escalated.
- Later on February 26 Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out counter-terror operation (Balakot Air Strike), hitting what it claimed was a JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on 26 February 2019.
- Then on 27 February the PAF retaliated and in an aerial combat between India and Pakistan, India lost its MiG-21 Bison aircraft and its pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who allegedly shot down PAF’s F-16 fighter aircraft was captured by Pakistan. He was later released and handed over to India on March 1.
Month: Current Affairs - May, 2019
Category: Defence Current Affairs
Topics: Abhinandan Varthaman • Aircraft • Balakot Strike • Bison • Defence • F-16 • IAF • India • Jaish-E-Mohammed • MiG-21 • MiG-21 Bison • Operation Swift Retort • PAF • Pakistan • Pakistan Air Force • Pulwama