Pakistan air force, army on full alert; entire squadron of F-16 fighters deployed along front

Last Updated: Mar 12 2019 15:48

According to the sources, The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is on full operational alert with an entire squadron of F-16 fighters deployed along its eastern front two weeks after India’s air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) camp in Balakot.

Top defence and government officials said on condition of anonymity that while Pakistani air space restrictions continue along the country’s borders with India, the Rawalpindi headquartered 10 Corps along with a Special Forces brigade from Sialkot of the Pakistan Army have been deployed all along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

One of the officials said, “We have confirmed reports that PAF’s F-16 acquired from both US and Jordan are on high alert all along India-Pak border—from Hyderabad in Sindh to Skardu in Northern Areas.

The Pak Army deployment including radars and air defence system along the LoC was strengthened immediately after the February 14 Pulwama attack as they expected Indian retaliation similar to that of the surgical strike.”

Data accessed by Hindustan Times shows that there were 19 ceasefire violations on February 26, 16 on the day PAF retaliated and 26 on February 28, 2019. There have been a total of 467 ceasefire violations in the past two months with February accounting for as many as 251.

The officials did not provide details of the Indian deployment along the LoC but said that the Indian military is also not taking any chances and is ready to respond to any exigency.