- Nov 30, 2017
What about Pakistani fighters operating within their side of LOC when they're raining munition into the Indian region (aon a military brigade HQ)
Offensive actions taken by PAF jets even from their side of LOC should/must trigger immediate retaliation!
A very typical approach of you of posting a coherent and valid question here.
Let me just try and give a brief answer. We can expand later if you want.
1. PAF strike was carried out from their side of LC but within 10 kms of the agreed no fly zone, thereby a technical violation wherein we were in our power to shoot them down. Did we? No. Because we probably were vectoring Su-30 MKIs towards the threat and scrambling the Mig-21s from Srinagar AFB.
2. It would have taken about 1-2 minutes for F-16s, which would have 'pooped up' from within the mountain contours to fire their munitions into Indian territory, in the process ingressing about 3-5 kms into our side as they sought to egress back.. All the while their escorts would have been holding to engage Indian fighters moving in.
3. In that scenario, with strike package egressing into their territory, and no declaration of war by India against Pakistan, constraints of ROE forbade BVRAAMs from firing. The only option was WVRAAM, taken by the Mig-21 and the consequences therafter.
4. Yes, this was a situation which was expected, PAF retaliation was expected and we were waiting. What we were not waiting for, was our hero to get shot down, inspite of ROE and Radar Controllers warning him. That, sir, was an act of aggression undertaken precisely in same manner as PAF F-16, changing the narrative briefly from anti-terror air operations by IAF to potential Indo-Pak War. The whole diplomatic maneuvering space got constricted.
5. The right to retaliation was and is still ours. Right to aggressive action against air force of a country retaliating for an attack against a terror group, without declaring the nation a terror nation for supporting militarily the terror group by GoI till now, is farcical and antithetical to our own narrative of this being an anti-terror operation.