NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force on Thursday night carried out major readiness exercise over Punjab and Jammu in which a big number of aircraft participated.
During the exercise, IAF jets, including frontline aircraft, flew at supersonic speeds in the border districts including Amritsar in Punjab.
The news agency ANI reported that the reason for carrying out the combat drill was to be prepared for thwarting any misadventure by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) to intrude into the Indian air space.
The Indian Air Force has been on high alert ever since it carried out air strikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camps in Balakot on February 26.
On February 14, an explosives-laden truck rammed into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama outside Srinagar, killing more than 40 soldiers in one of the biggest terror attacks in recent years.
The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.
Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was caused by a suicide bomber.
On February 26, Indian Air Force (IAF) had attacked terror camps in Balakot area in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The air strikes come 12 days after the dreaded terror outfit-Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) carried out a debilitating attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama on February 14.
A day later, Pakistan fighter jets violated Indian airspace and the aerial fight ensued.
Subsequently, Pakistan lost one F-16 fighter jet while India lost MiG-21 fighter jet, IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was arrested by Pakistan. However, on March 1
he was released.