#Balakot air strike

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Wing Commander Abhinandan (right) shot down four 4th-generation F16 fighter jets before his capture. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@IAF_MCC)

  • IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan on February 27, 2019
  • He was released on March 1
  • PM Modi's message to Pakistan was "Our weapon arsenal is not for Diwali"

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Pakistani soldiers and media personnel gather at the site where the Indian Air Force strike launched on a Jaish-e-Mohammad camp at Balakot on February 26, 2019. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • On February 26, 2019, the Indian Air Force warplanes, in early morning strikes, dropped bombs on terror camps in Balakot
  • This was in retaliation to an earlier terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir 
  • 40 Indian soldiers were killed in the Pulwama terror attack

.Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Rahul Gandhi is on a three-day election campaign in Tamil Nadu. (Photo credit : Twitter/@RahulGandhi)

  • Purported chats between Arnab Goswami and former BARC head mentioning the strike
  • Gandhi said that PLA putting pressure on the LAC can be attributed to the weakened economy and divided country
  • The Congress MP added that Modi doesn't mention China anymore

.Karachi, Pakistan
Pakistan Prime minister Imran Khan speaks in a pre-recorded message. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • Pakistan averted a larger crisis by a responsible, measured response to Balakot, Imran Khan said 
  • A series of purported WhatsApp conversations between Arnab Goswami and former CEO of BARC Partho Dasgupta are doing the rounds
  • The purported WhatsApp messages are part of a chargesheet filed by Mumbai Police