India Air Force categorically rejected Pakistan’s claims of flying jet fighters over Siachen on the Indian side, stating that no air space violation has been made.
Earlier, Pakistan media reports stated that Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter jets conducted flights near the Siachen Glacier on Wednesday, and made its all its forward operational bases at are fully functional.
According to Pakistani media, Sohail Aman, Chief of Air Staff visited the Skardu forward base at Siachen along with other top leadership of the Pakistan Air Force. Aman also met the pilots and technical staff of the fighting force and flew a Mirage jet himself on the occasion.
Reports also stated the PAF jet fighters conducted drills near Siachen to demonstrate their ‘expertise and readiness for war on short notice’.
The development comes days after Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, the Chief of Air Staff, has written a personal letter to each officer in the Indian Air Force (IAF), asking the officers “to be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice”.
“In the present scenario, there is an ever persistent sub-conventional threat. Therefore, we need to be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice. Training needs to be focused towards this,” says the letter.
The “sub-conventional threat” is said to be a reference to the ‘proxy war’ by the Pakistan, which is reflected in the increasing number of terror attacks on military camps and the rising public unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.
Also, Pakistan’s aggressive manoeuvres come a day after the Indian army released videos showing its fire assault on Pakistan army posts helping infiltration into Kashmir.
However, the Pakistan army spokesperson denied the Indian Army’s assertion. “Indian claims of destroying Pakistani post along the Line of Control in Naushera Sector and firing by Pakistan Army on civilians across LOC are false.”