Issue Brief on “Operation Swift Retort Revisited”


On February 27, 2024, Pakistan commemorated the fifth anniversary of Operation Swift Retort in which the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) successfully downed Indian fighter aircraft which had violated Pakistan’s airspace.[1] This historic day demonstrated the resolve of Pakistani people and the elite training of Pakistan’s fighting force as compared to India’s. Operation Swift Retort served as a testimony that any form of aggression against Pakistan would be met with a swift and effective response. While maintaining this resolve, Pakistan remains committed to regional peace and peaceful co-existence.

Background A series of events unfolded in February 2019 that escalated the tensions between the two nuclear neighbours, India and Pakistan, before Operation Swift Retort and subsequent actions by Pakistan served as a useful means to de-escalate the tensions in South Asia.

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