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Operation Swift Retort – Pakistan’s befitting reply to Indian aggression

Operation Swift Retort reminded Indian Air Force of Pakistan's proficiency in the field and a reminder, never to indulge in any misadventure that threatens the sovereignty of Pakistan. DJ Kamal Mustafa made an animated film on the event with the same name.

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Everyone knows how Pakistan Air Force lit up the sky on 27th February 2019 and destroyed two Indian Air Force jets. Yes, two Pakistan Air Force pilots, namely Hassan Siddiqui and Nouman Ali Khan, destroyed the Indian jets, the MIG-21 and the SU-30. Thanks to them and the Pakistan Army, the Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was downed and then caught.

To pay homage to this outstanding show of force, Pakistani filmmaker, DJ Kamal Mustafa made an animated film titled “Operation Swift Retort”, which was the official name given to the Air Force operation. Within two months, Mustafa produced the film based on the sequence of events on 26th and 27th February, 2019. The movie is 24 minutes long and can be seen on Youtube.

The beginning of the film shows Indian jets entering the airspace above Balakot in the early hours of February 26, 2019, and dropping its payload at Jabba. It destroyed the beautiful Jabba forest. India propagated that 350 terrorists were killed but in fact, there was no casualty. The spokesperson of the Pakistani Armed forces, Major General Asif Ghafoor, exposed the Indian propaganda.

The next part of the film shows a meeting being held at the Pakistan Army Headquarter at 8 am on the same day, attended by all the military generals who decide to give a befitting response to India very soon. All of Pakistan stood in support of the Army.

Early morning on February 27, 2019, Pakistan Air Force radar picks up Indian jet movement in the airspace. The Air Force officers reviewed the situation and two pilots were ordered to counter the Indian jets immediately. The radar pointed to Bhimber, Azad Kashmir. Pilots Hassan Siddiqui and Nouman Ali Khan launched the operation in their JF 17 Thunders aircraft.

The two pilots are approached by the Indian SU 30 first. As the enemy jet reaches open ground, Hassan Siddiqui is ordered, on his wireless set, to “engaged the target and fire immediately”. Hassan Siddiqui immediately locks his target and fires the missile. The Indian jet crashes and explodes.

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Hasan Siddiqui is then shown receiving another order: to target the second Indian jet, the MIG 21. Pilots Hassan Siddiqui and Nouman Ali Khan chase India’s MIG 21, simultaneously locking six targets on the missile range. “Target is locked, waiting for your command“, Hassan Siddiqui confirms. “Fire immediately and destroy” is the response.

Hassan Siddiqui fires missiles from his JF 17, destroying the Indian MIG 21. The Indian aircraft falls to the ground and catches fire. The Indian pilot survives the crash.

The last part of the film shows locals beating and questioning the Indian Wing Commander, Abhinandan Varthaman. Shortly afterward, the Pakistan Army arrives and Abhinandan is shown begging for mercy. He is arrested by the Army.


The Air Force Pilots are then shown reaching their base alive with their air crafts, Major General Asif Ghafoor briefs the media on the entire operation, and the captured Indian pilot’s interrogation video is released. Pakistan Air Force named this operation “Operation Swift Retort”.

DJ Kamal Mustafa is a DJ, Music Producer, Pakistani Film Maker & Journalist. The views expressed in this article are author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space