Tension escalates in Pakistani territory after Indian air forces stroke Kashmir militants.
According to a top Indian minister, a training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) group located in Balakot was targeted by Indian forces.
However, Pakistan responded by scrambling fighter planes.
Since a suicide attack, killed more than 40 Indian troops earlier this month, the tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbors have been escalating.
Pakistan is accused of allowing militant groups to launch operations on its territory including 14 February attack.
“Credible intel [intelligence] was received that JeM was planning more suicide attacks in India. In the face of imminent danger, a pre-emptive strike became absolutely necessary”, Vijay Gokhale, Indian Foreign Secretary said in a statement.
Statement by Foreign Secretary on 26 February 2019 on the Strike on JeM training camp at Balakot
Major General Asif Ghafoor, Pakistan’s army spokesman tweeted that Indian jets were forced to make a “hasty withdrawal” besides dropping payload in an open area to prevent casualties.
Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzafarabad sector. Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot. No casualties or damage.
Payload of hastily escaping Indian aircrafts fell in open.
On Tuesday, Residents of several towns in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan were woken by loud explosions early.
“This is purely related to the (February 14) attack. The response of security forces is guided solely by the need to counter both the impact and any further action that may be taken by terrorist groups who are still out to disrupt our country”, a statement by State Gov. Satya Pal Malik.
In an attempt to soothe frayed nerves in Kashmir amid rumours of ‘war-hysteria’ and unconfirmed reports of attempts to repeal Article 35-A via an ordinance, the Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday appealed the people to stay calm and not believe in rumours.
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Half a dozen civilians injured by shotguns of government forces to quell the protesters.
Police and paramilitary soldiers automatic rifles, wearing riot gear besides erecting iron barricades & laid razor wire on intersections & roads in the region’s main city, Srinagar, to cut neighborhoods off.
We are bombing our own territory temporarily called PoK. So no international law broken but it is in self defence
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