Indian Air Force Strikes Pakistan-Based Terror Camp in 'Preemptive Action'

Indian Air Force Strikes Pakistan-Based Terror Camp in 'Preemptive Action'

Indian Air Force Strikes Pakistan-Based Terror Camp in 'Preemptive Action'

India says it has carried out pre dawn air strikes in Pakistan on a camp of the Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad, which claimed responsibility for a suicide vehicle bomb that killed 40 paramilitary troops in Indian Kashmir almost two weeks ago.

Widely quoted estimates for the number of people killed in the conflict since 1989 go as high as 70,000, but other calculations based on Indian government data are far smaller, at about 41,000.

He said "facing timely and effective response from the PAF, [Indian jets] released [their] payload in haste while escaping, which fell near Balakot".

India and Pakistan have fought three major wars since 1947, but there has been no major military confrontation since both nations gained nuclear weapons.

The incident comes amid growing tensions between Pakistan and India following the February 14 suicide attack on the Indian police in the Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed over 40 policemen.

The escalation comes in the wake of a suicide bombing that killed dozens of troops in Indian Kashmir and sent tensions soaring.

Pakistani Kashmiris burn a representation of the Indian flag to denounce the recent killings by Indian forces.

"Pakistan reserves the right to self-defence and respond to such aggression", he said.

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Imran Khan has convened an "emergency meeting" to discuss and review the security situation with high-level officials in his ministry, Radio Pakistan reported.

He said there were no casualties and refused to discuss India's incursion into Pakistan.

India's foreign secretary, Vijay Gokhale, told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday Indian fighter aircraft targeted camps belonging to the organisation following intelligence another attack was in the planning. They said they had been expecting an Indian response after the attack earlier this month.

"India began showering Pakistan with accusations immediately after the attack without any evidence in hand or shared", Ghafoor said. He had in a televised address also denied any links between the Pakistani state and those who carried out the attack.

Pakistan said Tuesday that Indian warplanes crossed into its airspace over the ceasefire line in Kashmir and dropped payloads, after tensions spiked between the nuclear-armed neighbours over the disputed region.

Responsibility for the attack was claimed by Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad.

The Indian jets crossed near Muzafarabad in Kashmir, according to Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, spokesman for Pakistan's armed forces.

The unspecified number of Indian aircraft tried to intrude from three points before crossing the LoC from the Muzaffarabad sector, he said. India routinely accuses Pakistan of arming and training militants who cross the mountainous Himalayan region.

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