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

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

Jaish-e-Mohammad earlier claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on 14 February that killed 45 Indian paramilitary police in Pulwama of Kashmir.

Indian intelligence sources said that there was credible input on JeM planning another Pulwama-type attack in Jammu and Kashmir and Yusuf was training locals.

Indian paramilitary soldiers carry the remains of colleagues at the site of a suicide bombing that killed at least 40 soldiers in Pampore, Indian-controlled Kashmir on February 14, 2019.

The Feb. 14 attack in Indian-ruled Kashmir was the worst attack on Indian forces since the start of the 1989 insurgency in Kashmir and came as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the middle of a re-election campaign.

Some recalled the so-called "surgical strike" on suspected militant camps in Pakistan in 2016 after an attack by militants on an Indian army camp. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, the director-general of Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations, the military's public relations arm, said that the Indian aircraft had not hit any targets of significance.

"I dare Indian air force to stay in Pakistani airspace for 21 minutes", he said strongly rebutting Indian media's fictitious claim that the Indian warplanes carried out three air strikes at three locations - Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakoti - in 21 minutes. Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot.

The Pakistani spokesman said there were no casualties or damage.

"The Australian government urged India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, avoid any action which would endanger peace and security in the region and engage in dialogue to ensure that these issues are resolved peacefully", a statement from the Australian Ministry for Foreign Affairs read. In the previous year an increasingly bloody crackdown on insurgents in Indian-ruled Kashmir has escalated tensions in the troubled region. They fought a third war in 1979 over East Pakistan, which gained independence with the help of India and became Bangladesh.

Reuters reports a defence official said it had "no information" on the claim.

The resumption of bilateral dialogue between Islamabad and New Delhi is necessary to initiate a peaceful settlement of differences, it said.

Miller also described JeM as a Tier 1 terrorist group, especially those with state support, that have demonstrated the intention and the capability to attack U.S. persons or interests. He said there were no casualties and refused to discuss India's incursion into Pakistan.

He's likely to take a harsh stance on Pakistan if the nuclear-armed country responds to the airstrikes.

"Pakistan has taken no concrete action to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism on its soil".

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