Imphal, Feb 26,
War between India and Pakistan already begins in media of both the country after Indian Air Force claims surgical strike at terror training camp of Jaish-e-Mahmod (JeM) inside the territory of Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
While report on India media about celebrating its victory in neutralization of major terrorist camp set up inside the Pakistan Territory, Pakistan Media Samma TV report said that attempted attacked by the Indian Air Force has been foiled by the Pakistan Air Force.
Tensions between the two countries have heightened since the February 14 Pulwama attack. Over 40 Indian paramilitary personnel were killed in the attack, which India has blamed on Pakistan.
As reported in the All India Radio News, The Indian Air Force conducted airstrikes at the biggest terror camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan in the wee hours today.
Briefing media in New Delhi, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said, credible information was received that JeM was attempting other suicide terror attacks in the country and terrorists were being trained for that purpose. Saying that it became inevitable to carryout a pre-emptive strike, the Foreign Secretary asserted that in this operation, a very large number of terrorists, trainers and senior commanders of the group were eliminated.
He said, the airstrikes were a non-military pre-emptive action and they were conducted in a thick forest area to avoid civilian casualties. The camp was led by Maulana Yusuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghauri, brother in law of JeM Chief Masood Azhar.
Mr Gokhale said, JeM is responsible for series of terror attacks in India. He said, information about location of training camps was provided to Pakistan but no concrete action was taken.
The Foreign Secretary said, India remains firmly committed towards taking all measures to fight terrorism. He said, India expects Pakistan to dismantle all terror camps, including those of JeM.
In view of the airstrikes, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has convened an all party meeting in New Delhi this evening.
Pakistan media Geo News report,
Pakistan Air Force’s ‘timely response’ repels Indian aircraft after LoC breach: DG ISPR
Indian military aircraft violated the Line of Control (LoC) as they “intruded” from the Muzafarabad sector and were forced to return owing to the timely response of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Pakistan military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said early Tuesday.
“Indian aircraft intrusion across LoC in Muzafarabad Sector within AJK was 3-4 miles. Under forced hasty withdrawal aircraft released payload which had free fall in open area. No infrastructure got hit, no casualties. Technical details and other important information to follow,” director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) wrote on Twitter.
Earlier, Major General Ghafoor had said, the Indian aircraft “released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot”.
Joint parliamentary session summoned
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan announced a joint parliamentary session has been summoned on the opposition’s demand.
“A joint parliamentary session will take place,” the minister of state for parliamentary affairs said as he responded to the demand of the leaders of opposition parties on the floor of the National Assembly. “I will try that the session is summoned today even if it is at midnight.”
“I have just come from the national security committee meeting and I told the participants that the entire Parliament and nation are united,” he added.
As the National Assembly session resumed today, opposition leaders demanded that a joint parliamentary session be summoned.
“We are in a state of war. The Parliament should sit together and decide,” Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader Khursheed Shah said. Stating that “India wishes to exploit our internal differences and attack us,” Shah said, “We have to show to India and the world that the entire nation is united.”
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former defence minister Khawaja Asif also took to the floor and seconded Shah’s demand for a joint parliamentary session.
The PML-N leader also called on all parties to “be united” and to show solidarity with the armed forces. “Our country, our sovereignty and our integrity are being threatened,” Asif said.