Pakistan accuses India of cross-border air strikes

Pakistan accuses India of cross-border air strikes

Pakistan accuses India of cross-border air strikes

Faced with a "timely and effective response" from the Pakistan Air Force, the Indian jets released their "payload in haste while escaping", the spokesman tweeted early Tuesday.

Earlier, Pakistan Armed Forces spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor, on Twitter claimed "Indian Air Force violated the Line of Control".

New Delhi had threatened to retaliate after the February 14 bombing, the deadliest in 3 decades in Kashmir. In December 2001, Jaish fighters, along with members of another Pakistan-based militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, launched an attack on India's parliament, which nearly resulted in the two countries coing to war for a fourth time. The maharaja of Kashmir, the local ruler, accedes to India as tribal fighters from Pakistan launch attacks.

The latest fighting triggered anti-India protests and clashes in the southern Kulgam area, with villagers throwing stones at Indian troops.

Pakistan has vowed to help investigate the suicide bombing and to take action against anyone found to be using Pakistani soil for attacks on India.

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 auto bomb that killed 40 paramilitary troops in Indian Kashmir almost two weeks ago. It has only became necessary because Pakistan has failed to control the terror group, and because India had information that another suicide attack being planned. He said there were no casualties and no damage.

Military planes could be heard over Srinagar, the capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, throughout Monday night and Tuesday morning. The damage assessment is yet to be done, however, news agency - ANI quoted Indian Air Force sources and reported that the bombs were dropped in terrorist camps located in Balakot area in Muzaffarabad district in Pakistan.

The military action comes a week after Pakistan militants killed 42 Indians in a suicide attack.

- 1984 -Indian forces seize the Siachen Glacier, a remote and uninhabited territory high in the Karakoram Range also claimed by Pakistan.

A special meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday made a decision to take up the issue of India's violation of the Line of Control (LoC) at all worldwide forums, ARY News reported.

- 1965 -India and Pakistan fight a second brief war over Kashmir before a ceasefire is declared.

In response, India launched what it called "surgical strikes" on Pakistani territory. "I can't say anything on this right now", he said.

Pakistani jets were scrambled, forcing the Indian Air Force to leave Pakistani airspace.

Explaining the assault, India stated that it targeted an alleged terrorist base in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Tuesday's strike will not only boost Modi's campaign in the election due by May, political analysts said, but also take the spotlight off economic issues for which the BJP has felt the heat.

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