India’s Foreign Secretary VK Gokhale on Tuesday, while addressing a press conference, claimed that the country’s air force “struck the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in Balakot”. “A large number of JeM terrorists were killed. The strike avoided civil casualties,” he alleged.
Early on Tuesday, Inter-Services Public Relations’ (ISPR) Major-General Asif Ghafoor said that Indian military planes violated the Line of Control (LoC), intruding from the Muzaffarabad sector. “Credible intel [intelligence] was received that JeM was planning more suicide attacks in India,” he alleged. “In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary. “Top commanders were eliminated in the strike,” he said, adding “the action took place just hours ago”.
“Information has been provided to Pakistan from time to time […] Pakistan has taken no concrete action,” Gokhale alleged. The purported ‘action’ by India comes only days after Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated his offer that if India provides Pakistan with “actionable intelligence” regarding the February 14 attack in occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama, “we will immediately act”.
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17 November, 2019