Balakot air strike was certain to happen, excellent operation: Ex-Army chief

Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor 
Payload of hastily escaping Indian aircrafts fell in open

Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor Payload of hastily escaping Indian aircrafts fell in open

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday directed Pakistan's armed forces and citizens to "remain prepared for all eventualities" after the Indian Air Force (IAF) jets hit the Jaish-e-Mohammed's (JeM) biggest training camp in Balakot in Pakistan. "In this operation a very large number of Jaish e Mohammed terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis, who were being trained for fidayeen action had been eliminated".

However, Pakistan has downplayed the attack, saying the aircraft did not cause any damage as the payload was released prematurely when repulsed by forces.

The air strikes, which India says killed many militants, will escalate military tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

The spokesman said a command and control authority meeting, which decides over the use of nuclear weapons, had been convened for Wednesday, adding: "You all know what that means".

An Indian news agency, meanwhile, reported that Indian Air Force jets had attacked a "major terrorist camp" in the Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir early on February 26.

"In the face of imminent danger, a pre-emptive strike became absolutely necessary", Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said. Just $5 a month. This facility was headed by Maulana Yusuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghauri, who is the brother-in-law of JeM Chief Masood Azhar.

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Earlier in the morning, shortly after the Indian strikes, Maj.

Gen Asif Ghafoor, said the Indian "aircrafts" crossed into the Muzafarabad sector of Kashmir, which is split between the two countries but claimed by each in its entirety. Pakistan has scrambled fighter jets in response.

He said Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has an effective response time, however, a proper war strategy needed to be formulated and planned. He said there were no casualties and no damage.

The meeting strongly denouncing India's false claims of carrying out a preemptive strike on terrorist camps inside Pakistan concluded that India has pushed the entire region towards instability for the sake of upcoming general elections. Hours after the strike, Australian Foreign Ministry said urged both sides to exercise restraint, avoid any action which would endanger peace and security. First of all, Gokhale, the country's top professional diplomat, delivered a briefing with no military officers present. India maintains a large military presence in the disputed region.

The strikes involving several fighter jets of the Indian Air Force successfully destroyed camps belonging to Pakistan-based terror outfits in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the sources said.

There was no confirmation of the reports from Indian government or military officials. At least 40 troops were killed in the worst assault on Indian troops since the insurgency in Kashmir began in 1989.

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