Both Indian and Pakistani governments announced Tuesday that 12 Indian Mirage 2000 jets dropped bombs in Balakot, province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. However, this seems to be the only thing the two countries agree upon in the Jaish camp strike.
According to Indian authorities, jets dropped 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs in a ‘non-military, pre-emptive’ strike against one of the biggest camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed, pre-dawn on Tuesday.
INDIA: 300 TERRORISTS KILLED
They said that the strike has killed over 300 terrorists and have effectively destroyed a significant camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed which they described as the ‘heart of training for suicide bombers.’
Yousuf Azhar, the brother-in-law of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, leads the Balakot camp. He too was announced dead by Indian authorities.
The Indian retaliation followed the Jaish attack where terrorists blew up explosives next to a security envoy in Pulwama in Kashmir, killing 40 Indian soldiers.
Authorities from India bragged that among the bombs they dropped, six of them hit the Jaish facility after a one-hour-and-a-half operation that allowed Indian jets to go home ‘without a scratch.’
PAKISTAN: INDIA FORCED TO DROP PAYLOAD IN INHABITED AREA
However, these claims were dismissed by the Pakistani government saying that the Indian troops were not able to kill any terrorist in their ‘reckless’ operation.
Sources from Pakistan reported that residents said that aside from waking up because of a loud bang, there was no casualty in the said operation.
Pakistani officials said that their jets forced Indian panes to withdraw and drop their ‘payload’ in a sparsely inhabited area – leaving no casualty after the operation.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that India has ‘resorted to a self-serving, reckless, and fictitious claim.’
A meeting with Pakistan’s National Security Committee along with Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that Pakistan would ‘respond at the time and place of choosing.’
The escalating conflict between Pakistan and India stems back from their claims of Kashmir, where both countries claim complete ownership but only control only a part of it. The recent Indian strike is the first time India went across the Line Of Control, a boundary between Pakistan-owned Kashmir (PoK) and Indian-owned Kashmir (PoK), since 1971.
Amid the escalating tension between the two countries, the European Union and China urged both governments to implement ‘maximum restraint’ over the brewing escalation. /apr