As a response to the predawn ‘non-military’ and ‘pre-emptive’ strike by India that said to have claimed 300 terrorist lives including JeM leader Yousuf Azhar in Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest training camp in Balakot, Prime Minister Imran Khan convened a special meeting of the National Security Committee to review the security situation and to discuss the possible retaliation of Pakistan.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan’s ruling party, tweeted in its official Twitter account the results of the said forum.
“Forum strongly rejected Indian claim of targeting an alleged terrorist camp near Balakot and the claim of heavy casualties. Once again Indian government has resorted to a self-serving, reckless and fictitious claim,” PTI tweeted a few hours ago.
The said forum was attended by high ranking officials such as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Finance, as well as senior military officials.
“This action has been done for domestic consumption being in an election environment, putting regional peace and stability at grave risk. The claimed area of the strike is open for the world to see the facts on the ground. For this domestic&international [sic] media is being taken to the impact site,” read another tweet.
RESPOND IN TIME AND PLACE OF CHOOSING
According to a report published by Business Today, it is interesting to note that Pakistan took an identical stand with the stand it made during the surgical strikes by India in 2016.
“According to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, the NSC meeting concluded that “India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing.” That, too, is a throwback to the Uri strike. Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, then the Director General of Military Operations, had said that the Army reserves “the right to respond to any act of the adversary at the time and place of our own choosing” a day after to the Indian Army’s stand a day after the JeM attack”, Business Today wrote.
PAKISTAN HID DEAD TERRORISTS’ BODIES
Meanwhile, a source from India has said that Pakistan army has cordoned off the entire area of Balakot and are clearing away evidence such as dead bodies so that they can deny India’s claims of the latest IAF strike wiping 300 militants in the area.
A report from ‘India,’ a local Indian news agency, said that intel reports revealed that the Pakistan Army has undertaken a sanitation drive and is hiding bodies of terrorists killed in the Balakot camp strike to avert any claims or questions from New Delhi. /apr