Published: Wed, March 06, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Pakistan PM Imran Khan calls emergency meeting on response to India's airstrike

Pakistan PM Imran Khan calls emergency meeting on response to India's airstrike

Responsibility for the attack was claimed by Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad. The bomber who made a video before the attack was a resident of Indian Kashmir.

Pakistan's military spokesman, Maj.

India says an air strike launched on a Pakistani-controlled area of Kashmir has killed "a very large number" of militants - contradicting information from Pakistan's government.

India's decision to strike the JeM terrorist training camp came despite sabre rattling by Imran Khan who had vowed that Pakistan would retaliate if India carried out any strike. A large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and Jihadis were eliminated in the operation, according to sources.

There was confusion among analysts over the location as Balakot town is in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) northeast of Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir.

The forum concluded that India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing.

Pakistani Kashmiris burn a representation of the Indian flag to denounce the recent killings by Indian forces.

"I want to assure you our country is in safe hands", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said to cheers at a rally in western India hours after the raid.

Chinese officials urged the two nuclear powers to show restraint and maintain stability in the region.


India accuses Pakistan of sheltering and supporting groups like Jaish-e-Muhammad.

Kashmir has been the cause of two wars between the uneasy neighbours. Pakistan has, however, officially outlawed the group and seized some of its property. India has demanded that Jaish-e-Mohammad's leader, Azhar Masood, be listed as a terrorist by the United Nations, but has been stymied by China.

India said Tuesday, February 26, its warplanes attacked a militant camp where Pakistan-backed fighters were preparing suicide attacks on its cities, sending tensions between the arch-rivals to a new peak.

Pakistan Defence Minister Pervez Khattak said that "violation of the line of control by India is unacceptable to Pakistan army and people of the country and safety".

"We will celebrate tonight", one said, "We have lost so many of our villagers to Pakistani firing".

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu hailed the Indian Air Force for the strikes. They said they had been expecting an Indian response after the attack earlier this month.

Flight tracking websites spotted heightened activities along the border with an IAF early warning plane Emb 145 and mid-air refueller circling in the area early in the morning.

Shelling across the Line of Control has occurred frequently over the past few years but airspace incidents are extremely rare. Ghafoor noted that the IAF fighters "intruded from Muzafarabad sector".

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