India bombs militant camps in Pakistan after deadly Kashmir attack

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Security forces in Pulwama. Credit PTI

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took to Twitter to praise Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots soon after news broke of air strikes on terror camps across the LoC.

JeM had also previously caused a crisis between India and Pakistan over a raid on the Indian parliament in 2001.

"I dare Indian air force to stay in Pakistani airspace for 21 minutes", he said strongly rebutting Indian media's fictitious claim that the Indian warplanes carried out three air strikes at three locations - Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakoti - in 21 minutes. "In the face of imminent danger, a pre-emptive strike became absolutely necessary". Just $5 a month.

"A large number of Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, including Masood Azhar's brother-in-law Yusuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghauri was eliminated in the operation", he added. "The selection of the target was also conditioned by our desire to avoid civilian casualty".

Numbers estimated by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) also showed that between 1993 and 2006, more than 20 percent of Pakistan's annual government expenditure was spent of the military. He said Pakistan scrambled fighters and the Indian jets "released payload in haste" near Balakot, on the edge of Pakistani-ruled part of Kashmir. "Indian aircrafts gone back".

Ghafoor tweeted images of what he said was the payload, showing what appeared to be pieces of metal in a heavily forested area. Ghafoor noted that the IAF fighters "intruded from Muzafarabad sector".

The Pakistani spokesman said there were no casualties or damage.

The Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing.

After the airstrike, Lt. Col. Devender Anand, an Indian army spokesman, said Pakistani soldiers attacked Indian positions along the boundary in Kashmir, the so-called Line of Control. First of all, Gokhale, the country's top professional diplomat, delivered a briefing with no military officers present.

France, which stands by India in the fight against terrorism in all its forms, is fully engaged in mobilising the global community to sanction the terrorists responsible for this attack and freezing their financing networks, it said.

Another militant attack on Indian forces in 2016 led to New Delhi saying it had launched cross border "surgical strikes" to destroy terrorist camps.

The airstrike followed a suicide bombing in India's section of the disputed territory of Kashmir on February 14 that killed more than 40 Indian soldiers.

Balakot is located around 80 kilometre from Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, where this Jaish-e-Mohammed's training camp was set up.

On February 14, a suicide bomber attacked a convoy of paramilitary police travelling to the capital, Srinagar, killing 46 Indian personnel.

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