IAF air strike hit Jaish camp lead by Masood Azhar's Brother-In-Law

This is important since it shows that if India had informed Pakistan about the JeM camp in Balakot and our concerns about it, this would not have led to any action.

Leaders across political parties have hailed the Indian Air Force after it carried out airstrikes on terror camps across the Line of Control on Tuesday morning.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan both summoned emergency meetings of top ministers after the attack.

The Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, the director-general of Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations, the military's public relations arm, said that the Indian aircraft had not hit any targets of significance.

"Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this objective", Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said at a briefing on Tuesday. "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".

Pakistan said Tuesday that Indian warplanes crossed into its airspace over the ceasefire line in Kashmir and dropped payloads, after tensions spiked between the nuclear-armed neighbours over the disputed region. Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot. He underlined that "no casualties or damage" resulted from the attack.

The escalation between India and Pakistan has triggered worldwide alarm, with China and the European Union calling for both sides to show restraint. Since 1989, such groups have waged an insurgency to end Indian rule in Kashmir.

Reuters reports a defence official said it had "no information" on the claim. They fought a third war in 1979 over East Pakistan, which gained its independence with the help of India and became Bangladesh.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy were among the first politicians who congratulated the IAF after news of the airstrikes began to trickle in.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Tuesday that "better sense" should prevail, warning India not to challenge Pakistan.

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. He said there were no casualties and refused to discuss India's incursion into Pakistan. The plane was then taken to Kandahar by the terrorists.


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