Published: Wed, March 06, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

PM Narendra Modi holds emergency meet after India attacks Pakistan

PM Narendra Modi holds emergency meet after India attacks Pakistan

Pakistani military say Indian fighter jets were "forced" to retreat from their area, dropping their payload over a deserted area.

A senior Indian government source said that 300 militants had been killed in the strikes and that the warplanes had ventured as far as 80 km (50 miles) inside Pakistan.

China, a close Pakistani ally, is calling for restraint from both Islamabad and New Delhi to prevent a larger crisis.

Indian residents hold flags on a model of a military plane to celebrate the Indian Air Force (IAF) strike launched on a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) camp at Balakot, in Bikaner in the Rajasthan state on February 26, 2019.

India claimed the strikes hit "the biggest training camp" of the Islamic extremist group Jaish-e-Muhammad, killing "a very large number of terrorists", in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunwa Province.

Earlier, Pakistan Armed Forces spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor, on Twitter claimed "Indian Air Force violated the Line of Control".

The Pakistani military downplayed the importance of India's cross-border air raid, saying the airstrike did not result in any casualties or damage.

The Indian foreign secretary also said the camp was located in Balakot.

The camp, 20 kms from the Balakot town, was used for "battle inoculation" and its trainers were ex-officers of the Pakistan Army.

A strike that deep in Pakistani territory, and not in a disputed region like Kashmir, would be a major escalation, analysts said.

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

He also tweeted images of the "payload of hastily escaping Indian aircraft" which "fell in [the] open". His tweet read, "Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzafarabad sector".

No casualties have been reported in Pakistan.

It follows a suicide bombing attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Pulwama on February 14 that killed 40 troopers.

"We built bunkers near our home years ago and we will use them if there is any attack from India in our area", said Mohammad Shafiq, 55. "A necessary step for the country's security".

Last week India welcomed a United Nations Security Council statement that condemned the attack in Kashmir and called on all countries to "cooperate actively" with the Indian government in holding the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of such attacks accountable.

Pakistan's military spokesman, Maj.

"If such actions continue, it can escalate into major conflict, which will not serve any objective but to plunge the region into serious crisis", he said. Pakistan at the time claimed no Indian incursion had occurred. After India strike, what can be Pakistan's options?

"The IAF strikes have sent the much-needed signal to Pakistan and the terrorists it's harbouring - don't think you can get away with acts like the Pulwama Attack".

Escalating tensions have led to two of the three wars between India and Pakistan, so the retaliation by India will only have heightened already heightened tensions between the two.

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