New Delhi – Indian Air Force jets on Tuesday carried out "preemptive" attacks in Pakistan causing tensions between nuclear neighbors. Pakistan called the attack "serious aggression" and promised "timely and effective response" by its own military.
India claimed that the strikes were in the "largest training camp" of the Muslim extremist group Jaish-e-Muhammad, killing "a very large number of terrorists," in the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunva.
Aviadrays went 12 days after the suicide attack of Jais-e-Muhammad on a car with Indian soldiers in half of Kashmir in India. The terrorist attack left more than 40 soldiers dead and reinforced hostility between the two countries that for decades fought for territorial rights in the Himalayan region of Kashmir.
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accused Pakistan of suicide on February 14 in Kashmir, one of the most deadly in recent decades, and has promised a "devastating reaction". After that, the pressure quickly strengthened on Modi, just a few days before the general election, in which he sought a second term, with requirements for military action against the neighboring nation.
"I assure you that the country is in safe hands," said Modi, a crowd of supporters at an election rally on Tuesday. "I promise in this land, I will not let the country die, I will not let the country stop, I will not allow the country to bend. This is my promise to the Mother of India, I will defend your honor."
"Non-military" missile strike?
The Minister for Foreign Affairs of India, Vigai Keshav Hokhala, described the strike as a "non-military precautionary action directed specifically at the camp of Yas-e-Muhammad."
Gokhale may have used an unusual feature to emphasize that India did not aim at Pakistan's own national military assets and did not want to.
Indian media, referring to anonymous sources from the Indian Air Force, reported that 12 Mirage-2000 fighter planes lowered 1,000 kilograms (1,600 pounds) of bombs in the anticipated Jaysh Mohammed camp at the morning of Monday morning.
India has stated that the strike is based on intelligence that shows that the terrorist group is planning a more suicide bombing in India.
"In the conditions of imminent danger, a precautionary blow has become absolutely necessary," said Gokhale. He added that the target, located on top of a hill in a dense forest, was chosen with a "desire to avoid human casualties." It is said that the led camp was headed by Maulana Yusuf Azhar, the son of Maulana Masud Azhar, the leader of Yais-e-Muhammad and one of the most desirable people in India. He is accused of planning several attacks on India, including the 2001 assault on the Indian Parliament.
Pakistan has promised to respond to "aggression"
Pakistani officials have confirmed that Indian Air Force jets have entered the country, but in a series of tweets, the military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafor said that Indian planes have fallen bombs "in a hurry under time to escape "from" timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force. "
Ghafoor claimed that the missiles descended to the "open area" and did not cause material damage or loss. He wrote several photographs, allegedly in a place where bombs fell, one of them showed that it seemed to be a rocket part. The area seemed to be the wooded top of the hill, but there were no signs in photographs of any infrastructure or human presence.
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi identified air strikes as unjustified "intense aggression" and said that Pakistan has a "right to respond". He said that Pakistan would respond "at that time and in the place that he chose," noting that the country's military forces are being asked to be ready.
Qureshi said that foreign media could visit the area where Indian bombs fell, and again stated that they did not harm or sacrifice.
Indian media reported that the military has been placed in high readiness to respond to any response from Pakistan's air force.
On Monday, India did not for the first time undertake limited military action against alleged terrorist attacks in Pakistan. In September 2016, India responded to an attack on a border military base in the Indian Kashmir, which killed 19 soldiers, and "surgical strikes" over Pakistan in 10 days. Again, Pakistan denied that India had done any harm.