The Indian Air Force says it launched air strikes on terror camps and launch pads across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir at 3.30am on Tuesday. Sources in the Indian Air Force said 1,000 kg bombs were dropped on Jaish bases across the LoC by multiple jets, including the IAF’s Mirage 2000. Earlier on Tuesday morning, Pakistan military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor alleged that the IAF violated the Line of Control. Ghafoor tweeted that that the Indian aircrafts intruded into Pakistan from the Muzafarabad sector and dropped payloads in Balakot sector. However, he claimed that no casualties and damages were reported in the attack.
Intelligence sources have said that a detailed study of Jaish assets in Balakot was done a few years ago. Since then close scrutiny of training camps was being done regularly, sources added.
Sources said that Masood Azhar visited these camps regularly.
Union minister Sushma Swaraj has called a meeting inviting Opposition leaders to brief them on India’s airstrike at 5pm today.
As per sources in the government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has briefed both President and Vice-President about the Indian Air Force strike at Jaish terror bases in Balakot across the LoC.
Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said the Indian Air Force destroyed the terrorist camp led by Maulana Yusuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghauri. Maulana Yusuf Azhar is the brother-in-law of JeM Chief Masood Azhar.
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