News Channels Run Old Video as Actual Footage of IAF Air Strikes

Pakistan's military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted that the Indian Air Force had violated the Line of Control, the de facto border between Indian- and Pakistani-administered Kashmir.

The decision deemed to be a retaliatory step after New Delhi producer's guild across the border demanded that the Indian films should stop screening in Pakistan. Secondary reports citing unnamed official Indian sources have noted that targets outside of the camp at Balakot were targeted too.

Ghafoor said "facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force", the Indian aircraft "released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot". He also thanked Modi on behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu for the daring action by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in destroying the terror camps operating inside Pakistan through air strikes early on Tuesday.

The airstrikes hit a training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed, the group which claimed credit for a suicide vehicle bomb attack that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir on February 14.

If it is confirmed that Indian jets crossed into Pakistani-controlled territory, it would be the first time that had happened since 1971, signifying a major escalation between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

Analysts predicted a strike by New Delhi after at least 40 Indian paramilitary police died in a suicide bombing on their convoy in Pulwama earlier this month.

The meeting strongly denouncing India's false claims of carrying out a preemptive strike on terrorist camps inside Pakistan concluded that India has pushed the entire region towards instability for the sake of upcoming general elections. "I pledge on this soil, I will not let the country die, I will not let the country stop".

He said if India provided "actionable intelligence" regarding the Pulwama attack that proved Pakistani involvement, "we will immediately act".


Since then, rhetoric between Islamabad and New Delhi has been steadily escalating.

There were no casualties or damage, he added. It was the deadliest attack on Indian forces in Kashmir for decades. Pakistan denies any involvement.

Indians took to the streets in celebration across the country on Tuesday after the government said it carried out air strikes inside Pakistan killing hundreds of militants in a training camp. The Himalayan region has been divided between India and Pakistan for more than 70 years.

He said existing confidence-building measures between India and Pakistan should be activated.

The Cabinet Committee on Security met here Tuesday morning at the residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Indian Air Force carried out air strikes in Pakistan.

He also said that this action will send a correct message to Pakistan as well as to the terrorists that "no more mischief will be tolerated".

India accuses Pakistan of sheltering and supporting groups like Jaish-e-Muhammad. The militant groups are fighting for either Kashmir's independence or its merger with Pakistan. No Indian aircraft were intercepted or struck by Pakistani air defenses, it appears.


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