Pakistan asserted that the Indian Air Force jets on Tuesday crossed the Line of Control (LoC) early in the morning.
The declaration comes amidst the ongoing tensions between the two nations after the Pulwama attack carried out by Pakistan- based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed.
“Indian Air Force violated Line of Control (LoC). Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled. Indian aircrafts gone back. Details to follow (sic),” the Spokesperson for the Pakistan Armed Forces, Major General Asif Ghafoor, tweeted on Tuesday.
“Indian aircrafts’ intrusion across LOC in Muzafarabad Sector within AJ&K was 3-4 miles. Under forced hasty withdrawal aircrafts released payload which had free fall in open area. No infrastructure got hit, no casualties. Technical details and other important information to follow,” he added.
Withing hours of the news of the strike, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi summoned an emergency meeting in Islamabad. The meeting is likely to discuss the security situation.
Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Jawed Bajwa had visited Pakistani troops deployed at the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir and instructed them to “be ready to face any eventuality,” on Friday.
Bajwa had also visited the Headquarters Rawalpindi Corps on Monday, where he was updated on the operational situation and state of readiness along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), LoC and Working Boundary (WB).
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He met with Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan at the Air Headquarters in Rawalpindi where the two chiefs “deliberated on operational environment including threat and response” and “expressed satisfaction on readiness, coordination and synergy,” according to Ghafoor.
Tensions are high between the neighbours following the ghastly February 14 attack in which a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist attacked a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, leading to the death of 40 CRPF personnel.
The attack has since been widely condemned, with the United States telling Pakistan to cease providing support and a safe haven to terrorists and terrorist outfits.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had earlier promised “action” if “actionable intelligence” was provided by India about its links to the Pulwama terror attack.
Khan had also warned of “retaliation, without even thinking” if any kind of military action is launched by India.
In response, India dubbed Khan’s statement as “a lame excuse,” asking him to stop misleading the international community.