Pakistan claims Indian Air Force violates LoC, No casualties or damage

Pakistani territory, Indian Air Force violates, Pakistan, strike in Balakot,

New
Delhi/Islamabad
, Feb
26. Pakistan claimed on T0day that Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets crossed
the Line of Control (LoC) and returned after the Pakistan Air Force
(PAF) scrambled war planes.

Director
General Inter-Services Public Relations
(ISPR) Asif Ghafoor tweeted early Tuesday and Radio
Pakistan
claimed that the IAF planes dropped payload in haste before
leaving, which fell near Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The alleged
incident took place in the Muzaffarabad sector, claimed Radio Pakistan.

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

The attack
was claimed by Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and
prompted a spike in tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

The Indian
government is yet to respond to the development but multiple reports have
claimed that the IAF carried out the strike at a terror camp well beyond the
LoC.

Flight
tracking websites spotted heightened activities along the border with an IAF
early warning plane Emb 145 and mid-air refueller circling in the area early in
the morning.

Reports
claimed that the IAF strike was carried out by a group of Mirage 2000 fighters
at around 3.30 a.m.

The strike in Balakot is significant as the location is beyond Pakistan Administered Kashmir, indicating it was not merely an LoC violation but a punitive action inside Pakistani territory.

Radio
Pakistan tweeted,

“UPDATED: #Indian aircraft intruded from Muzafarabad sector. Facing timely & effective response from #PakistanAirForce released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot. No casualties or damage.”

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