New Delhi: Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets did bomb Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps in Balakot in Pakistan, JeM chief Masood Azhar‘s younger brother Maulana Ammar confirmed. His admission comes as a counter to the Pakistan government and military’s rejected to India carrying out ‘pre-emptive’ strikes ‘targeting an alleged terrorist camp near Balakot and the claim of heavy casualties’.
In an audio, accessed by Zee News, Ammar could be heard as saying that the Indian jets did not bombed any safe house or military camp but carried out an attack on the ‘markaz’ (a religious centre where jihad is being taught). “This is the declaration of a war,” he said in an audio message, a day after India’s ‘non-military pre-emptive’ strike on Jaish terror camps in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, if media reports are to be believed, ISI colonel Salim Qari and Jaish trainer Maulana Moin were killed in Balakot air strike.
Ammar’s statement comes two days after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi admitted to the presence of Masood Azhar in Pakistan. In an interview, he had claimed that the JeM chief is in Pakistan and is ‘unwell to an extent that he cannot move house of his house’. Qureshi had also demanded a ‘potential evidence’ from India to prove the terrorist organisation’s involvement in the Pulwama terror attack.
On Wednesday, India handed over to Pakistan a dossier on ‘specific details’ of involvement of JeM in the Pulwama attack. “Regret was expressed at continuing denial by Pakistan’s political and military leadership at the presence of terrorist infrastructure in territories under its control,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) added while claiming that the neighbour was conveyed that it is expected to take immediate and verifiable action against terrorism emanating from territories under its control.
India avenged the dastardly Pulwama terror attack, in which over 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed as a JeM suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus of their convoy in south Kashmir on February 14, by mounting a massive offensive on JeM in Pakistan’s Balakot and carried a ‘pre-emptive air strike’ on three camps of the terrorist organisation, killing nearly 300 militants.