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  • 7:04 PM IST
    India Avenges Pulwama LIVE: High alert has been sounded in Pakistan bordering states of Punjab and Gujarat after the Indian Air Force destroyed terror camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on Tuesday.

    Speaking to the media, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said, “Punjab is on alert… We are ready for any eventuality. I told the Union Home Minister that if there is anything that Punjab can do we are there to for the defence of our country.”
  • 7:00 PM IST
    India Avenges Pulwama LIVE: Pakistan violated ceasefire in the Nowshera and Akhnoor sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday evening, hours after Indian Air Force (IAF) combat jets dismantled Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) biggest camp in Pakistan’s Balakot in a pre-dawn strike.
  • 6:10 PM IST
    India Avenges Pulwama LIVE: According to reports, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the country’s armed forces to be prepared for all eventualities. Whereas, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi affirmed that Pakistan has decided to ‘respond’ to India’s ‘non-military airstrike’ at a place of their choice.
  • 4:37 PM IST
    India Avenges Pulwama LIVE: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi​ said, “Pakistan will take international media to the area of strikes, helicopters are being readied, right now weather is bad, will fly when weather permits.”

  • 3:56 PM IST

    India Avenges Pulwama LIVE: Sources say that Pakistan Army is clearing all evidences from the Balakot Jaish-e-Mohammad camp so they can deny any claims from India of killing hundreds of terrorists. They are also hiding bodies of terrorists.

  • 3:48 PM IST
    India Avenges Pulwama LIVE: A total of six bombs were dropped by the Indian Air Force jets on Pakistan-based terrorist camps.
  • 3:38 PM IST
    India Avenges Pulwama LIVE: “India has conducted a violation of the Line of Control and Pakistan reserves the right to an appropriate response”, said Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

  • 3:34 PM IST

    India Avenges Pulwama LIVE: Pakistan’s National Security Committee (NSC) after a meeting chaired by Pakistan PM Imran Khan today : India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing.

  • 2:54 PM IST

New Delhi: India mounted a massive offensive on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan on Tuesday, when its air force carried a ‘non military pre-emptive air strike’ on three JeM camps, killing nearly 300 terrorists in the attack.

In a pre-dawn operation that lasted 21 minutes, twelve Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 jets dropped six 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs over two Jaish camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s (PoK) Chakothi, Muzaffarabad areas and pounded JeM’s biggest training camp in Balakot.

The IAF struck a five-star resort style camp in Balakot on a hilltop forest that provided a dozen Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force(IAF) with a “sitting duck target” and caught the terrorists in their sleep, sources said.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale explained the need for a pre-emptive strike, “Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose. In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary.”

Furtheron he added, “The Government of India is firmly and resolutely committed to taking all necessary measures to fight the menace of terrorism. Hence this non-military pre-emptive action was specifically targeted at the JeM camp. The selection of the target was also conditioned by our desire to avoid civilian casualties.”

The strike comes nearly two weeks after the dastardly Pulwama terror attack in south Kashmir which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Army also admitted to the fact that the IAF warplanes crossed the Line of Control. It, however, said that the fighter jets released “payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot”

India explains

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale explained the need for a pre-emptive strike, “Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose. In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary.”

Furtheron he added, “The Government of India is firmly and resolutely committed to taking all necessary measures to fight the menace of terrorism. Hence this non-military pre-emptive action was specifically targeted at the JeM camp. The selection of the target was also conditioned by our desire to avoid civilian casualties.”

Pakistan rattled

Baffled by the IAF strikes, Pakistan summoned the Acting Indian High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia to the Foreign Office to loge its protest over India’s ‘aggressive’ strike on its territory.

Earlier in the day, a high-level meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) was chaired by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan who “rejected Indian claims of targeting an alleged terrorist camp near Balakot as well as the claim of heavy casualties” and said in a statement that Pakistan will decide the time and place of response to the “aggression”.

According to reports, Khan also decided to engage with the global leadership to expose the “irresponsible” Indian policy in the region and said the violation of the LoC will be raised with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the UN and friendly countries.

The strike by the IAF is a reminder of the surgical strike, carried out by the Indian Army on September 29, 2016 across the Line of Control in a response to a terrorist attack on an Indian Army base in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir earlier that month. Nineteen Indian soldiers died in the attack by Pakistan-backed terrorists.