New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the country’s armed forces to be prepared for all eventualities and according to Zee News inputs, has decided to ‘respond’ to India’s ‘non-military airstrike’ at a place of their choice. Also Read - IAF Chief Warns Pakistan, Says Force Ready 24x7 to Strike Terror Camps Across LoC
Imran Khan chaired a high-level meeting hours after India carried out a ‘non-military pre-emptive airstrike‘ in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s (PoK) Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad areas that harbour Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists- in response to JeM-sponsored Pulwama terror attack that claimed lives of 40 CRPF personnel. Also Read - IMD Forecast Now Includes PoK, Gilgit-Baltistan in Jammu and Kashmir
“Forum concluded that India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing,” read a statement released by the Pakistan Prime Minister’s office after meeting of the National Security Committee that included chiefs of all three armed forces concluded. Also Read - Amid IAF Flypast to Salute COVID-19 Warriors, Doctors Ask For More Safety Measures-PPE Kits Instead of 'Single-Day Appreciations'
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The Indian Air Force in wee hours of Tuesday mounted an offensive on terror hideouts of Jaish terrorists in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakoti areas of PoK. The strike carried out by 12 IAF Mirage 2000 jets dropped six 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs in all hideouts and killed as many as 300 terrorists. The three attacks were carried out in Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad at 3.45 am, 3.48 am and 3.58 am respectively.
Pakistan government has now convened a joint parliamentary session for February 27, Wednesday, over the Indian Air Force’s ‘non-military pre-emptive air strike’. An ANI report quoted Khan, “I have just come from the nationals security meeting and told participants that the entire Parliament and nation is united.”
Leader of PPP, a major Pakistan opposition party, Khursheed Shah was quoted saying that India-Pakistan are in a state of war, “We are in a state of war. The Parliament should sit together and decide.”
The opposition leaders in Pakistan are believed to have urged the Pakistan government to avoid the upcoming Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in which India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is an invitee.
Latest reports also suggest that the Pakistan Army is hiding dead bodies of terrorists lying at the Balakot Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) hideout- which the Indian Air Force struck with bombs on Tuesday. An intel input reads that the Pakistan Army personnel are busy sanitizing the Balakot terrorist camp in PoK after the IAF bombed it, as a probable safe measure against New Delhi claiming an attack on Pakistan-bred terror buds.