Days after Pulwama attack, India on Tuesday carried out pre-dawn strikes in Pakistan . Reports say that terror launch pads across the LoC in Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad sectors have been completely destroyed along with terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) control rooms.
Reacting to the news, Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi, in a tweet wrote, "I salute the pilots of the IAF.”
While officials in the air force refused to comment, saying that they have nothing to reply, sources told CNN-News18 that the force was targeting a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) hideout in Balakot sector with laser-guided bombs. "Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzafarabad sector. Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot. No casualties or damage," Major General Asif Ghafoor, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the army, said in a tweet. "Indian Air Force violated Line of Control Pakistan. Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled. Indian aircraft gone back," he tweeted. The aircraft dropped 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs on a major terror camp across the Line of Control, completely destroying it, news agency ANI reported, quoting Air Force sources. Reacting to the strikes, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah expressed delight and said that "if true, this was not a small strike". However, he said that he would wait for official word.
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