Pakistan says Indian aircraft "released a payload" after crossing frontier, no casualties

India Attacks Pakistan: Air Force Crosses Border, 'Bombs Terror Camp' In Balakot

Pakistan says India launched an airstrike on its territory early Tuesday that caused no casualties, while India said it targeted a terrorist training camp in a pre-emptive strike that killed a "very large number" of militants.

Each of those points tries to make it clear that this was not military action against the Pakistani state or its people.

India said its warplanes attacked a militant camp where Pakistan-backed fighters were preparing suicide attacks on its cities, killing a "very large number" of militants from the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) group.

He stressed on Pakistan's stance following Pulwama attack in IOK, and said "Pakistan had nothing to gain from Pulwama attack" and stated that the person responsible for the suicide bombing was a local who grew exhausted of India's highhandedness in the valley. It is located about 50km (30 miles) from the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed region of Kashmir.

The two neighbors have fought two of their three wars over the Himalayan territory.

Insurgents have been demanding either outright independence or union with Pakistan. The IAF strikes were in retaliation for a February 14 attack, which was claimed by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

More news: China urges India, Pakistan against 'expansion' of tensions

PM Narendra Modi said, "Today, I repeat what I said back in 2014 "Saugandh mujhe is mitti ki, main desh nahi mitne doonga, main desh nahi rukne doonga, main desh nahi jhukne doonga". "I pledge on this soil, I will not let the country die, I will not let the country stop".

A "non-military" missile strike?

Though it can't be called a surgical strike, the 1971 raid was an equally bold operation by four young Indian fighter pilots who penetrated into the enemy airspace.

Pakistan Air Force jets were scrambled in response to the incursion, Ghafoor said. "In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary", India's foreign secretary, Vijay Gokhale, told reporters in Delhi. Hours after the strike, Australian Foreign Ministry said urged both sides to exercise restraint, avoid any action which would endanger peace and security. It was led by intelligence and out of a desire to prevent another attack on India, and it was specifically planned to ensure civilians would not be hurt.

In a village 100 metres from the Line of Control (LoC) that acts as the de facto border with Pakistan, men gathered around a bunker for security forces that is under construction and shouted slogans hailing India.

Gen. Asif Ghafoor said the Indian jets had dropped their bombs "in haste while escaping" from a "timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force". He underlined that "no casualties or damage" resulted from the attack. He also tweeted out photos of craters allegedly from the bombs. He said Pakistan would respond "at a time and place of its choosing", noting that the country's military forces had been asked to be ready.

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