The Indian government on Tuesday provided more details on its air strikes into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to avenge the Pulwama terror attack.
Speaking to reporters, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said, “Credible intelligence was received that Jaish-e-Mohammed was attempting other suicide attacks 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.”
“In an intelligence led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and group of jihadis, who were trained for fidayeen attacks were eliminated,” he added.
Gokhale said that the facility in Balakot was headed by Maulana Yusuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghauri, the brother-in-law of Masood Azhar. Gokhle termed it as India’s non-military preemptive action to target the Jaish-e-Mohammed camps.
He said that the selection of targets was designed by ‘our desire to avoid any civilian casualties.’ “The facility is located in a forest at a hill top far away from any cicilian presence,” he said.
Gokhale said that India had been repeatedly urging Pakistan to take action against Jaish-e-Mohammed, but ‘Pakistan has taken not action to dismantle the terror structure operating from its soil.’
The Indian Air Force jets on Tuesday had carried out unprecedented air strikes on terror camps across the Line of Control in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. According to reports, as many as 12 Mirage 2000 jets took part in the operation that dropped 1000 Kg bombs on terror camps across the LoC at around 3 am on Tuesday, completely destroying it.