New Delhi: Pakistan’s military Tuesday claimed that Indian fighter jets violated the Line of Control (LoC), intruding from the Muzaffarabad sector and went back after they scrambled their own aircraft.
There was no immediate response to the claim from the Indian Air Force and the Ministry of Defence.
Top officials in the defence establishment told Lutyen’sPost that a statement would be issued later in the day.
Indian news agency ANI, quoting IAF sources, tweeted that IAF’s Mirage 2000 fighter jets “struck a major terrorist camp across the LoC” at 0330 hours “and completely destroyed it”.
The Pakistani claim was made through a tweet by Pakistan’s Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations, Major-General Asif Ghafoor, early on Tuesday.
“Indian Air Force violated Line of Control”, following which “Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled” and Indian aircraft went back, he tweeted.
He later followed it up with another tweet saying that the aircraft faced “timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force” and ended up releasing “payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot”. No casualties or damage occurred, the Pakistani military spokesperson added.
The Indian government has yet to issue an official statement on the air strike. The strike, if confirmed, marks the first overt use of the Indian Air Force across the Line of Control in several years. Even during the Kargil War of 1999, the Indian Air Force struck targets on the Indian side of the Line of Control.
The public relations arm of the Pakistani military, on its official Twitter handle, published images of the “payload” of the Indian fighters that it claimed was dropped “in haste” over Balakot.