Pak Claims “Strikes Across Line Of Control From Within Pak Airspace”

SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI: Pakistan today claimed “strikes across Line of Control from within Pakistani airspace” a day after Indian fighter jets destroyed a vast terror camp within Pakistan in a pre-dawn strike.
“This was not a retaliation to continued Indian belligerence. Pakistan has therefore, taken strikes at non military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage. Sole purpose being to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defence. We have no intention of escalation, but are fully prepared to do so if forced into that paradigm. That is why we undertook the action with clear warning and in broad daylight,” said the Pakistani statement.

There is no reaction from the Indian government yet.

The Pakistani statement said: “For the last few years, India has been trying to establish what they call “a new normal” a thinly veiled term for doing acts of aggression at whatever pretext they wish on a given day. If India is striking at so called terrorist backers without a shred of evidence, we also retain reciprocal rights to retaliate against elements that enjoy Indian patronage while carrying out acts of terror in Pakistan. We do not wish to go to that route and wish that India gives peace a chance and to resolve issues like a mature democratic nation.”

All airspace at Jammu, Srinagar and Leh, close to the border with Pakistan, has been shut down indefinitely, sources say.

Airspace over Amritsar and Chandigarh may also be closed down, according to reports.

Commercial flights to those cities have been put on hold or diverted.

The area has been on high alert amid warnings of retaliation after India’s fighter jets crossed the Line of Control and destroyed a vast terror camp within Pakistan in a pre-dawn strike on Tuesday.

There have been reports of Pakistani fighter jets violating Indian air space in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Rajouri sectors.

“The jets entered the Indian air space over Nowshera and Poonch sectors this morning,” officials were quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India. They were immediately pushed back by Indian jets on air patrol, reported PTI.

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