Pakistan Slams Indian Strike as Act of Aggression, Vows ‘Adequate Response’

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The JeM claimed the responsibility for the Pulwama attack in Kashmir that killed 40 CRPF officers.

The Mirage 2000 is a French multi-role, single-engine fighter jet which is capable of dropping a range of bombs and missiles including laser-guided bombs.

Though there is no official confirmation, sources indicated that Yosuf Azhar was killed in the strike along with 350 other terrorists.

"This action has been done for domestic consumption being in election environment, putting regional peace and stability at grave risk".

"The claimed area of strike is open for the world to see the facts on ground".

"It's quite critical and it is important that the global community intervene quickly to start a peace process between India and Pakistan", he said, adding that the United States, China and Russian Federation should take the lead.

He asked the Indian leadership to "rethink its war strategy" and warned that if India initiated a war, then Pakistan would hoist its flag in New Delhi, Geo News reported.

There was no immediate comment from New Delhi.

Kashmir has been at the heart of tensions between the neighbours since 1947, with both countries claiming the whole of the territory, but ruling it in part. "To take the nation on board, the government has chose to requisition joint session of the Parliament". Ghafoor noted, however, that "Indian Air Force violated [the] Line of Control" and that after a scramble by Pakistan Air Force fighters, the Indian jets went back.

The meeting also chose to raise the issue on global forums.

However, Pakistan has downplayed the attack, saying the aircraft did not cause any damage as the payload was released prematurely when repulsed by forces. "I can't say anything on this right now", he said.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and Finance Minister Asad Umar held a joint press conference in the wake of India's violation of the Line of Control (LoC) today.

Shedding light on the timeline of Indian Air force's misadventure, the minister informed, "At 2:55AM Indian jets intruded the Pakistani airspace and at 2:58AM they [were driven out] of our airspace".

Addressing a rally of former soldier's in the Indian state of Rajasthan on Tuesday, just hours after the airstrike, Modi said India was in "safe hands". "No infrastructure got hit, no casualties", he added.

Gen Asif Ghafoor, said the Indian "aircrafts" crossed into the Muzafarabad sector of Kashmir, which is split between the two countries but claimed by each in its entirety.

Responding to the airstrike on Tuesday, a Foreign Office spokesperson said: "We are concerned by rising tensions". "We pray it doesn't escalate into war".

"India will not surprise Pakistan but Pakistan is capable of giving a befitting response which would surprise India if war is imposed", he said.

India's decision to strike the JeM terrorist training camp came despite sabre rattling by Imran Khan who had vowed that Pakistan would retaliate if India carried out any strike.

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