The JeM, which is proscribed by the UN, has been responsible for a series of terrorist attacks, including on the Indian Parliament in December 2001 and the Pathankot airbase in January 2016.
Information regarding the location of training camps in Pakistan and Pak-occupied Kashmir has been provided to Pakistan from time to time. Pakistan, however, has denied their existence. India has been repeatedly urging Pakistan to take action against the JeM to prevent jihadists from being trained and armed inside Pakistan. Pakistan has taken no concrete actions to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism on its soil.
Lt Gen DS Hooda (Retd) on #IndianAirForce strikes at JeM terror camp in Balakot across LoC: All pilots are safe. I think it needed to be done. I personally had no doubt in my mind after Pulwama attack that some strong action will be taken by the government. https://t.co/4u9uPwtvpm— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019
Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen jihadists were being trained for this purpose, Gokhale said, adding that in the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary.
IAF mirage 2000 jets dropped 1,000 kg of bombs on terror camps across the Line of Control. “Air Force carried out aerial strike early morning today at terror camps across the LoC (Line of Control) and completely destroyed it,” Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat tweeted.
The Cabinet Committee on Security met today at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence. It was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and top officials.
The Pakistan Army, while accepting the air attack, said that there were no casualties or damage. Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, Spokesperson Pakistan Armed Forces, tweeted, “Indian aircrafts’ intrusion across LOC in Muzafarabad Sector within AJ&K was 3-4 miles. Under forced hasty withdrawal aircrafts released payload which had free fall in open area. No infrastructure got hit, no casualties. Technical details and other important information to follow.”