Indian Airforce crosses LoC to destroy JeM terror camps in PoK

India dealt a heavy blow to terror camps operating along the Line of Control as Indian aircrafts struck camps operated by the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in a well-executed strike by the Indian Airforce at 3.30 am on Tuesday. The airstrikes are being dubbed as Surgical Strikes 2.0 and come two weeks after 40 CRPF jawans died in Pulwama, Jammu Kashmir on February 14.  
According to sources, the aircrafts went up to Balakot and dropped 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs on the terror camp. Around 10 Mirage 2000s took part in the operation. Major terror camps of JeM had been identified on the basis of concrete intelligence, following which the strike took place.
Confirming the air strikes as a strong retaliation to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism,Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that Masood Azhar-led JeM is active in Pakistan and is responsible for a series of terror attacks, including 2001 Parliament attack and Pathankot air base attack.
Explaining about Indian Air Force’s strikes as response to Pakistan’s recent attack on CRPF Jawans, he said: “India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. A large number of JeM terrorists were killed. Top commanders were eliminated in the strike. The strike avoided civilian casualties.” 
He added that this action was specifically targeted at the JeM camp. “We avoided civilian casualties with the selection of the camp, which is located deep inside forests, isolated from civilian areas and located on a hill top.”
'Pak planning more suicide attacks'
Adding on the intelligence inputs, Vijay Gokhale said: “Credible intel was received that JeM was planning more suicide attacks in India. In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary. The Government of Pakistan in 2004 made a promise to India that it allow its soil or the country’s resources for terrorist operations. But, it has violated its promise.”
However, he said that India has provided information about JeM's operations has to Pakistan from time to time but it has always denied knowledge of their existence. “Since the action took place just hours ago, we are waiting for more details,” he said. 
Following the airstrikes, Pakistan claimed that IAF jets scrambled at the LoC. Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations Major-General Asif Ghafoor tweeted stating that a “payload was released in haste, which fell near Balakot,” adding that Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzafarabad sector while they faced timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force. 

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