Pakistan PM Imran Khan calls emergency meeting on response to India's airstrike

Director-General Inter Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor.- ISPR  File

Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor.- ISPR File

Shelling across the Kashmiri Line of Control has frequently occurred over the last few years, while tensions between the neighbours have been simmering, but airspace violations are rare.

Facing stiff resistance from Pakistani jets, they dropped four bombs at Jabba, near Balakot town in the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, he said, reporting no casualties or damage.

New Delhi -Indian Air Force jets carried out "pre-emptive" strikes on Pakistani territory on Tuesday, stoking tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

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New Delhi blamed Islamabad, which denies having a role in the attack.

They also imposed a ban on Pakistani artistes working in the industry once again. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised a strong response and said the armed forces had been given the freedom to take action. "Forum concluded that India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing".

The meeting strongly denouncing India's false claims of carrying out a preemptive strike on terrorist camps inside Pakistan concluded that India has pushed the entire region towards instability for the sake of upcoming general elections.

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"In this operation a very large number of Jaish e Mohammed terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis, who were being trained for fidayeen action had been eliminated". The IAF strikes were in retaliation for a February 14 attack, which was claimed by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). Many of Twitterati, shared it as actual footage of the airstrikes by Mirage 2000s across the LoC. JeM Terror Camps Destroyed by IAF in Strikes Across LoC Balakot: Photos.

Line of Control (LoC) acts as a de facto border between the two countries, who have fought three wars since their independence from British colonial rule in 1947. "No infrastructure got hit, no casualties", he said following an uproar in Pakistan about Indian jets flying deep into its territory.

The divergent Indian and Pakistani positions in the aftermath of Tuesday's strikes is reminiscent of statements released by both sides after India's decision in September 2016 - after the killing of Indian troops by Pakistan-based militants - to conduct what it called "surgical strikes" against Pakistan-administered Kashmir-based "launch pads".

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He said the Indian aircraft "released payload in haste, while escaping, which fell near Balakot".

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