Mehbooba Mufti questions IAF operation, says conflicting reports on India’s offensive

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Updated: February 26, 2019 2:36:33 PM

Surgical strike: Mehbooba Mufti has questioned the strikes carried out by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Balakot of Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

Mehbooba Mufti, Indian Air Force strikeMehbooba Mufti questions IAF operation, says conflicting reports on India’s offensive

People’s Democratic Party chief and former Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti has questioned the strikes carried out by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Pakistan’s Balakot. Mufti said that while New Delhi claimed that IAF fighter jets destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) biggest training camp, Pakistan has denied this.

“Post pre-dawn strikes carried out by IAF, conflicting reports coming in. Official communique by FS (Foreign Secretary) claims that terror training camps were bombed while Pakistan denied this and said that the planes made a hasty retreat after being spotted,” she said.

“Hope objective of both sides has been served,” the former CM added.

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The IAF carried out an operation 20 days after a JeM suicide bomber killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Pulwama of south Kashmir.

According to Foreign Secretary Vijay K. Gokhale, IAF fighter jets struck the JeM’s biggest training camp at Balakot, killing a very large number of terrorists.

“In an intelligence led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jehadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated,” Gokhale said.

Pakistan admitted that Indian fighter jets struck Balakot, but claimed that they returned when it scrambled its war planes.

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