After the IAF conducted strikes against terror camps across LoC targetting Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashar-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujahideen, killing approximately 245 terrorists, former Defence Minister and present Goa CM Manohar Parrikar has hailed the Indian Forces.
He also said that the government under PM Narendra Modi believed in the capability of the Forces.
"I salute the #IndianAirForce for its daring operations. It is a testimony to the IAF’s unparalleled strike capabilities. The new India under Shri. @narendramodi ji believes in its forces, & makes no compromise on terrorism & national security," he tweeted.
The strike against the terror camps less than a week since the Pulwama attack by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that India had credible intel about the outfit planning further attack.
"Credible intelligence was received that Jaish-e-Mohammed was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country & fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose. A pre-emptive strike became important. In an intelligence lead operation in the early hours today, India struck the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot,"he said.
Pakistan while accepting that India crossed the LoC said India did not attack its military or civilian places.
Major General Asif Ghafoor said that Indian jets first tried to enter Lahore-Sialkot sector, while another formation of jets came close to Okara-Bahawalpur area of international border but found Pakistan air force ready and went back.
"Then a third formation was picked in Muzaffarabad sector which was heavier...It was repulsed, but while going back they jettisoned their payload and four bombs fell in Jabba, near the town of Balakot, causing no casualties or damage," he said.