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Indian Air Force ‘crossed’ Line of Control, says Pakistan Major

Indian Air Force violated Line of Control, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, Spokesperson Pakistan Armed Forces, tweeted on Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

MUMBAI: Indian Air Force violated Line of Control, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, Spokesperson Pakistan Armed Forces, tweeted today morning.

“Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled. Indian aircraft went back,” the Major tweeted.

In another tweet, the Major said that Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzaffarabad sector.

“Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot. No casualties or damage,” the tweet read.

Relations between India and Pakistan has worsened following a terror attack on February 14 in Pulwama, Kashmir, which had claimed lives of 42 Central Reserve Police Force personnel.

Days after the Pulwama attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said security forces have been given free hand to avenge the dastardly act.

Some, 2700 CRPF personnel were on their way to Srinagar when their convoy was attacked by an IED laden SUV rammed onto one of the busses.

Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad had claimed that they killed the CRPF soldiers.

Last Thursday, in a strong show of international support for India, the UNSC comprising 15 nations, including Pakistan’s key ally China, named JeM while condemning in the “strongest terms” the “heinous and cowardly” terror attack in Pulwama and stressed on the need to hold organisers and financiers of such “reprehensible acts” accountable and bring them to justice.

“The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice, and urged all States…to cooperate actively with the Government of India and all other relevant authorities in this regard,” it said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has written a letter to the United Nations Security Council accusing India of threatening regional security, the Foreign Office (FO) said on Friday, a day after the powerful UN body named Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in a statement condemning the “heinous” Pulwama attack perpetrated by the terror outfit in Jammu and Kashmir.

He also said India is accusing Pakistan of the Pulwama attack without any proof.

“It is with a sense of urgency that I draw your attention to the deteriorating security situation in our region resulting from Indian belligerence and threats of use of force against Pakistan. The situation poses a threat to international peace and security,” Qureshi said in the letter addressed to UNSC president Anatolio Ndong Mba.

He alleged that India is blaming Pakistan for the Pulwama attack “to cover up its own operational and policy failures”.

In his letter, Qureshi also accused the Indian government of using “water as a weapon”.

“The long-standing legal arrangements agreed under the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) are thus being imperiled,” he said.

India has decided to “stop” the flow of its share of water to Pakistan from rivers under the Indus Water Treaty.

The reiteration to stop the flow of Indus water to Pakistan comes amid mounting Indo-Pak tension over the Pulwama terror strike that has triggered demands for action against the neighboring country. India has already decided to revoke the Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan and mounted a diplomatic offensive to isolate it in the international community.

Qureshi said Pakistan has offered to cooperate with India if it shares any proof of involvement of Pakistani elements in the Pulwama attack.

“Pakistan has offered its cooperation if tangible evidence emerging from the credible investigation is shared,” he wrote.

India on Tuesday had said, “Disclaiming any link between the terrorist attack and Pakistan is an oft-repeated excuse by Pakistan.”

“It is a well-known fact that Jaish-e-Mohammad and its leader Masood Azhar are based in Pakistan. These should be sufficient proof for Pakistan to take action,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

Qureshi said India “must refrain from escalating the situation and enter into dialogue with Pakistan” to ensure continued peace and stability in South Asia.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has set up a cell will keep all stakeholders updated over border situation and diplomatic contacts, Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune on Saturday.

The cell, set up in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will remain operational throughout the week without any break, Faisal said.