Pakistan Foreign Ministry Reaction to IAF Strike On Balakot | Security Risks Asia Made with Humane Club

Pakistan Foreign Ministry Reaction to IAF Strike On Balakot

Published Feb 26, 2019
Updated May 05, 2020

Twelve Mirage 2000 combat fighters of the Indian Air Force, crossed the Line of Control on 26 February in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and struck at a major training camp of terrorist group Jaish e Mohammad which had claimed the Pulwama attack on 14 February. The Indian Foreign Secretary outlined that this was, “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 jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated. This facility at Balakot was headed by MAULANA YOUSUF AZHAR (alias USTAD GHOURI), the brother-in-law of MASOOD AZHAR, Chief of JeM”.

In response the Pakistan foreign office summoned the acting High Commissioner of India and protested what it called Indian aggression. The Pakistani statement read –

The Acting Foreign Secretary summoned the Indian Acting High Commissioner and strongly condemned the Indian violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity when at approximately 0254 hours today, 8 Indian aircraft were effectively intercepted by Pakistani Air Force Jets and forced to scuttle back, while randomly releasing their ordnance which landed in an uninhabited remote area. Baseless, reprehensible Indian claims of targeting a large terrorist camp and resultant causalities to placate Indian domestic audience and electioneering were strongly rebutted.

The Acting Foreign Secretary categorically stated that Indian aggression was a threat to regional peace and stability and would get a befitting response by Pakistan at a time and place of its choosing.

The Acting Foreign Secretary also condemned the baseless Indian allegations against Pakistan’s involvement in the recent attack in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir and reiterated Pakistan’s principled position of continuing support to the peaceful political struggle of the Kashmiri people for the realization of the right to self-determination as enshrined in the UN Security Council Resolutions.