IAF strike across LoC: We have no information, says Defence Ministry
There has been no official confirmation of this cross-LoC air raid by the IAF or the Defence Ministry so far.
Here are the latest updates:
IAF intrusion in Muzafarabad sector was within 3-4 miles: Pakistan
The Pakistani military spokesman Asif Ghafoor has tweeted saying there were no casualties, no infrastructure damage.
“Indian aircrafts’ intrusion across LOC in Muzafarabad Sector within AJ&K was 3-4 miles.Under forced hasty withdrawal aircrafts released payload which had free fall in open area. No infrastructure got hit, no casualties. Technical details and other important information to follow,” he tweeted.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweets, “I salute the pilots of the IAF.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also tweets, “I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots who have made us proud by striking terror targets in Pakistan.”
Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other ministers are meeting PM Narendra Modi regarding the IAF air strike, reports Vijaita Singh.
Have no information: Defence spokesperson
The Ministry of Defence has told Reuters news agency that it has no information about Pakistan’s allegations Indian aircraft violated Pakistani airspace.
“I have no information,” a defence spokesperson said.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah says he will wait for official confirmation. “Wow, if this is true this was not a small strike by any stretch of imagination but will wait for official word, should any be forthcoming,” he tweeted..
“Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzaffarabad sector”
The Pakistani military spokesman Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet 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.”
Mr. Ghafoor also tweeted images that he claimed to be of the site of the alleged payload drop.