Published: Tue, February 26, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

India Claims Killed Many Militants in the Strike

India Claims Killed Many Militants in the Strike

The Pakistan government on Tuesday said no film from India will release in the country as it has called for a ban on Indian content after the Indian air force destroyed a terror training camp in Balakot.

In one of the biggest successes of all times, India today decimated major terror camp run by Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Balakot in early morning hours on Tuesday.

After the air strike, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told the media that a large number of Jaish terrorists, including top commanders, trainers and those terrorists who were to be the "fidayeen" (suicide attackers) were eliminated.

However, India had received intelligence that JeM had shifted many in-training terrorists and hardcore operatives, along with their trainers, to the Balakot camp, which has facilities for 500 to 700 people along with cooks and cleaners, and even includes a swimming pool. This action has been done for domestic consumption being in [an] election environment, putting regional peace and stability at grave risk.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, an Australian national, took asylum in the embassy of Ecuador in the United Kingdom in 2012. In a tweet Tuesday, he said, "Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzafarabad sector". He said Pakistan scrambled its warplanes and the Indian jets released their payload "in haste" near Balakot. He said the munitions caused no casualties or damage on the ground, publishing purported photos of craters left by the bombing. There also has been a large troop buildup in Indian Kashmir in recent days. Kejriwal too took to Twitter to state: "I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots who have made us proud by striking terror targets in Pakistan".

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The targeting of militant camps is a departure from India's decades-old policy of restraint born out of fears of triggering an outright conflict.

Both nations claim all of Muslim-majority Kashmir, but control only parts of it. India and Pakistan have fought three wars and a limited conflict since independence from Britain in 1947 - and all but one were over Kashmir.

Gokhale may have used the unusual characterization to stress the point that India had not, and did not wish to, target Pakistan's own national military assets.

Kashmir - divided between India and Pakistan but claimed by both in its entirety - has been the cause of two wars between the uneasy neighbors. The Pulwama attack was the deadliest against Indian security personnel in Kashmir in 30 years.

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