Military of Pakistan has blamed India’s air force of violating its airspace, and says it scrambled jets in response.
Military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted: “Indian Air Force violated Line of Control. Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled. Indian aircrafts gone back. He added that Indian aircraft “released [a] payload in haste… near Balakot”.
A defence official media reports said it had “no information” on the claim. The Pakistani spokesman said there were no casualties or damage. Balakot is thought to be in Pakistani territory.
If confirmed, this is believed to be the first time India’s Air Force has crossed into Pakistan since 1971.
It follows a suicide bombing attack on an Indian security convoy in Pulwama, in Indian-administered Kashmir, on 14 February. The attack was claimed by a Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and prompted a spike in tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan.
Pakistan and India 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.
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