Indian Air Force jets have crossed LoC, dropped payload in PoK, claims Pak

An Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighter jet. Representative image
Pakistan army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor on Tuesday claimed that the Indian Air Force (IAF) had violated the Line of Control (LoC).

In a tweet, Ghafoor claimed: "Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzafarabad sector. Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled. Indian aircrafts gone back. Details to follow." [sic]

Ghafoor claimed that the Indian aircraft released payload in haste while escaping, which fell near Balakot. No casualties or damage had been reported so far. CNN News18, however, said there might have been casualties from the Pakistan side.

Pakistan's claim comes in the wake of tense relations between the two countries in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.

The Indian defence ministry, meanwhile, said it had no information about Pakistani allegations that Indian aircraft violated Pakistani airspace, according to a Reuters news alert.

The IAF is yet to respond to these claims. However, CNBC tweeted citing government sources that multiple Indian Air Force jets had crossed LoC for the attack. An attempt was made to attack Jaish-e-Mohammed camps in PoK.

IAF sources told news agency ANI that at 3:30 am, a group of Mirage 2000 Indian Fighter jets struck a major terrorist camp across the LoC and completely destroyed it. They dropped 1,000 kg bombs on terror camps.

On Monday, a top Pakistan Army official had said that his country's armed forces were "fully prepared" for a befitting response to "any Indian aggression or misadventure".

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