India Claims Airstrikes in Pakistan After Deadly Kashmir Attack
The Indian military on Tuesday launched airstrikes on Pakistani territory as tensions between the countries keep on rising. The already sour relations between the two countries have recently taken a turn for the worse after a suicide attack in Kashmir killed 42 members of India’s Central Reserve Police Force were killed. That attack was claimed by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
Both countries provided contradictory accounts of the airstrikes. According Pakistani officials, the Indian bombs hit a rather deserted area in Kashmir and caused no casualties, because Pakistani forces caused the Indian fighter jets to hurriedly release their bombs. However, India’s foreign secretary, Vijay Gokhale, described the operation as a successful preemptive strike on the largest JeM training facility in the region. “In this operation a very large number of Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and Jehadis being trained were eliminated,” the official said. India and Pakistan often contradict each other in public statements.