J&K: Former IAS officer Shah Faesal expressed his views hours after Indian Air Force carried out strikes at terror camps at multiple places in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan, destroying control rooms of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and some other infrastructure.
He tweeted, “How can yesterday’s mourners become cheerleaders of today’s violence?
This war-mongering, glorification of violence, arguments for necessity of violence for political ends, false distinctions between state and non-state violence, are all against the basic values of humanity”.
In another tweet, he questioned, ” Pulwama attack: 45 lives lost and as many families destroyed. Targetted violence against thousands of Kashmiris. Communal polarisation. A near-war situation between India and Pak. Possible electoral gains for RW forces in India. Who lost and who gained? ”
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IAF sources said that the terror camps in Chakothi and Muzaffarabad, both in PoK and in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region were struck by 12 Mirage 2000 jets with 1000 kgs of explosives at around 3:30 am.
This is the first time that India has taken a pro-active action using the air force across the LoC as even during the three-month-long Kargil conflict of 1999, the IAF planes did not cross the LoC even while hitting the positions occupied by Pakistani forces on the Indian side.
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Foreign Secretary Vijay K. Gokhale told the media that in an intelligence-led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jehadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated.
With inputs from IANS/ANI