Pakistan Says It Scrambled Fighters To Intercept Indian Jets Violating Its Airspace

Indian authorities arrested dozens of Muslim leaders in raids across Kashmir and sent thousands of reinforcements to the troubled

Pakistan armed forces spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor claimed that IAF violated the LoC.

Pakistan has claimed that the Indian Air Force violated the Line of Control (LoC), following which the former "scrambled" immediately.

"Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot". Online plane spotters using flight tracking software did notice that there was an Indian Air Force Embraer EMB-145 airborne earlier warning aircraft in the skies near the border of Jammu and Kashmir and the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh to the south.

Islamabad has offered India every possible help to investigate the attack and even held out an assurance that action would be taken if Delhi shared credible evidence of involvement of any group using Pakistan's soil for attacks in mainland India.

The backdrop of the cat-fight was the recent suicide bomb attack against Indian security forces in Pulwama orchestrated by Pakistan-based jihadist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed in which 40 paramilitary troops from India lost their lives, an incident that drew widespread condemnation including one from the United Nations Security Council.




The chief of All-Pakistan Muslim League (APML), who is living in self-exile in UAE, is ready to return to Pakistan as he sees the political environment in his country favourable.

Since the attack on February 14, spontaneous protests have been taking place in several parts of Nepal by the local civil society leaders.

"This is why we chose to base our nuclear doctrine on a credible, minimum deterrent", Singh said, pointing out that, after its first nuclear bomb test in 1974, India "exercised almost a quarter century of restraint". Such a raid would risk unintended military escalation with Pakistan, while a failed operation would likely be very politically damaging to Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the upcoming Indian general election scheduled in April-May 2019.

Though the Pulwama attack seemed to strike a nerve in India, with growing calls for "revenge", defence analysts say India has few good military options.

There are also unconfirmed reports that clashes have erupted on the ground along the Line of Control.

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