Tensions mount as Pakistan promises a response to Indian air strike

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Pakistani reporters and troops visit the site of an Indian airstrike in Jaba, near Balakot, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. Pakistan said India launched an airstrike on its territory early Tuesday that caused no casualties, while India said it targeted a terrorist training camp in a pre-emptive strike that killed a “very large number” of militants. (AP Photo/Aqeel Ahmed)

Pakistan is promising a response to an Indian air-strike in the Pakistan controlled region of Kashmir.

India said it was targeting militants responsible for a deadly attack earlier this month on Indian soldiers.

Pakistan dismissed that account as “self-serving and reckless.”

CGTN’s Shweta Bajaj reports on the new escalation of tensions between the two nuclear rivals.

Indian fighter jets entered Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on Tuesday.

In a press conference, India’s Foreign Secretary said it had credible intelligence that the organization was planning another attack on the country. The same group has taken responsibility for a suicide attack in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14th, which killed more than 40 paramilitary soldiers.

India said this was a pre-emptive non-military strike, stressing that it was not on Pakistan’s military bases. There were reportedly no civilians in the camps, which were located on a hill, but hundreds of terrorists are said to have been killed.

India also said that it had previously provided information on these terror training camps to Pakistan.

Jaish-e-Mohammad is a terrorist group that has been condemned by the UN for several attacks, including one on the Indian parliament in 2001 and another one on an Indian airbase in 2016.

Following the attack, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj met ambassadors of various countries, including China, to apprise them of the situation.

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