Indian fighter jets invade Pakistan airspace, drop 'payload'

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Asian News International, a news agency viewed as close to the Indian government, reported that 12 Indian fighter jets crossed into Pakistani-controlled territory at 3.30am Tuesday (local time), citing unnamed sources in the Indian Air Force. Masood Azhar later floated the Jaish-e-Mohammad terror outfit which was responsible for a series of attacks in India, including the one on Parliament and the recently in Pulwama in Kashmir. India's targeting of bilateral trade is unlikely to have a meaningful impact on either the Indian or Pakistani economies.

Both India and the USA see Pakistan as providing safe haven for terrorist groups and point to the fact that the leadership of groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba, which carried out the Mumbai attacks in 2008, still live freely in Pakistan.

The bombing earlier in February was the deadliest attack on Indian forces in the region for decades.

Pakistan's military spokesman, Maj.

"Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzzafarabad sector".

The Indian aircraft "released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot". "In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who have been trained for fidayeen action were eliminated", Vijay Gokhale told the media. "No casualties or damage", he said.

The incident comes just 11 days after a suicide attack killed at least 41 soldiers on the Indian side of divided Kashmir.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former defence minister Khawaja Asif also took to the floor and seconded Shah's demand for a joint parliamentary session.

"Such moves only ratchet up tensions in a region bristling with anger".

Kashmir has been the cause of two previous wars between the uneasy neighbors.

Pakistan has outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammed and seized its properties in south Punjab's Bawahalpur area, including religious schools and mosques. Unconfirmed reports had stated that the targets were Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist camps in Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad.

Earlier, in an address to the nation, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said Pakistan would not hesitate to retaliate. He called the attack an "unprovoked" violation of the 2003 cease-fire.

"The forum [committee] concluded that India committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing", the party said.

New Delhi was compelled to send jets to bomb jihadists in Pakistani territory because of its own "inaction" in tackling terrorists operating along the border, the Indian foreign affairs chief stated.

Tensions have been high since the attack earlier this month. They even posted videos of the bomber, who had joined the terror group a year ago.