Srinagar: Indian Air Force
planes violated the Line of Control (LoC), intruding from the Muzaffarabad sector, Pakistan Army’s Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations Major-General Asif Ghafoor said on his official Twitter account early on Tuesday.
Ghafoor in his tweet said “Indian Air Force violated Line of Control”, following which “Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled” and Indian aircraft went back.
He later added that the aircraft faced “timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force” and ended up releasing “payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot”.
No casualties or damage occurred, the Pakistan military spokesman said.
Ties between Pakistan and India have been tense since a suicide bombing in Kashmir killed over 40 Indian soldiers, with New Delhi blaming Pakistan of being complicit in the attack — a charge Islamabad has denied vehemently and from the get-go.
In response to India’s allegations, Prime Minister Imran Khan promised New Delhi to conduct an investigation if provided “actionable evidence” but also warned that Pakistan will “retaliate” if attacked. The Pakistan army has also warned India to avoid “any misadventure”, saying it could have dangerous consequences.