Pakistan PM Imran Khan calls emergency meeting on response to India's airstrike

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi described as "Indian aggression" the Indian Air Force's bombing from the Muzaffarabad sector of what New Delhi said the biggest training camp of the JeM. He also thanked Modi on behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu for the daring action by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in destroying the terror camps operating inside Pakistan through air strikes early on Tuesday.

The JeM had claimed responsibility for attacking a convoy of CRPF personnel in which 40 security force men were killed in Pulwama on February 14.

Escalating tensions have led to two of the three wars between India and Pakistan, so the retaliation by India will only have heightened already heightened tensions between the two.

Modi has been under pressure to retaliate since the suicide vehicle bombing in Kashmir's Pulwama, which India alleges was orchestrated by Pakistan's intelligence agency, and tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors have escalated in recent days.

Last week India welcomed a United Nations Security Council statement that condemned the attack in Kashmir and called on all countries to "cooperate actively" with the Indian government in holding the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of such attacks accountable. "I pledge on this soil, I will not let the country die, I will not let the country stop".

He said there were no casualties and refused to discuss India's incursion into Pakistan.

British officials have been in "close contact" at senior levels in New Delhi and Islamabad, besides taking steps to promote global efforts to avoid escalation.

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There were no casualties or damage, he added. They said they had been expecting an Indian response after the attack earlier this month. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan denied his country was involved.

Analysts said this is the first air strike launched across the line of control in Kashmir since the two countries fought a war in 1971.

There has been no immediate explanation for the different accounts but India and Pakistan routinely contradict the other.

Kashmir has been a flashpoint in India-Pakistan relations since partition.

He also tweeted images of the "payload of hastily escaping Indian aircraft" which "fell in (the) open".

The attack was claimed by Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and prompted a spike in tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

Facing stiff resistance from Pakistani jets, they dropped four bombs at Jabba, near Balakot town in the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, he said, reporting no casualties or damage. Kashmiri resistance groups in Jammu and Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for independence, or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.

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