Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday said Pakistan holds the right to self-defence and a befitting response to Indian aggression, after Indian military aircraft violated the Line of Control (LoC) earlier today.
They[Indian] intruded from the Muzaffarabad sector but were forced to return owing to the timely response of the Pakistan Air Force.
“We kept on telling the world that this could happen… they [India] carried out aggression against Pakistan today.”
“India violated the LoC [today]. Pakistan holds the right to self-defence and a befitting response,” Qureshi told media, after chairing an emergency consultative meeting at the Foreign Office to discuss the situation arising from the intrusion.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi chaired emergency meeting at Foreign Office.
The meeting at the Foreign Office was attended by former foreign secretaries and senior diplomats, and held consultations over the prevailing situation.
Indian military aircraft violated the LoC as they “intruded” from the Muzaffarabad sector and were forced to return owing to the timely response of the Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said early Tuesday.
The Indian aircraft “released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot”. There were “no casualties or damage”, director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) wrote on Twitter.
Maj Gen Ghafoor tweeted images of the “payload of hastily escaping Indian aircraft” which “fell in [the] open”.
Payload of hastily escaping Indian aircrafts fell in open. pic.twitter.com/8drYtNGMsm
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 26, 2019
Earlier, he had said: “Indian Air Force violated Line of Control. Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled. Indian aircraft gone back. Details to follow.”
The incursion into the Pakistan air space follows a series of threats by Indian political and military leadership following the attack on an Indian Army convoy at Pulwama by a local youth, in reaction to the oppression unleashed by the occupational forces.