IAF strike on Pakistan: What is a ‘non-military preemptive action’?

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The spokesman said a command and control authority meeting, which decides over the use of nuclear weapons, had been convened for Wednesday, adding: "You all know what that means".

The military action follows a diplomatic offensive in which India says it is seeking to isolate Pakistan for its alleged support to militant groups.

"In the face of imminent danger, a pre-emptive strike became absolutely necessary", Gokhale said. Just $5 a month.

India had taken care to avoid civilian casualties according to Gokhale.

Pakistan's government said it would hold an emergency meeting to discuss the incident, but in the past it has said it would retaliate against any aggression from Delhi.

Earlier in the morning, shortly after the Indian strikes, Maj.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor confirmed that the IAF had "violated the LoC".

Bangladesh hopes that nuclear-armed India and Pakistan will immediately take measures to deescalate the tension.

"Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force (the Indian jets) released payload in haste while escaping near Balakot".

However, Pakistan has downplayed the attack, saying the aircraft did not cause any damage as the payload was released prematurely when repulsed by forces.

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Pakistan said the warplanes intruded into the country from the Muzafarabad sector, across the across the Line of Control (LoC) that divides the two countries in Kashmir.

No casualties or damage occurred, the military spokesperson had added.

"Once again India's government has resorted to a self-serving, reckless and fictitious claim", Prime Minister Imran Khan's party tweeted.

India claimed it had since killed the militant mastermind behind the suicide bombing.

Although it has been described as a surgical strike, it's not.

The fighting on February 24 came as India continued its security crackdown in the region, including detaining more than 160 suspected separatists over the weekend.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also hailed the Indian Air Force (IAF) for carrying out air strikes in Pakistan.

The latest fighting triggered anti-India protests and clashes in the southern Kulgam area, with villagers throwing stones at Indian troops.

Jaish-e-Mohammed took responsibility for the Pulwama attack, in which 40 paramilitary jawans were killed by a suicide bomber who drove a vehicle into a convoy. The attack was claimed by JeM, prompting India to undertake a diplomatic campaign to isolate Pakistan and enact a range of other sanctions, including withdrawing Pakistan's Most-Favored Nation status.

Shelling across the Kashmiri Line of Control has frequently occurred over the last few years, while tensions between the neighbours have been simmering, but airspace violations are rare.

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