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Monday, Sep 23, 2019

Totally new ball game: Omar Abdullah on IAF strike

Indian forces carried out a strike at the biggest camp of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot early this morning, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said on Tuesday

india Updated: Feb 26, 2019 15:43 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said the strikes on JeM terror camp is a “totally new ball game”.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said the strikes on JeM terror camp is a “totally new ball game”.(HT Photo)

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah Tuesday said the strikes carried out by the Indian Air Force on JeM camps is a “totally new ball game” as it was first time that air power was used during peace time to hit terrorist targets in the neighbouring country. “We’ve entered a whole new paradigm with the Balakot air strike. The post Uri strike was to avenge our losses, Balakot was a ‘preemptive strike to prevent an imminent JeM attack’. Totally new ballgame,” Abdullah tweeted.

The former chief minister was reacting to the statement made by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale in New Delhi that India conducted a major preemptive strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest camp early Tuesday to prevent suicide attacks being planned by the Pakistan-based terror group, killing a large number of terrorists and trainers. “A number of firsts from Balakot, the two most obvious are the first time air power has been used to strike inside Pakistan during peace times (last time in 1971 was during war) & first time visible, acknowledged use of force to preempt a perceived terror strike,” Abdullah added.

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Reacting to the developments, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti expressed hope that the “objectives” of both New Delhi and Islamabad had been served as they were making contradictory claims about the air strikes.

“Post pre-dawn strikes carried out by IAF, conflicting reports coming in. Official communique by FS claims that terror training camps were bombed while Pak denied this & said that the planes made a hasty retreat after being spotted. Hope objective of both sides has been served,” she said in a tweet.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.)

First Published: Feb 26, 2019 13:49 IST