Pakistan which violated the Indian air space has justified it and said the violation is not retaliation, but self-defence. Pakistan said that its jets crossed the LoC to undertake strikes in India to demonstrate their country’s right, will, and capability for self-defense.
The Indian officials had confirmed that Pakistani fighter jets today violated Indian air space in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Nowshera sectors but were sent back by Indian aircraft. Pakistan Foreign Office was quoted as saying, “Today, Pakistan Air Force undertook strikes across Line of Control from within Pakistani airspace. This was not retaliation to continued Indian belligerence.”
The statement by PFO further stating, “Pakistan has, therefore, taken strikes at the non-military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage. The sole purpose is to demonstrate our right, will, and capability for self-defense. We have no intention of escalation, but are fully prepared to do so if forced into that paradigm.”
“That is why we undertook the action with a clear warning and in broad daylight. For the last few years, India has been trying to establish what they call ‘a new normal’ a thinly veiled term for doing acts of aggression at whatever pretext they wish on a given day,” it added.
“If India is striking at so-called terrorist backers without a shred of evidence, we also retain reciprocal rights to retaliate against elements that enjoy Indian patronage while carrying out acts of terror in Pakistan. We do not wish to go to that route and wish that India gives peace a chance and to resolve issues like a mature democratic nation,” it said.