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Tensions mount as Pakistan calls ’emergency meeting’ after Indian air strikes

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced an “emergency meeting” Tuesday after India conducted air strikes over the LoC and destroyed terror camps in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Qureshi will join Prime Minister Imran Khan after the meeting in which he will address the security situation with high-level officials.

According to the Sources, Qureshi ordered the “emergency meeting” at the Foreign Office for consultations. In New Delhi, sources said that India is considered to have carried out air strikes inside Pakistan early Tuesday and targeted terror camps.

The strikes including several fighter jets of the Indian Air Force successfully finished camps belonging to Pakistan-based terror outfits in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Earlier, the Pakistan Army claimed that the Indian Air Force (IAF) violated the Line of Control (LoC) in Muzaffarabad sector.

“Indian aircraft intruded from Muzaffarabad sector. Facing timely and efficient reply from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot. No casualties or damage,” Major General Asif Ghafoor, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan Army, said in a tweet.

“Indian Air Force infringed Line of Control Pakistan. Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled. Indian aircraft gone back,” he tweeted. While, Pakistani media was reporting that the Indian government has staged a symbolic intervention due to domestic pressure. Prime Minister Khan has not expressed on the issue.

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