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Strike on Jaish-e-Mohammad camp achieved its objective: Centre

Govt also asserts there is evidence that Abhinandan Varthaman shot down a Pakistan Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft
Pakistani reporters and troops visit the site of the Indian airstrike in Jaba, near Balakot, on February 26, 2019.
Pakistani reporters and troops visit the site of the Indian airstrike in Jaba, near Balakot, on February 26, 2019.
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PTI   |   New Delhi   |   Published 09.03.19, 06:47 AM

India on Saturday said its non-military strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad camp in Pakistan achieved its desired objective and demonstrated the country's firm resolve to take decisive action against cross-border terrorism.

Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing that an Indian Air Force MiG-21 Bison, piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, shot down a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) F-16 fighter aircraft and there were eyewitness accounts and electronic evidence for it.

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'We have also shared evidence in the form of parts of AMRAAM missile, which were recovered from the site and are only carried by F-16 aircraft of the PAF,' he said.

'Our non-military counter-terrorism strike achieved the desired objective. It has demonstrated our firm resolve to take decisive action against cross-border terrorism,' he said.

Our non-military counter-terrorism strike achieved the desired objective. It has demonstrated our firm resolve to take decisive action against cross-border terrorism.
- Raveesh Kumar

Only one aircraft was lost by India during Pakistan's unsuccessful attempt at targeting Indian military installations, he said.

Kumar also said if, as Pakistan claims, it has evidence of downing of second Indian aircraft, then why has it not shared it.

Since the Pulwama terror attack, the international community has stood by India, Kumar said.

It is unfortunate that Pakistan still continues to deny Jaish’s own claim of carrying out the Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, he said.

Kumar asserted that Pakistan-based terror groups were conducting their activities without any hindrance.

Pakistan must show credible, verifiable and sustained action against terror groups operating from its soil, he said.



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