External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday revealed it was following credible information that JeM had planned to carry out more attacks in India, the India Government decided to take pre-emptive action on Tuesday.
“The limited objective of the pre-emptive strike was to act decisively against the terrorist infrastructure of the JeM in order to pre-empt another terrorist attack in India,” a media report quoted Swaraj, who is visiting China, as saying.
On Tuesday, some media reports said at around 3.30 am, 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the IAF dropped 1,000 kg bombs on terror camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, destroying them. The strikes, involving several fighter jets of the IAF, destroyed camps belonging to Pakistan-based terror outfits in Balakot area of the country’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Justifying the pre-dawn air strike in Pakistan’s Balakot area, the External Affairs Minister highlighted the “grief and anger” in India after the Pulwama terror attack, which left 40 soldiers killed by a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist on February 14.
Swaraj aid the Tuesday’s air strikes in Pakistan were carried out in the light of the country’s continuous refusal to acknowledge and act against terror groups on its territory.
Swaraj, who is visiting China for the 16th Russia-India-China or RIC foreign ministers’ meeting in Wuzhen, said India wants to avoid any “further escalation of the situation” and will “continue to act with responsibility and restraint”.