Foreign Secretary of India Vijay Gokhale
Foreign Secretary of India Vijay Gokhale during the press brief on Balakot airstrike

The Foreign Secretary of India Vijay Gokhale in a media briefing on Tuesday said that ‘India struck the biggest camp of JeM in Balakot’. The Indian Air Force today carried out airstrike in the training camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), the terror group behind Pulwama attack, in Balakot.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs read, “On 14 February 2019, a suicide terror attack was conducted by a Pak based terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad, leading to the martyrdom of 40 brave jawans of the CRPF.  JeM has been active in Pakistan for the last two decades, and is led by Masood Azhar with its headquarters in Bahawalpur.”

Jaish-e-Mohammed, the terror group

The statement also pointed out at the JeM stating, “This organization, which is proscribed by the UN, has been responsible of a series of terrorist attacks including on the Indian Parliament in December 2001 and the Pathankot airbase in January 2016.”

JeM camps in Balakot 

Information regarding the location of training camps in Pakistan and PoJK has been provided to Pakistan from time to time.  Pakistan, however, denies their existence.  The existence of such massive training facilities capable of training hundreds of jidhadis could not have functioned without the knowledge of Pakistan authorities.

Urging Pakistan

India has been repeatedly urging Pakistan to take action against the JeM to prevent jihadis from being trained and armed inside Pakistan.  Pakistan has taken no concrete actions to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism on its soil.

Another Terror Attack

Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose.  In the face of imminent danger,  a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary.

Pakistan’s commitment

The Government of Pakistan had made a solemn commitment in January 2004 not to allow its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India.  We expect that Pakistan lives up to its public commitment and takes follow up actions to dismantle all JeM and other camps and hold the terrorists accountable for the actions.


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