FIRING ON LoC: Now, retaliatory firing by Pak forces along the LoC; four Indian jawans injured

A view of Balakot, Pakistan


NEW DELHI: In retaliatory strikes, Pakistan resorted to shelling of forward positions on the Indian side along the Line of Control, reports this evening said. Meanwhile, Pakistan is reportedly considering the nuclear option, as its prime minister Imran Khan called a meeting of the National Command Authority which deals with matters of nuclear bombs, to check what are the options to hit back at India. This was done as advised to him by the military brass.

Head of the media wing of the Pakistani military, Major General Asif Gafoor warned that this will now be time for India to get surprised. After the meeting, Imran Khan advised the nation and the military to be fully prepared to meet the Indian challenge.

In the pre-dawn IAF Miraj200 jet attacks, involving 12 fighter planes, backed by Sukoys on the Indian side, over 300 terror recruits undergoing training and over 12 trainers had been killed, besides five Pakistani soldiers who stood guard.

Meanwhile, reports said four jawans were injured in the cross-border firing by Pakistani forces from across the line of control inAkhnoor area. More such firings were taking place Tuesday night, in obvious retaliatory hits. Reports said the Pakistani army was resorting to heavy mortar shelling and heavy firing, to which Indian army was adequately responding with its firepower.

Meanwhile, foreign affairs minister Sushma Swaraj held a meeting with political party leaders including the principal Opposition, the Congress, and won their full support for the IAF action in Balakot and other terrorist-infested areas across the Line of Control. Several key Jaish terrorists including a brother-in-law of Jaish chief Masood Azhar were killed in the IAF action. –IHN-NN

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