Air strike at JeM Training Camp

India terms it non-military counter-terrorism drive

Staff Correspondent

1 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

India’s pre-emptive strike against the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM) on February 26 at Balakot in Pakistan was a non-military counterterrorism drive against the terrorist group.

Acting on a tip-off, the strike was launched in the early hours of Tuesday.

India said it had credible information that JEM was gearing up for another series of attacks in Indian soil.

According to sources, it was a non-military counterterrorism action and no military installations or personnel of Pakistan were targeted. The selection of the target was also conditioned to avoid civilian casualties.

The terrorist training camp of JEM is located in thick forest on a hilltop far away from any civilian presence.

No military or economic infrastructures in Pakistan were destroyed.

India has shared the details of the terrorist training camp of JEM with the Government of Pakistan.

The sole and limited objective of the strike was to take out the terrorist training camp.

In contrast, on Wednesday (February 27) Pakistan’s action was aimed at Indian military installations. India blamed Pakistan for escalating the situation.

However, due to the high state of India’s readiness and alertness, Pakistan’s attempts were foiled successfully.

Pakistan did not take seriously the India’s demand and call of the international community to act against various terror groups based in Pakistan.

Pakistan also denies the very existence of terrorist groups and infrastructure on their soil and on the territory under its control.

Besides, Pakistan has not made serious efforts to bring the perpetrators of both the Mumbai terror attack in November 2008 and the Pathankot airbase attack in January 2016 to justice.

India has requested Pakistan several times to take action against the terrorists and shared the locations and other specific details of various terrorist training camps.

However, no specific action was taken. The Government of Pakistan should take immediate action against JEM and other terror groups.

India will continue to act with responsibility and restraint.

India’s sincere desire is to have normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan in an atmosphere free of terror.

The Government of Pakistan made a solemn commitment in January 2004 not to allow its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India.

International community needs to ask Pakistan to take immediate and concrete action to deal with terrorism emanating from its soil by implementing its solemn promise made to India.

Pakistan needs to lives up to its public commitment and dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism and bring the perpetrators to justice.