ISLAMABAD – The latest on tensions in India and Pakistan after New Delhi launches airstrike in Kashmir (all times locally):
A junior minister in India says the country launched an airway in Pakistan's kashmir targeted at "terror camps", an apparent response to a suicide attack earlier this month, killing 40 Indian troops in the disputed area.
On Tuesday, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat tweeted that air force "air strikes in the morning today in terror camps across the LoC and completely destroyed it." The control line separates Pakistani and Indian forces in Kashmir.
Pakistan said earlier that Indian aircraft crossed into its territory and fell "in haste" near Balakot on the edge of Pakistani rule Kashmir. It said there were no fatalities.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted the Security Check Committee on Tuesday. No statement was issued after the meeting, but Human Resources Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters: "This was a necessary step by air force. The whole country is behind the armed forces."
Tensions have risen between the two nuclear weapons rivals since February 1
Pakistan's military spokesman tweeted the Indian aircraft crossed to Pakistan and then "released the payload in haste" but says there were accidents.
May Gen Asif Ghafoor said the Indian "aircraft" crossed early on Tuesday to the Pakistani-led Muzafarabad sector in Kashmir. He said Pakistan encrypted fighter jets, and before returning, the Indian jets dropped their cargo loads near Balakot on the edge of Pakistani rule Kashmir.
There have been no comments from India.
The burglary could have been in retaliation for a deadly February 14 suicide bombing in India's half of Kashmir, killing at least 40 troops. The Pakistani-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility. The bomber who made a video before the attack was native to Indian cashmere.
Pakistan and India both claim to be a united Kashmir.