LIVE: Foreign, defence, finance ministers hold presser on Indian LoC breach

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and Finance Minister Asad Umar are holding a joint press conference in the wake of India’s violation of the Line of Control (LoC) today.

Pakistan will raise the issue of India’s aggression on the international forum, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said while addressing media.

The government has constituted a committee to carry out coordination with all political parties and taking them into confidence over the matter. A joint parliamentary session will also be convened to deliberate on the situation, the minister said.

During the national security council meeting today, Qureshi said, it was decided that media will be allowed to visit the site of attack as soon as the weather condition is suitable.

“It was expected that the Modi government will create tensions owing to upcoming elections in India,” Qureshi said.

 

PAF scrambles Indian jets

In the wee hours of February 26, Indian aircraft intruded the LoC near Muzaffarabad sector, however they scrambled back following timely response from the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor informed in a tweet, Indian Air Force violated the LoC and the prompt response from the Pakistan Air Force compelled Indian jets to go back.

He said “facing timely and effective response from the PAF, [Indian jets] released [their] payload in haste while escaping, which fell near Balakot.” However, no casualties or damage was reported during the incident, DG ISPR added.

 

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