IAF dropped bombs near Balakot village located five kilometres inside LoC: Gulf News

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IAF dropped bombs near Balakot village located five kilometres inside LoC: Gulf News

ISLAMABAD - For the Indian Air Force has claimed it has bombed it. There is a huge confusion on where Balakot is located.

There are two areas called Balakot. The main Balakot, town which is known to the world, is located in Mansehra district of Kyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province of Pakistan and it is outside the territory of Pakistan Administered Kashmir.

The second Balakot where the Indian Air Force struck is a small village located around 4 to 5km from the Line of Control (LoC) in the Pakistan side of Kashmir. This area is mostly under the control of Pakistan army as the civilian population has already been moved out of the area due to the fear of border clashes, a highly placed official told Gulf News.

He said the Indian Air Force did not enter Balakot town in KPK. The strike was reported in Balakot village near the LOC.

Balakot Town in KPK was actually razed to the ground during the 2005 earthquake and it was rebuilt over the years. It is one of the major tourist spots in Pakistan.

Pakistan government is discussing the option to respond to the Indian Air Force violation of the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is currently chairing an emergency meeting to review the emerging situation following the Indian claim of hitting a Jaish-e-Mohammad training camp in Pakistan.

The high level meeting is being attended by the top civil and military leadership, including Army Chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa, Minister of Defence, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Qureshi has already briefed the meeting on the current situation in the aftermath of the LoC violation. The military leadership apprised the meeting regarding their preparedness to deal with any situation, sources added. The meeting also discussed the future plan of action following the violation, according to reports.