PAF repulses Indian attempt of incursion into Pakistan air space

PAF repulses Indian attempt of incursion into Pakistan air space

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Air Force thwarted an early morning incursion into its airspace Tuesday by Indian fighter aircraft forcing them to flee, the military spokesman said.

The Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzafarabad sector, Major General Abdul Ghafoor said in a tweet at 6:36 am.

He said the "timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force" forced the intruding aircraft to "release payload in haste while escaping, which fell near Balakot."

He said "No casualties or damage" were reported due to the dropping of "payload."

The military spokesman in a tweet at 4:42 am said "Indian Air Force violated the Line of Control.

Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled. Indian aircrafts gone back. Details to follow."

The incursion into the Pakistan air space follows a series of threats by Indian political and military leadership following the attack on an Indian Army convoy at Pulwama by a local youth, in reaction to the oppression unleashed by the occupational forces.

Prime Minister Imran Khan in a televised address to the nation last Tuesday warned India to desist from any misadventure and said it was easy to start a war, but then no one has the control on how to end it.

In categorical terms Imran Khan said "we will not think of retaliating, we will retaliate. We will have no other option other than retaliating."

Khan said Pakistan wanted peace with India and had nothing to gain from the incident. He offered to cooperate if any evidence was shared.

However there have been reports of Indian media speaking of heavy deployment of military hardware and men along the Line of Control and in the run up to its election a demand to teach Pakistan a lesson.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa who had been visiting various formations along the LoC and working boundary, Monday visited the Air headquarters and discussed with the Chief of Air Staff

Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan operational environment including threat and response.

Both Chiefs expressed satisfaction on readiness, coordination and said the armed forces were fully prepared for a befitting response to any Indian aggression or misadventure.