He said that as Indian planes had intruded from Muzaffarabad, and the Pakistan Air Force "immediately scrambled".
The February 14 attack on Indian soldiers, in the Pulwama district, was claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammed, an Islamist extremist group based in Pakistan, although the suicide attacker came locally from Indian Kashmir. Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy were among the first politicians who congratulated the IAF after news of the airstrikes began to trickle in.
"Indian Air Force violated Line of Control", Pakistan military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted, referring to the de facto border between Indian- and Pakistani-administered Kashmir.
The air strikes, which India says killed many militants, will escalate military tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.
"In an intelligence led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot", Gokhale said.
"India has been repeatedly urging Pakistan to take action against the Jaish-e-Mohammed to prevent jihadis from being trained and armed inside Pakistan."
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A high-level meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) chaired by Khan also "strongly rejected Indian claim of targeting an alleged terrorist camp near Balakot as well as the claim of heavy casualties", Dawn online reported. Many of Twitterati, shared it as actual footage of the airstrikes by Mirage 2000s across the LoC. JeM Terror Camps Destroyed by IAF in Strikes Across LoC Balakot: Photos.
Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry said on Tuesday that the Cinema Exhibitors Association had made a decision to boycott Indian content in the country following New Delhi's violation of Line of Control (LoC) which has further worsened the already strained relations between the two neighbouring countries.
India and Pakistan have fought three major wars since 1947, but there has been no major military confrontation since both nations gained nuclear weapons.
Pakistan called the attack a "grave aggression" and promised a "timely and effective response" by its own military.
In an election rally in Rajasthan, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the people that "India is in safe hands". Kashmiri resistance groups in Jammu and Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for independence, or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.