PAKISTAN PROMISES TO RESPOND TO INDIA
Pakistan says it will respond “at the time and place of its choosing” after India launched strikes against militants in Pakistani territory.
India said it had killed a large number of militants but Pakistan called the claim “reckless”.
Tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours have been high following an attack on Indian troops in Kashmir.
The attack was claimed by a group based in Pakistan, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and India had vowed to retaliate.
India accuses Pakistan of allowing militant groups to operate on its territory, something Pakistan denies.
The two sides have given different versions of events. Indian officials said the strikes hit a camp in Balakot, in north-west Pakistan.
Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said a “large number” of militants were killed, defending the raids as a “pre-emptive strike” to stop further JeM attacks.
Residents in Balakot told the BBC they were woken by loud explosions but there has been no confirmation of casualties.
The Pakistani army denied there were any casualties. It said its jets forced Indian planes to withdraw and drop their “payload” in a sparsely inhabited area.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said India had “resorted to a self-serving, reckless and fictitious claim”, pointing to elections due in India in May.
A meeting of Pakistan’s National Security Committee, which includes Prime Minister Imran Khan, ended with a warning Pakistan would “respond at the time and place of its choosing”.