Masood Azhar's brother confirms Indian jets struck JeM's camp
Contradicting Islamabad's version that Indian Air Force jets destroyed just a few trees and not any camp in Balakot, Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar's younger brother has confirmed the outfit's "learning institute" was attacked.
Maulana Ammar, identified as the youngest brother of Masood, while speaking to cadres "condemned" IAF's airstrikes.
Audio of his speech has gone viral on social media and verified by agencies too.
Masood Azhar's brother confirms IAF hit Jaish-e-Mohammed's camp
Backstory: Rattled after airstrikes, Pakistan says only trees were destroyed
Pakistan-based JeM carried out an attack on CRPF convoy on February 14 in Pulwama. 40 soldiers were martyred in the attack.
In a response to heinous crime, IAF breached Pakistani airspace and dropped bombs on JeM's camp in Balakot.
In denial, Pakistan said no camps were present in the area and only a few trees fell. The country also called it India's "aggressive act".
But Ammar confirmed camp was hit
But Ammar's admission busts the theories of Pakistan. While addressing cadres in Peshawar, Ammar said the enemy "bombed Muslim schools". It is believed Ammar spoke two days after the Balakot strike.
"So, raise your weapons and show them if jihad is still an obligation or a duty," Ammar reportedly said.
He criticized Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan for releasing WC Abhinandan Varthaman.
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They attacked schools where students were being trained: Ammar
"Let me remind you, they didn't attack any headquarters, they didn't attack the meeting points of agencies (JeM), they attacked the schools where students were being trained to understand jihad better and vowed to help "oppressed" Kashmiris," Ammar said.
You can hear the viral clip here
#Exclusive: In a sermon in #Pakistan, #JaisheMohammad leader accepts Indian planes were targeting their center in #Balakot. He criticizes @ImranKhanPTI for releasing #IndianAirForce pilot #Abhinandhan. He also calls Pakistanis for joining #jihad in Indian-administered #Kashmir pic.twitter.com/j4pQ4WG96T— Taha Siddiqui (@TahaSSiddiqui) March 2, 2019
Earlier, IAF officer said the strikes were successful
Speaking about the unprecedented airstrikes, Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor said on Thursday the operation was successful. He, however, chose to not reveal the toll leaving the decision on the Indian government.
A senior government official told HT, Ammar's speech spoke for itself.
"The tone and tenor of the message indicate that the strikes have hit the group hard," he said.
India called the operation pre-emptive, handed dossier to Pakistan
India has maintained the strikes were pre-emptive and it had credible intelligence to confirm JeM was planning more attacks on the country.
New Delhi has also handed over a dossier to Pakistan detailing JeM's role in the Pulwama attack, its modus operandi and the route terrorists took to infiltrate J&K.
Pakistan, which wanted evidence, said it would go through the dossier.