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.
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.
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.