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OIC condemns Indian aerial strikes against Pakistan

ANI | Updated: Feb 26, 2019 23:28 IST

Jeddah [Saudi Arabia], Feb 26 (ANI): The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Tuesday condemned the aerial strikes carried out by India at a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror camp in Pakistan.
The OIC urged India and Pakistan to exercise restraint to avoid further provocations that would "endanger peace and security in the region."
"OIC called upon both parties to act responsibly and encouraged them to seek a peaceful solution to current crisis without resort to use of force," read a tweet.
The 57-member organisation called on India and Pakistan to resume bilateral dialogue towards de-escalation of the current situation "as a matter of priority."
Notably, this comes after the OIC invited India as a “Guest of Honour” for the inaugural plenary of its meeting of Foreign Ministers to be held from March 1 to 2 in Abu Dhabi.
Swaraj will attend the meeting as the 'guest of honour' and will address the plenary of the 46th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers.
Sending out a huge message, India today carried out air strikes in Balakot area in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, destroying a major camp of JeM and eliminating a “large number” of terrorists, including top commanders, of the terror group which attacked the CRPF convoy in Pulwama 12 days back.
In the swift operation, launched at around 3.30 am and completed within minutes, 12 Mirage-2000 fighter jets pounded the training centre, housing around 300 terrorists, in Balakot area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province with six bombs while SU-30 combat aircraft maintained air superiority to ward off any retaliation by the Pakistan Air Force, sources said.
The camp, located in a forest area atop a hill, was headed by JeM chief Masood Azhar’s brother-in-law Yusuf Azhar alias Ustad Gauri, who was involved in the 1999 hijack of Indian Airlines plane IC-814 and was on Interpol lookout notice since 2000.
India's Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said the “pre-emptive” strike by India had become absolutely necessary as there was credible information that JeM was planning further attacks in this country.
In response, a defiant and flabbergasted Pakistan "expressed reservations" over India's invitation to the OIC and stated that Islamabad will respond to what it called "uncalled aggression" from New Delhi and warned India to be prepared for any "events of eventualities." (ANI)

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