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Indian Air Force destroys JeM camps in Balakot: Here's what experts have to say

Updated : February 26, 2019 10:49 PM IST

In a pinpointed and swift air strike that lasted less than two minutes, India pounded Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest training camp in Pakistan early Tuesday, killing up to 350 terrorists and trainers who were moved there for their protection after the Pulwama attack, officials said.

The pre-dawn operation, described as "non-military" and "preemptive", struck a five-star resort-style camp on a hilltop forest that provided Indian forces with a "sitting duck target" and caught the terrorists in their sleep, sources said.

I want to assure the people that the country is in safe hands. There is nothing above the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a public rally in Churu, Rajasthan, in his first remarks after the strike. He, however, did not make a direct reference to the attack or give any details.

CNBC-TV18 spoke to VP Malik, retired chief of army staff; Sharat Sabharwal, former envoy to Pakistan; Vishnu Prakash, former envoy to Canada & South Korea; RK Sharma, retired vice chief of Air Staff; Dhruva Jaishankar, senior fellow - Foreign Policy at Brookings and Sameer Patil, director, Centre for International Security at Gateway House to discuss the implications of the strikes.
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