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At last India admits no Pakistani killed in Balakot air strikes

AHMEDABAD: External Affairs Minister and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, at last, admitted on Thursday that no Pakistani soldier or citizen died in the air strike carried out by the Indian Air Force across the border in response to the Pulwama attack in February.

The Indian Airforce had claimed struck striking at Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in  Balakot area on February 26, in response to the February 14 Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

Swaraj said the air strike was carried out in self-defence.

“When we carried out air strike across the border after the Pulwama terror attack, we had told the international community that we took that step in self-defence only.

“We had told the international community that the armed forces were instructed not to harm any Pakistani citizen or its soldier during the strike,” she said.

“The Army was told to target only the camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, which had taken the responsibility for the Pulwama attack.

“And, our Army did the same without harming any Pakistani citizen or soldier,” said Ms Swaraj.

The foreign minister said the entire international community supported had India over the air strike.