Foreign Secy Gokhale, MEA officials brief foreign mission heads

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New Delhi, Feb 26: Close on the heels of confirming about the anti-terror strike that destroyed a key JeM camp at Balakot in Pakistan, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and a few other senior officials  on Tuesday briefed envoys of foreign nations including P-5 Nations.
“Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose. In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary,” Foreign Secretary told reporters earlier.
On February 15 and 16, the Ministry of External Affairs had undertaken a major diplomatic offensive and told the foreign envoys and nation heads of about 40 countries including ASEAN members and also those from the Gulf, about the role of Pakistan in supporting terror.
Among other things, the Foreign Secretary and other senior officials is understood to have told the representatives from key foreign nations that all precautions were taken to avoid civilian casualties.
“It was a non-military preemptive action and was specifically targeted at the JeM camp,” the foreign envoys were told.
The Indian side also told the envoys that pressure must be mounted on Islamabad to honour its own
solemn commitment made in January 2004 that it will not allow its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India.
“We expect that Pakistan lives up to its public commitment and takes follow up actions to dismantle all JeM and other camps,” the Foreign Secretary said.
Indian Ministry of External Affairs also have been telling the international community that information regarding the location of training camps in Pakistan and PoJK has been provided to Pakistan “from time to time” – but Islamabad remained on denial mood.
The existence of such massive training facilities capable of training hundreds of jihadis could not have functioned without the knowledge of Pakistan authorities, New Delhi has said.

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