With rising international concerns on India Pakistan tensions and subsequent air strikes by the Indian Air Force, the government today reached out to representatives of 12 nations on the issue.
The Indian air strikes were carried out pre-dawn and to target the Jaish-e Mohammad terror camps located across the Line of Control.
The diplomats from the US, UK, Russia, Australia, Indonesia, Turkey and six ASEAN nations were requested for a meeting with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.
The air strikes comes 12 days after the terror strike in Pulwama, for which Pakistan-based terror group Jaish e Mohammad has taken responsibility; 40 soldiers of the CRPF has lost their lives in the terror attack.
It was said that 12 Mirage 2000 aircraft targeted Jaish’s main terror camp at Balakot, inside Pakistan.
The government has said the air strikes at Balakot were “non-military” and “pre-emptive” meaning the target was not military and the action was taken to protect itself.
The diplomatic offensive also yielded results as well as Australia issued a strong statement demanding that Pakistan take “urgent and meaningful action” against terrorist groups operating from its soil.
“We informed our head of nation about what happened and the information is that they acted responsibly and did not affect any civilian population or any Pakistani military,” Hans Dannenberg, the envoy from Dominican Republic said.
UK asked both India and Pakistan to find a diplomatic solution. “The Foreign Secretary highlighted the UK”s concern about the enduring threat to regional stability from terrorism.
It need be recalled that US president Donald Trump had said: “India is looking at something very strong. And I mean, India just lost almost 50 people with an attack. So, I could understand that also”.