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‘Another terrorist attack, and India has all options open’

After attacking Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest terrorist training base in Balakot in Pakistan, the Indian Air Force put all its airbases on maximum alert

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New Delhi: Official sources said on Tuesday that in case of another terrorist attack, India has “all options” in place. He said that the government would insist on Pakistan taking concrete steps to destroy terrorist structures.

Sources said that India shared evidence about the use of American F-16 fighter aircraft during Pakistan’s counter-reaction. India believes, they said, America is investigating this subject.

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A source said that, since the Balakot attack, India is trying to put maximum pressure on Pakistan on the issue of terrorism.

Sources said that Pakistan went to all the countries for mediation, but they agree more with the position of India that mediators are not required in India-Pakistan relations. India has told the international community further that this is not an India-Pakistan issue, but an issue of terrorism.

He said if the United Nations bans Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, Pakistan will be in trouble, as he has been living there, as admitted by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

The problem for India is that, while China on 15 February expressed deep “shock” over the Pulwama terror attack carried out by a Jaish suicide bomber, it did not give an assurance to India that it will back New Delhi’s appeal to list the UN-proscribed Pakistan-based terror group’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

Related: India destroys Jaish hideout in Pakistan’s Balakot; Yousuf Azhar, Maulana Masood’s kin, ‘killed’

Sources had said on Monday that, after attacking Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest terrorist training base in Balakot in Pakistan, the Indian Air Force put all its airbases on maximum alert.

A day after the Balakot attack, on 27 February, Pakistan responded by attempting to target many Indian military establishments in Kashmir.

Related: IAF crosses LoC as well as international border to hit terror camps deep inside Pakistan

India had called its air strikes ‘non-military action’. After the killing of 40 CRPF soldiers in a terrorist attack on February 14 in Pulwama, the IAF took the Balakot action.

Related: Indian Army, Navy, Air Force issue stern warning to Pakistan

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