Pakistan will pay heavy price for army camp attack, says India

Indian Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman warned Pakistan that its tacit support to Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists in a pre-dawn attack on Sunjuwan military camp in Jammu on Saturday killing five unarmed soldiers and a civilian at their homes would not go unpunished. Citing intelligence reports, the minister said the attackers sponsored by JeM chief Masood Azhar were controlled by handlers from across the border. Pakistan is expanding the arch of terror to areas south of Pir Panjal and resorting to ceasefire violations to assist infiltration, she said. India’s UN attempts to designate Azhar as an international terrorist have been blocked by China. In the meantime, two terrorists of another Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were gunned down in a two-day gun battle in Srinagar after they made an unsuccessful attempt to sneak into the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp on Monday. One CRPF personnel was killed in the exchange of fire on Monday. Intense gunfire and explosions were heard on Monday evening as the army wanted to kill the terrorists holed up in a building under construction located near the camp before nightfall. However, the terrorists continued fighting until they were shot dead around 1 pm on Tuesday.