India said air force jets hit a training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), the militant group that claimed credit for a February 14 suicide bombing attack that killed Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir, a mountainous region also claimed by neighboring Pakistan.
India accuses Pakistan of sheltering and supporting groups like Jaish-e-Muhammad.
General Ghafoor added that one Indian pilot had been arrested by Pakistani forces.
New Delhi -Indian Air Force jets carried out "pre-emptive" strikes on Pakistani territory on Tuesday, stoking tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
India said its warplanes attacked a militant camp where Pakistan-backed fighters were preparing suicide attacks on its cities, killing a "very large number" of militants from the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) group. "In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary", India's foreign secretary, Vijay Gokhale, told reporters in Delhi. Just $5 a month.
"This facility at Balakot was headed by Maulana Yosuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghouri, the brother-in-law of Masood Azhar, chief of JeM", he said. "The selection of the target was also conditioned by our desire to avoid civilian casualty".
Multiple Indian media channels have been using a particular video while reporting on the air strikes, making it look like actual footage from the strikes carried out by India.
The Prime Minister made a decision to engage with global leadership to expose the "irresponsible" Indian policy in the region and said the LoC violation will be raised with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), UN and friendly countries, it added.
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Ghafoor said "facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force", the Indian aircraft "released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot".
There were no casualties or damage, he added.
Kashmir has been at the heart of tensions between the neighbours since 1947, with both countries claiming the whole of the territory, but ruling it in part. At the time Pakistan denied the strikes happened. "If it is not contained locally, it will have a larger impact on the wider region", said Maj Gen (retd) ANM Muniruzzaman, president of the Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies. First of all, Gokhale, the country's top professional diplomat, delivered a briefing with no military officers present.
While the results of the strikes in the early hours of Tuesday were disputed, that didn't stop many in India from believing their government's version of events.
Many details surrounding Tuesday's attack remain unclear at this point, including the precise munitions that were used and the extent to which Indian Air Force fighters crossed the Line of Control to strike at Balakot.
Widely quoted estimates for the number of people killed in the conflict since 1989 go as high as 70,000, but other calculations based on Indian government data are far smaller, at about 41,000.
The site where an explosion killed 40 soldiers in Indian-controlled Kashmir on February 14.
He said if India provided "actionable intelligence" regarding the Pulwama attack that proved Pakistani involvement, "we will immediately act".