Army eliminates terrorists in 100 hrs of Pulwama attack

Jaish leadership eliminated by Army in  Kashmir Valley in 100 hours of Pulwama attack 

The Indian Army on Tuesday said that all the top leadership of the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) outfit have been eliminated by security forces in the Kashmir Valley within 100 hours of the terror attack in which 40 CRPF troopers were killed.

Addressing a joint press conference with the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force at the Badamibagh Cantonment Headquarters of army’s 15 corps, Lieutenant General, K.J.S. Dhillion, commander of the Chinar Corps said: “In less than 100 hours of the terror attack in Pulwama we have eliminated the top leadership of the JeM that was being directly handled by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Pakistan Army. “We were tracking the top JeM cadres ever since February 14. The Pulwama terror attack was coordinated by the JeM cadres in Pakistan and the Pakistan Army,” he said.

In 100 hours, Pulwama avenged: ArmyIn the biggest crackdown after the February 14 attack by a suicide bomber that left 40 CRPF troopers dead in Pulwama district, the security forces ringed a militant hideout in Pinglena village, just 10 km from the Thursday’s terror attack site, triggering a gun battle Sunday overnight that continued intermittently till Monday evening.

They killed three militants of the Pakistan-backed JeM, two of them Pakistani nationals identified as Kamran and Abdul Rashid alias Ghazi Umar. Besides, a Major, three soldiers and a civilian were also killed in the initial burst of gunfire by the militants. “In yesterday’s (Monday) operation in Pulwama, we have killed Kamran, who was the operational commander of the JeM in Kashmir together with another Pakistani and a local terrorist of the outfit.”

On Monday’s operation, the Corps Commander said it was the result of complete synergy between the Army, state police and the CRPF.

The senior-most army officer in the Valley did not accept that there was any security lapse that led to the Pulwama terror strike. “What the terrorists have succeeded in doing is only one or two per cent of what was denied to them because of the alertness of the security forces. “There was no restriction on movement of civilian traffic when the lone terrorist managed to get on to the highway and hit the CRPF bus. “Restrictions on civilian traffic during movement of convoys of security forces are in place now,” he said.

Answering a question on the number of security force personnel killed and injuries in Sunday-Monday’s operation, the Corps Commander said that the security forces took casualties because their first priority was to ensure that no civilian life was lost. “We took injuries on our chin to ensure protection to civilians in the area.

“You all know that except for the one civilian casualty that happened when the operation started, the security forces ensured that no civilian casualty occurred during such a long-drawn operation. “The senior officers of the security forces always lead operations from the front. Brigadier Harbir Singh who was injured along with Deputy Inspector General (South Kashmir) Amit Kumar on Monday (who was on leave). “He cut his leave short and reached the site of the operation directly. Both the brigadier and the DIG are doing very well in army’s base hospital and they are out of danger,” he said.

The top army officer said that the details about the terror strike and the breakthrough made in identifying everybody involved in the plot cannot be shared with the media right now as investigations were still in progress.

Answering a question about whether one of the two slain militants in Monday’s operation was Ghazi, who masterminded and directly handled the Kashmiri JeM suicide bomber, the Corps Commander said: “So many Ghazis have so far come and gone.  “Whosoever picks up a gun against the country will be killed and eliminated,” he asserted.

The top army officer made a request to parents especially mothers in the Valley to ensure that their children who have picked up guns come back to the mainstream by surrendering their weapons. “Mothers have an important role in ensuring that their children remain safe. They must ask those children who have picked up guns to give them up,” he added.

 – IANS | 19 February 2019 | Srinagar

BJP leader and his brother killed in Kishtwar (J&K)

BJP leader and his brother killed in Kishtwar (J&K), curfew imposed 

The Army on Friday staged a flag march in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar town where curfew was imposed after a senior BJP leader and his brother  were killed by suspected terrorists Thursday night, officials said.

District Magistrate Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana said the situation was tense but under control. “The Army staged a flag march in Kishtwar town in order to maintain law and order,” District Magistrate Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana told PTI.

Mr. Rana said the curfew, which was imposed in the town late night Thursday, was strictly in place and additional security personnel were deployed in sensitive areas of the town. There were no reports of any untoward incidents, Mr. Rana said.

SSP Kishtwar Rajinder Gupta said a hunt was launched to track down those involved in the case. Following the killing of BJP state secretary Anil Parihar, 52, and his brother, Ajeet Parihar, 55, by terrorists, people had staged angry protests in the communally-sensitive town and manhandled senior police officials.

The district magistrate had requested the Army in the town and its adjoining areas to control the internal security situation that arose due to the killings.

The district magistrate had requested the Army in Kishtwar and its adjoining areas to control the internal security situation that arose due to the killings. File picture used for representation purpose only.He took the decision as he apprehended that violence might erupt and result in law and order problem, endangering the life and property of citizens of Kishtwar town.

Kishtwar district had witnessed communal clashes in the past. Terrorists had attempted to create communal tension in the region by targeting Hindu community, especially in higher reaches. In 2001, the terrorists killed 17 Hindu nomads.

The killings of Parihar brothers drew severe condemnation from all quarters. The senior BJP leader and his brother were killed when were returning home after closing their stationary shop located outside old DC office complex, officials said.

As two were walking towards their home in Parihar mohalla through a dark lane in Tapal Mohalla, they were fired upon from a close range by suspected militants around 8.40 pm, they said. The assailants were apparently waiting for the brothers to return home, they said.

The people rushed to the spot after hearing gunshots and rushed them to the district hospital in Kishtwar where they were declared brought dead, they added.

As the news spread locals rushed to hospital and the brothers’ house, where they held protests against the alleged failure of the administration and the police.

Angry people manhandled policemen, including the SSP, after arguing with them. They also clashed with the police and forced them to leave the hospital.

The angry mob raised anti-Pakistan slogans demanding arrest of those involved in the killings. The protestors later also took to streets and held a protest near the Kishtwar Police Station.

Anil Parihar was active in politics for over 25 years and had unsuccessfully contested the 2008 Assembly elections on a Jammu and Kashmir National Panther Party (JKNPP) ticket. Ajeet Parihar was an employee of the State Forest Corporation (SFC).

-PTI, JAMMU, NOVEMBER 02, 2018

Army killed 138 Pakistan soldiers in 2017

Army killed 138 Pakistan soldiers in 2017 in tactical operations

The Army killed 138 Pakistan Army personnel in 2017 in tactical operations and retaliatory cross-border firings along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, government intelligence sources said on Wednesday.

The Indian Army lost 28 soldiers during the same period along the LoC, the sources said. The sources said the Pakistan Army usually does not acknowledge the deaths of its personnel and shows them as civilian casualties in certain cases.Army

The Indian Army has been adopting a “tough” approach in dealing with ceasefire violations and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir in the last one year.

The Pakistan Army has suffered 138 fatal and 155 non-fatal casualties in tactical operations and retaliatory cross-border firings along the LoC in 2017, the intelligence sources told PTI. A total of 70 Indian Army personnel were injured during cross border firings and other incidents.

Asked about the fatalities on the Pakistani side, the Army refused to comment. However, Army spokesperson Col Aman Anand said India has been effectively retaliating against all ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Army and will continue to do so.

According to official figures, 860 incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops were reported in 2017 as against 221 last year.

The intelligence sources said Indian Army killed 27 Pakistani soldiers in sniper firing last year while seven of its soldiers lost their lives in Pakistani sniper firing along the LoC.

As part of its policy of “hot pursuit”, the Indian Army has been carrying out tactical operations to foil Pakistan Army’s support to terrorists.

In May last year, the Indian Army had said it launched “punitive fire assaults” on Pakistani positions across the LoC, inflicting “some damage”, days after two Indian Army personnel were beheaded.

-PTI, NEW DELHI, JANUARY 10, 2018 

PM clears 17000 cr air defence missile deal with Israel

PM Narendra Modi clears Rs 17,000 crore Air Defence Missile Deal with Israel

PM Shri Narendra Modi has given the green-signal to purchase an Air Defence Missile System from Israel as part of a plan to protect India from enemy aircraft.

PM, microstatIndia will acquire the Medium Range Surface to Air Defence Missile (MR-SAM) system from Israel at a cost of Rs 17,000 crore.

As part of the plan, the Army will induct more than five regiments of MR-SAM, which will have around 40 firing units and over 200 missiles.

“In a meeting of the cabinet committee on security headed by the Prime Minister, the proposal for procuring the MR-SAM air defence system for the Army was approved,” India Today quoted an official as saying.

The MR-SAM system, jointly developed by DRDO and Israeli Aircraft Industry, reportedly can shoot down enemy aircraft between 50 to 70 km range.

“The delivery of the first system for the Army units will begin in 72 months of the signing of the contract and they would be ready for deployment in field areas by the year 2023,” the report said citing sources. India and Israel are jointly developing similar systems for the Air Force and the Navy.

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As per the proposal cleared by the government, the Army will induct over five regiments of the MR-SAM missile which will have around 40 firing units and over 200 missiles of the system. “The delivery of the first system for the Army units will begin in 72 months of the signing of the contract and they would be ready for deployment in field areas by the year 2023,” said the sources.

A DRDO laboratory under scientific advisor to defence minister and missile systems head G Sathish Reddy has been instrumental in developing the target homing system with the Israeli firms and involves a lot of make in India element in the programme. India and Israel are jointly developing similar systems for the Air Force and the Navy.

The Air Force had got clearance for its MR-SAM programme in 2009 and the deliveries will begin after delays in the project. The Navy programme is known as Long Range Surface to Air Missile system (LR-SAM) and would be set on its warships.

Hyderabad-based Bharat Dynamis Limited will produce the missiles of the system while many other Indian industries like Bharat Electronics Ltd, Larsen and Toubro, TATA group will contribute in the production for many systems and sub-systems in it. A new production facility to deliver 100 missiles a year has been established for such type of long and medium range surface-to-air missiles at BDL.

The Army will deploy these air defence systems to provide protection to vital assets and points across the country.

-February 23, 2017, New Delhi

Two men from PoK working for JeM arrested in Uri: Army

Two men from PoK working for JeM arrested in Uri: Army

Two men from PoK working for JeM arrested in Uri: Army

Security forces have arrested two men from PoK who have been working for Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM and acting as guides for infiltrating groups along the Line of Control(LoC) in Uri sector in Kashmir, the Army said on Saturday.

“Security forces have arrested two PoK nationals who have been working for Jaish-e-Mohammed terror outfit and acting as guides for infiltrating groups along the Line of Control in Uri Sector,” an army official said.

The official said the two men were apprehended in a joint operation by the Army and BSF close to the LoC on September 21. One of the arrested men is believed to have acted as a guide for the four JeM terrorists who attacked an Army base in Uri in Kashmir on Sunday.

“During the investigation, the individuals have revealed their identities as Ahasan Kursheed alias DC, a resident of Khaliana Kalan and Faisal Hussain Awan, a resident of Pottha Jahangir–both in PoK,” the official said.

He said the duo was recruited two years ago by JeM and were guiding militants to infiltrate across the LoC.

The details provided by them are being examined and corroborated by the concerned agencies, the official said, adding the two men are now in the custody of the Army and are being interrogated.

The arrested men were initially believed to have told their interrogators that they had inadvertently crossed the LoC.

The arrest comes six days after the deadly attack by four heavily armed JeM terrorists in Uri in which 18 soldiers were killed. The four terrorists were also killed in the encounter.

 

 

 

-September 24, 2016/PTI, Uri

Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti seeks asylum in India

Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti seeks asylum in India, takes on Pakistani Army and China

Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti seeks asylum in India, takes on Pakistani Army and China

Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti on Monday announced his decision to file papers for asylum in India.

The news comes at a time Pakistan is being cornered by India for its involvement in terrorist attacks, including yesterday’s terror strike in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the Baloch Republican Party has decided to file a case against China at International Court of Justice and to do it, the party will approach India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh for help.

The Baloch leader said the BRP has also decided to approach the ICJ against Pakistani Army generals.

Bugti, the grandson of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti who was killed by Pakistan forces 10 years ago, said he will file the asylum application to the Indian government through the country’s embassy here soon.

“We have decided to formally file asylum papers to the Indian government soon. We will follow the legal process for the application,” he told reporters here.

Bugti is currently living in exile in Switzerland.Earlier, Brahumdagh Bugti told CNN News 18 that people of Balochistan were living in “very terrible conditions” and that the Baloch issue got more attention after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to the rights abuses there.

“After Modi’s speech (on India’s Independence Day) people have started talking about Balochistan,” Brahumdagh Bugti said.The public reference to Balochistan by Modi was viewed as India hitting back at Pakistan for persistently raising the Kashmir issue and its attempts to internationalise it.

Notably, India and Pakistan continued to trade diplomatic barbs on Saturday over Kashmir at the UN Human Rights Council, with Islamabad raising the issue of “unceasing oppression” even as New Delhi hit back, saying “Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is administered by a “deep state” and also raked up alleged human rights violations in Balochistan.

-September 19, 2016, Geneva/New Delhi

 

Uri Attack, govt seeks evidence to isolate Pak

Uri Attack,No knee-jerk reaction, govt seeks evidence to isolate Pak; PM Modi briefs President

 In one of the deadliest attacks on the Army in recent years, 17 jawans were killed as heavily armed militants stormed a battalion headquarters of the force in North Kashmir’s Uri town in the wee hours on Sunday.

Four militants involved in the terror strike were killed by the Army.uri

Explosions and gunfire erupted as the militants attacked the camp, which is located barely few metres away from the Army’s Brigade Headquarters in Uri town, 102 kms from Srinaga, around 4 am.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday chaired a high-level meet to review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the Uri terror attack.

Russia believes that this criminal act will be investigated properly, and that its organisers and perpetrators will be held accountable.
Russia strongly condemns Uri attacks, and offers condolences to the families of the victims and wish a rapid recovery to all those injured.
Govt of Japan strongly condemns the terrorist attack on the Indian Base in Uri, J&K, extends its sincere condolences to those who lost their lives and their bereaved families, and expresses its heartfelt sympathy to those who were injured. (ANI)
Japan condemns terrorism in all forms regardless of its purposes, strongly reiterates that no act of terrorism can be justified.
Japan expresses its solidarity with India in the fight against terrorism.
Russia confirms its continued support for the Indian government’s counter terrorism efforts, reports ANI
No ‘knee-jerk’ reaction to Uri terror attack, it should be well thought and well timed: Gen (Retd) VP Malik, Former Army Chief
Some kind of a response has become necessary. If we don’t do, it’s going to encourage Pakistan: Gen (Retd) VP Malik, Former Army Chief
-September 19, 2016, Srinagar

After Army and Air Force, seven women officers of SSC granted permanent commission by Indian Navy

After Army and Air Force, seven women officers of SSC granted permanent commission by Indian Navy

After Army and Air Force, seven women officers of SSC granted permanent commission by Indian Navy

 

Indian Navy has granted permanent commission (PC) to seven woman officers who were inducted as short-service commission (SSC) officers in 2008-2009.

Navy is the last of the three wings of the armed forces in the country to allow permanent commission for women.

While the Army and Air Force allow permanent commission for them, the Navy had limited women officers only to short service commission of 14 years.

As per reports, there are about 340 woman officers who have been granted permanent commission in select branches of the Army and IAF at the moment.

Overall, women number is said to be just 1,436 in the Army, 1,331 in IAF and 532 in Navy.

The Navy will also allow woman officers to join as pilots of maritime patrol aircraft like P-8Is, IL-38s and Dorniers from next year onwards.

“Recognising the importance of providing equal opportunities to women officers, seven women officers from the batch of Short Service Commission officers of the Education branch and Naval Constructor cadre, who joined in 2008-09, have been granted permanent commission,” a statement issued by the Navy said.

It added that the Navy is also finalising a policy for women officers to serve on select warships that have appropriate facilities for women.

Defence sources said the women officers will have to meet four main conditions for permanent commission including being medically fit and having a good annual confidential report, besides the vacancy available for the post, as per PTI.

The women officers will have to also opt for permanent commission as this will not be an automatic route.

Based on a government order in 2008, the Navy had decided to grant such commission only to women who joined after that year and that too only in the education, law and naval architecture branches.

A separate case is on in the Supreme Court, filed by a group of women who had retired after their Short Service Commission ended in 2006.

The navy had in October filed a Special Leave Petition in the apex court challenging an order of the Delhi High Court asking it to grant permanent commission to 17 women officers.

– April 20, 2016,New Delhi

 

After Air Force, Navy opens doors to women pilots

After Air Force, Navy opens doors to women pilots

Women officers of the Indian Navy marching during the 66th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Photo: S. Subramanium
Women officers of the Indian Navy marching during
the 66th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Photo: S. Subramanium

Days after the Indian Air Force announced that it will induct women as fighter pilots, the Navy has decided to allow women pilots in various streams. However, for now they will be shore-based till necessary infrastructural needs are addressed. The Army and Navy are also looking into the issue of appointing women in combat roles.

“All flying areas in the Navy will be opened for women except where it requires staying overnight on ships like carriers and so on,” Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said while interacting with the media after addressing the Naval Commanders Conference which began on Monday. “We want to give women equal status as long as there are no logistical, infrastructure and training issues.”

In a major decision at altering the status quo in the male dominated military, the Defence Ministry had last week announced that by June 2017 the first batch of women fighter pilots would be serving the Air Force.

On the issue of Permanent Commission (PC) to women in the Navy, Mr. Parrikar observed that there was “no gender bias” in the Navy. Last month, in a landmark judgment, the Delhi High Court granted PC for women and pulled up the Navy and the Defence Ministry for “sexist bias” to block women’s progress.

Clarifying that the 1991 Order on PC was gender neutral, Mr. Parrikar said that it only stated that there can be no PC for Short Service Commission (SSC) officers. He added that in 2008, PC was granted for women officers in three streams — education, law and construction.

New maritime strategy

On the occasion of the Naval Commanders Conference, the Navy unveiled a new maritime strategy, changing it in tune with “perspectives and challenges”. We will be aggressive in defending our interests, said Mr. Parrikar in response to a question. The current Maritime Doctrine was promulgated in 2009 but the dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region have vastly changed since.

– (The Hindu), DINAKAR PERINEW DELHI, October 26, 2015

Women will be included in counter-terror ops: Manohar Parrikar

Women will be included in counter-terror ops: Manohar Parrikar

Women officers will not only be inducted in the air force, but women will also be included in counter-terrorism operations inside the country, Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar said in Panaji on Sunday evening. He said that rebels and naxals are seen including women fighters and proven that they can be equally combative as fighters.

“The decision will be implemented in a phased manner. It cannot happen overnight. We have to overcome some training and infrastructure issues. It may take years, but work has begun in the direction,” Parrikar said, in conversation with journalist Gaurav Sawant at a fundraiser event in Goa. He said that women will be used for combat patrolling and other such duties in the air force as the ministry is aware that a woman officer can be captured by the enemy forces and ‘manhandled to exert psychological pressure on the country.’

He said that the biggest achievement for him as defence minister in the last 11 months in office was building confidence in the army for indigenous weapons. The minister said that 150 of the improved version of LCA Tejas have been sought by the airforce and heavy lift helicopters are also being procured.

“A superpower is moving towards us and we cannot take any risks in times of emergencies,” Parrikar said.

Parrikar said that the new One Rank One Pension works out to 10-11% more financially now and that the notification in the regard will come after the Bihar elections as he does not ‘want trouble from the election commission.’ He said that a change in policy is also underway to prevent frequent transfers of armymen as per the current policy as he said sometimes it leads to waste of training and knowledge they have acquired on the job, though the policy was made to avoid intelligence leaks.

Parrikar also said that he is trying to make the army tech savvy rather than just relying on the numbers to arrest the infiltrations into India. The minister said that a policy is also in the offing so that agents who come to strike arms deals are included in the negotiations for arms but said that they will not be paid in terms of commissions.

-TNN | Oct 12, 2015