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

Four Indian soldiers martyred by Pakistan Army

Four Indian soldiers, including an Army Captain were martyred in heavy mortar shelling by Pakistan Army

Four Indian soldiers, including an Army Captain, were martyred in heavy mortar shelling by Pakistan Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district on Sunday.

The situation was tense in the area as the Indian Army was retaliating effectively to inflict maximum damage on the other side of the LoC. According to official sources, one of the forward Indian posts in the BG Sector was targeted by the Pakistan Army.

Four Indian soldiers“Four Indian soldiers received grievous injuries in the shelling and succumbed,” official sources confirmed while speaking exclusively to The Pioneer.

Unofficial reports claimed the Indian Army managed to hit “strategic assets” of the Pakistan Army in retaliatory action.

The martyred soldiers have been identified as 23-year-old Captain Kapil Kundu, hailing from Village Ransika Tehsil Pataudi, District Gurgaon. He is survived by his mother Sunita Devi. Rifleman Ramavatar, who is survived by his wife Rachana Lodhi. He hailed from Village Baraka, Gwalior. 23- year-old Rifleman Subham Singh from Village Mukand Pur Choudharian, Tehsil Marheen, Kathua. Lodhi is survived by his father Parshotam Singh. The forth martyre, Havilder Roshan Lal, is survived by his wife Asha Devi. He hailed from Village Nicholas, Tehsil Ghagwal, Samba.

Reacting to the shelling, J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted, “Pained to hear that three soldiers were killed & two injured along the LoC in Rajouri. My condolences to the deceased’s families”.

Meanwhile, a number of civilians also received  injuries during the day-long incidents of ceasefire violations across Poonch and Bhimber Gali sectors. According to ground reports, a young girl was injured in fresh exchange of firing along the LoC in Shahpur area of Poonch.

Defence spokesperson in Jammu said, “Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 11 am in Poonch sector.”

As several mortar shells started landing in civilian areas, the Indian Army retaliated and the firing continued till 3.30 pm. The Pakistan Army

trained their guns on forward posts in Bhimber Gali area too in the evening.

Block Medical Officer, Mendhar issued an advisory for local residents to remain inside their homes in view of heavy shelling in the forward area.

He also circulated numbers of health officials and ambulance drivers in case of any medical help required.

Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary on Sunday tweeted, “amid ceasefire violation along vast stretch of LoC a very disturbing news yet again about losses”.

DC Rajouri has also ordered closure of all educational institutions for next three days in the 0-5 km belt along the LoC from Sunderbani to Manjakote areas of Rajouri.

 -05 February 2018 | Mohit Kandhari | Jammu

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 

Indian Army destroys Pak bunkers along LoC

Indian Army responds to Pakistan `in the language it understands`, destroys Pak bunkers along LoC

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 Indian Army has conducted a counter-strike on Pakistani border posts along the Line of Control (LoC), days after two Indian soldiers were martyred and their bodies mutilated by Pakistani troops.

A video footage has surfaced showing Pakistani bunkers being destroyed after a mortar fire was launched by the Indian Army near Jammu and Kashmir’s Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district.

As per Major Gaurav Arya, a retired Army veteran, the attack was launched by a Sikh Regiment unit.

In the footage, the soldiers can also be heard, saying that the target has been hit successfully.

Last week, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had indicated Indian forces will retaliate following the mutilation of the bodies of two soldiers by Pakistan but declined to specify details.

“You are asking for a future plan. The Army never gives out future plan. It is said only after it is executed,” he had told reporters.

He was asked what the Army planned to do after the Pakistan Army mutilated the bodies of Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh and BSF Head Constable Prem Sagar on Monday along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

 

-May 8, 2017, New Delhi

 

 

 

 

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.

WHAT’S NEW?

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

India will not count its bullet if Pakistan provokes

India will not fire first but will not count its bullet if Pakistan provokes: Rajnath Singh

“India wishes to see a Pakistan which abjures violence and takes strong preventive action against terrorists and extremists. India wishes to see a Pakistan which does not distinguish between good and bad terrorists but instead moves against all such elements irrespective of whom their hatred is directed against,” he had further said in a statement, as per PTI.

India will not fire first but will not count its bullet if Pakistan provokes: Rajnath Singh

In a stern statement, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that India will not fire first, but if the bullet is fired from Pakistan’s side then India will not count its bullet.

“India has conveyed to the world that it is a strong country and the forces that disturb her peace will not be spared,” Singh added, as per ANI.

On the other hand, Indian envoy to Islamabad had said on February 10 in Karachi that India wanted Pakistan to renounce violence and take “strong preventive action” against terrorists and extremists without discrimination.

“India wishes Pakistan well in its nation building process. India wishes to see a stable, moderate and prosperous Pakistan which is at peace with itself, at peace with its neighbours and at peace with the world,” India High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale had said at the inauguration of the 8th Karachi Literature Festival.

“India wishes to see a Pakistan which abjures violence and takes strong preventive action against terrorists and extremists. India wishes to see a Pakistan which does not distinguish between good and bad terrorists but instead moves against all such elements irrespective of whom their hatred is directed against,” he had further said in a statement, as per PTI.

Tensions have been running high between India and Pakistan since an attack on an Indian army base in Uri on September 18 last year by Pakistan-based terrorists.

-February 19, 2017 | PTI |  New Delhi

 

Four terrorists neutralised in J&K’s Naugam

Four terrorists neutralised in J&K’s Naugam; ‘Made in Pakistan’ grenades,medicines recovered

At least four terrorists were eliminated as Indian Army foiled their infiltration bid inNaugam sector in Jammu and Kashmir even as Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire at Poonch sector today. 

Four terrorists neutralised in J&K's Naugam; 'Made in Pakistan' grenades, medicines recovered

At least four terrorists were eliminated as Indian Army foiled their infiltration bid inNaugam sector in Jammu and Kashmir even as Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire at Poonch sector today.

The terrorists were trying to infiltrate in Naugam sector on October 6th and were eliminated by our forces in the operation, a Northern Command official told ANI.

The official added that the terrorists killed in the encounter were Pakistanis, and said that goods recovered from their possession had Pakistan origin markings.

“Pakistan Ordinance Factory (POF) markings on hand grenades,UBGL grenades recovered from terrorists confirm Pakistan’s complicity in abetting and equipping terror, he said.

“Pakistan origin markings are also seen on the medicines and eatable items recovered from terrorists’ possession,” the official added.

Earlier today, one Indian Army personnel was injured after Pakistani troops resorted to heavy shelling and gunfire at Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Indian soldier was injured in unprovoked shelling and firing by the Pakistani side in Mendhar sector of Jammu region. He has been shifted to an Army base hospital for treatment.

“Pakistan used 120 mm and 82 mortar shells to target army and civilian positions. Their mortar shells have fallen close to civilian areas,” a police official said.

“Pakistan shelling and firing started at 5 a.m. and stopped at 6.30 a.m. after the Indian Army effectively retaliated using same calibre weapons,” the official added.

Continues ceasefire violations have been witnessed from Pakistani’s side since the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes against terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control in Pakistan-held territory.

-October 8, 2016, Jammu

 

No need to give proof of surgical strike; Parrikar

No need to give proof of surgical strike; proud of our Army for avenging Uri: Manohar Parrikar

No need to give proof of surgical strike; proud of our Army for avenging Uri: Manohar Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Thursday, made it clear that the government has no intention to provide proof for the surgical strike carried out Indian Army commandos inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) on September 29.

Speaking at a BJP function here, Parrikar said there are many ‘forces’ in India whose patriotism is doubtful.

Without taking names, Parrikar said, “There are many people who are not loyal to our country and criticized Indian army, but we don’t have to give them any proof. He also mentioned that a  Pakistani police officer has admitted that surgical strike s did happen.

Lauding the armed forces, Parrikar said, “Our soldiers took revenge for Uri.”

“We carried out a 100% perfect surgical strike, our nation carries the heart and courage to carry this task out,” he said.

Parrikar revealed that during his interactions with soldiers he always urges them to not to sacrifice their lives for the motherland but live to neutralise the terrorists.

“Some ex-servicemen wrote to me and said that they are ready to fight on the border if the need arises. I salute them,” he said.

The defence minister added that India’s borders are safe under the Narendra Modi government.

-October 6, 2016, Agra

BJP attacks Kejriwal, Chidambaram for seeking proof of surgical strikes

BJP attacks Kejriwal, Chidambaram for seeking proof of surgical strikes

The ruling BJP attacks Arvind Kejriwal and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram for seeking proof of the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across the Line of Control in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

“Kejriwal ji is demanding proof to negate the propaganda by the Pakistani media that no surgical strike took place, the government of India should give proof of it. I want to ask him whether he believes in the capabilities of the Indian Army or not” 

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, addressing the media here, said that in such matters the entire country and leaders across party lines are expected to speak in one voice, but Kejriwal’s comments were “unfortunate and painful”.
“Kejriwal ji is demanding proof to negate the propaganda by the Pakistani media that no surgical strike took place, the government of India should give proof of it. I want to ask him whether he believes in the capabilities of the Indian Army or not,” the minister said.
“If he believes in the army’s capability, then how could he be affected by the false propaganda of Pakistani media and ask for the proof?” Prasad said.
Prasad also urged the Aam Aadmi Party leader to “keep politics aside, and don’t do anything by which our armed forces feel ashamed”.
The minister also attacked Chidmabaram and demanded to know if the former Finance Minister’s comments were official statement of the Congress party.
Chidmabaram on Monday said it was up to the government to give proof of the surgical strikes conducted on September 28 night in which the army destroyed seven terror launch pads in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
“We would like to ask Sonia Gandhi ji, if that is the official position of the Congress party on this issue? If that is the case, then we would examine it and have some questions to ask from them,” Prasad said.
-04 October 2016 | IANS | New Delhi