Indian Air Force bombed terror camps in Pakistani

Indian Air Force bombed terror camps in Pakistani

Combat jets of the Indian Air Force bombed terror camps at multiple locations across the Line of Control on the Pakistani side in a pre-dawn strike on Tuesday, 12 days after the Pakistan-based terror group, Jaish-e-Mohammed carried, out the Pulwama attack in Kashmir, government sources said.

They said the Mirage 2000 fighter jets pounded JeM terror camps in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakoti in the well-planned strike, destroying the camps.

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the operation. Hours later, Prime Minister Modi chaired a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Security which was attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Sitharaman.

The sources said significant damage has been inflicted on the ground on the Pakistani side. A source indicated that the operation was carried out between 3:50 AM and 4:05 AM.

In Islamabad, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called an “emergency meeting” at the Foreign Office for consultations, sources said.         Qureshi will meet Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan after the meeting in which he will discuss the security situation with high-level officials, they said.                 In an early morning tweet, Major General Asif Ghafoor, director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan Army, said Indian aircrafts intruded from the Muzaffarabad sector.

“Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot. No casualties or damage,” Ghafoor said in a tweet. “Indian Air Force violated Line of Control Pakistan. Pakistan Air Force immediately scrambled. Indian aircraft gone back,” he claimed.

India had put all IAF bases in the western sector on maximum alert after the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. After the Pulwama attack, Modi announced that the armed forces have been given full freedom to respond to the strike.

Hours after the strike, the Indian Army tweeted a Hindi poem which says that “if you are docile and polite before the enemy, he may consider you as a coward, the way Kauravas treated Pandavas”.

The poem by Hindi poet Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’ was tweeted by Additional Director General, Public Information on its official handle.

Peace overtures, the poem says, are possible only when you are in a powerful position and capable to win.

Its a moment of great pride for the nation that Indian Air Force successfully struck on the terror camps in Pakistan today. Under the leadership of PM Shri @narendramodi ji message is loud & clear that #NewIndia will not tolerate acts of terror or spare perpetrators of terrorism.

-26, February, 2019/New Delhi

Pakistan PM warns India against retaliatory action

Pakistan PM Imran Khan warns India against retaliatory action

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday assured India that action would be taken against the perpetrators of the Pulwama attack if New Delhi shares “actionable intelligence”, but warned against any retaliatory action on his country.

In a video message to the nation, Khan responded to the Indian allegations on Pakistan’s involvement in the attack in Kashmir on last Thursday. The suicide attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror group left 40 CRPF personnel dead.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the nation on February 19, 2019. Photo: Twitter/@PTIofficial

Stating that Pakistan wants “stability in the region”, Khan said, “If India has evidence or actionable intelligence, they should give it to us and we will take action.”

He said that he has come across calls for attack on Pakistan through the Indian media and warned, “If India retaliates, we will not think and retaliate back.”

“It is easy to start a war but difficult to end it,” Khan said. The premier said, “I want to ask India if they want to live in the past?” “Its not in our interests that somebody from here goes out to do terrorism, nor that somebody comes here and does terrorism,” he added.

He said, “The Kashmir issue, like the Afghan issue, will be resolved through talks.

“If you have any actionable intelligence that a Pakistani is involved. Give it to us. I guarantee you we will take action – not because we are under pressure, but because they are acting as enemies of Pakistan.

“I have been hearing and seeing on the Indian media that politicians there are calling for revenge from Pakistan. If India thinks it will attack Pakistan, then we will not just think but retaliate. Starting a war is in our hands, it is easy. But ending a war, that is not in our hands and no one knows what will happen.

“Its not in our interests that somebody from here goes out to do terrorism, nor that somebody comes here and does terrorism. I say it clearly this is a Naya[new] Pakistan and a new mindset. India talks about including terrorism in dialogue with Pakistan. Terrorism is a big issue facing this region and we want to eliminate it. If someone is using Pakistan’s soil [to carry out terror attacks elsewhere], it is enmity with us. It is against our interests.”

‘Busy with Saudi Crown Prince visit’

Mr. Khan said he did not respond to India’s allegations as he was busy with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the country.

“India accused Pakistan without any evidence and without thinking how this [attack] would benefit us. Would even a fool try to sabotage such an important visit as that of the Saudi crown prince” he asked.

“We have been fighting against terrorism for the past 15 years. How will Pakistan benefit from such incidents? Kashmiris are not afraid of death anymore. There must be a reason for that. Should there not be a discussion in India on this? Which law in the world allows everyone to become a judge and jury?,” he said.

Questioning whether India “wants to resolve the issue through military”, he said, “This has never been a successful measure.”

Minutes after the address, Mr. Khan’s official Instagram and Facebook accounts posted a picture of him — scowling and cross-armed — along with a message that read: “Don’t mess with my country”. (The Instagram post has now been removed).

Pak. Minister pleads with U.N

Earlier in the day, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi pleaded with U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres to intervene, saying India was threatening to “use force against Pakistan” and abandon a vital water treaty.

“It is imperative to take steps for de-escalation. The United Nations must step in to defuse tensions,” wrote Mr. Qureshi in a message shared with journalists.

– PTI |19 February 2019 | Islamabad

Pulwama attack: India withdraws MFN status to Pakistan

Pulwama attack: India withdraws Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan

India today withdrew the ‘Most-Favoured Nation’ status to Pakistan following the Pulwama attack (Pulwama terror attack) that left nearly 40 CRPF Personnel dead.

In a media briefing after the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security(CCS), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said all efforts will be made to ensure that perpetrators of the attack are brought to book.

He said those aiding and abating the perpetrators will have to pay a heavy price. Briefing reporters outside the Prime Minister’s residence, he said the Ministry of External Affairs will launch an all out effort to isolate Pakistan and all diplomatic efforts will be launched in this regard.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be visiting Srinagar on Friday and would convene an all-party meeting most likely on Saturday to brief political parties on the incident so that the nation speaks in one voice on the issue.

The Cabinet Committee on Security meet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

At least 37 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.

In a media briefing after the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security(CCS), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said all efforts will be made to ensure that perpetrators of the attack are brought to book. He said those aiding and abating the perpetrators will have to pay a heavy price. Briefing reporters outside the Prime Minister’s residence, he said the Ministry of External Affairs will launch an all out effort to isolate Pakistan and all diplomatic efforts will be launched in this regard.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be visiting Srinagar on Friday and would convene an all-party meeting most likely on Saturday to brief political parties on the incident so that the nation speaks in one voice on the issue. The Cabinet Committee on Security meet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

– PTI | 15 February 2019 | New Delhi