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

 

ISI planning fresh terror attacks across India, IB source

ISI planning fresh terror attacks across India, militants spotted at Pakistan launch pads: IB sources

ISI planning fresh terror attacks across India, militants spotted at Pakistan launch pads: IB sources

Pakistan’s Intelligence Agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is reportedly planning to carry out series of terror attacks across India in coming days, the Intelligence Bureau issued a warning on Tuesday.

Intelligence Bureau detectives reportedly detected phone calls between militants and terrorist handler and issued an alert of possible terror attacks on the Indian soil. An IB source revealed that several Taliban militants have been spotted on Pakistani terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control. The terrorists were reportedly communicating in the Pashto language, the source added.

According to information available with IB sources, the terrorist handlers are planning to send Taliban terrorists with the help of ISI and Afghan terrorists, who have come up with fresh terror attack plans.

Combined training have been provided to these terrorists in Swat Valley and Tora Bora mountains, the IB source added further.

According to another input, the ISI have been facing manpower crunch and radicalised youths and therefore, have called for help from Taliban and Afghan terrorists.

Militant attacks, ceasefire violation and cross-border firing have been on the rise since India conducted a surgical strike in September. The strike was in retaliation to Uri attack that killed at least 19 Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir.

-December 20, 2016, New Delhi

 

US talks tough on Pakistan’s nuclear war threats to India

US talks tough, objects to Pakistan’s nuclear warfare threats against India

US talks tough, objects to Pakistan's nuclear warfare threats against India

 Sending a strong message to Pakistan, the United States has strongly objected to threats of nuclear warfare made by Pakistan against India.

A senior State Department official speaking on condition of anonymity said, “We made that (American objection on nuclear threat) clear to them (Pakistan). Repeatedly.”

This comes after Pakistan defence minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif threatened to unleash nukes against India.

“We will destroy India if it dares to impose war on us. Pakistan army is fully prepared to answer any misadventure of India,” Asif told private TV channel SAMAA.

The US on Thursday asked Pakistan to act against UN-designated terrorist groups and called for de-escalation of tension between India and Pakistan.

According to a report published in IANS, if India and Pakistan fought a war detonating 100 nuclear warheads (around half of their combined arsenal), each equivalent to a 15-kiloton Hiroshima bomb, more than 21 million people will be directly killed, about half the world’s protective ozone layer would be destroyed, and a “nuclear winter” would cripple monsoons and agriculture worldwide.

Russia has said it expected Islamabad to take “effective” steps to stop the activities of terrorist groups in its territory as it voiced concern over “aggravation” of the situation along the Line of Control between India and Pakistan.

The statement comes after India on said its troops had carried out “surgical strikes” on terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan has denied the cross-border strikes, and said it was a LoC skirmish.

The surgical strikes were carried out early Thursday on seven launch pads by the Indian Army which said it inflicted “significant casualties” on the terrorists and those who supported them.

The strikes came 11 days after the Uri terror attack on September 18, which killed 19 Indian soldiers. India has blamed Pakistan militants for the Uri attack.

-October 1, 2016, Washington

India will not participate in SAARC summit in Pakistan

India will not participate in SAARC summit in Pakistan

Narendra Modi govt's big decision - India decides not to participate in SAARC summit in Pakistan

In a significant development, India has decided not to participate in SAARC summit in Islamabad in wake of deadly terror attack in Uri that killed eighteen soldiers.

The Ministry of External Affairs said on Tuesday that in the prevailing circumstances, the government of India was unable to participate in the proposed summit in Islamabad.

It also pointed out that regional cooperation and terror don’t go together.

“India conveyed to current SAARC Chair Nepal that increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in the region and growing interference in internal affairs of Member States by one country created environment that is not conducive to successful holding of summit in Islamabad,” MEA said.

 MEA added, “India remains steadfast in commitment to regional cooperation, connectivity but believes that it can only go forward in atmosphere free of terror.”

Other countries skipping the summit in Pakistan are Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan,ANI quoted sources as saying.

The 19th SAARC summit is scheduled to be held in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad from November 9 to 10, 2016.

India confronts Pak envoy with proof, issues second demarche

Meanwhile, earlier today, for the second time in less than ten days, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar issued a demarche to Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit over Uri attack.

The FS called in Basit and told him that the preliminary interrogation reveals identity of one of the slain Uri attackers as Hafiz Ahmed, son of Feroz and resident of Dharbang, Muzaffarabad and also gives details of Pakistan- based handlers,

This is the second time since the attack on September 18 that the Pakistani envoy has been summoned over the terror strike which India maintains was carried out by Pakistan-based terror groups.

New Delhi has already offered to provide Pakistan with fingerprints and DNA samples of terrorists killed in Uri and Poonch, if that country wished to investigate these cross-border attacks.

During the earlier summoning on September 21, Jaishankar had also shown Basit the content of GPS recovered from the bodies of terrorists with coordinates that indicate the point and time of infiltration across the LoC and the subsequent route to the terror attack site and grenades with Pakistani markings as evidence of Pakistan’s role, as per PTI.

Today’s summoning comes amidst India weighing the options to hit back at Pakistan in the aftermath of the Uri attack. After a review of Indus Water Treaty (IWT), the government is also planning to review the MFN status granted by it, unilaterally, to Pakistan.

During the review of IWT, the government decided to take a number of steps including to “exploit to the maximum” the water of Pakistan-controlled rivers, including Jhelum, as per the water sharing pact and suspension of IWT Commission meeting till the atmosphere was “free of terror”.

-September 27, 2016, 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

PM Modi: We will make all efforts to isolate Pak globally

PM Modi’s strong response to Uri attack:We will make all efforts to isolate Pak globally

We will make all efforts to isolate Pak globally: PM Modi's strong response to Uri attack

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a blistering attack on Pakistan in his first public address after the Uri incident and said India will make all efforts to isolate Islamabad globally.

He said India will never forget the Uri terror attack and a day will come when the people ofPakistan will go against their own government to fight terrorism.

“India has been successful in isolating you (Pakistan) globally, and we will intensify our efforts to make sure that you are isolated globally,” the prime minister said at a public rally in Kozhikode, Kerala.

“The people of Pakistan should ask their leaders that India and Pakistan got freedom in the same year, but India exports software and your (Pakistan) leaders are exporting terrorists,” PM Modi said.

All the countries in Asia are working to make the 21st century as Asia’s century, except one, the prime minister said.

“The question is not only about India, this one country is exporting terrorism everywhere. Wherever terrorism is happening across Asia, the affected nations are blaming it on only one nation. Whenever news about terrorism comes, news also comes that the terrorist came from there (Pakistan),” he added.

Asserting that terrorism is the enemy of humanity, Prime Minister Modi called upon the international community to join hands to defeat terrorism.

“India has never bowed down in front of terrorism nor will it. Our 18 soldiers sacrificed their lives because of terrorists exported by our neighbouring country.

“There’s anger in the entire country after the Uri attack, and India will never forget this,” he added.

Recalling the sacrifices of the 18 soldiers, who were killed in the Uri terror attack, Prime Minister Modi said India is very proud of the armed forces.

“There have been 17 fidayeen attempts by our neighbour, which our brave soldiers foiled. Leaders of the neighbouring country used to say that they will fight for 1,000 years; where are they now,” he asked.

The Prime Minister further said more than 110 terrorists have been killed in the past few months by the Indian Army as they were trying to infiltrate.

“I want to inform Pakistan that before 1947, even your leaders used to salute this land. I want to tell people of Pakistan that your leaders are misleading you by talking on Kashmir.

They can’t manage what they have, and they are talking about Kashmir. You can imagine that our neighbour was successful in one incident, and if they would have succeeded in the other 17 times, what would have happened?” he added.

Intensifying his attack further, Prime Minister Modi said the Pakistani leaders speak out addresses written by terrorists and talk about Kashmir. “Pakistan is aiming for Kashmir. They should first look at the land they already have captured i.e. PoK, Gilgit and Balochistan,” he added.

Taking a jibe at Pakistan, Prime Minister Modi said India is exporting engineers all over the world, whereas Islamabad is exporting terrorists.

“I want to tell Pakistan that India is ready to fight you. If you have guts, come forward to fight against poverty. Let’s see who wins? Who is able to defeat poverty and illiteracy first, Pakistan or India” he added.

-September 24, 2016, Kozhikode

India vs Pakistan: A comparison of military strengths

India vs Pakistan: A comparison of military strengths

India vs Pakistan: A comparison of military strengths

Amid growing tension between India and Pakistan over the Uri terror attack, here’s a look at the comparative strengths of the hostile neighbours.

The figures mentioned in the chart have been compiled by globalfirepower.com. The website claims to have sourced the numbers from official records of CIA among other sources.

Comparison between Indian and Pakistani armed forces

courtesy-Zeenews

http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/india-vs-pakistan-a-comparison-of-military-strengths_1932327.html

-September 22,2016

Uri terror attack: NIA registers case

Uri terror attack: NIA registers case

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today registered a case to probe the terror attack at the Army installation in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in which 18 soldiers were killed and dozens others injured after four Pakistani militants stormed the base.
The NIA took over the investigation from the Jammu and Kashmir Police, which had registered a case on Sunday, and began probe by collecting evidence available with the Army formation at Uri, 102 kms from here.
Besides the arms and ammunition recovery, two mobile sets were recovered from the four terrorists belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group and two Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
Official sources said the NIA team, which was now camping at Uri, would collect the DNA samples of the four unidentified terrorists and their pictures would be shown to Jaish cadres lodged in various jails of the state as well as other parts of the country.
Two of the four bodies are charred below the waist, they said.
The sources said while one GPS was damaged due to the fire, the other was being examined with the help of technical experts to ascertain the route taken by the terrorists and whether some help was extended to them by any local.
The place where the attack took place is located barely 6 kms from the Line of Control.
The NIA team would prepare a dossier and may make a formal request to Pakistan once the identity of the four was ascertained, the sources said.
Army has also instituted an inquiry into the attack with preliminary investigation suggesting the terrorists had entered the area at least a day before mounting the brazen assault.
The inquiry besides ascertaining lapses, if any, would also suggest measures to prevent such attacks in the future as Pakistani-based groups were indulging more in “shallow infiltration”, which means that terrorists strike the first available installation after crossing the Line of Control.
The toll in the attack had yesterday risen to 18 with one more army man succumbing to injuries in Sunday’s attack
India had reacted strongly to the deadliest attack on the Army in Jammu and Kashmir in quarter-century-old insurgency with Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemning it.
-20 September 2016 | PTI | Srinagar

Army foils infiltration bid in Uri,10 terrorists killed

Army foils major infiltration bid in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri sector, 10 terrorists killed

Army foils major infiltration bid in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri sector, 10 terrorists killed

The Indian Army on Tuesday foiled a major infiltration bid in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri district.

In a fierce encounter, the Army killed 10 terrorists, who were trying to infiltrate through Lachipura area of Uri sector.

The area on the LoC where the infiltrating militants were challenged by the Army is barely six km from the army camp that was attacked by four suicide guerrillas on Sunday morning in the garrison town of Uri.

The source said that soldiers became apprehensive about a possible infiltration bid after Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing at forward Indian posts on Tuesday afternoon.

The source said the Pakistani fire from small and automatic arms targeting Indian posts in Lachhipora and Boniyar villages of the border area caused no damage to Indian posts.

The infiltration bid comes at a time when New Delhi and Islamabad are locked in a bitter diplomatic war of words following the Uri terror attack, which India has blamed on militants from Pakistan.

Eighteen soldiers were killed and 30 others injured in the Uri attack. All the four fidayeen attackers were also killed.

Pakistan has denied the allegations even as India claimed to have clinching evidence to support its claims.

The Indian Army has claimed to have recovered arms, ammunition and food and medicine packets with Pakistani markings during the combing operations at the military base in Uri.

“Pictures of two slain terrorists whose faces can be recognised would be shown to some Jaish terrorists who are in jails to identify the terrorists,” said sources, adding that the faces of the other two terrorists were charred beyond recognition.

India also claimed that the four terror attackers who were gunned down during the gun fight that lasted for about two-and-a-half hours were foreigners.

-September 20, 2016,Srinagar

 

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