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Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor, Major General Surendra Singh Mahal and Navy Rear Admiral DS Gujral at the joint briefing (Photo: ANI)
 
The Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot captured by Pakistan on Wednesday is set to return home today. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced he had decided to send the IAF pilot back in the interest of peace. Pakistan’s gesture was applauded by several politicians. Punjab Chief Minister and Congress leader Amarinder Singh said: “This is going to be a step towards goodwill and I hope this will be lasting.”. Amid reports that he would be brought home through the Wagah-Attari joint check-post, Amarinder Singh offered to receive the IAF pilot after he was freed.
Official sources said that the Border Security Force (BSF) has not been communicated the exact time and sequence regarding the release of the captured IAF pilot.
The Indian military, meanwhile, showed the media parts of an air-to-air missile as "evidence” that Pakistan had used a F16 fighter jet during an air fight between the countries a day before. Pakistan's attempt to target Indian military installations was foiled, said senior officers of Indian Air Force, Army and Navy at a joint press conference in Delhi. Asked about the damage caused when Indian warplanes struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Pakistan on Tuesday, the officials said it was premature to provide details about casualties. But they said they had "credible" evidence of the damage inflicted on the camp by the air strikes.
The Air Force said Pakistan's decision to release a captured Indian pilot was in line with the Geneva Conventions.
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12:57 PM IST Abu Dhabi: Earlier visuals of EAM Sushma Swaraj meeting OIC Secretary General Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen and Chairman Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. pic.twitter.com/SvLirxWMU7 — ANI (@ANI) March 1, 2019

12:44 PM IST Deputy Commissioner Shiv Dular Singh Dhillon, Amritsar: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will cross the border today, can't tell you exact time since there are certain formalities. A senior Indian Air force team from Delhi is here, they will be the ones to receive him.

12:40 PM IST External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the foreign ministers' meet of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Abu Dhabi. She will shortly address the session as the Guest of Honour.    Swaraj is expected to raise the issue of terrorism at the meet.

12:36 PM IST IAF pilot Abhinandan to be released at Wagah border

12:27 PM IST It may have been after midnight when the Chennai-Delhi flight came to a stop at the tarmac but there was no scramble to get bags from the overhead bin or rush towards the exit because all eyes were focused on one couple -- the parents of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.   Air Marshal (retd) S Varthaman and Dr Shobha Varthaman were given a standing ovation as passengers made way for them in the early hours of Friday, ensuring that they couple gets off first.

12:23 PM IST Looks like the audio got muted while filming (mute sound sign there). But everyone made way for them to get out of the aircraft first and presented them with a standing ovation - wonderful gesture. #Abhinandan #Vartaman #Proud #Parents. pic.twitter.com/irXvc8hmG9 — Tarun Shukla (@shukla_tarun) March 1, 2019

12:13 PM IST The Indian pilot will be released on Friday afternoon, as assured by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan: Pak Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

12:06 PM IST Pakistan's foreign minister said on Friday he would not attend a meeting of foreign ministers from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Abu Dhabi this weekend because his Indian counterpart had been invited to the event.   "I will not go to the council of foreign ministers," Shah Mahmood Qureshi told parliament, adding that lower ranking officials would attend to represent Pakistan's interests.

11:57 AM IST Qureshi said that Pakistan will take action against Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar if presented with "evidence that can stand in a court of law".   "If they have solid, inalienable evidence that is acceptable to courts of Pakistan, share it with us so that we can convince the people and we can convince the independent judiciary of Pakistan," Qureshi said.   "We need to satisfy the legal process," he said.

11:56 AM IST BJP President Amit Shah Friday said creating situation for return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman from Pakistan was a diplomatic victory, ahead of the expected arrival of the captured pilot.   Speaking at a media conclave, Shah said, "Creating situation for return of pilot Abhinandan in such a short span of time is our diplomatic victory".

11:48 AM IST According to ANI, Abhinanadan Varthaman will be released this afternoon via Wagah.

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Deputy Commissioner Shiv Dular Singh Dhillon, Amritsar: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will cross the border today, can't tell you exact time since there are certain formalities. A senior Indian Air force team from Delhi is here, they will be the ones to receive him.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the foreign ministers' meet of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Abu Dhabi. She will shortly address the session as the Guest of Honour. 
 
Swaraj is expected to raise the issue of terrorism at the meet.
IAF pilot Abhinandan to be released at Wagah border

Abhinandan's parents get standing ovation on board flight to Delhi

It may have been after midnight when the Chennai-Delhi flight came to a stop at the tarmac but there was no scramble to get bags from the overhead bin or rush towards the exit because all eyes were focused on one couple -- the parents of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.
 
Air Marshal (retd) S Varthaman and Dr Shobha Varthaman were given a standing ovation as passengers made way for them in the early hours of Friday, ensuring that they couple gets off first.

Indian pilot will be released this afternoon: Qureshi

The Indian pilot will be released on Friday afternoon, as assured by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan: Pak Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Pakistani minister boycotts Islamic council meeting over Indian presence

Pakistan's foreign minister said on Friday he would not attend a meeting of foreign ministers from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Abu Dhabi this weekend because his Indian counterpart had been invited to the event.
 
"I will not go to the council of foreign ministers," Shah Mahmood Qureshi told parliament, adding that lower ranking officials would attend to represent Pakistan's interests.
Qureshi said that Pakistan will take action against Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar if presented with "evidence that can stand in a court of law".
 
"If they have solid, inalienable evidence that is acceptable to courts of Pakistan, share it with us so that we can convince the people and we can convince the independent judiciary of Pakistan," Qureshi said.
 
"We need to satisfy the legal process," he said.

IAF pilot's return our diplomatic victory: Amit Shah

BJP President Amit Shah Friday said creating situation for return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman from Pakistan was a diplomatic victory, ahead of the expected arrival of the captured pilot.
 
Speaking at a media conclave, Shah said, "Creating situation for return of pilot Abhinandan in such a short span of time is our diplomatic victory".
According to ANI, Abhinanadan Varthaman will be released this afternoon via Wagah.
"He is in Pakistan, according to my information. He is unwell to the extent that he can't leave his house, because he's really unwell," Qureshi told CNN when asked about Azhar.
 
Azhar is the chief of JeM that claimed responsibility for the February 14 Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. India has been repeatedly trying to list him as a "global terrorist" by the UN. However, China, an ally of Pakistan, has blocked India's efforts by using veto.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has admitted that Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar is in Pakistan

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has admitted that Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar is in Pakistan
Every time we are attacked, we will retaliate: Amit Shah

Why Pakistan denied using F16s against India

The US sale of the Lockheed Martin Corp. jets to Pakistan mandates that they be flown only for counter-terrorism operations, according to Rahul Bedi, a New Delhi-based analyst with Janes Information Services. The planes can’t be used against any other country, he said.

China cancels all flights to and from Pakistan in view of Indo-Pak tensions

China has cancelled all flights to and from Pakistan and rerouted its international aircraft flying over the Pakistani airspace due to the regional tensions, official media here reported on Friday.
 
The closure of Pakistan's airspace in response to escalating tensions with India disrupted major routes between Europe and South East Asia and left thousands of air travellers stranded worldwide.
 
Flights from the Middle East that usually overfly Pakistan and the Pakistan-India border will have to re-route over India, Myanmar or central Asia to enter China, civil aviation experts told Global Times.
BJP has never politicised national security issue: Amit Shah

Yeddyurappa's comment was an analysis of the situation, but he should not have said so: Amit Shah

Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa was criticised over his comment that that India's air strike on a terror camp in Pakistan on Tuesday has created a wave in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will help the party win over 22 of 28 seats in the state in the national election due by May.

Maximum number of terrorists have been eliminated under BJP govt led by Modi, said Amit Shah.

Maximum number of terrorists have been eliminated under BJP govt led by Modi, said Amit Shah.
Track record of our govt has been best in dealing with terror since Independence: Amit Shah
Why has Imran Khan not condemned Pulwama attack, asks Amit Shah

UN chief welcomes Pakistan's offer to release IAF pilot

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday welcomed Pakistan's offer to release Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured when his MiG-21 went down in Pakistan-occupied territory. His Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters: "The report of the release of the Indian pilot by the Pakistani authorities would be very much a welcome step. We would encourage both parties to do whatever they can to de-escalate the situation." Guterres has been in contact with both sides at various levels, Dujarric said.
Abhinandan's parents, Air Marshal S Varthaman (Retired) and mother Shobha Varthaman, who is a doctor, were cheered by passengers when they boarded a flight from Chennai to New Delhi on Thursday evening

Scores of people assemble in Attari to welcome IAF pilot

People started arriving in Attari, around 30 km from Sikh holy city of Amritsar, since 6 am. The numbers swelled by 9 am, according to IANS.
 
"We have come here to welcome our country's hero back home. We will give him a grand welcome. He showed a lot of bravery in the air combat and even after being captured by the Pakistanis," Jitender, a resident of Amritsar, who arrived here with his friends, said.
“India is the last country in the world with a serious airforce to still fly the MiG 21s,” Pushpinder Singh, founding editor of the Vayu Aerospace and Defence Review, told IndiaSpend. “The poor young man who flew the aircraft against an F-16 didn’t stand a chance… [He] is now a prisoner of war and it is a national shame that in 2019 we are still flying these planes.”...Read on

"The MiG-21 Bison that Abhinandan Varthaman was flying when he was downed by a Pakistan Air Force F-16 was well past its retirement age"

The MiG-21 Bison that Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was flying when he was downed by a Pakistan Air Force F-16 was well past its retirement age, and kept alive with repeated upgrades and service life extensions, experts told IndiaSpend.

Air Canada resumes flights to India after brief suspension

Air Canada, which had temporarily suspended its India flights, has now announced to resume it.
 
Flights to Delhi will resume tonight from both Toronto (AC 42 February 28) and Vancouver (AC 44 March 1, it leaves shortly after midnight local time).
 
"Our flexible rebooking policy for customers remains in place. Information will be updated on the official Air Canada website as it becomes available. We are working to move all customers from yesterday," Canada's flag carrier said in a statement.
 
Amid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, Air Canada had temporarily suspended its flight services to India, following a decision by the Pakistan government to close its airspace.
 
Air Canada cancelled one flight to New Delhi from Vancouver, while another flight en route to India was turned back to Toronto.
 
Air Canada operates daily service from Toronto and Vancouver to New Delhi and four times weekly between Toronto and Mumbai.

US Senators urge Trump to pursue peaceful resolution to India-Pakistan conflict

In a letter, Senators Jerry Moran from Kansas and Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire said that there is a urgency surrounding the dangerous situation between India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region. They also urged Trump to ensure that Pakistan does more against the terrorist groups. “We affirm India's right to self-defense in response to attacks planned and executed by Pakistani-based terrorist groups designated by the United States and United Nations and welcome Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's recent decision to release a captured Air Force officer from India,” the two Senators wrote.
US welcomed Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's commitment that Pakistan will release on Friday the Indian pilot held in its custody.
Hashtags like #BringbackAbhinandan, #SayNoToWar, #MiG21, #F16 and #PakFakeClaim were trending as netizens from both the sides of border turned to social media to express their views.
Videos of the captured Indian Air Force pilot were released on the internet and netizens shared these videos across social media platforms like Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook.

IT Ministry asks YouTube to remove video links of IAF pilot

The IT Ministry has asked YouTube to remove 11 video links pertaining to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan during an air combat on Wednesday, according to sources.

US again asks Pakistan to deny safe havens to terrorists

The US has reaffirmed its demand that Pakistan abide by its UN Security Council commitments to deny safe havens to terrorists and block their access to funds as it welcomed Islamabad's decision to release the captured Indian Air Force pilot. Read on...
The ceasefire violation by the Pakistani troops comes as tensions between India and Pakistan rose following the February 14 terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district in which 40 CRPF soldiers were killed.

Pakistan violated ceasefire in Uri sector, civilian injured

One civilian was injured today in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.
 
Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing towards Indian posts and villages in Kamalkote area of Uri in Baramulla district on Thursday evening, the officials said.
 
They said the intermittent firing continued through out the night.
 
Indian Army has responded to the Pakistani firing in adequate measure, the officials said.

'Enough evidence to show that Pakistan used F-16s in this mission'

Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor said there is enough evidence to show that F-16s were used in this mission through their electronic signatures. "Parts of AMRAAM, air to air missile which is carried only on the Pakistani F-16s was recovered east of Rajouri within the Indian territory," he said. Pakistan, however, had claimed that no F-16 was part of the operation--any such admission would violate US sale conditions of not letting Pakistan use F-16s in an offensive role.
Tensions between the two countries escalated after Indian fighters bombed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest training camp near Balakot deep inside Pakistan early Tuesday. It came 12 days after the JeM claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir, killing 40 soldiers.

One Pakistani F-16 was shot down by an IAF MiG 21 Bison Aircraft, confirms IAF

IAF on Thursday confirmed that an MiG 21 Bison aircraft shot down one Pakistani F-16. IAF also revealed that parts of F-16 had been recovered inside Indian territory.

Happy that Wing Commander Abhinandan is returning, said Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor

In a press conference, Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor said that the IAF was happy that Wing Commander Abhinandan is returning.
Press Trust of India, quoting official sources said that a delegation of IAF will receive Wing Commander Varthaman at the Wagah border.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has offered to receive Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at the Attari border in Amritsar district

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has offered to receive Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at the Attari border in Amritsar district when the IAF pilot arrives on Friday after being released by Pakistan.
 

Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman will be released by Pakistani authorities today and brought back home.

Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman will be released by Pakistani authorities today and brought back home.
Indian military officials show media parts of air-to-air missile as "evidence” that Pakistan on Wednesday used F-16 fighter jet to target military installations

Premature to say number of casualties in attack on Jaish-e-Mohammed camp

Premature to say number of casualties in attack on Jaish-e-Mohammed camp. We go the desired results: joint briefing by Indian military officials

No doubt that Pakistan tried to target our military installations

No doubt that Pakistan tried to target our military installations, was responded to immediately: joint briefing by Indian military officials

Enough evidence to show Pakistan used F-16 fighter jets

Enough evidence to show Pakistan used F-16 fighter jets: joint briefing by Indian military officials

Indian Army in heightened state of preparedness

Indian Army in heightened state of preparedness: Maj General Surinder Singh Bahl at joint briefing by Indian military officials

Pakistan F-16 shot down by IAF MIG-21, say Indian military officials

Pakistan F-16 shot down by IAF MIG-21, say Indian military officials. MIG-21 was brought down, pilot was captured.

We will release IAF Wing Commander tomorrow, says Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan: As a peace gesture we are releasing IAF Wing Commander tomorrow, reports ANI Read here

YouTube asked to remove videos of IAF pilot captured by Pak

IT Min directs YouTube to remove 11 video links of IAF pilot who was captured by Pakistan during an air combat.

Pak willing to consider returning IAF pilot if it leads to 'de-escalation'

Pakistan is willing to consider returning the detained IAF pilot if it leads to "de-escalation" of tension with India, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Thursday. Read here

Indian, Pakistani armies trade gunfire on LoC

Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Colonel Devender Anand said that at around 1 pm, the Pakistanis shelled mortars and fired from small arms along the Krishna Ghati sector.
 
"The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively," the spokesman said, according to IANS

Pak FM Qureshi makes 'urgent' phone call to Chinese FM

"Late at night on February 27, 2019, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi made an urgent call to State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi to update him on the situation between Pakistan and India," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
 
During the phone call, Wang briefed Qureshi on China's efforts to promote peace talks and reiterated his hope that Pakistan and India would exercise restraint and "earnestly fulfil" their commitment to prevent the escalation of the situation, the Chinese Foreign Ministry added.

Pak's claim of not targeting Indian military installations false: Defence Ministry

Pakistani jets clearly targeted multiple military installations in Naushera and Rajaouri sector, but their attempts were foiled by the combat patrol team of the Indian Air Force, said Defence Ministry officials 
 

Joint press briefing by Army and Air Force in New Delhi at 5 pm today: ANI

The Navy will also be a part of the joint press conference.

Hope India-Pakistan conflict will soon come to an end, says Trump

Speaking at a news conference in Vietnam after a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump said he had some "reasonably decent" news from India and Pakistan. 

Donald Trump on India-Pakistan tensions

We have reasonably decent news from India and Pakistan. Hopefully it will be coming to an end, says Donald Trump

India will live as one, grow as one, fight as one, win as one: PM Modi

The enemy tries to destabilise us by carrying out terror attacks. They want to stop our growth. But we are all standing like a rock to counter their evil designs, says Narendra Modi 

'India must act with responsibility and restraint'

Excerpts from BS editorial: 

The time has come to think strategically, eschewing jingoistic fervour and avoiding taking decisions through the prism of electoral benefits and compulsions. It is advisable to pull back from taking the spiral of violence any further.

 
 

Thousands stranded in Thailand after Pakistan closes airspace

Thai Airways said nearly 5,000 passengers had been caught up in the drama, as it struggled to find new routes to Europe with Iran "rejecting" a request to travel over its airspace, according to a spokesperson for the carrier.
 
 

Diplomacy the only path to resolve Indo-Pak conflict: US lawmakers

"To our friends in India and Pakistan: As nuclear powers, please remember it's your responsibility to the global community to settle differences through negotiations, not war. In times like this, cool heads must prevail," Democratic presidential aspirant Tulsi Gabbard said. 
 

Pakistan shells forward posts in Poonch

The PRO, Defence said, "At about 0600 hours on Thursday, Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation byshelling with mortars andfiringofsmall arms along the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector."
 
"The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively", the official said.

Source: PTI

UN Secretary-General urges India, Pakistan for 'meaningful mutual engagement'

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is following with "deep concern" the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, calling on both sides to urgently take steps for a "meaningful mutual engagement", according to PTI.

Pakistan suspends Samjhauta Express train service

The Samjhauta Express train service between Pakistan and India has been suspended until further notice, DawnNewsTV reported on Thursday citing railway authorities.

The biweekly train was scheduled to depart from Lahore with 16 passengers.
 
It embarked on its journey from Karachi but the passengers are stuck at Lahore railway station, the report said. Read here

Japan urges India and Pakistan to stabilise the situation through dialogue

Japan strongly urges India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and stabilise the situation through dialogue, says Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono

Deny safe haven to terrorists: US tells Pakistan

The US has asked Pakistan to abide by its UN Security Council commitments to deny terrorists safe haven and block their access to funds, according to PTI.

US, UK, France ask UN Security Council to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar

The US, the UK and France have moved a fresh proposal in the UN Security Council to designate Pakistan-based terror group JeM's chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, a listing that will subject him to global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo.
 
The proposal was moved Wednesday by the three permanent veto-wielding members of the 15-nation Security Council. The Security Council Sanctions Committee will have 10 working days to consider the fresh proposal submitted by the three members.

Source: PTI

Getting arrested pilot back may not be easy

P D T Acharya, a constitutional expert and a former secretary-general of the Lok Sabha, said it was unlikely the pilot would be repatriated soon, reports Arup Roychoudhury. 

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Indian Commercial Pilots Association extends support to govt


Schools near International Border, LOC to remain shut

Major world powers ask India, Pakistan to avoid further military activity

The US, the UK, China, Russia and the European Union on Wednesday urged both India and Pakistan to exercise utmost restraint and avoid further military activity by the nuclear-armed neighbours. Read here

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on India-Pakistan tensions:

I hope saner counsels will prevail between leadership of India, Pakistan: Ex-PM Manmohan Singh amid growing Indo-Pak tensions  Read here

India demands from Pakistan immediate and safe return of Indian Air Force pilot

India demands from Pakistan immediate and safe return of Indian Air Force pilot

India strongly objects to Pakistan's vulgar display of an injured IAF personnel

India strongly objects to Pakistan's vulgar display of an injured IAF personnel in violation of all international norms: MEA Read here

Pakistan Army retracts; says there is only one Indian pilot under its custody

Pakistan Army retracts; says there is only one Indian pilot under its custody, reports PTI
Leaders urged govt to take nations into confidence on all measures to protect India's sovereignty, unity, integrity: Joint statement
Anguished over blatant politicisation of sacrifices of armed forces by ruling party: Joint statement of opposition parties.

Rahul Gandhi briefs media on common statement by 21 opposition parties on security situation

Congress president Rahul Gandhi briefs media on common statement by 21 opposition parties on security situation. 
 
"Parties condemn Pakistan aggression, regret government’s decision not to call all-party meeting,” says Congress.
 
“The government should take the nation into confidence about the nation’s security,” says Congress.

India summons Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner

Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah summoned by Ministry of External Affairs, reports ANI

Dubai Airports says no flights to and from Pakistan until further notice

Dubai Airports said on Wednesday there would be no flights to and from Pakistan until further notice as a result of the closure of the country's airspace, reports Reuters

Let's sit together and settle this with talks: Imran Khan tells India

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday claimed that two Indian MIGs crossed the Line of Control and they were shot down, as he offered to defuse tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours and resolve the issues through talks. read here

Civil Aviation Ministry "strictly" following instructions of IAF: Jayant Sinha

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha Wednesday said his ministry was "strictly" following the "guidelines and instructions" of the Indian Air Force. Services at nine airports, including Srinagar, Jammu and Leh, in north India were temporarily suspended in view of hightened tensions between India and Pakistan.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) later in the day said the services at the nine airports have resumed "as of now".
 
"We are strictly following all guidelines of the Air Force, and we will continue to do that," Sinha said.

Statement by Official Spokesperson on 27 February 2019

India had informed about Counter Terrorism (CT) action it took yesterday against a training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan based on credible evidence that JeM intended to launch more attacks. Against this Counter Terrorism Action, Pakistan has responded this morning by using its Air Force to target military installations on the Indian side. Due to our high state of readiness and alertness, Pakistan’s attempts were foiled successfully.
 
The Pakistan Air Force was detected and the Indian Air Force responded instantly. In that aerial engagement, one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force. The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side. In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Wednesday confirmed in an official statement that Pakistan, in response to the Indian Air Force (IAF) strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) training camp in Pakistan the previous day, used its air force to target military installations on the Indian side. “Due to our high state of readiness and alertness, Pakistan’s attempts were foiled successfully”. IAF shot down one Pakistani fighter aircraft. One Indian MiG-21 Bison was lost in operation and an Indian pilot was missing in action. Kumar also said that Pakistan had claimed the pilot was in its custody.
Raveesh Kumar, MEA: One Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by Indian Air Force. In this engagement we have lost one MiG 21. Pilot is missing in action. Pakistan claims he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts.

1 IAF pilot missing in action, confirms MEA


National Investigation Agency carries out searches at 11 locations in South Kashmir including houses of separatist leaders in connection with the terror attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama on February 14.

DAC approves purchase of defence equipment worth Rs 2,700 crore: Report

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) Wednesday approved acquisition of defence equipment for about Rs 2,700 crore, official sources said.
 
The meeting of the council, the highest decision-making body for defence purchase, was chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
 
It granted approval for procurement of three cadet training ships for the Indian Navy, which would be utilised to provide basic sea training for officer cadets including women officer undertrainees.
 
The ships would be capable of undertaking hospital ship duties, providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, undertaking search and rescue (SAR) missions and non-combatant evacuation operations.

Arun Jaitley refers to US operation to kill Osama, says India can do it

Union Minister Arun Jaitley Wednesday referred to the 2011 US operation in Pakistan to eliminate Osama bin Laden and suggested India can also do it.
 
His remarks at an event came a day after the Indian Air Force pounded terror camps in Pakistan Referring to the US operation in Abbotabad, Jaitley said, "Cannot we do it? This used to be only an imagination, a wish. There was frustration and disappointment. It is possible today."
Top security and intelligence officials on Wednesday huddled into a meet at the prime minister's office in the wake of Pakistan Air Force jets violating the Indian airspace, sources said. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, senior officials of the Indian Navy, Army and the Air Force, and other security officials held a meeting to discuss the current security situation. 

Indian Railways issue security alert across network

Indian Railways has issued a security alert across its network in view of the escalating tension with Pakistan, a senior official of the Railway Protection Force said Wednesday.
 
Security has been beefed up on board all trains operating in border areas and on railway premises, he said.
 
"We have issued an alert to all General Managers of zones in view of the prevailing security scenario. All trains to the mainland and valley in Jammu and Kashmir have additional security personnel on board. We have also identified specific targets related to railways and have beefed up security there," RPF DG, Arun Kumar told PTI.
 
He also said that no trains to Jammu and Kashmir have been cancelled so far.

Pakistan dangerous for entire world, said Shiv Sena

The Shiv Sena on Wednesday demanded continuous operations, dubbing the neighbouring country "dangerous" for the entire world.
 
The Sena, in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana', said there cannot be peace across the globe until Pakistan is wiped off the world map.
The situation in the area is too fluid and there is very little, if any, confirmed information available to any of us. Under the circumstances I’m staying away from Twitter and not tweeting/retweeting anything. It will only add to the confusion and noise otherwise, said former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley: A week is too long a time for any country. If you look at last 24 hours, one week would appear to be a day. The kind of things we see...I remember when the US Navy SEALs had taken Osama Bin Laden from Abbottabad (Pakistan),then can't we do the same?

If US can conduct operation in Abbotabad and extract Osama Bin Laden then India can also do that, says Arun Jaitley.

If US can conduct operation in Abbotabad and extract Osama Bin Laden then India can also do that, says Arun Jaitley.
Pakistan has suspended flight operations across major airports, including Islamabad and Lahore, for an indefinite period, in the wake of the escalating tensions with India. According to PTI, which is citing Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Mujtaba Baig, flight operations in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces have been suspended for an indefinite period.

Army, BSF troops along IB, LoC put on highest degree of alertness: Officials

The Army and BSF have been put on the highest degree of alertness along the border here after air space violations by the neighbouring country and the night-long heavy firing and shelling by Pakistani troops on forward and civilians areas across the LoC which stopped on Wednesday.
 
Authorities have ordered temporary closure of educational institutions in a 5-km radius along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri and Poonch districts on Wednesday amid mounting tensions between the two countries.
Sensex down 600 pts from day's high.
Karachi Stock Exchange's KSE100 index is down 1,429 points, or 3.68 per cent.
Flight operations at Dehradun airport also have been temporarily suspended.
No reports of any IAF jet suffering any damage in action by India's adversaries, says news agency PTI citing Indian defence ministry sources.
China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said it reiterated its call for India and Pakistan to exercise restraint. Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the comment at a regular news briefing in Beijing.

RIC ministers agree on closer policy coordination to eradicate 'breeding grounds' of terrorism

In a significant gain for India in its push to isolate Pakistan internationally on the issue of terrorism post-Pulwama attack, China and Russia on Wednesday agreed for a closer policy coordination to eradicate the "breeding grounds of terrorism".
 
Their commitment came at the conclusion of the Russia, India and China Foreign Ministers' meeting here in the east Chinese city.
 
"We agreed to jointly combat all forms terrorism through closer policy coordination and practical cooperation. Especially important is to eradicate the breeding grounds of terrorism and extremism," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at the end meeting summing up the discussions on terrorism, specially in the backdrop of the February 14 Pulwama terrorist attack.
 
The mention of the "breeding grounds" of terrorism by Wang is significant as India justified its airstrikes on Pakistan saying that they were directed against the terror camps of the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

PM Modi cut shorts function in Vigyan Bhawan, rushes to review security situation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi cut short his address at a function in Vigyan Bhawan on Wednesday and rushed to attend a meeting to review the security situation arising out of Pakistan's attempt to violate Indian air space, reported ANI.
 
Modi was replying to the questions from youngsters during the National Youth Festival 2019 when he was handed over a small piece of paper by an official of Prime Minister Office (PMO).
 
The Prime Minister immediately stopped and walked toward the panelist where Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore was also present.
 
The PM waived at the audience and immediately left the dais and rushed to his office.

BCCI raises security concern, ICC assures all issues will be addressed Dubai

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri expressed India's concerns about the security of its players during the upcoming World Cup the wake of the Pulwama terror attack. Johri told the ICC's Chief Executives Committee (CEC) that the BCCI believes in the security being planned by the ICC and the England Cricket Board.
 
The ICC CEO David Richardson assured the BCCI that the ICC will ensure that everything is done to address the concerns raised.

India, China, Russia reaffirms strong opposition to terrorism

International flights that transit between Indian and Pakistani airspace are now being affected. Some flights are said to be returning to the origin, and others seeking alternative routing, according to reports.
 
Pakistan is reported to have suspended its domestic and international flight operations from Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Islamabad airports
In a joint communique of the 16th Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Russia India and China (RIC), the three nations have strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
 
Extremist groups could not be supported and used in political and geopolitical goals and those backing terrorist acts must be held accountable and brought to justice, the three nations said.
Pakistan is reported to have suspended its domestic and international flight operations from Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Islamabad airports
International flights that transit between Indian and Pakistani airspace are now being affected. Some flights are said to be returning to the origin, and others seeking alternative routing, according to reports.

Airline Vistara halts service to north Indian cities amid tensions

Vistara said on Wednesday flights to and from four cities in northern India are on hold as tensions between nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan escalate.
 
"Due to airspace restrictions, flights to and from Amritsar, Srinagar, Chandigarh and Jammu are currently on hold," Vistara, a joint venture between India's Tata Sons Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited said in a tweet.



West Bengal govt shifts 14 Pakistan prisoners to high-security cells

The West Bengal government has shifted 14 Pakistani prisoners, lodged in two correctional homes, to separate barracks and "high-security" cells, amid soaring tension between India and its western neighbour, a senior official said.
 
The state government's move comes days after a 50-year-old Pakistani convict was allegedly killed by fellow inmates in Rajasthan's Jaipur Central jail.
 
"Strict instructions have been issued to separate Pakistani inmates from others following the incident in Rajasthan jail. They have been shifted to high-security cells, where heavyweight prisoners, such as those arrested for American Center attack and Maoists have been staying," the official of West Bengal Correctional Services said.
 
A three-layered cordon has been set up for the security of the 14 prisoners, he said.
SSP Budgam on military aircraft crash in J&K's Budgam: Some aircraft has fallen. As of now we aren't in a position to ascertain anything. Technical team is here, they'll ascertain facts. We have found 2 bodies so far and have evacuated them. Search is going on here.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh is holding a high-level meeting at North block

Home Minister Rajnath Singh is holding a high-level meeting at North block; NSA, RAW chief, Home Secretary and other officials present at the meeting.

Sensex slips 200 points after Pakistan claimed air strikes across LoC

Indices came off day's high after Pakistan reportedly violated the Indian air space in Kashmir. 
 
The S&P BSE Sensex trimmed gains to trade at 36,106 levels, while the Nifty50 index was hovering at 10,863 levels in noon deals. The 30-share index had hit a high of 36,371 and the 50-share Nifty surged to 10,939 during the day. Read on...

Pakistan PM Imran Khan calls meeting of top decision making body on nuclear issues

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday called a meeting of the top decision making body on nuclear issues after India targeted terrorist camp in the country.
 
The National Command Authority controls policy formulation, exercises, deployment, research and development, employment and operational command and control of the country's nuclear arsenals. The decision to call the NCA meeting was taken on Tuesday in the meeting of National Security Committee - a civil-military top level body that discussed the situation after the Indian attack.
Rajnath Singh directed the officials to ensure the Border Security Force, which guards the India-Pakistan border continues to remain on highest level of alertness so that any misadventure from across the border could be foiled, a home ministry official said.
 
Those who attended the meeting include Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Intelligence Bureau Director Rajiv Jain.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviews security situation

Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in the country, especially along the border with Pakistan, a day after Indian fighter jets bombed the biggest camp of terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad in that country, officials said.

Srinagar, Jammu, Leh airports closed for civilian flight

Srinagar, Jammu and Leh airports were Wednesday closed for civilian air traffic shortly after an IAF chopper crashed in Budgam district and amid escalation of cross-Line of Control shelling between armies of India and Pakistan.
 
"The civilian air traffic has been suspended temporarily in view of the emergency," an official of the Airport Authority of India told PTI.
 
While the official did not specify the nature of the emergency, it is believed the step was taken in view of an IAF chopper crashing in Budgam district this morning.
 
Jammu and Leh airports have also been closed for civilian traffic.
Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement: "Today, Pakistan Air Force undertook strikes across Line of Control from within Pakistani airspace. This was not a retaliation to continued Indian belligerence."

"Pakistan has therefore, taken strikes at non military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage. Sole purpose being to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defence. We have no intention of escalation, but are fully prepared to do so if forced into that paradigm.
 
"That is why we undertook the action with clear warning and in broad daylight. For the last few years, India has been trying to establish what they call 'a new normal' a thinly veiled term for doing acts of aggression at whatever pretext they wish on a given day."  - Press Trust of India.
Pakistan Foreign Office said: "If India is striking at so called terrorist backers without a shred of evidence, we also retain reciprocal rights to retaliate against elements that enjoy Indian patronage while carrying out acts of terror in Pakistan. We do not wish to go to that route and wish that India gives peace a chance and to resolve issues like a mature democratic nation." - Press Trust of India.
CRPF DG RR Bhatnagar on two JeM terrorists neutralised in J&K's Shopian today: Operation is on. We'll keep getting success.
Pakistan Air Force's F-16 that violated Indian air space shot down in Indian retaliatory fire 3 km within Pakistan territory in Lam valley, Nowshera sector.
Parachute seen as Pakistan Air Force's F-16 was going down, condition of the pilot is unknown, reports ANI.

Pak foreign ministry claims air strikes across LoC

Pakistan's foreign ministry has claimed that its jets carried out air strikes across the line of control in Jammu & Kashmir's Nowshera district

Srinagar, Jammu, Leh airports closed for civilian air traffic Srinagar

Srinagar, Jammu and Leh airports were Wednesday closed for civilian air traffic shortly after an IAF jet crashed in Budgam district and amid escalation of cross-Line of Control shelling between armies of India and Pakistan.
 
"The civilian air traffic has been suspended temporarily in view of the emergency," an official of the Airport Authority of India told PTI.
 
While the official did not specify the nature of the emergency, it is believed the step was taken in view of an IAF jet crashing in Budgam district this morning.
Jammu and Leh airports have also been closed for civilian traffic.
 
The flare up in the cross-LoC shelling, which was initiated by Pakistani troops in early hours of Wednesday has also resulted in security forces and other establishments being put on a heightened alert.
Indian Air Force asks airlines to stop operations to Leh, Jammu, Srinagar, Amritsar, Pathankot, Dharamshala, Dehradun airports. 

Pakistan PM Imran Khan calls meeting of top decision making body on nuclear issues

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday called a meeting of the top decision making body on nuclear issues after India targeted terrorist camp in the country. The National Command Authority controls policy formulation, exercises, deployment, research and development, employment and operational command and control of the country's nuclear arsenals.

IAF jet crashes in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, one dead

An IAF jet crashed on Wednesday in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, killing at least one person, officials said.
 
The jet crashed in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam at 10.05 am, the officials said.
 
The jet broke into two and caught fire immediately, the officials said, adding one body was seen near the site crash.
 
The identity of the deceased could not be confirmed immediately, they said, adding the fate of the pilots was not known.

Pakistan drop bombs, pushed back Jammu: PTI quotes officials

Pakistani fighter jets on Wednesday violated Indian air space in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Nowshera sectors but were pushed back by Indian aircraft, senior officials said.
 
The Pakistani jets dropped bombs while returning, officials said.
 
There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage.
 
"The jets entered Indian air space over Nowshera and Poonch sectors this morning," officials said.
 
They were immediately pushed back by Indian jets on air patrol
Police on military aircraft crash in Jammu & Kashmir's Budgam, say, "Two bodies have been found at the crash site."

India's main Srinagar airport in Kashmir closed for three hours: Reuters report

Pakistan stock market plunges 785 points

The intensity of India's multiple air strikes, deep inside Pakistan, was felt across the country. The impact was seen in Pakistan stock market too which plunged below 39,000 points for the first time in the last 32 sessions on Tuesday.
 
According to Dawn, Karachi Stock Market-100 index which opened weak with a loss of 184 points in the first half hour plummet 785.12 points to close at 38,821.67.
 
It was the largest decrease in the last 55 trading days.
Supreme Court while taking note of Centre’s submission that no incident against any Kashmiri students has taken place since SC's February 22 order directing all states to take strict action against violence after February 14 Pulwama attack, refuses to pass further order. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also asks Centre and 10 states to file reply in seven days on the plea filed against the alleged attacks on Kashmiri students.
EAM in Wuzhen, China: We need a global strategy, global cooperation. I'm happy to tell you today we discussed the establishment of UN led global counter-terrorism mechanism & finalising CCIT (Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism) proposed by India to implement it.

NIA raids homes of JeM men in Jammu and Kashmir

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday raided the houses of some active Jaish-e-Mohammad militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Awantipora area, police sources said.
 
The counter-terrorism agency assisted by the state police and Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF) searched the houses of Mudasir Khan and Manzoor Malik in Awantipora.
 
The NIA also carried out searches at the house of Sajad Ahmad in Marhama village. Ahmad had provided his car to the JeM suicide bomber, who carried out the February 14 Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF troopers were killed.
 
The NIA had carried out similar raids at several places on Tuesday, including at the residence of senior separatist leaders like Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik.

India says it does not want to see further escalation

India does not wish to see further escalation of the situation and will continue to act with responsibility and restraint, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told China and Russia here on Wednesday after the country targeted terrorist training camp in Pakistan as she asked all nations to show "zero tolerance to terrorism".
During the Kargil War — a limited but fierce military conflict high in the mountains over Kashmir in 1999 — President Bill Clinton used personal diplomacy to convince Pakistani leaders to pull their fighters back from confrontation with Indian troops. As Bruce Riedel, a senior National Security Council official present at the talks, recalled, “We could all too easily imagine the two parties beginning to mobilize for war, seeking third party support (Pakistan from China and the Arabs, India from Russia and Israel) and a deadly descent into full scale conflict … with a danger of nuclear cataclysm.”
 
Similarly, after Pakistani militants attacked India’s parliament in December 2001, leading both countries to move troops to the border, Secretary of State Colin Powell and other US diplomats swung into action. They pushed Pakistan to visibly distance itself from jihadist groups in Kashmir, while also calling on India to show restraint. When the crisis flared again after an attack in Kashmir that killed 31 people in May 2002, Powell worked tirelessly to prevent Indian military retribution.
 
This sort of de-escalatory diplomacy — one that does not condone Pakistan’s perpetually bad behavior, but nonetheless reduces the potential of war — is again necessary. The question is whether Washington is up to the task. Read on...
Although the amount of damage caused is unclear, the bombings raised concerns that Pakistan will feel compelled to respond militarily.
The current crisis broke when Pakistani militants carried out the suicide bombing of an Indian security convoy, killing more than 40 Indian troops.
India-Pakistan tensions over the disputed area of Kashmir have persisted since the birth of the two nations in 1948.

Nirmala Sitharaman, Bipin Rawat, Birender Singh Dhanoa Sunil Lanba to meet over important proposals for the Armed forces

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba to meet shortly today over important proposals for the Armed forces.
On India's assertion that it was a non-military attack directed against camps of the terrorist groups who are carrying out violent acts in India, Lu said "as for India's claim on taking action against terrorism, well fighting terrorism is a global practice".
 
"It needs necessary international cooperation. And India needs to create favourable condition internationally for the same,” he said.
 
Lu also said that Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Shah Muhammad Qureshi also spoke to Wang on Monday over the tensions related to the Pulwama attack.
 
"During the phone call Wang Yi listened carefully to Pakistan Foreign Minister's notification and proposals on the issues and reaffirmed his opinions that the two sides need to advance their cooperation in the counter terrorism for peace and stability in the region," Lu said.
Asked for China's response to India's airstrikes on terrorist camps in Pakistan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told media briefing in Beijing on Tuesday that "we have taken note of relevant reports."
 
"I want to say that India and Pakistan are both important countries in South Asia. A sound relationship and cooperation between the two serves the interests of both the countries and peace and stability in South Asia," he said.
 
"We hope that the parties remain restrained and do more to improve their bilateral relations," he said.

JeM is banned by the UN and other countries: Sushma Swaraj tells Chinese Foreign Minister

Stating that the JeM is banned by the UN and other countries, Swaraj told Wang that “this terrorist attack is the direct result of the impunity and cover provided to the JeM and its leaders by the Pakistani side”.
 
“After the Pulwama attack the entire UN has spoken with full voice to condemn it,” she said.

Sushma Swaraj raises Pulwama terror attack with Chinese Foreign Minister

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday raised the recent Pulwama suicide attack in her crucial bilateral meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi here, a day after India destroyed a major Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) terror training camp in Pakistan.
 
"I am visiting China at a time when there is grief and anger in India. It is the worst terrorist attack directed against our security forces in Jammu and Kashmir," she said in her opening remarks during the meeting held on the side-lines of Russia, India, China Foreign Ministers meeting.

Pakistan troops shell Indian posts in Uri

Pakistani troops Wednesday intensely shelled Indian posts in Uri Sector of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. Pakistani Army fired mortar shells towards Indian posts in the early hours of Wednesday, a police official said. He said there were no reports of any casualties so far. The official said the Indian Army retaliated to the Pakistani action in an equal measure. The exchange of fire across the LoC in Uri sector was going in when reports last came in, he added.  

No Indian movie to be released in Pakistan, says Pakistan's Information and Broadcasting Minister

In response to air strikes by the Indian Air Force (IAF) against terror camps in Pakistan, the Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry of Pakistan announced a boycott of Indian films and 'Made in India' advertisements in the country.

Take 'meaningful action' against terrorist groups, US warns Pakistan

The US firmly asked Pakistan to take "meaningful action" against terrorist groups operating on its soil and underscored the importance of avoiding escalation at any cost after India targeted terrorist camp in Pakistan. Read on...
In exchange of fire, 5 soldiers of Indian Army suffered minor injuries out of which, 2 soldiers were evacuated to Military Hospital for medical treatment and are in stable condition, according to ANI.
Both the terrorists neutralised in the encounter were affiliated to Jaish-e-Mohammed, reports ANI.
Encounter in Shopian's Memander area: Two terrorists have been neutralised. Combing operation is underway, reports ANI

US Secy of State Mike Pompeo issued statement in the light of strike by Indian Air Force in Balakot

I spoke to Pakistan and India to underscore priority of de-escalating current tensions by avoiding military action and urgency of Pak taking action against terror groups operating on its soil: US Secy of State Mike Pompeo

Qureshi briefs Pompeo, others on India's air strikes inside Pakistan

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other foreign diplomats Tuesday and apprised them about the Line of Control "violation" by the Indian jets.
 
In his telephonic conversation with Pompeo, Qureshi said India is "jeopardising the peace in South Asia for its political purposes and elections", state-run Radio Pakistan reported.
He said that Pakistan is desirous of peace in the region, but will not compromise on its territorial integrity.
 
Qureshi told Pompeo that the Indian "aggression can disturb joint efforts to establish peace in Afghanistan" as he expressed hope that US will play its role in the region.

Five soldiers injured as Pak resorts to heavy shelling along LoC in J&K

Five Army soldiers were injured and two houses damaged as Pakistani army resorted to heavy mortar shelling on 55 forward areas in Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts on Tuesday, officials said, hours after IAF jets struck a JeM terror camp across the LoC.
 
The Pakistani army used heavy weaponry, firing 120-mm mortar targeting civilian hamlets and forward posts since 5.30 pm Tuesday, they said.
 
They fired from small, automatic and heavy weaponry in Krishna Gati, Balakote, Khari Karmara, Mankote, Tarkundi areas in Poonch district; Kalal, Baba Khori, Kalsian, Laam and Jhangar areas in Rajouri; and Pallanwala and Laleali sub sectors in Jammu, officials said.
In Akhnoor sector, five soldiers were injured and have been hospitalized, they said.
In Mankote sector of Poonch, two houses were damaged, they said.
 
The officials said Indian troops gave a "befitting reply" to the firing.
 
According to officials, more than a dozen cease-fire violations took place on Tuesday — the fourth consecutive day of Pakistan shelling and firing on Indian posts.

Five soldiers injured in Pak shelling along LoC in JK's Akhnoor sector

Five soldiers injured in Pak shelling along LoC in JK's Akhnoor sector: Officials

At all-party meet, leaders laud IAF, assure govt of support in any anti-terror action

Leaders of various political parties on Tuesday congratulated the Indian Air Force for its "clean" pre-dawn operation against a terror camp in Pakistan and assured the government of their support on any anti-terror action by it.
 
The leaders were speaking at an all-party meeting convened by the government, where External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj briefed them about the operation that destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed's terror training camp in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.
 
After Swaraj briefed them, the leaders sounded a word of caution to the government to not lower the guard and watch out for Pakistan's action.
 
Sources said the leaders of parties also said no jingoistic passions should be aroused after this operation.
 

Indian films will not release in Pakistan: Pak govt after Balakot air strikes

The Pakistan government on Tuesday said no film from India will release in the country as it has called for a ban on Indian content after the Indian air force destroyed a terror training camp in Balakot.
 
The country's information and broadcasting minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said the country's film exhibitors association will be boycotting the Indian films.
 
He also said he has instructed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to crack down on "made-in-India advertisements".

Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force brief PM on security

Chiefs of the three armed forces Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to brief him on the security situation following IAF's air strike targeting a JeM terror camp inside Pakistan.
 
Sources said the chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force met the prime minister this evening to brief him on the security situation along the border.
 
The meeting comes against the backdrop of Pakistan threatening retaliation.
 
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had held a meeting of the National Security Committee that included the chiefs of all three armed forces.
 
There, however, was no official word on what transpired in the nearly 30-minute-long meeting.

PM was up all night monitoring air strike on JeM camp

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was up all night as he monitored the Indian Air Force operation to destroy a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Pakistan, relaxing only after all the pilots returned safely home, government sources said Tuesday.
 
The prime minister was in touch with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Air Force Chief B.S. Dhanoa before, during and after the operation, the source said.
 

Swaraj speaks to counterparts in US, China, Singapore, Bangladesh, Afghanistan: Sources

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Tuesday spoke to her counterparts in the US, China, Singapore, Bangladesh and Afghanistan and briefed them about the pre-dawn strike on the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training camp in Pakistan, official sources said.
 
In her telephonic conversation with US Secretary of Mike Pompeo, Swaraj explained the reasons behind the strike and conveyed that the action was specifically targeted at the JeM camp.
 
She also spoke to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and apprised him about the "non-military, preemptive air strikes" , the sources said.
 
They said she also briefed her counterparts from Singapore, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on the strike.
 
Separately, the Foreign Secretary apprised the envoys of all major countries including from the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom, the sources said.
 
Envoys of Sri Lanka, Maldives, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Turkey and Indonesia were also briefed about the air strike.

Avoid taking action that will pose risk to regional stability: UK tells India, Pak

The UK government Tuesday urged India and Pakistan to avoid taking action that will pose a risk to regional stability and said it was working with international partners to ensure that those responsible for the Pulwama terror attack are held to account.
 
In its latest statement, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said it was engaged in talks with both sides.
 
"We are concerned by rising tensions. We are encouraging both sides to avoid taking action that will pose a risk to regional stability," an FCO spokesperson said.
 
"The UK is working closely with international partners, including in the United Nations Security Council, to ensure that those responsible for the Pulwama attack are held to account," the spokesperson said.
 
Earlier, the FCO said in a statement, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt held telephonic conversations with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday.

Pakistan Army confirms Indian jets dropped 'four bombs'

Pakistan Army confirmed that Indian fighter jets dropped "four bombs" during an operation on Tuesday but downplayed its significance, saying the Indian attack was repulsed and while going back the aircraft "jettisoned their payload." 
 
He claimed that the Indian planes were in Pakistan's airspace for "just 4 minutes" and went back when challenged by the Pakistani aircraft.
 
Ghafoor said Indian jets first tried to enter Lahore-Sialkot sector, while another formation of jets came close to Okara-Bahawalpur area of international border but found Pakistan air force ready and went back.
 
"Then a third formation was picked in Muzaffarabad sector which was heavier...It was repulsed, but while going back they jettisoned their payload and four bombs fell in Jabba, near the town of Balakot, causing no casualties or damage," he said.
 
He asserted that there was no strike but only the payload fell.

India had made it clear that terrorism must be eradicated: VK Singh

Pak summons India's diplomat over 'violation of its territorial sovereignty'

Pakistan on Tuesday summoned India's acting High Commissioner here and condemned the "violation of its territorial sovereignty" by Indian fighter jets.
 
In a statement, the Foreign Office said that at "approximately 02:54 hours (local time), 8 Indian aircraft were effectively intercepted by the Pakistani Air Force jets and forced" to return.
 
The Indian jets "randomly released their ordinance which landed in an uninhabited remote area," it added.
 
"The Acting Foreign Secretary summoned the Indian Acting High Commissioner and strongly condemned the Indian violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity," it said.
 
The Acting Foreign Secretary categorically stated that Indian "aggression was a threat to regional peace and stability and would get a befitting response by Pakistan at a time and place of its choosing." 

Alert sounded in Himachal Pradesh after IAF strike

The Himachal Pradesh police on Tuesday issued an alert for all districts in the state in view of a pre-dawn strike by the Indian Air Force on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) camp inside Pakistan, an official said.
 
In view of India's air strike and resultant security scenario, an alert has been issued to all district SPs in Himachal Pradesh to ensure safety of vital installations and also to keep sharp vigil in their respective districts, Himachal Pradesh Police spokesperson and SP (Law and Order) Khushhal Sharma said.
 
It has also been advised to pay more attention in communally sensitive localities and to ensure safety and security of Kashmiri people living in Himachal Pradesh, he said.

Pakistan summons India's acting High Commissioner

Pakistan summons India's acting High Commissioner and condemns "violation of its territorial sovereignty" by Indian jets: Foreign Office

I am happy that all parties in one voice praised the security forces and supported the Govt's anti-terror operations: Swaraj

Pak expresses reservation about OIC's invitation to India

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Tuesday that he has spoken to his UAE counterpart and "expressed reservations" about invitation to India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to attend the OIC meeting scheduled later this week.
 
"Aggression has been done against a founding member of the OIC," he said.
 
Describing the situation following the Indian air strikes as "serious", Qureshi said Prime Minister Imran Khan also had telephonic conversations with UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as well as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman over the development.
 
India has been invited to the inaugural plenary of the foreign ministers' conclave of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a powerful grouping of Muslim majority nations, in Abu Dhabi from March 1 to 2. Swaraj will attend the meeting as the 'guest of honour'.

Residents in Pakistan's Balakot thought earthquake jolted them from sleep

Residents in the quake-prone Balakot town in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province Tuesday said they were woken by "loud explosions" and thought a fresh tremor must have hit the region when Indian Air Force jets pounded a large terror training camp.
 
Mohammad Adil, a farmer in Jaba village, said he and his family were woken at about 03:00 by "a huge explosion".
 
"Then we heard jets flying over. We went to the place in the morning. There was a huge crater and four or five houses were destroyed," he said.

Western Naval Command on high alert post-air strikes in Pak

The Western Naval Command is on a high alert and "fully prepared" to tackle any eventualities. The Mumbai Police are also on a high alert following the air strikes, an official said.
 
"After the air strikes carried out by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in Pakistan in the early hours on Tuesday, the security agencies have put the city on high alert," the official said.
 
"The Western Naval Command remains alert 24X7. Now, it is fully prepared to deal with any untoward situation in the wake of the air strikes in Pakistan," he said.
 
The Western Naval Command, headquartered in Mumbai, is one of the three formations of the Indian Navy.

Pakistan also violated ceasefire in Krishna Ghati sector

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Balakote sector of Poonch

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Balakote sector of Poonch. The Indian army is also retaliating, CNN News18 has reported.

Ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Mendhar sector of Poonch

Ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Mendhar sector of Poonch has been reported, CNN News18 has reported.

Fight not with Pak, but with terror establishment: Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the all party meeting said "the fight is not with Pakistan, but with terror establishments."
 
Have spoken to US Secretary of state and many other foreign ministers, NDTV quoted Swaraj as saying.

Pak violates ceasefire in J&K's Nowshera and Akhnoor sector.

Business as usual on cross-LoC trade: officials Srinagar

It was business as usual on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road on Tuesday as 70 trucks crossed the LoC between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir at Kaman Post, hours after IAF pounded Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camps in Pakistan.
 
As many as 35 trucks carrying goods from Salamabad Trade Facilitation Centre at Uri entered PoK as part of the cross-Line of Control trade between the divided parts of the state, officials said.
 
They said an equal number of trucks arrived from the other side at the trade facilitation centre on the Indian side.

EU urges 'maximum restraint' from India, Pakistan after air strike

The EU on Tuesday called on New Delhi and Islamabad to exercise "maximum restraint" after Indian warplanes attacked a militant camp in Pakistan, sending tensions soaring between the nuclear-armed arch-rivals.
 
"We remain in contact with both countries and what we believe is essential is that all exercise maximum restraint and avoid further escalation of tensions," EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told reporters.

Australia asks India, Pak to exercise restraint

India briefs foreign envoys on air strike on JeM camp in Pakistan

India on Tuesday apprised the envoys of all major countries about its air strike on the Jaish-e-Mohammed's (JeM) biggest terror training camp in Pakistan, official sources said.
 
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and and other Secretaries have been briefing foreign envoys, including from the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom, they said.
It is learnt that Gokhale briefed the envoys of the P-5 countries.
 
Envoys of Sri Lanka, Maldives, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Turkey and Indonesia were also briefed about the air strike.

Air strikes: Pak vows to respond 'at the time and place of its choosing'

Pakistan on Tuesday "strongly rejected India's claim" of targeting terrorist camp near Balakot and causing heavy casualties even as it vowed to respond "at the time and place of its choosing" to what it called India's "uncalled for aggression".
 
At a special meeting of the National Security Committee hours after India's air strikes in Balakot inside Pakistan, PM Imran Khan asked the armed forces and the people of Pakistan to remain prepared for all eventualities.
 
"Forum (NSC) strongly rejected Indian claim of targeting an alleged terrorist camp near Balakot and the claim of heavy casualties. Once again Indian government has resorted to a self serving, reckless and fictitious claim," said a statement issued after the NSC meeting in Islamabad.
 
It also invited the world media to see the facts on ground and proposed a visit to the site.
 
"action has been done for domestic consumption being in election environment, putting regional peace and stability at grave risk." To take the nation on board, the government has decided to requisition a joint session of the Parliament, the statement said.
 
Khan also summoned a special meeting of the National Command Authority (NCA) on Wednesday. Khan will also engage with global leadership to "expose irresponsible" Indian policy in the region, the statement added.

IAF strikes: J-K administration advises people to stay calm, not to believe in rumours

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday advised people in the state to stay calm and not to believe in rumours in the aftermath of the Indian Air Force's strikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed's terror camp in Pakistan.
 
Anxious residents of Srinagar and other major towns in the Kashmir valley could be seen discussing the latest developments amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed.
 
Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam Tuesday asked people to remain stress free and go about their normal activities.
 
"In case there is anything to be communicated regarding people's safety and security, the government will do so directly, through media," Subrahmanyam said in a brief statement without mentioning the air strike.
 
"The people are urged to be calm and not to believe in rumours circulating on WhatsApp or other social media," he said.

JeM's Balakot camp head Yusuf Azhar wanted by India in IC-814 hijacking case

Yousuf Azhar, who headed the Balakot-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp destroyed by Indian fighter jets in a pre-dawn strike Tuesday, is wanted by the CBI in the IC-814 hijacking case with a pending Interpol red corner notice against him since 2000, officials said.
 
The red corner notice was issued on the request of the CBI against seven accused in the hijacking of the Indian Airlines plane from Kathmandu to Kandahar in southern Afghanistan on December 24, 1999 -- Yousuf Azhar, Ibrahim Athar, Sunny Ahmed Qazi, Zahoor Ibrahim, Shahid Akhter, Sayed Shakir and Abdul Rauf, they said.

Will take local and international media to inspect site of IAF strike: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that local and international media will be taken to the site of the Indian violation. "The helicopters are ready. If the weather permits, then they will be taken there so they could inspect themselves and expose the Indian propaganda. The statement of Mehbooba Mufti is in front of you. The story being presented is different from the facts."
Mehbooba Mufti expressed hope that the "objectives" of both New Delhi and Islamabad had been served as they were making contradictory claims about the air strikes.
 
"Post pre-dawn strikes carried out by IAF, conflicting reports coming in. Official communique by FS claims that terror training camps were bombed while Pak denied this and said that the planes made a hasty retreat after being spotted. Hope objective of both sides has been served," she said in a tweet.

Violence begets violence, says Mehbooba Mufti

Pulwama attacks has undoubtedly vitiated the nation’s atmosphere. People are baying for blood & want revenge. But lets not forget violence begets violence. Having said that in which part of the world does advocating peace and not wanting senseless violence make one a traitor?

There's conflict in reports over IAF strike: Mehbooba Mufti

Mehbooba Mufti expressed hope that the "objectives" of both New Delhi and Islamabad had been served as they were making contradictory claims about the air strikes.
 
"Post pre-dawn strikes carried out by IAF, conflicting reports coming in. Official communique by FS claims that terror training camps were bombed while Pak denied this and said that the planes made a hasty retreat after being spotted. Hope objective of both sides has been served," she said in a tweet.
 
Since Pak has claimed that no casualties were reported despite IAF violating LoC ,they should adopt a reconciliatory stand as opposed to further escalation. Or else, an already  volatile situation will spiral out of control  and as usual Kashmiris will be the biggest casualties, she tweeted.

Pakistan rejects Indian comments about "terror camps", high death toll from air strike

Pakistan rejected India's comments that it had struck "terror camps", vowing to prove wrong India's claims and warning that it will retaliate to Indian aggression.
 
Pakistan's National Security Committee (NSC), comprising top officials including Prime Minister Imran Khan and army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, said in a statement that it "strongly rejected Indian claim of targeting an alleged terrorist camp near Balakot and the claim of heavy casualties." NSC said Khan will "engage with global leadership to expose irresponsible Indian policy". It also warned that "Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing" to Indian aggression.
Pakistan's top security committee says India has "committed uncalled for aggression"; vows to respond "at the time and place of its choosing".

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan asks armed forces and the people of Pakistan to remain "prepared for all eventualities."

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan asks armed forces and the people of Pakistan to remain "prepared for all eventualities." - PTI

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan welcome air strike on Pakistan terror launch pads

Politicians including Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and his predecessor Shivraj Singh Chouhan Tuesday hailed the air strike by Indian armed forces on terror launch pads in Pakistan.
 
"I congratulate the brave soldiers of Indian Air Force for the massive strike on terrorists' camp. My party and I are always with you for every move initiated in the country's interest," Kamal Nath tweeted.
 
In his tweet, Chouhan, said, "The drive to eliminate terrorism has begun. Anybody with ill intention against India will meet the same fate as the Jaish terrorists".

In pics: People across India celebrate IAF strike on JeM camp in Pakistan

The Indian Air Force on Tuesday destroyed a major terrorist camp in Pakistan, in response to the February 14 Pulwama terror attack, in which over 40 CRPF personnel were killed. SEE PICS.

Pulwama revenge: Amit Shah, Rahul, Mufti react to IAF air strike across LoC

Soon after the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out well-planned pre-dawn air atrikes across LoC destroying major terror outfits in Pakistan, leaders across political lines praised the move as a much-needed response to the February 14 Pulwama terror attack, which had claimed the lives of over 40 CRPF personnel. Read on...
Pakistan's National Security Committee (NSC) after a meeting chaired by Pakistan PM Imran Khan today: India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing.

Pakistan to raise issue of India's 'violation' of LoC at UN, OIC: Report

Pakistan will raise the issue of India's "violation" of the Line of Control (LoC) at the United Nations and other international forums, a media said Tuesday, quoting sources.
 
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan and attended by the top civil and military leadership, including Army chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa, Geo TV reported.
 
In a swift and precise air strike following the Pulwama attack, India bombed and destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest training camp in Pakistan early Tuesday, killing a "very large number" of terrorists, trainers and senior commanders.

Gujarat on 'high alert' after IAF strikes destroy JeM camp in Pakistan

Gujarat police on Tuesday issued a "high alert" across the state followingIndia's preemptive strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed's (JeM) biggest terror campin Pakistan.
 
Gujarat's Director General of Police Shivanand Jha cancelled a conference on crime-related issues scheduled at the Police Bhavan in Gandhinagar and asked all officers who reached here to attend it to return to their respective headquarters in view of the alert sounded in the state.
 
"In view of the action on terrorists across the border by IAF, all establishments have been put on high alert," a message from DGP's office to the district headquarters said.

China calls for 'restraint' after India's airstrikes on terror targets in Pakistan

China on Tuesday urged India and Pakistan to "exercise restraint" and asked New Delhi to carry out its fight against terrorism through international cooperation, hours after Indian fighter jets struck Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest camp in Pakistan in a pre-dawn attack.
 
When asked for China's response to India's airstrikes on terrorist camps in Pakistan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told the media here that “we have taken note of relevant reports." "I want to say that India and Pakistan are both important countries in South Asia. A sound relationship and cooperation between the two serves the interests of both the countries and peace and stability in South Asia," he said.
 
"We hope that both India and Pakistan can exercise restraint and do more to improve mutual their bilateral relations," he said.

Balakot camp located on bank of Kunhar river in KPK; also used by Hizbul: Sources

The Balakot-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp destroyed by the Indian Air Force Tuesday was located on the bank of the Kunhar river in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan and was also used by the Hizbul Mujahideen terror group, government sources said.
 
The Balakot camp was an important training centre for the JeM and other terror organisations and it had several structures to accommodate terrorist trainees and facilities to train them.
 
Situated on the Kunhar river, the Balakot camp offered possibility of aquatic training to terrorists and housed hundreds of terrorists, the sources said.

Pakistani villagers say one person wounded in Indian air strike, according to Reuters

Pakistani villagers in the area where Indian Air Force struck at JeM training camp said they heard four loud bangs in the early hours of Tuesday but reported only one person wounded by bomb shards.
 
"We saw trees fallen down and one house damaged and four craters where the bombs had fallen," said Mohammad Ajmal, a 25-year-old who visited the site.

This retaliatory action will be start of unlearning process for Pak: Lone

People's Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone Tuesday said the air strikes carried out by the Indian Air Force on terror camps in Pakistan will set a benchmark for deterrence and eventually end the cycle of violence.
 
"Pacifist to the core I am. But the reality as it stares in our faces is that this retaliatory action will actually be the start of the unlearning process for Pakistan. This will set the benchmark for deterrence. And eventually crowd out cycle of violence," Lone said in a tweet.

Patnaik salutes IAF for air strikes on terror camps in Pakistan

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Tuesday praised the Indian Air Force (IAF) over its successful air strike inside Pakistan.
 
"Salute the #IndianAirForce for pre-dawn air strike on terror camps in defence of our Nation. Jai Hind," Patnaik tweeted.
 
In the early hours of Tuesday, IAF fighter jets successfully destroyed terrorist camps in Pakistan's Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, sources said. 
Producer Ekta Kapoor said, "Yay! May the force be with the INDIAN FORCES!" South actor Mahesh Babu? wrote, "Extremely proud of our #IndianAirForce. Salutes to the brave pilots of IAF." "Salute to the #IndianAirForce for their indomitable spirit in keeping our country safe! Let us all pray for their safety. Jai Hind," Dutt wrote.
South stars-turned-politicians Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan also hailed the strikes.
 
"BRAVO INDIA!" tweeted Rajinikanth.
 
India is proud of its heroes, wrote Haasan on the microblogging.
 
"Our 12 return safely home after wreaking havoc on terrorist camps in Pakistan... I salute their valour," he 
 
"Uri" star Yami Gautam?, Vivek Oberoi, Sonu Sood, Sonakshi Sinha and Suniel Shetty wrote "Jai Hind".
 
Filmmaker Rahul Dholakia thanked the IAF for their service.
 
"You are fighting to protect and save us by destroying and finishing terror camps - Thank You IAF. Jai Hind," Dholakia wrote.

Indian film personalities hail IAF air strikes in Pakistan

Lata Mangeshkar, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar are some of the Indian film personalities who hailed the Indian armed forces for carrying out air strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan on Tuesday.
 
The celebrities took to social media to share their reactions.
 
"I have been watching since morning and I'm very happy that our armed forces are so prepared and strong. I always say that India is there because of our armed forces. We live in this country and are very fortunate," Mangeshkar told a news channel.
 
"Respect @IAF_MCC Indian Air Force... Jai ho !!!," Salman wrote on Twitter.
 
Kumar said he is proud of the Indian Air Force for "destroying terror camps".
Bloomberg: More than 300 people were killed in the air strikes at the camp belonging to terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed that has trained suicide bombers, according to an Indian official speaking on condition of anonymity. Pakistan denies the attack did any damage or caused casualties.

Pakistan drone shot down near Gujarat border

A Pakistani unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was on Tuesday shot down near the International Border in Kutch district of Gujarat, police sources said.
 
Debris of the UAV was seen near Nanghatad village in Abdasa taluka of Kutch, they said.
 
On hearing a loud sound around 6 am, villagers went to the spot and found the debris of the UAV, the sources said.

Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress on IAF strike at JeM camp across LoC: We've always said that whatever action the forces take for protection of this nation, all of us will support them in unity, they are taking action against the terrorists in Pakistan. I congratulate them.

Bravo to the IAF men and my full support for the action, said Congress leader and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also hailed the Indian Air Force (IAF) for carrying out air strikes in Pakistan.
 
"IAF also means India's Amazing Fighters. Jai Hind," Banerjee tweeted.
 
Congress leader and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh hailed it as a great job by the Indian Air Force.
 
"The IAF strikes have sent the much needed signal to Pakistan and the terrorists it's harbouring - don't think you can get away with acts like the Pulwama Attack. 
 
Bravo to the IAF men and my full support for the action," he said.
Lauding the pilots of the Indian Air Force after air strikes on Pakistan, Gandhi tweeted, "I salute the pilots of the IAF." The Congress also tweeted, hailing the role of the Indian Air Force in keeping Indians safe with its consistent and determined effort.
 
BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javdekar told reporters that people of Indian stood solidly behind their armed forces as he described the IAF strikes as an act of great valour.
 
People have faith in Modi's leadership, he said.

Parties hails IAF, BJP says people trust Modi

India's pre-emptive strikes on terror camps in Pakistan were hailed Tuesday by leaders of various political parties, with the BJP asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's political will has made the difference while Congress chief Rahul Gandhi lauded the Indian Air Force.
 
"Every Indian who had the pain and anguish of the martyrdom of our forces is greatly relieved and delighted this morning. Salute to the Air Force for a meticulous operation. Our forces are world class anyway. It is the political will of our PM and team that made all the difference," BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said.
Amid confusion about the location as there are two places by the name of Balakot/Balakote, the Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Asif Ghafoor, said the "intrusion" took place within three to four miles of LoC in Pakistan administered Kashmir.
 
His earlier tweet had mentioned that the Indian fighters dropped a payload at Balakot.
Indian Army has shot down a Pakistani spy drone in Abdasa village, in Kutch, Gujarat. Army and police personnel present at the spot.

Maharashtra Assembly lauds armed forces for air strikes in Pakistan

Maharashtra Assembly on Tuesday passed a unanimous resolution congratulating the Indian armed forces for carrying out air strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan.
 
The resolution was moved by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who lauded the Indian Air Force for its bravery.
 
"We feel proud of our armed forces which did not allow martyrdom of our jawans to go in vain. We proved our might," he said. Read on...
Senator Sherry Rehman, a leading opposition leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party, said that "Indian incursion" across the LOC is strategically "ill-advised and tactically pointless".
 
"Such moves only ratchet up tensions in a region bristling with anger.
 
"Obvious that (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi's election wardrums make prospects for talks collateral damage. India's ruling party sees no other way to win the elections hence, itching for war," Rehman said in a tweet.

Pakistan says India committed 'aggression', Islamabad has 'right to respond'

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said India has committed "aggression" by violating the LoC and Islamabad has "right to respond".

Govt calls an all-party meeting at 5 pm

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has called an all-party meeting at 5pm today.
Maharashtra Assembly passes resolution congratulating Indian armed forces for carrying out strike on terror launch pads in Pakistan.

Modi has briefed both President and Vice-President about the Indian Air Force strike at JeM terror camp in Balakot across LoC

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has briefed both President and Vice-President about the Indian Air Force strike at JeM terror camp in Balakot across LoC.

Pakistan had made a solemn commitment in January 2004 not to allow its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India.

The Government of Pakistan had made a solemn commitment in January 2004 not to allow its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India. We expect that Pakistan lives up to its public commitment and takes follow up actions to dismantle all JeM and other camps and hold the terrorists accountable for the actions.
Statement by Foreign Secretary on the strike on JeM training camps at Balakot
 
The Government of India is firmly and resolutely committed to taking all necessary measures to fight the menace of terrorism. Hence this non-military preemptive action was specifically targeted at the JeM camp. The selection of the target was also conditioned by our desire to avoid civilian casualties. The facility is located in thick forest on a hilltop far away from any civilian presence. As the strike has taken place only a short while ago, we are awaiting further details.
Statement by Foreign Secretary on the strike on JeM training camps at Balakot
 
Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose. In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary.
 
In an intelligence led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated. This facility at Balakot was headed by MAULANA YOUSUF AZHAR (alias USTAD GHOURI), the brother-in-law of MASOOD AZHAR, Chief of JeM.
Statement by Foreign Secretary on the strike on JeM training camps at Balakot
 
On 14 February 2019, a suicide terror attack was conducted by a Pak based terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad, leading to the martyrdom of 40 brave jawans of the CRPF. JeM has been active in Pakistan for the last two decades, and is led by MASOOD AZHAR with its headquarters in Bahawalpur.
 
This organization, which is proscribed by the UN, has been responsible of a series of terrorist attacks including on the Indian Parliament in December 2001 and the Pathankot airbase in January 2016.

Statement by Foreign Secretary on the strike on JeM training camps at Balakot

India has been repeatedly urging Pakistan to take action against the JeM to prevent jihadis from being trained and armed inside Pakistan. Pakistan has taken no concrete actions to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism on its soil.

Indo-Pak tension: Market fall only a knee-jerk reaction, say analysts

The steep fall witnessed in markets on Tuesday amid reports of fresh geopolitical tensions between India and Pakistan is a knee-jerk reaction and the negative sentiment will taper-off soon, say market experts. However, if the government officially confirms the development, the uncertainty in the market would last a little longer, they say. 
 
The benchmark index, S&P BSE Sensex, opened over 370 points lower on Tuesday after reports suggested Indian  fighter jets had destroyed a major terrorist camp in Balakot in Pakistan as tensions between the two nations rose following a suicide terror attack in Pulwama earlier this month.
Camp was led by Maulana Yusuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghauri, brother in law of JeM Chief Masood Azhar.
Better sense should prevail in India, Pakistan forces are prepared to respond to any misadventure, Radio Pakistan quotes Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi as saying.
Vijay Gokhale: In an intelligence lead operation in the early hours today, India struck the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commander and Jihadis were eliminated.
Vijay Gokhale: Credible information was received that JeM was attempting other attacks in the country. A pre-emptive strike became important. India struck the biggest camp of JeM in Balakot.
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale: Credible intelligence was received that Jaish-e-Mohammed was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country and fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose.

The JeM camp in PoK was headed by Yusuf Azhar, brother-in-law of Masood Azhar.


JeM could not have functioned without the knowledge of Pakistan: Vijay Gokhale

JeM could not have functioned without the knowledge of Pakistan: Vijay Gokhale

If you're docile, enemy will consider you as coward, says Army

Hours after the Indian Air Force hit terror camps inside Pakistan, the Army Tuesday 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, is possible only when you are in a powerful position and capable to win.

Hours after air strike, Army tweets poem on being powerful

Indices recover partially: The benchmark indices are trading nearly 1 per cent lower today, after Pakistan claimed that IAF violated the LoC, following which the former "scrambled" immediately.

Akhilesh Yadav hailed IAF and the armed forces.

According to India Today, India shot down a Pakistani drone in Kutch.

Pakistan calls 'emergency meeting' after India carried out air strikes

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called an "emergency meeting" Tuesday after India carried out air strikes across the LoC and destroyed terror camps in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
 
Qureshi will meet Prime Minister Imran Khan after the meeting in which he will discuss the security situation with high-level officials. Sources said that Qureshi summoned the "emergency meeting" at the Foreign Office for consultations.

IAF acted to protect country, says Prakash Javadekar, human resource development minister

Indian has taken steps necessary to defend the country, Prakash Javadekar said after Indian combat planes carried out raids on terrorist camps in Pakistan.
 
Prakash Javadekar, human resource development minister, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given a free hand to the military to respond to an attack on an Indian security convoy in Kashmir on February 14 that has raised tensions.
 
Pakistan downplayed Tuesday's incident, saying there were no casualties and that Indian jets "released a payload" hastily in a forest area after crossing Kashmir's Line of Control (LoC).
 
"This was a necessary step for the defence of the country, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given the armed forces a free hand. The whole country stands behind the armed forces," said Javadekar.

One of the targets destroyed by IAF Mirage jets was in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa area: ANI

One of the targets destroyed by IAF Mirage jets was in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa area: ANI
The extent of the damage inflicted on the ground is not immediately known but the sources claimed the Pakistani side sustained significant losses.
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.
India's attack comes 12 days after Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group carried out the dastardly Pulwama attack in Kashmir, government sources said.
Pakistani F16s were scrambled to retaliate against IAF Mirage 2000s but turned back due to size of Indian formation. Western Air Command coordinated operation: ANI
Union Minister of State for External Affairs and former chief of Army Staff V K Singh tweeted: "They say they want India to bleed with a 1000 cuts. We say that each time you attack us, be certain we will get back at you, harder and stronger. Salute the brave pilots of the @IAF_MCC that carried out the strikes. #JaiHind"
Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale to brief media at 11:30 am today.
People have faith on PM Modi, says Javadekar.
According to CNBC, meeting of Cabinet Committee On Security chaired by PM Narendra Modi concludes.
Balakot, a town in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan, is about 50 km (30 miles) from the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi postponed his trip to Japan due to the "sensitive situation" brewing in the region in the wake of the Pulwama attack, reports Dawn.
Congress Spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said Indian Air Force Strikes at Balakot don't have official word yet but the helter skelter by Pakistan seems like something big has happened. The IAF has gone beyond POK and into Pakistan near their capital while they were busy counting alms received from Saudi and China.

Abhishek Singhvi said Balakot, which is quite far out into the LOC is a deep strike and purportedly where Hafeez Saeed gives a lot of his addresses

Congress Spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said Balakot, which is quite far out into the LOC is a deep strike and purportedly where Hafeez Saeed gives a lot of his addresses. If IAF penetrated that deep without casualties it's a highly successful mission.

Rahul Gandhi lauds IAF pilots for air strikes on Pakistan

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday lauded the pilots of the Indian Air Force after air strikes on Pakistan.
 
"I salute the pilots of the IAF," he tweeted.
 
Gandhi also put out the Indian flag along with his tweet.
 
The Congress also tweeted, lauding the role of the Indian Air Force in keeping Indians safe with its consistent and determined effort.
Meeting of Cabinet Committee on Security underway at 7, LKM
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has summoned an emergency meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan. The meeting will discuss the security situation, ANI tweeted.
Indian aircrafts’ intrusion across LOC in Muzafarabad Sector within AJ&K was 3-4 miles.Under forced hasty withdrawal aircrafts released payload which had free fall in open area. No infrastructure got hit, no casualties. Technical details and other important information to follow, tweeted Pakistan army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor.
Manwhile, NIA is carrying out raids on separatists, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in Kashmir.
Jaish-e-Mohammed is a United Nations designated terrorist group.
Relations between the historic arch-rivals has been extremely tense since a suicide car bombing, claimed by the Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, on February 14 in Kashmir killed 40 members of India’s security forces.

IAF has put on high alert all air defence systems along the international border and LoC

Indian Air Force has put on high alert all air defence systems along the international border and LoC to respond to any possible action by Pakistan Air Force: ANI

Sensex slips 350 points as India-Pakistan tensions rise

Benchmark indices opened 1 per cent lower on Tuesday, after Pakistan claimed that the IAF has violated the LoC, following which the former "scrambled" immediately. Pakistan's claim comes in the wake of tense relations between the two countries in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack....Read on

Minister Thawarchand Gehlot confirmed in a tweet that Indian Air Force had conducted air strikes early on terror camps in Pakistan


Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots who have made us proud by striking terror targets in Pakistan."

The Indian defence ministry, meanwhile, said it had no information about Pakistani allegations that Indian aircraft violated Pakistani airspace, according to a Reuters news alert.
Subramanian Swamy: Even if it was their territory, we have under the United Nation charter the right of self-defence. They have been attacking us and they say we want to give a thousand cuts to India, so our government did the right thing by giving them 1000 bombs.
Subramanian Swamy on reported air strikes by IAF in Balakot, Chakothi & Muzaffarabad terror launch pads across LoC: Actually it was mostly on our own territory, which is called PoK- Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. So you can always bomb your own territory, nothing wrong.

America should not give aid to Pakistan until it stops harbouring terrorists, said Haley

Meanwhile, Indian-American former US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley on Tuesday said, "In 2017, Pakistan received nearly $1 billion in US foreign aid, the sixth most of any country. Much of the aid went to the Pakistani military. Some went for road, highway, and energy projects to assist the Pakistani people."  Pakistan also has a long history of harbouring terrorists who have killed US troops in Afghanistan," she said.
Pakistan army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor claimed that the Indian aircraft released payload in haste while escaping, which fell near Balakot.
Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad terror launch pads across the LOC completely destroyed in IAF air strikes, ANI tweeted quoting sources.

Pakistan army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor claimed that the IAF had violated the LoC


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