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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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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.