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KP put on alert

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has issued special instructions to chief secretary, inspector general of police and administrative heads of all departments to take measures for coping with emergency situation arising in the wake of ongoing.
Meanwhile, Bacha Khan International Airport Peshawar has been closed for all commercial and passenger operations.Notification has been issued to airlines that the facility has been closed for flights till further orders.Similarly, the provincial government has declared emergency in hospitals and cancelled leaves of all police and law enforcing agencies personnel.According to an official handout issued on Wednesday, Chief Minister has issued instruction to heads of all public hospitals to reserve 25 per cent quota of beds for meeting emergency.All departments concerned should be well prepared for facing any kind of emergency, CM added.Departments should remain prepared for carrying out rescue and safety measures. Mahmood also directed Disaster Management Authority to take all kind of measures for meeting any untoward happening.Meanwhile, a video conference of all the administrative secretaries took place after getting instruction of CM. The participants took a review of preparedness for meeting any emergency.
Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said Wednesday that Indian government was suffering from war hysteria and such conditions provoke proper treatment. Pakistan armed forces gave India a dose of its own medicine, he addedHe was addressing a gathering held at the Qayuum Stadium to handover vehicles to Excise Department.
He said that jihad was obligatory on Muslim if the time comes. He said that Pakistani nation stood firm behind Pakistan Army and Indian government should behave otherwise it would be obliterated.The nation was united he said adding that both the national and provincial assemblies have passed resolution against India.He said that federal and provincial governments are on the same page standing firmly behind their armed forces at this juncture.He said that the restraint Pakistan was showing restraint should not be considered as its weakness.He said that Pakistan nation would not shy away from any kind of sacrifices in defense of their motherland.
Rallies across K-PPeople across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa came out on the streets to rejoice the shooting down of Indian warplanes and to show solidarity with the Pakistani security forces.Speakers at various rallies said that they will fight alongside the Pak Army in case India dares attack the motherland.Most prominent were the Afghan nationals who took part in a rally of traders in Khyber tribal district vowing support for Pakistan and Pak Army. Besides, members of Sikh, Hindu and Christian communities were chanting slogans in support of homeland and Pakistan Arm.
Meanwhile the tribal notables and Maliks held a press conference at Peshawar Press Club condemning Indian aggression and violating Pakistani borders.In the backdrop of yesterday’s international border violation by Indian Air Force in Azad Kashmir, people in Wana, the headquarters of North Waziristan, belonging from all segments of society took to streets today.The main square of Wana Bazaar was swarming with people charged with national fervor as a spontaneous reaction to incursion by the enemy and a befitting reply by the Pakistan Air Force.Traders’ association, Tribal Youth Jirga, school children, and Wana Syasi Ittehad, a coalition of political workers, Youth Cricket Academy members, civil society members and Ulema of the tribal district were gathered to show unflinching support to the country and its defenders.
The Assistant Commis­sioner Wana led the rally which started from Wana bazaar which was also attainted by other members of district administration staffers and local elders.Similarly in Mohmand tribal district, highly charged crowd chanted slogans vociferously against the Indian belligerence and cross border violation.
The participants of rally strongly denounced and castigated Indian imperialistic designs and vowed to resist and pay back in the same coin if India tries to transgress the sanctity of international border.Moreover, the locals also demanded from UNO to intervene and stop India from aggression otherwise the valiant Pashtuns from across the province are ready to teach India lesson.The participants of rally marched through streets and bazar and turned into a big procession at main chowk where the prominent locals addressed the participants of rally. The participants were carrying banners, placards and national flags with them.In Southern districts of province scores of solidarity rallies were held in which people from all walks of life participated and announced their undeterred support for their forces.Similar rallies were also held in Swabi, Mardan, Malakand and Hazzra divisions and Chitral.People in Uper and Lower Dir were willing to fight along Pakistan Army. Tehsil Nazim Bilambat, Lower Dir, Imran Uddin Advocate reminded that people of Dir had laid down their lives in 1948 Kashmir Jihad while fighting alongside Pakistan Army and they were willing to do so again.
Qaumi Watan Party Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao said that violation of our airspace by Indian warplanes was an open threat against our sovereignty. He called for holding a joint session of the Parliament to discuss the issue and give a unified national response to the enemy.He said the whole nation was on the same page in defending the motherland against any aggression.He called out to the Indian political leadership to talk sense to their government.The region is home to billions of people living below the poverty line, it is already reeling from the outfall of Afghan wars and cannot bear the economic impact of more aggression, he said in a statement. He said war should be avoided at all costs and both countries should try to resolve the issues with dialogue.

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Worst day for IAF as it loses 2 MiG-21, MI-17 chopper

ISLAMABAD: It was one of the worst days for the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday as it lost three gigantic machines including two MiG-21 and one MI-17 chopper besides prestige and esteem.
According to Indian media six IAF personnel were killed Wednesday morning when an Mi-17 transport helicopter crashed in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.A civilian was also killed in the crash. The chopper crashed at around 10:am in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam, some 10:km from the Srinagar International Airport.The villagers rushed to the area and made attempts to save those on board knowing that the victims were part of Indian occupying forces which have made the life in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) miserable. They could not help the persons on board since the helicopter was on fire and fully burnt.Additional deputy commissioner Budgam said that they have recovered seven dead bodies near the crash site of MI-17. It was not clear how the chopper crashed.
Seven persons have died of which six were IAF personnel on board the helicopter while one was a civilian of the village. There was no other collateral damage, official said.He said the civilian, Kifayat Ahmad Ganai, was by chance there when the chopper fell. The chopper fell some 200 feet away from the nearby habitation, he said.The bodies were charred. Six of them were IAF personnel and one was a civilian.We have given the bodies to IAF and their identification will be done in due course, he said.On why the chopper crashed, another official said that it was a matter of investigation.It will be premature to say anything. Circumstances of the incident are being inquired into, he added.
The administration said that the spot was cleared after debris was removed. The air force took away the debris, he said.
Owing to the curiosity hundreds of people gathered at the spot prompting the forces to use force to disperse them.Locals said that they heard two blasts one after another.We heard a loud bang in air when we saw the chopper and then another blast when it fell on ground, said Liyaqat Mir, a resident of Budgam.Another villager Nazir Wani said that they heard the blast in sky and saw the aircraft on fire.
The pilot tried a lot to maneuver the aircraft out of the village area and into a field and we also rushed there to save the pilot. There was so much fire that we could not save him.Then again there were blasts and everybody ran for their lives, Wani said.India lost two MiG planes while engaging Pakistan Air Force (PAF) planes as one fell in IHK while the other in Azad Kashmir.The two pilots were perished who were on the plane that fell in IHK and one pilot with Wing Commander rank was captured by troops in Azad Kashmir.India falsely claimed that one Pakistan plane was shot down by the Indians but it proved incorrect.
The IAF kept on lying the whole day that has deprived it credibility in the eyes of world opinion and more importantly in the eyes of Indian people. Its eight personnel including three pilots killed and one senior pilot was arrested on the soil of Pakistan whose plane was shot down by Pakistan and established India an ‘aggressor’ beyond shadow of any doubt.
According to Indian media six IAF personnel were killed Wednesday morning when an Mi-17 transport helicopter crashed in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. A civilian was also killed in the crash.The chopper crashed at around 10:am in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam, some 10:km from the Srinagar International Airport.The villagers rushed to the area and made attempts to save those on board knowing that the victims were part of Indian occupying forces which have made the life in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) miserable.
They could not help the persons on board since the helicopter was on fire and fully burnt.Additional deputy commissioner Budgam said that they have recovered seven dead bodies near the crash site of MI-17.“It was not clear how the chopper crashed. Seven persons have died of which six were IAF personnel on board the helicopter while one was a civilian of the village.There was no other collateral damage,” official said. He said the civilian, Kifayat Ahmad Ganai, was by chance there when the chopper fell.“The chopper fell some 200 feet away from the nearby habitation,” he said. “The bodies were charred.Six of them were IAF personnel and one was a civilian. We have given the bodies to IAF and their identification will be done in due course,” he said.
On why the chopper crashed, another official said that it was a matter of investigation. “It will be premature to say anything.Circumstances of the incident are being inquired into,” he added.The administration said that the spot was cleared after debris was removed.“The air force took away the debris,” he said. Owing to the curiosity hundreds of people gathered at the spot prompting the forces to use force to disperse them.
Locals said that they heard two blasts one after another. “We heard a loud bang in air when we saw the chopper and then another blast when it fell on ground,” said Liyaqat Mir, a resident of Budgam.Another villager Nazir Wani said that they heard the blast in sky and saw the aircraft on fire. “The pilot tried a lot to maneuver the aircraft out of the village area and into a field and we also rushed there to save the pilot.There was so much fire that we could not save him. Then again there were blasts and everybody ran for their lives,” Wani said.
India lost two MiG planes while engaging Pakistan Air Force (PAF) planes as one fell in IHK while the other in Azad Kashmir. The two pilots were perished who were on the plane that fell in IHK and one pilot with Wing Commander rank was captured by troops in Azad Kashmir.India falsely claimed that one Pakistan plane was shot down by the Indians but it proved incorrect. The IAF kept on lying the whole day that has deprived it credibility in the eyes of world opinion and more importantly in the eyes of Indian people.

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PAF carries out warning strikes into IOK, shoots down two Indian jets | FO asks India to act mature and give peace a chance Swaraj softens position, says New Delhi does not want escalation with Islamabad.
The enemy planes were hunted down in the morning when they crossed into Azad Kashmir area while chasing Pakistan Air Force jets flying near the Line of Control (LoC) as part of a mission to demonstrate their strike capability to a boastful and arrogant enemy.He said the whole episode started with the promised Pakistani response to the India’s Tuesday aggression, wherein the IAF [Indian Air Force] fighter planes violated the LoC and dropped payloads in Balakot area in a hurry upon being pursued by PAF aircraft.As part of their mind-it-India mission, PAF engaged six targets from across the LoC in Occupied Kashmir on Wednesday morning.
All the six targets were in fact open spaces near Indian military and administrative installation.He explained that the purpose of the strikes was just to make it clear to the enemy that Pakistan forces have capacity, capability, will and resolve to respond and hit them at places they cannot even imagine.The payloads were dropped at the open spaces to ensure that no causality happens in the process, the DG ISPR said.We kept in mind that no collateral damage is caused.
Therefore, keeping within our own air space, we selected Bhimber Gali, PG Top and Naryan area targets, our pilots locked those target. When they had an option to fire, they manifested responsibility and keeping safety engaged the targets in an open area.The spokesman said that it was not retaliation but we needed to manifest that Pakistan has the capability and could do it.Major General Asif Ghafoor went on to say that after taking the targets, two Indian aircraft violated LoC and entered into Pakistani territory and PAF engaged and shot them down, with debris of one falling inside Pakistan’s territory and the other in the Occupied Kashmir.
Consequently, one Indian pilot was taken into custody and is being treated properly, the officer said.Earlier in the day, India also claimed of shooting down an F-16 fighter plane of Pakistan.
But Pakistan chief military spokesperson categorically rejected the Indian claim arguing that not even a single F-16 was engaged in the action.The DG ISPR said Pakistan armed forces and PAF had no option but to respond in self defence to the aggression India had committed a day earlier.
We wanted to show to Indians that we are capable of doing all things, but not at the cost of regional peace. We are a peaceful country and do not want to go to war and have been exercising restraint to avoid escalating the situation.
Maj Gen Ghafoor said Pakistan had always conveyed peace to India and the way to it passes through dialogue.He however made it clear, If aggression was imposed on us we will definitely give a response under compulsion.
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan has already made it clear that it is easy to start war but difficult to conclude it and We do not want to escalate and are pursuing path of peace.DG ISPR said it is also the responsibility of the international community to come forward and play its role as the war will cause irreparable damage to both the countries as well as the region.
He emphasised that people of both countries as well as the region need to live in peace.He said the Pakistani media opted for peace journalism.Our action was in self defence and we do not want to indicate any kind of victory. Nobody wins or loses a war.It is the humanity that ultimately loses. Therefore, I request media to continue objective reporting that leads to peace.
When a war is imposed on us, the reporting of that time will be different.Asked about the use of any nuclear arsenal, he stated, I have always said, we must not talk about this.This is insane to talk about this. It is a capability and a weapon of political choice.
Neither is it our level nor a subject to be talked about.Pakistan’s Foreign Office also issued a statement condoning ISPR’s version of events and making it clear that Islamabad did not seek to escalate tension with India but reserved the right to respond to any aggression.India’s positionAfter denying the news of their losses for hours, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) finally admitted later in the day that one of their MiG-21s was shot down by Pakistan and its pilot was missing.Addressing a press conference, a spokesperson for the Indian MEA said, We unfortunately lost one MiG-21 in this engagement and an Indian pilot is missing in action.
Pakistan claims the pilot is in their custody, however we are ascertaining the facts.India media reports meanwhile said, IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhi Nandan took off in a MiG 21 Bison jet and is yet to return.
Abhi Nandan is the son of a retired Indian Air Marshal, the reports added.A video of the captured Indian pilot released on social media showed him saying: My name is Wing Commander Abhi Nandan.My service number is 27981. I am a flying pilot.
My religion is Hindu.Initial reports suggested that another Indian pilot was arrested in an injured state and taken to CMH for treatment.But later it emerged that only Abhinandan was arrested from the crash site.Softening of Indian positionAfter its armed forces had to lick the dust on Wednesday, India sought to ease soaring tensions with Pakistan with its Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj saying the country does not wish to see further escalation of the situation.
Swaraj, who is in China with her counterparts from Beijing and Moscow, termed Tuesday’s strikes by Indian aircraft within the Pakistani airspace as pre-emptive’ and said India will continue to act with responsibility and restraint.India does not wish to see further escalation of this situation.
India will continue to act with responsibility and restraint, she said.This new posture appeared in stark contrast to the series of threats by Indian political and military leadership to Pakistan following the Pulwama suicide attack, which was carried out by a Kashmiri youth in reaction to the oppression unleashed by the occupational forces.
FO statementPakistan’s Foreign Office also issued a statement on the Wednesday episode saying PAF undertook the strikes across the LOC from within Pakistani airspace.This was not retaliation to continued Indian belligerence.
Pakistan has taken strikes at non-military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage, it said, adding that strikes were made to demonstrate country’s 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, it warned.
Pakistan undertook the action with clear warning and in broad daylight, the statement said.The Foreign Office said for the past 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.
If India is striking at the 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.It said, We wish that India gives peace a chance and to resolve issues like a mature democratic nation.
Background of skirmishesIndia has been seething since February 14 when a young Kashmiri, believed to be associated with the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), drove a car full of explosives in a military convoy in the Pulwama area of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), killing nearly four dozen troops in an attack described as the deadliest in the region’s history.New Delhi blamed Pakistan of orchestrating and backing the attack.
Islamabad strongly rejected the allegations and offered all help in investigation of the incident.On Tuesday India went on carrying out a sort of revenge attack.It claimed that its warplanes launched pre-dawn air strikes, flattening the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) in Balakot area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and killing 350 terrorists.Indian media started thumping chest soon after Delhi claimed the IAF strikes.
But Pakistan called the claim reckless and fictitious’, saying that no such camp existed in that area and the Indian planes had in fact dropped payload in a non-populated space in the woods.Pakistan’s civil and military leadership also declared the violation of airspace by Indian fighter jets uncalled for aggression and decided that the country would respond at the time and place of its choosing.The airspace violation by Indian jets capped 12 days of bitter exchanges between the two nuclear-armed hostile neighbours, triggering international alarm, with China and the European Union calling for both sides to show restraint

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