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India needs a major relook at its national security policy, tendency to hide facts harming its credibility

In 2018, Israeli Air Force struck a Syrian Air Base. Warheads gutted the inside of the hanger but photographs show only tears on its metal skin; The IAF has been pointing to tears on the roof of one of the buildings in Balakot as evidence that it did …

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Digvijaya Singh quotes foreign agency report, questions airstrike success

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who has asked the Centre to provide evidence of casualties in airstrike carried out by India in Pakistan’s Balakot, on Wednesday cited a foreign agency report which has questioned success of the bombings.
With the headline ‘satellite images show madrasa buildings still standing at scene of Indian bombing’, Digvijaya Singh attached the Reuter’s report on .Basing its report on satellite images, Reuters has claimed that madrasa buildings continue to stand tall at scene of the bombing in Pakistan.”High-resolution satellite images reviewed by Reuters show that a religious school run by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in northeastern Pakistan appears to be still standing days after India claimed its warplanes had hit the Islamist group’s training camp on the site and killed a large number of militants,” the report says.
In the report, images produced by a San Francisco-based private satellite operator, are shown at least six buildings on the madrasa site on March 4, six days after the airstrike.According to Reuters, the image is virtually unchanged from an April 2018 satellite photo of the facility.”There are no discernible holes in the roofs of buildings, no signs of scorching, blown-out walls, displaced trees around the madrasa or other signs of an aerial attack,” the report adds.The foreign agency report says the satellite images have cast “further doubt” on statements made over the last eight days by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the raids had hit all the intended targets at the madrasa site near Jaba village and the town of Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Earlier, Digvijaya Singh had come down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to clear the “doubts” cast by the international media on the terrorists’ deaths in the airstrike carried out by India in Pakistan’s Balakot.”We are proud of the bravery of your forces and have complete faith on them.I have seen many of my friends and close relatives in the Army leaving their families and protecting us. We respect them,” Singh tweeted.”However, the IAF carried out an airstrike after the Pulwama accident, some foreign media have cast doubts, which is putting a question mark on the credibility of our Indian government,” Singh said on .Singh said the way PM Modi and his ministers were treating the airstrike was an “insult” to the forces who carried out the operation.A war of words over the Indian Air Force airstrikes in Balakot has broken out between Congress and the BJP as both the sides traded charges against each other. Both the sides have accused each other for politicising the IAF airstrike.

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Digvijaya Singh calls Pulwama terror attack an accident

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh came down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to clear the “doubts” cast by the international media on the terrorists’ deaths in the airstrike carried out by India in Pakistan’s Balakot.
“We are proud of the bravery of your forces and have complete faith on them.I have seen many of my friends and close relatives in the Army leaving their families and protecting us. We respect them,” Singh tweeted.”However, the IAF carried out an airstrike after the Pulwama accident, some foreign media have cast doubts, which is putting a question mark on the credibility of our Indian government,” Singh said on .March 5, 2019Air Strike”March 5, 2019ati went all out on him for describing the deadly Pulwama terror attack as a mere “accident”.
Digvijaya Singh also asked PM Modi to clarify on BJP chief Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union minister SS Ahluwalia’s statements on the number of terrorists killed by the IAF on Balakot airstrike.”Prime minister ji, some of your ministers say 300 terrorists were killed, BJP chief says 250 were killed, Yogi Adityanath says 400 killed, and your minister SS Alhuwalia says not even one died.And you are silent on this topic. The country wants to know who the liar here is.
[sic],” Singh said, SS AhluwaliaMarch 5, 2019Singh said the way PM Modi and his ministers were treating the airstrike was an “insult” to the forces who carried out the operation.”The way you and your ministers are treating this airstrike as your success, it is an insult to the bravery of the security forces.Every citizen of the country respects the Indian Army and security forces,” the Congress leader said.March 5, 2019Union minister Prakash Javadekar, reacting to Digvijaya Singh’s Pulwama accident tweet, said: “What has happened to Congress? They are playing with people’s sentiments and are denying the information of Indian armed forces.This never happens in any democratic nation where the people do not trust their forces.”Union Minister P Javadekar on Digvijaya Singh terms #PulwamaAttack an accident’: Congress ko kya hogya hai?Desh ki jan bhawna se ek dum ulti baat karte hain,sena ki jankari ko jhutla rahe hain.
Aisa kisi lok tantra desh mein nahi hota jahan sena par hi avishwas darshaya jata hai.
Both the sides have accused each other for politicising the IAF airstrike.The result of the counter-terrorism operation in Balakot has been a hot topic of political debate in India — Congress leader Kapil Sibal asked if PM Modi was “politicising terror”, pointing to several news reports saying India’s airstrikes did not kill terrorists in Pakistan.Union minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, replying to Kapil Sibal’s comment, blasted the latter for “believing international media over the intelligence agencies”. He went on to add that Sibal should travel to Balakot himself to check if any terrorists were killed.
West Bengal Mamata Banerjee asked for details last week, citing media reports that either said there were no deaths, or that one person has been killed.Asked about the West Bengal chief minister’s remarks, former Union Minister P Chidambaram said at the India Today Conclave that he was prepared to believe the government, but “the world cannot be asked to suspend disbelief”.Meanwhile, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa on Monday (March 4) said Indian Air Force warplanes hit their intended target. “If we plan to hit the target, we hit the target,” he told reporters in Coimbatore.”If we had dropped bombs in the jungle, then no need for him [Pakistan] to respond.”

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Pulwama to Surgical Strikes 2.0, Bollywood producers rush to register movie titles

On February 26, while the entire nation remained glued to television screens to watch the latest update on India's air strike on Pakistan's Balakot, producers thronged Indian Motion Pictures' Producers' Association (IMMPA) in Andheri in Western Mumbai …

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India-Pak War Crises: PM Imran chaired National Command Authority meeting

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday chaired a National Command Authority meeting to discuss a response to India’s Line of Control (LoC) violation.
The NCA is the apex civilian-led command headed by the prime minister to oversee the policy formulation, exercises, deployment, research and development, employment and operational command and control of the country’s nuclear arsenals.The meeting was attended by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, the Chiefs of all three services and Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor.Prime Minister Imran Khan had chaired a meeting of the National Security Council(NSC) a day earlier which had rejected Indian claims of targeting an alleged terrorist camp near Balakot and said that Pakistan will decide the time and place of a response to the aggression.
DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor on Tuesday also warned India that it was time to wait for our surprise.I said three things: You will never be able to surprise us.We have not been surprised. We were ready, we responded, we denied.I said we will retain the escalation ladder. We have that initiative in our hand, he said.I said that we will surprise you. Wait for that surprise.I said that our response will be different. See it for yourself.
The response will come, and the response will come differently, he warned the Indian army.Indian military aircraft violated the LoC as they intruded from the Muzaffarabad sector and were forced to return owing to the timely response of the Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said early Tuesday.
Indian aircraft intrusion across LoC in Muzaffarabad Sector within AJK was 3-4 miles. Under forced hasty withdrawal aircraft released payload which had free fall in the open area.
No infrastructure got hit, no casualties. Technical details and other important information to follow, Major General Ghafoor wrote on .He also tweeted images of the payload of hastily escaping Indian aircraft which fell in [the] open.The incursion into the Pakistani air space follows a series of threats by Indian political and military leadership following the attack on an Indian Army convoy at Pulwama by local youth, in reaction to the oppression unleashed by the occupational forces.

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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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Paresh Rawal Takes a Dig at Ali Zafar For His Silence Over India’s Surgical Strikes

Tensions between the nuclear-armed nations India and Pakistan are on the rise after the dastardly attack on a CRPF bus in Pulwama in which 40 soldiers were killed.

comFebruary 28, 2019, 11:29 AM IST Ali Zafar’s tweet in praise of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for condemning the Pulwama attack has been mocked by Paresh Rawal. Loading.On early Tuesday morning, India conducted a major ‘preemptive’ strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in Balakot, Muzaffarabad. Tensions have heightened further after Pakistan violated Indian airspace and captured an IAF pilot.On February 19, Pakistani actor-singer Ali Zafar tweeted in praise of his Prime Minister Imran Khan for condemning the Pulwama attack. Indian actor-politician Paresh Rawal has taken a jibe at his comment, mocking Zafar’s silence now.

Ali Zafar has been part of multiple Indian films, including Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, London, Paris, New York and Total Siyapaa.Earlier, Paresh Rawal had pleaded to the media to not invite any Pakistani or Indian Terrorist sympathisers to talk about the issue. He had tweeted, “A humble appeal to our national news channels.
Plz don’t invite any Pakistani or Indian terrorist sympathisers to spew venom against our dear motherland. Those rabid dogs are not allowed in our homes.Let those maggots die in their own filth.”
In the meantime, the Pakistan government on Tuesday said that no film from India will release in the country as it has called for a ban on Indian content.The country’s information and broadcasting minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said the country’s film exhibitors association will be boycotting the Indian films.
Likewise, in the wake of the terror attack, the makers of films such as “Total Dhamaal”, “Luka Chuppi”, “Arjun Patiala”, “Notebook” and “Kabir Singh” had announced that they will not be screening their movies the neighbouring country.As the tensions between the nuclear-armed nations India and Pakistan are rising, members of the film fraternity from both the sides are calling out for peace and urging the media to be responsible.

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