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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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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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Woman among 6 martyred in India shelling across LoC

SIALKOT/ISLAMABAD: India’s border forces resorted to heavy fire along the Line of Control (LoC) leaving at least six civilians including a woman dead and 11 others wounded in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Tuesday evening.
While Pakistan on Wednesday summoned Indian envoy and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the LoC on February 26, which resulted in the martyrdom of four innocent civilians and injuries to six others.Civilians are being ruthlessly targeted by Indian forces without any provocation while Sialkot sector on the LoC between Pakistan and India has turned into a massive battlefield with casualties being reported from both sides.The four deaths reported by local newspaper came as a result of intense and indiscriminate shelling which began at about 5:30pm simultaneously in Kotli, Bhimber and Poonch districts of the AJK.
At least five civilians including three of the same family were killed in Nakiyal Sector after the Indian troops opened unprovoked firing at the residential areas along with the LoC.Deputy Director of international think tank ICTC F Jeffery earlier revealed the breaking news quoting Pakistani security sources in a tweet on Tuesday.
The security expert tweeted that Indian forces including all Indian bases in Jammu Kashmir were currently on high alert in anticipation of a possible Pakistani strike.Pakistan on Wednesday summoned Indian Acting High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control (LoC) on February 26, in Nikial and Khuiratta sectors which resulted in the martyrdom of four innocent civilians and injuries to six others.
The civilians martyred included Mottia Bibi, Ms Zarina, Gulfaraz and Ms Shehnaz.According to a Foreign Office statement, Director General (SA & Saarc) Dr Mohammad asked the Indian envoy that India should respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement, investigate the incidents of violations, instruct its forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit, and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary (WB).
The Director General (SA & Saarc) demanded that the Indian side should permit United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.According to the statement, the Indian forces along the LoC and the WB were continuously targeting civilian populated areas with heavy weapons.
This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India was continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1970 violations, it added.The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws.
The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation, the statement maintained.SIALKOT/ISLAMABAD: India’s border forces resorted to heavy fire along the Line of Control (LoC) leaving at least six civilians including a woman dead and 11 others wounded in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Tuesday evening.
While Pakistan on Wednesday summoned Indian envoy and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the LoC on February 26, which resulted in the martyrdom of four innocent civilians and injuries to six others.
Civilians are being ruthlessly targeted by Indian forces without any provocation while Sialkot sector on the LoC between Pakistan and India has turned into a massive battlefield with casualties being reported from both sides.
The four deaths reported by local newspaper came as a result of intense and indiscriminate shelling which began at about 5:30pm simultaneously in Kotli, Bhimber and Poonch districts of the AJK.At least five civilians including three of the same family were killed in Nakiyal Sector after the Indian troops opened unprovoked firing at the residential areas along with the LoC.
Deputy Director of international think tank ICTC F Jeffery earlier revealed the breaking news quoting Pakistani security sources in a tweet on Tuesday.The security expert tweeted that Indian forces including all Indian bases in Jammu Kashmir were currently on high alert in anticipation of a possible Pakistani strike.
Pakistan on Wednesday summoned Indian Acting High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control (LoC) on February 26, in Nikial and Khuiratta sectors which resulted in the martyrdom of four innocent civilians and injuries to six others.The civilians martyred included Mottia Bibi, Ms Zarina, Gulfaraz and Ms Shehnaz.
According to a Foreign Office statement, Director General (SA & Saarc) Dr Mohammad asked the Indian envoy that India should respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement, investigate the incidents of violations, instruct its forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit, and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary (WB).The Director General (SA & Saarc) demanded that the Indian side should permit United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.
According to the statement, the Indian forces along the LoC and the WB were continuously targeting civilian populated areas with heavy weapons. This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India was continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1970 violations, it added.“The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws. The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation,” the statement maintained.

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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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Ready to hit terror camps after 26/11 but didn’t get govt nod, says former IAF officer

At a time when India is busy lauding its air force for the early morning strike on Pakistan-based terror camps on February 26, one person seems especially happy and proud about it and remembers how the strike could have been carried out even after,
Mohonto Panging, a former Indian Air Force officer who was a Wing Commander at the time of the Mumbai attacks, has revealed that the IAF was deployed and ready to hit terror camps in Pakistan’s Muzzafarrabad in 2008 as well.
However, the armed forces couldn’t carry out the operation as an approval from the government never came.The IAF is known to have demolished multiple terror camps in Pakistan in a pre-dawn operation that lasted for 20 minutes on Tuesday.
It has been said that 12 Mirage 2000 jets were a part of the strike and dropped about 1,000-kilogram of laser-guided bombs on terror camps. “At 0330 hours on 26th February, a group of Mirage 2000 Indian Fighter jets struck a major terrorist camp across the LoC and completely destroyed it,” ANI reported.After the strike, Panging took to and hailed the armed forces for the successful operation. “Finally terrorist camps in POK hit by Laser Guided Bombs from IAF Mirage 2000.We were about to hit POK camps in Muzzafarrabad after Mumbai attacks in 2008. Finally the Govt did not decide.
Der Aye Par Durusht Aaye. Cheers!!” he wrote.
The former IAF officer then added that if the IAF had struck the terror camps in 2008, India may not have lost so many lives to terrorism.”As Air Warriors, IAF was prepared for Surgical Strikes at POK Camps after the Mumbai attacks in 2008 also, but the go ahead did not come.If the go ahead had come, maybe we would not have lost so many Indian lives to cross border terrorism! IF ONLY.!!” he said.
The retired officer, who is now an entrepreneur, author, and columnist, also spoke to the Times of India and said that he was, at the time, leading the Sukhoi squadron and the forces had a plan in place for the strike. “It was a secret plan and I had lied to my boys that we were going to different place.it’s a long story. We were deployed and waited in all readiness to strike for nearly one month but the government did not approve it,” he told the daily.This is not the first instance that the government has been indecisive about retaliatory attacks on terrorists. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh often received the ire of the opposition and people in general for being hesistant to act against terrorism.
Singh is also said to have been indecisive about the response to the 2001 Parliament attacks. The BJP too has, in the past, called Singh an “indecisive” PM who would take tough measures to counter terrorism issues.”India needs an effective leader. It has suffered because of an indecisive prime minister.It needs a strong government,” the BJP had once said. “The impact of cross-border terrorism is now being increasingly felt even outside Jammu & Kashmir.
The lowering of guard by the UPA has resulted in an increase in the number of attacks.”Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee too received flak for being hesistant and a tad slow in dealing with the Kandahar hijack.
The December 1999 hijack of Indian Airlines flight IC 814 involved five terrorists, who demanded the release of Maulana Masood Azhar and few others. After hours of discussion, the Vajpayee government was forced to release three terrorists and save the lives of 176 passengers and 15 crew members.Meanwhile, former Deputy National Security Advisor Leela K Ponappa also believes that such a strike should have been carried out after the 26/11 attacks and that Tuesday attack was an act of “self-defence,” reported News18.The strike on February 26 was in response to the February 14 Pulwama attack, in which about 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives and scores of others were injured.

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