Islamabad: The Pakistan military has claimed that Masood Azhar's Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) that claimed responsibility for the Kashmir suicide bombing which killed 40 CRPF personnel "doesn't exist in the country".
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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.
NEW DELHI/SINGAPORE: High-resolution satellite images reviewed by UK news agency show that a religious school purportedly run by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in northeastern Pakistan appears to be still standing days after India claimed its warplanes …
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In the wake of escalating tension between India and Pakistan, Pakistani actress Mahira Khan says there is nothing uglier than war and hopes better sense will prevail.
By IANS -February 27, 2019tweetNothing uglier.Nothing more ignorant than cheering for war. May sense prevail Pakistan Zindabad, Mahira, who starred in Bollywood film Raees, tweeted.Her tweet was a response to a thread on the wall of Fatima Bhutto, author and grand-daughter of former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.Mahira Khan, Veena Malik Other Pakistani Artists React On#SurgicalStrike2Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets struck terror launch pads in Pakistan administered Kashmir on Tuesday.
The IAF struck the biggest training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) at Balakot in Pakistan just days after a suicide bomber killed 40 CRPF troopers in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, India.In response to the IAF strike, Pakistans Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the countrys armed forces and citizens to remain prepared for all eventualities.Mawra Hocane, who was seen in Indian film Sanam Teri Kasam, feels it is time to put humanity first.It is the time we understand this as humans.The media needs to take charge and stop being provocative. Its our duty to inculcate peace and use our words for better and not worse.
Villagers near the town of Balakot in northeast Pakistan were shaken out of their sleep by what seemed like an earthquake in the early hours of Tuesday, only discovering once dawn broke that there had been an Indian airstrike on their neighbourhood.
Balakot Air Strikes The airstrike destroyed a training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed, the militant group behind a suicide attack in Pulwama that killed over 40 CRPF personnel on Feb.14. While Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said “a very large number of JEM terrorists” had been eliminated, the villagers said only one person was wounded in the attack and they knew of no fatalities.A resident, who did not want to give his name, said there was a nearby madrasa run by Jaish, though most villagers were guarded talking about their militant neighbours. “There is this madrasa on the hilltop.
The Jaish-e-Mohammed runs it,” he said.Another person, who also declined to give his name said the militants had had a presence in the area for years.“I belong to that area. I know for sure that there has been a training camp.
It used to be there. I know Jaish people ran it,” he said.“This camp was turned into a madrasa several years ago, but no one would still be allowed to get close to this infrastructure. There are scores of students in the madrasa at any given time,” he said.
Set in a wooded, hilly area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on the way to the scenic Kaghan valley, some 40 kilometres from the Line of Control, Balakot was of many towns that was devastated by as massive earthquake in 2005.From what villagers could see, the attack had missed its target as the bombs dropped exploded about a kilometre away from the madrasa.
Mohammad Ajmal, a 25 year-old villager near Jaba Top, where the attack took place, said he had heard four loud bangs in succession just before 3.00 a.m.“We couldn’t tell what had happened.It was only in the morning that we figured out it was an attack,” he told Reuters after visiting the site, in a wooded hilltop area.“We saw fallen trees and one damaged house, and four craters where the bombs had fallen.”Fida Hussain Shah, a 46 year-old farmer, said he and other villagers had found pieces of Indian ordnance that had splintered pine trees on the hill but the only casualty was a man sleeping in his house when shrapnel broke the windows
UNITED NATION: France is working on a proposal to ban chief of the UN-proscribed Jaish-e Muhammad (JeM) Masood Azhar after it assumes the Presidency of the powerful UN Security Council in March, sources said.
A number of terrorists at the JeM camp in Balakot were killed, confirms Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. As Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale confirmed on Tuesday that a Jaish-e-Mohamad (JeM) terror camp in Balakot, Pakistan, was destroyed in Indian Air.
As Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale confirmed on Tuesday that a Jaish-e-Mohamad (JeM) terror camp in Balakot, Pakistan, was destroyed in Indian Air Force (IAF) air strikes early on Tuesday morning, political leaders welcomed the action.
At a briefing, Mr. Gokhale also said a number of terrorists were eliminated in the air strike.Here are the reactions from political leaders and others: Air strikes on Pak. terror camps unimaginable: GangwarUnion Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar on Tuesday said the entire country is proud of the air strikes, which the common people wouldn’t have even “imagined”.“IAF soldiers returned safe after attacking terrorists. We are proud of our Air Force.The task carried out by them could not have been imagined by the people,” said the Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge).Everybody can now understand which country is protecting terrorists, Mr.
Gangwar said, adding “We want to eliminate terrorists completely. — PTI Asaduddin Owaisi hails IAF air strikesAIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday hailed the Indian Air Force’s strikes and said the Indian defence forces should be prepared to tackle any retaliatory action.“I was expecting this sort of response within 2 or 3 days after the Pulwama terror attack. I welcome this step.
We stand with the government on this,” Mr. Owaisi told reporters in Hyderabad.He said, “I am sure that our Navy or Air Force are on alert, if Pakistan wants to take some stupid action [in response to the air strikes].” — PYI RSS congratulates governmentThe RSS congratulates the government and the Indian Air Force for the air strikes, saying they have translated into action the angry feelings of Indians following the Pulwama attack.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh general secretary Suresh Joshi in a statement says that these air strikes caused no harm to the Pakistani army and civilians which, he added, is tune with the “Bharatiya” (Indian) culture.“The entire nation was agitated and angry in the wake of terror attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pulwama.Today the Indian Air Force demolished JeM’s Pakistan-based base camps’ by precision air strikes. We congratulate the government of India and the Indian Air Force for exactly translating the the feelings and anger of millions of Indians,” he says in the statement.
– PTI This will be the start of unlearning process for Pak.: Sajjad LoneChairman of People’s Conference in Kashmir Sajad Gani Lone says the air strikes will set a benchmark for deterrence and eventually end the cycle of violence.
“Pacifist to the core I am. But the reality as it stares in our faces is that this retaliatory action will actually be the start of the unlearning process for Pakistan.This will set the benchmark for deterrence. And eventually crowd out cycle of violence,” he said in a tweet.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik hails IAFOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik hails the Air Force for its pre-dawn air strikes. “I salute the Indian Air Force for having taken action to protect our country,” he says.Air strikes underscore resolve and willpower of new India: Amit ShahThe Indian Air Force’s strikes on a terrorist camp in Pakistan underscores the will and resolve of a new India, says BJP president Amit Shah. He asserts that it shows that the country is safe under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strong and decisive leadership.“I congratulate and salute the bravery and valour of our armed forces. Today’s action further demonstrates that India is safe and secure under the strong and decisive leadership of PM Narendra Modi,” he says.“Our New India will not spare any acts of terror and their perpetrators and patrons,” he adds. Modi is tasting success in rooting out terrorism: Edappadi K.
PalaniswamyTamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswamy lauds the Prime Minister for the air strikes.
He commends Mr. Modi for his “bold” efforts against terrorism.Mr. Modi was tasting success in rooting out terrorism, which was threatening the entire world, the Chief Minister says in a statement and congratulates him on behalf of the State people.“I extend my greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi due to whose bold functioning, a successful air strike has been carried out which has demolished terror camps in Pakistan,” he says. Chandrababu Naidu hails IAF Attack was necessary: KumaraswamyKarnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy welcomes the air strikes.Speaking to presspersons at Ramanathpura in Arakalgud taluk, he says they were necessary. Entire country would stand united on this issue.
A much-needed signal to Pakistan, says Amarinder SinghGreat job by the IndianAirForce. The IAFStrikes have sent the much needed signal to Pakistan and the terrorists it’s harbouring – don’t think you can get away with acts like the PulwamaAttack.
Bravo to the IAF Our forces are world class, says Ram Madhav“Every Indian who had the pain and anguish of the martyrdom of our forces is greatly relieved and delighted this morning. Salute to the Air Force for a meticulous operation.Our forces are world class anyway. It is the political will of our PM and team that made all the difference,” BJP general secretary Ram Madhav says. Air strikes a new ball game: Omar Abdullah Nation behind armed forces, says JavadekarHuman Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar hails the air strikes. The entire nation stands firmly behind the armed forces, he says.
“It was a necessary step required for the security of the country . it was an act of ‘maha parakram’ [mightily act],” PTI quotes him as saying.Narendra Modi had given a free hand to the forces to take necessary action following the Pulwama terror attack that left 40 CRPF personnel dead, he points out. Rahul Gandhi salutes” IAF pilotsThe Congress also lauds the role of the Indian Air Force in ”keeping Indians safe with its consistent and determined effort.” IAF pilots have made us proud: Kejriwal Maharashtra Assembly congratulates armed forcesThe Maharashtra Assembly passes a unanimous resolution congratulating the armed forces for carrying out air strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan.The resolution is moved by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who lauds the Indian Air Force for its bravery.“We feel proud of our armed forces which did not allow martyrdom of our jawans to go in vain. We proved our might,” he says.
Kamal Haasan praises Air ForceMakkal Neethi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal Haasan ‘welcomes’ the air strikes and ’salutes’ the valour of the “heroes.” The country is “proud of its heroes,” he says in a tweet.
“Our 12 (apparently fighter jets) return safely home after wreaking havoc on terrorist camps in Pakistan. India is proud of its heroes.I salute their valour,” he says. Mamata Banerjee lauds IAFWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hails IAF for carrying out the air strikes. It’s a fight Against terror, No one else, says former director of NSC, AfghanistanMany thanks to IAF_MCC for hitting terror outfits in Balakot of Mansehra, PAK. The area has been known to have the so- called Jihadi Training Camps since era of Zia-ul-Haq.
ISLAMABAD: The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has not accepted Pakistan’s low to medium risk ranking of eight banned militant groups – including Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) that claimed responsibility for Pulwama attack – and urged Islamabad.
The global body, working to curb money laundering and terrorism financing, also urged Pakistan to swiftly implement its 27-point Action Plan.Pakistan will remain on the FATF grey list, although India tried to get it blacklisted.Pakistan has now two more months to satisfy the FATF’s concerns, as it now has to deliver on 16 more action points by May in addition to five outstanding points that originally had to be met by January this year.
The face-to-face meeting of the Review Group will now take place in April before FATA again reviews Pakistan’s case.“Pakistan has revised its TF (terrorism financing) risk assessment, however, it does not demonstrate a proper understanding of the TF risks posed by Da’esh, AQ, JuD, FiF, LeT, JeM, HQN, and persons affiliated with the Taliban,” said an FATF public statement issued after its week-long plenary meeting.
India presses for Pakistan to stay on terror financing listIn its Terrorism Financing Risk Assessment Report, Pakistan assessed majority of these organisations except Taliban and Haqqani network as low to medium risk entities, said a Pakistani delegate while speaking on condition of anonymity. He said the FATF was of the view that all of these organisations including JeM pose high risks to other countries.The JeM took responsibility of February 14 attack at Pulawma in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). India immediately blamed Pakistan after a young suicide bomber, a native of the IOK, drove his explosive laden vehicle into a convoy of Indian security forces, killing nearly three dozen soldiers.
Pakistan on Thursday also banned Jamaat-ut-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e- Insaniat Foundation (FiF)– two organisations that India believes are front for the banned Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT). The FATF wanted Pakistan to treat these eight outfits as high risk entities and take actions against them accordingly.Pakistan has taken steps towards improving AML, CFT: FATFIndia was at forefront to get Pakistan blacklisted during the International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) meeting but it did not press the demand during the final plenary meeting. India was backed by the United States and other powers, said a Pakistani official.
“Given the limited progress on action plan items due in January 2019, the FATF urges Pakistan to swiftly complete its action plan, particularly those with timelines of May 2019,” said the public statement.Since June 2018, Pakistan has made a high-level political commitment to work with the FATF and APG to strengthen its anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regime and to address its strategic counterterrorist financing-related deficiencies.
“Pakistan has taken steps towards improving its AML/CFT regime, including by operationalising the integrated database for its currency declaration regime,” said the FATF. “Pakistan should continue to work on implementing its action plan to address its strategic deficiencies.”Pakistan is again asked to adequately demonstrating its proper understanding of the TF risks posed by the terrorist groups and conducting supervision on a risk-sensitive basis.It has to demonstrate that remedial actions and sanctions are applied in cases of AML/CFT violations, and that these actions have an effect on AML/CFT compliance by financial institutions.The country should demonstrate that facilities and services owned or controlled by designated person are deprived of their resources and the usage of the resources.Pakistan will also has to show that competent authorities are cooperating and taking action to identify and take enforcement action against illegal money or value transfer services (MVTS).
The FATF also underlined that the country needs to show that the authorities are identifying cash couriers and enforcing controls on illicit movement of currency and understanding the risk of cash couriers being used for TF.The inter-agency coordination including coordination among provincial and federal authorities on combating the TF risks has also been emphasised again by the FATF.
This comes just one day after India's early morning preemptive strike against the JeM's biggest training camp at Balakot. Heavy firing started on the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday between Indian and Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri …