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Pakistan remains committed to peace while resolute in defence: Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Asad Umar on Thursday said Pakistan remains committed to peace while resolute in defence of its sovereignty.

“We are at the crossroads of history,” the finance minister stated. Umar stressed, “Leadership of India and Pakistan need to decide if we want to lead our nations towards peace and prosperity or conflict.””Pakistan remains committed to peace while resolute in defence of our sovereignty,for which we have demonstrated both our capacity and will,” he asserted.Tensions between Pakistan and India have heightened after New Delhi without any proof blamed Pakistan for harbouring terrorists behind the Pulwama attack. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in response called for dialogue and urged India to provide actionable intelligence.

On Tuesday, Indian military aircraft had 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 on Wednesday confirmed it had shot down two Indian aircraft which had crossed over the Line of Control (LoC) and taken one Indian pilot in custody.Prime Minister Imran Khan in his speech on Wednesday once again invited India for talks, stressing “better sense should prevail.” Director General Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor also called on the international community to play its role.“Pakistan is sending a message of peace and they [international community] should also come forward and see how the environment between India and Pakistan are a threat to peace and development not only to the two countries but the region and beyond,” DG ISPR said.

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Joint session of Parliament to be held today to discuss Pakistan-India ties

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – A joint session of the Parliament has been convened on Thursday (today) to discuss the prevailing security situation in Pakistan and a sharp escalation of tensions with long-standing rival India, a day after Pakistan shot down.
Reportedly, the session is scheduled to be held at 3pm in the Parliament House where Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan will table the motion to discuss the prevailing external threats.Yesterday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Major General Asif Ghafoor, the director general (DG) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), provided the military’s input to the meeting participants at an in-camera session at the Parliament House.Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa was also present in the session.
Qureshi briefed the opposition on the government’s foreign policy strategy and the decisions taken during the National Command Authority (NCA) were also discussed in the meeting.Besides, the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly (NA) Shehbaz Sharif and Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari attended the session along with party delegations.A special meeting of parliamentary leaders was convened at Parliament House today to brief national leadership on the ongoing security situation. The parliamentarians were briefed by FM (foreign minister), followed by DG ISPR, read a press statement issued after the session.
COAS also interacted with the forum after the brief.It said the participants unanimously expressed that they stand united against any aggression against Pakistan and will support the government and its institutions unconditionally.They also expressed hope that those who want peace and stability will prevail, as war is not an option but a failure of policy, the statement said. National leaders of all political parties offered their services for the cause of peace and progress.

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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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War is mad, isn’t Modi too?

Many in the world are portraying India and Pakistan at the moment as two nuclear antagonists perilously close to mutual assured destruction.
We’ll pick time, place to hit back, read newspaper headlines.That moment came within 24 hours. On Wednesday morning, Pakistan struck back.Not only Pakistan Air Force jets thundered over the Line of Control in Kashmir, they shot down chasing Indian planes. In response to PAF strikes IAF crossed [the] LOC.
PAF shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircrafts fell AJ&K while [the] other fell inside IOK.One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area, tweeted Pakistani Director General of the Inter Services Public Relations, Major General Asif Ghafoor.Millions upon millions of Pakistanis on social networking platforms sizzled the whole day rebuking their Indian counterparts, the Bollywood celebs, the Indian who’s who for prematurely jumping with joy on the fakery coined by the Modi administration to ramp up its dwindling electoral projections.
India had claimed of destroying a terror camp and some 250 terrorists training therein. Some dreams turnout to be uglier than nightmares.Powerful capitals, who are now universally known for rewarding India despite its abysmally criminal record of human rights violations in Kashmir and against its own minorities, woke up to ask Pakistan and India to exercise restraint. Strange that they were admonishing Islamabad only a day earlier asking it to put a stop to cross-border terrorism or to put an end to the activities of the terrorist groups established in its territory.Probably Washington DC, Paris, Bonn and Canberra found it hard to see their powerful South Asian proxy being slapped across the face by a smaller but nuclear-armed adversary. Images of the captured Wing Commander Abhinandan were enough for the Indian government to come crashing down from the high pole of psychedelic elation it was unnecessarily feeling for achieving something phantasmagoric only a day earlier.
Two substantial countries going to war has always been a dreamlike scenario for the runners of the western military industrial complex. Prospects of deals and contracts worth billions upon billion would make many a fool go mad.
The spectre of a nuclear confrontation, however, is too serious a business to be left to New Delhi or Islamabad. So phones started ringing.Ministers began speaking to counterparts lecturing how wonderful is peace as an idea between two itchy neighbours.One may criticise PM Khan for being an administrative novice or a political upstart but his words sense and sagacity — reminded many of Jane Austin’s Sense and Sensibility’.He may not be an astute politician or a statesman of note but he comes across as an honest human who earnestly desire peace and prosperity in the region. The difference between him and his Indian counterpart is stark.He is neither a killer of people nor has he allowed massacre of innocent humans. Modi had.During a court proceeding probing the Gujarat massacre of Indian Muslims in the summer of 2002, Sanjiv Bhatt, a senior Indian police officer told the Indian Supreme Court that he attended a meeting at which Modi allegedly said that Hindus should be allowed to vent their anger after the Godhra train tragedy killing 58 that his government tried to plaster over ISI-backed elements within India. Those allegations have since proven false and fabricated though Modi has always denied any wrongdoing.But international websites are full of implicating evidence that Modi had spoken to his goons a night before the riots that saw around 2,000 Indians dead and told them Muslims needed to be taught a lesson. Government estimates put the number of dead at 1,000.Hundreds of girls and women were raped and killed. International rage was genuine against Modi to an extent that he was denied a diplomatic visa by the United States and his already granted visit visa was revoked as well.Writing for the Guardian newspaper in Britain, Aditya Chakrabortty said in 2014; Narendra Modi, a man with a massacre on his hand is not the reasonable choice for India. Similar voices are being heard in India today.
While millions may be following him madly, many millions also believe that Modi is more dangerous than a declared terrorist, a hardcore fanatic or a frenzied fanatic.Only such a person would attempt to punish a state for the alleged felony of a group of individuals.Pakistani state or government did not attack India in Pulwama just like it was not involved in Uri or Mumbai. But madly wanting to emulate the post 9/11 United States, India thought it could cook up stories about Pakistan’s wrongdoing in Kashmir and elsewhere in India and attempt to punish it to please electoral audiences.
Dreaming about punishing Pakistan is one thing. Carrying out foolish plans is another.Pakistan is painstakingly setting its direction right. Mistakes it made for others have returned to haunt it with deadly effect.The best India could do is to mind its own business and leave Pakistan alone to correct course.The best that Indians could do for themselves is to get rid of the madman of Indian politics Narendra Modi, before he attempts to push South Asia and adjoining regions into a nuclear winter.Pakistan protested strongly but warned sternly that the aggression would be revenged. “We’ll pick time, place to hit back,” read newspaper headlines.
That moment came within 24 hours. On Wednesday morning, Pakistan struck back.Not only Pakistan Air Force jets thundered over the Line of Control in Kashmir, they shot down chasing Indian planes. “In response to PAF strikes IAF crossed [the] LOC.PAF shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircrafts fell AJ&K while [the] other fell inside IOK.One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area”, tweeted Pakistani Director General of the Inter Services Public Relations, Major General Asif Ghafoor.Millions upon millions of Pakistanis on social networking platforms sizzled the whole day rebuking their Indian counterparts, the Bollywood celebs, the Indian who’s who for prematurely jumping with joy on the fakery coined by the Modi administration to ramp up its dwindling electoral projections.
India had claimed of destroying a terror camp and some 250 terrorists training therein. Some dreams turnout to be uglier than nightmares.Powerful capitals, who are now universally known for rewarding India despite its abysmally criminal record of human rights violations in Kashmir and against its own minorities, woke up to ask Pakistan and India to exercise restraint. Strange that they were admonishing Islamabad only a day earlier asking it “to put a stop to cross-border terrorism” or “to put an end to the activities of the terrorist groups established in its territory.”Probably Washington DC, Paris, Bonn and Canberra found it hard to see their “powerful” South Asian proxy being slapped across the face by a smaller but nuclear-armed adversary. Images of the captured Wing Commander Abhinandan were enough for the Indian government to come crashing down from the high pole of psychedelic elation it was unnecessarily feeling for achieving something phantasmagoric only a day earlier.Two substantial countries going to war has always been a dreamlike scenario for the runners of the western military industrial complex. Prospects of deals and contracts worth billions upon billion would make many a fool go mad.
The spectre of a nuclear confrontation, however, is too serious a business to be left to New Delhi or Islamabad. So phones started ringing.
Ministers began speaking to counterparts lecturing how wonderful is peace as an idea between two itchy neighbours.One may criticise PM Khan for being an administrative novice or a political upstart but his words – sense and sagacity reminded many of Jane Austin’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’.
He may not be an astute politician or a statesman of note but he comes across as an honest human who earnestly desire peace and prosperity in the region. The difference between him and his Indian counterpart is stark.He is neither a killer of people nor has he allowed massacre of innocent humans. Modi had.During a court proceeding probing the Gujarat massacre of Indian Muslims in the summer of 2002, Sanjiv Bhatt, a senior Indian police officer told the Indian Supreme Court that he attended a meeting at which Modi allegedly said that Hindus should be allowed to vent their anger  after the Godhra train tragedy killing 58 that his government tried to plaster over ISI-backed elements within India. Those allegations have since proven false and fabricated though Modi has always denied any wrongdoing.
But international websites are full of implicating evidence that Modi had spoken to his goons a night before the riots that saw around 2,000 Indians dead and told them “Muslims needed to be taught a lesson”. Government estimates put the number of dead at 1,000.Hundreds of girls and women were raped and killed. International rage was genuine against Modi to an extent that he was denied a diplomatic visa by the United States and his already granted visit visa was revoked as well.
Writing for the Guardian newspaper in Britain, Aditya Chakrabortty said in 2014; “Narendra Modi, a man with a massacre on his hand is not the reasonable choice for India.” Similar voices are being heard in India today.
While millions may be following him madly, many millions also believe that Modi is more dangerous than a declared terrorist, a hardcore fanatic or a frenzied fanatic.Only such a person would attempt to punish a state for the alleged felony of a group of individuals.
Pakistani state or government did not attack India in Pulwama just like it was not involved in Uri or Mumbai. But madly wanting to emulate the post 9/11 United States, India thought it could cook up stories about Pakistan’s wrongdoing in Kashmir and elsewhere in India and attempt to punish it to please electoral audiences.Dreaming about punishing Pakistan is one thing. Carrying out foolish plans is another.Pakistan is painstakingly setting its direction right. Mistakes it made for others have returned to haunt it with deadly effect.The best India could do is to mind its own business and leave Pakistan alone to correct course.The best that Indians could do for themselves is to get rid of the madman of Indian politics – Narendra Modi, before he attempts to push South Asia and adjoining regions into a nuclear winter.

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Indian Air Force senior official commits suicide

An Indian Air Force wing commander identified as Arvind Sinha committed suicide as he shot himself with a double barrel gun on Tuesday.
While investigations to probe the matter are underway, reason behind Arvind’s suicide remain unclear.According to Indian media, the deceased was posted as Defence Ministry PRO in Prayagraj. No suicide note was recovered by the police.The 43-year-old commander was reportedly having severe personal issues with family and career, according to inspector Dhumanjanj Sandeep Mishra.The wife of air force official, Pooja, said during the preliminary investigation that the officer was stressed out due to the job.
Meanwhile, police is investigating to ascertain the real cause of Arvind’s suicide. The IAF official’s suicide has come on the same day the Indian government and Air Force claimed to have violated the Pakistani airspace and ‘destroyed the prime base camps of Jaish-e-Mohammad’ near Pakistan’s Bala Kote near Muzaffarabad along the Line of Control (LoC).On the other hand, DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said that the Indian intrusion in Pakistani territory has so far only injured one person with no major casualties reported.

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One Indian pilot arrested by Pakistan, confirms ISPR

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major General Asif Ghafoor has on Wednesday confirmed that one Indian pilot has been arrested by Pakistani troops on ground while two are in the area.
In a tweet, Major General Asif Ghafoor said, In response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF crossed LOC.PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJK while other fell inside IOK.One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area.In response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF crossed LOC.PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJK while other fell inside IOK.
One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area.February 27, 2019Pakistan Air Force (PAF) destroyed two Indian fighter jets on Wednesday morning in a response to Indian Line of Control (LoC) violation.
The wreckage of one aircraft fell in Central Kashmir’s Budgam while the other’s in Pakistan territory. Two of the pilots have been killed in the incident.

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Govt uses back-channel to send ‘positive note’ to India

LAHORE: The government has begun backdoor contacts with India and the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, who is currently in India, has met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma.
Vankwani also met Minster of State for External Affairs General VK Singh, the four-star general who has also served as the Indian army chief.“I have communicated a positive note to the Indian leaders and I hope there will now be a change in their behaviour,” Vankwani said on Saturday while talking to The Express Tribune over telephone.The Sindh-based PTI leader, who is a lawmaker on minority seat, is in India on a religious trip amid heightened tensions between the two rival states in the wake of February 14 suicide attack that killed at least 40 India paramilitaries in occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Trump alarmed by ‘very dangerous situation’ between Pakistan, IndiaVankwani said he encountered Modi during an event and the Indian PM met him warmly. He said he told Modi that he had come with a positive message and wanted to return with a positive message.He said later on Modi’s directive, Sushma Swaraj also held a 25-minute-long meeting with him.“I told the Indian foreign minister that in Pakistan its captain’s [Prime Minister Imran Khan] government now; he is a Pathan and he does what he says.We assure you that no Pakistani institution is involved in Pulwama attack. If India provides evidence, we will facilitate the investigation,” Vankwani said.
According to the MNA, he told Swaraj that the two countries need to take lessons from past and not to hold on to it.“Enmity can be brought to an end by befriending the enemy,” he said, adding that he himself has returned after Ganga Ashnan (ablution) and never tells lies.FO sets up ‘Crisis Management Cell’ in Pulwama aftermath“I told them that we need to get out of politics of accusations,” he added.According to Vankwani, after the meeting he felts that the atmosphere was beginning to thaw.
“Indian PM during his Rajasthan rally has hinted at holding dialogue with Pakistan,” he added.PTI’s Ramesh Kumar Vankwani meets State Minister for External Affairs Gen VK Singh.EXPRESSHe said he had come to India on invitation from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) for participation in Kumbh Mela. “220 people from 125 countries from all over the world have been invited to participate in this event and I am representing Pakistan,” he added.
PHOTO: EXPRESSWar frenzy has been sweeping across India ever since a young man from Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) rammed a vehicle full of explosives into a military convoy in Pulwama, killing nearly four dozen soldiers.India airlifts thousands of paramilitary troops to occupied KashmirJaish-e-Mohammad militant group, which Delhi claims operates from Pakistan, purportedly claimed credit for the deadliest attack on Indian troops in IoK.Delhi put the blame squarely on the state of Pakistan, deployed its troops menacingly close to the border, and started issuing threats.Amid crescendoing war hysteria and relentless threats of military action from India, the Pakistan Army on Friday also issued an unambiguous warning to New Delhi: Dont mess with Pakistan.
We do not wish to go to war. But please be assured, should you initiate any aggression, you shall never be able to surprise us.We shall, for sure, surprise you, the chief military spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor, said during an unusual media briefing

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DG ISPR to address important press conference today

RAWALPINDI: Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major General Asif Ghafoor is expected to address an “important” press conference at 3 pm on Friday.
The press conference comes at a time when Pakistan and India face heightened tensions after the Pulwama attack in the Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK).
On February 14, at least 49 Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and many others injured when suspected militants targeted a convoy with a car bomb at Awantipora, in what is the worst attack ever on security personnel in the state.The car bomb attack was reportedly claimed by militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad and carried out by a 20-year-old Kashmiri man.

India has accused Pakistan of facilitating the attack as tensions between the two countries escalated and India announced it would withdraw Pakistan’s ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status. However, Pakistan has denied all allegations of terror financing.Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the Pakistan Army to respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure by India.The premier issued the directives during a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC), which discussed the geo-strategic environment in the region as well as the situation arising after the Pulwama incident.Prior to the NSC meeting, Khan also held a meeting with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa. The two dignitaries discussed the national and regional security situation, it was reported.

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