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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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Pakistan an afterthought in market eyeing future

Protesters burn a poster depicting India’s flag against what they call airspace violation by the Indian military aircrafts, in a protest in Peshawar.
HONG KONG: There’s no doubt of the seriousness underscoring the worst military standoff between India and Pakistan in decades, yet investors appear to be looking past the tension for now, at least when it comes to their stock markets.
India’s NSE Nifty 50 Index of blue-chip companies erased its gain Wednesday and the Pakistan benchmark plummeted as much as 3.8% as headlines emerged of fighter-jet skirmishes, with an Indian MiG 21 jet later reported to be shot down and its pilot captured.The dramatic escalation came just a day after Indian forces bombed a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.Yet by the end of Wednesday, Karachi had recovered most of its losses to settle for a mere 0.3% decline, with the Nifty 50 closing down by the same amount.Back to business as usual, apparently.Both the Nifty 50 and the SP BSE Sensex Index rose slightly Thursday, and Pakistan’s KSE 100 Index rebounded as much as 1.1% before trading little changed.They’ve invested more than US$2.2 billion net in the market this month alone, including three days of inflows through Tuesday, the last day for which the data is available.
The US$1.7 billion added on Friday (some of which could be linked to a stake sale in Kotak Mahindra) was the most since April 2015.Meanwhile, the options market is showing that investors are concentrating their attention further into the future.The cost of hedging against Nifty 50 swings in the next month remains lower than protection prices for three months out, despite a rebound in the past couple of days, implied-volatility data show.Just on Monday, the spread between the two hit its widest level since at least Sept 2017.Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces a hotly contested general election due by May.
At the same time, the mood of markets across the region continues to vacillate with each fresh update on progress – or lack thereof – on a trade deal between the US and China, now that the original March 1 deadline has been pushed out indefinitely.When asked in a Bloomberg Radio interview what risks investors were keeping an eye on, Kay Van-Petersen, global macro strategist with Saxo Capital Markets, said: “In the very near term we have India-Pakistan, which no one seems to take seriously given the history there.”Indeed the two sides have long been in conflict, fighting three major wars since the 1947 partition and exchanging regular gunfire across the border.Similar to South Koreans learning to live with decades of threats from the North, perhaps investors in the two countries may have a higher tolerance for such volatility – at least for now.

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More rallies staged in support of armed forces

PESHAWAR: The residents of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday staged more rallies and vowed to fight alongside the armed forces to defend the country in the face of an Indian aggression.They chanted slogans to condemn India for violating the Pakistan airspace.They renewed the support to the armed forces.

NOWSHERA: The Anjuman-e-Tajiran Nowshera cantonment paid rich tributes to the Pakistan Air Force for shooting down the warplanes of India.Chanting slogans against India for its aggression against Pakistan, the traders passed through various routes before holding a rally at the Shobra Chowk at the Nowshera cantonment.Meanwhile, the Tehsil Council in Pabbi unanimously passed a resolution condemning the Indian aggression against the country.
The councillors vowed to support the armed forces and defend the country against Indian aggression. Sajidullah presided over the session.The resolution demanded India to stop subjecting the Kashmiris to inhuman treatment. It said the entire nation stood by the army and no effort would be spared to defend the country.

MINGORA: A rally was held in the Swat district to express solidarity with the armed forces.The participants carried banners and placards which had slogans against the Indian aggression.

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Students, social workers and traders in Dera Ismail Khan staged a rally to pledge support to the armed forces.Holding Pakistan flags, they chanted slogans in favour of the armed forces and against India.They also torched an effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.GHALLANAI: The traders at Ekkaghund Bazaar staged a rally in support of the armed forces.They pledged support to the security forces and vowed to fight alongside the soldiers against India if it attacked Pakistan.

LANDIKOTAL: Scores of Afghan citizens and traders took out a rally to show solidarity with Pakistan.
The participants holding banners and placards chanted slogans of Pakistan Zindabad. They lauded the Pakistan Air Force for giving a befitting response to India by downing its jet fighters.Traders staged a rally at Qissa Khwani. They chanted slogans to condemn India for violating the Pakistan airspace.They renewed the support to the armed forces.

NOWSHERA: The Anjuman-e-Tajiran Nowshera cantonment paid rich tributes to the Pakistan Air Force for shooting down the warplanes of India.Chanting slogans against India for its aggression against Pakistan, the traders passed through various routes before holding a rally at the Shobra Chowk at the Nowshera cantonment.Meanwhile, the Tehsil Council in Pabbi unanimously passed a resolution condemning the Indian aggression against the country.The councillors vowed to support the armed forces and defend the country against Indian aggression. Sajidullah presided over the session.
The resolution demanded India to stop subjecting the Kashmiris to inhuman treatment. It said the entire nation stood by the army and no effort would be spared to defend the country.

MINGORA: A rally was held in the Swat district to express solidarity with the armed forces.The participants carried banners and placards which had slogans against the Indian aggression.

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Students, social workers and traders in Dera Ismail Khan staged a rally to pledge support to the armed forces.Holding Pakistan flags, they chanted slogans in favour of the armed forces and against India.They also torched an effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

GHALLANAI: The traders at Ekkaghund Bazaar staged a rally in support of the armed forces.They pledged support to the security forces and vowed to fight alongside the soldiers against India if it attacked Pakistan.

LANDIKOTAL: Scores of Afghan citizens and traders took out a rally to show solidarity with Pakistan.The participants holding banners and placards chanted slogans of “Pakistan Zindabad.” They lauded the Pakistan Air Force for giving a befitting response to India by downing its jet fighters.

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