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March 10, 2019 / 07:38 AM IST

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Live updates of escalating tensions between India and Pakistan.

# The IAF struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot on February 26
# 12 IAF Mirage 2000 jets were reportedly used in the operation
# Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale held a briefing
# The targetted terror camp was headed by Yusuf Azhar -- brother-in-law of Masood Azhar
# The target was selected so as to avoid civilian casualties
# Large number of terrorists, JeM's
senior commanders were eliminated
# Political leaders in India, including Congress President Rahul Gandhi, have praised the strikes
# PM Modi held a high-level security meeting and has briefed the President and the Vice President
# Pakistan has claimed that the IAF jets violated the Line of Control (LoC)
# It is violation of ceasefire. We will give a befitting reply: Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

# Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, currently held captive by Pakistan, will be released tomorrow. The announcement was made by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and other top officials of the government are meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Multiple Indian Air Force (IAF) jets on the night of February 25-26 crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and carried out limited strikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist camp.

A ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army was also reported in the Gulpur sector of Poonch late night on February 25. The Indian Army also reportedly retaliated. The firing started at around midnight and stopped at around 2.00 am. No casualties were reported. However, it is unclear if the incidents are related.
  • March 06, 2019 / 07:21 PM IST
  • March 06, 2019 / 05:23 PM IST

    Committed to avoid civilian casualties: Indian Army 

    In a statement, the Indian Army has stated that post its warning to Pakistan Army not to target civilian areas, the overall situation along LoC remains relatively calm. According to the statement, Pakistan Army resorted to "intense and unprovoked" firing with "heavy caliber weapons" in areas of Krishna Ghati and Sunderbani. The Indian Army is committed to avoiding civilian casualties, and "all actions taken by our defence forces are targetted towards counter-terrorism and terrorist infrastructure, away from civilian areas", the statement said, adding that there have been no casualties on the Indian side. 

  • March 06, 2019 / 11:42 AM IST
  • March 06, 2019 / 11:42 AM IST
  • March 06, 2019 / 07:38 AM IST

    Pakistan violated ceasefire in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district early this morning.

  • March 05, 2019 / 09:54 PM IST
  • March 05, 2019 / 09:15 PM IST
  • March 05, 2019 / 09:04 PM IST

    Statement by the Indian Air Force

    On 27 Feb 2019 morning, our Air Defence system was on full alert. A build-up of PAF aircraft on their (Pakistan) side of the LoC was noticed in time and additional aircraft were scrambled to tackle the adversary. 

    In their attempt to attack our ground targets, PAF aircraft were engaged effectively. From IAF, Mirage-2000, Su-30 and MiG-21 Bison aircraft were involved in the engagement. PAF aircraft were forced to withdraw in hurry, which is evident from large missed distances of weapons dropped by them.

    During combat, the use of F-16 by PAF and multiple launches of AMRAAM were conclusively observed. Prompt and correct tactical action by Su-30 aircraft, in response to AMRAAM launch, defeated the missile. Parts of the missile fell in the area east of Rajouri in J&K, injuring a civilian on ground.

    A detailed report in this regard has already been released by IAF.  All the Su-30 aircraft engaged in combat landed back safely.  The false claim by Pakistan of shooting down a Su-30, appears to be a cover-up for loss of its own aircraft.

    – ANI

  • March 05, 2019 / 08:09 PM IST
  • March 05, 2019 / 08:06 PM IST

    The acting Indian High Commissioner was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today by Dr Mohammad Faisal, Director General South Asia & SAARC and the following was conveyed: Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India will be returning to New Delhi, after completion of consultations in Islamabad. The Pakistan delegation will visit New Delhi on March 14, 2019, followed by the return visit of the Indian delegation to Islamabad on March 28, 2019, to discuss the draft agreement on Kartarpur corridor.

    – CNN News18

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