Surgical Strike 2.0 LIVE | Casualty in Balakot strike will be known soon: Rajnath

The Government of Pakistan issued the United Nations Security Council (Freezing and Seizure) Order, 2019 to streamline implementation of the international organization's sanctions on the terrorists and the terrorist organizations. A Sukhoi-30 MKI of the Indian Air Force shot down a Pakistani drone near the Bikaner Nal sector area of the border after the drone was detected by Indian Air Defence radars, reports ANI. Earlier on Monday, Indian Air Force (IAF) chief B S Dhanoa reiterated that his force “hit our target” in the Balakot air strikes deep inside Pakistan last week but refused to give the number of casualties saying it is for the Government to count them. IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who returned to a hero's welcome on Friday, says he faced mental harassment during the course of his 60-hour capture in Pakistan. Abhinandan has emerged as the face of the latest standoff between India and Pakistan, which has seen the nuclear-armed rivals exchange rare aerial raids. Islamabad's "peace gesture" of releasing the IAF pilot came after tensions with New Delhi over Kashmir escalated to their highest level in years. India conducted a major preemptive strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest camp early Tuesday to prevent suicide attacks being planned by the Pakistan-based terror group, killing a large number of terrorists and trainers, according to government sources who claimed to have credible intelligence that the JeM was planning to carry out other suicide attacks in India after the Pulwama bombing on a CRPF convoy 12 days ago that killed at least 40 jawans. Follow this space and don't miss any live updates!
  • 20:47

    IAF statement on Feb 27 aerial battle

    In the morning of 27 Feb 19, our Air Defence system was on full alert. Build up of PAF aircraft on their side of 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 side, Mirage-2000, Su-30 and MiG-21 Bison aircraft were involved in the engagement. PAF aircraft were forced to withdraw in a hurry, which is also evident from large missed distances of the weapons dropped by them. During combat, 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 area East of Rajouri in J&K, injuring a civilian on ground. Detailed report in this regard has already been released by IAF. All the Su-30 aircraft engaged in combat landed back safely. False claim by Pakistan of shooting down a Su-30, appears to be a cover-up for loss of its own aircraft..

  • 18:31

    Masood Azhar's brother among 44 arrested in Pakistan

    Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar's brother was among 44 members of the banned militant outfits arrested by authorities in Pakistan, amid mounting pressure from the global community on Islamabad to rein in the terror groups operating on its soil.

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  • 18:14

    Casualty in Balakot strike will be known soon: Rajnath

    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said the number of terrorists killed in the air strike by Indian Air Force on the training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pakistan's Balakot would be known "today or tomorrow".

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  • 16:54

    "It will be known one day how many terrorists were killed in Balakot. NTRO system said there were 300 mobile phones active at Balakot attack site; Were these used by trees if not terrorists.If Congress wants to know how many terrorists were killed, they should go to Pakistan and ask there or count bodies," says Rajnath Singh

  • 16:11

    Since Balakot strike, India is trying to build maximum pressure on Pakistan on issue of terrorism: Official sources

  • 14:54

    Pak navy stops Indian submarine from entering its waters

    Pakistan has stopped an Indian submarine from entering its waters, the navy said on Tuesday, as tensions continue to run high between the nuclear-armed foes.

    The development came days after a rare aerial fight between India and Pakistan over the disputed territory of Kashmir ignited fears of all-out conflict, with world powers rushing to urge restraint.

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  • 13:49

    Union Min Ravi Shankar Prasad on Congress leader Digvijaya Singh terming Pulwama terrorist attack an “accident”: Has Digvijaya Singh reduced himself to such a low level that he will call the most heinous terrorist attack on 45 CRPF jawans as an accident? This is their thinking.

  • 13:49

    Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad: There is a growing competition between senior leaders of the Congress party as to who is more vocal in lowering the morale of the security forces.

  • 12:14

    Pulwama attack; extremists aided by a state: Navy Chief

    The Pulwama attack was perpetrated by extremists and "aided by a State" that seeks to destabilise India, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said on Tuesday.

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  • 12:07

    MoS MEA VK Singh on Amit Shah's "More than 250 terrorists were killed" in airstrike: That was based on people who were housed in the buildings which were hit, it's an estimate. He is not saying this is a confirmed figure, he is saying this many might have died.

  • 11:52

    MoS MEA VK Singh on being asked about the casualty figure in IAF air strikes: The figure is of the attack on Balakot (250 casualty), attack was only at one place, nowhere else. The target was selected carefully, away from residential areas to avoid civilian casualty.

  • 11:47

  • 11:45

    Union minister VK Singh on Congress leader Digvijay Singh terming Pulwama terrorist attack an “accident”, in Ranchi: With due respect, I would like to ask Digvijaya Singh Ji, was Rajiv Gandhi's assassination an accident or a terror incident?

  • 11:42

    Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Digvijaya Singhterms Pulwama Attack 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.

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  • 10:40

    Naval Chief Sunil Lanba: We also have reports of terrorists being trained to carry out operations in various modus operandi including through the medium of the sea.

  • 10:40

    Naval Chief Sunil Lanba: This violence was perpetuated by extremists, aided by a state which seeks to destabilise India.

  • 10:39

    Naval Chief Sunil Lanba: India however faces a far more serious version of this state-sponsored terrorism. We have all witnessed the horrific scale of extremists attack on Indian state of J&K, just 3 weeks ago.

  • 10:38

    Naval Chief Sunil Lanba: The Indo-pacific region has witnessed multiple forms of terrorism in recent years and few countries in this part of world have been spared by this cause. Global nature which terrorism has acquired in recent times has further enhanced the scope of this threat.

  • 23:41

    Pak implements UNSC sanctions on funding terror outfits

    The Government of Pakistan on Monday issued the United Nations Security Council (Freezing and Seizure) Order, 2019 to streamline implementation of the international organization's sanctions on the terrorists and the terrorist organizations.

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  • 23:40

    Pulwama turns fodder for filmmakers

    Amid mounting military tension and diplomatic face-off between India and Pakistan, filmmakers are going all out to register titles on the sequence of events that unfolded during the last fortnight.

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  • 20:58

    Pak UAV shot at near Bikaner

    A Pakistani Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was shot down by the Indian defence forces after it crossed the Indian border near Bikaner in Rajasthan on Monday.

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  • 19:03

    IAF shoots down a Pak UAV in Rajasthan: Reports

    At 11.30 am today a Sukhoi 30MKI shot down a Pakistani drone at the Bikaner Nal sector area of the border. The drone was detected by Indian Air Defence radars: ANI

  • 18:33

    Amit Shah is calling the forces liar: Kejriwal

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said BJP president Amit Shah took a stand contradictory to that of the armed forces over the number of terrorists killed in the pre-dawn air strikes on terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's training camps in Pakistan.

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  • 18:05

    Challenges not over yet, keep your guard up: PAF chief

    Pakistan Air Force chief on Monday asked his officers to keep their "guard up" as the challenges facing the country "are not over yet", amid heightened tensions with India following the Pulwama terror attack and aerial combat between the two forces.

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  • 17:40

    Pak won't hesitate to use nuke, warns Amarinder

    Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday cautioned that Pakistan would not hesitate to use its nuclear arsenal if it felt it was losing out against India in a conventional battle.

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  • 16:51

    Pak vows again to act against militants on its soil

    Pakistan plans to take action against militant groups operating on its soil, a minister said on Monday, amid global pressure to act after a suicide bomber killed 40 Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir last month.

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  • 16:10

    Kangana wants to stop release of Indian films in Pak

    Actor Kangana Ranaut, who advocated the destruction of Pakistan after the Pulwama attack, has suggested Indian films could be stopped from releasing in the neighbouring country in future.

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  • 15:53

    Don't insult armed forces with 'fake' stories: BJP

    With the Congress seeking to corner the Modi government over details of the Indian air strike on a terrorist camp in Pakistan, the BJP on Monday asked it to not mislead the country and insult armed forces with "fake and fabricated" stories.

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  • 15:37

    'Are you sending our soldiers to die without a plan?'

    The Trinamool Congress on Monday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah and said that the armed forces were being used for political posturing.

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  • 15:29

    War against terror, not against country: John Abraham

    Actor John Abraham on Monday said there should be a takedown on terrorism and not a war with a country or a religion as stereotyping is dangerous in a "polarised" world.

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  • 15:11

    Use common sense, Modi tells Oppn on his Rafale remarks

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hit out the opposition for questioning his statement that the presence of Rafale fighters would have given greater firepower to the IAF during the February 27 aerial engagement with Pakistan.

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  • 14:46

    After Digvijay, Kapil Sibal demands proof of IAF strike

    After Congress leader Digvijay Singh, senior party leader Kapil Sibal has sought proof of Indian Air Force's strike destroying the biggest camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad in Pakistan and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of politicising terror.

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  • 14:25

    'Nobel Peace Prize to those who solve Kashmir issue'

    Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said the person who solves the Kashmir issue will be worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize, days after a resolution was submitted in Parliament endorsing him for the prestigious award, citing his "efforts to de-escalate" tensions with India.

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  • 14:06

    Modi and Imran bask after 'good' Kashmir crisis

    As tempers cool after an alarming confrontation between India and Pakistan, analysts say their leaders have emerged stronger -- with Narendra Modi burnishing his nationalist credentials and Imran Khan cast as a peacemaker.

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  • 13:57

    If we had Rafales, than none of our fighter jets would have gone down: Modi

    I said if Rafale was acquired in time it would have made a difference, but they say Modi is questioning our air force strike: PM Narendra Modi in Gujarat. Please use common sense; what I said was if we had Rafale at the time of air strikes than none of our fighter jets would have gone down and none of theirs saved: Modi.

  • 13:52

    Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa: I don't know what's the individual agreement between America & Pakistan. If the individual agreement was that they'll not use it (F-16) for offensive purposes, then I think they have violated that.

  • 13:52

    Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa: We have got pieces of the AMRAAM missile in our territory which we displayed & obviously I think they (Pakistan) have lost an F-16 aircraft in that combat, obviously they have been using the aircraft against us.

  • 13:52

      Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on being asked about the current situation at the border: It is an ongoing operation, I will not comment on that.

  • 13:24

    PM Modi in Jamnagar, Gujarat: The nation agrees that the menace of terror has to be eliminated. I want to ask you, don't you trust what our armed forces say? We should be proud of our armed forces.

  • 13:17

    We hit target, can’t answer on casualties: IAF chief

    Indian Air Force (IAF) chief B S Dhanoa on Monday reiterated that his force “hit our target” in the Balakot air strikes deep inside Pakistan last week but refused to give the number of casualties saying it is for the Government to count them.

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  • 12:43

    When adversary attacks you, every aircraft available is used, IAF chief says on question why MiG21 Bison was used

  • 12:42

    IAF chief Dhanoa says he can't comment on the politics, happy Abhinandan is back

  • 12:38

    Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa: Whether he (Wing Commander Abhinandan) flies or not depends on his medical fitness. That's why post ejection, he has undergone medical check. Whatever treatment required, will be given. Once we get hismedical fitness, he will get into fighter cockpit

  • 12:37

    Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on air strikes: IAF is not in a position to clarify the number of casualties. The government will clarify that. We don't count human casualties, we count what targets we have hit or not.

  • 12:34

    Death toll depends on the number of people present in target, IAF doesn't count number of dead, says chief Dhanoa

    Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on air strikes: The target has been clearly amplified by FS in his statement. If we plan to hit the target, we hit the target, otherwise why would he (Pak PM) have responded, if we dropped bombs in the jungles why would he respond.

  • 12:02

    More than 250 terrorists killed in air strike: Shah

    BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday claimed that over 250 terrorists were killed in the air strike carried out by the Indian Air Force on the "13th Day of the dastardly Pulwama terror attack."

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  • 11:44

    Pakistan restores Samjhauta Express services to Delhi

    Pakistani authorities on Monday restored the Samjhauta Express services between Lahore and Delhi, days after the train was suspended due to tense bilateral ties.

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  • 11:43

    Intelligence trying to verify reports on Azhar's death

    Intelligence agencies were trying to ascertain reports on the social media about the death of Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group chief Masood Azhar in Pakistan, officials said on Sunday.

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  • 11:41

    Pak may soon take action against Masood Azhar: Sources

    The Pakistan government in order to de-escalate the tensions with India, has decided to launch a crackdown on terror outfit Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, according to a top government source while a media report said Sunday that Islamabad may even withdraw its opposition to the move to list him as global terrorist in the UN Security Council.

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  • 11:40

    Ceasefire violation by Pak breaks 2-day lull along LoC

    Pakistani troops on Monday violated ceasefire by targeting forward posts and villages along the Line of Control in Akhnoor sector here, breaking a two-day lull in cross-border skirmishes, officials said.

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  • 11:38

    Indian jets hit Balakot camp, admits JeM

    As doubts on the success of the Balakot air strike refuse to die down, a purported audio message by Maulana Ammar — the younger brother of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar — has surfaced in which the JeM commander claims that the Indian aerial strike hit the training camp where young recruits were trained in jihad (holy war).

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  • 11:37

    Govt should answer questions on air strikes: PC

    Former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday asked the NDA Government to “make the effort” to clear the doubts over Balakot air strikes if “we want the world to believe” the operation that struck the JeM terror camps deep inside Pakistan rather than indulging in “Opposition-bashing.”

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  • 18:33

      In the MRI scan of the Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman, the doctors did not find any bugs. The scan has also shown that there is an injury in his lower spine which could have happened due to his ejection from his MiG-21 after aerial engagement with an F-16.

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  • 12:45

    Two militants killed in encounter in J&K's Kupwara

    Two militants were killed in a 56-hour-long encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district on Sunday, officials said.

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  • 11:52

    ‘A threshold has been breached'

    Srinath Raghavan, Professor of History and International Relations at Ashoka University, tells DH’s S. Raghotham that the February 26 airstrike will not be enough, India will have act along a broad front militarily and diplomatically to incrementally change Pakistan’s behaviour towards India.

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  • 11:11

    A day after, Abhinandan in high spirits

    A day after he returned from Pakistan's custody, Indian Air Force’s Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman was in “high spirits” as doctors at Army’s Research and Referral hospital checked his medical conditions.

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  • 10:44

    To the brink of war and back

    Military force should be carefully calibrated to avoid untoward escalation. Large-scale conventional conflict between two nuclear-armed neighbours runs the risk of spiralling out of control to nuclear exchanges in the event of misjudgement on either side.

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  • 10:20

    Indian diplomacy did well, now to step it up

    Result-oriented diplomacy requires the identification of clear political objectives. In the fortnight between the Pulwama terrorist attack, the Balakot aerial strike,the Pakistani counter and the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, India’s overall diplomatic aim remained the same—to contribute to the national effort against Pakistani terror.

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  • 09:52

    India missing Rafale jets now: Modi

    The Prime Minister also said that the armed forces direly missed the Rafale fighter jets during the strikes. “Today, entire India is saying in one voice, what could have happened if we had the Rafale jets,” he said.

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  • 09:14

    Modi should have received Abhinandan: Naidu

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for doing politics instead of receiving IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, held captive by Pakistan for nearly 60 hours and released on Friday.

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  • 08:47

    Abhinandan says he faced mental harassment in Pakistan

    IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who returned to a hero's welcome on Friday, says hefaced mental harassmentduring the course of his 60-hour capture in Pakistan.

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  • 08:26

    India to ask US to desist from arms sale to Pak

    India will use evidence of Pakistan Air Force using American F-16 aircraft for intrusion into its airspace on Wednesday to convince the United States against selling fighter jets and other advanced military hardware to Pakistan in future.

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  • 21:05

    BJP to make Mamata’s questions on strike a poll issue

    The BJP is set to make West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s questions about the outcome of the air strikes by the IAF on terror camps in Pakistan a major issue in West Bengal in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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  • 20:18

    Pak will not allow terrorism against any state: Qureshi

    Pakistan will not allow its soil to be used for terrorism against any state, including India, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday as he claimed that the "nerve centre" of the Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group has been taken over by the government.

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  • 16:34

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, a day after he returned from Pakistan

  • 16:05

  • 15:35

    Air force pilots sacrifice their lives but our Prime Minister steals money from the Air Force: Rahul Gandhi

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi at a rally in Ranchi, Jharkhand: Indian Air Force protects the country, Air force pilots sacrifice their lives but our Prime Minister steals money from the Air Force, and puts it in Anil Ambani's pockets, it is a shame.

  • 15:29

    Samjhauta Express services restored; Train to run from India on Sunday: Railways

  • 15:07

    Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman met IAF Chief BS Dhanoa

    According to IAF officials, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthamanmet IAF Chief BS Dhanoa today morning and explained his detention in Pakistan. The Wing Commander will stay at Air Force Officer's Mess.

  • 15:04

    Raj family names newborn after Abhinandan Varthaman

    A baby born on Friday evening, when IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was about to be released by Pakistan, was named after him by a family in Rajasthan's Alwar district.

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  • 15:02

      US seeks information on potential misuse of F-16 by Pak

    The US is seeking more information on the potential misuse of American-made F-16 fighter jets by Pakistan against India in violation of the end-user agreement, the State Department has said.

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  • 14:13

    Meaning of Abhinandan will change now: PM

    "Abhinandan" used to mean congratulations, but its meaning will change now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday referring to the IAF pilot released by Pakistan and the air strike carried out by India in Pakistan.

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  • 13:59

    Polls be held to make India strong, to give Pak befitting reply and not to fulfil desires of 'prince' to become PM: Amit Shah targets Rahul

  • 13:58

    Opposition doing politics by raising doubts over air strike on terrorist camps in Pakistan: Amit Shah in MP

  • 13:50

    Pak F-16 pilot was lynched by his own people

    On March 1, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman walked his way to freedom much to the delight of his countrymen. Meanwhile, a family in Pakistan is in mourning.

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  • 13:49

    SAR imagery proves JeM camp was hit by India

    Doubts were cast by certain sections of Pakistan and international media about the damage the Indian Air Force (IAF) actually inflicted during their strikes on the Jaish-e-Mohammad camp in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

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  • 13:20

  • 13:19

  • WATCH LIVE: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to return to India imminently

  • 21:33

    IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan returns home from Pak

    Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman returned home from Pakistan on Friday to a hero's welcome, two days after he was captured following a dogfight when his MiG 21 was shot down.

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  • 21:25

    Indian pilot Abhinandan handed over to Indian officials at the Wagah-Attari border, says MEA.

  • 21:19
  • 20:30

    Last-minute paperwork delaying Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s return to India.

  • 20:13

    China cancels all flights to and from Pakistan

    Chinahascancelledallflightsto and from Pakistan and rerouted its international aircraft flying over the Pakistani airspace due to regional tensions.

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  • 20:05

    Pak to lodge UN plaint against India for eco-terrorism

    Pakistan plans to lodge a complaint against India at the United Nations, accusing it of "eco-terrorism" over air strikes that damaged pine trees and brought the nuclear-armed nations to blows, a government minister said on Friday.

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  • 19:51

    Returning Wing Commander Abhinandan a welcome move: VK Singh

  • 19:42

    We are happy on the return of Wng Cdr Avinandhan to India: Rahul Gandhi

  • 19:35

    Every Indian is proud of Abhinandan: PM Modi 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday hailed Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman saying every Indian was proud of him and lashed out at political rivals for suspecting the armed forces which, he said, helped Pakistan.

  • 19:26

    IAF showed Lord Hanuman-like bravery: LS Speaker lauds strikes

    Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan Tuesday praised the Air Force for the strike on a terror camp in Pakistan and equated the operation to the mythical tale of Lord Hanuman returning safely after setting Lanka ablaze, as mentioned in the epic Ramayan.

  • 19:04

    Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor, other officials to brief the media

  • 18:39

    Jammu & Kashmir: Ceasefire violation by Pakistan along LoC in Mendhar, Balakote & Krishna Ghati sectors

  • 18:26

    People wait to receive IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan at Attari-Wagah border

  • 17:50

    Mamata welcomes IAF pilot's homecoming W

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday welcomed IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman back in the country after being in the custody of Pakistan for two days. "Welcome home #AbhinandanVarthaman Welcome home sweet home," Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle.

  • 17:06

    Pak court dismisses plea to stop release of IAF pilot

    The Islamabad High Court on Friday dismissed a Pakistani citizen's plea to stop the imminent release of the captured Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinanadan Varthaman.

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  • 16:58

    Indian Air Force team to receive Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman

  • 16:46

    IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan enroute Attari-Wagah Border

    Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is on his way to the Attari-Wagah Border. Pakistani officials will hand over him to the Indian officials at the border crossing.

  • 16:40

    China welcomes release of IAF pilot

    China on Friday welcomed Pakistan's decision to release the Indian Air Force pilot and encouraged the two countries to engage in more counterterrorism cooperation and dialogue for the regional peace and stability.

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  • 16:16

    Pak ignores request to send back IAF pilot by air

    Hours after Pakistan announced its decision to release Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, India conveyed to Islamabad that it wants him to be sent back via aerial route and not through the Wagah land border

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  • 16:11

    Two militants killed in Kashmir’s Kupwara

    Two unidentified militants were killed in an overnight encounter with security forces Handwara area of north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district on Friday.

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  • 15:48

    Security beefed up for defence installations in Odisha

    Developments on the Indo-Pak front has prompted Odisha government to order senior police officials in the districts to beef up security in and around vital establishments and installations, particularly defence related ones.

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  • 15:20

    Varthamans a MiG-21 family: son flies it, dad flew it

    For the Varthamans, flying the MiG-21 fighter aircraft is a sort of family tradition.

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  • 15:10

    Terrorism caused by misguided belief: Swaraj tells OIC

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday raised the issue of terrorism at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting and said the menace is caused by "distortion of religion" and "misguided belief".

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  • 15:04

    Pulwama united world against terrorism: Rajnath Singh

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the Pulwama incident in which several innocent lives were lost has united the world in the fight against terrorism like never before.

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  • 14:55

    Pilot return: Retreat ceremony barred for visitors

    The decision to forbid visitors was taken for safety reasons and to avoid any overflow of passion by people who would have gathered on either side of the border.

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  • 14:22

    MEA to brief Parl panel on Indo-Pak relations

    The Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs will be briefed on the current Indo-Pak relations by the foreign affairs ministry on Friday. The committee headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor will meet in Parliament House this afternoon.

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  • 14:15

    No Beating Retreat ceremony at Attari-Wagah border today

    The daily Beating the Retreat ceremony at Attari-Wagah border will not be held today. Senior team of the Indian Air Force will receive Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

  • 14:10

    Govt of India Sources: Jamaat-e-Islami (J&K), which has been banned, is the main organisation responsible for the propagation of separatist and radical ideology in Kashmir valley. This organisation has nothing to do with Jamaat-e-Islami.In 1953, Jamaat-e-Islami (J&K) enacted its own constitution.

    Jamaat-e-Islami (J&K) is responsible for formation of Hizbul Mujahideen, the biggest terrorist org active in J&K. JeI (J&K) has been providing support to HM in terms of recruits, funding, logistics, etc. In a way, HM is a militant wing of JeI (J&K). (ANI)

  • 13:58

    People gather at Attari, await return of captured pilot

    Hundreds of people flocked the Attari border Friday to catch a glimpse of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who is expected to touch home soil after his release from Pakistan.

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  • 13:11

    "Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will cross the border today, can't tell you exact time since there are certain formalities. A senior Indian Air force team from Delhi is here, they will be the ones to receive him," saidDeputy Commissioner Shiv Dular Singh Dhillon, Amritsar. (ANI)

  • 13:07

    Sushma Swaraj addresses at Organisation of Islamic Coorporation (OIC) conclave as the Guest of Honour

    "Terrorism in each case is driven by distortion of religion. Fight against terror is not a confrontation against any religion. Just as Islam means peace, none of the 99 names of Allah mean violence.Similarly, every religion stands for peace," said Sushma Swaraj referring some Quranic verses.

    "Terrorism is destroying lives, destabilizing regions and putting the world at great peril. Terror reach is growing and the toll it is taking is increasing."

  • 12:33

    Pilot's return our diplomatic victory: Amit Shah

    BJP President Amit Shah on Friday said creating a situation for the return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman from Pakistan was a diplomatic victory, ahead of the expected arrival of the captured pilot.

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  • 12:24

    Abhinandan's parents get standing ovation on flight

    It may have been after midnight when the Chennai-Delhi flight came to a stop at the tarmac but there was no scramble to get bags from the overhead bin or rush towards the exit because all eyes were focused on one couple -- the parents of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.

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  • 12:07

    Pakistan handed over Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman to Indian high commission. He is expected to cross Wagah border after 3 pm.

  • 12:05

    Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to skip Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meet in Abu Dhabi.

  • 11:53

    Indian Pilot Abhinanadan Varthaman will be released this afternoon via Wagah: Pak FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi

  • 11:46

    Sushma likely to raise terrorism issue at OIC meet

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is in Abu Dhabi to attend the foreign ministers' meet of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) states where she is expected to raise the issue of terrorism, amidst Indo-Pak tensions following the Pulwama terror attack.

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  • 11:40

    Pak Foreign Minister Shah Qureshi admits Masood Azhar is in Pakistan

    Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has admitted that Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar is in Pakistan and is "unwell", but said the government can act against him only if India presents "solid" and "inalienable" evidence that can stand in a court of law.

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  • 11:32

    Shah questions Imran Khan's silence on Pulwama attacks

    BJP President Amit Shah on Friday slammed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for not condemning the Pulwama terror attack and said how could India trust him.

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  • 11:28

    Pak set to release IAF pilot Abhinandan

    Pakistan is set to release the captured IAF pilot on Friday as a "first step" to open negotiations with India.

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  • 10:55

    Creating situation for return of pilot Abhinandan in such a short span of time is our diplomatic victory: Shah at conclave

    "Maximum number of terrorists have been eliminated under BJP govt led by Modi. Track record of our govt has been best in dealing with terror since Independence.Opposition resolution post air strikes gave ammunition to Pakistan.Pak PM should have criticised Pulwama attacks at least once. How can we trust him," saidAmit Shah in a media conclave

  • 10:09

    BSF in Ferozepur has arrested an Indian national near border outpost, Maboke and seized a mobile phone with Pakistani SIM card, in use, from his possession. The number is added to 8 Pak groups. 6 other Pak phone numbers also retrieved from him. The man is from Moradabad (UP): ANI

  • 09:55

    EDITORIAL| Return to diplomacy

    India and Pakistan seem to have walked back, at least for now, from the brink of war they had reached in the past two days. Pakistan has offered to return the Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot they had captured, and an IAF representative has indicated that while the armed forces remain on high alert, any further Indian action against Pakistan would depend on provocations from that country. This is to be welcomed. Both countries had climbed up the escalation ladder of conflict with claims and accusations and actions and counter-actions. After India’s strike at a Jaish-e-Mohammad camp in Pakistan on Tuesday, Pakistani aircraft violated Indian air space in a tit-for-tat action and sought to bomb Indian facilities. India shot down a Pakistani fighter. Pakistan downed an Indian MiG-21, captured the pilot and in an act of serious violation of conventions and norms paraded the wounded pilot on television. Shelling increased across the LoC, airports were shut down, and the war of words intensified. All this marked an intensification of hostilities.

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  • 09:44

    US welcomes Pak's decision to release IAF pilot

    The US on Thursday welcomed Pakistan's decision to release captured Indian Air Force pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, from their custody.

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  • 09:16

    Pak violates ceasefire in Uri sector, civilian injured

    One civilian was injured on Friday in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

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  • 09:15

    India rejects Imran Khan's offer for talks

    India on Thursday rejected Pakistan's offer of talks, saying that Prime Minister Imran Khan's government should first take immediate, credible and verifiable action against the terror organisations in territories under its control.

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  • 08:42

    Pakistan violated ceasefire at Gawahalan, Chokas, Kiker and Kathi posts in Uri sector in Jammu and Kashmir last night. One civilian was injured and is currently in a hospital for treatment.

  • 08:41

    Encounter between terrorists and security forces in Kupwara district's Handwara area

    Firing between terrorists and security forces in Kupwara district's Handwara area ended. Two to three terrorists believed to be trapped.A search operation is underway.

  • 08:31

    The first few hours of IAF pilot in Pak territory

    At around 8:45 am on Thursday morning, Pakistani skies in Bhimber district, nearly 200 Km from Islamabad were lit up.

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  • 00:06

    Parents to welcome IAF officer

    The parents of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman left for New Delhi on Thursday night to welcome their son on Friday when he is expected to be released by Pakistan from its custody. Read here

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  • 22:45

    We are on heightened state of readiness: Defence forces

    The army, navy and the air force Thursday said they are in a heightened state of readiness and fully prepared to deal with any provocation by Islamabad, notwithstanding Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's announcement of releasing the captured IAF pilot as a "gesture of peace". Read here

  • 21:49

    Punjab border villagers refuse to vacate homes

    As deployment of additional troops on the international border with Pakistan in Punjab continues, villagers in the Attari, Pathankot and other border zones say they will not vacate their villages even in the extreme state if war breaks out. Read here

  • 20:16

    Did anyone die at all in the air strike in Pak: Mamata

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday asked whether the air strikes by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on terror camps in Pakistan resulted in any casualties at all. Read here

  • 19:48

    Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor: We only see it (release of IAF pilot) as a gesture which is in consonance with all Geneva conventions.

  • 19:46

    Visuals from the high level meeting on security chaired by PM

  • 19:44

    Visuals cited as evidence by Indian military to expose Pak lies

  • 19:23

      Major General Surendra Singh Mahal says India will continue to target terror camps

    As long as Pakistan continues to harbour terrorists, we will continue to target the terror camps.

  • 19:15

    Ready with resolute action for any misadventure by Pakistan: Navy Rear Admiral DS Gujral says

    We are ready for any misadventure by Pakistan and we are ready for resolute action. We want to ensure safety and security of our citizens

  • 19:13

      Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor says enough evidence such as electronic signatures to show that F-16s were used

    IAF fighters were tasked to intercept the intruding Pakistani aircraft and managed to thwart them. Although PAF jets dropped bombs, they were not able to cause any damage.One Pakistani F-16 was shot down by an IAF MiG 21 Bison Aircraft.East of Rajouri, parts of F-16 have been recovered, inside Indian territory. Also, IAF is happy that Wing Commander Abhinandan is returning tomorrow.There is enough evidence to show that F-16s were used in this mission through their electronic signatures. Parts of AMRAAM, air to air missile which is carried only on the Pakistani F-16s was recovered east of Rajouri within the Indian territory.Premature to say number of casualties on the camp, whatever we intended to destroy we got that result, he said on a question by ANI on bombing on JeM terror camps in Balakot.

  • 19:12

    WATCH: Joint press briefing by the Army, Navy and the Air Force in New Delhi

  • #WelcomeBackAbhinandan trends on Twitter as many express joy at news of releasing IAF pilot

    Mehbooba Mufti: Good news,whole nation will be relieved. I hope our leadership will also reciprocate this peace gesture. I hope Imran Khan will stand by his word and take steps on Indian dossier on Pulwama attack. Imran Khan has acted like a statesman.

    Arvind Kejriwal:I pray and hope brave son of India Wing Commander Abhinandan will be reunited with his family tomorrow. The country is proud of his courage.

    Sitaram Yechury:Really happy to know Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be back home tomorrow.

    Robert Vadra: It is the best news for his family and every citizen of India.

    “Very glad to know that #WingCommandarAbhinandan (sic) will be heading home. I’ll wait for him to be back on Indian soil before I welcome him back but I’m greatly relieved that PM @ImranKhanPTI has announced the imminent release of our pilot,” tweeted Omar Abdullah.

    Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, who termed it as a step towards goodwill between the two countries said :“I’m very happy, I had demanded his release earlier too. This is going to be a step towards goodwill and I hope this will be lasting,” Singh was quoted as saying by ANI.

  • Pak resorts to heaving shelling along LoC, woman killed

    A woman was killed while an off-duty soldier was critically wounded as the armies of India and Pakistan targeted each other with mortar shells along the Line of Control (LoC) across Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.
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  • 17:12
  • IAF pilot Abhinandan to cross over at Wagah border

    Wing Commander Abhinandanwill be coming out through Wagah Border on Friday and will be accompanied by outgoing defence attache of Pakistan, according toIndia Today andCNN-News18.

  • 17:12

    Defence Ministry briefing postponed to 7 pm

  • 17:02

    Indian pilot to be released as peace gesture: Imran Khan

    The Indian pilot shot down and captured by Pakistani forces this week will be released on Friday, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said as efforts to cool a crisis between the two nuclear-armed neighbours continued.

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  • 16:41

    BREAKING: IAF PILOT TO BE RELEASED TOMORROW!

    Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan: As a peace gesture we are releasing Wing Commander Abhinandan tomorrow.

  • Ready to free pilot if it leads to de-escalation: Pak

    Pakistan said Thursday it is prepared to release a captured Indian pilot if doing so will ease soaring tensions with India that have fuelled fears of conflict between the nuclear-armed rivals.

    "We are ready to hand over the Indian pilot if it leads to de-escalation," foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal told AFP, attributing the statement to Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

    He spoke a day after the pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, was shot down in a rare aerial engagement between the South Asian neighbours over the disputed region of Kashmir.
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  • YouTube asked to remove video links of IAF pilot

    The IT Ministry has asked YouTube to remove 11 video links pertaining to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan during an air combat on Wednesday, according to sources.
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  • Manish Tewari questions PM Modi's leadership

    "At this point in time when the nation is looking towards its leadership, when the nation wants its leadership to speak to it, the Prime Minister chose to address the booth workers of the BJP rather than address the nation," said senior Congress leader Manish Tewari, according to ANI.

  • William Dalrymple tweets about Balakot and its history

  • Want IAF pilot back immediately: India

    India has not asked for consular access to the IAF pilot captured by Pakistan, and is insisting on his unconditional and immediate return, government sources said on Thursday.
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  • No negotiations, India has asked for ​immediate release of Wing Commander Abhinandan

    India asked Pakistan for the immediate return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman but made it clear that it would not negotiate with Imran Khan's Government for his release, sources said in New Delhi.The Government will not allow Pakistan to use captured Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as a bargaining chip to blackmail it or to change the national mood in India, where people are very angry after the February 14 killing of over 40 CRPF personnel at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.The Government will not allow Pakistan to use the capture of Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to change the national narrative in India as it had happened during the hijacking of Indian Airlines flight IC 814 in 1999when public pressure to ensure the return of the hostages had forced New Delhi to release terrorists like Masood Azhar, said sources.

  • Visuals of hectic activity from outside Ministry of External Affairs

  •   'Ready to free Indian pilot if leads to de-escalation'

    Pakistan is prepared to release a captured Indian pilot if doing so will ease soaring tensions with India that have fuelled fears of conflict between the nuclear-armed rivals, its foreign ministry said Thursday.
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  • Confident of captured IAF pilot's return: Former envoy

    Former envoy to Pakistan G Parthasarathy, who played a key role in bringing back IAF pilot K Nachiketa during the 1999 Kargil war, has expressed confidence that wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman too would return safely.
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  • 15:02

      Pakistan violated ceasefire in Rajouri's Nowshera Sector, snipers deployed

    Pakistan violated ceasefire in Rajouri's Nowshera Sector at about 1415 hours today. Indian Army is retaliating according to ANI. Firstpost also citedMHA sources and said thatsnipers have been deployed in select Pakistan posts along the International Border and the Line of Control. Heavy deployment was reported with three Pakistanposts, including Sutlej Rangers and Chenab rangers and two Pakistan units, Sindh and Mujahid, moved to Kot Katera.MHA sources said that four Pakistan army artillery units were moved on Wednesday evening at Topa Girdan and Tarkundi.

  • Pak Foreign Minister says it is considering returning Indian pilot for de-escalation of ties

    Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday said Pakistan is willing to consider returning the Indian pilot if it means de-escalation of ties between the two countries.

    Meanwhile, sources tell ANI that Pakistan is trying to create a Kandahar type pressure but India will not give in, there will be no deal or talks on Wing Commander. On being asked if he is open to meeting Indian EAM Sushma Swaraj on sidelines of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation(OIC) meet. Pakistan Foreign Minister SM Qureshi said he will not hesitate to meet but OIC is not the forum for talks with Swaraj.

  • Trump hints at de-escalation between India and Pakistan as U.S. mediates

    United States President DonaldTrumpsaid on Thursday there would be some "reasonably decent news" on the ongoing conflict between India and Pakistan, a day after the two nuclear powers both downed enemy jets and Pakistan captured an Indian pilot.

    The U.S., China and other world powers have urged restraint from the two nations as tensions escalate following tit-for-tat airstrikes in the wake of a suicide car bombing that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Feb. 14.

    Indian and Pakistani troops traded fire briefly along the contested border in Kashmir on Thursday morning, but speaking at a press conference,Trumpsaid the U.S. had been mediating between the two sides.
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  • Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu pens letter on Indo-Pak tensions

  • Diplomacy the only path to resolve Indo-Pak conflict

    Top US lawmakers have said that the escalating tension between Pakistan and India is "deeply alarming" and asked the two nuclear-armed countries to settle their differences through negotiations and not war.
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  •    Defence Ministry sources say IAF pilot mistreated by Pakistan Army

    Defence Ministry sources have said that they believe that despite Pakistani claims,the Indian Air Force Pilot was ill treated by the Pakistan Army in violation of the Geneva convention,ANIreported. They also added that they believe that the Pakistan Army is actively supporting the Jaish-e-Mohammed and is harbouring the leaders including Masood Azhar in its facilities

  • Pakistan says will decide on PoW status for IAF pilot in few days

    Pakistan has said it will take a few days to decide on whether to give IAF pilot the prisoner of war status or not and added thatCommander AbhinandanVarthaman was safe and healthy in their custody, according toCNN-News.

  • Bolton dials Doval amid tensions between India, Pak

    US National Security Adviser John Bolton has talked to his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval for a second time amidst tense ties between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack and New Delhi's air strike against JeM terror training camp in Balakot.
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  • Australia asks India, Pak to 'exercise restraint'

    Australia has once again urged India and Pakistan to "exercise restraint" and avoid further military action, saying the cycle of escalation is "very dangerous" for all.
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  • Indo-Pak tension: UN chief follows with 'deep concern'

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is following with "deep concern" the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, calling on both sides to urgently take steps for a "meaningful mutual engagement".
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  • 13:19

    Chief of three services to address joint press briefing at 5 pm 

    According to sources, Indian Army chief,chief of Indian Air Force, and Chief of Indian Navy will address the media at 5 pm to brief them on the situation at the border, a day after an IAF pilot was captured by Pakistan. Meanwhile, the three service chiefs have briefed defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the situation.

  • MEA to brief Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs over Indo-Pak tension

  • 13:16

    Ceasefire violation by Pakistan at 1 pm. Statement from Army Northern Command.

    "Cease Fire Violation by Pak along LoC in Krishna Ghati Sector (J&K) 28 Feb 2019 at about 1300 hours, Pak again initiated Unprovoked Cease Fire Violation by Shelling with Mortars & Firing of Small Arms along LoC in Krishna Ghati Sector (J&K). Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively."

  • 12:42

    India will live as one, grow as one, fight as one, win as one: PM Modi in video conference interaction with BJP workers

    "The enemy tries to destabilize us, carries out terror attacks, they want to stop our growth. We all countrymen are standing like a rock to counter their evil designs.We have full faith in our soldiers. We shouldn't do anything that will affect their inner strength. We shouldn't do anything that can be used by our enemies to target us."

  • 12:39

    Meeting of Army Chief General Bipin Rawat with delegates from panchayat members and ex-servicemen from Jammu and Kashmir scheduled for today has been cancelled

  • 12:00

    Modi under opposition fire over BJP's political agenda

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to one crore BJP workers on Thursday came under fire from the opposition, who accused him of pursuing a political agenda at a time when clouds of war were hovering over the nation.

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  • 11:56

    Union minister General V K Singh reacts to Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa's statement on BJP gaining seats in the state

    "@BSYBJP ji, I beg to differ. We stand as one nation, action taken by our government is to safeguard our nation & ensure safety of our citizens, not to win a few extra seats."

    He also added a YouTube link to A B Vajpayee's speech.

  • 11:26

    The three service chiefs to meet Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

  • 11:17

    Mayawati attacks Modi for his political engagements

    At a time when the nation is in dire need ofleadership, Prime Minister Modi, instead of focussing on national security is worried about his party. His address to the BJP booth workers is not only laughable but also playing with the emotions of the nation: Mayawati, BSP chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.

  • 11:07

    This is part of an F-16 aircraft that was shot down by a MiG-21, but the Pakistan aircraft fell in PoK

    The Pak officer inspecting the wreckage is the Commanding Officer of 7 Northern Light Infantry: Sources to DH

  • 11:00

    Message from Veteran Air Marshal Varthaman. Father of Wg Cdr Abhinandan

    "Thank you my friends for your concern and wishes. I thank God for his blessings, Abhi is alive, not injured, sound in mind,just look at the way he talked so bravely...a true soldier...we are so proud of him. I am sure all your hands n blessings are on his head, prayers for his safe return, I pray that he does not get tortured, and comes home safe n sound in body and mind. Thank you all for being with us in this hour of need. Wedraw our strengths from your support and energy."

  • 09:44

    Pakistan suspends operations of Samjhauta Express

    Pakistan suspends operations of Samjhauta Express from Lahore to New Delhi. Indian Railways had said the train will run as scheduled. The train departed from New Delhi station last night with 27 passengers onboard.

  • 09:35

    Crucial Union Cabinet meeting to be held today evening at 6. 30 PM

    Union Cabinet to meet at 6. 30 PM. Cabinet to be briefed on current security scenario post-Pulwama terror attack and India"s action on security as well as a diplomatic front against Pakistan sponsored terror.

  • 09:35

    NSA Ajit Doval and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a telephonic conversation late last night. Pompeo said that the US supported India’s decision to take action against JeM terror camp on Pakistani soil: Sources to ANI

  • 09:33

    Fathima Bhutto seeks release of captured Indian pilot

    Author Fatima Bhutto, the granddaughter of former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, on Wednesday asked the Imran Khan government to release an Indian Air Force pilot captured after air combat.

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  • 08:22

    Ceasefire violation by Pakistan this morning in Krishna Ghati sector along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir

    Pakistan violated ceasefire at 6 am today in Krishna Ghati sector along the Line of Control in Poonch district. Indian Army retaliated effectively. The firing stopped around 7 am.

  • 07:34

    Oppn decides to bring Modi under fire on Pulwama

    The Opposition parties on Wednesday chose to bring Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the line of fire on Pulwama terror strike amid a section wanting an all-out attack on the BJP while veteran leader Sharad Pawar cautioning against such a move.

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  • 07:06

    Britain, France, US ask UN to blacklist Masood Azhar

    The United States, Britain and France proposed on Wednesday that the United Nations Security Council blacklist the head of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad, which said it attacked an Indian paramilitary convoy in Kashmir.US, UK & France have asked the 15-member United Nations Security Council sanctions committee to subject Maulana Masood Azhar to an arms embargo, global travel ban and asset freeze.

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  • 00:06

    IAF braveheart hails from family of military veterans

    Wing Commander V Abhinandan, who is currently in the custody of Pakistan, is a third-generation officer from a family whose members have served in the Indian armed forces for long. The Wing Commander’s father retired from the Indian Air Force (IAF) as Air Marshal in 2012, and was a highly decorated officer. Read here

  • 00:04

    Pak may boycott OIC meet to be attended by Sushma

    Pakistan may boycott the inaugural plenary of the 46th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Abu Dhabi as United Arab Emirates (UAE) has invited India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to attend the conclave on Friday as a “guest of honour”. Read here

  • 22:56

    I hope saner counsels will prevail between leadership of India, Pakistan: Manmohan Singh amid growing Indo-Pak tensions

  • 22:53

    Armed forces update PM on latest security scenario


    The chiefs of the armed forces on Wednesday updated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the security situation after Pakistani aircraft violated Indian airspace and an Indian pilot was taken into custody by the neighbouring country, sources said. Read here

  • 21:03

    BJP, Cong recalibrate poll strategy amid Pak conflict

    That the Pulwama tragedy and the Indian strike on Balakot have altered the political landscape and provided the BJP a leg up ahead of the Lok Sabha polls is now obvious. Read here

  • 21:00

    Kerala-based Southern commands on alert


    Kerala basedSouthern Air and Naval Commands have pulled up their socks in view of theescalating tension between India and Pakistan. Read here

  • 20:56

    Mumbai on alert as Indo-Pak tension escalates

    The commercial capital of the country, Mumbai, has been put on a high alert in the wake of escalating tension between India and Pakistan. Read here

  • Rajnath Singh said Pak trying to defame India

    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Wednesday said the Indian Air Force (IAF) air strike on terror camps in Pakistan was carried out with caution and no civilian was hurt in it, but the neighbouring country wants to defame India nevertheless.

    India has given a befitting reply to the neighbouring country, Singh said and reiterated that Kashmir will always be a part of India and no power in the world can separate it from the country.

    Addressing a convention of BJP workers in Bilaspur town of Chhattisgarh, he said, “Two days back, our forces gave a befitting reply to Pakistan, which has been trying to destabilise India”.

  •    Another ceasefire violation by Pakistan

    Pakistan has violated ceasefire in Mendhar and Krishna Ghati sectors of Poonch.

  • Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy says nation stands in solidarity with armed forces

  •    47 flights cancelled at IGI airport in Delhi

    NDTVreported that atotal of 47 flights — 25 departures and 22 arrivals — have beencancelled at Delhi airport on Wednesday.

  •    India objects to Pakistan’s 'vulgar display' of injured IAF personnel

    In MEA's press release on India summoning acting high commissioner of Pakistan, it said that India strongly objected to Pakistan’s "vulgar display of an injured personnel of the Indian Air Force in violation of all norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention". "It was made clear that Pakistan would be well advised to ensure that no harm comes to the Indian defence personnel in its custody. India also expects his immediate and safe return," it said.


    "Regret was expressed at continuing denial by Pakistan’s political and military leadership at the presence of terrorist infrastructure in territories under its control. A dossier was handed over to Pakistan side with specific details of JeM complicity in Pulwama terror attack and the presence of JeM terror camps and its leadership in Pakistan," the statement said.

  • 18:50

      MEA lodges a strong protest with Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan

    MEA: Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan was summoned this afternoon by MEA to lodge a strong protest at unprovoked act of aggression by Pakistan against India earlier today, including violation of the Indian air space by Pakistan Air Force & targeting of Indian militaryposts.India also strongly objected to Pakistan’s vulgar display of an injured personnel of the Indian Air Force in violation of all norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention. It was made clear that Pakistan would be well advised to ensure that no harm comes to the Indian defence personnel in its custody. India also expects his immediate and safe return.

  • Theresa May says UK is deeply concerned about rising tensions b/w India & Pakistan

    UK PM Theresa May: UK is deeply concerned about rising tensions b/w India & Pakistan and urgently calls for restraint on both sides to avoid further escalation. We're in regular contact with both countries, urging dialogue and diplomatic solutions to ensure regional stability. We are working closely with international partners including through the UN Security Council to de-escalate tensions and are monitoring developments closely and considering implications for British nationals.

  • 17:39
  • Pakistani military spokesman says Pakistan army has only one Indian pilot in custody, previously said two captured

  • FM Qureshi: Strike demonstrates Pakistan's 'right, will and capability to defend' itself

  • Pakistan deputy high commissioner arrives at South Block

    Pakistan deputy high commissioner Syed Haider Shah arrivedat South Block after being summoned by Ministry of External Affairs.The Ministry of External Affairs is largely located in South Block.

  • 16:27

    WATCH: Pak PM Imran Khan says better sense should prevail in appeal against escalation

  • 16:01

    Full statement of Pak PM

    "I wanted to take the nation into confidence over the developments since yesterday morning. We offered peace to India after what happened in Pulwama. I understand the pain of the families [who lost family members in Pulwama]. I have visited hospitals and seen the pain of people affected by violence. We offered India that we would investigate. We wanted to cooperate and were ready to do so. I feared that India would still take action, and I had therefore warned India against aggression. When India stuck yesterday morning, we spoke to our army command and waited to take action till we assessed the damage caused. Our action was only intended to convey that if you can come into our country, we can do the same. Two of their MiGs were shot down (in the ensuing action). From here, it is imperative that we use our heads and act with wisdom. All wars are miscalculated, and no one knows where they lead to. World War I was supposed to end in weeks, it took six years. Similarly, the war on terrorism was not supposed to last 17 years. I ask India: with the weapons you have and the weapons we have, can we really afford a miscalculation? If this escalates, it will no longer be in my control or in Modi's. We understand the grief that you have suffered in Pulwama and are ready for a probe and dialogue. Let's sit together and settle this with talks," said Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan.

  • Ajit Doval briefs Narendra Modi about developments

    National Security Advisor Ajit Dovalhas taken charge of the situation, and is briefing Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the latest developments.

  • 15:29

    One Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by Indian Air Force. In this engagement we have lost one MiG 21. Pilot is missing in action.

  • 15:34

    Full statement by MEA

    India had informed about Counter-Terrorism (CT) action it took yesterday against a training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan based on credible evidence that JeM intended to launch more attacks. Against this Counter Terrorism Action, Pakistan has responded this morning by using its Air Force to target military installations on the Indian side. Due to our high state of readiness and alertness, Pakistan’s attempts were foiled successfully.

    The Pakistan Air Force was detected and the Indian Air Force responded instantly. In that aerial engagement, one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force. The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side. In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts.

  • 15:32

    MEA says PAF attempts foiled

    Pakistan has used its Air Force to target military installations on the Indian side, but their attempts were foiled successfully: MEA.

  • Operations at 9 airports have resumed as of now: DGCA

    Aviation watchdog DGCA on Wednesday said operations at the nine airports, which were shut earlier in the day, have resumed "as of now".
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  • 15:33

    Flight over North India may resume soon

    After keeping the airspace closed for several hours since morning, civil flight operations in north India are expected to resume soon.

    “The NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) to alert aircraft pilots of potential hazards along a flight route) has been withdrawn. Flight operations will resume,” news agency ANI reported without naming the source.

    Earlier an Air India official said the airlines was avoiding route of Pakistan air space with immediate effect. India use Pakistan airspace for flights to Gulf countries, Europe and USA.

    Websites that track civilian flights around the world show Pakistan airspace is still closed for civilian flights with reports claiming suspension of flights from Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi. There are also reports of stopping of flights from Multan, Sialkot and Faisalabad.

  • Pak summons Indian diplomat over ceasefire violations

    Pakistan on Wednesday summoned India's Acting High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned the alleged "unprovoked ceasefire violations" by the Indian forces along the Line of Control which resulted in the killing of four civilians.

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  • Kashmir: Strike disrupts normal life

    Normal life was affected in Kashmir on Wednesday due to a strike called by separatists to protest the NIA raids at residences of several leaders in connection with investigation into terror funding through hawala channels in the valley.
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  • IAF chopper crashes in JK, 5 killed

    Five persons were killed on Wednesday when an IAF helicopter crashed in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.
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  • 14:48

    PM Modi holds meet with top security and intelligence officials

    Top security and intelligence officials Wednesday huddled into a meet at the prime minister's office in the wake of Pakistan Air Force jets violating the Indian airspace, sources said.

    National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, senior officials of the Indian Navy, Army and the Air Force and other security officials were holding a meeting to discuss the current security situation, they said.

    Earlier in the day, a PAF F-16 fighter jet was shot down by Indian air defence forces in Rajouri sector of Jammu region.

    The aircraft was brought down in Jhangar area of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri sector.

  • NOTAM (Notice to Airmen to alert aircraft pilots of potential hazards along a flight route) has been withdsrawn and flight operations will resume.

  • Pakistan summons Indian acting High Commissioner

    Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Indian acting High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia over alleged ceasefire violations, reportsNews18.

  • 14:42

    ANI Sources: IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan took off in a MiG 21 Bison jet today, he is yet to return

    Ministry of External Affairs press conference at 315.

    Any confirmation or denial of Pakistan claims are expected from there .

  • 14:05

    2 IAF aircraft shot, 2 pilots arrested: claims Pakistan

    Pakistan on Wednesday claimed that it shot down two Indian military aircraft over Pakistani air space and arrested two pilots.

    However, there was no official confirmation from the Indian government.

    In a 46-second video released by the Pakistan Army, a blindfolded man claiming that he's IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan.

    "I am an IAF officer. My service No is 27981," the man said in the video.

    However, the veracity of the video could not be ascertained.
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  • Pakistan closes its airspace for commercial flights

    Pakistan on Wednesday closed its airspace for commercial flights and suspended flight operations across major airports, including in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, for an indefinite period in the wake of the escalating tensions with India.
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  • Did not issue statement on India, Pakistan clashes says Taliban spokesperson

    Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said on Wednesday the group has not issued any press statement about the ongoing clashes between India and Pakistan.
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  • Ratan Tata hails IAF for strikes in Pakistan

    Veteran industrialist Ratan Tata on Wednesday praised the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hailed the Indian Air Force (IAF) for carrying out strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed's terror camp in Pakistan.
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  • 14:36
  • 14:34

    Pakistan PM Imran Khan will address its nation soon

  • 14:32

    Airspace north of Delhi vacated, say official sources

    The entire airspace north of the Indian capital has been vacated, official sources said on Wednesday.

    The skies above New Delhi were vacated as nine airports in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab were closed for civilian air traffic on a day of rapidly escalating tensions between India and Pakistan.
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  • 13:44

    Pakistan Army spokesman says 2 IAF pilots arrested. One injured pilot shifted to hospital

    2 IAF pilots arrested. One injured pilot shifted to hospital, other one is safe, says Pakistan Army spokesman.
    "I am Wing Commander Abhinandan, I am IAF officer. My service No is 27 981," one pilot says in a video issued by the Pakistan Army.

  •    Air India avoiding route of Pakistan air space with immediate effect

    Air India avoiding route of Pakistan air space with immediate effect. India use Pakistan airspace for flights to Gulf countries, Europe and USA, said an Air India official

  • 14:03

      Entire airspace north of Delhi vacated: official sources.

  • 13:31

    Five airports closed for civilian flights: officials

    Srinagar, Jammu and Leh airports were among five airports closed on Wednesday for civilian air traffic shortly after an IAF jet crashed in Kashmir's Budgam district, officials said.

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  • 13:02

    China says Pakistan opposes terrorism

    China on Wednesday said that Pakistan had always been opposed to terrorism. Beijing endorsed the credential of Islamabad in opposing terrorism just a day after India carried out an air-strike on the biggest training camp of the terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) inside Pakistan.

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  • 13:02

    No reports of any IAF jet suffering damage in action by India's adversaries: defence sources.

  • 12:53

    Sources: International flights that transit between Indian and Pakistani airspace now being affected. Some flights returning to origin, while others appear to be seeking alternate routing.

  • 12:41

  • 12:39

    The aircraft that crashed in Jammu & Kashmir's Budgam was IAF's Mi-17 transport chopper: ANI reports

  • 12:37

    Mohammad Faisal, Pakistan's MoFA spokesperson: PAF undertook strikes across LoC from Pakistani airspace. Sole purpose of this action was to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defence. We do not wish to escalate but are fully prepared if forced into that paradigm.

  • 12:36

    Pakistan immediately stops its domestic and international flight operations from Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Islamabad airports.

  • 12:34

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviews the security situation across the country, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir. He was briefed about the latest anti-terror operations as well as the situation on the border. The meeting was attended by NSA Ajit Doval among others

  • 12:33

    Despite repeated requests since early morning neither the Defence Ministry nor the Indian Air Force hasn't spoken a word about Pakistan's claims of PAF fighters entering Indian air space and shooting down an IAF plane and capturing an Indian pilot

  • 12:17

    Pakistan Air Force's F-16 that violated Indian air space shot down in Indian retaliatory fire 3KM within Pakistan territory in Lam valley, Nowshera sector. Parachute seen as Pakistan Air Force's F-16 was going down, condition of the pilot is unknown

  • 11:59

  • 11:57

    J&K: Pictures of craters formed from Pakistani bombs dropped near Indian Army post in Rajouri sector. Pic courtesy: Army sources

  • 11:45

  • 11:42

    Srinagar, Jammu and Leh airports closed for civilian flights: officials

    Srinagar, Jammu and Leh airports were on Wednesday closed for civilian air traffic shortly after an IAF jet crashed in Budgam district and amid escalation of cross-Line of Control shelling between armies of India and Pakistan.

    "The civilian air traffic has been suspended temporarily in view of the emergency," an official of the Airport Authority of India told PTI.

    While the official did not specify the nature of the emergency, it is believed the step was taken in view of an IAF jet crashing in Budgam district this morning.

    Jammu and Leh airports have also been closed for civilian traffic.

    The flare up in the cross-LoC shelling, which was initiated by Pakistani troops in early hours of Wednesday has also resulted in security forces and other establishments being put on a heightened alert.

  • 11:37

  • 11:30

  • 11:30

    Civilian air traffic to and fro Srinagar airport suspended: officials

  • 11:18

    Pakistani jets violate Indian air space in Nowshera

    Pakistani fighter jets Wednesday violated Indian air space in Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district but were pushed back by Indian aircraft, a top official said.

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  • 11:07

    Pakistani jets violate Indian air space, enter border areas of Nowshera sector in J-K's Rajouri district: Officials

  • 10:55

    Two Jaish militants killed in Shopian

    Two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM)militants were killed on Wednesday inan encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

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  • 10:54

    Pak troops shell Indian posts in Uri

    Pakistani troops on Wednesday intensely shelled Indian posts in Uri Sector of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

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  • 09:54

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba to meet shortly today over important proposals for the Armed forces. ANI reports

  • 09:09

    India doesn't want any 'further escalation': Swaraj

    India wants to avoid any "further escalation of the situation" after conducting air strikes against militant camps in Pakistan territory, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said on Wednesday.

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  • 08:55

    India does not want 'further escalation' after Pakistan air strikes: Sushma Swaraj

  • 08:54

  • 08:41

    US urges India, Pak to 'exercise restraint': Pompeo

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for India and Pakistan to "exercise restraint" on Tuesday amid soaring tensions between the two nuclear-armed countries, while urging Islamabad to take action against militants.

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  • 08:38

  • 08:20

    Sushma Swaraj: It wasn't a military op, no military installation targeted. The objective was to act against the terrorist infrastructure of JeM to preempt another terror attack in India. India doesn't wish to see a further escalation of the situation. It'll continue to act with responsibility and restraint.

  • 08:19

    Sushma Swaraj:In the light of the continuing refusal of Pak to acknowledge andact against terror groups on its territory andbased on credible info that JeM was planning other attacks in parts of India, GoI decided to take preemptive action and target was selected in order to avoid civilian casualties.

  • 08:18

    Sushma Swaraj: Following the Pulwama terrorist attack instead of taking seriously the calls by the international community to act against Jaish-e-Mohammed&other terror groups based in Pakistan, it denied any knowledge of the attack & outrightly dismissed claims by Jaish-e-Mohammed.

  • 08:18

    EAM Sushma Swaraj in Wuzhen, China: Such dastardly terrorist attacks are a grim reminder for the need of all the countries to show zero tolerance to terrorism and take decisive action against it.

  • 08:05

    Sushma Swaraj: We're aware of the recent dastardly terrorist attack on our security forces in Pulwama, J&K perpetrated by Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan based & supported terrorist organization proscribed by UN & other countries. We lost over CRPF 40 personnel while several others are injured seriously.

  • 08:05

    EAM Sushma Swaraj: It is important to both sides to ensure thorough and effective implementation of the guidance given by our leaders. Both sides have made good efforts in this regard & we should sustain this effort.

  • 08:05

    EAM Sushma Swaraj in Wuzhen, China: India-China relations, as you said, is an important relationship for both of our countries. We have made substantial progress in our relations since the informal summit between PM Modi and President Xi Jinping in Wuhan in April 2018.

  • 08:04

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  • 07:55

    Sushma raises Pulwama terror attack with Chinese Foreign Minister

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday raised the recent Pulwama suicide attack on the CRPF soldiers in her bilateral meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi here, a day after India destroyed a major terror training camp in Pakistan.

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  • 00:20

    Pakistan summons India's acting High Commissioner and condemns "violation of its territorial sovereignty" by Indian jets: Foreign Office

  • 23:54

    Sorry, was busy with some work: Modi after air strikes

    Apologies for being late, was busy with some work, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the audience at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Tuesday soon after getting a brief on the airstrikes carried out by the Air Force in Balakot in Pakistan. Read here

  • 22:34

  • EAM Sushma Swaraj after all party meeting: Pleased with all parties expressing support for Govt's anti-terror strikes

  • PM, Jaitley brief VP Naidu about air strikes in Pak

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday briefed Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on the scale and effectiveness of the IAF's preemptive air strikes on terror camps run by Jaish-e-Mohammed across the Line of Control in Pakistan, sources said.
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  • All-party meeting called by EAM Sushma Swaraj

    Arun Jaitley, D Raja, Praful Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Derek O'Brien, Vijay Goel, Rajnath Singh, Sitaram Yechury have arrived.

  • As war clouds loom large, Indo-Pak armies exchange fire

    As war clouds loom large, the armies of India and Pakistan on Tuesday exchanged heavy shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, triggering panic among the residents.
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  • PM was up all night monitoring air strike on JeM camp

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi was up all night as he monitored the Indian Air Force operation to destroy a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Pakistan, relaxing only after all the pilots returned safely home, government sources said on Tuesday.

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  • 19:07

    Pak Maj Gen: They are claiming that they killed 350 terrorists; I say even if they had killed 10, what about their bodies, their funerals, their blood [...] the spot is open for anybody and everybody

    "I called you [journalists] so I could take you there [to the site] and show you on ground reality but unfortunately, I cannot take you by air due to rough weather. But the local media is there and have shown that there was not even a single brick there. They are claiming that they killed 350 terrorists; I say even if they had killed 10, what about their bodies, their funerals, their blood [...] the spot is open for anybody and everybody: for ambassadors, defence attaches, UN military observer group in Pakistan. Even the civilian population or army representatives from India can come through the authorised entry points in Pakistan. See it for yourself and go back and tell your prime minister. A lie has no feet to stand on. You saw their first 'surgical strike'. I told them [India] that you will never be able to surprise us. We have not been surprised. We were ready, we responded. I said that we will surprise you. Wait for that surprise. I said that our response will be different. The response will come differently. We are a democracy. You have proved that you are not a democracy. You have chosen a path of war without knowing the consequence for the peace and stability of the region. We have fought for 50 years for this peace. There is a joint session of the parliament tomorrow and then the prime minister has summoned a meeting of the National Command Authority [country's top nuclear body]. I hope you know what the NCA means and what it constitutes. Today, the prime minister has asked everyone to get ready for every eventuality. We are all ready. Now it's time for India to wait for our response. The response will come at a point and time of our choosing, when our civil-military leadership decides, and as a matter of fact, has decided,"said the ISPR DG.

  • 18:47

    Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor accuses India of targeting 'civilian area' to 'benefit war mongering and politics'

    "If they had struck any military position, then an engagement would have happened. But they did not do that because if they had done so, our soldiers were ready. India's purpose is not that — Modi's government, even when it violates ceasefire violations in Azad Kashmir, deliberately targets civil population. Had they struck the military last night, then uniformed personnel would have been martyred and it would not have served their purpose. They wanted to target a place where civilians could have died, so they could claim that they targeted a terrorist camp. This would have benefited their war mongering and politics. They entered from Kashmir's Tangdhar — they were timely and effectively challenged, and repulsed by the Air Force. On their way back, they jettisoned their payload. Four of their bombs fell in [Balakot's] Jabba and they went back.The ground troops' job is to ascertain if anything has fallen or not. When they [Indian aircraft] went back, we checked through our line of communication and found that there were no strikes"said the ISPR DG.

  • Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, the director general (DG) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) holds press conference

    "Allah almighty is the greatest and we should not make tall claims, but come and try to spend 21 minutes in Pakistani airspace According to war methodology, our entire Air Force could not have stayed airborne. Our safeguards on land were in place. So if they had tried an on-ground incursion, they would have met the response that we had planned. Last night, our radars were observing them. They had earlier come closer to our border but did not cross it. Last night, their first visibility was observed near the Sialkot and Lahore border. They were seen approaching the border. Our Combat Air Patrol (CAP) team approached and challenged them. They did not cross. As per the SOP (standard operating procedure), when the first team got committed there, the next CAP team automatically was airborne. During this, another one of their formation was picked in Bahawalpur sector. The second standby team went down south and challenged it. We then observed that the more heavier of their teams was approaching Muzaffarabad sector from Kiran Valley. When our third CAP team challenged them, they had crossed the LoC. Their approaching of the border, the challenge and their return took four minutes," said the ISPR DG.

  • 18:43

    WATCH: ISPR DG 'debunk' IAF air strike

  • IAF strike on JeM camps: Many channels play old footage

    With India waking up to news of the Indian Air Force bombing JeM terror camps at Balakot in Pakistan in the early hours of February 26, multiple news channels have broadcasted a video, purported to be of IAF jets inside Pakistani territory.
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  •   Amit Shah comments on IAF air strikes

    Amit Shah, BJP President at a public rally in Ghazipur: Surgical strikes after Uri and now air strikes in self-defence, both have given the message to the world that for the security of the country, India's soldiers and government can go to any extent.

  • Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi: The statement by Mehbooba Mufti is before you, that the story being presented is the opposite of reality

  • America should not give aid to Pak: Haley

    Pakistan has a long history of harbouring terrorists and America should not give Islamabad even a dollar until it corrects its behaviour, Indian-American former US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley has said as she praised the Trump administration for wisely restricting financial assistance to the country.
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  • IAF strike: Leaves of health officials cancelled in J&K

    As reports about Indian Air Force (IAF) carrying out a pre-dawn strike on a militant camp across the LoC trickled, health authorities in Kashmir cancelled all the leaves of doctors.
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  • 16:38

    Top 6 questions on air strikes at Jaish camps in PoK

    1. What happened?

    2. How did it happen?
    3. Why did India conduct air strikes?
    4. Howdid Pakistan Government react?
    5. Is there proof that the strikes happened?
    6. How did India react?

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  • 'Will turn Pak into graveyard if it retaliates'

    Pakistan will turn into a graveyard if it dared to retaliate against air strikes carried out by the Indian Air Force on Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps, senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said on Tuesday.
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  • Pak retaliation will prove it shelters terrorists: Pawar

    Any retaliation by Pakistan to India's air strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed's terror camp in that country will prove that it provides shelter to terrorists, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Tuesday.
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  • At Gandhi Peace Prize, PM makes reference to air strike

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday made an indirect reference to the air strikes carried out by the Indian Air Force on terror camps across the LoC when he sought an apology from the audience at the Rashtrapati Bhawan for being late as he was "busy" with "some other work".
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  • 15:44

    350 terrorists killed while sleeping: Sources

    Hundreds of Fidayeen and their trainers were shifted from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to a five-star, resort-style camp in a hilltop forest in Balakot after the Pulwama attack, providing Indian forces with "a sitting duck target" when they carried out an air strike early on Tuesday, killing up to 350 terrorists, sources said.

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  • IAF srikes: Jaish’s Balakot camp hub of terror training

    TheBalakot-based Jaish-e-Mohammad(JeM) terror camp destroyed by the Indian Air Force(IAF) Tuesday was used for "battle inoculation" and its trainers were retired officers of the Pakistan Army, government sources said.
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  • IAF airstrike: Balakot residents thought earthquake

    Residents in the quake-prone Balakot town in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday said they were woken by "loud explosions" and thought a fresh tremor must have hit the region when Indian Air Force jets pounded a large terror training camp.
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  • 15:38

    BBC India speaks to eyewitness who says it felt like an earthquake

  • Mirage 2000 used first time inside Pak after 1971 war

    A fleet of Mirage 2000 deep-penetration fighter jets assisted by other assets of the Indian Air Force carried out the pre-dawn strike on the biggest terror camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror outfit in Pakistan, government sources said.
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  • Pak vows to respond 'at time and place of its choosing'

    Pakistan on Tuesday strongly rejected India's claim of targeting terrorist camp in the country and causing heavy casualties even as it vowed to respond "at the time and place of its choosing" and raise the issue at the United Nations and other international forums.
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  • 15:21

    PAK NSC meeting: 'India has committed uncalled for aggression'

    Pakistan's National Security Committee (NSC) after a meeting chaired by Pakistan PM Imran Khan today: India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing.

  • 14:19

      Intel Sources to ANI: Picture of JeM facility destroyed by Indian Air Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan.

  • 14:29

      Intel Sources according to ANI: Flags of USA, UK and Israel painted on staircases seen in Jaish e Mohammed facility destroyed by Indian Air Force jets in Balakot

  • 14:20

      Intel Sources according to ANI: Ammunition dump blown up today in Balakot, Pakistan by IAF Mirages. The dump had more than 200 AK rifles, uncountable rounds hand grenades, explosives and detonators.

  • 14:53

    Rahul Gandhi congratulates the pilots of the Air Force

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Guwahati, Assam: We remember Maneshwar Basumatary (native of Assam) who was a martyr in Pulwama attack and we congratulate the pilots of the Air Force.

  • 14:50
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  • 14:40

      Foreign diplomats briefed

    Besides the Foreign diplomats from the USA, UK, Russia, Australia,Indonesia,Turkey and six Asean nations, Chinese diplomat was also briefed on the Indian Air Force strike in Balakot by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.

  • 14:57

    PM Narendra Modi speaking after air strike

    In his first public comments after the air strikes in Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said the country is in safe hands and that he will not let the country down.

    The prime minister stressed that nothing was above the nation.

    "Today is a day to pay homage to India's bravehearts. I want to assure you that the country is in safe hands," he said at a public rally here.

    "I vow that I will not let the country bow down," he said.

    In a swift and precise air strike following the Pulwama attack, India bombed and destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest training camp in Pakistan early Tuesday, killing a "very large number" of terrorists, trainers and senior commanders. The operation, described as a non-military, preemptive strike, was welcomed by the entire political spectrum and military experts who had been advocating retribution after the February 14 suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama claimed by JeM.

  • 14:46

    Hours after air strike, Army tweets poem

    Hours after the Indian Air Force hit terror camps inside Pakistan, the Army on Tuesday tweeted a Hindi poem which says that "if you are docile and polite before the enemy, he may consider you as a coward, the way Kauravas treated Pandavas".
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  • 14:26

    Sources tell ANI: This was an intelligence-based counter terror strike not a military action for sake of war. Have demolished entire terror set up in the suicide bombing training centre in Balakot, and over 300 terrorists were eliminated in the covert operation by Indian Air Force

  • 14:09

    Watch PM Modi speak at Churu, Rajasthan

  • 14:13

    PM Modi speaks in Rajasthan hours after terror strike

    Today I repeat what I said back in 2014 - 'Saugandh mujhe is mitti ki main desh nahi mitne doonga, main desh nahi rukne doonga. Main desh nahi jhukne doonga....Mera vachan hai Bharat maa ko, tera sheesh nahi jhukne doonga...The smell of the land of the nation is dear to me. I will not let it be destroyed. I will not let it be stopped. I will not let it be insulted. My promise to mother India is that I will not let her bow down. '

  • 14:10

    Country is in safe hands, says PM Modi

    PM Narendra Modi says "assure you, country is in safe hands" at Rajasthan rally hours after India strikes Jaish terror camp in Balakot.

  • 13:50

    Amit Shah salutes army men

  • 13:46

    Pak villagers say 1 person wounded in Indian air strike

    Pakistani villagers in the area where Indian jets struck what officials in New Delhi said was a militant training camp said they heard four loud bangs in the early hours of Tuesday but reported only one person wounded by bomb shards.

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  • 13:44

    JeM's Yusuf Azhar alias Mohammad Salim alias Ustaad Gohri who was targeted today by IAF airstrike in Balakot across LOC was on the Interpol list and among the most wanted in India

  • 13:24

    PM Narendra Modi to address nation shortly

  • 'IAF action will start of unlearning process for Pak'

    People's Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Tuesday said the air strikes carried out by the Indian Air Force on terror camps in Pakistan will set a benchmark for deterrence and eventually end the cycle of violence.
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  • Azhar’s listing as global terrorist may figure at RIC

    The Pulwama terror attack and the listing of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN are expected to figure prominently at Russia, India and China (RIC) Foreign Ministers' meeting being held here on Wednesday.
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  • 13:14

    Statement by Foreign Secretary on the Strike on JeM training camp at Balakot

  • 13:13

    Pakistan minister urges "better sense" from India after airstrikes - Radio Pakistan

    PakistanForeign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Tuesday that "better sense" should prevail in India after Indian jets crossed intoPakistanand carried out what one Indian minister called an airstrike on militant terror camps.

    Qureshi warned India not to challengePakistanand said "better sense should prevail in India", according to a statement cited by state-runRadioPakistan.

    "The Foreign Minister said the nation should not be worried over the Indian act as the defenders of the country are fully prepared to respond to any misadventure,"RadioPakistanadded on its website.

  • 13:05

    India air strike in Pakistan territory killed 300 militants - Govt source

    An Indian airstrike in Pakistani territory killed 300 suspected militants, a senior Indian government source told Reuters.

    Thestrikes on a training camp run by a Pakistani-based militant group have dramatically escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours, who have fought three wars against each other.

  • 13:01

    Mallikarjun Kharge on IAF strike at JeM camp across LoC

    "We've always said that whatever action the forces take for protection of this nation, all of us will support them in unity, they are taking action against the terrorists in Pakistan. I congratulate them."

  • 12:55

    Lt Gen DS Hooda (Retired), who led first surgical strike in 2006, says a strike needed to be done

    "My compliment goes to the government for taking this action and also to the Air Force for the way they have carried out this strike (in Balakot) in an absolutely professional manner. All pilots are safe. I think it needed to be done. I personally had no doubt in my mind after Pulwama attack that some strong action will be taken by the government."

  • 12:32

    Biggest JeM camp in PoK destroyed: Indian Foreign Secy

    He said credible intelligence was received that the JeM was planning to carry out other suicide attacks in India after the Pulwama bombing on a CRPF convoy 12 days ago that killed 40 jawans.

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  • 12:31

    Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palanisamy congratulates PM Modi

  • 12:27

    SushmaSwaraj to brief party leaders at 5 PM

  • 12:03

    Full statement of Foreign Secretary on airstrike in PoK

    Statement by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhle on 26 February 2019 on the Strike on JeM training camp at Balakot.

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  • 11:36

    India struck biggest terror camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad at Balakote: Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale

    Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale: India struck biggest terror camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad at Balakote run by Maulana Yusuf Azhar, the brother-in-law of Maulana Masood Azhar.FS Vijay Non-military pre-emptive strike was necessary as Jaish was planning another terror strike in India.In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commander & Jihadis were eliminated.

  • 11:34

    Live | Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale briefs mediapersons

  • 11:29

    Mamata lauds IAF team

  • 11:28

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu hails Indian Air Force

  • 11:09

    Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale to brief mediapersons at 11.30 am

  • 11:03

    One of the targets destroyed by IAF Mirage jets was in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa area: Sources

    Air strikes in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region were based on locations provided by on ground intelligence sources.

    Pakistani F16s were scrambled to retaliate against IAF Mirage 2000s but turned back due to size of Indian formation. Western Air Command coordinated operation, ANI quotes Sources

  • 11:01

    Security installation in J&K put on high alert

    Amid reports of IAF strikes on terror camps across the Line of Control (LoC) poured in, all the vital security installations across Jammu and Kashmir were put on high alert.

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  • 10:52

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given a free hand to the armed forces to respond to the Pulwama attack. We congratulate the armed forces, the entire country stands with them in this hour: HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar

  • 10:43

    Oppn lauds air strikes against terror targets in Pak

    Cutting across party lines, political leaders on Tuesday lauded the Indian Air Force for carrying out air strikes at terror targets inside Pakistan.

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  • 10:39

    Mumbai, the commercial capital of India, put on high alert

  • 10:30

    NIA raided the Maisuma residence of JKLF chief Yasin Malik

    As reports about IAF carrying out a pre-dawn strike on a militant camp across the LoC trickled, the NIA on Tuesday raided the Maisuma residence of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, in Srinagar.

  • 10:28

    Minister of state for agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat's tweet

  • 10:24

    India confirms air strikes on militant camps inside Pak

    "Air Force carried out aerial strike early morning today at terror camps across the LoC (Line of Control) and Completely destroyed it," minister of state for agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said on Twitter.

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  • 10:12

    Cabinet Committee on Security meets at PM's residence, top ministers and officials present: Official sources

  • 10:08

    Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah asks in which Balakote IAF carried out strike.

    "If this is Balakote in KPK it’s a major incursion & a significant strike by IAF planes. However, if it’s Balakote in Poonch sector, along the LoC it’s a largely symbolic strike because at this time of the year forward launch pads & militant camps are empty & non-functional.Unless we know which Balakote is being talked about by the Pakistani generals it’s pointless speculating about what we may have hit & what fallout the airstrike will have."

  • 10:07

    Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis congratulates IAF for the stikes in terror camps, lauds Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his leadership

  • 10:05

    New tweet from Major General Asif Ghafoor

    "Indian aircrafts’ intrusion across LOC in Muzafarabad Sector within AJ&K was 3-4 miles.Under forced hasty withdrawal aircrafts released payload which had free fall in open area. No infrastructure got hit, no casualties. Technical details and other important information to follow."

  • 09:57

    Indian Air Force has put on high alert all air defence systems along the international border and LoC to respond to any possible action by Pakistan Air Force

  • 09:43

    Rahul Gandhi salutes IAF pilots

  • 09:31

    Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad terror launch pads across the LOC completely destroyed in IAF air strikes. JeM control rooms also destroyed, ANI quotes sources.

  • 09:22

    IAF strikes at Jaish camp across the LoC, say reports

    Is there a surgical air strike on a major Jaish terror camp in Pakistan occupied Kashmir early in the morning on Tuesday to avenge the Pulwama massacre?

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  • 09:07

    1000 Kg bombs dropped on terror camps across LOC

    12 Mirage 2000 jets took part in the operation that dropped 1000 Kg bombs on terror camps across LOC, completely destroying it,IAF Sources to ANI

  • 09:06

    IAF sources confirm the raid

  • 09:04

    Tweet of Major General Asif Ghafoor, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the army

  • 09:03

    Pak accuses Indian Air Force of violating LoC

    The Pakistan Army on Tuesday alleged that the Indian Air Force violated the Line of Control (LoC) in Muzafarabad sector.

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