India rejects Pak submarine claim as false propaganda

India rejects Pak submarine claim as false propaganda

India on Tuesday rejected Pakistan's claim of thwarting an attempt by an Indian submarine to enter Pak waters.

Pakistan-based media outlets ran a report with quotes attributable to sources in Pakistan Navy claiming that an Indian submarine tried to enter Pakistan's territorial waters, but the attempt was foiled by Pakistan Navy. Pakistan media also played video footage showing a submarine with its coordinates.

In New Delhi, sources said Pakistan Navy claims of Indian submarine entering their waters were fake and aimed at diverting international community 's attention from the core issue of terrorism. “Footage released is old, from November 2016. They want to play this psychosis. Our Navy assets are not in the vicinity,” sources said, adding P5 countries (USA, UK, Russia, China and France) could monitor such movements

Turning down the Pakistan claims, Indian Navy also accused Islamabad of indulging in fake propaganda.

“Over the past several days, we have witnessed Pakistan indulging in false propaganda and spread of misinformation. The Indian Navy does not take cognizance of such propaganda. Our deployments remain undeterred,” a Navy spokesperson said in a statement.

“As was stated during the joint press conference on February 28, the Indian Navy remains deployed as necessary to protect national maritime interests,” said the spokesperson.

On February 28, after Indian Air Force took on the Pakistan Air Force shooting down one of the PAF F-16 combat jets, in a joint press statement Rear Admiral Dalbir Singh Gujral, Director General of Naval Operations at Naval headquarters had stated, “The Indian Navy is deployed in high state of readiness and remains poised in all the three dimensions – on surface, under-sea and in air to deter, prevent and defeat any misadventure by Pakistan in the maritime domain. I can assure of a resolute, swift and strong response when needed."