Oct 3, 2016 19:43(IST) Baramulla attack proves Pakistan army can only fight India using proxies
Cleaved between trying to address its strategic needs and cater to the outrage of its domestic populace and meet the demands of so-called non-state actors, Pakistan army launched a desperate disinformation drive on Sunday, flying down the international and local media to Line of Control to "prove" that India didn't conduct any surgical strikes across LoC.
But that, obviously, won't be enough, writes
Firstpost senior editor Sreemoy Talukdar. Cessation of violence against India will spell the end of the idea that is Pakistan. And since it's well-fed, Mercedes-riding army generals have forgotten how to face a bullet on a battlefield, that war will continue to be fought via its proxies. It may mean an eventual implosion, but as the Chinese say, it is very hard to get off when one gets used to riding a tiger.
For India, it means these terror snipings will continue. We cannot lower our guard.
Education sector in Kashmir affected as shutdown continues 17:54(IST)
Three civilians injured after Pakistan army violated ceasefire in Shahpur sector along LoC 17:50(IST) Gun salutes being paid to BSF jawan Nitin, who lost his life in Baramula attack
Nitin, the BSF jawan was killed in the Baramulla attack, received gun salutes during his wreath-laying ceremony on Monday. Atul Kumar, DG BSF, said that Nitin has done an excellent job by sacrificing his life to stop the terrorists from entering the campus of 46 RR bn.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh takes stock of situation in the wake of Baramulla attack 14:25(IST) Pakistan violates ceasefire yet again
Pakistan violated ceasefire in Saujian and Mandi sectors of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir, according to reports.
13:57(IST) Sharif's all-party meeting had one-point agenda — Indian 'aggression' and 'atrocities' in Kashmir
According to this
, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif presided over an all-party meeting in Islamabad which had been convened with the one-point agenda to send a "clear message to the outside world" over the Indian "aggression" along the LoC and the Indian "atrocities" in Jammu and Kashmir. Dawn report
The report also said that even Sharif's political opponents, some of them who have launched a campaign to remove him from office, have sided with him on this issue.
Political leaders in Pakistan have decided to send a delegation to countries to highlight these alleged Indian atrocities. Parties have also demanded that a security committee be formed on this issue.
"Despite our differences with the government on multiple issues, we are with you, Prime Minister, on the Kashmir issue and Indian aggression along LoC," the report quoted PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as saying.
Watch: Our real heroes are our soldiers, says Nana Patekar 13:32(IST)
Poonch firing is 3rd ceasefire violation in last 16 hours and 8th ceasefire violation since surgical strikes: PTI 13:25(IST)
Pakistan should change its attitude: Former RAW chief 13:24(IST)
Defence PRO confirms firing in Poonch is still going on 13:16(IST) India fully prepared for any escalation with Pakistan: Parrikar
Amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said the country was "fully prepared for any escalation".
"We are fully prepared for any escalation. My mother used to say if you go to the forest hunting for a rabbit, be prepared to face the tiger as well," Parrikar told
CNN-NEWS18 channel in an interview aired on Sunday.
The situation has been tense on the LoC after the 18 September terrorist attack on an Indian army base camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir and the Indian retaliation on the terrorist launch pads through cross-border "surgical strikes" early on 29 September.
However, Parrikar refused to say anything beyond what Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said on the surgical strikes.
"I would only say that it was successful operation. I would not comment beyond the stated official position because it's a very sensitive security matter... The DGMO has already given all the details in his statement," Parrikar said.
On India's relations with China in the light of China's proximity to Pakistan, Parrikar said that a country's closeness to a particular nation does not stop it from having relations with other nations, and that India's relations with China have improved over the years.
"We are concerned about (certain) issues, but I think our relations with China are better today. The border management is better. We are employing more confidence building measures," he said.
He added that China's refusal to acknowledge remarks made by the Pakistani media that China would side with Pakistan in case of a tussle with India is a diplomatic victory for India.
"China's statement (that they do not know of any senior government functionary pledging support to Pakistan) is a victory for our diplomacy vis-a-vis China," Parrikar said.
The minister said that thanks to its diplomatic efforts, India now has more international support against terrorism and all major powers of the world know that "terrorism is flowing out of one country".
"Our Prime Minister made all efforts to build relations with Pakistan," he said. —
IANS 13:05(IST) Firing along border in Poonch still underway
The Pakistan army violated ceasefire along LoC by resorting to indiscriminate firing and mortar shelling at Indian positions in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.
Police said the Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked firing and mortar shelling at Indian positions on the LoC in Shahpur area of Poonch district.
"Pakistan army used 83 mm mortar shells to target Indian positions on the LoC in Shahpur area of Poonch district," a police officer said.
"Indian army retaliated to the Pakistan firing and shelling using equal calibre weapons," he added.
"Heavy firing exchanges is still continuing," the officer said. —
IANS 13:00(IST) 12:58(IST) 12:57(IST) 12:14(IST)
Meanwhile, Shekhar Gupta raises pertinent point 12:07(IST) GPS set, compass, wire cutter recovered from terrorists
BSF Inspector General (Kashmir) Vikash Chandra told
PTI that the firing started at about 10:30 pm on Sunday night after the Border Security Force men detected some "suspicious movement" in the vicinity of their camp that they shared with the 46 Rashtriya Rifles of the army.
"Our camp is co-located with the RR. The boys on sentry duty detected suspicious movement and when fire came in they came out of the bunker to effectively take on the terrorists. Jawan Nitin was grievously injured when a grenade lobbed by terrorists hit him," he said.
The boys retaliated and repulsed the attack and did not allow the terrorists to enter the camp, the BSF chief in Kashmir Valley said, adding the terrorists melted into the darkness and a search operation is on.
He added that another jawan Pulwinder was hit on his leg during the exchange of fire and both were rushed to hospital in an army vehicle where Nitin succumbed to injuries.
Chandra said the terrorists attacked the camp from a corner where it shares the perimeter with a civilian locality.
"A GPS set, a compass and a wire cutter has been recovered from the spot where militants were holed up opposite the camp.Investigations are underway," he said.
Senior BSF officials said the slain constable Nitin (24) hailed from Etawah in Uttar Pradesh and had joined the border guarding force in October 1992. -
PTI 11:57(IST) 11:54(IST) Rajnath arrives in Leh
Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Leh to review the security situation at the border areas and in Jammu and Kashmir. "We will get information about the security situation in the country," said the Home Minister.
Petty politics over Baramulla attack begins 11:45(IST) NSA briefs PM Modi
According to reports, NSA has briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the Baramulla attack. 11:36(IST) Nawaz Sharif chairs all-party meeting
ANI, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif held an all-party meeting and discussions over the surgical strikes by India and the Kashmir issue. 11:18(IST) Rest of Kashmir remains calm even as terror attack hits Baramulla
No restrictions were in place on the movement of people anywhere in the Kashmir Valley today where the nearly three-month long agitation is showing signs of fatigue.
However, normal life continued to remain affected in Kashmir for the 87th consecutive day today due to the separatist sponsored strike.
A police official said security forces have been deployed at some places, including market places, to instill a sense of security among the people so that they can carry out their day-to-day activities without fear.
11:10(IST) Pakistan violates ceasefire in Shahapur sector of Poonch
For the second time today, Pakistan violated ceasefire in Shahapur sector of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir, according to reports.
Kiren Rijiju on Baramulla attack 11:08(IST) Terrorists used civilians as shield: SSP, Baramulla
Imtiaz Hussain, SSP Baramulla, said that the terrorists escaped because it was pitch dark and the security force personnel could not retaliate properly because the terrorists used civilians as shield.
Rahul Gandhi condemns Baramulla attack 10:30(IST)
Reactions pour in after the Baramulla attack 10:25(IST) Over six-hour long search operation called off
The over six-hour long search operation against militants was called off as the security forces said the attackers had failed to breach the security parameters of the army camp in Baramulla.
"Militants with suicide intent used grenades and heavy automatic gunfire to enter the camp in Janbazpora," a senior police official said.
"They first attacked the outpost of the camp which is guarded by the BSF," a senior police officer said.
"The attempt of the 'Fidayeen' militants to enter the camp was foiled by the security forces."
The officer said a massive search operation was launched to locate the militants immediately after the two-hour long gunfire exchange stopped.
"After six hours, the search operation was called off and traffic restored in the area," he said. -
IANS 10:18(IST) 10:14(IST) Parrikar holds high-level meet
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has met all three defence chiefs, reported
CNN-News18. 10:13(IST) BSF DG briefs Rajnath about attack
CNN-News18 reported that BSF DG has briefed Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the terror attack. 10:11(IST) Injured BSF jawan out of danger
ANI reported that the injured BSF jawan is out of danger and has been admitted to the RR camp hospital. 10:10(IST) There were around four to five terrorists: BSF
CNN-News18, BSF has said that there were around four to five terrorists. "Terrorists started firing, lobbing grenades," Vikash Chandra IG, BSF, told the news channel. 10:00(IST) NSAs of India, Pakistan agree to reduce tensions: Pakistani media
ANI, Pakistani media has reported that Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Affairs Advisor to Pakistani PM, said that Pakistani NSA Nasir Janjua and Indian NSA Ajit Doval "made contact" after recent tension and agreed to reduce tension. 09:53(IST)
Search operation continues
At least two terrorists and a BSF personnel were killed while one BSF jawan was injured when militants attacked two adjoining camps of the Army and the paramilitary force at Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir.
The heavily-armed terrorists attacked the two camps belonging to Rashtriya Rifles and Border Security Force late Sunday night, leading to a fierce gunbattle with the security forces.
Representational image. PTI
Following the firefight, two terrorists were killed by the forces while one BSF personnel, who was hit by bullets, succumbed to his injuries later, a Home Ministry spokesperson said in New Delhi.
The martyred jawan has been identified as Constable Nitin while the injured personnel is Constable Pulwinder. Both belong to the 40th battalion of the BSF, officials said.
Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval discussed the incident and necessary instructions have been given to the forces.
Singh also spoke to Director General of BSF KK Sharma and asked him to provide all possible treatment to the injured jawan.
Firing was also reported at a BSF post along the international border with Pakistan in Gurdaspur district of north Punjab early on Monday.
The Border Security Force troopers, according to sources, repulsed an intrusion bid by 8-10 people in the counter offensive at Chakri border outpost (BoP).
The sources said that the firing started around 2 am after the alert troopers, using Hand Held Thermal Imagers (HHTI), noticed movement of 8-10 people near the international border.
The intruders, who had crossed the border but were behind the barbed wire fencing, were challenged.
"They fired at the BSF post. Our troopers immediately retaliated the firing. The intruders retreated back to Pakistan. A search operation has been launched in the area today (Monday) morning," a BSF official said.
The Baramulla attack was the first major attack on security forces by terrorists after the Indian Army launched surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir last week.
The attack comes despite intelligence inputs about possible terrorist attacks on security installations in Jammu and Kashmir following the operations in PoK on 29 September.
The strike comes exactly a fortnight after terrorists struck at army brigade headquarters at Uri, 102 km from Srinagar, killing 19 soldiers.
Terrorists, suspected to be from Pakistan, had also attacked the frontier Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot town of Punjab on 2 January this year, leaving seven security personnel dead.
The Pathankot attack was preceded by a terror attack by Pakistani terrorists in Dinanagar town of Gurdaspur district on 27 July last year.
With inputs from Agencies