As it happened: 'We will tell India what a real surgical strike is,' says 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed Sep 30, 2016 21:53(IST) Pak briefs P5 over cross border firing at LoC
Pakistan on Friday said it has briefed the envoys of the P5 - the US, China, Russia, the UK and France - over "unprovoked firing" by India on the LoC and asked the countries to play their role in ensuring the maintenance of peace and security in the region. -
PTI 21:43(IST) Army Chief Dalbir Singh compliments Northern Command
Army Chief Dalbir Singh complimented all ranks of Udhampur-based Northern Command for successfully conducting the "surgical strike" on terrorist launchpads across the LoC in which "significant casualties" were inflicted on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from PoK.
Sources said the army was ready to deal with any possible attack from Pakistani side in response to the "clinical strike" carried out by para commandos of the army. -
PTI 21:28(IST) 21:28(IST) Rajnath Singh meets the family of soldier who crossed over to other side of LoC
Rajnath Singh assures the family that they will bring the soldier who crossed over to the other side of the LoC back.
20:24(IST) New dates for the Saarc summit to be to be announced soon
A new set of dates for holding of the 19th SAARC Summit at Islamabad will be announced soon: Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Russia expresses its concern 20:05(IST) JuD chief Saeed warns India
Saaed warned India of a "befitting response" for its military operation in PoK, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi will now know what is meant by "surgical strikes".
"We will tell you what is a real surgical strike...and you will get the deserved response soon," he said. -
High alert sounded along Indo-Nepal border 17:34(IST)
MHA issues advisory to all states 17:33(IST)
Another terrorist attack on police, CRPF in Kulgam 16:13(IST) Modi has become a prisoner of his own image, according to Dawn
"Perhaps more than just aimed at Pakistan, the aggressive tone of the Modi government is intended for domestic consumption. India knows that it cannot entirely isolate Pakistan from global affairs, for Pakistan’s geostrategic location is too important for the country to be left alone by the world.
In the aftermath of attacks such as Uri, it has to assuage its constituency that it will take tougher measures against Pakistan than the previous Congress government, whom it blames for being too soft on Islamabad.
With crucial regional elections also coming up next year, the ruling party cannot to be seen as being unresponsive to the alleged Pakistani interference in Kashmir. In that sense, Modi has become a prisoner of his own image."
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Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia visits border villages in Attari 15:33(IST) Sri Lanka pulls out of Saarc summit
US Senators John Cornyn and Mark Warner write to PM Modi 15:16(IST) Hillary Clinton fears emergence of nuclear suicide bombers from Pakistan
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has expressed concern over the possibility of emergence of nuclear suicide bombers from Pakistan if jihadists get access to the country's atomic weapons, a media report has said.
"We live in fear that they're going to have a coup, that jihadists are going to take over the government, they’re going to get access to nuclear weapons, and you’ll have suicide nuclear bombers. So, this could not be a more threatening scenario," the
The New York Times said, quoting Clinton as saying in an audio being hacked from Democratic Party's computers. - PTI 15:14(IST) 15:14(IST)
Sri Lanka's minister of foreign affairs condemns terrorism 15:04(IST) Chief Justice of Pakistan cancels India visit
Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali has cancelled his visit to India next month, citing "present conditions", media reports said on Friday. Jamali has refused to attend the global conference slated to be held in India from 21-23 October,
Radio Pakistan reported. - PTI
14:57(IST) Villagers forced to flee put up a brave face
Having left their crops and cattle behind, villagers living close to the international border have put up a brave face and hailed Indian Army's surgical strikes in PoK, praising the Modi government for giving a stern reply to Pakistan.
As they vacated their houses, the villagers remained cheerful and raised patriotic slogans in several border areas including Fazilka, Amritsar and Gurdaspur. -
Salman Khan's reaction on surgical strikes: 14:44(IST) Army was possibly aided by high resolution images provided by Isro
The Times of India quoted some Isro sources as saying, "We've been providing images to the armed forces, the army in particular. While I cannot comment if any specific image was sent on a particular day in the previous week, I can say that Cartosat images are meant for this purpose and the army has used this." 14:36(IST) China asks India and Pakistan to exercise restraint
Expressing concern over the "continuous confrontation and tensions" between India and Pakistan, China on Friday called on both parties to exercise restraint and refrain from escalation of tensions.
"As a shared neighbour and friend to both India and Pakistan we are concerned about continuous confrontation and tensions between India and Pakistan," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Sheung told media briefing. -
PTI 14:33(IST) Surgical strikes Modi's first action worthy of stature as PM: Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday lauded Narendra Modi for the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across LoC, saying it was his "first action" befitting of a Prime Minister in two-and-a-half years.
"When the Prime Minister acts as the prime minister of the country then I too support him...I want to thank him that in the past two-and-a-half years, this is the first action which can be termed as befitting of the prime minister," he said. -
Uddhav Thackeray calls PM Modi to congratulate 14:25(IST)
Maharashta CM Devendra Fadnavis briefs Rajnath Singh 14:23(IST)
Villagers being evacuated in Firozpur 14:21(IST) One soldier received minor injury: Army sources
NDTV quotes some army sources as saying that only one soldier received minor injury during exfiltration. 13:14(IST) Pakistan will continue to support Kashmiri brothers: Sharif at cabinet meet
Pakistan's cabinet met on Friday to review the situation on the Line of Control (LoC) in the wake of surgical strikes by the Indian Army. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired the meeting, which is expected to put across the collective response of the nation to the challenge thrown by the latest events, Radio Pakistan reported.
Sharif said, "We will continue to support our Kashmiri brothers with the full force of diplomacy and moral support." The prime minister reportedly has give full authority to the Pakistan armed forces to respond to Indian provocation at the Line of Control.
In their remarks before the meeting, the cabinet members reiterated resolve of the government to defend the nation at all costs. Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said support to the struggle of the Kashmiri people would remain Pakistan's main priority. He said India was "indulging in diversionary tactics in a bid to deflect attention of the international community from its brutalities against Kashmiris."
Watch: Rahul Gandhi thanks Narendra Modi 13:11(IST) 13:07(IST) Afghanistan says surgical strikes act of self defence
We hope no one will allow safe havens for terrorists to be used against neighbours, Afghanistan envoy tells India's Shaida Abdali. The envoy added, "Surgical strikes by India in PoK an act of self defence."
Rahul Gandhi reacts almost 24 hour after the Army did a presser on surgical strikes 12:26(IST) Surgical strikes have united the country Ironically, not peace initiatives but covert military offensive have the power to unite the country. Over the past few years, India has seen strife of huge proportions. A variety of non-issues posed threats to Indian polity and society. Writing for Firstpost, Shantanu Mukharji lauds the joint work done by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Armed forces. In this piece, Mukharji writes: The surgical strikes of 29 September have ensured the entire country stands united today. The last time the nation witnessed such unity was in 1971 when the then prime minister Indira Gandhi broke the news of Bangladesh's freedom to the Parliament. With a united India powered by a unanimous political voice, the country now needs to consolidate its dividends by not becoming complacent or over-euphoric. Pakistan, in all likelihood, will attempt military revenge.
Read the full article here. 12:18(IST) Pakistan misunderstood Modi and thats what the surgical strikes prove
The astute politician that he is, Modi is acutely conscious of the fact that the war hysteria in India must be contained to check the divisiveness on Hindu-Muslim fault line. Senior editor of
Firstpost Ajay Singh in this piece notes: "That is the precise reason that he selectively used his silence and eloquence, both, as strategic assets. And this is not the first time Modi did it. There is a discernible pattern." His silence after the India’s surgical strikes inside Pakistan is indicative of his focused approach to the task at hand. Those who met him or spoke to him over the past three days admit that Modi did not let anyone know about his steely resolve to carry out the operations. Not even once did he lend credence to the notion of warmongering. His speeches at Kozhikode were measured and calculated to address the domestic and international audience.
Read the full article here 12:12(IST) Pakistan briefs UN on surgical strikes
Pakistan's envoy to the United Nations spoke the UN chief and raised the issue of surgical strikes,
India Today reports. According to the channel, Lodhi briefed the UN Security Council on the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army. 12:04(IST) Surgical strikes were act of self-defence
Top US defence experts have sided with India and said that Wednesday's surgical strikes conducted by India were carried out in self-defence and would receive support from the US but risk further escalation of tensions. "India can rightly note that the United States has conducted numerous unilateral counter terrorist operations inside Pakistan against targets like Osama bin Laden and Mullah Mansour. India can cite its right to self-defence," said Bruce Riedel of the Brookings Institute.
"The Indian operation ups the stakes. The situation is dangerous and escalating," Riedel, a former CIA analyst who was stationed at the White House during the time of Kargil war and played a key role in US policies then, told PTI.
"The question is will this escalates further? With or without outside assistance, the Kashmiri situation will get worse for India unless (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi addresses the legitimate demands of Kashmiri Muslims," Riedel said.
11:54(IST) New dynamic emerges between Pakistan and India
There's a broad consensus after Thursday's strikes that the dynamics between India and Pakistan are definitely changing. India shed the posturing of strategic restraint and called Pakistan's nuclear bluff.
"The primary task for planners in New Delhi will now be to assess and exploit this new-found space for extremely limited military action in meeting Pakistan's penchant for proxy warfare."
Abhijnan Rej in this
Firstpost article writes: "...the new dynamic would be an oscillatory pattern involving the sub-conventional and the uncoventional (covert special operations support for proxies) or the semi-conventional (overt special operations alone) rungs. There is no escalation ladder for both countries to climb, New Delhi and Rawalpindi would quickly realise, if they haven't already. Instead, they will chase each other's tails — which works in New Delhi's calculations."
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11:47(IST) Kashmir's unfinished agenda of Partition: Nawaz Sharif
In a fresh rhetoric, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Kashmir was "unfinished agenda of partition" and Pakistan would continue to provide support to Kashmiris in their struggle for self-determination.
"Jammu and Kashmir dispute is an unfinished agenda of the partition of the sub-continent," Sharif said.
"No power can deter us from supporting our Kashmiri brethren in their just and legitimate struggle for the exercise of their right to self-determination guaranteed to them by the UNSC relevant resolutions," he said.
11:44(IST) Uri-like attacks escalate tension: US
A terrorist attack like the one on an Indian Army camp in Uri "escalates tensions", United States have said, asking Pakistan to take action against UN-designated terrorist outfits and delegitimise them.
"Obviously, an (terrorist) attack like that (in Uri) escalates tensions. What I don't want to do is try to get into, you know, some sort of broad characterisation one way or the other but obviously an attack like this is horrific and...", the State Department Spokesman, John Kirby, told reporters here yesterday.
The spokesperson was interrupted by a reporter mid-way that her question was about India's response to the September 18 Uri attack.
"But the Indian response is that -- is that the kind of escalation that Secretary Kerry was warning against?" the journalist asked referring to the telephonic conversation between the Secretary of State John Kerry and the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj earlier this week.
Kirby was quick to clarify that he was referring to the Uri terrorist attack.
"Oh, I thought you were talking about the Uri attack," the spokesman said.
11:23(IST) Attempts to get jawan back: Rajnath
CNN-News18 quoted Rajnath and said that the home ministry is making sure the jawan, who by mistake strayed into Pakistan territory late on Thursday, is brought back safely. 11:21(IST) 11:20(IST) Doval, Rijiju reach MHA
MoS home Kiren Rijiju and NSA Ajit Doval arrive at ministry of home affairs for the review security meet chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh after Indian army conducted the surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.
11:17(IST) Rafale jets can carry tactical nuclear warheads
Rafale jet aircrafts are capable of carrying tactical nuclear warheads and the report of the nationalistic newspaper
quoted officials who said that this would give a major boost to India's military capability. The Global Times
India recently signed a deal to buy 36 Rafale jets from France for close to € 7.8 billion ($8.7 billion). The delivery of the jets, which experts say will allow the air force to strike targets in Pakistan and China from within Indian territory, will begin after three years,
Hindustan Times reported. 11:10(IST) Bizarre predictions by Chinese media
India could deploy recently-bought Rafale fighter jets capable of carrying tactical nuclear warheads near disputed regions with Pakistan and China as New Delhi continues to be largest arms purchaser in the world, the Chinese state media predicted on Friday.
Global Times reported: The jets can carry tactical nuclear warheads, and this means India's nuclear deterrence capability will be greatly improved, Shenzhen Television reported.
"India also wants to purchase the Rafale technology from Dassault but France refused, meaning France has no intention to help India promote its military industrial system," said Zhao Gancheng, director of South Asia Studies at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies. 10:55(IST) 10:54(IST)
There was a lot of speculation on Thursday after government issued orders to evacuate the border villages in Punjab. After the evacuation, the schools were told to be shut as well until further notice.
Naidu, however, on Friday said that the evacuation was a pre-emptive measure. Pakistan though has denied any raid by Indian forces and claims that only cross border firing took place. The Inter-Services Public Relations department of Pakistan has claimed that the surgical strikes carried out by India are an illusion and a fabrication of the truth.
10:48(IST) Venkaiah Naidu says terrorists planning to target major metros
CNN-News18, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that terrorists are looking to target major metros. 10:29(IST) Uri toll rises to 19
One more soldier, who was critically injured in the Uri attack, died of his wounds, taking the toll to 19. The soldier was undergoing treatment at Army's Research and Referral Hospital here.
He succumbed to his injuries, defence sources said.
Pakistan convenes cabinet meeting: Times Now 10:21(IST) Pakistan violates ceasefire yet again
Violating the ceasefire again, Pakistani troops opened fire from small arms along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Akhnoor district.
This is the fifth ceasefire violation in the month of September and the third in the past 36 hours.
"There was small arms firing (from Pakistan on forward posts) along the LoC in Pallanwala, Chapriyal and Samnam areas of Jammu district during the night," Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said.
He said the firing started at 3 am and ended at 1.30 am.
There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing, he said. -
Prayers being offered in Punjab 10:13(IST) Co-chairs of Senate India Caucus in US express support for India
"We are concerned about initial indications that perpetrators of this (Uri) attack were Pakistani and the attack emanated from Pakistan,"
ANI quoted Mark Warner and John Crnyn, co-chairs of Senate India Caucus, as saying in the letter they wrote to PM Modi.
"If true, this attack would be the latest in a series of attacks in India conducted by Pakistan-based terror groups," they further said. "We call on the Pakistani government to co-operate fully and transparently in the probe and prosecute people who participated in this."
10:07(IST) Father of Kargil war martyr praises Indian Army
NK Kalia, father of Kargil war martyr Captain Saurabh Kalia, said the surgical strikes were "very appropriate, timely and effective".
Rajnath to chair meet to review security at 11 am 09:47(IST) PM to chair another CCS meet
A day after the surgical strikes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to review the situation at the LoC and the international border with Pakistan at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).
As the tensions have heightened, Modi is expected to assess the situation on the ground, sources said. -
PTI 09:42(IST) (Updates begin for 30 September.)
Villages in J&K being evacuated 21:33(IST)
Foreign Secy summoned Indian Envoy and rejected the baseless Indian claim: Pak Foreign Office 20:46(IST) NSA Doval to brief PM Modi
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi on surgical strikes against Pakistan,
CNN-News18 reported. 20:17(IST) India to reach out to other nations
India will reach out to other nations to make the world aware about Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, reports
India expects retaliation from Pakistan 20:14(IST) Baloch leaders welcome surgical strikes
Baloch nationalist leaders and activists welcomed the cross-border surgical strikes by India across the Line of Control and urged continuation of such operations, IANS reported. 20:02(IST) Pakistani actors and technicians banned till normalcy returns
Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) passes resolution banning Pakistani actors and technicians in India till normalcy returns, reports
ANI. 19:51(IST) Sandipan Sharma writes in a Firstpost article:
"India's gambit dismantles the status quo that has existed since Pakistan started sponsoring cross-border terrorism. For the first time, India has eschewed restraint (even if such strikes were carried out in the past, they were kept secret) and declared its intention of pre-emptive action against terrorists, even if it implies crossing the LoC. It is now up to Pakistan to respond to the Indian challenge."
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Surgical strikes got over within an hour 19:26(IST) 19 Pakistan girls may cut short their Chandigarh visit
Amid rising tensions, 19 girls from Pakistan who are in the city to take part in a youth festival are likely to cut short their visit even as their security cover has been strengthened, reported PTI. 19:22(IST) Pakistan Foreign Office summons Indian High Commissioner
Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale has been summoned by Pakistan Foreign Office, reported
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis is proud of the surgical strikes 19:16(IST)
Nawaz Sharif convenes joint session of Parliament on 5 October 19:09(IST) Nawaz Sharif reviews defence preparedness
Nawaz Sharif reviewed the defence preparedness and held talks with Army chief Raheel Sharif on Thursday. The Pakistan PM was also briefed on the LoC situation by his National Security Advisor after the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army.
18:59(IST) Bikram Vohra notes in a Firstpost article:
"Clearly, Pakistan did not think that Uri would spark so much response. It probably imagined that India would do another Pathankot, make sounds and leave it at that."
"Which is why it is imperative that after the operation last night, India does not take the bait and begin producing evidence of any sort to show Pakistan up."
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here. 18:48(IST) High alert sounded in Gujarat
High alert has been sounded in Gujarat in the wake of the surgical strikes. The state shares land and sea boundary with Pakistan. The coastal police have also been kept on high alert and asked to monitor any movement in the sea.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore congratulates Army 18:38(IST)
Pakistan shares a 900-kilometre porous border with Iran and the two countries in 2014 decided to boost intelligence coordination to wipe out terrorists from the border region.
Mufti hopes for peaceful means of resolving the issues 18:37(IST) Double Whammy: Same day India strikes PoK, Iran fires mortar shells into Pak’s Balochistan
Iran border guards fired three mortar shells into Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province on Wednesday, triggering panic among the local population. Mortar shells fired by Iranian border guards landed in the district of Panjgoor,
PTI quoted a provincial government official as saying.
Two of the shells landed near Frontier Corps check-post, while the third landed at Killi Karim Dad, the Dawn quoted the official as saying. No property or human loss was reported in the shelling. Locals panicked as a result of the attack, and Frontier Corps personnel reached the site to initiate investigations. Security forces tightened security at the border after the incident.
18:36(IST) Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti expresses concern
Mufti called for restraint and de-escalation of the "war-like situation". She also said that India and Pakistan must open the channels for communication.
18:33(IST) Meanwhile, an encounter is underway in Mendhar sector of Poonch
A Special Police official (SPO) was injured on Thursday in an encounter near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district. "The encounter is going on in Mankote forest belt (near LoC) in Poonch district," a senior police officer said.
One SPO suffered minor injuries, he said, adding intermittent firing is going on. Army and other security forces have cordoned off the area, he said. Further details are awaited,
The Army used laser designation for targeting during the strikes 18:10(IST) Rajnath briefs political parties on LoC operation
For a change, all political parties unanimously hailed the Indian Army's covert operation in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir where surgical strikes were conducted on seven terror camps. According to reports, the terrorists were taken by surprise and there was hardly any retaliation from them.
The death toll has not yet been confirmed by official sources, but reports said an estimated of 38 were killed.
NDTV, however, pointed out that each terror camp approximatelt has 35-40 terrorists and considering that Indian Army destroyed seven such camps, the toll will be way higher than these estimates.
Before the all-party meet began on Thursday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj briefed Congress president Sonia Gandhi on the operation.
17:19(IST) Venkaiah Naidu briefs parties after Army's surgical strikes
Addressing the media after the all-party meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said, "The surgical strike targeted 5-6 places across LoC along Kupwara and Poonch. No casualty on Indian side. Information that these terrorists were planning to attack some towns and important places prompted the Army to act."
17:17(IST) 16:57(IST) 16:54(IST) Abdul Basit claims he got threatening calls
According to sources in the Pakistan High Commision, Abdul Basit allegedly received threatening calls. According to the sources, Basit has demanded the Indian government to take responsibility for the family of the Pakistan high commissioner as mandated under the Vienna Convention.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj briefed Sonia Gandhi ahead of all-party meet 16:41(IST)
Punjab govt convenes emergency meeting 16:40(IST) 16:38(IST) Foreign envoys of 22 countries will be briefed on the LoC situation
The ministry of external affairs will brief ambassadors of 22 countries on the situation on Line of Control,
CNN-News18 reported. 16:34(IST) 16:33(IST) 16:32(IST)
Comparing nuclear warheads 16:31(IST) 16:30(IST) 16:30(IST)
Comparing standing Armed Forces 16:29(IST) Which is more robust - Indian Army or Pakistan?
In a series of info-graphics, Firstpost compares the military might of the two neighbours who are locked into a dispute over Kashmir.
16:24(IST) 16:24(IST) Shashi Tharoor: Government must tell the world why we conducted the surgical strike
CNN-News18, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor congratulated the Indian Armed forces on the successful surgical strikes against terror camps. However, the minister added that the world must be told why did the Indian government decide to conduct these strikes. 16:16(IST) All party meeting begins at North Block
An all party meeting to discuss the Indian Army surgical strike is underway in North Block. Senior leaders, including Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and NSA Ajit Doval, are present at the meeting.
Amid heightened tension with Pakistan, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi on Thursday chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) to review the situation along the Line of Control. The meeting is understood to have discussed various options related to the LoC in the wake of the Uri attack.
The meeting is also understood to have taken stock of ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts. Four terrorists had stormed an army camp in Uri on 18 September and killed 18 soldiers.
Pakistani troops have also violated the ceasefire along the LoC twice since Wednesday. Pakistani troops on Thursday violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Naugam sector of Kashmir by opening indiscriminate fire towards Indian Army posts.
Pakistani troops on Wednesday had targetted Indian positions with small firearms along the LoC in Poonch district.
Meanwhile, director general military operations (DGMO) and Vikas Swarup to address media shortly,