7.15 pm: India is involved in killing innocents, Pakistan says on terror boat
Now, Pakistan's Defence Minister has slammed India saying it had violated rules.
The Hindustan Times quoted Pakistan defence minister Khawaja Asif, "It (India) not only imposed baseless and false allegations on Pakistan like in the case of Samjhauta Express, but was involved in treacherously killing four innocent lives on board. India has once again proved to be heinous in its face, designs and urge for peace."
4.36 pm: Defence Ministry being casual over Pak boat incident, says Congress
Commenting on the row over DIG Loshali's comments on the Pakistan boat, Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken criticised the Defence Ministry saying it had a casual attitude.
"The events in the morning are surprising and Indian defense Ministry is showcasing a very casual approach in the matter," Maken said.
He added, "A BJP member had once made a comment that Cong sides with Pakistan and should fight election there."
4.15 pm: Coast Guard issues show cause notice to DIG Loshali, says reports
Even as the controversy over DIG Loshali continued, reports suggest that a show cause notice has been sent to him.
Times Now reported that the Coast Guard has sent a show cause notice to Loshali and DIG BK Loshali over the remarks made in connection with the Pakistani boat.
Sources also told the news channel that action may be taken against him.
2.08 pm: We stand by what we said about the boat, says Defence Minister Parrikar
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the government stood by what it had earlier said about the boat.
"The Defence Ministry stands by what it had earlier stated in writing. As of now, we have got a denial from the officer. If any news channel says otherwise, we will inquire and investigate the matter," Parrikar said.
Parrikar also said that there was a distinction between the DIG's claims and the ground reality. "This doesn't change the ground reality. If someone tomorrow makes a statement which is incorrect, at the most you are making a case of disciplinary hearing against him," he said.
"The government had earlier given a statement on the boat and it stands by it. The issue is over. The fact of the matter is over," said Parrikar. The Defence Minister also said that he will release evidence which points out how the government's statement about the boat blowing itself up was correct. "I will release evidence and we stand by our original statement," he said.
1.39 pm: If they were terrorists, why be ashamed of blowing them up, asks Congress
Congress asked the Defence Minister to introspect as to what was a bigger sin: blowing up the boat or "lying" to the nation.
Mr Def Min what is a bigger sin blowing the Paki boat or lying to the nation? If they were indeed terrorists why be ashamed of blowing them.
— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) February 18, 2015
Contd. them out of water Uncanny similarities to similar modus operandi the fake encounter syndrome to bolster machismo & build Alpha image
— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) February 18, 2015
1.15 pm: Will talk about this issue later, says Parrikar
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar did not answer any questions related to the Pakistani boat and addressed the media on the Aero India expo instead.
Before he began talking, Parrikar joked and requested the media to not treat the press conference like a "police interrogation". "This is an Aero show, not a navy show...this is not a courtroom," he said. "First, let's talk about Aero India and Make in India."
1.00 pm: Parrikar to address media shortly
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is expected to address the press shortly.
Parrikar, in an interview, had ducked questions on Pakistan Army's involvement in the case, as claimed by him earlier, saying intercepts were "irrelevant" to the operation and how it ended and also said the crew may have taken cyanide pills to commit suicide.
12.42 pm: I told them to blow the boat off, says Loshali in video released by Indian Express
Indian Express released the video of Coast Guard DIG BK Loshali in which he is clearly seen telling the audience that he ordered the boat to be blown up.
"Let me tell you. I hope you remember 31 December night. We blew off the Pakistan...We'd blown them off...I was there at Gandhinagar...and I told at night: blow the boat off," Loshali said in the video.
This video was released after Loshali said he had been misquoted by the newspaper and had never actually ordered the boat to be blown up.
Coast Guard official ordered Pakistan 'terror boat' to be blown up, says newspaper report
The government may have claimed that the occupants of the 'terror boat' intercepted by the Coast Guard on 31 December, 2014 set themselves on fire but a statement by a senior Coast Guard official saying that he had ordered the boat to be 'blown off' may just open a can of worms on the incident again.
In an exclusive report, the Indian Express quoted a Deputy Inspector General of the Coast Guard, BK Loshali, saying that he was there at Gandhinagar and he had ordered officials to 'blow the boat off' as opposed to government's he claim that the boat had blown itself up under suspicious circumstances.
The defence establishment and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar have consistently maintained that the occupants of the boat had set fire to the vessel after leading the Coast Guard on a chase.
Loshali, in a press conference, later said that the statement was wrongly attributed to him and he had not been privy to the operation.
"I had mentioned coast security measures will be strengthened further with the boat. I said in the same breath that no anti-national elements would be able to breach our security and we will not serve them biriyanis," Loshali said.
He also said that the Coast Guard operation in the case had been under the supervision of the regional chief and given the details of the operation were on a "need to know basis", he was not privy to them and wasn't issuing any orders in the case.
"I have been misquoted," Loshali said.
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Updated Date: Feb 19, 2015 09:38:22 IST