The Pakistan High Commission was asked to take two Uri detainees home, a report by The Indian Express, quotes a Pakistani diplomat.
Two people — Faisal Husain Awan from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Ahsan Khursheed from Muzaffarabad (also in PoK) — figured in a list given to the Pakistan High Commission of detainees could be sent home, The Indian Express report said, adding that the two were also accused by the Indian government of guiding terrorists in the Uri attack on 18 September. However, the Indian government did not confirm the same.
As many as 19 soldiers were killed in a terror attack at an Army camp in Uri on 18 September. Ten days later, the Army carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC). Bilateral relations between India and Pakistan have deteriorated following the two incidents.
A PTI report in October had observed that the four Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists, who carried out the attack had used a ladder to scale the electrified fence at the LoC.
Two days after the Uri attack, the National Investigative Agency (NIA) had registered a case and began the probe by collecting evidence available with the Indian Army formation in Uri. Arms and ammunition were recovered as were two mobile sets belonging to the four terrorists of JeM apart from two Global Positioning System (GPS) devices.
According to an NDTV report, the Indian government had handed over the proof of Pakistan’s involvement in the attack and said that the two guides who were arrested mentioned that they belonged to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and they indeed served as guides to the Uri terrorist attack.
It was on 8 December that two Pakistanis were arrested for being “terror guides” the JeM terrorists who carried out the Uri terror attack and it came to light that they were Class 10 students, who had strayed across the Line of Control (LoC).
With inputs from PTI
First Published On : Dec 15, 2016 13:54 IST
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan said that Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi briefed the leadership of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on “negative implications” for peace in South Asia because of “Indian hostility and belligerence”.Fatemi met committee chairman and senator Bob Corker and Ranking Member Senator Ben Cardin at Capitol Hill in Washington. “Highlighting the massive human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir as well as the continued tension across the Line of Control, Fatemi briefed the senators on the increasing negative implications for prospects of peace in South Asia because of Indian hostility and belligerence,” the Foreign Office here said in a statement.Fatemi informed the senators on how Pakistan had turned the page by focusing on improving economy and security in the country during the last three years, it said.The leadership of the committee acknowledged Pakistan’s role in promoting peace and security in the region and expressed the US desire to strengthen bilateral ties with Pakistan, which was a longstanding and important partner of the US, the statement said.Separately, Fatemi also met with the chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee and senator John McCain.He informed senator McCain about the overall security situation in the region and significant gains made by Pakistani forces following the successful military operations in North Waziristan which were aimed at eliminating all terrorists, without any discrimination, from Pakistani soil.The regional situation including Pakistan’s relations with Afghanistan and the growing tension across the Line of Control and the Working Boundary were also discussed.McCain congratulated Pakistan on successful transition in the military command and reiterated the US commitment to remain engaged with Pakistan in promoting lasting peace and stability in the region. Fatemi is visiting the US as an envoy to build frayed ties with the new Republican leaders and the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump who will assume office on January 20.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan Army violated ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked firing in Mendhar Sector, Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, to which the Indian troops gave a befitting reply.This is the 101st incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistan, following India’s surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC) on September 29. Pakistan opened fire at 9:15 am using 120 mm mortars, 82 mm mortars, automatics and small arms.No casualties have been reported on the Indian side till last reports came in.Another Indian soldier was killed and two others suffered injuries during the cease fire violations in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. This came hours after an Indian soldier was killed and a civilian was injured at the RS Pura Sector.Sunday’s ceasefire violation took place three days after two women were killed and a child was severely injured in Manjakote Sector of Rajouri district.
Srinagar: The Indian Army said on Tuesday that despite surgical strikes carried out by its forces across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir last month, the presence of militants along the LoC is still intact and many “desperate attempts” by militants trying to sneak into Kashmir valley have been foiled.
General Officer Commanding of Army’s 15 Corps, Lt General Satish Dua, said that Army is prepared for any “misadventure” by militants, along the LoC, and its preparedness to deal with the situation is of the highest degree. He also said that there has been an increase in attempts of infiltration made by militants in the recent past.
“We do see the presence of militants across the Line of Control, the very fact that there are infiltrations at different places and several such encounters have taken place [they are still there] and continue to try to infiltrate. We are prepared for any eventuality,” Dua said after inaugurating Chinar 9 Jawan Club at Boniyar.
The 9 club, inaugurated by Lt Gen Dua on Tuesday, aims at the constructive engagement of the youth of Kashmir and provides an ideal platform to the youth to interact, rejuvenate, play games and to develop their skill for holistic growth in a stress-free environment, a press statement issued here said.
These clubs which have come across the valley are being seen as an effort to reach out to youngsters in Kashmir. The Army has set up the clubs – centres called Naujawan Clubs where vocational training is imparted free of cost. A total of 70 Naujawan clubs is being set up across the Valley which also doubles up as centres for recreation and exchange of ideas.
Dua said that there has been no change in the way militants have tried to infiltrate into Kashmir valley and this year has been no exception.
“In recent weeks we have noticed movements along the LoC. Yes, there is an increase in attempts of infiltration the Indian Army is today and geared up to meet any such challenge,” Lt Gen Dua said.
Kashmir has been witnessing an unrest since July after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani and Army has been trying to reach out to the disaffected youths in villages and towns of south Kashmir. The unrest has left at least 91 civilians dead, more than 14,000 injured while around 7,000 protesters have been detained to bring normalcy on the simmering streets.
When asked how did he see the resentment among the youth towards the Army in general, the outgoing Core Commander of the 15 Corps, said that he did conceive the idea that there has been a lot of agitation and anger by the youth towards the security forces but it was not directed at Army.
“I don’t believe and agree with the fact that there is a trust deficit between youth and the army because at several places the army has gone and operated in the recent past, we haven’t had the problem with the youth at all. Kashmiryat is still alive,” the Chinar Corps commander said.
On the rising number of youth joining militancy in south Kashmir, Lt Gen Dua said that there is no exact count available on how many boys have joined militancy because the forces have been rounding up people (stone pelters) and many have fled their homes.
“Some of the boys have been hiding they are not living in their own houses and the agencies have not been able to figure out how many of them have joined militancy. Yes, some of the boys have joined militant ranks exact number will be known later,” he said.
He said the weapon snatching incidents in south Kashmir have been a cause of concern and there are small pickets of the police where they are not able to take care of the situation when militants arrive there to snatch weapons. But it is being jointly addressed with the police, Lt Gen Dua said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has once again dismissed India’s claim of conducting surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) on September 29.The dawn quoted Basit saying as, “As far as the government of Pakistan is concerned, there was no surgical strike whatsoever, otherwise they would have responded immediately.”Rubbishing the claim of ‘video evidence’ of the strike during the interview to a magazine, he said, “There can’t be any video… Because the surgical strike did not take place.”While answering to a question about investigation into the Uri terror attack, Basit replied, “We would like to get out of this blame game, so why not get an international investigation into this incident?”The Pakistan High Commissioner said, “You did not leave any room for cooperation. When you start blaming Pakistan and terming us as a terrorist state, you are closing all the doors for cooperation.”He said that if India considers that Pakistan has done it then the best way forward is to have an international probe.Responding to a question on Balochistan, he said, “The people of Balochistan are as patriotic as people in other parts of Pakistan. But we do have worries because there is a larger question of a foreign agenda of destabilising Pakistan,” he added.Terming the postponement of the SAARC summit a “collective loss” for all countries involved, the High Commissioner said, “We are confident that Pakistan will host the 19th summit – if not this year, then sometime next year.”In the aftermath of the Uri terror attack in which 19 Indian Army soldiers were martyred, India conducted surgical strikes on the intervening night of September 28 and 29 at the terror launch pads across the LoC.
J-K: Army foils infiltration bid in Kupwara
Wed, 12 Oct 2016-01:06pm , Srinagar , PTI
An infiltration bid was foiled by Army in Tangdhar sector, said an official. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Army foiled an infiltration bid on Wednesday by militants from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar sector of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir “An infiltration bid was foiled by Army in Tangdhar sector,” an Army official said. He said an operation has been launched and further details are awaited.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another infiltration attempt in the Kashmir valley, two terrorists have reportedly snatched weapons from policemen manning the Pulwama’s Tumlahal village. The gun battle between the police and terrorists is currently underway.From the past one-week, the valley has seen spurt in infiltration bids with majority of the terrorists emanating from across the Line of Control (LoC). On Friday, a police constable Nazir Ahmad was killed in a militant attack in Shopian district. He was killed when militants fired at cops, who tried to repulse their rifle-snatching bid at a police post in Reshnagri area. Another cop and a civilian were injured too. The attack came amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan and repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the border.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP on Tuesday said that denial of surgical strikes by Islamabad is because Pakistan government and its army do not want their ego dented.”The denial of Pakistan about such like operation conducted by Indian army across the border can be understood by the fact that Pakistan government and its army do not want their ego and prestige dented, particularly when its army chief is due to retire”, BJP state Spokesperson, Virender Gupta said here in a statement .He said that the surgical strikes carried out by Indian army across the Line of Control on seven launch pads of terrorist and killing about 50 of them was a laudable exercise avenging Uri terror attackGupta also condemned the statements of the Kashmiri leaders, particularly of Congress and National Conference, who called for peace on the borders and Indo-Pak dialogue to resolve Kashmir issue.These Kashmiri leaders need to address Pakistan asking it to stop terrorist activities instead of giving sermons to India and its leadership, he said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid ongoing uproar over the demand of proof by leaders of various political parties on the surgical strikes conducted by the security forces across the Line of Control (LoC), a report on Wednesday said that the bodies of those killed in clashes were loaded onto trucks for secret burials, corroborating India’s claims that it carried out strikes.According to Indian Express, eyewitness accounts of the strikes on the terror launch pads by people living across the LoC said that the bodies of those killed were loaded onto trucks for secret burials. Corroborating India’s claim, they also said that a brief intense firing took place, which also destroyed makeshift buildings that housed jihadists. The eyewitnesses also provided the details of targeted locations which have not been made public by the government of India and Pakistan.
ALSO READ Political battle overtakes surgical strikes; parties speak in different voices The report also said that an eyewitness said he was told by local residents that five to six bodies were loaded onto a truck early next morning, and possibly transported to the nearest major Lashkar camp at Chalhana.A day ago, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam had questioned surgical strike and said tweeted, “Every Indian wants #SurgicalStrikesAgainstPak but not a fake one to extract just political benefit by #BJP. Politics over national interest.”
ALSO READ Ink attack on Kejriwal in Rajasthan after surgical strike comment The BJP had also hit out at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress party for raising questions. “Mr Kejriwal, you need to know, today you are the headline in Pakistani media. My appeal to Kejriwal would be politics is separate but please don’t do or say anything that will demoralise our armed forces,” he added.Seven terror launch pads across the LoC were targeted by the Indian Army on the night of 28 September in a nearly five-hour-long operation during which heli-borne and ground forces were deployed.
ALSO READ Surgical strike: IAF chief says situation ‘live’, ready for any challengeThe announcement of the strikes came 11 days after the attack by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad on an Indian army camp in Uri in Kashmir, after which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said the attackers will not go “unpunished” and that they will not be forgiven. However, Pakistan has rejected India’s claim of a ‘surgical strike’ across the Line of Control (LoC), saying that the incident was ‘cross-border fire’. “There has been no surgical strike by India, instead there had been cross border fire initiated and conducted by India which is existential phenomenon. As per rules of engagement, the same was strongly and befittingly responded by Pakistani troops,” Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) had said in its press release after India announced conducting the strikes.
New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party workers on Tuesday staged a protest outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal‘s residence accusing him of a pro-Pakistan stance on the recently conducted surgical strikes by the Indian army. They demanded his resignation.
Hundreds of BJP supporters, led by Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay and Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta, gathered outside the Civil Lines residence of the Chief Minister and raised slogans against him.
They shouted: “Jo Hafeez Saeed ka yaar hai, desh ka gaddar hai (Those who are friends with Hafeez Saeed are traitors).”
Workers of the Bharatiya Janata Youth and minority morcha also joined them.
The Delhi Police had to resort to mild force to disperse the protesters.
This came a day after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Kejriwal on Monday urged Modi to “expose the false propaganda” being spread by Islamabad.
Despite differences, Kejriwal had hailed Modi for taking strict measures against Pakistan.
In a short video message, Kejriwal had focused on Pakistan’s claims that no surgical strikes were ever conducted on terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control. He had urged Modi to fight Pakistan’s propaganda “just like we have been fighting Pakistan on ground”.
The special forces of the Indian army on 28 September night carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PoK) and destroyed seven terror launch pads.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The US has called for ‘calm and restraint’ from India and Pakistan amid increasingly strained relations between the two neighbours and urged both militaries to keep their lines of communication open to help diffuse tensions in the region.”We urge calm and restraint on both sides. We understand, as we said last week, that the militaries are in touch. We believe that continued communication is vital to reduce these tensions,” State Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters yesterday.Trudeau, however, refused to respond to questions on India’s surgical strike across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir last week. “I’m not going to speak to any reports of these incidents.”Trudeau said the US is emphasising on regional stability and security in its dialogues with Indian and Pakistani leaders.”I think what you would take a look at being discussed is regional stability and regional security. One of the things I think we all need to focus on is conflicts or issues or rising tension are not contained to any specific region,” she said.”We are in favor of any reduction of tensions that both sides agree to in this particular instance. We have strong ties with both Pakistan and India, and we’ll engage on that basis,” Trudeau added.She said the US position on Kashmir has not changed.”I would say that our position on Kashmir has not changed, and I would remind you that we are having conversations with both countries on the importance of reducing the tensions in the region,” she said.
Cyber attackers hack National Green Tribunal’s website, call it an act of revenge
New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal’s website was hacked on Monday with the cyber attackers calling it an act of “revenge” against India’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control.
“We are unbeatable. You…kill innocent people in Kashmir and call your self defenders of your country. You…violate the ceasefire on border and call it surgical strikes. Now kiss the burn of Cyber War,” the hackers said in the post which also used abusive words.
Indian security forces carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) on 29 September after a terror attack on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri on 18 September.
The BBC’s Shaimaa Khalil travels to Kasmir’s Line of Control – the de facto border between India and Pakistan, where tensions run high between the two nuclear powers.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hailing India’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in response to the terrorist attack at Uri sector as justified, former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai has said that Kabul has been a victim of terrorism and there is a need for such kinds of military operations in the country.Karzai conveyed this to India’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra recently.Karzai reminded Vohra that Afghanistan too has been a victim of terrorism and fundamentalism and felt the need for such military operations more than anyone else.He added that Kabul has repeatedly asked the United States over the past 13 years to conduct cross-border attacks against the terrorist sanctuaries outside of Afghanistan, but with no success.Indian Army on Wednesday conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in response to the terrorist attack at Uri sector in Jammu and Kashmir in which 19 soldiers were killed.Two Pakistani soldiers and over 30 terrorists were reportedly killed in the attack.Director General of Military Operations Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh said that the motive of the operation was to hit out at the terrorists who were planning to infiltrate into the Indian Territory.Lt General Singh informed that significant casualty was caused to terrorists during the operation.The DGMO said, it is a matter of serious concern that there have been many infiltration bids by terrorists at the LoC and it was reflected in the terror attacks in Poonch and Uri on 11th and 18th of this month.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has offered to act as a mediator between India and Pakistan to help the nuclear-armed neighbours resolve their disputes, as he urged both nations to take immediate steps to de-escalate tensions in the region.”The Secretary-General is deeply concerned over the significant increase in tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of the recent developments, in particular the reported cease-fire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) following an attack on an Indian army base in Uri on September 18,” a statement issued by Ban’s spokesperson said here yesterday.The statement said the UN Chief urges both sides to “exercise maximum restraint” and take “immediate steps to de-escalate the situation”.Ban said his good offices are available, “if accepted by both sides”, as he called on the Governments of Pakistan and India to address their outstanding issues, including Kashmir, “peacefully through diplomacy and dialogue.” India conducted surgical strikes on the intervening night of September 28 and 29, targeting terror launch pads across the Line of Control.The strike came just days after the attack by Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM on an Indian army camp in Uri in Kashmir that killed 18 jawans.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the attackers would not go “unpunished” and the sacrifice of the jawans would not be in vain.The UN has long maintained an institutional presence in the contested area between India and Pakistan.According to the Security Council mandate given in resolution 307 of 1971, the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control and the working boundary between the South Asian neighbours in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations.India has however always maintained that UNMOGIP has “outlived its relevance” and has “no role to play whatsoever”.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress MP and former UN diplomat Shashi Tharoor said the surgical strikes carried out by the army across the LoC were ‘very very sensible, measured and proportionate retaliation’. Killing 19 soldiers was a provocation, he said referring to the Uri terror attack. “What India did is very very sensible, measured and proportionate retaliation,” he told reporters here. Tharoor, who represents Thiruvananthapuram in Lok Sabha, said ‘a real message’ has been sent to Pakistan that they cannot send troops to “our country to attack our targets’, people and jawans”. “All seem to be well done…I am proud of the armed forces. They seem to have gone and conducted a successful strike, returned causalities…A real message has gone,” he said.KPCC president V M Sudheeran congratulated the armed forces for conducting a successful strike and extended full support to them. In the wake of India’s conduct of surgical strikes across the Line of Control, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called a joint session of the Parliament on October 5.’Joint session of the Parliament will be convened on Wednesday to reaffirm the national resolve for safeguarding the sovereignty and preserving the territorial integrity of the motherland against any kind of external or internal threat as well as reiterating the moral, political, and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir,’ Prime Minister Sharif said, reports Geo News.He further said that a meeting of the National Security Committee will be held on October 4 with special invitation to all the Chief Ministers to deliberate at length the emerging scenario across the Line of Control and also in the Valley.Meanwhile, Pakistan National Security Adviser Lt. Gen.Nasir Janjua has submitted a comprehensive report on the Line of Control (LoC) cross-border escalation with Indian troops to Prime Minister Sharif, reported Radio Pakistan.The Prime Minister is also being briefed regularly on the situation on the LoC by the security establishment.Sharif, according to Radio Pakistan, expressed satisfaction on the level of preparedness of the Pakistani armed forces to match any provocation by Indian security forces.In the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, the Indian Army claimed that it had conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control. This was confirmed by Director General of Military Operations, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh.The motive of the operation was to hit out at the terrorists who were planning to infiltrate into Indian territory. ‘The operations were basically focused to ensure that these terrorists do not succeed in their design of infiltration and carrying out destruction and endangering the lives of citizens of our country. During these counter terrorist operations significant casualties have been caused to the terrorist and those who are trying to support them. The operation aimed at neutralising the terrorists have since seized. We do not have any plans for further continuation of the operations. However, the Indian armed forces are fully prepared for any contingency that may arrive,’ he added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Army rejected a media report from a Pakistani paper that claimed that Pakistan had killed eight Indian soldiers and captured one while retaliating to India’s firing. Citing security sources, Dawn newspaper said that the capture and killings occurred when the Indian army opened fire across the border, killing two Pakistani soldiers. The Indian Army denied the charges saying: “Reports of killing of 8 Indian Army personnel in section of Pakistani media is completely false and baseless. One Indian soldier with weapon has inadvertently crossed over to the other side of the LoC. Pakistan has been informed about it. Such inadvertent crossing by Army and civilians not unusual on either side. They are returned through existing mechanisms.”Journalists Shiv Aroor and Rezaul Hasan Laskar pointed out on Twitter how Dawn flip-flopped about this story in a spate of few hours. In the wake of India’s conduct of surgical strikes across the Line of Control, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called a joint session of the Parliament on October 5.’Joint session of the Parliament will be convened on Wednesday to reaffirm the national resolve for safeguarding the sovereignty and preserving the territorial integrity of the motherland against any kind of external or internal threat as well as reiterating the moral, political, and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir,’ Prime Minister Sharif said, reports Geo News.He further said that a meeting of the National Security Committee will be held on October 4 with special invitation to all the Chief Ministers to deliberate at length the emerging scenario across the Line of Control and also in the Valley.Meanwhile, Pakistan National Security Adviser Lt. Gen.Nasir Janjua has submitted a comprehensive report on the Line of Control (LoC) cross-border escalation with Indian troops to Prime Minister Sharif, reported Radio Pakistan.The Prime Minister is also being briefed regularly on the situation on the LoC by the security establishment.Sharif, according to Radio Pakistan, expressed satisfaction on the level of preparedness of the Pakistani armed forces to match any provocation by Indian security forces.In the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, the Indian Army claimed that it had conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control. This was confirmed by Director General of Military Operations, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh.The motive of the operation was to hit out at the terrorists who were planning to infiltrate into Indian territory. ‘The operations were basically focused to ensure that these terrorists do not succeed in their design of infiltration and carrying out destruction and endangering the lives of citizens of our country. During these counter terrorist operations significant casualties have been caused to the terrorist and those who are trying to support them. The operation aimed at neutralising the terrorists have since seized. We do not have any plans for further continuation of the operations. However, the Indian armed forces are fully prepared for any contingency that may arrive,’ he added.With agency inputs
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cross border trade between India and Pakistan remained unaffected in Jammu and Kashmir despite the surgical strikes by the army across the Line of Control (LoC), with 26 trucks crossing over to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and 13 from there reaching the Indian side.As the state administration went into a huddle with army officials discussing possible evacuation of the locals from villages on the border amid heightened tensions between the two countries, trucks carrying goods from India crossed Salamabad checkpost in Uri on way to PoK.Similarly, PoK authorities said 13 trucks with goods including embroidery items crossed over into Salamabad from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.After necessary documentation was completed, the cross over of trucks started at 2 PM and was completed by 4 PM, officials said.They said Indian trucks carried chilli seeds, embroidery material, cumin seeds and black cardamom, while the trucks from PoK came with almonds, dried dates and mangoes.Uri, located 102 km north of Srinagar, is one of the last Teshils in Baramulla district of north Kashmir. It was in news recently after four militants of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) carried out a suicide attack on army camp killing 18 soldiers on September 18.Tension between India and Pakistan has been increasing since then. In the wee hours of Thursday, India said its troops had carried out surgical strikes inside PoK and destroyed terrorists launch pads located in that part of Kashmir.
New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi to brief her about the surgical strikes carried out by the Army across LoC. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also met Gandhi, who is recovering from illness, before Swaraj.
Gandhi was hospitalised after she fell ill during her roadshow in Varanasi on 2 August. In a statement, the Congress chief has said a “strong message” has been sent with the surgical strikes by Army against terror bases across the Line of Control (LoC) and insisted that Pakistan bears a “great responsibility” in the continuing cross-border attacks in India.
Union Minister Rajnath Singh chaired an all-party meet to brief the leaders of major political parties on the situation. India carried out ‘surgical strikes’ on terror launch pads across the Line of Control(LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir last night, inflicting “significant casualties” on terrorists and those who are trying to support them.
The announcement of the sudden action by the army was made on Thursday by DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, 11 days after the terror strike by Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM on an Indian army camp in Uri in Kashmir over which Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the attackers will not go “unpunished” and that the sacrifice of 18 jawans will not go in vain.
Congress hailed the surgical strikes declaring that it stood completely behind the armed forces.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India Inc today rallied behind the Army’s move to conduct surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control and said it was time to act tough while ruling out any negative impact on the country’s economy and trade.”Our civil n (sic) decent response in the past hasn’t been met with reciprocity so it’s time to act tough,” Biocon CMD Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw tweeted.Recalling an earlier tweet in which he had said “I trust our army. They know how to pursue & retaliate” in the wake of the Uri attack, industrialist Anand Mahindra said: “I don’t need to add anything more today…”PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Mahesh Gupta said there will be no impact on India’s trade and economy, adding that the volatility in the financial markets will also be short lived.India’s exports to the neighbouring country worked out to $2.17 billion (Rs 14, 514 crore) , or 0.83%, of the total Indian outward shipments while imports were less than $500 million (around Rs 3.3 crore), or 0.13%, of the total inward shipments.”The Indian economy has a strong bandwidth to deal with any possible after effects of the current state of tensions with Pakistan,” Assocham Secretary General D S Rawat said.The chamber said that while reaction in the stock market to the news of India’s surgical strikes was understandable, there is no cause of concern for the country’s economy which has the capabilities to withstand any extra costs to be borne for the sake of our national security.Industry bodies Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) declined to comment.Exporters’ body FIEO Director General & CEO Ajay Sahai too ruled out any negative impact on India’s trade with other countries.However, asked about the implications on India-Pakistan bilateral trade, Sahai said India’s move to review the most favoured nation (MFN) status accorded to its neighbour has raised some uncertainty for exporters on whether trade will normalise in the future.Reacting to the reports of surgical strikes, the Sensex plummeted 465.28 points to end at 27,827.53; whereas the Nifty nosedived 153.90 points to 8,591.25.India carried out ‘surgical strikes’ on terror launch pads across the Line of Control(LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir last night, inflicting “significant casualties” on terrorists and those who are trying to support them.
With fury growing over the killing of 17 soldiers in Kashmir, India’s military establishment is considering the ways it could strike back – but options may be running out.
Stepping up their offensive, the army on Thursday foiled a major infiltration bid and killed two militants on the Line of Control (LoC) in Naugam sector of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.Army sources said troops guarding the LoC intercepted a group of militants at wee hours near Toot Mari Gali in the Naugam sector. When challenged, they opened fire on the troops ensuing in a fierce gunfight between the two sides.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We have killed two militants so far. The operation in the area is continuing,” Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at Srinagar, told dna.Army has rushed in reinforcements and sealed all exit points to block all possible routes for militants to escape. “The contact (gunfight) is still on with the militants. We can only confirm the number of militants when the firing stops and bodies are retrieved,” said a senior army officer.The infiltration bid was foiled at a time when the army has put in place a multi-tier anti-infiltration grid to thwart militants’ plan to sneak into the valley after the snow melts on the mountain passes along the LoC.Official figures reveal, there were 24 infiltration attempts from across the Line of Control from January 1 to March 31 this year of which 18 were successful. In 2015, around 118 infiltration bids were made of which 33 weresuccessful.”Army is doing an excellent job at the borders by stopping infiltration (from across the line of control),” said Mehbooba Mufti, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister.Sources said around 17 groups of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militants are waiting on the other side of line of control and international border to be pushed into this side of Jammu and Kashmir.Of them, 11 groups of militants are waiting across the Line of Control opposite Pir Panjal range comprising Rajouri and Poonch districts in Jammu division. Four groups are waiting across the LoC opposite Kupwara sectors. Two groups are waiting on the IB in Jammu division.