No Dialogue with Pakistan Before Action on Terror Outfits: EAM
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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday, 13 March, said India cannot have dialogue with Pakistan unless the neighbouring country acted against terror outfits on its soil, asserting that "talks and terror cannot go together".
Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah has reached India on Wednesday, 13 March, to deliberate on the Kartarpur corridor issue on Thursday, 14 March, reported ANI. A Pakistani delegation will visit India on Thursday for the meeting, which would be followed by an Indian delegation's visit to Islamabad on 28 March.
Earlier in the day, speaking at the Aaj Tak Suraksha Sabha interaction, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman asserted that Pakistan had lost a pilot flying the F-16 jet that was shot down by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack.
She added that India is aware of the identity of the Pakistani pilot, but refused to give more details.
- China has repeatedly blocked India’s bid to get Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist
- The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will take a decision on listing JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist on 13 March
- India moved a proposal for Azhar’s listing in 2009 after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks but China put a ‘technical hold’ on it
Pak Mobilises Additional Troops, Weaponry Along LoC: Report
Amid heightened Indo-Pak tension, sources in the security establishment on Wednesday said that Pakistan has mobilised additional troops and military equipment from its frontier with Afghanistan to forward positions in several sensitive sectors along the LoC in Kashmir.
The Indian Army on Wednesday also issued a stern warning to Pakistan against targeting civilians along the LoC, saying any further provocation or misadventure by it will have "dire consequences".
Official sources said the warning came after Pakistan targeted forward posts in Nowshera sector with 155 mm artillery guns which was retaliated by the Indian Army with Bofors guns.
Sources said the military officials of the two armies spoke over the hotline on Tuesday during which India had asked Pakistani side not to target civilian population along the LoC.
Action by Defence Forces Against Terrorism, Not Civilians: Indian Army
The Indian Army on Wednesday, 6 March, categorically stated that the Pakistan Army has employed “heavy artillery" to target civilian areas in Krishna Ghati and Sunderbani sectors along the LoC in the last 24 hours.
The army reiterated that all actions taken by the Indian defence forces are targeted towards counter-terrorism and terrorist infrastructure, away from civilian areas.
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IAF Submits Dossier to Govt to Prove Airstrike Was Successful: Report
The Indian Air Force has purportedly submitted a dossier to the government that includes proof that its 26 February airstrike across the LoC in Balakot was successful, with 80 percent of bombs hitting the targets, India Today TV reported on Wednesday, 6 March, citing IAF sources.
The dossier apparently includes high-resolution satellite images and synthetic aperture radar imagery as proof.
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Militant Gunned Down in J&K During Exchange of Fire
A militant was gunned down by the J&K police forces during an an exchange of fire. Operations are on the state’s Kralgund area.
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