Fifteen Pakistan Rangers killed in Retaliatory Firing by India, Says BSF

BSF said at least 15 Pakistan Rangers have been killed in retaliatory firing by India along the international border, adding that India successfully foiled two infiltration bids in recent days. Meanwhile the Jammu district collector said that a civilian has been killed in Pakistani firing in Khor belt earlier today, Pakistan continued violating the ceasefire with firing and mortal shelling on Indian posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control and international border in districts of Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri. Defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta said that Pakistani troops were using “small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars”.

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Surgical Strike and Pakistan’s Isolation

Post the surgical strike, the Indian DGMO (Director General Military Operations) as per international protocol, spoke to his Pakistani counterpart and briefed him on what had transpired. To ensure it remained within escalatory limits, he stated that India had helped Pakistan in eradicating terrorists, which as per the 2004 agreement, they were expected to do. Further, he stated India had terminated its operations. The fact that it took place in POK, which India considers its own, there was no violation of international norms.

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Surgical Strikes by India on Terrorist Launching Pads across LoC in Pakistan

Surgical strikes have been conducted by our heliborn and ground forces at midnight of 28-29 September on terrorist launching pads across the LoC, 11 days after the Uri Brigade Headquarter attack. As many as seven launching pads for militants were attacked and destroyed in Pak occupied Kashmir (PoK). Full appreciation has to be given to the planners of the blitzkrieg. There has been meticulous coordination between the Defence Ministry, Army, Cabinet and political structure in the country. Not a single loose end was left uncared for. The Home Minister has played crucial role in garnering support of the opposition in the Parliament leaving to none of them even the slightest space of raising eyebrow.

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Most Terror attacks emanate from Pakistan: Home Minister

India today blamed Pakistan for most of the terror attacks in the country but said it would stand by the neighbour if it takes action against terrorists operating from there. Home Minister Rajnath Singh also said if Pakistan takes concrete action against terrorists on its territory it will not only improve bilateral relations but also bring peace and stability in the South Asian region. “Most of the terror attacks in India emanate from Pakistan and it will have to show some sincerity and take concrete steps to rein in the various terror groups operating against India from its soil. “The Government of India will stand by Pakistan if it takes decisive action against terrorists and their organisations,” he said addressing the second edition of counter-terrorism conference organised by the India Foundation in collaboration with the Government of Rajasthan.

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Pakistan’s two faces on Terror

David Coleman Headley has sung like a canary before a Mumbai court. His depositions have put Pakistan in the dock over Mumbai 26/11 carnage. He has also demolished the mythical construct of non state actors that the Pakistan has so assiduously built and perpetuated. Not that there were any buyers of the same in India and beyond. But the initiated would know that Pak's unremitting parroting of ‘out of control non state actors' had begun to rewrite the terror conversation in a different frame of reference; and by implication embed the security and terror talks between the two countries in a pathological context of utter irrelevance for India.

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US blunt message to Pakistan: Act on Terror Safe Havens

In a blunt message, the US has asked Pakistan to intensify efforts to counter terrorist sanctuaries inside its borders and take concrete steps against the dreaded Haqqani network responsible for major attacks on American installations in Afghanistan. The tough message was conveyed by US National Security Advisor Susan Rice to the top Pakistani leadership including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif during her day-long visit to the country.

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