In the run up to Balakot strikes, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat very categorically conveyed to the top brass of the government that his force was fully ready to deal with any ground offensive by Pakistan and take the battle into enemy territory, top military sources said.
The Indian Army was prepared for conventional warfare with Pakistan which would have included going inside Pakistan, the sources told PTI. The Army chief informed the government about preparedness of his force when it was considering various options, including carrying out an aerial raid, to punish Pakistan for the Pulwama terror attack. Continue reading
Narendra Modi on Monday had a 30-minute telephonic conversation with US President Donald Trump — a first since the government announced its decision on Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan’s subsequent attempts to raise the issue in international forums and its Prime Minister’s meltdown on Twitter. Besides bilateral issues, the two leaders discussed the regional situation, during which the Prime Minister “stated that extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace,” the government said.
“He highlighted the importance of creating an environment free from terror and violence and eschewing cross-border terrorism without exception,” a statement added, indicating that the Prime Minister has underscored New Delhi’s stance. Continue reading
Accusing India of waging “fifth-generation warfare”, Pakistan said on Monday New Delhi had failed to inform it about the release of water from a dam that could cause flooding across the border. India, however, rejected the claim saying that under the terms of a water treaty between the two nations it had informed Pakistan about the release of excess water late on Monday when it crossed a certain threshold.
Relations between the neighbours, already hostile, have been further strained over India’s decision this month to revoke the special status of its portion of the Kashmir region that both countries claim. Pakistan reacted with fury, cutting transport and trade links and expelling India’s ambassador in retaliation. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
After revoking Article 370 and 35A, which has changed the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories, India is now eyeing at securing Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) from Pakistan. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in a recent statement, hinted towards revoking the no first nuclear strike policy’. He also stated that now, India will talk to Pakistan on the issue of PoK and nothing else, brushing aside any possibility or hope that Pakistan has of talks over Jammu and Kashmir decision.
Pakistan’s foreign affairs minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday issued a statement, taking serious notice of the Rajnath Singh’s statement. “We have seen the comments made by the Indian Defence Minister today. These are reflective of the predicament that India finds itself in, after its illegal and unilateral actions imperiling peace and security in the region and beyond,” read the statement. Continue reading
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a two-day State visit to France from August 22 during which he will hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron to strengthen strategic ties in key sectors such as defence, nuclear energy, maritime cooperation and counterterrorism. Ahead of the visit, officials here said progress on setting up the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project is likely to be discussed during bilateral talks and India is committed to finalising the venture “as soon as possible”.
From France, the prime minister will proceed for bilateral visits to the UAE and Bahrain, and will return to the French city of Biarritz on August 25 to attend the G7 Summit, where India has been invited as a partner country. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Milli Gazette
India and Pakistan are once again on the verge of a full-scale war in the aftermath of India’s annexation of disputed Kashmir territory. It is an unimaginable scenario as the two South Asian neighbors possess high-tech nuclear arms.Political analyst Dr. Shahid Masood said on Saturday (August 17) as India and Pakistan are edging towards a military confrontation we don’t name another entity in the equation that is Israel which has strategic relations with India. “Israel has participated in India-Pakistan military confrontation in February this year,” he said.
It may be recalled that an Indian Air Force aircraft was shot down by Pakistan and the captured pilot was immediately repatriated to India by Pakistan as a goodwill gesture. At that time there were rumors that an Israeli pilot was also captured. Continue reading
SOURCE: ASIA TIMES
While much of the foreign-policy attention of the Trump administration centers on the imperative of disentangling militarily from Syria and Afghanistan, at the other end of the spectrum, concerted attempts have been made by the administration to strengthen the US military as well as economic presence in the Indo-Pacific region, indicating a shift of American foreign-policy focus.
The concluding day of last year witnessed President Donald Trump signing the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) authorizing spending of US$1.5 billion toward developing a comprehensive, multifaceted US policy for the Indo-Pacific region. The act recognized the vitality of Indo-US strategic partnership in the overall strategy. Continue reading
A surprising fact has come about during an internal survey conducted by the army that about 10 per cent of the cadre of officers have never seen a ‘class-A’ city during their service tenure. Some, on the other hand, enjoyed the privilege of getting posted to one ‘Class-A’ city after the other. Steps are being taken to offset this and many more such disparities.
An officer aware of the study told, “In the internal study, more than 4000 officers have been identified who never got a posting into a Class-A or a metropolitan city. This is also aimed to balance the sector profile of the officers.” The Army has also identified officers who have spent a majority of their postings in a Class-A City, added the officer. Continue reading
Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved an extension in the tenure of Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa for another three years, a statement issued by the premier’s office said on Monday. The announcement comes nearly three months before Gen Bajwa was due to retire.
“General Qamar Javed Bajwa is appointed Chief of Army Staff for another term of three years from the date of completion of current tenure,” read the brief notification issued by the prime minister’s office, seen by Dawn.com. It added that “The decision has been taken in view of the regional security environment.” The notification was personally signed by Prime Minister Imran. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
India and China reviewed the situation on the border and agreed on more port calls by each other’s Navies as part of measures to improve military to military cooperation, at a meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) between the Defence Ministries in Beijing last week.
“The focus of the discussions was on border management, more port calls and activities linked to the celebration of 70 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries between April 2020 and March 2021,” a defence source said on Monday. The JWG meeting coincided with External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar’s visit to China to prepare for the second informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in October this year. The JWG meeting was held on August 13 and 14. Continue reading
Home minister Amit Shah met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Monday to review the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, news agency PTI reported. Doval had recently returned from J&K after the government decided to scrap Article 370 that gave special status to the state. During his 10-day stay, he travelled across the valley to reach out to people and get a sense of the pain points that can be addressed. The intelligence boss also held coordination meetings with top army and paramilitary commanders.
Restrictions were eased in Kashmir on Monday and schools were opened. PTI reported that teachers made it to the schools but not many students turned up. Private schools though remained shut for the 15th consecutive day. Continue reading
Forty-two residents of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir(PoK)?were stranded in Poonch and six Jammu and Kashmir residents in PoK on Monday after Pakistan refused to open gates on the Line of Control and suspended the weekly Poonch-Rawalakot bus service. Rawalakot lies in PoK.
Poonch deputy commissioner Rahul Yadav said, “Every Monday there is a bus service between Poonch and Rawalakote in PoK via Chakan-da-Bagh but today it didn’t cross the border.There were 42 PoK citizens in Poonch district, out of whom 27 citizens were due for their return to PoK today [Monday]. We conveyed the message to Pakistani authorities but they didn’t respond and hence the bus service could not operate.” Continue reading
SOURCE: Anadolu Agency
Turkey on Saturday called on the United Nations to play a “more” active role in resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute within the framework of the UN resolutions. In a statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry welcomed the consultations held by the UN Security Council on Friday on the recent developments in the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir.
The ministry also reiterate its wish that the dispute be resolved through dialogue between the parties concerned. It also called for calm and avoiding unilateral steps that would escalate tension. Continue reading
India has conveyed its concerns to UK authorities over violence during a protest outside the Indian high commission in London on Independence Day and sought measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents, people familiar with the development said on Monday. The concerns were raised through diplomatic channels in New Delhi, the people said on condition of anonymity. They added it was surprising that there were incidents of violence during the protest despite a prior request to British authorities to provide security to the mission.
Besides the UK, the Indian government has sought security for its diplomatic staff and missions in several countries that witnessed protests by pro-Pakistan elements on Independence Day on August 15, they said. Continue reading
SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK
India’s defence research and development organization (DRDO) is exploring the development of “Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar (AESAR)” developed by Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) for the HAL Tejas program also now for other combat aircraft of Indian Air Force, which includes new configuration for use on Sukhoi Su-30MKI twinjet multirole air superiority fighter developed by Russia’s Sukhoi and built under licence by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Indian Air Force.
Industrial sources close to idrw.org have informed that the proposal is still at the discussion stage since the indigenous Active phased array technology for fighter aircraft is still in the developmental and trials stage but the program has made recent progress and already has undergone installation process on LCA Tejas LSP-2 which has been deputed to carry out flight trials and integration of India’s indigenous AESA radar. Continue reading