Pakistan on Sunday violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Srinagar’s Nowshera sector in Jammu and Kashmir, prompting effective retaliation by the Indian Army. A video shared by ANI shows Pakistani base destroyed in Indian firing in Akhnoor sector(J&K). According to sources quoted by ANI the upside down Pakistan flag shown in the video is a signal for SOS (extreme danger/distress).

Earlier in the day, an Army personnel was killed on March 24 in firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, officials said. They said the cross-border firing started in Shahpur and Kerni areas of Poonch around 5.30 p.m. on March 23 and it continued intermittently through the night. Continue reading


In 1839 when the British forces attacked Balochistan, the Baloch ruler Khan Mehrab Khan, instead of accepting the occupation of the British, resisted the foreign forces. He along with many of his other companions were killed during this resistance and became immortal in Baloch history. After the invasion, the British drew the Goldsmid Line and the Durand Line, dividing Balochistan into three parts. The western part was given to Iran, one chunk of Balochistan was brought under Afghanistan’s administration, but the eastern part of Balochistan (currently occupied by Pakistan) remained with the British, as a semi-autonomous region.

The Baloch continued their unconventional resistance against the British forces until the British eventually conceded defeat and decided to leave the sub-continent and recognise the sovereignty of Balochistan. The then Baloch ruler declared independence on 11 August 1947 and Balochistan remained independent for 252 days and had its own Upper and Lower Houses—House of Commons and House of Lords. Pakistan first tried to trick Balochistan into joining the renegade part of India in the name of religion, but when both Houses of Balochistan unanimously refused to become a part of Pakistan, the Pakistan’s Punjabi army attacked the Baloch country and forcibly occupied it on 27 March 1948. Continue reading


A request would be sent to the US to seek details from a service provider of “virtual SIMs”, which were used by the JeM suicide bomber behind the Pulwama attack and his Pakistan and Kashmir-based handlers, officials said.

Piecing together probe from the site of the terror strike, searches carried out by the Jammu and Kashmir police and central security agencies at an encounter site in Tral as well as other locations, it was found that the bomber, Adil Dar, was in constant touch with the JeM across the border, they said. Continue reading


It is astonishing how our Pakistan policy oscillates between inanity and belligerence. The government recently said that if Islamabad was sincere in tackling terror, it should at least hand us over Dawood Ibrahim, Sayeed Salahudeen, and other terrorists who are Indian citizens and residing in that country. As if the Pakistan generals have suddenly become followers of Mahatma Gandhi and the deep state in Pakistan has become dysfunctional! The demand was in line with the pre-Balakot pro-forma outbursts of ‘strong condemnation’.

Till a few days ago, after Balakot, the mood in the government and the mainstream media was diametrically opposite to such stupefaction. In fact, many politicians and public figures glorified belligerence and almost propagated war in the aftermath of Balakot. This is not to say that India should unilaterally give up the option of armed conflict with Pakistan, which is simply adamant on its death-by-a-thousand-cuts doctrine vis-à-vis India. But such a conflict should be the last option, not the first one. For war is usually exciting for those who don’t have to fight it. TV news anchors, social media warriors, and garrulous ‘deshbhakts’ need to realise this truth. Continue reading


Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj’s tweet regarding the alleged abduction and conversion of two Hindu girls in Pakistan, has drawn a sharp response from its minister Fawad Hussain. The matter, Mr Hussain said, was an “internal issue” of Pakistan. Ms Swaraj immediately shot back that her tweet, asking the Indian high Commissioner in Islamabad for a report, was making the Pakistan minister “jittery”.

Last year, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had taken a swipe at India after actor Naseeruddin Shah’s comment on mob violence over cow vigilantism. Mr Khan had said he would show India “how to treat minorities”. Over the last month, there has been a huge face-off between New Delhi and Islamabad over Jaish-e Mohammad suicide bombing in Jammu ad Kashmir’s Pulwama that killed 40 CRPF personnel. Days later, Indian Air Force held air strikes on a Jaish-e Mohammad camp in Pakistan’s Balakot, which was followed by an aerial dogfight. Continue reading


Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today accused the previous Congress-led UPA government of not taking retaliatory action against Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, and claimed that the military would have been more than willing to respond in such a situation.

“If only a similar deterrent action was taken after the Mumbai attack… I have enough reasons to believe that the armed forces did tell the govt at that time: We are ready if you want us to do something, but we want you to take the call,” news agency ANI quoted her as saying at an event in Hyderabad today. Continue reading


Continuing crackdown on terror financers, security agencies have identified 13 people, including Hizbul Mujahideen founder Syed Salahuddin, Hurriyat leaders and businessmen, who are allegedly providing funds to terrorists and stone pelters at the behest of Pakistan spy agency ISI, officials said Sunday.

The Centre has started seizing properties belonging to terror financiers in a big way. Thirteen individuals and their properties have been identified by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and action has been initiated, they said. Continue reading


At a time when the armed forces are grappling with accommodation shortage, the Ministry of Defence (MoD’s) stand that Non Functional Upgrade (NFU) should not be extended to the military because officers have palatial houses has sparked rage among serving officials as well as veterans. While the reference to “palatial houses” has not been made in the written reply by MoD, but sources said it was mentioned during verbal arguments in the court.

Government’s opposition for denying NFU is that armed forces have several facilities and privileges that other services don’t get, including certain special allowances.”The government is also of the view that armed forces have a different functional structure that will break down if NFU is granted,” said an official privy to the details. Continue reading


An artist from Bengaluru paid tribute to Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman with a portrait he created using a typewriter. Inspired by Varthaman, artist AC Gurumurthy typed out letters, symbols, numbers and special characters to create the image of the pilot sporting his iconic gunslinger moustache.

“Unlike heroes in films, Abhinandan is the real hero. He brought real laurels for our country, this is what inspired me,” Gurumurthy told ANI. “I appreciate his bravery and the night he returned to India, I made this attempt,” he added. Continue reading


An Army personnel was killed Sunday in firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, officials said. They said the cross-border firing started in Shahpur and Kerni areas of Poonch around 5.30 pm Saturday and it continued intermittently through the night.

The Indian Army retaliated strongly but the casualties suffered by Pakistan were not known immediately, the officials said, adding Pakistani troops used a mortar and small arms to target forward posts and villages. Continue reading


Two IAF’s Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets came close to 12km of the LOC yesterday around 7 pm after some aerial activities were seen across the LOC by Pakistani air force near Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistani Army had resorted to small arms gunfire in the area since 5.30 in the evening which was retaliated at the same intensity by the Indian Army.

Pakistani troops targeted Shahpur and Kerni areas, soon PAF jets were seen near LOC and two IAF jets scrambled closer to LOC to thwart any attempts to ingress into the Indian side of Line of control. Continue reading


India on April 1 will launch an electronic intelligence satellite Emisat for the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) along with 28 third-party satellites and also demonstrate its new technologies like three different orbits with a new variant of PSLV rocket, ISRO said on Saturday.

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), a new variant of its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket will first put the 436 kg Emisat into a 749 km orbit.After that, the rocket will be brought down to put into orbit the 28 satellites at an altitude of 504 km. Continue reading


Pakistan which is hugely concerned after Indian jets destroyed terror camps in Balakot have now fallen back on its trusted option. It has deployed Chinese made ground-to-air (SAM) missiles for air defence of military bases. As per latest intelligence reports, Pakistan has decided to deploy Chinese made LY-80 ,a medium range surface to air missile.

LY-80 missiles from China, also called HQ-16, were included in the Pak Army in 2017.The Chinese made mobile air defence system  LY-80 missiles can be easily moved from one place to another according to need and can hit any moving target upto 40 kilometres. Fearing attack from India in the future of greater intensity than Balakot, Pakistan is strengthening the seciruty of its military establishments. According to an officer in central security establishment, deployment of LY-80 missiles is part of that increased vigil. Continue reading


The long awaited discussion on the procurement of 93,895 close-quarter-battle carbines (CQB), worth $553.33 million did not take place at the recently concluded Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, as it was removed from the agenda for discussion. Speaking to Financial Express Online on condition of anonymity a senior official said that at the DAC meeting, the CQB was not discussed even though it has been put on Fast Track Procurement (FTP) process, as the Oversight Committee failed to submit their report ahead of the meeting.

Explaining the process, a senior officer confirmed that the Oversight Committee has no fixed time to submit its reports, however, in the case of FTP, it can be anytime between three days to a month and in the case of CQBs, it’s been more than a month. Continue reading


After banning the Yasin Malik-led Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front or JKLF in a major crackdown, the government is all set to block channels which fund secessionism and terrorism in valley. According to sources, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) has identified 13 people who either finance terror or advocate separatism in Jammu and Kashmir. Various government agencies now have initiated legal processes against them.

Top level government sources indicate that there is a direct connection between those who finance terror and advocate separatism in valley. “All-out effort is being made to seize and attach properties of all those promote and finance such activities in valley,” a senior bureaucrat in the Ministry of Home Affairs told NDTV on the condition of anonymity. The Modi government has termed this move by agencies “a surgical strike against terror funding”. Continue reading