Live: India exposes Pakistan's lies, shows proof PAF deployed F16 jets

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NEW DELHI: Pakistan has denied F16 fighter jets were used when PAF aircraft crossed into Indian airspace - a lie that was nailed by the Indian Air Force on Thursday. This was shortly after an under-pressure Imran Khan announced that the IAF pilot in Pakistan's custody would be released.

 

Earlier in the day, Pakistan fighter jets once again attempted to enter the Indian airspace but were thwarted back. Pakistan's ground forces have continued to violate ceasefire along the LoC. The Indian armed forces, in a briefing, said that the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy is absolutely ready against any Pakistani adventurism.

Live Updates: 

 

28 February 2019
22:19 PM

Government bans Jamaat-e-Islami in Jammu and Kashmir.

21:48 PM

Union Cabinet approves the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019: Arun Jaitley

"Once the ordinance is issued, it would pave the way for bringing persons residing in the areas adjoining International Border within the ambit of reservation at par with persons living in areas adjoining Actual Line of Control."

21:03 PM

PTI quotes an intelligence report as saying that JeM has vowed to continue with their anti-India agenda.

19:47 PM

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19:26 PM

IAF showcases part of a missile from Pakistan Air Force's F16 fighter jet. 

Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor says this is a part of AMRAAM, air to air missile, which is carried only by PAF's F16 jets. He says it was recovered from Rajouri.

19:13 PM

Rear Admiral DS Gujral:

* The Indian Navy is alert and ready for any challenge to our maritime border from Pakistan. We stand as one.

* We are ready for any misadventure by Pakistan and we are ready for resolute action. We want to ensure safety and security of our citizens.

19:12 PM

Major General Surendra Singh Mahal: 

The Indian Army is in a high state of alert. 

Pakistan has repeatedly violated ceasefire across LoC. The ceasefire violations are taking place even now as we speak.

As long as Pakistan continues to harbour terrorists, we will continue to target the terror camps.

19:10 PM

Indian Air Force welcomes the decision to return our IAF pilot, says Air Vice Marshal RGV Kapoor.

19:05 PM

Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor: 

* On February 27, at around 1000hrs, IAF radars detected a large number of PAF jets heading towards Indian territory. They breached Indian airspace west of Rajouri. IAF fighters were tasked to intercept intruding Pakistan aircraft. PAF jets attempted to target our military installations but IAF jets intercepted them. PAF bombs fell in Indian territory but were unable to cause damage.

* A PAF F-16 jet was shot down and it crashed in PoK. A MiG-21 also crashed and its pilot ejected safely but in PoK.

* Pakistan has made several incorrect statements. They said 3 IAF jets were shot down but was later revised to 2 jets. Pakistan later changed statement to say one IAF pilot was in their custody.

* Secondly, Pakistan claimed they intentionally dropped bombs in open spaces. Fact is they targeted military installations and were intercepted by IAF jets. They were unable to cause any significant damage to our military installations due to a swift response.

* There is enough evidence to show that F-16s were used in this mission through their electronic signatures. Parts of AMRAAM, air to air missile which is carried only on the Pakistani F-16s was recovered east of Rajouri within the Indian territory.

18:57 PM

Whole nation will be relieved. I hope our leadership will also reciprocate this peace gesture. I hope Imran Khan will stand by his word and take steps on Indian dossier on Pulwama attack.

--Mehbooba Mufti

18:36 PM

Sidhu at it again, heaps praise on Imran Khan for decision to release IAF pilot. (Read full report here)

17:49 PM

Indian Railways cancels Samjhauta Express from March 4: PTI quoting sources

17:38 PM

I'm very happy, I had demanded his release earlier too. This is going to be a step towards goodwill and I hope this will be lasting.

-- Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh

17:33 PM

Sources say NSA Doval will meet PM Modi and update him on today's developments.

17:16 PM

Joint press briefing by Army, Navy and Air Force in New Delhi has been postponed to 1900hrs.

17:09 PM

Wing Commander Abhinandan to return to India via Wagah border. (Read report here)

17:06 PM

How India's tough message forced Pakistan to announce IAF pilot's release - read here.

16:45 PM

Speaking in his country's parliament, Imran Khan said that the pilot would be released as a peace gesture towards India. "The release of the pilot is the first step towards open negotiations," he said, while confirming he would call Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the day.

16:38 PM

Pakistan announces it will release IAF pilot in its custody tomorrow.

16:08 PM

Manish Tiwari of Congress accuses PM Modi of addressing booth workers of BJP instead of addressing the nation.

Arun Jaitley, yesterday, had warned opposition parties against 'ill-advised statements.' (Read report here)

16:01 PM

Pakistan foreign minister says his country is willing to release IAF pilot if it ensures tensions with India ease. (Read full report here)

15:59 PM

MEA briefs diplomats from 10 countries, including Germany, Nigeria, South Africa and Belgium, on prevailing tensions between India and Pakistan.

15:17 PM

Pakistan violates ceasefire in J&K's Nowshera sector, resorts to mortar firing. (Full report here)

15:09 PM

Sources say that 20 PAF jets had crossed into Indian airspace on Wednesday (February 27).

14:57 PM

When asked if Pakistan Foreign Minister SM Qureshi is open to meeting Indian EAM Sushma Swaraj on sidelines of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meet, he told geo news that he will not hesitate to meet but OIC is not the forum for talks with Swaraj.

 

14:54 PM

"India didn't consider giving actionable intel earlier as Pakistan did not act in past on actionable inputs on Mumbai and Pathankot. Terrorists were caught, audio given, access given to forward posts in Pathankot. Pakistan remained in denial. 13 days after Pulwama, they still deny JeM role," the source added.

14:53 PM

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Rajouri's Nowshera Sector at about 1415 hours today. Indian Army is retaliating. 

14:50 PM

"We are ready for talks on Kartarpur. They (Pakistan) had called it off just as they had closed airspace and stopped Samjhauta Express. We are trying to appear reasonable, they are creating a war hysteria," say sources. 

"Pakistan has lied to international community on Jaish-e-Mohammed, about two pilots in custody. They lied on Indian ships approaching, they have lied on missile strikes," the source added. 

14:31 PM

"India did not target any civilians or military installations, but Pakistan escalated by targeting Indian military installations. India did not deliberately cross LoC, very strong demarches have been given. India has foiled Pakistan's attempts at creating a war psychosis," sources tell news agency ANI.

When asked if Pakistan PM Imran Khan and PM Modi will talk, the sources said, "Immediate, credible and verifiable action against terror is required before any such conversation. Imran Khan should now walk the talk on dealing with terrorism. That is our message to Pakistan and International community."

14:30 PM

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday said Pakistan is willing to consider returning the Indian pilot if it means de-escalation.

14:25 PM

India asks for immediate release of Wing Commander Abhinandan, not consular access.

14:11 PM

A high-level meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, three service chiefs, top RAW and IB officials currently underway in the national capital.

13:44 PM

Two Pakistan jets violated Indian airspace in Krishna Ghati sector in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch on Thursday afternoon. However, the Indian Air Force chased the jets out. 

Authorities are yet to confirm the same.

The airspace violation comes hours after Pakistan's ceasefire violation with mortars earlier in the early morning hours. It once again opened fire after around 1 pm. The enemy forces fired mortars across the Line of Control in the Krishna Ghati sector. 

13:30 PM

"We believe that the Pakistan air intrusion was an attack on military installations. We believe that the Indian Air Force Pilot was ill treated by the Pakistan Army in violation of the Geneva convention," Defence Ministry Officials tell news agency ANI.

"We believe that the Pakistan Army is actively supporting the Jaish-e-Mohammed and is harbouring the leaders including Masood Azhar in its facilities," sources added. 

13:18 PM

Indian Army and Indian Air Force to address a joint press briefing in New Delhi at 5 pm, Thursday. 

13:12 PM

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12:59 PM

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12:53 PM

We have to be hardworking in all sectors. India is grateful to all those who are protecting the nation. It is because they are there, the nation can reach new levels of development: PM Modi

12:51 PM

PM Narendra Modi says necessary to ensure nothing is done to dent morale of security forces. 

12:46 PM

Have full faith in our forces, will not stop at any cost. Nobody can stop India's growth: PM Modi's message of unity

12:46 PM

India will live as one, grow as one, fight as one, win as one: PM Narendra Modi

12:43 PM

PM Modi lauds Indian armed forces, says Pakistan trying to divide us

12:39 PM

The country's heroic soldiers are showing their strength both on the border and across the border. The entire country today stands with the army: Prime Minister Narendra Modi mega interaction with Volunteers, Supporters and party Karyakartas from across the country.

12:39 PM

The country's heroic soldiers are showing their strength both on the border and across the border. The entire country today stands with the army: Prime Minister Narendra Modi mega interaction with Volunteers, Supporters and party Karyakartas from across the country.

12:30 PM

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat's meeting with delegates from panchayat members and ex-servicemen from Jammu and Kashmir scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled: ANI

 

12:24 PM

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has left for Saudi Arabia to garner support against support to terrorists by Pakistan. 

11:31 AM

Picture of downed Pakistani Air Force jet F 16 seen in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Commanding Officer of Pakistan’s 7 Northern Light Infantry and other PAF personnel were seen standing near the wreckage. 

 

 

11:19 AM

The three service chiefs to meet Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman soon, say sources. 

11:00 AM

Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard are on high alert along the coastline of Maharashtra and Gujarat amid the escalation of tension between India and Pakistan, sources told Zee media.

Navy and Coast Guard are both patrolling the seas with increased strength in vessels. Authorities are also checking fishing trawlers' documents.

Security agencies have been asked to be extra cautious and alert with the stealth submarines of Pakistan which may try to operate within Indian territory.

10:54 AM

"Concerned about deteriorating situation in Kashmir. Strongly condemn terrorist attack on February 14 for which Islamic extremist group 'Jaish-e-Mohammad' claimed responsibility; urge Pakistan to take stronger measures to counter terrorism," Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono. 

"In response to the mounting tension due to the operations since 26 February between the Indian Air Force and the Pakistan Air Force, Japan strongly urges India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and stabilize the situation through dialogue," he added.

10:44 AM

The Indian Air Force personnel, held captive by Pakistan, will be handed over once the ongoing hostility between the two neighbour nations end, diplomatic sources told Zee News

While Islamabad has not conveyed this to New Delhi by any form of formal or informal communication, sources said that the border nation is bound by the Charter of the United Nations Section to release the prisoner of war (POW). Read more.

09:51 AM

Indian High Commission in Pakistan gave a demarche to Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday for the immediate and safe return of IAF pilot, sources told ANI. Similar Demarche was given to Pakistan's acting High Commissioner in New Delhi.

09:28 AM

Amid simmering tensions between India and Pakistan, Union Cabinet to meet on Thursday at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg.

09:15 AM

NSA Ajit Doval and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a telephonic conversation on late Wednesday night.

Pompeo said that the US supported India’s decision to take action against JeM terror camp on Pakistani soil, reported ANI

09:04 AM

Security beefed up in Manjakote sector of Rajouri District:

08:54 AM

Indian Ambassador to the US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, has said that India will not keep quiet to any act of terrorism and giving "appropriate response" to all terrorism incidents is the new normal for the country. Read more

08:43 AM

Pakistan also warned that a complete blackout or shutdown could be carried out across the LoC, Working Boundary, Gilgit Baltistan, Islamabad's E Sector, Lahore Cantonment, Sialkot Cantonment, Karachi Cantonment, Pasni Coastline and Okara cantonment.

08:39 AM

An emergency has been imposed at administrative levels in Pakistani city Karachi. The emergency does not apply to the general public, but for the administrators to take precautions for the residents of Karachi.

08:14 AM

Pakistan violates ceasefire Thursday morning in Krishna Ghati sector along the Line of Control in Poonch district. The Indian Army retaliated immediately. The cross firing stopped around 7 am.

08:03 AM

The US State Department asks India and Pakistan to cease all cross-border military activity and work on returning to stability. It further urged both sides to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation, including direct communication. 

"Cross-border terrorism, such as recent attack on India’s CRPF, poses grave threat to security of the area. We reiterate our call for Pakistan to abide by its United Nations Security Council commitments to deny terrorists safe haven and block their access to funds," US State Department tells ANI. "Further military activity will exacerbate situation," it added. Read more

07:53 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a free hand to the three armed forces of the nation in a crucial security meeting on Wednesday. The PM held back-to-back meetings with the chiefs of the armed forces, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and other top officials throughout the day as tensions escalated with border nation Pakistan. Read more

07:45 AM

Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) issue statement supporting the government.

"ICPA being a patriotic and responsible union would like to extend complete support and co-operation in all operations as the situation demands. We will support the government and the PMO in this fight against terrorism.

"We, as Air Indians take pride and feel duty bound towards national interest and pledge our support to the Nation and as pilots we consider ourselves as the second line of defense after the armed forces to serve our country," the association said in a statement. 

07:23 AM

The Defence Ministry on Wednesday evening confirmed that all six occupants of an ill-fated Mi-17 V5 helicopter which crashed earlier in the day in J&K's Budgam have died. The helicopter crashed at around 1010 hours near Budgam. Read more. 

07:15 AM

Jammu and Kashmir: All schools within a range of five Kilometers of the international border and the Line of Control (LoC) will remain closed on Thursday as per orders of District Development Commissioner. High alert has also been sounded across the state. 

07:13 AM

In a big win for India, the United States, Britain and France proposed that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) blacklist the head of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), which was involved in attacking an Indian paramilitary convoy in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on February 14. Read more here.

07:05 AM

A quick recap of the events of February 26 and 27:

* On February 26, 12 Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighter jets crossed the LoC and destroyed a number of terror camps. Over 300 terrorists were killed in the action

* A rattled Pakistan attempts to retaliate on February 27. A number of Pakistani fighter jets took off simultaneously at 0950hrs and began gathering over northern Pakistan in an attempt to attack Indian targets in Jammu and Kashmir. Indian radar systems capture the simultaneous activity at different Pakistani air bases in Rawalpindi, Sargodha and Islamabad.

 

Indian Air Force's Air Defence Network was activated immediately and MiG-21 and Sukhoi-30 fighter jets were scrambled from Awantipora and Srinagar as the intrusion from Pakistan Air Force occurred in the Naushera sector. It is reported that three PAF jets entered Indian airspace and were confronted by IAF's MiG-21.

Both nations shot down each other's warplanes and breached airspace for the first time since 1971. India shot down a PAF F-16, while Pakistan destroyed an MiG aircraft. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar later confirmed "In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action."

India later slammed Pakistan for the vulgar display of the injured IAF personnel and demanded that he be handed back safely. India also summoned Pakistan's deputy high commissioner while PM Narendra Modi held a meeting with the three chiefs of the armed forces.

Across the border, Imran Khan addressed his nation and said that PAF action was only in retaliation to IAF raids from a day earlier. He renewed his offer for peace but maintained silence on terrorism - the core problem and menace.

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