Surgical strikes by India: US tells India and Pakistan to increase communication to deal with terrorist groups and avoid steps that escalate tensions

Newsroom24x7 Staff

We all know that terrorism, in many ways, knows no border. We continue to urge actions to combat and delegitimize terrorist groups like LeT and the Haqqani Network, Jaish-e-Mohammad. So this is something that we’re obviously keenly focused on.

Army base at Uri that was attacked by terrorists on September 18

Washington DC: On the post-Uri surgical strikes by the Indian Army leading to the demolition of launch pads for terrorists inside the Pak occupied Kashmir area in the early hours of Thursday (29 September), the message from the USA to both sides -India and Pakistan – is that they should increase communication to deal with this threat (terrorism) and to avoid steps that escalate the tensions.

This was stated by John Kirby, the US State Department Spokesperson in response to a query at the daily press briefing here.

Kirby said that instead of characterizing “each and every step along the way (to combating terrorism), the US wants to see increased cooperation against what is a very shared common threat for both countries, and to see steps being taken to deal with it by all sides.

On the terror attack at the Indian Army base camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, Kirby said: ‘Obviously an attack like that escalates tensions. But what I don’t want to do is try to get into some sort of broad characterization, one way or the other. But obviously an attack like this is horrific.”

John Kirby
John Kirby

Kirby said that the US is following the situation closely. Stating that the Indian and Pakistani militaries have been in communication, he emphahsised that the US believes that continued communication is obviously important to reduce tensions.

We’ve repeatedly expressed our concerns regarding the danger that terrorism poses to the region, Kirby said adding “we all know that terrorism, in many ways, knows no border. We continue to urge actions to combat and delegitimize terrorist groups like LeT and the Haqqani Network, Jaish-e-Mohammad. So this is something that we’re obviously keenly focused on.”

Kirby informed media-persons that the US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Indian External Affairs Minister Swaraj on 27 September and reiterated his strong condemnation of the September 18 Uri attack. He condemned terrorism in all its forms and also cautioned against any escalation in tensions.

Answering a pointed query on specific steps taken to strengthen cooperation on fighting terrorism between India and Pakistan, Kirby said: “We’re always trying to get better at combatting terrorism in the region. And there are many ways you can do that – through information-sharing regimens and increasing communication between all parties involved.”

Kirby observed: “I don’t talk about the specifics of military”, When a journalist pointed out that this was a counter-terrorism operation (the surgical strikes by the Indian Army) and asked, as there is strong coordination between India and the U.S. on counter-terrorism issues, was there any coordination on this strike by the Indian forces?

Surgical strike on terror camps in PoK: Any aggression will not go unanswered says Pakistan

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Kashmir (representative image)
Kashmir (representative image)

New Delhi/Islamabad: After last night’s surgical strike on launch pads in Pak Occupied Kashmir by Indian Army to neutralize terrorists, Pakistan today afternoon in a message to India said  that “any such aggression will not go unanswered or unpunished”.

Pakistan is ready to defend its people and territory from “any Indian aggression or Indian State sponsored terrorism” on Pakistani soil, Pakistan has said. This after an all-party meeting at North Block in New Delhi was briefed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Director General of Military Operation about the  successful military operation inside Pak Occupied Kashmir last night. In this first post-Uri response by the Indian Army, seven terror camps were destroyed and 38 terrorists along with two Pak soldiers were killed.

Pakistan has reacted to the surgical strike by India by stating it “strongly condemns unprovoked ceasefire violations at LoC by Indian forces.

Meanwhile Indian satellites have started monitoring Pak airspace. Indian Air Force, fighter jets have begun intensive combat patrol in the western sector and the  border villages have been evacuated. The entire western border stretching from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir has been put on high alert and additional troops have been rushed to this area. Vigil by BSF has also been stepped up.


India goes for surgical strike to neutralize terrorists at launch pads along the LoC

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Indian Army
Indian Army (representative image)

New Delhi: The Indian army conducted surgical strikes last night at launch pads along the Line of Control where some terrorist teams had positioned themselves to carry out infiltration and terrorist strikes in Jammu & Kashmir and in various metros in India.

The operations were basically focused to ensure that these terrorists do not succeed in their design of infiltration and carrying out destruction and endangering the lives of citizens of our country.

During these counter terrorist operations, based on very credible and specific information, significant casualties have been caused to the terrorists and those who are trying to support them. The operations aimed at neutralizing the terrorists have since ceased. We do not have any plans for continuation of further operations. However the Indian armed forces are fully prepared for any contingency that may arise.

Director General Military Operations, Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh
Director General Military Operations, Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh

Director General Military Operations, Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh gave this information at a joint briefing he held along with Vikas Swarup, the official spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs.

The DGMO told media-persons that it has been a matter of serious concern that there has been continuing and increasing infiltration by terrorists across the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir. This is reflected in the terrorist attacks at Poonch and Uri on 11 and 18th of September respectively.

According to the top Army official, almost 20 infiltration attempts have been foiled by the Indian army successfully during this year. During these terrorist attacks and infiltration attempts we have recovered items including Global Positioning Systems and stores which have had Pakistani markings.

Singh further said, captured terrorists hailing from Pakistan or Pakistan Occupied Kashmir have confessed to their training and arming in Pakistan or territory under the control of Pakistan.

The matter has been taken up at the highest diplomatic levels and the military levels at regular times. India has also offered consular access to the apprehended terrorists to Pakistan to verify their confessions.

Furthermore, Singh said, finger prints and DNA samples of terrorists who have been killed in Uri and Poonch encounters can also be made available to Pakistan for their investigations.

Despite persistent urging that Pakistan respect its commitment made in January 2004 not to allow its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India, there have been no letup in infiltrations or terrorist actions inside our territory, said Singh adding if the damage has been limited it has been primarily due the efforts of soldiers of Indian army who are deployed in a multi-tier counter infiltration grid and most of the infiltration bids have been foiled at those locations. The Indian armed forces have been extremely vigilant in the face of continuing threat.

The DGMO informed journalists that he has just spoken to the Pakistani Director General of Military Operations and explained India’s concerns and also shared with him the operations conducted last night.

It is India’s intention to maintain peace and tranquility in the region, but we can certainly not allow the terrorists to operate across the Line of Control with impunity and attack the citizens of our country, said Singh.

UAE sets eyes on the Future

Shaily Kalra

: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has announced the UAE Strategy for the Future.

The strategy, announced yesterday, has been put across as a comprehensive roadmap designed to take the nation to the next era of development.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

The long term strategy, created to provide direction to the nation’s transformational growth, was launched under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The new development strategy is the result of a comprehensive exercise that was aimed at identifying the needs and challenges of the future,. It  addresses each of the challenges through impactful long-term plans, and keeps in focus the maximum advantage of newer opportunities for all-round development.

Launching the strategy for the future, Sheikh Mohammad said that, “As a nation, we have always been forward-looking and planning for the future, which has been a key driver of our success.The UAE Strategy for the Future is our new approach to planning for the future by predicting, analysing and implementing highly effective action plans that accelerate development.”

Further,   Sheikh Mohammad said: “The strategy serves as the referral point for governmental departments to adopt proactive future planning to usher in an even more prosperous tomorrow for our current and future generations. To achieve its goals, we must work together and share responsibilities. With our future planning model, we will serve as a model for the world.”

Referring to the citizens he said “The citizens of the UAE are our most important resource in building our future. To nurture their skills, we will strengthen education and training initiatives.”

Sheikh Mohammad laid emphasis on the fact that the world is rapidly evolving and to keep pace with it government departments must abandon typical thought-processes that are now obsolete or irrelevant. “We need a new mindset that is focused on the future,” he observed.

Sheikh Mohammed said he will personally monitor the government departments to evaluate their commitment to the new strategy, adding: “We will shape the future of the UAE through this forward-looking strategy.”

Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, asserted that the new strategy reflects the vision of Sheikh Mohammed to form a unique model for the Government of the Future in the UAE, with clear and strategic short-, medium-, and long-term goals.

“The short-term is the future we’re living today as part of the UAE Vision 2021 and the course of the next five years,” he continued.

“The medium term strategy will focus on planning for the period between 2021 and 2026; by then, led by the success of the short-term future planning, the government would be even more responsive and adaptable to future changes.

“The long-term strategy goes beyond 2026, and we will commence work now to both foresee and build the future of the nation.”

“The UAE Strategy for the Future will serve the government in addressing any shifts in global trends efficiently, and in identifying the challenges and opportunities.

“This will be followed-up with scientific planning to evaluate the future scenarios, and implementing appropriate policies and action plans,” he added.

Along with the ruler, the others present on the occasion were Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, Sheikh Maktoum Bin  Bin Rashid Al Maktaum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of interior, Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs and the Future.