India to respond to Pak terror

India to respond to Pak terror
Indian Air Force ‘Garuda’ commandos participate in a drill at the Air Force field firing range of Pokhran on Saturday. (PTI)
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/16/2019 12:09:55 PM IST

In the aftermath of the terror attack by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 49 CRPF personnel, the government’s strategy for retaliation seems clear – launch an international campaign for exposing and isolating Pakistan for its complicity in terror activities, while taking all domestic and global players into confidence as it prepares for a befitting reply on a military level.

All actions following the dastardly attack indicate that the government’s strategy would be a consensus-based retaliation for which the government has already started talks at different levels as it weighs all options for retaliation.

From the US, China, Russia, Canada, Australia and the European Union to Afghanistan, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, countries across the world have come in support of India and expressed solidarity with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Just a day after the Pulwama attack, India on Friday started the process of isolating Pakistan on the international stage with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale meeting at least two dozen envoys in the national Capital.

It also withdrew the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status given to Pakistan. According to experts, India’s decision to withdraw the MFN status to Pakistan would adversely impact the neighbouring country’s economy.

According to NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar, India’s decision to withdraw the MFN status to Pakistan would adversely impact the neighbouring country’s economy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already declared that terror groups who perpetrated the Pulwama attack cannot hide and “will be punished” as the security forces have been given a “free hand” to tackle the inevitable.

US National Security Advisor Ambassador John Bolton has already extended support to his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval for India’s bid to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. 

Ever prepared to deliver ‘appropriate response’: IAF: As India’s military establishment mulls options to avenge the Pulwama attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa Saturday said the IAF was ever prepared to deliver “appropriate response” as assigned by India’s political leadership.

Speaking at the inauguration of the Vayu Shakti exercise, a massive day and night drill here, he did not mention Pakistan or the Pulwama attack but it was clear that he was referring to cross border terror supported by Islamabad.

“The IAF is ever prepared to deliver appropriate response as assigned by our political leadership and will always remain at the forefront in executing its missions,” he said in presence of Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat and defence attachés of several countries.

“I wish to assure the nation of the IAF’s capability and commitment in meeting national security challenges and defending sovereignty of our country,” he said.

Around 140 fighter jets and attack helicopters as well as a large range of missiles were used by the IAF in the fire power demonstration close to the border with Pakistan that came two days after the Pulwama attack.

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