Home Minister's meeting with IB and R&AW chiefs, as well as other MHA officials, ends. The Home Minister was briefed about the ceasefire violations in the Jammu region, and will subsequently brief the Cabinet Committee on Security.
The tri-services - Army, Navy and Air Force - will address a joint news briefing at 5 pm
A day after its F-16 jet was shot down for trying to violate India's airspace, Pakistan made another attempt at intrusion on Thursday morning.
The three service chiefs to meet Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman shortly: Source
The Home Minister will hold a high-level meeting with the IB chief, R&AW chief and senior MHA officials at 11 AM, as per sources
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono issues a strong statement naming Jaish-e-Mohammed and imploring Pakistan to take strong action against terrorism:
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will hold a key Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) meeting with other top officials on Thursday morning, while a cabinet meeting will also be held at the Prime Minister's residence in the evening, following a day when the IAF foiled a Pakistani attempt at incursion into Indian airspace.
Even as Pakistan has imposed a state of emergency in its biggest city Karachi and a high alert in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as per inputs, Indian forces have been given a free hand to retaliate against the Pak Air Force's act of war on Wednesday morning wherein India shot down one of Pakistan's F-16 while driving them away - an operation in which one of India's MIG-21 Bisons was lost and the brave IAF pilot was taken into custody by Pakistan.
On Wednesday evening, India had issued Pakistan an ultimatum in the form of a demarche, with the acting Pak High Commissioner to India being handed a dossier complete with full evidence of Pak's hand in the dastardly Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF Jawans were martyred, and a demand that India's pilot be immediately and safely handed over:
Pakistan demarched on the act of aggression against India
The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan was summoned this afternoon by MEA to lodge a strong protest at the unprovoked act of aggression by Pakistan against India earlier today, including by violation of the Indian air space by Pakistan Air Force and targeting of Indian military posts.
This is in contrast to the India’s non-military anti-terror pre-emptive strike at a JeM terrorist camp in Balakot on 26 February 2019. It is unfortunate that instead of fulfilling its international obligation and bilateral commitment to take credible action against terrorist entities and individuals operating from its soil, Pakistan has acted with aggression against India.
It was clearly conveyed that India reserves the right to take firm and decisive action to protect its national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity against any act of aggression or cross-border terrorism.
India also strongly objected to Pakistan’s vulgar display of an injured personnel of the Indian Air Force in violation of all norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention. It was made clear that Pakistan would be well advised to ensure that no harm comes to the Indian defence personnel in its custody. India also expects his immediate and safe return.
Regret was expressed at continuing denial by Pakistan’s political and military leadership at the presence of terrorist infrastructure in territories under its control. A dossier was handed over to Pakistan side with specific details of JeM complicity in Pulwama terror attack and the presence of JeM terror camps and its leadership in Pakistan. It was conveyed that India expects Pakistan to take immediate and verifiable action against terrorism emanating from territories under its control.
Meanwhile, India has continued to receive support from countries across the world, with NSA Doval speaking to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who said that the US supported India's decision to take action against JeM terror camps on Pakistani soil, and Japan also issuing a statement where it has urger Pakistan to take stronger measures to counter terrorism.
Also on Wednesday evening, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had also implored India's Opposition to introspect after a statement they issued accusing the BJP of politicising the crackdown on Pakistani terror - namely the IAF's precision strike on Pakistani terror bases at three locations across the LoC - was quoted by Pak's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to bolster Pakistan propaganda.