PM Modi gives free hand to Navy, Air and Army

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired a security meeting in the wake of escalating tensions between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama attack. The PM Modi-led committee announced that India will not buckle under pressure and the Navy, Air and Army have been given a free hand to take any future action required.

Prime Minister Modi held meetings with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Intelligence officials and chiefs of the three Services.

Pakistan earlier in the day said that its air force shot down two Indian aircraft that entered its territory. One of the fighters crashed in Pakistan-controlled territory and its pilot was taken into custody.

“There is only one pilot under Pakistan Army’s custody. Wing Comd Abhinandan is being treated as per norms of military ethics,” Pakistan military spokesperson Asif Ghafoor tweets.

DMK president MK Stalin urged the Modi government to take all necessary steps to rescue the said captured Wing Commander Abhinandan. “My thoughts are with the family and friends of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.”

The Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar confirmed that an Indian Air Force pilot was ‘missing in action’ and that a MiG-21 jet was ‘lost’ during a confrontation between the Indian Air Force and Pakistan Air Force.

India on Wednesday handed over to Pakistan a dossier detailing involvement of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in the Pulwama terror attack that left 40 CRPF personnel dead.

Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it “undertook strikes across Line of Control from within Pakistani airspace”, saying its “sole purpose” was to “demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defence”.

“We have no intention of escalation, but are fully prepared to do so if forced into that paradigm. That is why we undertook the action with clear warning and in broad daylight,” the foreign ministry said.


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