New Delhi, September 29: On his return to India after a week-long visit to the US, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled the cross-border surgical strikes of 2016 and hailed the special forces who carried out the highly risky operation on this day three years back targeting terror camps in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK).
Recalling the operation assumes significance as the comments come amidst war hysteria created by Pakistan with its attempts to push in militants to carry out attacks in the Indian territory.The Indian forces had carried out the surgical strikes on camps inside PaK in September 2016 in retaliation to a attack on an Army camp in Uri on September 18 in which 18 soldiers lost their lives.
“Today is September 28. Three years ago, on this day, I could not sleep the whole night as I was waiting for a call. It was on this day that the Indian soldiers carried out the surgical strikes. They showed exemplary bravery while risking their lives,” Modi said. He made the comments in a brief speech which he delivered to a large group of supporters who had gathered at the Palam technical airport to receive him on his return from the US where he attended the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly besides taking part in a host of other events.
Talking about his trip, the Prime Minister said the stature of India has grown manifold because “130 crore Indians have elected a stable and strong government”.
Modi said during his US trip, he noticed how the world view had changed vis-a-vis India from 2014 to 2019.
“The prestige of the country has increased on foreign soil,” he said.
Mentioning the “Howdy, Modi!” event in Houston on September 22, he pointed out that the stage was shared by US President Donald Trump and representatives from both the major parties of that country. The event showed India’s power, Modi said.
The Prime Minister said he felt the magnitude of the programme when he later went to the UN where every conversation started with ‘Howdy, Modi!’ He also thanked the 130 crore Indians as well as the Indian diaspora in the US. (IANS)
Three militants killed in Pulwama gunfight
Pulwama:Three militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. According to the Kashmir Zone Police, arms and ammunition have been recovered from the site.
Identities and affiliations of the militants are being ascertained and search in the area is underway. The encounter began in the outskirts of Pulwama today evening. The security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in Pulwama following inputs about the presence of militants
Court directs registration of FIR against members of SIT that probed 2018 Kathua gangrape-murder case
Jammu, Oct 22: A court in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday directed the police to register an FIR against six members of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) that probed the 2018 rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in a Kathua village for allegedly torturing and coercing witnesses to give false statements.
Judicial Magistrate Prem Sagar gave the direction to senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Jammu on an application by Sachin Sharma, Neeraj Sharma and Sahil Sharma, who were witnesses in the case, saying cognizable offences are made out against the six.
The court directed registration of FIR against the then SSP R K Jalla (now retired), ASP Peerzada Naveed, Deputy Superintendents of Police Shetmbari Sharma and Nissar Hussain, Sub-Inspector Urfan Wani and Kewal Kishore of crime branch of police and asked the SSP Jammu to report compliance by next date of hearing on November 11.
“From the gist of the complaint cognizable offences are made out against the non-applicants herein. Therefore, application of the applicant under section 153 (3) CrPc is allowed with the direction to SSP Jammu to register FIR against the non-applicants under relevant provisions of law and report compliance by next date of hearing on November 11,” it said.
In June this year, District and Sessions Judge Tejwinder Singh sentenced to life imprisonment the three main accused, while awarding five years in jail to three others for destruction of evidence in the case that had sparked nationwide outrage.
The trial was shifted to Pathankot on orders of the Supreme Court after some cabinet ministers of the then PDP-BJP government in the state came out in open support of the accused while lawyers in Kathua attempted to prevent submission of the charge sheet in court.
Advocate Ankur Sharma pleaded the case for the applicants.
Forces capable of giving befitting reply to those who cast evil eye on us: Rajnath
New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said India has never been the aggressor but its armed forces are capable of giving a befitting reply to those who cast an evil eye on it.
The Navy has maintained vigilance to ensure that 26/11 is not repeated, Singh added while addressing the media at the Naval Commanders Conference. India, he said, has never been “offensive”.
“It’s character is such that it has not attacked any country nor conquered even an inch of land belonging to another nation. But the armed forces have the capability and strength to give a befitting reply to anyone who casts an evil eye on us,” the minister said.
He was responding to a query on Pakistan’s Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed reported statement that his country would retaliate against India with a nuclear attack for targeting Pakistani military posts in Jammu and Kashmir’s Tangadhar sector.
According to Indian Army officials, there was unprovoked firing by Pakistan in the sector on the intervening night of Saturday-Sunday. On Sunday, the Indian Army retaliated by launching heavy artillery attacks, targeting at least four terror camps and several Pakistani military positions opposite the Tangadhar sector along the Line of Control, officials said. Discussing the Indian
Navy, the defence minister said he was confident that India’s seas are safe in the hands of the force.
“Our Indian Navy’s resolve is that 26/11 will not be repeated under any circumstances and it has ensured tight vigil,” he said, referring to the November 2008 terror siege of Mumbai. The Indian
Navy is marching towards indigenisation and its ships have a high percentage of indigenous equipment, Singh added. The minister also said all three services have placed emphasis on the need to reduce defence imports.
“All the three forces are also working to pick up niche technologies to meet the challenges,” he said. The three-day second edition of Naval Commanders’ Conference began here on Tuesday. The conference is the apex level biannual event for interaction between Naval commanders for the deliberation and formulation of important policy decisions.