Amidst the tension between India and Pakistan, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, the Chief of Air Staff, in an unprecedented move has written to each and every officer of the India Air Force and has asked them to be ready for operations, at a very short notice, reported The Indian Express. The letter which was signed on March 30, covers a range of issues from “favouritism” in the force to “sexual harassment”. As per the report, this letter was written three months after ACM Dhanoa took over as IAF Chief and was posted to 12,000 officers of the force.
“In the present scenario, there is an ever persistent sub-conventional threat. Therefore, we need to be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice. Training needs to be focused towards this,” says the letter as per the report. This is the first time when an IAF chief has written a personal letter to each and every officer. However, Field Marshal (then General) K M Cariappa on May 1, 1950 and General K Sundarji on February 1, 1986 had penned similar missives.
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The latest point of tension between India and Pakistan is the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. After the International Court of Justice stayed the death sentence awarded to Jadhav, an Indian national, Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has claimed that the incumbent leaders of Pakistan are running the country like the Britishers ran the East India Company. “Our country is being run like a company: In SSindhwe have Zardari’s companies; In Balochistan, its Fazlur Rehman and Achakzai companies, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and have Asfandyar’s companies,” The Dawn quoted Khan as saying.
On the other hand, India’s defence experts believe ICJ’s final decision will also go in India’s favour. “Pakistan is shelf shocked with the decision of the international court of justice. They cannot hang Jadhav nor can they do anything without the full trial going through in the Pakistan row,” Ranjit Rai told ANI.