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India Pakistan border news highlights: Expect decent news from Delhi, Islamabad, says US President Donald Trump

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Updated:Feb 28, 2019 4:02:52 pm

India Pakistan border news highlights: India today confirmed that an Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot was missing after a MiG 21 Bison shot down a Pakistan fighter jet today morning.

IAF destroys Pakistan terror camps LIVEIndia Pakistan border news highlights: IAF carried out air strikes in Balakot on Tuesday

India Pakistan Air Strikes highlights: A day after daredevil air strikes conducted in Balakot by Bravehearts of Indian Air Force (IAF), India and Pakistan were seen vying for aerial supremacy across Line of Control (LoC). The escalation of tensions between the two neighbours reached the boiling point when India issued a statement saying one of IAF pilots went missing and Pakistan was claiming that he was in “their custody”. However, India asserted that it was ascertaining the facts regarding the development. The Narendra Modi government categorically stated that Indian Air Force foiled Pakistan Air Force’s attempt to target military installations on the Indian side. The government also said that a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force shot down one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft. However, India lost one MiG 21 in this ‘engagement’.

Earlier on Wednesday, as many as nine airports in the northern part of India were closed for few hours only to resume operation later. This led to cancellation and delay in several flights. Meanwhile, Pakistan airstrip was closed resulting in a disruption in the international flight operations, according to report. Later in the evening, a red alert was issued for Delhi metro. The station authorities were directed to step up vigil and sent a report in every two hours.

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14:13 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Pakistan's claims are false

Pakistan's claims that its air force did not target the Indian military installations during Wednesday's air intrusion was false, Defence Ministry officials said Thursday. They said that the Pakistani jets clearly targeted multiple military installations in Naushera and Rajaouri sector, but their attempts were foiled by the combat patrol team of the Indian Air Force.

14:12 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Alertness of armed forces remained at highest level

According to a PTI report, the alertness of the armed forces remained at the highest level. They said that the leaves of security forces have not been cancelled, though leaves of personnel holding important positions are being curtailed. The sources also said that there has been no mobilisation of ground forces yet and that some forces are ready to move at short notice, as per PTI report.

13:55 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Ajit Doval discusses US National Security Adviser

US National Security Adviser John Bolton has talked to his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval for a second time amidst tense ties between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack and New Delhi's air strike against JeM terror training camp in Balaklot. Doval and Bolton are understood to have discussed the current situation in the region during the telephonic conversation on Wednesday, official sources here said.

13:31 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Indian Air Force Pilot was ill treated by the Pakistan Army, says Defence officials

Defence Ministry Officials said that they believed that the Pakistan air intrusion was an attack on military installations. 'We believe that the Indian Air Force Pilot was ill treated by the Pakistan Army in violation of the Geneva convention,' Defence Ministry officials were quoted as saying by ANI

13:30 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Pak army is backing Jaish, say Defence Ministry Officials

Defence Ministry Officials have said that they believed that the Pakistan Army was actively supporting the Jaish-e-Mohammed and was harbouring the leaders including Masood Azhar in its facilities.

13:27 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: IAF, Army to hold joint press meet

Indian Air Force and Indian Army will hold a joint press briefing at 5 pm today, as per report

13:26 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Expect decent, attractive news from Pakistan, India, says Donald Trump

"I think reasonably attractive news from Pakistan and India, they have been going at it and we have been involved and have them stop, we have some reasonably decent news, hopefully its going to be coming to an end,  going on for a long time,  decades and decades," US President Donald Trump said.

13:23 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC

Pakistan violated ceasefire along Line of Control (LoC) in Krishna Ghati Sector in Jammu and Kashmir at 1 pm. Pakistan again initiated unprovoked Cease Fire violation by Shelling with Mortars & Firing of Small Arms along LoC in Krishna Ghati Sector (J&K). Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively, as per reports.

13:17 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Abhinandan would be back, says the man who brought back IAF pilot K Nachiketa

Former envoy to Pakistan G Parthasarathy will always be regarded as the person who played a pivotal role in bringing back IAF pilot K Nachiketa during the 1999 Kargil war. Parthasarathy has expressed confident that missing IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman too would return safely. "I am confident that Abhinandan would be back safely. I have no doubts about it. Pakistan has to abide by the Geneva Convention (of 1929), they just can't violate it," he was quoted as saying PTI.

13:10 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Read Missing IAF pilot's father's heartfelt statement

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's father Air Marshal (retd) S Varthaman has issued a heartfelt statement. "Thank you my friends for your concern and wishes. I thank God for his blessings, Abhi is alive, not injured, sound in mind, just look at the way he talked so bravely...a true soldier...we are so proud of him," his father said. "I am sure all your hands and blessings are on his head...prayers for his safe return. I pray that he does not get tortured and comes home safe and sound in body and mind," the veteran IAF personnel said.

13:06 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Turkey expresses concern

'We are concerned, we call for common sense and calm. Steps that will escalate tension should be avoided,' Turkey's Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu said in Ankara. 'This is also important for the people of Kashmir,' he said.

12:59 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Indians stand behind jawans, says PM Modi

Our brave-hearts are fighting on border and whole country is standing with them. The whole world is witnessing our collective will. The enemy tries to destabilize us, carries out terror attacks, they want to stop our growth. We all countrymen are standing like a rock to counter their evil designs, says PM Modi.

12:46 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Enemy tries to destabilize us, says PM Modi

"The enemy tries to destabilize us, carries out terror attacks, they want to stop our growth. We all countrymen are standing like a rock to counter their evil designs," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

12:30 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Army Chief- ex-servicemen meeting cancelled

Meanwhile, a scheduled meeting of Army Chief General Bipin Rawat with delegates from panchayat members and ex-servicemen from Jammu and Kashmir has been cancelled, according to reports.

12:23 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: NCP MLA demands this for missing IAF Wing Commander

NCP legislator Jitendra Awhad urged Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to move a motion in Maharashtra Assembly House that the state along with rest of the country stood firmly behind the armed forces and missing Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

12:13 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: China issues fresh statement

China has issued a fresh statement saying that both India and Pakistan should obey international rules amid growing tension between both the countries across Line of Control (LoC)

12:05 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Thousands stranded in Thailand after Pakistan closes airspace

Thousands of travellers were stranded in Bangkok when Thai Airways cancelled all flights over Pakistan after Islamabad closed its airspace in response to soaring tensions with India. Nearly thirty flights -- the majority to and from European routes -- were initially affected, the airline said, with three aircraft forced to return to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport and others cancelled or set to be re-routed. The travel disruption spun out across the region, with Singapore Airlines' usually direct flights to Europe forced to re-fuel on Wednesday, while a flight to Frankfurt was cancelled, as per report

11:57 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: US think-tanks warn Pakistan

Several prominent US think-tanks have warned that Pakistan should dismantle terrorist groups in the country to de-escalate tensions or else it can spark an "unforeseen war". Meanwhile, top US lawmakers have said that the escalating tension between Pakistan and India is "deeply alarming" and asked the two nuclear-armed countries to settle their differences through negotiations and not war.

11:55 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Australia pitches for direct dialogue between New Delhi, Islamabad

Australia has asked both the governments in India and Pakistan to "exercise restraint". It has asserted that "direct dialogue" between both countries can resolve these matters in a peaceful way. It has advised the New Delhi and Islamabad to avoid further military action, saying the cycle of escalation is "very dangerous" for all. Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne, who was in London on Wednesday, said that she was very concerned about the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. "I was hearing very serious reports about an escalation of the conflict between Pakistan and India. I am very concerned about those."If those reports are correct, we would certainly urge both sides to exercise restraint and to avoid further military action... this is a dangerous cycle of escalation," she said. "I will seek further information as soon as I am in a position to do so," the minister said. Asked if the upcoming general election in India was behind the recent escalation, Payne said: "No, I believe the terrorist attacks in Kashmir recently generated some significant angst for obvious reasons. What does concern me though, is the cycle of escalation which is very dangerous for all concerned".

11:36 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Brave pilot would return home soon, says VK Singh

"Wing Commander Abhinandan is an embodiment of a mentally tough, selfless and courageous soldier. During these testing times the country stands, as one, behind him and his family. Our efforts are on and under the Geneva Convention we hope that the brave pilot would return home soon,"  General VK Singh, MoS, MEA said.

11:33 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Read Full text of Statement by Japan Foreign Minister

Japan is concerned about the deteriorating situation in Kashmir. Japan strongly condemns the terrorist attack on 14 February 2019 for which the Islamic extremist group “Jaish-e-Mohammad” claimed responsibility. Japan urges Pakistan to take stronger measures to counter terrorism. In response to the mounting tension due to the operations since 26 February between the Indian Air Force and the Pakistan Air Force, Japan strongly urges India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and stabilize the situation through dialogue.

11:26 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: 2018 saw highest number of ceasefire violation by Pak

The year 2018 had witnessed the highest number of ceasefire violation, numbering 2,936 by Pakistani troops, in the last 15 years along the Indo-Pak border. Pakistan continues to violate the 2003 ceasefire agreement with India despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the pact during flag meetings between the two sides, according to PTI report

11:20 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Pakistan F16 image
11:18 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Indian Air Force, Army, Navy chiefs to meet Defence Ministe

The three service chiefs-Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Chief of the Army Staff Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Naval Staff Sunil Lanba- will be meeting Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman shortly amid growing tension between India and Pakistan, according to ANI report.

11:13 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Beware of hoax photos

According to ANI report, the image of Pakistani F16 have been circulating on social media claim this is an Indian MiG fighter. However multiple IAF sources confirm this is the wreckage of Pakistani F16 downed yesterday, said ANI.

11:07 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Wreckage of Pakistani F16
11:04 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: UN Secretary-General expresses deep concern

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed 'deep concern' over the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan. He has has asked both sides to urgently take steps for a "meaningful mutual engagement". The UN chief is "obviously, following the situation as we see it even today with deep concern, and his… the United Nations' message, both publicly and privately, to both sides is to urgently take steps to lower tensions through meaningful, mutual engagement and meet their responsibilities to maintain peace and security in the region," his spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters Wednesday.

10:50 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor calls for mature handling

"There is a big difference between the realm of counter-terrorism (which the nation has unitedly applauded) and that of inter-state armed conflict (which India should not stumble into without a national consensus). This crisis calls for mature handling, not theatrical politics," Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said.

10:43 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Imran Khan govt stops Samjhauta Express train service

Authorities in Pakistan have suspended the Samjhauta Express train service between Pakistan and India until further notice,  according to PTI report. The train departs on Monday and Thursday from Lahore. The biweekly train was scheduled to depart from Lahore with 16 passengers. It embarked on its journey from Karachi but the passengers are stuck at Lahore railway station, the report said. The Samjhauta Express, named after the Hindi word for 'agreement', comprises six sleeper coaches and an AC 3-tier coach. The train service was started on July 22, 1976 under the Shimla Agreement that settled the 1971 war between the two nations.

10:36 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Japan urges India, Pakistan to exercise restraint

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said that in response to the mounting tension due to the operations since 26 February between the Indian Air Force and the Pakistan Air Force, Japan strongly urges India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and stabilize the situation through dialogue.

10:32 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Air Canada stops flights to India

Canada's flag carrier Air Canada has provisionally suspended its flights to India due to the closure of Pakistani airspace, amid escalating tensions between the two countries. Pakistan yesterday closed its airspace for commercial flights and suspended flight operations across major airports. India also closed nine airports in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab for civilian air traffic and the entire airspace north of New Delhi was vacated.

10:26 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: 6 nationals of Pakistan under vigil in Uttar Pradesh

Meanwhile, reports are coming from Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar, six nationals of Pakistan have been under vigilance of the local intelligence unit in the district. They came here on valid visa, according to PTI report. Six Pakistani nationals had arrived in Muzaffarnagar on February 12. They are to return to their country before March 27, the in-charge of local intelligence unit was quoted as saying by PTI.

10:09 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: India will not keep quiet to any act of terrorism

India's Ambassador to the US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, has said that India will not keep quiet to any act of terrorism and giving "appropriate response" to all terrorism incidents is the new normal for the country. In a first-of-its-kind interaction with Indian students from the various universities from the Greater Washington area, Shringla said that Pakistan needs to meet its international obligations to crackdown on terrorist networks and safe havens within its territory.

10:01 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Brief history of attempts by India in UN

In 2009, India moved a proposal to designate Azhar, whose UN-proscribed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for the suicide attack against Indian security forces in Pulwama on February 14 in which over 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed. In 2016 again, India moved the proposal with the P3 - the United States, the United Kingdom and France in the UN's 1267 Sanctions Committee to ban Azhar, also the mastermind of the attack on the airbase in Pathankot in January 2016. In 2017, the P3 nations moved a similar proposal again. However, on all occasions, China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, blocked India's proposal from being adopted by the Sanctions Committee.

09:57 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Significance of global terrorist tag

As India is getting support from the US, UK and France to list Pakistan-based terror group JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, we take a look at what would happen if UN passes the resolution. There have been several proposals bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist. The global terrorist listing will subject JeM chief Masood Azhar to the global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo.

09:53 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: US, UK, France back India over JeM chief Masood Azhar

In a big boost to India's efforts to bring Masood Azhar to justice, the US, the UK and France have moved a fresh proposal in the UN Security Council to designate the JeM chief as a global terrorist. The fresh proposal was moved Wednesday by the three permanent veto-wielding members of the 15-nation Security Council. The Security Council Sanctions Committee will have 10 working days to consider the fresh proposal submitted by the three members.

09:45 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Big Union Cabinet meeting

A Union Cabinet meeting will be held later today at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official residence of 7, Lok Kalyan Marg. Indian High Commission in Pakistan last evening gave a demarche to Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs for immediate and safe return of Wing Commander Abhinandan. Similar Demarche was given to Pakistan's acting High Commissioner in New Delhi yesterday.

09:36 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Brief details about Geneva Convention

The Geneva Convention started after several rounds of deliberations took place at the global level where the International Law makers as well as the diplomats met to frame international laws meant to ensure humane treatment of wounded or captured military personnel during war-time. Read details here

09:33 (IST)28 Feb 2019
India Pakistan News Live: Who is IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman

According to Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore's tweet, the missing Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot is Abhinandan Varthaman. Abhinandan is a Wing Commander. "Abhinandan Varthaman served the nation by defending it with total disregard to his personal safety. As a nation we pray for his continuous well being and early return," Rathore. According to a PTI report, the Narendra Modi government yesterday summoned the acting High Commissioner of Pakistan Syed Haider Shah in New Delhi and sought "immediate and safe return" of the IAF pilot.

09:19 (IST)28 Feb 2019
US supports action taken by India against JeM terror camp: State Secy tells Ajit Doval

Quoting sources, ANI reported that NSA Ajit Doval and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a telephonic conversation late last night. Pompeo said that the US supported India’s decision to take action against JeM terror camp on Pakistani soil.

Meanwhile, India summoned Pakistan deputy high commissioner Syed Haider Shah and raised the issue of missing Wing Commander. India sought immediate return of the IAF pilot and expressed strong objection to Islamabad over the "vulgar display" of injured personnel in violation of all norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention.
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