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IAF Air Strike LIVE: Centre, Opposition stand united against terror, says Sushma Swaraj after all-party meet – Moneycontrol.com

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Feb 26, 10:18 PM (IST)



Feb 26, 09:57 PM (IST)


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JUST IN | 4 jawans injured in Akhnoor ceasefire violation by Pakistan, CNN News18 has reported.

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JUST IN | 4 jawans injured in Akhnoor ceasefire violation by Pakistan, CNN News18 has reported.



Feb 26, 09:49 PM (IST)


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Due to prevailing situation on Line of Control (LoC), all government and private schools located within 0-5 km range from LoC in Rajouri district shall remain closed on February 27. Exams of 5th, 6th and 7th classes scheduled for tomorrow also stand cancelled. Fresh date will be notified.

– CNN News 18

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Due to prevailing situation on Line of Control (LoC), all government and private schools located within 0-5 km range from LoC in Rajouri district shall remain closed on February 27. Exams of 5th, 6th and 7th classes scheduled for tomorrow also stand cancelled. Fresh date will be notified.

– CNN News 18



Feb 26, 09:47 PM (IST)


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JUST IN | Schools in Rajouri along the LoC have been closed. Exams for classes 5, 6, and 7 have been cancelled until further notice.

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JUST IN | Schools in Rajouri along the LoC have been closed. Exams for classes 5, 6, and 7 have been cancelled until further notice.



Feb 26, 09:43 PM (IST)



Feb 26, 09:41 PM (IST)


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Sources have told CNN News 18: It seems the IAF was trying to strike the Jaish target for the last 2 – 3 days… The idea was to do it before National War Memorial inauguration…But, since the weather was bad they didn't get a window. They got a window last night. 

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Sources have told CNN News 18: It seems the IAF was trying to strike the Jaish target for the last 2 – 3 days… The idea was to do it before National War Memorial inauguration…But, since the weather was bad they didn't get a window. They got a window last night. 



Feb 26, 09:17 PM (IST)


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France's Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs statement: France recognises India’s legitimacy to ensure its security against cross-border terrorism. France, which stands by India in the fight against terrorism in all its forms, is fully engaged in mobilising the international community to sanction the terrorists responsible for this attack and freezing their financing networks. France solemnly calls on India and Pakistan to exercise restraint so as to avert any risk of military escalation and preserve strategic stability in the region. The resumption of bilateral dialogue between Islamabad and New Delhi is necessary to initiate a peaceful settlement of differences. 

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France's Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs statement: France recognises India’s legitimacy to ensure its security against cross-border terrorism. France, which stands by India in the fight against terrorism in all its forms, is fully engaged in mobilising the international community to sanction the terrorists responsible for this attack and freezing their financing networks. France solemnly calls on India and Pakistan to exercise restraint so as to avert any risk of military escalation and preserve strategic stability in the region. The resumption of bilateral dialogue between Islamabad and New Delhi is necessary to initiate a peaceful settlement of differences. 



Feb 26, 08:51 PM (IST)



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Feb 26, 08:02 PM (IST)


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Will support security forces in endeavour to end terrorism: Congress after all-party meeting

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj briefed the leaders, who included CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury, TMC's Derek O'Brian, Omar Abdullah of National Conference and Bhartruhari Mahtab from BJD, on the air strike carried out in the early hours.

Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley, both members of the Cabinet Committee on Security like Swaraj, were also present in the meeting.

Azad told reporters after the meeting that political parties lauded the IAF strikes to destroy terror camps in a "clean" operation as there were no civilian casualties.

"We will support our security forces in their endeavour to finish terrorism coming into Indian from outside. The good part was that it was a very clean operation," he said.

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Will support security forces in endeavour to end terrorism: Congress after all-party meeting

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj briefed the leaders, who included CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury, TMC's Derek O'Brian, Omar Abdullah of National Conference and Bhartruhari Mahtab from BJD, on the air strike carried out in the early hours.

Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley, both members of the Cabinet Committee on Security like Swaraj, were also present in the meeting.

Azad told reporters after the meeting that political parties lauded the IAF strikes to destroy terror camps in a "clean" operation as there were no civilian casualties.

"We will support our security forces in their endeavour to finish terrorism coming into Indian from outside. The good part was that it was a very clean operation," he said.

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Feb 26, 07:44 PM (IST)



Feb 26, 07:44 PM (IST)


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JUST IN | China's Ambassador to Pakistan and Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met in Islamabad. They are said to have discussed the law and order situation in the region, CNN News18 has reported. 

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JUST IN | China's Ambassador to Pakistan and Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met in Islamabad. They are said to have discussed the law and order situation in the region, CNN News18 has reported. 



Feb 26, 07:32 PM (IST)



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Feb 26, 07:10 PM (IST)


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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also told leaders that she has spoken to some foreign ministers, including those from Bangladesh and Afghanistan. She is said to have spoken with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Swaraj is scheduled to brief the Chinese Foreign Minister and Russian Foreign Minister tomorrow, CNN News 18 has reported.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also told leaders that she has spoken to some foreign ministers, including those from Bangladesh and Afghanistan. She is said to have spoken with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Swaraj is scheduled to brief the Chinese Foreign Minister and Russian Foreign Minister tomorrow, CNN News 18 has reported.



Feb 26, 06:59 PM (IST)


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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told media persons, "Leaders of all political parties were present at the meeting. I am happy to inform that all the parties were united on the issue. They congratulated the Indian Air Force for the strike and said that they stand by the move."

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told media persons, "Leaders of all political parties were present at the meeting. I am happy to inform that all the parties were united on the issue. They congratulated the Indian Air Force for the strike and said that they stand by the move."



Feb 26, 06:50 PM (IST)



Feb 26, 06:48 PM (IST)


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Punjab on high alert, CM Capt Amarinder Singh to tour border areas tomorrow

Punjab is on high alert in the wake of the non-military pre-emptive air strikes that were conducted by the Indian Air Force today. The move is said to be a retaliatory measure by India in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has issued a slew of measures to enhance preparedness, particularly in areas along the LoC, to deal with any contingency in view of the latest developments. He will even be touring the bordering areas tomorrow.  

Singh told ANI, “State is on alert, I will be touring bordering areas tomorrow. We are ready for any eventuality. I told the Union Home Minister [Rajnath Singh] that if there is anything that Punjab can do we are there to for the defence of our country.”

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Punjab on high alert, CM Capt Amarinder Singh to tour border areas tomorrow

Punjab is on high alert in the wake of the non-military pre-emptive air strikes that were conducted by the Indian Air Force today. The move is said to be a retaliatory measure by India in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has issued a slew of measures to enhance preparedness, particularly in areas along the LoC, to deal with any contingency in view of the latest developments. He will even be touring the bordering areas tomorrow.  

Singh told ANI, “State is on alert, I will be touring bordering areas tomorrow. We are ready for any eventuality. I told the Union Home Minister [Rajnath Singh] that if there is anything that Punjab can do we are there to for the defence of our country.”



Feb 26, 06:40 PM (IST)


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Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, after the all-party meet, told CNN News 18: We have appreciated the efforts by the forces, they always have our support to end terrorism. Another good thing is that it was a clean operation which specifically targeted terrorists and terror camps. All parties supported the government. We were told there were no civilian casualties.

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Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, after the all-party meet, told CNN News 18: We have appreciated the efforts by the forces, they always have our support to end terrorism. Another good thing is that it was a clean operation which specifically targeted terrorists and terror camps. All parties supported the government. We were told there were no civilian casualties.



Feb 26, 06:33 PM (IST)


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JUST IN | External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has concluded her meeting with all the parties.

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JUST IN | External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has concluded her meeting with all the parties.



Feb 26, 06:26 PM (IST)


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Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Lu Kang told CNN News 18, "We hope India and Pakistan can remain restrained and take moves that will help regional peace and stability and the improvement of relations and not the opposite. As to the claim of India that you mentioned, that the action is targeted at terrorism, we believe the campaign against terrorism is a global issue and challenge which requires international cooperation, and we should create a necessary and favourable environment for such international cooperation."

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Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Lu Kang told CNN News 18, "We hope India and Pakistan can remain restrained and take moves that will help regional peace and stability and the improvement of relations and not the opposite. As to the claim of India that you mentioned, that the action is targeted at terrorism, we believe the campaign against terrorism is a global issue and challenge which requires international cooperation, and we should create a necessary and favourable environment for such international cooperation."



Feb 26, 06:23 PM (IST)


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BJP President Amit Shah in Ghazipur: Pure desh ko sukoon dene wala samachaar aaj subah hi aya hai, ye maang pure desh bhar ki samvedna thi ki aisi karyawahi honi chahiye ki dobara Pulwama jaisi ghatna karne se pehle dus baar sochna pade.

This roughly translates to: (The news that provided relief to the entire nation was delivered this morning. It was the appeal of the entire nation that a befitting reply must be given, so that anyone should think twice before carrying out an attack such as Pulwama)

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BJP President Amit Shah in Ghazipur: Pure desh ko sukoon dene wala samachaar aaj subah hi aya hai, ye maang pure desh bhar ki samvedna thi ki aisi karyawahi honi chahiye ki dobara Pulwama jaisi ghatna karne se pehle dus baar sochna pade.

This roughly translates to: (The news that provided relief to the entire nation was delivered this morning. It was the appeal of the entire nation that a befitting reply must be given, so that anyone should think twice before carrying out an attack such as Pulwama)



Feb 26, 06:14 PM (IST)



Feb 26, 06:08 PM (IST)


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JUST IN | Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the pre-emptive non-military air strike that was conducted this morning.  

PM Modi to chair the meeting with Intelligence chief and Indian Air Force Chief. 

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval to update PM Modi on latest developments. 

– CNN News 18

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JUST IN | Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the pre-emptive non-military air strike that was conducted this morning.  

PM Modi to chair the meeting with Intelligence chief and Indian Air Force Chief. 

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval to update PM Modi on latest developments. 

– CNN News 18



Feb 26, 05:58 PM (IST)


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UK calls on India, Pakistan; expresses concern over threat to regional stability from terrorism.

The British Government has called on India and Pakistan to pursue diplomatic solutions in the wake of the Pulwama Terrorist Attack in Jammu and Kashmir. UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt held telephonic conversations with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on February 25, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said in a statement. 

"The Foreign Secretary highlighted the UK's concern about the enduring threat to regional stability from terrorism. He encouraged Pakistan and India to improve cooperation and find diplomatic solutions that will create greater stability and trust in the region," the statement added.

"Concerned by rising tensions. We are encouraging both sides to avoid taking action that will pose a risk to regional stability. The UK is working closely with international partners, including the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), to ensure that those responsible for the Pulwama Attack are held to account," the UK said on the IAF Air Strike that was conducted today. 

– CNN News18

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UK calls on India, Pakistan; expresses concern over threat to regional stability from terrorism.

The British Government has called on India and Pakistan to pursue diplomatic solutions in the wake of the Pulwama Terrorist Attack in Jammu and Kashmir. UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt held telephonic conversations with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on February 25, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said in a statement. 

"The Foreign Secretary highlighted the UK's concern about the enduring threat to regional stability from terrorism. He encouraged Pakistan and India to improve cooperation and find diplomatic solutions that will create greater stability and trust in the region," the statement added.

"Concerned by rising tensions. We are encouraging both sides to avoid taking action that will pose a risk to regional stability. The UK is working closely with international partners, including the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), to ensure that those responsible for the Pulwama Attack are held to account," the UK said on the IAF Air Strike that was conducted today. 

– CNN News18



Feb 26, 05:50 PM (IST)


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Another ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Mendhar sector of Poonch has been reported. In total, Pakistan has violated ceasefire in five places, CNN News18 has reported.

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Another ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Mendhar sector of Poonch has been reported. In total, Pakistan has violated ceasefire in five places, CNN News18 has reported.



Feb 26, 05:46 PM (IST)


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Another ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Balakote sector of Poonch. The Pakistani army is using mortar shelling and heavy firing on Indian posts. The Indian army is also retaliating, CNN News18 has reported.

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Another ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Balakote sector of Poonch. The Pakistani army is using mortar shelling and heavy firing on Indian posts. The Indian army is also retaliating, CNN News18 has reported.

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