A few months into his stint, the fighter pilot, who commanded a frontline squadron in the Kargil War, became the first Air chief to write a letter to all officers of the Indian Air Force, asking them to be ready for operations at short notice.
The IAF’s authorised strength of 42 fighter squadrons “is the minimum strength necessary to dominate a two-front conflict”, Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said.
The construction of these 73 ICBR roads was sanctioned by the UPA government in 2005, and work was to have been completed by 2012. The proposed date of completion has now been revised to 2020.
Excerpts from an interview with Joshua T White who served at the Barack Obama White House as senior adviser & director for South Asian affairs at the National Security Council till January 2017
By being proactive on the LoC, the Army seeks to not only prevent infiltration, but to also claim moral ascendancy over Pakistan
The Indian DGMO had initiated a similar request on May 2 after two Indian security personnel were killed on the LoC and their bodies mutilated
The Indian Army has denied Pakistan Army’s claims that five Indian soldiers were killed and several injured in a ceasefire violation on the Line of Control (LoC) on Saturday.
It is a routine meeting which had been decided earlier. The agenda of the meeting is not known,” sources in Army headquarters said.
Zahir had sought a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Pakistan Army for foreign travel, giving the reason for his travel as ‘Umrah’.
On detecting the fleeing intruders, the soldiers chased them and in the ensuing firefight, both were killed around 100 metres from the Indian post, said sources.
Pre-emptive action taken to counter terror in Valley: Arun Jaitley
“In the last two months, the Army Chief has given 15-20 ‘on the spot’ commendation cards. The Army headquarters then notifies them as soon as possible,” said sources.
“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.
The M-777 howitzers, with a range of 24-40 kilometres, have been designed for firing Indian ammunition in Indian conditions, and are already in service with the US, Canadian and Australian armies.
The Supreme Court’s recent judgment on AFSPA, ruling that an FIR can be filed against Army officers operating in an area under the jurisdiction of AFSPA, has also made the senior leadership unsure.
The Rs 2,900-crore deal, which was a government-to-government deal under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route, was completed in November last year.
The 231-page CPEC long-term plan document envisages a deep and broad-based penetration of most sectors of Pakistan’s economy as well as its society by Chinese enterprises and culture
The port of Gwadar in Balochistan “is positioned as the direct hinterland connecting Balochistan and Afghanistan.”
“Any misadventure by Indian Army across Line of Control will be a miscalculation, shall be responded with full force and could lead to unintended consequences,” Pakistan army’s ISPR said in a statement
“We are not returning to classical CASO in Kashmir, because we know they cause hardship to the local people. These are area search operations. It is not even a cordon,” General Rawat said.
While there was just the lone case of an IS-linked individual in 2013, and 6 cases in 2014, the number shot up to 35 in 2015, and 75 in 2016.
A committee appointed by the Defence Ministry has recommended creating 3 integrated theatre commands of the Indian armed forces — northern, western and southern — instead of the 17 in place currently. The Indian Express explains how this may work.
The Army is in favour of the proposal, while the Air Force is strongly opposed to it. While the Navy’s view is more nuanced, it too is not in favour of implementing the proposal currently.
Four soldiers injured, one civilian driver killed in attack
According to sources, the BAT, which attacked the patrol and mutilated the bodies, comprised soldiers from this battalion.
In a statement, Pakistan Army said the “Indian counterpart was told that there has been no CFV (ceasefire violation) or crossing of Line of Control by Pakistani troops from Pakistan side nor mutilation of Indian soldiers’ bodies.”
Barbaric, says Arun jaitley, won’t go in vain; BSF and Sikh regiment personnel beheaded; Pakistan denies
In September 1918, the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers won one of the most celebrated battles of World War I, capturing the present-day Israeli city of Haifa from the Ottoman Army. A century on, neither the Indian Army nor the children of Haifa have forgotten the bravery of the ‘Teen Murti’.
According to sources in the Army, there have been 60 instances of ceasefire violations until mid-April in the 16 Corps Zone, the area that falls south of Pir Panjal.
Two militants were gunned down by troops while a third slipped away, leaving behind his weapon.
The armed militants of the three outfits were reportedly marching in front of the camera in the 45-second video shot in a forested area.
Lt Gen J S Sandhu says violence will go on, ‘developments on expected lines’
Social media has facilitated organising of such protests: Lt General JS Sandhu
Although it is only the month of April, the Army is seeing higher intensity of terrorist action in the Valley.
The CoI will be headed by an officer of the rank of Colonel and the report is expected to be submitted by May 15.
He assured the Indian government that it was a private member’s bill in a provincial assembly and reflected neither the views of the Canadian government or the provincial Ontario government.