Fri, Apr 28, 2017 | updated 02:12 AM IST

Fully support Centre, should be prepared for next step: Salman Khurshid on surgical strikes

Updated: Sep 30, 2016 08:29 IST      
Fully support Centre, should be prepared for next step: Salman Khurshid on surgical strikes

New Delhi [India], Sept.30 (ANI): Extending his support to the Central government over the surgical strike carried out by the Indian Army, former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid has said that many more steps need to be taken and hoped that the government is equipped to take concrete action in the future.

"We have supported it. I think it's important at this time not to raise questions. It would be unfair to raise questions on the government at this time. We fully support and hope that the government makes a sustainable effort in dealing with this. There are many more steps to be taken and I hope the government will be equipped to take the steps," Khurshid told ANI.

On Pakistan terming the strike as a 'ceasefire violations, the Congress leader, said "Pakistan has no choice but to remain in denial, but we shouldn't pat ourselves, because they are a slippery and difficult people, and therefore, we should be fully prepared on what is our next step. We don't have to announce it, don't have to discuss it overtly, but we should be prepared for the next step."

Asserting that diplomatic relations between India and Pakistan are at their 'lowest ebb', Khurshid said "We still have a high commissioner there and they have a high commissioner here, but how much is being done with those I doubt. I think diplomatic relations are a safety valve which we keep even in bad times."

Director General of Military Operations (DGMO), Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh, on Thursday said that the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on seven terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC), which were ready to carry out terrorists strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and various other metros in the country around midnight.

Singh said that the operation of the Indian Army was focused to ensure that the terrorists do not succeed in their design of infiltration and carry out destruction endangering the lives of citizens of the nation.

"Now based on the specific and credible information which we received yesterday that some terrorist team had positioned themselves at launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC) with an aim to carry out infiltration and terrorists strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and various other metros in our country, the Indian army conducted surgical strikes last night at these launch pads," said Singh.

Singh further said that he spoke with the Pakistani DGMO and expressed New Delhi's concern and meanwhile, shared information over the operation conducted by the Indian Army.

Elucidating the involvement of Pakistan in the recent infiltration bids and terrorist strikes the Indian DGMO said that the captured terrorists have confessed that they were trained by the estranged Asian neighbour.

"Captured terrorists hailing from Pakistan or Pakistani occupied Kashmir have confessed to their training and arming in Pakistan or territory under the control of Pakistan. The matter has been taken up at the highest diplomatic levels and the military levels at regular times. India has also offered counsellor access to the apprehended terrorists to Pakistan to verify their confessions," he said.

"Despite our persistent urging that Pakistan respect it's commitment that it made in January 2004 'not to allow its soil or territory under its control be used for terrorism against India. There has been no let up in infiltration or terrorist actions inside our territory. If the damage was limited its has been primarily due to the efforts of the Indian Army who are deployed in multi tier counter infiltration grid. And most of the infiltration bids have been foiled at those locations. The Indian armed forces have been extremely vigilant in the face of continuing threat," he added.

The DGMO also added that India had proposed to Pakistan to make available finger prints and DNA samples of terrorists who have been killed in the Uri and Poonch encounters their investigations. (ANI)

FIR against Shilpa Shetty, Raj Kundra in cheating case

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 23:01 IST     

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): The Maharashtra Police on Thursday registered an FIR against Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty and her husband Raj Kundra in a cheating case in Thane's Bhiwandi Police Station.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): People For Animals (PFA) activist Gaurav Gupta on Thursday was arrested by police in connection with assault on three cattle traders in Delhi's Kalkaji incident.

Full Story >>

Priyanka Gandhi says no link with Vadra properties

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 22:16 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Friday rebuffed any relation between the property she purchased in Haryana with alleged illegal acquired funds and her husband Robert Vadra's finances or Skylight Hospitality.

Full Story >>

Courageous gunner kills two Kupwara terrorists

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 21:41 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], April 27 (ANI): What stood out in Thursday's Kupwara was the splendid courage displayed by gunner Rishi Kumar.

Full Story >>

Problematic Eshwarappa still unhappy says B. S. Yeddyurappa

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 21:27 IST     

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): The Karnataka's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president B. S. Yeddyurappa on Thursday lashed out at senior party leader K. S. Eshwarappa for creating ruckus in the party, asserting that rebel leaders will be given an appropriate answer.

Full Story >>

Chacko, Maken reject Rahul's request to continue in posts

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 21:20 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Congress leader P.C. Chacko and Ajay Maken on Thursday rejected party vice-president Rahul Gandhi's request to continue as party in-charge and state unit chief respectively, sources said.

Full Story >>

Northeast Fiesta organised at LPU to boost northeast culture

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 20:55 IST     

Jalandhar (Punjab) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): The-two day Northeast Fiesta organized by the Northeast students' organizations in association with MBD Neopolis in Lovely Professional University on Thursday showcased the rich culture and traditions of north eastern states and Punjab

Full Story >>

Guwahati (Assam) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Engulfed with lush greenery and beautiful landscape, the Assam State Zoo is home to varied species of animals, birds and reptiles that makes it one of the eco tourism destinations.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], April 27 (ANI): The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in economic projects signed between India and Sri Lanka recently was to promote Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas' model to achieve greater economic, investment and development cooperation in a progressive manner, informed Ministry Of External Affairs official spokesperson Gopal Bagley on Thursday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the Prime Minister's Development Package (PMDP) for Jammu and Kashmir here today.

Full Story >>

Amritsar (Punjab) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): The Amritsar rural police on Thursday recovered fake currency worth Rs. 75 lakh and arrested six persons in this regard.

Full Story >>

Vijay Goel Interacts with Kashmiri Youth

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 20:28 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel today interacted with youngsters from Jammu and Kashmir in a programme named "Samvad".

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Asserting that the implementation of the Centre's Smart City Mission is certainly changing the way city governments are addressing issues of urban planning and execution, Union Urban Development Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu today said thye objective was to raise standards of livability and urban sustainability in these areas .

Full Story >>

Guwahati (Assam) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Tasile N Zeliang would be conferred Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate Degree) by the Gauhati University in recognition of her unstinted and tireless efforts in the field of education, sports, writing and social works during the 26th convocation ceremony of the institution on April 28 here.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the 52nd Jnanpith Award on Professor Sankha Ghosh here today.

Full Story >>

There are militant camps in Pakistan, says NC leader

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 20:07 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] Apr 27 (ANI): Senior National Conference (NC) leader Mustafa Kamal on Thursday said that there are militant camps in Pakistan.

Full Story >>

Reports of 'contempt of court notice' false: Art of Living

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 19:51 IST     

New Delhi [India] Apr 27 (ANI): The Art of Living (AOL) on Thursday denied receiving a contempt notice from the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

Full Story >>

IT reveals two separate actions on black money

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 19:38 IST     

Bikaner (Rajasthan) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Two separate actions by the Income Tax (IT) department on Thursday revealed the extent of impunity with which the Chartered Accountants (CA) operate in facilitating conversion of black money into white.

Full Story >>

Civilian killed during clashes in Kupwara

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 19:38 IST     

Kupwara (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], April 27 (ANI): A protester was killed in Jammu and Kahsmir's Panzgam area of Kupwara even as the army was engaged in an encounter with terrorists.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of veteran actor Vinod Khanna.

Full Story >>