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Pakistan will ‘respond differently, surprise India’, vows army

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday summoned a meeting to review the situation after Indian Air Force carried out air strikes at major terror camps across Line of Control. The meeting, which is being attended by defence and foreign ministry officials, has come hours after Pakistan Army confirmed that the IAF jets penetrated the…

Pakistan will ‘respond differently, surprise India’, vows army

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday summoned a meeting to review the situation after Indian Air Force carried out air strikes at major terror camps across Line of Control.
The meeting, which is being attended by defence and foreign ministry officials, has come hours after Pakistan Army confirmed that the IAF jets penetrated the LoC and dropped “payloads” in Kashmir, reports ANI.

Earlier on Tuesday, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told a media briefing that the raid on the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) camp at Balkot was launched because New Delhi believed suicide attacks in India were “imminent”.

“A very large number of Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen (suicide) action were eliminated,” he said.

JeM claimed responsibility for a February 14 suicide bomb attack in Kashmir that killed 40 Indian paramilitaries.

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4:45pm

Pakistan Armed Forces has vowed a ‘different response’ to India’s LoC airstrikes, and surprise them (India).

Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson for the armed forces, made the statement during a press conference on Tuesday.

Watch the full press conference here.

3:00pm

India claims to have killed hundreds of militants and their trainers in the LoC air strikes on an alleged resort style camp in a hilltop forest in Balakot, providing Indian forces with “a sitting duck target”, when they carried out the air strike early Tuesday, sources said.

Sources added that they shifted to the camp after the Pulwama attack.

However, Pakistan has denied any casualties and claim that Indian Air Force planes , instead, dropped a payload near Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa before leaving in haste as the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) scrambled its war planes.

Pakistan has vowed to respond at the time, place of its choosing.

2:15pm

Tranquillity prevailed along the Indo-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir (J-K) on Monday after India claimed to have carried out air strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) and destroyed terror camps in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

However, the troops are on high alert, a senior army officer said.     

2:00pm

Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi says India has created “hysteria” in the wake of this month’s attack on Indian troops in the Kashmir region.

Addressing an international conference on media and conflict, Alvi on Tuesday warned that rhetoric “can lead to war.” He did not address an overnight incursion by Indian fighter jets.  Alvi warned Tuesday that “we know how to defend ourselves.”

1:40pm

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan holds urgent meeting after India’s preemptive strike

A special meeting of the National Security Committee chaired by the Prime Minister was held at PM’s office today. The meeting was attended by Ministers of Foreign Affairs,Defence,Finance,Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, COAS,CNS,CAS and other civil & military officials. pic.twitter.com/6qGNSyeydb
– PTI (@PTIofficial) February 26, 2019

 

Forum strongly rejected Indian claim of targeting an alleged terrorist camp near Balakot and the claim of heavy casualties. Once again Indian government has resorted to a self serving, reckless and fictitious claim.
– PTI (@PTIofficial) February 26, 2019

 

Prime Minister Imran Khan has summoned special meeting of NCA on 27 Feb 2019. PM has directed that elements of national power including the Armed Forces and the people of Pakistan to remain prepared for all eventualities.
– PTI (@PTIofficial) February 26, 2019

 

1:30pm

China urges India, Pakistan to ‘exercise restraint’ after air strike

#BREAKING China urges India, Pakistan to ‘exercise restraint’ after air strike pic.twitter.com/pufXNIdoyy
– AFP news agency (@AFP) February 26, 2019

 

1:23pm

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says ‘country in safe hands’ after India’s preemptive strike

I assure Indians that the country is in safe hands: PM @narendramodi at Churu, Rajasthan
WATCH LIVE: https://t.co/9dkdD2j0oz pic.twitter.com/iETWGVHq0h
– Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) February 26, 2019

 

1:15pm

Key Jaish e Mohammed terrorists targeted in today’s air strikes: Mufti Azhar Khan Kashmiri, head of Kashmir operations(pic 1) and Ibrahim Azhar(pic 2), the elder brother of Masood Azhar who was also involved in the IC-814 hijacking pic.twitter.com/IUv1njNygA
– ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019

 

12:52pm

Visuals of JeM facility destroyed by IAF strikes

Intel Sources: Ammunition dump blown up today in Balakot,Pakistan by IAF Mirages. The dump had more than 200 AK rifles, uncountable rounds hand grenades, explosives and detonators pic.twitter.com/b7ENbKgYaH
– ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019

 

Intel Sources: Picture of JeM facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan pic.twitter.com/th1JWbVrHw
– ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019

 

12:15pm

“India violated the LoC. Pakistan holds the right to self-defence and a befitting response,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told media, after chairing an emergency consultative meeting at the Foreign Office to discuss the situation arising from what he dubbed as Indian intrusion.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi Policy Statement after the violation of LOC by Indian Air Force (26.02.19)@SMQureshiPTI pic.twitter.com/tduq8rpXd8
– PTI (@PTIofficial) February 26, 2019

 

11:40am

Pakistani villagers say one person wounded in Indian air strike

#Pakistani villagers say one person wounded in #India’s preemptive strike https://t.co/9W8Y5GNDMU pic.twitter.com/OvivAx0bKs
– Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) February 26, 2019

 

11:25am

PTI terms India’s breach of LoC ‘desperation’ due to its upcoming elections

We realise it’s election year, and a desperation across the border. Fact of the matter is, Indian jets were forced to retreat in haste by Pakistan army patrols and dumped fuel, which in their scramble they thought was a bomb.#Pakistan
– PTI (@PTIofficial) February 26, 2019

 

11:20am

Sushma Swaraj invites Opposition leaders for briefing on Balakot strikes

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has called an all-party meeting at 5pm today. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/ByYTntwdFy
– ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019

 

11:10am

Pakistan drone shot down near Gujarat border in India

#Pakistan drone shot down near #Gujarat border in #India https://t.co/nx1nPTZQLe#IAFStrikes live updates: https://t.co/2JLxzPN5hh #IndianAirForce #Kashmir #Surgicalstrike2
– Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) February 26, 2019

 

10:58am

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will meet Prime Minister Imran Khan after the meeting in which he will discuss the security situation with high-level officials.

#Pakistan calls ’emergency meeting’ after #India carried out #airstrikes https://t.co/dVY1nYKfX2 pic.twitter.com/TBbxTdar9N
– Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) February 26, 2019

 

10:40am

PM Modi has briefed both President and Vice-President about the air strike: ANI

Sources: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has briefed both President and Vice-President about the #IndianAirForce strike at JeM terror camp in Balakot across LoC. pic.twitter.com/mDvbAllu6s
– ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019

 

10:15am

Vijay Gokhale: Large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders were eliminated in largest JeM camp in Balakot. Camp was led by Maulana Yusuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghauri, brother in law of JeM Chief Masood Azhar pic.twitter.com/l76nGMF0zV
– ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019

 

10:13am

Millitants were attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country: Vijay Gokhale:

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale: Credible intelligence was received that Jaish-e-Mohammed was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country & fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose pic.twitter.com/1SRgYvqjtv
– ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019

 

10:10am

 

Non-military preemptive action designed to avoid civilian casualties, says Vijay Gokhale

Vijay Gokhale: Large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders were eliminated in largest JeM camp in Balakot. Camp was led by Maulana Yusuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghauri, brother in law of JeM Chief Masood Azhar pic.twitter.com/l76nGMF0zV
– ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019

 

10:01am

Video: Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale briefs the media in Delhi

#WATCH: Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale briefs the media in Delhi https://t.co/Th0TjwO99o
– ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019

 

10am

Imran Khan’s party PTI lashes out at Indian media for ‘war mongering’.

We always knew Indian media was irresponsible, but beating the war drums shows a disturbing bloodlust and deteriorating mindset at a time when Pakistan is on an upward trajectory. Indian jets scrambled back from Balakot which lies close to the LOC.#Pakistan
– PTI (@PTIofficial) February 26, 2019

 

9:38am

Air strikes in Pakhtunkhwa region were based on locations provided by on ground intelligence sources, according to ANI reports.

Source: Air strikes in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region were based on locations provided by on ground intelligence sources. https://t.co/9BVnfSsIXB
– ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019

 

9:30am

One of the targets destroyed by IAF Mirage jets was in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: ANI

Sources: One of the targets destroyed by IAF Mirage jets was in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa area pic.twitter.com/QJtWeTxOfk
– ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019

 

9:25am

Sources: Pakistani F16s were scrambled to retaliate against IAF Mirage 2000s but turned back due to size of Indian formation. Western Air Command coordinated operation. pic.twitter.com/cCXndYNc1H
– ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019

 

9:15am

Ministry of External Affairs to hold a briefing at 11:30am, according to ANI.

Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale to brief the media at 1130 today. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/PLAnfm7cc5
– ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019

 

9:05am

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has summoned an emergency meeting in Islamabad to discuss the security situation.

Radio Pakistan: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has summoned an emergency meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan. The meeting will discuss the security situation. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/G2pPKna28u
– ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019

 

8:50am

Rahul Gandhi tweets after IAF strikes in Pakistan, salutes IAF pilots

???? I salute the pilots of the IAF. ????
– Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 26, 2019

 

Sources: Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad terror launch pads across the LOC completely destroyed in IAF air strikes. JeM control rooms also destroyed pic.twitter.com/cSE0TjVsBS
– ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019

 

IAF Sources: At 0330 hours on 26th February a group of Mirage 2000 Indian Fighter jets struck a major terrorist camp across the LoCand completely destroyed it. pic.twitter.com/RlxTJ4e3AF
– ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019

 

8:30am

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting with top ministers in the cabinet committee on security at his home in Delhi to take stock of the situation.

BREAKING: PM @narendramodi chairs Cabinet Committee on Security meet in Delhi; @DefenceMinIndia, EAM @SushmaSwaraj, HM @rajnathsingh, FM @arunjaitley and NSA Doval attend the meeting pic.twitter.com/FvsaKXFxcB
– Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) February 26, 2019

 

I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots who have made us proud by striking terror targets in Pakistan
– Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 26, 2019

 

7:30am

I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots, says Arvind Kejriwal

I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots who have made us proud by striking terror targets in Pakistan
– Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 26, 2019

 

7:25am

Pointless to speculate on impact of strike till it is clear which Balakot did IAF hit, says Omar Abdullah

If this is Balakote in KPK it’s a major incursion & a significant strike by IAF planes. However if it’s Balakote in Poonch sector, along the LoC it’s a largely symbolic strike because at this time of the year forward launch pads & militant camps are empty & non-functional.
– Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 26, 2019

 

6:30am

IAF Sources: 1000 Kg bombs were dropped on terror camps across the LoC https://t.co/jpC2w5f8X7
– ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2019

 

6:10am

Pakistan claims IAF jets ‘intruded’ into its territory

Indian aircrafts intruded from Muzafarabad sector. Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot. No casualties or damage.
– Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 26, 2019

 

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GEMS Education’s longest-serving teacher dies in UAE

Originally from Palestine, she moved to Dubai in 1972. After serving as an Arabic teacher and supervisor at an Indian school in Sharjah for over 44-years, Zakiya Omran (69 years also), a Palestinian national, died on Thursday, August 15 after a long illness. She was the GEMS Education group’s longest-serving teacher. Omran had recently retired…

GEMS Education’s longest-serving teacher dies in UAE

Originally from Palestine, she moved to Dubai in 1972.

After serving as an Arabic teacher and supervisor at an Indian school in Sharjah for over 44-years, Zakiya Omran (69 years also), a Palestinian national, died on Thursday, August 15 after a long illness. She was the GEMS Education group’s longest-serving teacher.

Omran had recently retired as an Arabic Supervisor from Our Own English High School – Sharjah after serving more than 44 years at GEMS Education. The school announced her death on Friday, August 16. Former students, teachers and the school community in Sharjah have expressed their shock at Omran’s passing as she was a well-loved member of staff.

Sunny Varkey, chairman and founder of GEMS Education issued a statement on Friday, and said, “Our deepest condolences go out to Zakiya’s family. She was a big part of the GEMS Education community and a pillar of our society. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all.”

Asma Gilani, the principal of Our Own English High School Sharjah said, “Zakiya Omran joined GEMS as a young Arabic teacher in 1972 in the first school at Bastakiya. Her journey of growth and learning is closely tied with the history of GEMS.”

She joined Our Own English High School, Sharjah, in 1991, according to school sources. Asma said, “We appreciate her deep commitment to her profession and will forever be indebted to her for her valuable contributions in ensuring Arabic became an integral part of every students’ life. She epitomised loyalty and commitment. Her legacy will live on throughout GEMS. She was a passionate teacher who was respected by all. Our hearts go out to her family.”

Originally from Palestine, Zakiya moved to Dubai in 1972 and worked for Mariamma Varkey at Our Own English High School, Dubai. She later worked at Cambridge School where she was Head of Arabic before moving to Our Own English High School Sharjah where she diligently served as Arabic Supervisor till her retirement.

In an earlier interview with Khaleej Times in 2016, Zakiya had said, “Sometimes my former students come to meet me and I am happy to realise that they are doing so well and are all successful. There are times when I’ve taught my children’s children, and in rare cases, their grandkids,” she said. “I think that the future of education is bright, and I want to see more Indian children speak Arabic.”

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Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person, and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics, and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling, and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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Indian flag to be displayed on Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tonight

Showcasing of the flag marks India’s Independence Day, celebrated on August 15. Dubai’s Burj Khalifa will light up with the colours of the Indian flag tonight. The event was confirmed by an Indian consulate official to Khaleej Times. The display of the Indian flag on Burj Khalifa will take place at 8:44pm, the consulate said.…

Indian flag to be displayed on Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tonight

Showcasing of the flag marks India’s Independence Day, celebrated on August 15.

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa will light up with the colours of the Indian flag tonight.

The event was confirmed by an Indian consulate official to Khaleej Times.

The display of the Indian flag on Burj Khalifa will take place at 8:44pm, the consulate said.

Also read: Dubai’s Burj Khalifa to light up with Pakistan flag tonight

The showcasing of the flag marks India’s Independence Day, celebrated on August 15.

Earlier, the tricolour was not displayed following a technical snag.

“We have just learned from our friends in Emaar that on account of a major technical snag they won’t be able to light up Burj Khalifa with the Indian tricolour tonight,” Navdeep Singh Suri, the Indian ambassador to the UAE, said on Thursday.

Dhanusha Gokulan

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Indian minister tweets all 24 Indian crew members have been released. The police proceedings against four Indian crew members, including the captain, aboard an Iranian oil supertanker has ended and they were released by authorities in Gibraltar on Thursday, even as the US Department of Justice made a last-minute claim on the vessel. “I am…

Indian crew aboard Iranian oil tanker released in Gibraltar

Indian minister tweets all 24 Indian crew members have been released.

The police proceedings against four Indian crew members, including the captain, aboard an Iranian oil supertanker has ended and they were released by authorities in Gibraltar on Thursday, even as the US Department of Justice made a last-minute claim on the vessel.
“I am grateful and thankful for my release. And I am grateful to all who have facilitated my release in my legal team,” the Captain of the Grace 1 tanker said in a statement.
A spokesman for Gibraltar’s government also confirmed that police proceedings against four members of the crew had ended.
The arrested Indian crew members – the Master, Chief Officer and two Second Mates – were aboard the Panama-flagged supertanker that was detained off Europa Point in Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory on the Spanish coast, last month.
The Gibraltar authorities had said the vessel is loaded to capacity with crude oil enroute to Syria, in breach of European Union (EU) sanctions.
However, the Gibraltar authorities have since been given assurances from the arrested crew members and Iran that the ship was not on its way to Syria.
A total of 28 crew on board the vessel include majority Indians but also Russians, Latvians and Filipinos, who have spent over a month in detention on board the ship since it was seized in early July.

The Indian Minister of State for External Affairs tweeted that all 24 Indian crew members had been released:

Spoke to our High Commission @HCI_London on VLCC Grace 1. They confirmed all 24 Indian crew aboard VLCC Grace 1 have been released by Gibraltar authorities and are free to return to India. @narendramodi @PMOIndia @AmitShah @DrSJaishankar @MEAIndia @VMBJP
– V. Muraleedharan (@MOS_MEA) August 15, 2019

Their further course remains unclear and complicated as a result of the US intervention to request the seizure of Grace 1, which is set for a hearing in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar later on Thursday.
“The US Department of Justice has applied to seize the Grace 1 on a number of allegations which are now being considered. The matter will return to the Supreme Court of Gibraltar,” noted a statement from the government of Gibraltar.
The UK Foreign Office has declined to comment on the US request and said that “investigations conducted around the Grace 1 are a matter for the government of Gibraltar”.
The Gibraltar port and law enforcement agencies had detained the supertanker and its cargo on July 4 during an operation conducted by the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP), Customs and Port Authority with the support of British Royal Marines.
A Gibraltar government statement noted: “The detention of the vessel relates to the suspected destination of the cargo, the Banyas refinery in Syria, which is owned by a company, the Banyas Oil Refinery Company. This company is the subject of European Union sanctions under EU Regulation 36/2012, which is directly applicable in Gibraltar.
“The investigations of the Royal Gibraltar Police continue and the vessel remains detained under an Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Gibraltar.”
However, following the assurances given by Iran and the captain of the ship, the Gibraltar government was all set to allow the vessel to set sail before the US demand, which is reportedly part of the Trump administration’s efforts to intensify the effect of existing Western economic sanctions on both Iran and Syria.
Tehran blames the US for arranging to have its ship seized in the wake of sanctions imposed against Iran with the aim of halting all its oil exports. European countries do not have sanctions against Iran but have had them in place against Iran’s ally Syria since 2011.

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