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If Pak provokes, we're ready for resolute action: Joint briefing by Army, Navy, Air Force

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 28 February 2019, 20:14 IST

In the first joint military briefing by Indian Army, Navy and Air Forces, since the escalation of hostilities between India and Pakistan, they said that they were fully prepared ready to respond to any provocation by Pakistan.

"Pakistan has targeted our military installations. They have escalated matters. If they provoke us any further, we are prepared for exigencies," said Major general Surendra Singh Mahal.

“As long as Pakistan continues to harbour terrorists, we will continue to target the terror camps,” Major general Mahal added.

“We are ready for any misadventure by Pakistan and we are ready for resolute action. We want to ensure the safety and security of our citizens,” Navy Rear Admiral DS Gujral further said in a joint press briefing.

On the 'release' of IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan, Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor in joint press briefing said, "We are happy that our pilot who had fallen across the Line of Control and was in custody of Pakistan is being released, we're extremely happy to have him back. We only see it as a gesture which is in consonance with all Geneva conventions."

Notably, the briefing was postponed by two hours to 7 pm from 5 pm after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced release of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman tomorrow as a "gesture of peace".

As reported by Dawn, in the special Parliament session, before the Opposition leaders took the floor, PM Imran Khan intervened and said, ‘I wish to announce that the Indian pilot captured by Pakistan Air Force a day earlier will be released tomorrow as a peace gesture.’

Also read: 'One pilot project complete now, real action to follow,' says PM Modi on Abhinandan’s release from Pakistan

First published: 28 February 2019, 19:57 IST
 
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