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The helicopter was shot down the day Pakistan launched its jets to target Indian installations in Jammu and Kashmir in response to an Indian airstrike on a terror camp in Balakot.(HT PHOTO.)

Armed Forces Tribunal stays action in matter related to Mi-17 friendly fire incident till Sept 30

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 10:55 PM IST
The military court has stayed action against the officers till the matter comes up for hearing again on September 30, said counsels Ankur Chhibber and Karn Deo Baghel who are representing the petitioners at the AFT.
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India cannot let down its guard. China rarely lives up to its promises(REUTERS)
India cannot let down its guard. China rarely lives up to its promises(REUTERS)

To China, a military and diplomatic message

By Shashi Shekhar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 06, 2020 07:05 PM IST
Now, the army will respond to the action and the diplomatic establishment will convey our position to our adversaries and others through dialogue. But unfortunately, Chinese president Xi Jinping seem to have failed to grasp the implications of this strategy.
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The terrorists involved in the Pulwama attack, Umar Farooq, Sameer Ahmad Dar and Adil Ahmad Dar(ANI photo)
The terrorists involved in the Pulwama attack, Umar Farooq, Sameer Ahmad Dar and Adil Ahmad Dar(ANI photo)

ISI pushed Jaish for intel on IAF bases after Balakot

By Neeraj Chauhan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2020 08:40 AM IST
The audacious February 14 strike by the Jaish in southern Kashmir’s Pulwama killed 40 Indian security personnel, triggered the IAF action against the terror camp deep inside Pakistan 12 days later, resulted in a dogfight between fighter jets of the two nations on February 27, and brought them on the brink of a war.
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The importance attached to the Rafales and attempts to fast-track the subsequent batches is a reminder of the slowness of India’s procurement system and the question marks over its indigenisation drive(PTI)
The importance attached to the Rafales and attempts to fast-track the subsequent batches is a reminder of the slowness of India’s procurement system and the question marks over its indigenisation drive(PTI)

Rafale is a reminder | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2020 06:17 AM IST
Focus on procurement and defence challenges
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NIA last week arrested Mohammad Iqbal Rather for allegedly facilitating Muhammad Umar Farooq’s movement. Farooq, a key conspirator in the Pulwama case, infiltrated into Jammu & Kashmir in April 2018 and was killed in an encounter on March 29, 2019.(ANI)
NIA last week arrested Mohammad Iqbal Rather for allegedly facilitating Muhammad Umar Farooq’s movement. Farooq, a key conspirator in the Pulwama case, infiltrated into Jammu & Kashmir in April 2018 and was killed in an encounter on March 29, 2019.(ANI)

JeM operative held in Pulwama attack case

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2020 12:59 AM IST
JeM released the video after the attack to claim responsibility for it. The attack prompted India to carry out an airstrike on a JeM camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.
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Similar financial powers were given to the armed forces after the Uri attack and the Balakot aerial strikes against Pakistan.(AP)
Similar financial powers were given to the armed forces after the Uri attack and the Balakot aerial strikes against Pakistan.(AP)

Amid border dispute with China, defence forces get powers to buy critical weapons, ammunition

By Asian News International | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 21, 2020 06:41 PM IST
The requirement of granting this power again to the forces was felt by the government after the Chinese aggression in Eastern Ladakh and the way they have deployed their troops in large numbers there along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
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Security forces at the site of the Pulwama terror attack on February 14, 2019, in Srinagar.(Waseem Andrabi/HTFILE)
Security forces at the site of the Pulwama terror attack on February 14, 2019, in Srinagar.(Waseem Andrabi/HTFILE)

Local explosives used to trigger Pulwama attack

By Neeraj Chauhan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2020 09:31 AM IST
The Pulwana attack led to India retaliating with an aerial attack on a terror camp in Balakot and a subsequent dogfight between the air forces of the two countries.
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Pakistan's Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, walks as he arrives to attend the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad, Pakistan March 23, 2019.(REUTERS)
Pakistan's Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, walks as he arrives to attend the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad, Pakistan March 23, 2019.(REUTERS)

Pak Army publication focuses on Kashmir; Bajwa writes on Art 370, Balakot

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2020 04:47 PM IST
The Green Book 2020, a biennial publication of the Pakistan Army with essays by both serving and retired officers that reflect the military’s overall strategy and objectives, also has a message by Bajwa that describes Kashmir as a “nuclear flashpoint”.
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Tejas Mark II fighter jet(ANI)
Tejas Mark II fighter jet(ANI)

Tejas Mark II to have ability to conduct Balakot-like operations

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2020 10:03 AM IST
The Mark II, fitted with heavier GE 414 engine, will roll out in 2022, take to the skies in 2023 and join IAF by 2026.
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Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane(PTI photo)
Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane(PTI photo)

‘Escalation may not always lead to war,’ says Army chief Naravane

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2020 04:28 AM IST
Army chief, General Manoj Mukund Naravane, on Wednesday said India’s unprecedented air strikes against a terror base in Balakot, Pakistan, on February 26 last year dispelled the long-held belief that the use of air power across the border could trigger a full-blown war between the two nuclear-armed neighbours
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Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane during the foundation stone laying ceremony of the 'Thal Sena Bhawan' in New Delhi, on February 21.(PTI Photo)
Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane during the foundation stone laying ceremony of the 'Thal Sena Bhawan' in New Delhi, on February 21.(PTI Photo)

‘Escalation doesn’t always lead to war’: Army chief on Balakot strikes

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2020 11:31 AM IST
He also said that rise of non-state actors like terrorists demands that victory in war is formulated in a nuanced manner.
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CRPF personnel pay tribute at a memorial to the 40 CRPF jawans, who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack in February last year, at Letapora of Pulwama District of South Kashmir.(PTI)
CRPF personnel pay tribute at a memorial to the 40 CRPF jawans, who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack in February last year, at Letapora of Pulwama District of South Kashmir.(PTI)

Pulwama strike was pushed back a week, JeM man tells NIA

By Neeraj Chauhan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2020 07:28 AM IST
All the preparations were made, explosives were procured and armed, but weather conditions forced a suspension of the convoy movements, and JeM terrorists had to wait.
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Shah landed in Kolkata around 11 am and went straight to Rajarhat. Shah also inaugurated a series of NSG facilities at Manesar, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai.(Photo: Amit Shah/Twitter)
Shah landed in Kolkata around 11 am and went straight to Rajarhat. Shah also inaugurated a series of NSG facilities at Manesar, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai.(Photo: Amit Shah/Twitter)

India now at par with US, Israel after surgical strike and Balakot ops: Amit Shah

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2020 04:02 PM IST
Amit Shah said India has joined the list of countries along with the United States and Israel who can strike in enemy territory and avenge the death of its soldiers.
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Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria addressing a programme organised to mark Armed Forces Veterans’ Day in New Delhi.(File photo: ANI)
Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria addressing a programme organised to mark Armed Forces Veterans’ Day in New Delhi.(File photo: ANI)

IAF chief to visit MiG base in Jammu and Kashmir to mark 1 year of Balakot strike

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2020 05:45 AM IST
Bhadauria will visit the air force’s Srinagar-based No 51 squadron, which is also known as “Sword Arms”, and interact with personnel who were involved in the February 27, 2019, air action against the neighbouring air force over the LoC.
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The Balakot attack, like India’s 2016 ground-launched surgical strike, targeted the enemy’s non-uniformed soldiers — terrorist proxies(PTI)
The Balakot attack, like India’s 2016 ground-launched surgical strike, targeted the enemy’s non-uniformed soldiers — terrorist proxies(PTI)

The Balakot strike was a turning point for India| Opinion

By Brahma Chellaney
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2020 10:12 PM IST
In 12 months, no major Pakistan-sponsored attack has occurred. This underscores its game-changing potential
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Term of 51 Rajya Sabha MPs ends in April.(PTI file photo)
Term of 51 Rajya Sabha MPs ends in April.(PTI file photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: BJP, Congress to gain big as 51 Rajya Sabha MPs are set to retire in April and all the latest news

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2020 09:35 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion curated for you. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Picture of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan on February 26, 2019.(ANI Photo)
Picture of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan on February 26, 2019.(ANI Photo)

Intel points to enhanced activity in Balakot, expansion of JeM camp

By Harinder Baweja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2020 01:43 AM IST
The Balakot facility was bombed by the Indian Air Force in February last year, soon after an explosive-laden car rammed into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama, killing 40 troopers.
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Picture of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan on February 26, 2019.(ANI Photo)
Picture of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan on February 26, 2019.(ANI Photo)

Balakot highlighted lowering of India’s threshold on terror

By TCA Raghavan
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2020 05:08 AM IST
In many ways, the Balakot strike shares features with the 1965 India-Pakistan war. Many in the international community saw our response as a dangerous escalation of a localised conflict over Kashmir to the full spectrum of an India-Pakistan war.
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Picture of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan on February 26, 2019.(ANI File Photo)
Picture of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan on February 26, 2019.(ANI File Photo)

How IAF chose targets, planned Balakot mission and executed the pre-dawn raid

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2020 09:06 AM IST
As India marks the first anniversary of the Pulwama attack, the unprecedented air action against the Jaish-e-Mohammed’s facility at Balakot has turned the spotlight back on how the IAF chose the targets, planned the mission and executed the pre-dawn raid on February 26.
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The site of the Pulwama attack, February 14, 2019. Prior to the surgical strikes, India followed a policy of hardening defences to prevent terrorist attacks and diplomatic responses whenever they did take place and led to large loss of life(PTI)
The site of the Pulwama attack, February 14, 2019. Prior to the surgical strikes, India followed a policy of hardening defences to prevent terrorist attacks and diplomatic responses whenever they did take place and led to large loss of life(PTI)

After Pulwama, India effected a doctrinal shift

By Vivek Katju
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2020 07:37 PM IST
With the emphasis on pre-emptive action, India has signalled that it will no longer accept loss of lives
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Air Chief Marshal (retd) Dhanoa(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Air Chief Marshal (retd) Dhanoa(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

‘Proof of Balakot success conclusive,’ says former IAF chief BS Dhanoa

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2020 10:21 AM IST
The former IAF chief, under whose leadership the force carried out the attack and who monitored the pre-dawn raid from his house, said military victory is measured by whether you have achieved the stated political objective, which was successfully done in the Balakot operation.
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Former chief of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal (retd) BS Dhanoa(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Former chief of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal (retd) BS Dhanoa(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Pakistan’s version on F-16 a facade, says former IAF chief BS Dhanoa

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2020 03:11 PM IST
Close to one year after the Balakot air strike, Dhanoa talks about the details of the operation, what it took to plan and execute, what it means for India’s future military equation with Pakistan, and the capabilities of the Rafale jets.
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Li was reprimanded by local police for “spreading rumors” about the illness in late December, according to news reports.((Sina Weibo))
Li was reprimanded by local police for “spreading rumors” about the illness in late December, according to news reports.((Sina Weibo))

News updates from Hindustan Times at 9 am: Coronavirus toll rises to 636, over 30,000 infected and all the latest news

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2020 08:47 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion curated for you. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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The camp, targeted by the IAF as a reprisal for the suicide bombing in Pulwama by a Jaish terrorist, and also to prevent further attacks against India, is currently headed by Yusuf Azhar, kin of Maulana Masood Azhar(ANI)
The camp, targeted by the IAF as a reprisal for the suicide bombing in Pulwama by a Jaish terrorist, and also to prevent further attacks against India, is currently headed by Yusuf Azhar, kin of Maulana Masood Azhar(ANI)

27 terrorists now being trained at Balakot for attack on India, says Intel

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2020 08:20 AM IST
According to the counterterror operatives, out of the 27, eight are from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. They are being trained by two instructors from Punjab, Pakistan and three from Afghanistan.
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Mutual vulnerabilities, the ability to project victory domestically, the restraining role of internal actors and luck can help states exercise restraint(AP)
Mutual vulnerabilities, the ability to project victory domestically, the restraining role of internal actors and luck can help states exercise restraint(AP)

Analysis| What the 2019 and 2020 skirmishes tell us about de-escalating conflicts

By Kunal Singh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2020 08:17 PM IST
The Indo-Pak conflict after Balakot and the recent US-Iran clash show what ingredients help defuse tensions
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Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane in New Delhi, 2019(ANI)
Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane in New Delhi, 2019(ANI)

‘Preemptive strikes’ is a problematic term in international law

By Prabhash Ranjan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2020 07:48 PM IST
If Balakot was ordered to stop Pakistan, the correct term for India to use was ‘anticipatory self defence’
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At the NDA passing out parade, Rajnath Singh said India won’t spare anyone looking to mess with the country.(HT Photo/File)
At the NDA passing out parade, Rajnath Singh said India won’t spare anyone looking to mess with the country.(HT Photo/File)

‘Won’t spare anyone messing with India’: Rajnath Singh

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2019 11:30 AM IST
A total of 211 NDA cadets graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru University this year and Singh thanked the parents to have “given their sons” to the service of this nation.
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BJP lost 27-lakh votes in assembly polls vis-a-vis Lok Sabha elections

By Hitender Rao | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 31, 2019 10:58 PM IST
Jannayak Janta Party bags 14.79% vote share in its debut assembly poll
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Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar hit out against the opposition for criticising the BJP’s use of nationalistic themes in the campaign for the assembly elections.(HT PHOTO)
Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar hit out against the opposition for criticising the BJP’s use of nationalistic themes in the campaign for the assembly elections.(HT PHOTO)

Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019:Javadekar defends BJP’s use of nationalism in campaigns

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2019 07:26 PM IST
Congress has accused the BJP of using nationalism to distract people from the issues of unemployment, economic slowdown and farm crises, which it says are more relevant to the October assembly elections.
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Last month, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had revealed that Pakistan very recently “reactivated” the terror camp in Balakot.(ANI Photo)
Last month, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had revealed that Pakistan very recently “reactivated” the terror camp in Balakot.(ANI Photo)

45-50 terrorists, including suicide bombers, training at Balakot camp: Report

By Asian News International | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2019 06:31 AM IST
Indian intelligence agencies are keeping a constant watch on the facility including technical surveillance to keep a track of the developments there.
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