Pulwama and Aftermath – March 11, 2019

Pulwama Aftermath

Map Depicting Important Events After Pulwama

Key Pulwama Terrorist Killed in EncounterUpdate – 11th March 2019

One of the main planners of the Pulwama attack has been reportedly killed in an encounter. Mudasir Ahmed Khan, one of the 3 Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists, was killed in south Kashmir’s Tral area by security forces. He also goes with the alias ‘Mohd Bhai’. He was 23 years old and had a graduate degree. By profession, he was an electrician and used to be a resident of Pulwama. He is believed to have joined Jaish in 2017 as an overground worker.

Accused is a School Student; Purpose of Attack RevealedUpdate – 8th March 2019

Yesterday’s grenade explosion has still some people shaken. With injured people’s toll reached to 30 and 1 person dead, the attack has been considered gruesome. Mohammad Sharik, a 17-year-old resident of Uttarakhand’s Haridwar, died after sustaining fatal injuries in the chest. Among the injured are mostly conductors and drivers. The accused is a 15/16-year-old class 9th student of a private school in Kulgam, located in the south of Kashmir. The teen socialised a bit with Kashmiris yesterday morning before lobbing the grenade under a bus at the bus station at about 11.30 am. The teen has confessed to the crime. He was directed by Hizbul Mujahideen to carry out the task.

According to the officials, the intention behind the attacks was to create communal polarisation in the area.

Accused is a Hizbul Mujahideen OperativeUpdate – 7th March 2019

The accused has been identified as a Hizbul Mujahideen operative. He has confessed to the crime. The grenade exploded around 11.30 am. According to the police, he reached Jammu today only. The accused was assigned the task by Hizbul commander.

Accused ArrestedUpdate – 7th March 2019

The person who threw the grenade has been arrested. The grenade was rolled under a bus at the bus station in Jammu.

1 Killed, 30 Injured in AttackUpdate – 7th March 2019

In the attack, one teenager is killed and 30 are hospitalised due to injury. Five of them are in critical condition. A resident of Uttarakhand’s Haridwar, 17-year-old Mohammad Sharik has died after sustaining multiple splinter injuries in the chest. This tragedy has happened right after 3 weeks Pulwama terror attack was carried out.

One Dead, Several InjuredUpdate – 7th March 2019

One person is confirmed dead in the grenade attack. Injured are at least 26 people, 5 of whom are in the critical condition. The attack has happened just a week after the IAF carried out air strikes on Jaish-e Mohammad’s camps.

At Least 26 Injured in AttackUpdate – 7th March 2019

At least 26 people have been reported to be injured in the attack. According to the doctors, 5 of them are in critical condition. As per the police report, most of the victims are conductors and drivers. According to a police theory, the grenade might have rolled under a bus before it exploded at about 11.30 a.m. Since May, this has been the third grenade attack.

Grenade was Placed under the BusUpdate – 7th March 2019

Among the injured are conductors and bus drivers as well. According to the police, the grenade was under a bus. However, it is unclear that if people were inside the bus or not. Police are looking into the matter and are searching for evidence. Sniffer dogs are scanning the site. The region has been made off-limits to the people.

Grenade Explosion in Bus at JammuUpdate – 7th March 2019

An accident has taken place at a bus station in Jammu. Reportedly, a grenade exploded inside the bus. At least eighteen people are injured. They have been taken to hospital. According to an eye witness, there was a big blast. A number of locals gathered around the site. Nobody has taken responsibility for the attack so far.

The Return of AbhinandanUpdate – 1st March 2019

As per Pakistan sources, Wing Commander Abhinandan has been handed over to the Indian High Commission safely with the help of International Red Cross. He returns through Wagah border. Earlier it was planned that he will be flown in from Islamabad to Delhi, but later it was decided that he would return from Wagah border.

Four Security Personnel Martyred in Kupwara District, J&KUpdate – 1st March 2019

Unfortunately, four security personnel have died in the line of duty in Kupwara district of J&K today. Official sources report that an officer, Inspector of the CRPF, a jawan, and two local policemen of J&K died in an anti-terrorism operation in Kralgund village of Langate area of the district. Sources say that it was thought that the terrorists were dead and suddenly they attacked from the debris of a destroyed house. Total of 8 personnel, including a commandant were injured in this exchange of fire. Earlier today, security forces had reported that they have killed two terrorists in the encounter. The information about these terrorists was received prior on Thursday because of which an early morning raid was planned.

Abhinandan likely to reach India at 4pmUpdate – 1st March 2019

Captured Indian pilot Wg. Cdr. Abhinandan is likely to reach India at 4 p.m. Today. The pilot, who will be accompanies by Group Captain J.T. Kurian, Air Advisor in the Indian High Commission, will reach India via the Wagah border. According to reports, due to security reasons, the government has not divulged details of the time or place of the handover.

Sushma Swaraj may raise to issue of terrorism at OIC meetUpdate – 1st March 2019

Sushma SwarajSushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister, is attending the foreign ministers’ meet of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) states in Abu Dhabi. Swaraj is likely to raise the issue of terrorism at the meet.




US welcomes Pakistan’s decision to free Wing Commander Abhinandan VarthamanUpdate – 1st March 2019

The United States has welcomed the decision of Pakistan to release Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. A US State Department spokesperson stated the Prme Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan’s decision to release the Indian pilot has been welcomed by the United States.

Pilot to be released tomorrow, says Imran KhanUpdate – 28th February 2019

Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, has issued a statement that the captured Indian pilot will be released tomorrow as a goodwill gesture.

Trump says the the tense situation will hopefully come to an endUpdate – 28th February 2019

Donald Trump, the President of the United StatesDonald Trump, the President of the United States, says that the tense situation between India and Pakistan will hopefully come to an end. He further added that we are in the middle of trying to help out both the countries.




Canada Asks for De-escalation of the SituationUpdate – 28th February 2019

Canada has issued a statement calling for de-escalation of the tense situation between India and Pakistan. Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, has issued a statement saying Canada was “gravely concerned about rising between India and Pakistan”.

Delhi and Mumbai Metro on Red AlertUpdate 28th February 2019

Delhi and Mumbai Metro on Red AlertFollowing increasing tensions, Metro stations in Delhi and Mumbai are on red alert. On Wednesday evening, the DMRC sounded a red alert for the Delhi Metro network. On Thursday morning, a red alert was sounded by the Mumbai Metro on all 12 stations.



Japan urges India Pakistan to exercise restraintUpdate 28th February 2019

Japan has called upon India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and stabilize the situation. Meanwhile, Japan ahs condemned the February 14 Pulwama attack. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, in his statement, said, ” Japan is concerned about the deteriorating situation in Kashmir. Japan strongly condemns the terrorist attack on 14 February 2019 for which the Islamic extremist group “Jaish-e-Mohammad” claimed responsibility. Japan urges Pakistan to take stronger measures to counter terrorism.”

Pakistan suspends Samjhauta Express train serviceUpdate – 28th February 2019

Pakistan Suspends Samjhauta Express Train ServicePakistan has suspended the Samjhauta Express train service. The train operates between India and Pakistan.





US asks India and Pakistan to de-escalate the situationUpdate – 28th February 2019

The United States has called upon India and Pakistan to de-escalate the situation. According to a statement from the Spokesperson of the US State Department. The US has asked both countries to cease all cross-border military activity. “We urge both sides to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation, including through direct communication. Further military activity will exacerbate the situation”.

US, UK and France move proposal in UNSC to designate Masood Azhar as a global terroristUpdate – 28th February 2019

The US, UK, and France have moved a fresh proposal in the UNSC to designate Masood Azhar, chief of militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), as a global terrorist. This would subject the JeM chief to asset freeze, global travel ban and arms embargo.

PM Modi says, “India will fight as one, India will win as one” in a video conferenceUpdate – 28th February 2019

In a mega video conference, which is pitched as the largest video conference in the world, the Prime Minister stated that “India will fight as one, India will win as one.” He further stated, “When the enemy supports terror and acts against India, it is to stop India’s progress. But we must all ensure that we stand together, stand united, stand with our soldiers to ensure we are strong… ensure that no matter what, our progress and our work does not stop”.

Theresa May asks India and Pakistan to avoid further escalation of tensionsUpdate – 28th February 2019

r Theresa May called upon India and Pakistan to to avoid further escalation of tensionsBritish Prime Minister Theresa May called upon India and Pakistan to to avoid further escalation of tensions. She stated that the UK is concerned about the rising tensions between the two countries and urgently called for restraint.



Wing Commander Abhinandan in Pak CustodyUpdate – 27th February 2019

Map Depicting Location from where IAF Pilot Abhinandan was Captured

 Wing Commander AbhinandanOn February 27, Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan’s plane was shot and he was captured by the Pakistani army in Horra’n village in Bhimber district across the LOC where he landed, reports Dawn. Later, the pilot was taken to Bhimber in a Pakistan military convoy. As per Dawn’s report, IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman tried to swallow maps and documents and was nabbed by a local mob who “roughed him up, in a fit of rage”, meanwhile, army personnel arrived there and took him into their custody. The pilot is still in the custody of the Pakistani military.

High Level Meeting held in DelhiUpdate – 27th February 2019

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, met National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval and the three service chiefs at a high level meeting in Delhi.

India confirms pilot in Pakistan’s custodyUpdate – 27th February 2019

India confirms pilot in Pakistan's custodyIndia confirmed that a fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force is in the custody of Pakistan. The Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement: “India also strongly objected to Pakistan’s vulgar display of an injured personnel of the Indian Air Force in violation of all norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention. It was made clear that Pakistan would be well advised to ensure that no harm comes to the Indian Defence personnel in its custody. India also expects his immediate and safe return,” a Ministry of External Affairs statement said.

Pakistan says only one Indian pilot in its custodyUpdate – 27th February 2019

The Pakistan army has claimed that only one downed India pilot is in its custody. Pakistan had earlier issued a statement that it had captured two downed Indian pilots, further adding that one of them was injured. According to Major General Asif Ghafoor, “There is only one pilot under Pakistan Army’s custody”.

Russia Issues StatementUpdate – 27th February 2019

Russia has issued a statement on the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan. Russia stated, “We express our serious concern about the aggravation of the situation along the Line of Control between India and Pakistan and the outbreak of tensions between friendly states. We call on both sides to show restraint and step up efforts to resolve existing problems by political and diplomatic means”.

We should sit down and talk, says Imran KhanUpdate – 27th February 2019

mran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan Addressed the MediaFollowing escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan, Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, addressed the media. Khan commented that “We should sit down and talk”. He further added that with the kind of weapons both the countries have, both the sides cannot afford miscalculation.



MiG 21 Aircraft lost in engagement, pilot “missing in action”, says MEAUpdate – 27th February 2019

The Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement saying that they had lost one MIG 21 aircraft and the pilot was missing in action. The MEA further added that they are investigating Pakistan’s claim that the pilot is in their custody.

Airport Shutdown Order WithdrawnUpdate – 27th February 2019

With tensions increasing between India and Pakistan, services at nine airports in the northern part of India were temporarily suspended. Among these were Srinagar, Jammu, Leh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. The order to shut down the airports has been withdrawn. Meanwhile, at some airports including Jammu, flight operations have resumed.

Meeting at PM’s OfficeUpdate – 27th February 2019

As per sources, a meeting of top security and intelligence officials is being held at the Prime Minister’s Office. Ajit Doval, the National Security Advisor along with the officials of the Army, Air Force, Navy and other security officials were present at the meeting.

Pakistan Army Released a VideoUpdate – 27th February 2019

The Pakistan army released a 46-second video which showed a blindfolded man claiming to be IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan. In the video, the man is seen saying “I am an IAF officer. My service No is 27981,” the man says in the video. As per sources, the video’s veracity could not be ascertained.

IAF Shot Down a F-16 Pak Fighter PlaneUpdate – 27th February 2019

The IAF shot down a F-16 Pak fighter plane in Nowshera, Rajouri sector near Line of Control. The Pakistani plane intruded India’s airspace. As per reports, the Pakistani pilot ejected, but no details on the pilot’s condition have been revealed.

Airports Shutdown Amid Tensions with PakistanUpdate – 27th February 2019

India Map Showing Airports Shutdown Amid Tensions with Pakistan

With tensions increasing between India and Pakistan, the following airports in India were shut down: Leh, Jammu, Srinagar, Shimla, Dharamshala, Kullu, Ludhiana, Adampur, Bhatinda, Pathankot, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Dehradun, and Pantnagar.

Mi-17 IAF Chopper Crashed in BudgamUpdate – 27th February 2019

As per sources, five people were killed in the crash. Further, details are awaited.

Rajnath Singh Reviews SituationUpdate – 27th February 2019

Rajnath Singh Reviews The Current Situation

Following the bombing of Jaish-e-Mohammad’s terror camp in Balakot, Pakistan, Rajnath Singh, Home Minister of India, reviewed the situation. Along with the Home Minister, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and others were also present at the meeting. At the meeting a detailed presentation regarding the security situation in India was given. The officials were directed by the Home Minister to ensure that the BSF remains on high alert.


IAF Attacks Terror Camps in BalakotUpdate – 26th February 2019

Map Showing Location of Balakot which was Bombed by IAF

IAF Bombed Terrorist Camps in Balakot

On February 26, at 3.30 am, 12 Mirage 2000 fighters of the IAF bombed terrorist camps in Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. As per the IAF, between 200 to 300 terrorists were killed in the air assault. Balakot is a hub of terrorist activities and militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed is operating its terrorist camp here. Bombs weighing around 1,000 kg were dropped at the camps. The IAF air strikes, which lasted less than 20 minutes, also devastated terrorist launch pads in Muzaffarabad and Chikoti, located in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir. The air strikes targeted terrorists and not civilians. Meanwhile, Pakistan accepted the claims that Indian aircraft entered its territory, but stated that no casualties were reported.

Pulwama Attack: Suicide Bomber Kills 40 CRPF PersonnelUpdate – 14th February 2019

Map Showing Pulwama Terror Attack

Pulwama Attack

On February 14, 2019, 40 CRPF personnel were killed when a suicide bomber rammed his vehicle in a convoy of vehicles on the Jammu Srinagar Highway. The suicide bomber was also killed in the attack which took place at Lethpora in district Pulwama. Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based Islamist militant group, claimed responsibility for the attack. Jaish-e-Mohammed member, Adil Ahmad Dar, was identified as the attacker.


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