Fresh measures to punish Pak, NSC discusses next steps

In a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, a security assessment of the latest situation was shared with the PM.

The meeting was attended by senior Ministers including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman besides National Security Advisor Ajit Doval

The meeting was also attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

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Sources say that assessment of the security and diplomatic measures were shared by the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.

The NSC meeting, which comes two days after Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was detained by the Pakistani Army, returned home on March 1, took stock of the prevailing security situation.

Wing Commander Abhinandan, flying the MiG 21 Bison, was chasing Pakistani F-16 fighters which had transgressed into the Indian airspace. In the process, his plane crossed over to Pakistani side and was shot down. Although he ejected safely, the pilot was taken into custody by the Pakistan Army upon landing.

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On February 28, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan announced the release of Abhinandan on March 1, calling his decision a “peace gesture.”

However, India used diplomatic and military pressure to ensure that Pakistan releases Abhinandan unconditionally, top sources in New Delhi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made no compromises on the Pakistani proposal for holding talks, sources said.

India mounted pressure on Pakistan through the international community, with NSA Doval holding talks with the US and other P-5 countries, the sources said. The External Affairs Ministry also exerted pressure on Pakistan through the Arab world to ensure smooth release of Abhinandan, they said.

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