Search operation on after 3rd drone spotted in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir

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A third drone has been spotted in the Mankote area of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir(J&K) in the last 24 hours which has sparked concerns amongst the Indian establishment. The Army and J&K Police launched a joint search operation. This comes days after a terror attack was foiled in Nagrota after four terrorists were neutralised.

On Saturday the Ministry of External Affairs(MEA) summoned the Charge d’Affaires of the Pakistan High Commission, expressing a strong protest against Thursday’s encounter in Nagrota. The ministry said the huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosive material indicate detailed planning for a “major attack to destabilise the peace and security” in the UT of J&K, in particular, to derail the ongoing democratic exercise of conduct of local district development council polls.

According to a press release issued by MEA on Saturday said, “JeM has been part of several attacks in India in the past, including the Phulwama attack in February 2019. The huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosive material indicate detailed planning for a major terror attack to destabilize the peace and security in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, in particular to derail the ongoing democratic exercise of conduct of local District Development Council elections.”

The MEA also stated that it was the alertness of the Indian security forces that the terror attack was foiled. India asked Pakistan to desist from supporting terrorists and terror groups operating from it’s territory and dismantle the terror infrastructure operated by terrorist outfits to launch attacks in other countries. “India reiterated it’s long standing demand that Pakistan fulfil it’s international obligations and bilateral commitments to not allow any territory under it’s control to be used for terrorism against India in any manner.” Added the MEA statement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted on Saturday, “”The presence of large cache of weapons and explosives with them indicates that their efforts to wreak major havoc and destruction have once again been thwarted.”

 

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