‘They just changed date stamp’: India rubbishes Pak’s claim of thwarting submarine from entering its waters

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The latest report comes in the backdrop of tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours following a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14.

Shared News: New Delhi | Updated: March 5, 2019 6:50:47 pm

Pakistan just changed the time and date stamp, government sources said in response to Islamabad’s claim that it thwarted Indian submarine’s attempt to enter its territorial waters.

Rubbishing Pakistan’s claim that it thwarted an attempt by an Indian submarine to enter its territorial waters, the government sources said the footage that Islamabad shared dated back to November 2016. “Pakistan’s claim of Indian submarine in their vicinity is false. It’s a video from November 2016. They have just changed the time and date stamp,” sources told The Indian Express.

In an official statement, the Indian Navy said it has noticed that Pakistan has been indulging in false propaganda and spread of misinformation over the past several days and insisted that its deployments remain undeterred.

The government sources’ response came hours after Pakistan Navy claimed that it was successful in “warding off” the Indian submarine from entering Pakistani waters. Pakistan Navy also shared a footage with the media, which it said was “actual”. The image showed that footage was made at 2035 hours on March 4.

“The Pakistan Navy used its specialised skills to ward off the submarine, successfully keeping it from entering Pakistani waters,” a spokesperson said in a statement.


Sources also said that India is reaching out to all members of United Nations and UNSC for the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar.

The latest report comes in the backdrop of tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours following a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based JeM killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. In response, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a counter-terror operation against a JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26.

Subsequently, an aerial confrontation ensued in which both countries downed a fighter each. However, IAF’s Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan Army after his MiG-21 Bison was shot down while he was trying to thwart the Pakistan Air Force’s intrusion into the Indian airspace. Varthaman was then handed over to India on Friday after Pakistan PM Imran Khan announced that the IAF pilot would be released as a “gesture of peace”.



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