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India tests war readiness close to Pakistan border

March 1, 2010

By Bappa Majumdar | Reuters India

POKHRAN, India, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Indian fighter jets pounded mock enemy bunkers close to the Pakistan border on Sunday in a symbolic show of air power at a time when the two nuclear-armed rivals are trying to improve relations.

The exercise was watched by military attaches from about 30 countries but not Pakistan and China, neighbours who would be keen to take a look at India’s military firepower.

It follows the first official talks between India and Pakistan since the militant attacks in Mumbai in 2008.

The talks ended with an agreement to keep in touch, signalling relations remain fraught despite a desire to reopen a dialogue that India suspended after the Mumbai killings.

“This is not just a firepower demonstration but a clear message about what India’s air force is capable of,” said Uday Bhaskar, a New Delhi-based strategic affairs expert. “It is a message to the neighbours.”

Tensions between India and Pakistan are a problem by themselves but the stakes have risen further with their roles in the war in Afghanistan.

In Sunday’s war games, planes including Sukhois and MiG 21s, roared through the sky, bombing simulated enemy targets including militant training camps and bunkers.

President Pratibha Patil and Defence Minister A.K. Antony watched as targets were hit with bombs and rockets, raising huge balls of fire and dust in the deserts of Pokhran, the site of India’s nuclear testing facility.

Defence officials said the exercise would test the air force’s ability at precision bombing of militant camps, particularly those behind enemy lines.

India accuses Pakistan of letting militant groups use its territory to train and launch attacks on India, such as the Mumbai raid that killed 166 people. (Writing by Krittivas Mukherjee; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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6 comments

  1. y pak socalled govt dont uderstand which is easily understood by a common man that endia will never accept peace and dont want to see peace spreading then y they have to come into this illusion of talks with double faces nation.
    endians actually r preparing to attack pak from east as usa is preparing from west in the disguise of their occupation on marjah and kandahart etc.
    ummah better be prepared with duaa ,planning tactics,dignity,courage and hathyar.


  2. India has no designs of peace and do not need it either as it is India who has occupied a Muslim majority province and not Pakistan who has occupied a Hindu majority state. India is more then happy to convert the line of control into an international border and continue its occupation. This ofcours is against the interest of the Kashmiri and the Pakistani people.


  3. These rat eating cowards can only carry out simulated exercises by attacking on mock bunkers and airfields from where they have no threat.

    They dont have the guts to even think of crossing the border and face the real bullets…


  4. They’ll start something eventually that will lead to a bloody war.The nd result will be the end of India as foretold in the Ghazwa-e-Hind prophecy.


  5. Well india has always been an enemy of pakistan and that will always be the case which they have proved time and again. India is a hypocrite and terrorist state which is just a propoganda machine with the support of USA now they are turning to the saudis for support on the basis of their propoganda like bombay self staged attack to hide its own terrorism in kashmir, pakistan, sri lanka and china. So we need to take care of this by giving a stiff response if they dare attacking us. They should leave kashmir if they really want peace in the region.
    As far as the US attacking our west side is concerned, pakistan just needs to pull the plug of its supply line which passes through it be it from peshawar or gwadar it would not matter as we are the controllers of the area and they cannot occupy our land as we have a strong army and public that doesn’t like US. Anyway, if we pull the plug of supply line the yanks would fall prey to the kabli pathans. Our army and politicians need to take bold steps to stop this happening.


  6. THE INDIAN FORCES IN OCCUPIED KASHMIR SAY THAT PAKISTAN HAS HALTED RESEARCH WHERE IT CAN PERFORM BETTER LIKE DESIGNING TECHNOLOGY WHICH CAN MAKE ALL EVIL SPACE PROGRAMES OBSOLETE,WHICH CAN DEFUNCT SUBMAINES OR COUMAFLAGE THEM FOR EXAMPLE DEVELOPING ‘THE BEETLE’ PRESENTLY BEING DEVELOPED BY EGYPT WHICH CANNOT BE DETECTED BY SONAR OR ANY OTHER METHOD,OR FOR THAT MATTER DEVELOPEING BETTER ALTERNATIVES INCLUDING DEVELOPING HUMAN AND COMPUTER SOFTWARES.



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