Parrikar warns Pakistan of befitting reply if threatened
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday threatened Pakistan with a “befitting reply again” if it continues to sponsor terrorism, the tough talk coming a day after the US bluntly told Islamabad to stop its rhetoric on nuking India.
Parrikar’s warning came two days after New Delhi said Indian forces carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control — the de facto border between the two countries in Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian strike was in response to a militant attack on an army camp at Uri that left 18 soldiers dead. Pakistan has no idea what happened because its condition is like that of an “anaesthetised patient” post-surgery, who has no idea what has happened, the minister said at Pauri in Uttarakhand. Islamabad has denied New Delhi’s claims about Border Security Force (BSF) jawans patrol the India-Pak border in Akhnoor sector, J&K, on Saturday. conducting surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President Pranab Mukherjee and is understood to have briefed him about the surgical strikes.
The city was almost 4 degrees cooler on Saturday, as showers continued even though the southwest monsoon completed its four-month cycle and officially ended on Friday.
The India Meteorological Department said while the southwest monsoon ended on September 30, a typhoon towards eastern China led to Saturday’s rain. Rain will continue over the next three days. Thick cloud cover kept maximum temperatures low — 27.8 degrees in the suburbs and 28.2 degrees in South Mumbai.