Par­rikar warns Pak­istan of be­fit­ting re­ply if threat­ened

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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.

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