Indian submarine’s attempt to enter Pak waters foiled

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Salahuddin Haider

Karachi—Pakistan Navy once again reassured of its efficacy and competence by chasing out an Indian Navy submarine trying to enter Pakistani waters south of Balochistan, says an announcement from the Naval Headquarters, made available here Friday.
The Indian submarine was a German 209 type and had been found operating in international water, attempting to enter the Balochistan coastal area.
But a constant air-borne surveillance and its anti-submarine warfare unit, the Pakistani Navy foiled its attempt and pushed it back far out of the Pakistani territorial sea limits
Vice Admiral ® Tasneem Ahmad, commander of the PNS Ghazi submarine said the purpose of the Indian submarine could well have been to gather intelligence of the Pakistan-China naval exercises currently on in the open sea, or to look for targets in Balochistan for doing damage to Gwadar port which has assumed special significance because of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor nerve centre.
But he said that Pakistan Navy, constantly alert and mindful of its obligations detected it well ahead of Pakistani limits through air surveillance, kept a vigil on it for three days from Nov 14 to 16, and finally chased it out, defeating the Indian designs to cast evil eye on Pakistan’s integrity.
A press release of the Pakistan Navy said that in order to divert attention from the indigenous freedom movement in Indian Occupied Kashmir, India has persistently embarked upon a series of provocative actions against Pakistan.
While Indian Army continues to undertake serious ceasefire violations along LoC and Working Boundary, Indian Navy has also deceitfully deployed its submarines against Pakistan with ulterior motives.
However, Pakistan Navy once again proved its vigilance and operational competence by detecting and blocking an Indian submarine from entering Pakistani waters. The unsuspecting submarine was detected and localized South of Pakistani coast on 14-16 Nov. Thereafter, despite submarine’s desperate efforts to escape detection, it was continuously tracked by Pakistan Navy Fleet units and pushed well clear of our waters.
This thriving encounter of detecting Indian Navy submarine in high seas and its continued surveillance not only speaks very high of Pakistan Navy’s Anti- Submarine Warfare capability but also reflects the commitment and resolve to defend sea frontiers of Pakistan.
Pakistan Navy continues to maintain high level of preparedness and vigil to guard sea frontiers.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped up a drive to isolate Pakistan diplomatically after the Uri army base attack in September. Hours after the attack occurred, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’ and accused Pakistan of involvement.
The Uri attack occurred days before Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was set to address the United Nations General Assembly regarding Indian human rights violations in held Kashmir.
Following the attack, India claimed it had conducted a cross-border ‘surgical strike’ against ‘launch pads of terror’ in Azad Jammu and Kashmir — a claim Pakistan has strongly rejected.
Since then, both countries have intermittently exchanged fire over the Line of Control, with seven Pakistan army soldiers becoming the latest in a series of casualties in the cross-fire confirmed by the Pakistan Army. Pakistan has lodged several protests with India over repeated violation of the ceasefire agreement and targeting of civilians and soldiers along the border in the past few weeks.
Pakistan maintains that India is attempting to divert the world’s attention away from atrocities committed by government forces in India-held Kashmir.
Pakistan and India have, most recently, locked horns over Kashmir since Indian forces stepped up a crackdown against protesters after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by government forces in July.

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