Pakistan Navy foils India’s attempt to infiltrate with submarine

Chief of Pakistan Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, stands on a Navy Warship. (Photo Courtesy: Pakistan Navy)
Updated 06 March 2019

Pakistan Navy foils India’s attempt to infiltrate with submarine

  • Says vessel was not deployed to maintain peace
  • Tensions remain high between the two nuclear-armed neighbors

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Navy said on Tuesday that it had thwarted an Indian submarine’s attempt to infiltrate the country’s waters at a time when tensions continue to remain high between the two South Asian, nuclear-armed neighbors.
“Pakistan Navy thwarted every effort of Indian submarine to avoid the detection. To maintain peace, the Indian submarine was not targeted which reflects Pakistan’s desire for peace,” a spokesman said in the statement.
According to Pakistan, this was the second instance of an Indian submarine being detected since November 2016.
The statement added that India should learn from this incident and work toward peace. “The Pakistan Navy used its specialized skills to ward off the submarine, successfully keeping it away from entering Pakistani waters,” the statement added.
Tensions along the border have remained high since February 14 when a suicide bomber killed at least 40 paramilitary troopers in the Pulwama district of Indian-administered Kashmir, with New Delhi maintaining that the attack was carried out by a Pakistan-based militant outfit, Jaish-e-Mohammad. Pakistan denies the allegations.
The incident led to both the countries indulging in airstrikes resulting in Pakistan capturing an Indian Air Force pilot on February 27.
While Islamabad decided to release Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman on March 1 as a peace gesture, Pakistan’s armed forces continue to remain vigilant.


Pakistan army denies reports of joint border patrols with Iran

Updated 09 December 2019

Pakistan army denies reports of joint border patrols with Iran

  • Patrolling operations on respective sides are conducted by respective forces, military spokesman says
  • Last month, army chief visited Tehran for security talks

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan army spokesperson on Monday rejected media reports suggesting that Pakistani and Iranian security forces conducted joint border patrolling.
“News published by Dawn today ('Pak-Iran Forces jointly conduct border patrolling') is factually incorrect,” Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, said in a tweet.
He added that “there is no joint patrolling anywhere on Pakistani borders” as “patrolling operations if required are always on respective sides by respective forces through coordination.”

The English-language daily reported earlier on the day that Pakistan and Iran had conducted another joint patrol on the border near Taftan town in Chagai district, Balochistan.
Soon after Ghafoor's comment, Dawn's editor Zaffar Abbas clarified that “the confusion was caused by the official news agency APP, as the picture caption said ‘joint patrolling.’ Radio Pak also tweeted the same. But we will be carrying out correction in light of your statement.”

Border security has long been a major cause of distrust in Pakistan-Iran relations. 
In April, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that the two countries would form a joint quick-reaction force to combat militant activity on their shared border, following a deadly attack on Pakistani security personnel on the coastal highway in southwestern Balochistan, where 14 soldiers lost their lives.
On Nov. 18, Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Tehran for security talks with Iran's political leadership and military leadership.
In May this year, Pakistan began the fencing of certain areas along the 950-kilometer border it shares with Iran.