Sunday www.thestatesman.com 03 march 2019 find us online scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 pages 20 | `5.00 |lc KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR To showcase The many charms of god’s own counTry, an evenTful parTnership meeT was hosTed in The ciTy by The Tourism secTor WeatheR Ply cloudy sky. Max and min temp to be around 28/17 degrees celsius, resp. Rainfall: Nil Relative humidity Max.89% tempeRatuRe Min. 35% Min: 16.5°c (-5) Max: 27.6°c (-4) suN rises suN sets 05:56 hrs 17:41 hrs MooN sets MooN rises 03:47 hrs 14:58 hrs Next quarter of moon on 4 March thumbnails indians celebrate the return of the iaF pilot abhinandan Varthaman from Pakistan. in Kolkata on saturday. n DiliP DuTTa India beat Australia by six wickets in first ODI: MS Dhoni took a chase deep for the umpteenth time but it needed Kedar Jadhav's street smartness to get India back on winning track as they beat Australia by six wickets in the first ODI in Hyderabad on Saturday. India reached the target in 48.2 overs, riding on a 141-run unconquered stand between Jadhav (81 no, 87 balls) and Dhoni (59 no off 72 balls), to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. P12 The wealTh of knowledge once earned by The worshippers of goddess saraswaTi is eTernal. USA seeks info on Pak’s potential ‘misuse’ of F-16s Pakistan on wednesday said that no F-16 fighter jets were used agencies washiNgtoN, 2 March T he US is seeking more information from Pakistan on the potential misuse of American-made F16 fighter jets by it against India in violation of the enduser agreement, the State Department has said. The Indian Air Force on Thursday displayed parts of an AMRAAM beyond visual range air-toair missile as evidence to “conclusively” prove that Pakistan deployed USmanufactured F-16 fighter jets during an aerial raid targeting Indian military installations in Kashmir after India's anti-terror operation in Balakot . Pakistan on Wednesday categorically said that no F-16 fighter jets were used and denied that one of its planes had been downed by the Indian Air Force. “We are aware of these reports and are seeking more information,” a State Department spokesperson told PTI when asked about report that Pakistan has violated end-user agreement with the United States in this week's border clash with India. “Due to non-disclosure agreements in Foreign Military Sales contracts, we cannot discuss the specifics of end user-agreements contained within,” Lt Col Kone Faulkner, a Defense Department spokesperson told PTI. The United States, which is the largest seller of hightech defence equipment globally, has a strong enduser monitoring agreement, and as a matter of practice takes all allegations of misuse of defense articles very seriously. But before making any judgement or arriving at any conclusion, it needs to establish some facts on the ground, if there has been any violation by Pakistan to the F-16 end-user agreement it signed with the United States. Publicly available documents reveal that US has imposed nearly a dozen restrictions on Pakistan related to its use of F-16. During a Congressional hearing on July 20, 2006, John Miller the then Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs, had told lawmakers that the United States has “very carefully considered” the potential risks of the diver- sion of US technology and equipment.” While the exact details of the restrictions were discussed in a closed-door session, and thus remains classified, Miller then broadly outlined some of the restrictions, which he said were over a “dozen new and unprecedented elements” of the security plan for Pakistan. Miller then told lawmakers that the security provisions also include semi-annual inventories of all F-16 aircraft equipment and munitions, including related technical data, and more frequent inventories for other systems. IAF pilot release not under pressure, says Qureshi press trust of india ‘IAF pilot subjected to mental harassment’ islaMabaD, 2 March Pakistan was not under “pressure” or “any compulsion” to release Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday, a day after the IAF officer returned home. India has been maintaining that the Pakistani decision is in consonance with the Geneva Conventions. Pakistan was under intense pressure from the US, the UAE and Saudi Arabia to de-escalate tensions with India in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack and release the Indian pilot. In an interview with BBC Urdu, Qureshi said: “We wanted to convey to them (India) that we do not want to increase your sorrow, we do not want your citizens to be miserable, we want peace”. Varthaman returned to India from Pakistan on Friday to a hero's welcome, nearly 60 hours after he was captured following a dogfight when his MiG 21 was shot down. Qureshi dismissed the notion that the captured IAF pilot was released owing to pressure or as a compulsion. “Pakistan will not allow anti-state elements to risk the peace of the country or the region. We plan on taking action against extrem- New Delhi, 2 March ist groups,” Geo news quoted him as saying. India has repeatedly told Pakistan to act against terror groups operating from its soil and recently handed over dossier containing “specific details” of the involvement of the JeM in the Pulwama terror attack and the presence of camps of the UN-proscribed terror outfit in Pakistan. “There was no pressure on Pakistan to release him nor any compulsion,” Qureshi told BBC Urdu. He said that Pakistan does not want the peace of the region to be risked over politics. “Pakistan does not want to go in the past, but if it goes in the past, then we will have to see how the attack on Parliament, Pathankot and Uri took place and that is a long story,” the foreign minister said. Qureshi reiterated that if evidence is shared against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), then action will be taken. On Friday he admitted that JeM's chief Masood Azhar was in Pakistan. Wing Commander AbhinandanVarthaman Saturday briefly apprised defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa about the mental trauma he was subjected to during his nearly 60-hour captivity in Pakistan after he was detained following an aerial co mbat with Pakistani fighters on Wednesday, official sources said. Sitharaman met Varthaman at the Army's Research and Referral hospital here, a day after Pakistan released him. Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa and several top officials of the IAF also met Varthaman separately. The sources said the officer told senior IAF brass that he was subjected to severe mental harassment though he was not tortured physically during his captivity. PTi
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