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Navy says prevented Indian submarine from entering Pakistani waters

Updated Nov 18, 2016 08:16pm


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The Pakistan Navy on Friday said it had prevented Indian Navy submarines from entering Pakistani territorial waters on Monday, November 14.

"The Indian Navy, in order to fulfil its nefarious designs, was deploying submarines. The Pakistan Navy, alert and using its extreme skill, prevented Indian submarines from entering Pakistani waters."

“The unsuspecting submarine was detected and localised south of Pakistani coast on Nov 14,” read the statement issued by Pakistan Navy.

"Navy fleet units detected the presence of Indian submarines in the southern parts of Pakistani waters, mimiced their behaviour and restricted their activity," the statement said.

The Pakistan Navy prevented the Indian submarines from being successful in their attempts to keep their presence a secret, the statement said, adding that the navy had constantly pursued the submarines and pushed them back.

"This is proof of Pakistan Navy's extremely skilled anti-submarine warfare units," the navy said.

"The Pakistan Navy is fully prepared to defend its borders and capable of responding to any aggression befittingly."

Expert’s opinion

Vice Admiral (retd) Tasneem, a decorated war veteran and a submarine commander having the accolade of sinking Indian Navy's warship INS Khukri during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, said “the Indian submarine was detected 40 nautical miles off Pakistani coast”.

While talking to, Tasneem said that the Indian submarine “surfaced to periscope depth because it had probably exhausted its battery and had no other option but to surface and recharge its battery”.

“She was snorkelling, because she knew she had been detected. So there was no point of further exhausting the battery,” the ace Pakistani submarine commander said.

“The submarine was detected 40 nautical miles off the Pakistani coast in international waters and our naval assets detected and forced it back to 65 nautical miles,” said the war veteran.

As the date of the detection of Indian submarine coincides with the date of cargo ships leaving the Gwadar port under the recently accomplished CPEC pilot project, Tasneem was of the opinion that “the submarine had come for intelligence gathering purposes”.

“Intelligence gathering is a common practice, but the skill is not to get caught — like we did in our times,” he explained and laughed.

It is pertinent to mention that the Indian warship sunk by Pakistani submarine PNS Hangor in December 1971, commanded by then Commodore Tasneem, remains the Indian navy's only warship to be lost in war to date.

It was also the first warship sunk in action by a submarine since World War II.

Soaring tensions

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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Comments (76) Closed

Arshad Nov 18, 2016 03:22pm

Well done Pakistan Navy !

Awais Ali Nov 18, 2016 03:27pm

Pakistan is not Myanmar you are encountering with. Welldone Armed forces of Pakistan. Nation salute you.

Anas Nov 18, 2016 03:35pm

Well done by the Navy, now its up to the politicians to expose the Indian incursion and malign them internationally - must act on this immediately.

Nasir Nov 18, 2016 03:42pm

Well done by Pakistan Navy never let your enemies to be successful.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Nov 18, 2016 03:49pm

Well done Pak Navy. Keep it up and hang on tough.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Nov 18, 2016 03:52pm

Pakistan is sovereign nation and have total rights to protect the motherland. I pray for peace because that is what the common man needs in our greater India. Shanti nothing else.

Awais Ali Nov 18, 2016 03:57pm

@Malik it was trying to enter in Pakistani water. Their attempt have been failed. Pakistan could not act in international water since submarine was in international water yet.

sana-1 Nov 18, 2016 03:57pm

well done Pakistan navy!

SHAHID MAHMOOD Nov 18, 2016 04:01pm

@Enlightenment exactly so Sir.

Muhammad Usman Nov 18, 2016 04:06pm


Asif Kashmiri Nov 18, 2016 04:10pm

Indian armed forces are good fun - makes me laugh

Aslam Nov 18, 2016 04:13pm

Good work Pak navy.

jayyed Nov 18, 2016 04:14pm

Careful what you wish for, Indians.

aslam shaikh1 Nov 18, 2016 04:15pm

Hindustan is trying even more aggressive and direct tactics after US elections.

sana-1 Nov 18, 2016 04:17pm

They say they are going upwards, i wonder who wrote geography books in India...

Dr.MM.Khan Nov 18, 2016 04:37pm

Why prevent. They should have been allowed to enter and faced depth charges. It is called doctrine of self defence.

Iftikhar Husain Nov 18, 2016 04:47pm

Our armed forces are capable of looking after the borders Long Live Pakistan Army.

Azmeen Nov 18, 2016 04:51pm

Well done, Pak Navy. Keep it up.

Nazir Nov 18, 2016 05:01pm

Salute our brave armed forces!

Taimoor khan Nov 18, 2016 05:06pm

Good job PAK Navy.

Khwarezmi Nov 18, 2016 05:38pm

Pakistan must get out from the self defeating strategy of restraint in face of aggression and take out the enemy when inside Pakistani territory.

Have we forgotten the Atlantique incident when our patrol plane was shot down or the fishboat bombed by enemy fire with the excuse of "we don't want to serve them biryani"?

Wheredaproof Nov 18, 2016 05:42pm

Surely video proof of the 'extreme skill' that stopped the submarine incursion will be made available soon.

lootra Nov 18, 2016 06:08pm

@Anas It will be hard to convince global powers that a submarine was snorkeling in hostile waters and visible so easily.

sultan ahmed Nov 18, 2016 07:17pm

Violation on the Line of control,Fresh activities under the sea water,Crackdown in the Kashmir region,all are part of surgical strike it is being done under suggested plan.United Nations should open its eyes.

ozzy Nov 18, 2016 07:27pm

@Wheredaproof dthis aint like ur S Strike which BTW we are atill waot8ng for as you lot claimed to have ready in days after ss. Where is it?

OneHumanity Nov 18, 2016 07:37pm

Problem with India and Pakistan is that both are adamant and both talk about befitting reply to each others aggression. This needs to stop. They need to fight hunger, poverty and illiteracy together. 70 years of hostility must end. People on both sides continue to suffer due to deep hatred and mistrust of each other and lack of political will. I hope one day people of these 2 great nations, who have the same heritage can sit down and be together. World views them as same people who live, eat and pray together. They are best friends outside of their countries so why not back home.

nadeem Nov 18, 2016 07:38pm

Please tell the nation what's going on?

MUHAMMAD Nov 18, 2016 08:36pm

we have lost the opportunity to surrender indian submarine and arrest in PAK waters. Pak navy be brave.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Nov 18, 2016 09:06pm

Long Live Pakistan Army

Azad Kashmiri Nov 18, 2016 09:16pm

Good work navy. The enemy has no chance.

Hyder Nov 18, 2016 09:23pm


It was golden chance to sink that submarine so that they never have dared to leave their waters again!!!

Zak Nov 18, 2016 09:29pm

@lootra read again, the answer to your comment is there.

Sanam Moghul Nov 18, 2016 10:04pm

Tell Indian Government there is no second chance!!!

SP Nov 18, 2016 10:03pm

Pak Navy - the very best!!

Adnan 2 Nov 18, 2016 10:19pm

Powerful Pakistan army and very peaceful country.

malik Nov 18, 2016 10:28pm

Pakistan needs to be aggressive in defending its territory and consider attacking India with any prior notice

S. A. M. Nov 18, 2016 10:49pm

Pak Navy should have destroyed Indian submarine. they would never have dated to commit such a cowardly act again.

ISRA Nov 18, 2016 11:11pm

Why let it go ?

Omar Nov 18, 2016 11:16pm

I wouldnt give the indian navy that much credit, they probably got lost and were incompetent. Great Job Pak Navy!

Confucious Nov 18, 2016 11:45pm

@Adnan 2 Yes certainly, onwards and upwards. Recently the Finance minister got awarded by IMF as well!

Alla Bux Nov 19, 2016 12:00am

This must be our reply to their 'surgical strike'. Good going.

Alla Bux Nov 19, 2016 12:06am

46 nautical miles from our coast? Those are not our territorial waters but in exclusive economic zone. Ships have right of innocent passage. Methinks, the sub surfaced to recharge its batteries at 46 NM and after it is done dived back to the normal depth at 65 NM. That is when we 'detected' and video taped it. Nothing great about it and back to normal programming, folks.

Irfan Baloch Nov 19, 2016 12:06am

it should have been sunk that would have deflated Modi and his supporters on this website

Alla Bux Nov 19, 2016 12:08am

@Hyder Sink it international waters? You got to be kidding.

realist Nov 19, 2016 12:16am

It will interesting to know which submarine has three towers.

Ahmad Nov 19, 2016 12:38am

they should have destroyed that

Sfthe Nov 19, 2016 12:43am

Hard to believe that a submarine was snorkeling 40-miles off the coast in hostile waters. Even submarines in WW2 didn't do that!

OnePathan Nov 19, 2016 01:28am

Pakistan is not Myanmar you are encountering with. Welldone Armed forces of Pakistan. Nation salute you.

OnePathan Nov 19, 2016 01:27am

Well done by the Navy, now its up to the politicians to expose the Indian incursion and malign them internationally - must act on this immediately.

OnePathan Nov 19, 2016 01:27am

Indian armed forces are good fun - makes me laugh

Zak Nov 19, 2016 01:30am

Indians chased away and humiliated again.

Mahmood Nov 19, 2016 01:43am

If she was in our waters why let it go, It should allow to enter further in side and then either distroy or capture it, a good chance to show our uperhand is missed.

Imran Nov 19, 2016 02:04am

Pakistan Army we are proud of you.

AHA Nov 19, 2016 02:06am

This is only detected one. Who know how many undetected?

FMS2 Nov 19, 2016 02:49am

I remember a in1999 a Pakistani patrol plane atlanitquw was shot down by indians at the border near ran of kuch. Why pak navy has shown mercy?

ART KP Nov 19, 2016 03:39am

Capture it if it enters Pakistani waters again!

Pakistani Nov 19, 2016 03:50am

Should have let it come in and then sunk it.We are too nice with India sometimes.

Not Again Nov 19, 2016 04:14am

Should have torpedoed it..........and the put it down to an encounter

Sunil Mehta Nov 19, 2016 04:21am

Territorial waters extend to 12 nautical miles.

sam Nov 19, 2016 04:53am

Pak navy should use its state of art sub warfare weapons to sink this sub. Enough is Enough until we give a strong Punch on the face of Indian Army they will keep doing these kind of cowardly acts. It is about time we should teach Modi a lessen. We should immediately block our airspace, close our borders and don't let any Kind of Indian ships big or small use our coastline. This will effect India's trade with the gulf. the Airspace will disturb 300 Indian commercial flights on daily basis. End of story.

Joe Nov 19, 2016 05:29am

First it was army killing 11 Indian soldier,now Navy checking Indian submarine next would be PAF in action

Dr.Haroon Nasir Khattak Nov 19, 2016 05:47am

Till how long will we soldiers and civillians be dying on daily basis ? Cant' there be a solution to it ? Who is the beneficiery of this Tom ang Jerry show with India ????? Till how long will Pakistanees be haunted by Indian Attack ? Cant' this be stopped altogether ??

Aamir Nov 19, 2016 05:50am

How they known its Indian submarine? Could be US, Russian or Turkish

Aamir Khan Nov 19, 2016 06:20am

May I ask why it was forced back? If it was in Pakistani's territorial waters it should have been rounded up and the crew taken prisoner!

KJ Nov 19, 2016 06:42am

India denies that this episode occurred, so who is to be believed? Claims and counter claims are occurring on both sides.

Malik Nov 19, 2016 06:53am

Why we didnt fire upon Indian Marine. We need to take more aggressive approach after how India is behaving lately. Pak army or Navy or air force are responsible to keep nation pride.thanks

RN Nov 19, 2016 07:25am

Snorkeling is usually in shallow water and at such a close proximity to Pakistan is difficult to believe. India has said it was not even have a submarine anywhere near.

Shahroz Nov 19, 2016 08:44am

why did n't they arrested them instead of pushing them back .They should've captured that submarine. Bravo

noman haroon Nov 19, 2016 08:55am

i salute you Pak Navy great job

Shiraj Nov 19, 2016 09:31am

What was done to prevent Indian submarine to enter Pakistan. No excplanation.

Zealot Nov 19, 2016 10:17am

Had Submarine been in water.things could have become worst.Its battery was exhausted which is why it surfaced up and our navy searched it out.Our navy,Airforce and army must be super out for Chabhar Port where Spy naval officer Kulbhusan yadav was active and went to Chaman and was arrested Nov 19, 2016 10:46am

Anybody with little common sense would NOT believe this. Nice attempt, BTW ;)

Dr ShaHid Nov 19, 2016 03:55pm

great good job appreciate Pakistan Navy and Pak Army

Peace lover Nov 19, 2016 04:47pm

40 nautical miles away from the coast is not the territorial waters of Pakistan. Its international waters.

Thomas Nov 20, 2016 11:52am

@sana-1 - Not Hafis Saeed, for sure

Agatha christie Nov 20, 2016 10:40pm

If two neighbors quarrel or fight,the people of vicinity feels bad,but at the same time reminds them that they are neighbors, and must avoid fighting.Indian & Pakistan shares air,water,food,culture,gas( soon) electric(soon),trade(already it's smooth)land rovers ( Tata motors have honor their brand in use in Pak as well),simply you can't change the neighbors like friends.Hence must sit down & talk.