New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday chaired the National Security Council meeting in the wake of heightened tensions between Indian and Pakistan. The meeting was attended by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale. Besides, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were also present at the high-level meet.

This was the fourth meeting by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the service chiefs.  On Thursday, PM Modi had chaired a high-level security meeting and said India stands as one against the evil designs of its enemy which was hatching a conspiracy to destabilise the country and stop its progress with terror attacks.

The high-level meeting was conducted after Pakistan Imran Khan had announced the release of Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who was captured by Pak military.

The meeting was then attended by chiefs of the three Services, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Several other senior officials also attended the meeting which took place at prime minister’s residence here.

Notably, tension between India and Pakistan escalated after deadly terror attack in Pulwama that claimed lives of CRPF personnel on February 14. The responsibility of the attack was claimed by Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

In retaliation, India on Tuesday carried ‘pre-emptive’ non-military strikes on biggest hideouts of JeM in Balakot during wee hours. Pakistan in return violated Indian airspace on Wednesday. However, their jets were successfully pushed back by the Indian Air Force.