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In secret conclave, Masood Azhar’s Jaish-e-Mohammed pledges to step up terror against India, US

The Jaish-e-Mohammed, a group founded by UN-designated terrorist Masood Azhar, recently organised a ‘Shohada-e-Kashmir’ conference in Rawalakot to commemorate the martyrdom of several terrorists killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.Three militants of JeM – identified as Talha Rasheed (nephew of Maulana Masood Azhar), Bhai Mohammad and Bilal – were killed in the encounter by the Indian security forces on November 6 in Pulwama.The secret conclave was attended by Maulana Talha Saif, younger brother of Maulana Masood Azhar, Maulana Mufti Asghar Khan, Amir JeM, PoK, Mukhtar, father of Bhai Muhammad, one of the killed militants, and many others.Over a thousand JeM cadres attended the event in which slogans against India and the United States were raised.Also readMove to block resolution on Masood Azhar not contradictory to BRICS declaration: China Challenging the democratic countries, including India and the United States, Maulana Talha Saif, in his speech, said, “If someone wants that ‘Fidayeen missions? must stop their attacks then they must stand in front of them like both hands folded.”A senior JeM functionary Saifullah Akhtar, in his speech, said, “JeM cadres will not forget their martyrdom and will continue their mission till it gets completed.”Mukhtar, father of Bhai Muhammad, one of the killed militants, said, “We have been waging a war since for the past 28 years and still asking we had got nothing. But, if you ask from those who are ready to sacrifice their lives for Kashmir then they will tell you that their shedding of blood in Kashmir will not go in vain but it becomes more fruitful. They are doing Jehad for Kashmir but doing it for Allah.”Also readJeM Chief Masood Azhar is a ‘bad guy’, should be called global terrorist: USNaveed Masood Hashmi, a senior JeM functionary from Islamabad, accused Nawaz Sharif for acting against JeM.He said, “Mauland Masood Azhar had prepared hundreds of JeM cadres and sent them Kashmir for the protection of Kashmiri brothers and sisters. But, Nawaz Sharif wanted to arrest them in Punjab.”He added, “Who is enemy of Islam” Nawaz Sharif or Maulana Masood Azhar? Nawaz Sharif is the enemy of Islam and that’ s why we are not getting a victory in Kashmir. Kashmir will get liberated only after the pro-Islamic government is established in Pakistan.”Such gatherings in support of terrorists killed in Jammu and Kashmir authenticate the Pakistan-based terror outfits to be behind terror activities in India, especially J-K. This also affirms the fact that Pakistan-based terror outfits not only use the PoK territory for `jihad’ against India, but also organise conferences to emotionally exploit the locals for proxy wars.Also readDefer all non-essential travel to Pakistan: US tells citizens amid increasing terrorist violence

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Terrorists attack police vehicle in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam

Updated: Nov 10, 2017, 01:26 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists opened fire on a police vehicle in Kulgam’s Qazigund of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.No injuries have been reported so far.Recently, the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir gunned down three terrorists in Pulwama district’s Aglar Kandi village which included terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar’s nephew and outfit’s divisional commander.

Jaish-e-Mohammed attacked BSF camp in Srinagar, admits Masood Azhar in audio clip

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China has managed to block efforts to impose an international ban on Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar. But an audio tape has revealed that JeM had been involved in a terror attack on BSF Camp in Srinagar on October 3, claims Zee News in an exclusive report. China’s claim of no evidence against Masood Azhar has fallen flat on its face, says the report. In the tapes, Masood Azhar is heard saying that some leaders in the international community offer aid in order to eliminate us. He even takes a swipe at Pervez Musharraf and claims that his efforts to eliminate JeM failed completely. An audio clip accessed by ‘Zee Media’ exposes the JeM chief, in which he is heard admitting to JeM terrorists attacking BSF camp in Srinagar on October 3.In the one-hour-45-minute long audio, Masood Azhar can be heard saying, “When the world says we will end this jihad, our men attack BSF camp in Srinagar.”Azhar accepts giving hate speeches and training terrorists in Pakistan for suicide (fidayeen) missions with emotional blackmail in the name of religion for the last 17 years.While hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, the Pathankot terror attack mastermind says both the leaders hate Islamist terrorists and want to kill us.“When our ministers in the government (Pakistan) go abroad, some leaders across in international community ask them to kill us, in lieu of aid. But by the grace of ‘Allah’ we are alive,” Azhar said.Masood Azhar’s recent speech was reportedly inside a mosque in Pakistan. In an apparent reference to India, Azhar is heard saying that enemy country is frustrated.He further took a dig at former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, who had once vowed to eradicate Jaish from the country.“Today Musharraf is nowhere in Pakistan, but JeM continues to exist. ‘Allah’ has saved us all,” Masood Azhar said.Last week on Thursday, China blocked a bid at the United Nations by the US, France and Britain to list Maulana Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, citing a lack of consensus among the members of the UN Security Council.A veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked India’s move to designate Azhar a terrorist under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council.The block comes as Chinese President Xi Jinping is beginning his second five-year term after the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress last month. The Chinese block is seen as one of the irritants in the India-China bilateral relationship.The JeM, founded by Azhar, has already been in the UN’s list of banned terror outfits. “China has rejected the move as there is no consensus,” people aware of the matter in the Chinese foreign ministry told PTI in Beijing.Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar expressed deep disappointment at the Chinese move.“We are deeply disappointed that once again, a single country has blocked international consensus on the designation of an acknowledged terrorist and leader of UN-designated terrorist organization, Masood Azhar,” Kumar said. “India strongly believes that double standards and selective approaches will only undermine the international community’s resolve to combat terrorist. We can only hope that there will be a realization that accommodating with terrorism for narrow objectives is both short sighted and counter productive,” Kumar said.In August, China extended by three months its technical hold on the proposal backed by US, France and Britain to name Azhar a global terrorist after blocking the move in February.Thursday’s move indicates China aims to ensure that the application to name Azhar a terrorist lapses—making it the second year in a row that China has blocked the resolution.Last year, China had stalled an India-sponsored attempt to get Azhar listed as a terrorist.(With PTI inputs)

India dismayed at China’s move not to blacklist Masood Azhar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India on Thursday expressed dismay at China’s plans to again block the move to have Masood Azhar, who heads terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), blacklisted by the UN. In response to a question, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Raveesh Kumar said such double standards and selective approach will only undermine the international community’s resolve to combat terrorism.China’s veto is set to create new friction with India, which has been pressing for sanctions that would freeze Azhar’s assets and ban his international travel. India, backed by the United States, France and the United Kingdom, has been trying to get Azhar added to a UN list of groups with ties to Al Qaeda.India believes JeM is responsible for a series of deadly attack on Parliament in 2001 and the last attack on the Uri military base in which 17 personnel were killed. China, which is a member of the UN Security Council with the right to veto, said it has rejected the move as “there is no consensus” on Azhar’s role in the said terror attacks. “Such decisions must be based on cast-iron evidence,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.Reacting to China’s move, Kumar said, “We are deeply disappointed that once again, a single country has blocked international consensus on the designation of an acknowledged terrorist and leader of UN-designated terrorist organisation, Masood Azhar. India strongly believes that double standards and selective approaches will only undermine the international community’s resolve to combat terrorist.”While UNSC has blacklisted JeM, Azhar has not been put into the list. Last year, China was the only member in UNSC to block India’s application against Azhar.

Two tailors die, family kept in dark

Masood Aalam Sheikh, 40, a Govandi resident and Mohammad Shakeel Sheikh, 30, a Mumbra resident had boarded the same train and had met at Parel railway station to reach their workplace <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two men from the same family died in the tragedy on Friday, both tailors working at a garment outlet in Lower Parel. The duo died due to severe injuries and suffocation on the Elphinstone railway bridge. The family including their wives, and two sisters had not been informed.Masood Aalam Sheikh, 40, a Govandi resident and Mohammad Shakeel Sheikh, 30, a Mumbra resident had boarded the same train and had met at Parel railway station to reach their workplace. The Duo were tailors working for a garment factory stitching curtains and bedsheets. Both were from the same family and Shakeel had recently shifted to Mumbra.”We have not informed his family members as they were the only bread winners for the families. Their wives, sisters and children have not been informed yet and we have told them that they are injured in the tragedy,” said Tabrez Muqadam, brother.”Being the only breadwinner, we expect that the railway would pay us compensation for the loss of our two family members,” said Muqadam.

Coal mine collapses in PoK; 5 killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A coal mine in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir has collapsed after an apparent gas explosion, killing five minors including two brothers, an official said today. Seven miners were digging coal about 800 feet deep in the tunnel at the time of explosion late last night, Deputy Commissioner of Muzaffarabad Masood ur-Rehman said. The miners got trapped when the mine collapsed on them due to gas explosion in Seri Darra village near Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). “Two persons escaped but five were trapped and killed,” Rehman said. The bodies were recovered today, he said. The miners had died before the rescuers reached them early in the morning. A murder case has been registered against the leaseholder and contractor for failing to observe safety standards. The coal mine has been closed down till further orders.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Pak exposed after US declares Salahuddin a global terrorist’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh has welcomed the declaration of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a “global terrorist” by the US. “The announcement to declare him (Salahuddin) a global terrorist has completely exposed Pakistan as a home, safe sanctuary and launching pad of top terrorists including Salahuddin,” Singh said today. Over the years, Pakistan has been giving shelter to terrorists including Salahuddin, Osama Bin Laden, Hafiz Saeed, Azhar Masood and Dawood Ibrahim, he said. The US had yesterday declared Salahuddin as a “global terrorist”, dealing a major blow to Pakistan. In a notification, the US State Department has said Salahuddin, who hails from Kashmir and is based in Pakistan for the last 28 years, “has committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism”. “The US took the step against the militant group’s 71- year-old head, whose original name is Mohammed Yusuf Shah, as he had vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers, and vowed to turn the Kashmir Valley into a graveyard for Indian forces,” Singh said. “It is a welcome step. This announcement by the US is a big development as the world has now accepted that Pakistan has waged a proxy way by using its terror stooges like Salahuddin, Azhar Masood and Hafiz Saeed against India,” he said. “Salahuddin is to us, what Osama was to US. He is involved in all types of terror attacks through his Hizb outfit in Kashmir killing people and security persons for the past 27 years,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dalai not a primary issue in long run: Ex-Chinese diplomat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Dalai Lama is not the “primary problem” in Sino-Indian relations in the long run, a former Chinese diplomat who served in India today said, amid a row between the two countries over the Tibetan spiritual leader’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh. “In the long run, the Dalai Lama is not the primary problem in Sino-Indian relations, and it’s not a problem that cannot be solved,” Mao Siwei, who previously served as China’s Consul General in Kolkata, was quoted by the state-run Global Times. Last year, Mao in a rare dissent against China’s official policy, had sought a change in China’s repeated efforts to block India’s bid to slap a UN ban on JeM leader Masood Azhar arguing that he is a terrorist and Beijing should “adjust” its stand accordingly. In a blog on social media WeChat public account about the India-China stalemate over Azhar, he had said that China should take advantage of India’s complaint against Azhar and “get rid of the passive diplomatic situation” between the two countries. Meanwhile, a top Chinese official in-charge of ethnic affairs, commenting on the row over the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as Southern Tibet, said India is “loosing its dignity as a big power” by playing with the Dalai Lama. “This is not the first time that the Dalai Lama has visited South Tibet and called the region Indian territory, which means he is committed to separating the nation,” Zhu Weiqun, head of the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference told the Global Times. Zhao Gancheng, director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies of the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies said “since the Indian government expressed its disappointment over the recent strategic dialogue with China, inviting the Dalai Lama could be seen as a way to vent its grievance.” India and China held a strategic dialogue in February, exchanging ideas on a number of issues, including India’s application to the Nuclear Suppliers Group as well as UN ban JeM leader Masood Azhar, which China opposed. China yesterday lodged a protest with Indian Ambassador Vijay Gokhale over the 81-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader’s visit to the area. The Dalai Lama is currently on a nine-day visit to Arunachal Pradesh. China claims parts of Arunachal Pradesh as southern Tibet and had previously warned that if India allowed the visit of the Dalai Lama, whom it calls an “anti-China separatist”, it would cause “serious damage” to ties. China is sensitive to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Tawang region in Arunachal which happens to be the birth place of the sixth Dalai Lama, who was born in 1683, and is at the centre of Tibetan Buddhism.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

All Indo-Pak issues are bilateral, especially J&K- Experts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence experts here have strongly objected to comments by the United States (US) envoy to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley about the Trump administration?s desrire to de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan. Haley had told reporters in New York that the Trump administration is concerned about the relationship between India and Pakistan and is desirous to “find its place to be a part of that (de-escalating tension)…We don’t think, we should wait till something happens”. Major General (retired) G.D. Bakshi on Wednesday termed Haley?s remarks as ?a very worriying development? and reiterated that all issues between India and Pakistan are bilateral, especially when it relates to Jammu and Kashmir. ?Anything regarding Jammu and Kashmir is not welcome at all. This is not what we expect from the ?friendly? Trump who during the presidential campaigning had promised to be supportive of India on Indo-Pak ties and termed Pakistan the ?most dangerous country? of the world,? said Major General Bakshi. ?Now, to embrace the same dangerous country in the garb of mediating between Indo-Pak dispute is not acceptable. We didn?t expect this from Trump,? said Bakshi, adding that ?as India is getting hit on H1B1 visas, which means all hopes India had entertained are going to be dashed?. Bakshi further added: ?This also means that we don?t see any cooperation from the US against China. If this is the way India is going to be treated, then everyone of its core interests is going to be compromised then there is not much scope for two-way traffic in bilateral relations between India and the US.? Meanwhile, commenting on the US? statement that a Chinese veto in the UN will not prevent it from acting against Pakistan based Jaish-e-mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, Bakshi termed it as a very welcome development. ?China has been acting very obscurantist, very hypocritical on Masood Azahar. For, China has been suffering terrorism in Xinjiang and despite that if China wants to promote terrorist like Masood Azhar from being termed as globally designated terrorist then it is a very hostile act and the US has very rightly said that any Chinese veto will not prevent her from imposing sanctions on Azhar at the national level, and the US sanctions mean a big thing.? Another defence expert P.K. Sehgal said New Delhi has already told the world that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and its resolution will be through bilateral talks and not via any third party intervention or mediation, be it the US, the UN, or the European Union. When asked about the US? new stand on Masood Azhar, Sehgal said, ?It is clear-cut warning to China that the dragon is misusing its veto power, and hence, seems to be standing with terrorism.? ?Fourteen out of the 15 member countries of the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) want action against Azhar, but every time China comes forward to rescue him. The US? new stand on Azhar means that the US may act against the dreaded terrorist,? said Sehgal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Veto will not preclude us from acting: US on terror sanctions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The US said today that countries using veto to scuttle sanctioning of terrorists will not “preclude” it from taking actions, amid continued Chinese opposition to efforts to get Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN. “The administration very much is looking at all of these avenues and some of the things we have talked about is sanctions and who is on the list and how we have managed that,” US’ envoy to the UN Nikki Haley told reporters here. “And that is part of what we are going to try and find our place with is that we do want to make sure that we are calling out those that we need to call out,” she said. Haley made the remarks while addressing a press conference after assuming role of President of the Security Council for the month of April. She was asked about efforts to get terrorists, particularly those in the South Asian region, sanctioned under UNSC’s sanctions list and how another permanent member scuttles these efforts by using its veto power, a veiled reference to China blocking moves to ban Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Azhar. “Are we going to have people that veto certain issues? Yes. But that doesn’t preclude the US from acting and it certainly does not preclude us from trying to see if we can change that as well,” Haley said. “Our goal is to get more done together than we do separately. If we cannot get it done separately then we just move in another direction to still get the same things done,” she said. The US wants to make sure that it is leading towards a “result” and “not sitting back” and allowing things to happen. “I think you are obviously seeing a very aggressive administration because we feel like in order to lead we need to act and in order to act we need to make sure we have those conversations with the National Security Council and we are having those conversations with the National Security Council,” she said. Haley noted that a lot has happened in the last two months of her assuming the UN ambassador’s role under the Trump administration and a lot will continue to happen “but it is all about how we can make sure we are moving the ball”. Haley also brought up her Indian heritage when she asked about her qualities of being able to speak freely and openly and whether she was offered the role of Secretary of State by Donald Trump. “Every position that I have ever had, people have assumed that I’m looking towards something bigger when in reality I’m the daughter of Indian parents who said to me ‘whatever you do be great at it and make sure people remember you for it’. That is all I am trying to do,” Haley said. “That is all I have ever known how to be is to try and just do my job to the best of my ability and if that comes out blunt and if that comes out strong — I’m one of two brothers and a sister — my parents raised us all to be strong,” she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: Militants carry out two attacks against policemen in Budgam and Jammu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Militants carried out two attacks on police forces in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday night, pushing the state to a high alert days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit and the upcoming parliamentary bye- elections there.The first incident was reported from Budgam district, which falls under Srinagar Parliamentary seat going to polls in the second week of April, where militants barged into the house of a sub-inspector in the night and took his son and a nephew hostage, ransacked the house and set a car ablaze. The militants drove away in the car with the two boys but let them off later, setting the vehicle on fire, police said.The incident came barely three weeks after militants had barged into the house of a senior police officer in Shopian in South Kashmir and ransacked his house, sending a shockwave among police officers fighting militancy for last 26 years.The militants entered the house of Sub Inspector M Subhan Bhat and started ransacking his house in Chadoora area of the district in central Kashmir, official sources said, adding that they later took his son and a nephew as hostage and drove away in the car. According to the police, the militants said they wanted to kill the officer who is currently posted at the Baramulla district jail, where militant-turned separatist leader Masarat Alam is lodged.Director General of Police S P Vaid told PTI that stern action would be taken against those responsible for the incident. “It’s the most unfortunate incident to have happened. The terrorists are feeling the heat and stooping so low. Our humane approach should not be seen as our weakness. I will ensure welfare of every personnel in my force and such incidents will be dealt with an iron hand,” he said.Director General of Prisons SK Mishra told PTI that he has called for a review meeting on Monday to ascertain the safety of his personnel and their families guarding various jails in the state.In another incident, three boys, riding a motor-cycle, threw chilly powder into the eyes of a personal security officer of a cleric in Jammu, besides hitting him with blunt objects and fleeing with his AK-47 rifle. A high alert was immediately sounded in Jammu city and security was beefed up in view of the Prime Minister’s visit there on April 2 for the inauguration of the Chenani-Nashri tunnel. The incident took place on Saturday night when constable Mohd Hanief, PSO of Anjuman Minhaj-e-Rasool chairman Maulana Dehlavi, was walking down to the district police lines in the night, police said. Police have arrested two of the suspects — Masood and Shahid, and launched a manhunt to track down the third accused Asif who decamped with the AK-47 rifle. Masood hails from Shopian district. All the three have a police record of being stone-pelters and have been missing for some time.The injured constable has been admitted to the Government Medical College in Jammu.

JeM chief declared proclaimed offender along with 3 others

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stepping up offensive against the Pakistan-based terrorist organisation, National Investigation Agency (NIA), a special court in Mohali has declared Chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) Maulana Masood Azhar and three others proclaimed offenders (PO) in the Pathankot air base attack.The order was passed by the Special Court in Mohali during the ongoing trial in the Pathankot attack case. A heavily armed terrorist group had stormed the Pathankot Air Force Station on January 2, 2016. The anti-terrorist operation had lasted four days and was declared over on January 5, 2016 after four terrorists were killed.Masood, his brother Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar and two others, namely Shahid Latif and Kashif Jan, have been charge sheeted by the NIA for allegedly masterminding the 2016 attack.The investigation agency informed the Special Court that a written proclamation notice requiring the accused to appear in Court had already been publicised on February 5 through newspapers and internet. A red corner notice has also been issued through Interpol to arrest the accused.Taking it into account, the Special NIA Court issued the formal proclamation orders under Section 82/83 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).In the wake of absence of the accused, the NIA Counsel also requested the Court to initiate the trial under Section 299 of the CrPC and record statements of witnesses. The case was adjourned for next hearing on April 10, when NIA is likely to submit the list of witnesses.The orders will build up India’s case to list Masood as a designated terrorist in the United Nations which it has been persistently trying post the Pathankot attack.

China’s constant harping for evidence on Masood Azhar a red herring Uday Bhaskar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With Beijing defending its stand on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar saying that New Delhi does not have enough evidence, defence expert Uday Bhaskar has warned that China?s constant harping on evidence is a red herring and proof of their ambiguous position in the matter, adding that Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar should keep this in mind ahead of his meeting with China?s executive vice-foreign minister Zhang Yesui. Speaking to ANI here, Commodore (Retd.) C. Uday Bhaskar expressed no surprise towards China?s statement, saying that it was quite predictable instead. He further opined that Beijing projects the image of ?a responsible power? in public, but had something else in mind when it came to India. ?When it comes to India, it (China) engages in what it might call very transactional kind of politics, which means that as far as terrorism and the case of Masood Azhar are concerned, Pakistan has become the preferred ally or partner for China in the southern Asian context. And this constant harping on evidence is to my mind a red herring,? he said. He further said that from the deadly Mumbai terror attacks that took place in 2008 until now, there has been ample evidence put together by India about a number of terrorist leaders, who have been given shelter in Pakistan and this was a very rigorous document that had been put together by India, at a time when P. Chidambaram was the Home Minister, adding that it has been shared at every global forum with the professional intelligence agencies. ?Almost all countries in the world, except Pakistan and now China, were convinced that the evidence was quite solid. So at this stage when China is a permanent member of the UNSC and it is using technical hold as the argument, and further more suggesting to India that the evidence needs to be more convincing, I think the ambiguity in Chinese stand is very clear that this kind of evidence which was satisfactory for the whole world, does not seem to convince Beijing,? the expert stated. Calling on the Indian Foreign Secretary to factor this ahead of his dialogue with Beijing, Bhaskar further added that China wants to provide the equivalent of a lifeline to Pakistan in regards with Masood Azhar. The issue of China repeatedly blocking India?s move to ban Azhar under the UN Security Council?s 1267 committee is expected to feature in the talks to be held in Beijing on February 22. China and India will hold their first Strategic Dialogue on February 22 in Beijing, during which the two sides will discuss key issues of mutual concern and interest, including “friction points,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup. Earlier this month, China blocked a US-sponsored move for the listing Azhar after blocking India?s application three times last year. At the time, China said there was no consensus among members of the 1267 committee and conditions had not been met to include Pakistan-based Azhar in the list of UN-designated terrorists.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India, China to discuss ‘friction points’ like NSG, Azhar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and China will hold their first Strategic Dialogue on February 22 in Beijing during which the two sides will discuss key issues of mutual “concern and interest” including “friction points” such as Masood Azhar and NSG. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and Executive Vice Chairman of China hang Yesui will co-chair the meet to discuss “all issues of mutual interest in bilateral, regional and international domain”, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said today. Acknowledging that there are “friction points” in Sino-China ties, Swarup said the dialogue will strive for a holistic view of the relations between the two countries and see to what extent they can accommodate each other’s concerns and interests. “India and China share a close development partnership and there are number of issues also between the two countries. While there are collaborative activities, there are also some friction points. “The idea is that through the mechanism of this strategic dialogue, the foreign secretary from our side and his Chinese counterpart can take a holistic view of India-China relations and see to what extent the two sides can accommodate each other’s concerns and interests,” he said. Maintaining that the upcoming Strategic Dialogue, which was set up during the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in August last year, was a new mechanism, Swarup said it is a more “comprehensive” forum. India-China ties have witnessed strain following Beijing’s rigid stand on issues crucial to India such as membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group and designation of JeM chief and Pathankot attack mastermind Masood Azhar as global terrorist by the UN. Not only China scuttled India’s membership bid at the meeting of NSG last year, it also opposed banning of Azhar by the UN, apparently at the behest of its “all-weather” friend Pakistan. Yesterday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry also said it has lodged a protest with India for hosting a Taiwanese parliamentary delegation and asked it to deal “prudently” with Taiwan-related matters. New Delhi dismissed the protest saying no “political meanings” should be read into such trips.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India issuing Demarche to China does not mean much under UN framework, says former diplomat Mukerji

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Ambassador Asoke Kumar Mukerji, has said that New Delhi’s recent decision to issue a Demarche to China with regard to its position on stalling the declaration of Jaish-e-Mohammad leader Masood Azhar as a terrorist does not mean much if India is operating in the framework of the United Nations (UN). In an exclusive interview to ANI, Ambassador Mukerji said, “If we are operating in the framework of the UN, the demarche does not mean much, because it is something for China to look at. As I said, we are not sitting in the SC (Security Council) so we cannot make the demarche to china in the SC, it doesn?t have any traction. If it is a bilateral demarche, this is something we are dealing in the bilateral framework, which is outside the UN system. I believe that unless we have a platform for robust bilateral cooperation on multilateral issues with China, this kind of demarche will not really have much traction. We have one with the US. For example, a joint group on UN and multilateral issues. So, if we have a similar joint group with China then the demarche can have some prospect of having an impact on China.” Ambassador Mukerji further said that the initiative to put Masood Azhar on the UN Sanctions Committee list is normally taken by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). “The members of the sanctions committee are the five permanent members of the Security Council (SC) and ten elected members. India was not in the SC, we were a non-permanent member in 2012. As we do not sit in the committee or in the council, so we depend on other members of the Security Council to keep us informed on what happened to our request to put Masood Azhar on the sanction list,” he said. “It appears from the sources that the proposal was pushed by three permanent members — according to the media — US, UK and France — to support the Indian request to put Masood Azhar on the sanction list. Inside the committee they work by consensus. So, it is not clear, nor is it possible to understand whether there was any voting or what was the result of the vote. Part of the reason, we want to reform the UNSC is because they have such non-transparent procedures that the outside world does not know what happens inside the closed room,” he added. “We are told that this proposal did not get consensus because one member of the SC put a block on it, which means that it did not have consensus, and therefore, this request was not moved forward. Faced with a situation like this, these kinds of things do happen in international affairs and we must look at the past practice of the UNSC. I will recall that in 2006, the U S had moved a proposal in the same sanctions committee to put four nationals of Sudanese origin in the sanction list. At that time two or more members of the committee had expressed their inability to agree and blocked the proposal. What the U S did in 2006 was to table a resolution in the SC itself. The difference between what happened in the committee and in the Security Council is that in the committee nothing is put in the public domain. That is their working procedure. No one knows what they look like what they do where they sit etc but the SC is a chamber known to the world at large, it is highly photographed and a resolution which is tabled is circulated and other member states of the UN are able to see a draft of the text of the resolution. So it?s a piece of paper. In 2006 when the US moved the resolution to place these people on the sanctions list the request that the US made was for a vote, and a vote in the SC is always a public vote so therefore on that resolution the countries which did not agree in the committee were forced to express their opinion in the public and both of them abstained so the US was able to secure the resolution and put those people it wanted on the sanctions list. I think that is the lesson of history that we need to remember today which is why India must become a permanent member of the SC,” Ambassador Mukherji said. He also said that India is among the countries asking for early reform of the SC in order to make it more transparent, more representative. “For example, from Asia, there is only one permanent member, and yet, we are 54 countries in Asia. From Africa, there are 54 countries, no permanent members. So, atleast these two continents need to have more representation permanently in the SC. So that is a part of our effort. There is no accountability of the SC, it is not accountable for anything it does or does not do and that is why we need to reform it to make it more democratically accountable,” he said. “Until the reform of the SC takes place the only other platform we have is the legal platform of the UN. The legal platform operates through its sixth committee of the General Assembly (GA) which is the legal committee and India has been active in that sixth committee right from the very beginning. One of our first ambassadors to the UN was Sir Benegal Rau who was the legal advisor to the constituent assembly and Baba Saheb Ambedkar has recognized his role in the debate in parliament and how he contributed to the framing of the Indian constitution. So, in the sixth committee, India tabled a draft resolution for a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in 1996 after listening to the debate in the GA (General Assembly) where all the views of different countries were expressed. The Indian draft was discussed, amended and right now the chairman of the group who is the ambassador of Sri Lanka, Ambassador Rohan Perera, he has tabled a chairman?s draft for adoption by the sixth committee and the GA,” said Ambassador Mukerji. “The core issue of the legal campaign by India is the principle of prosecute or extradite. It?s a well established legal principle that if you have a person against whom prosecution is required and rule of law is to be applied then you have to prosecute that person and if you do not want to prosecute that person then you have to extradite that person to another jurisdiction where the prosecution can take place. Most recently, in July last year this principle was applied for a head of state in Africa Hissene Habre,” he added. “The International Court of Justice requested the African union to set up a court in Senegal because Mr. Habre had sought exile in Senegal and the Government of Senegal and the African union set up a hybrid court which implemented the International Court of Justice?s ruling to try president Hissene Habre and they tried him and they convicted in July last year so the principle of prosecute or extradite has been well established in law. The Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism tries to get the same principle into International law. The comprehensive convention now faces a moment of decision. The chairman of the group that has formed the draft of the convention has broken it into two parts ? One part is a purely legal part which puts the obligation of prosecute or extradite on the member states of the UN and that is the part that India is very keen to establish as a core international legal principle. For example if there is a person whom we are attempting to prosecute for the Mumbai 2008 terror attack and he is now in Pak then either Pak has to try that person or extradite that person. That is the principle and that is the obligation that Pak will have to take when the convention is accepted. There are other arguments about the politics of terrorism and the draft proposes that those be put into a resolution and for the GA to take,” he said. On what was required to reform the United nations and the U N Security Council, he said, “From the days when the proposal started to today the world has changed a lot but the fact that the SC needs to become more transparent, more accountable and more representative… So in the 70th anniversary of the UN more than 100 heads of state and government called for the reform to be done quickly. The question is why. The answer to that lies in the fact that today more than 65 million people across four continents of the world have been displaced by wars and conflict. These wars and conflicts have not been prevented by the SC whose primary responsibility under Article 24 of the UN chapter is to maintain international peace and security. The reason the SC has been ineffective is because it is not representative.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Any move that hurts India is backed by China, says defence expert

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After China again blocked the move to get the United Nations to sanction Masood Azhar, the chief of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Defence expert Qamar Agha on Wednesday said that that any move that hurts India is backed by China. ?China?s stand on Masood Azhar is concerned and consistent. Any move that hurts India is backed by China. One side they are supporting Masood Azhar backing Pakistan anti-India activities and on other hand they are trying to encircle India by building deep sea ports that would be used by the Chinese Army,? he said. Qamar added that China has been exposed in front of the international community specially US, UK, France and others in United Nation Security Council. ?Investing money in Nepal or Sri Lanka with intention to incite these countries against India and these are the policies they have been following for a very long time,? he added. The defence expert also expressed that Pakistan cannot hide Azhar for very long period of time and even cannot prevent him from being dubbed as an international terrorist. The U.S. earlier had moved the United Nation for banning Azhar. The US, supported by the UK and France, moved a proposal to designate Azhar as a global terrorist at the Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council, but it has once again been opposed by China. According to reports, the proposal, which was finalised after consultations between Washington and New Delhi, said JeM is a designated terror outfit and so its leaders cannot go scot-free. Post the attack on the IAF base at Pathankot in January last year, India in February urged the UN requesting to list Azhar under the al-Qaida Sanctions Committee. The efforts faced stiff opposition by China, which twice put a technical hold before finally blocking the Indian proposal in December.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Evening Must Reads: From PM Modi’s speech in Lok Sabha to Nokia P1

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Kabul LIVE Updates: At least 12 dead in explosion near Supreme Court buildingAn apparent suicide bomber targeted Supreme Court employees leaving their offices at the end of the working day, but the number of casualties was not immediately clear, police at the scene said. Follow Live Updates here.2. After blocking India, brazen China blocks US bid at UN to designate Masood Azhar a ‘global terrorist’A significant bid by the US in the UN for designating Pathankot attack mastermind Masood Azhar as a global terrorist has been stymied by China which has again opposed the ban against the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief. Read more here.3. From mocking Congress to defending demonetization: Highlights of PM Modi’s speech in Lok SabhaAnswering criticism over demonetization, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted in Lok Sabha that the timing for the decision was perfect as the economy was doing well and hit out at Congress whose record he questioned with regard to various issues. Read more here.4. Demonetization: Consultations with RBI were on since February 2016, says JaitleyJaitley said there are a total of 10 members currently on the board of RBI, but there are some vacancies too and the appointment process for those vacancies is at a fairly advanced stage and are likely to be filled up very soon. Read more here.5. Everything we think we know about the Nokia P1After the roaring success of its mid-range smartphone Nokia 6, the company is expected announced two new smartphones at the Mobile World Congress later this month. Read more about Nokia P1 here.

Four awarded life sentence in RTI activist’s Murder Case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court has convicted four and sentenced them to life imprisonment in a case relating to the murder of environmentalist and Right to Information activist Shehla Masood. Four people who have been convicted by the special court are Zahida Parvez, Saba Farooqi, Saqib Ali and Taabish Khan. The Trial court found the four accused guilty of the crime and convicted them. One accused was later given pardon by the court. After thorough investigation, charge sheet was filed against may 25, 2012 under the section 302, 120-B, 201 of the Indian Penal Code and under the section 25 and 27 of the Arms Act. The case was registered on the allegations relating to daylight murder of Masood, a resident of Bhopal and an RTI activist and a business women on August 16 by a gunshot wound inflicted while she was sitting in a car in front of her house at Old Safia College Road in Bhopal. Later, on the request of Madhya Pradesh Government, the CBI had registered the case on September 3, 2011.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India voices concerns about China-Pak Economic Corridor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the backdrop of growing unease in the bilateral ties with China, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, while allaying Beijing’s apprehensions about India’s rise, raised objections to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which passes through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (POK).Extorting China to show a similar respect for India’s concerns as New Delhi showed to Beijing’s own territorial sovereignty, he said that he was “sorry to say we have no signs of that.””The CPEC passes through a territory that we see as our territory. Surely, people will understand what the Indian reaction is. There needs to be some reflection, and I am sorry to say we have not seen signs of that,” he said in reply to question, after delivering a key note address at the annual Raisena Dialogue, organised by the Ministry of External Affairs and Observer Research Foundation (ORF).The foreign secretary said that the project had been undertaken without consulting India and thus New Delhi’s sensitivity and concerns were natural. The statement came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said respect for sovereignty is important for the improvement of regional connectivity.The $46 billion CPEC seeks to link China’s Kashgar in the Xinjian province to Pakistan’s Gwadar port in Balochistan, giving Beijing land access to the Arabian Sea. Bilateral ties with China have been clouded with Beijing repeatedly blocking New Delhi’s move to gain membership to the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), and the move for a UN ban on Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, who India accuses of being behind the terror attack on the Pathankot air base in January last year.Without naming Pakistan, the foreign secretary said that SAARC has been made “ineffective due to the insecurity of one member.” Identifying terrorism as the most “pervasive and serious challenge” to international security, he said that developing a serious global response to it was of the highest priority but rued that it remained hard to do.In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said issues like the NSG membership or Masood Azhar should not become “stumbling blocks” in developing ties with India. Appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks that the rise of India and China offered an “unprecedented opportunity” for both countries, Hua said that it was very important for both countries to have sound and stable cooperation.On the NSG issue, Hua said: “India’s application to the NSG bears on the authority of the NPT (nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty) and China has been very responsible in approaching the issue.”About China blocking India’s efforts to get Azhar banned, she said: “The technical hold is to uphold the effectiveness of the committee and show some respect to the rules of procedure of the committee.”

Trying to convince China that India’s rise not harmful to its ascent: FS Jaishankar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the backdrop of growing unease in Sino-India ties, India today said it has been trying to convince the Chinese government that its ascent is not harmful to the rise of China and that both countries should be sensitive on matters relating to sovereignty.In an address at the Raisina Dialogue, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar took strong objection to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which passes through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, saying there should have been some reflection on India’s unhappiness over it.”What we are trying to do is to convince China that our rise is not harmful to China’s rise just as China’s rise need not be to India’s rise,” he said at the gathering attended by representatives from across the world.Chill has set in Sino-India ties following China’s opposition to India’s membership at the Nuclear Suppliers Group as well as Beijing blocking India’s move at the UN to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.During the interactive session, during which he touched upon a vast array of subjects concerning international relations, Jaishankar said the SAARC has been made “ineffective due to the insecurity of one member”.Identifying terrorism as the most “pervasive and serious challenge” to international security, the Foreign Secretary said developing a serious global response to it is of the highest priority but rued that it is hard to do.On ties with China, Jaishankar said there has been overall broadening of ties, especially in areas of business and people-to-people contact, but they have been overshadowed by differences on certain political issues.”But it is important for the two countries not to lose sight of the strategic nature of their engagement, or falter in their conviction that their rise can be mutually supportive,” he said.Replying to a question on CPEC, he said both countries should show sensitivity to each other’s sovereignty.”China is a country which is very sensitive on matters concerning its sovereignty. So we would expect that they would have some understanding of other people’s sensitivity on their sovereignty,” he said.Jaishankar said the CPEC passes through a “piece of land that we call Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir which is territory belongs to India and which is illegally occupied by Pakistan”.He said the project has been undertaken without consultation with India and that its sensitivity and concerns towards it are natural.On India’s overall ties with China, he said both the countries have opened up significantly since 1945.”In a sense, both of us, if you step back and look at it, are opening up a very close international order. When people talk about change since 1945, I think two big changes are really India and China.”I would say if China had not opened up the international order the way it did, I think it would be much harder today for India also to exploit those phases. There is a high degree of shared interests,” he said.

India still hopeful China will back its position on Masood Azhar

New Delhi: India is hopeful that China will agree with its position on getting Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the United Nations, said Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday.

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Interacting with the media, Singh said, “We still expect China to support our stand.”

On 30 December, China had blocked India’s proposal to list JeM chief and Pathankot mastermind Masood Azhar as a designated terrorist by the UN, triggering a sharp reaction from New Delhi, which termed it as “unfortunate blow” and a step that confirms the prevalence of double standards in the fight against terrorism.

India’s proposal was submitted in February to the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council. A fresh listing request will be required for Azhar to be banned by the UN, officials had said.

However, India had said it will continue to push forward with resolute determination “through the use of all options available with us to bring perpetrators of terrorist violence to justice”.

China had blocked India’s proposal, citing lack of “consensus” on the issue. The ban would have forced an imposition of asset freeze and travel ban on him by countries, including Pakistan. China was the only member in the 15-nation UN body to put a hold on India’s application, with the other 14 members supporting New Delhi’s bid to place Azhar on the sanctions list.

First Published On : Jan 3, 2017 16:11 IST

Pak calls India’s bid to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar ‘politically motivated’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan on Sunday criticised India for seeking a ban on Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar at the United Nations, calling the bid as politically motivated.In response to queries regarding India’s failure to put Azhar on the United Nations Security Council’s 1267 Sanctions Committee, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said in a statement, “The 1267 Sanctions Committee related to ISIS/Al-Qaeda has rejected a politically motivated proposal by India. Replete with frivolous information and baseless allegations, the Indian proposal had no merit and was primarily aimed at advancing its narrow national agenda.”The statement added that dismissal of this proposal is also a rejection of India’s attempts to politicize and undermine the work of this important Committee of the Security Council. The statement also blamed India for deploying terrorism as an instrument of state policy, adding that Pakistan has been a direct victim of such state sponsored terrorism.The spokesperson said the arrest of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an alleged RAW agent and serving officer of Indian Navy, and his “confession about involvement in terrorist activities aimed at destabilizing Pakistan is proof of Indian sponsored terrorism in Pakistan.”He claimed that Islamabad will share with the United Nations and members of the international community additional evidence of India’s involvement in terrorism in Pakistan.India has accused JeM and its top leader Maulana Masood Azhar of masterminding several attacks including a deadly assault on an Indian Air Base in January last year and sought the UN to put him on the list of designated terrorist under the 1267 Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council. JeM has already been blacklisted by the 15-nation Security Council, but not Azhar. However, China for the third time since March last year blocked the move last week with its “technical hold”.

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