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Day after Kulbhushan Jadhav kin humiliation, Indo-Pak NSAs met secretly

A day after Pakistani authorities humiliated the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on death row in a Pakistan jail on trumped up charges, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Lt Gen Nasir Khan Janjua (retd) reportedly had a secret meeting in Bangkok.The foreign ministries of both the countries, including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, were in the loop about the hush-hush meeting, which had been fixed a few days ago. There was no indication if issue of humiliation of the Jadhav family in Pakistan, which rocked the Parliament also, was discussed at the meeting.The meeting and its timing have raised a lot of questions, especially in light of the strong anti-Pakistan mood in India over that country’s continued support to terrorists and ongoing violations of the ceasefire at the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. Officially, there was neither a confirmation nor a denial about the reports of the meeting, but official sources said that both countries have remained in touch through back channels to address pressing issues.Sources insisted that such interactions cannot be construed as resumption of the normal dialogue process. “The meeting is part of the agreement between the two NSAs to meet and sort out bilateral issues. Similar meetings in Bangkok had taken place in the past as well,” said an official on condition of anonymity.

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Sushma Swaraj’s speech in Rajya Sabha on Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family: Full text

India today slammed Pakistan for making “absurd” charges of a chip, camera or a recorder being installed in the footwear of the wife of imprisoned Indian Kulbhushan Jadhav and said Islambad was on to a mischief after showing discourtesy towards his family.Making a statement on the meeting of Jadhav with his wife and mother in Islamabad earlier this week, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said it came after 22 months and was “misused by Pakistan as an instrument to further its propaganda.”Here’s full text of her Rajya Sabha speech:STATEMENT BY EAM IN LOK SABHA ON THE MEETING OF THE FAMILY OF Mr KULBHUSHAN JADHAV WITH HIM AND THE SITUATION ARISING FROM THEREMadam Speaker,I rise to apprise the House of recent developments pertaining to Shri Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian national in the illegal custody of Pakistan. As the House is aware, his mother and wife met him on 25 December 2017 in Islamabad. The meeting was arranged through diplomatic channels.2.In April 2017, I had made a statement in this House underlining the Government’s determination to do everything possible to ensure Shri Jadhav’s well-being and secure his release from illegal detention. Since then, the House is aware that we approached the International Court of Justice and obtained provisional measures that stayed the execution of the death sentence that was passed on Shri Jadhav through a farcical Pakistani military court process. While the imminent threat to Shri Jadhav’s safety was averted as a result, we are now engaged in seeking a permanent relief, based on stronger arguments, through the legal avenue offered by the International Court of Justice.Madam Speaker,3: I had also conveyed that we were in constant touch with the family at this difficult time. It was, therefore, natural that we took up the cause of family members who sought access to Shri Jadhav with a view to ascertaining his well-being for themselves. These efforts were pursued persistently through diplomatic channels. As a result, this month, the Pakistani authorities consented to a meeting between Shri Jadhav and his mother and wife.4.While the meeting could have been a step forward, it is a matter of great concern that there was departure from the agreed understandings between the two countries in the conduct of this meeting. The emotional moment between a mother and her son, and a wife and her husband after a period of 22 months, was misused by Pakistan as an instrument to further its propaganda. The Ministry of External Affairs has stated our position in this regard publicly day before yesterday. Our concerns arising from this meeting were conveyed to Pakistan through diplomatic channels yesterday. I would like to highlight a few of them in this House:There was a clear agreement that the media would not be allowed close access to the mother and wife of Shri Jadhav. However, not only the Pakistani press was allowed to approach family members closely, but the family members were also harassed through use of offensive language by the media. The Pakistani media hurled false and motivated accusations about Shri Jadhav;Under the pretext of security precautions, even the attire of the family members was changed. Mr Jadhav’s mother, who wears a Sari only, was instead given Salwar and Kurta to wear. Bindi, bangles and mangal sutra of the wife were removed; The mother of Shri Jadhav wanted to talk to her son in mother tongue Marathi, as this is clearly the natural medium of communication between a mother and son. However, the mother of Shri Jadhav was not allowed to speak in Marathi. While doing so, she was repeatedly interrupted by the two Pakistani officials present in the meeting. When she persisted, the intercom was closed and she was prevented from proceeding further with the conversation in Marathi; The family members were taken for the meeting through a separate door without informing the Deputy High Commissioner of India, who had accompanied the family members for this meeting. Consequently, he could not see that the family members were being taken for the meeting after changing their attire and removing their bindi, bangles and mangal sutra. Otherwise he would have objected then and there. The meeting was started without his presence and he could join only after pressing the matter with concerned officials;The car for the family of Mr Jadhav and accompanying Indian diplomat was delayed after the meeting so as to give another opportunity to the media to harass them;The shoes of the wife of Shri Jadhav were removed before the meeting and she was given slippers to wear to the meeting. The shoes were not returned to her despite her repeated requests after the meeting. The Pakistan authorities have been cautioned against any mischievous intent in this regard through a Note Verbale yesterday. 5.The mother and wife, after their return, conveyed to me that Shri Kulbhushan Jadhav appeared under considerable stress and was speaking in an atmosphere of coercion. As the meeting evolved, it was clear to them that his remarks were tutored by his captors and designed to perpetuate the false narrative of his alleged activities. His appearance also raised questions of his health and well being.Madam Speaker,6.The meeting of Mr. Kulbhushan Jadhav with his mother and wife was portrayed by Pakistan as a humanitarian gesture. However, the truth is that both humanity and compassion were missing during the meeting that was arranged on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. There was a serious and gross violation of human rights of the family members of Shri Jadhav and an intimidating atmosphere was created for them during this meeting. There are not enough words to condemn the same.Madam Speaker,7. I am fully confident that this entire House and through this House, the people of India, strongly condemns, in one voice, the obnoxious behaviour of Pakistan and affirm their solidarity with the Jadhav family.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav | Parliament condemns humiliating treatment of family, Sushma Swaraj to make statement tomorrow

Parliament on Wednesday witnessed protests across all party lines condemning the way Pakistan humiliated the family of jailed Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav in Islamabad.Lawmakers of every single party not only slammed Islamabad for the farce meeting but also demanded that India must do all it can to bring back Jadhav.“We condemn the way Kulbhushan Jadhav ‘s mother and wife were treated in Pakistan. Kulbhushan Jadhav should be brought back to the country,” senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said in the Lok Sabha. “We can’t expect anything better from Pakistan. The way Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife were treated was shameful,”Kapil Sibal, another senior Congress leader, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.Amid uproar over the issue, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that she will be making a statement in the House on this issue tomorrow. Also readTreatment to Jadhav’s kin like ‘Draupadi’s Vastra-haran’, Pak should be broken to four parts: Subramanian SwamySwaraj is scheduled to give a statement in the Rajya Sabha at 11 am tomorrow and at 12 noon in the Lok Sabha.On Tuesday, a day after the Jadhav’s family met him in Islamabad, New Delhi ripped apart Islamabad’s PR stunt by giving the details of the 30-minute meeting.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav’s family was harassed; wife had to remove mangal sutra, bindi: India exposes Pakistan’s PR showFrom removing bangles, bindi and mangal sutra of Jadhav’s wife to preventing his mother to speak in her mother tongue, Pakistani officials and the local media continued to harass the two during their short stay in Pakistani capital.Narrating sequence of events, the MEA statement said that prior to the meeting the two countries through diplomatic channels had worked out modalities and format of the meeting. “There were clear understandings between the two sides and the Indian side scrupulously abided by all its commitments,” it said. The MEA noted with regret that the Pakistani side conducted the meeting in a manner which violated the letter and spirit of our understandings.

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Pakistan denies Indian troops crossed LoC, summons envoy for ‘ceasefire violations’

Pakistan today summoned India’s acting deputy high commissioner to protest “unprovoked” firing by the Indian Army that killed its three soldiers along the LoC.The Foreign Office in a statement rejected reports that the Indian Army commandos crossed the Line of Control in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir and smashed a post. “The false claims by India about the alleged cross LoC adventures are a figment of their imagination and counter- productive for peace and tranquillity on the LoC,” it said. “The Indian actions got a befitting response from the Pakistani side and their guns were silenced,” it claimedThe Foreign Office spokesman said Director General (SA & SAARC) Mohammad Faisal summoned India’s acting deputy high commissioner and “condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations” by Indian forces in the Rakhchikri sector.He claimed that the firing “provided a cover for the planting of IEDs by non-state actors”, resulting in the death of three soldiers. Faisal urged the Indian side to “respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement; investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC.”Also readIndian Army crosses LOC to retaliate, kills three Pak soldiers The Indian Army sources in New Delhi earlier said a “small group” of ‘Ghatak’ commandos carried out a tactical level selective targeting of the Pakistani post around 200-300 metres across the LoC last evening in which three Pakistani soldiers were killed and one was injured. The operation is seen as avenging the killing of four Indian Army personnel by a Border Action Team of the Pakistan Army in Keri sector Rajouri district three days ago.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family was harassed; wife had to remove mangal sutra, bindi: India exposes Pakistan’s PR show

A day after Kulbhushan Jadhav met his family from behind a glass partition, India in a terse reply, exposed Pakistan’s PR show.In a detailed response, Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said, “Prior to the meeting, the two governments were in touch through diplomatic channels to work out its modalities and format. There were clear understandings between the two sides and the Indian side scrupulously abided by all its commitments.”“However, we note with regret that the Pakistani side conducted the meeting in a manner which violated the letter and spirit of our understandings,” he said. Also readDay after meeting Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan, wife, mother meet Sushma Swaraj Exposing Islamabad’s farce, New Delhi revealed that, “the Pakistani press was allowed on multiple occasions to approach family members closely, harass and hector them and hurl false and motivated accusations about Jadhav. This was despite a clear agreement that the media would not be allowed close access.”In blatant disregard to cultural sensibilities, Pakistani officials asked Jadhav’s wife to remove her mangal sutra and bindi. “Under the pretext of security precautions, the cultural and religious sensibilities of family members were disregarded. This included removal of mangal sutra, bangles and bindi, as well as a change in attire that was not warranted by security,” the MEA statement said.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav meets wife, mother from behind glass screen; not the last meeting, says Pakistan “The mother of Jadhav was prevented from talking in their mother tongue, although this was clearly the natural medium of communication. She was repeatedly interrupted while doing so and eventually prevented from proceeding further in this regard,” Kumar added.“Deputy High Commissioner was initially separated from family members who were taken to the meeting without informing him. The meeting was started without his presence and he could join only after pressing the matter with concerned officials. Even then, he was kept behind an additional partition that did not allow him access to the meeting as agreed,” the statement said.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav meets wife, mother for 40 minutes; thanks Pak govt for ‘grand gesture’“For some inexplicable reason, despite her repeated requests, the shoes of the wife of Shri Jadhav were not returned to her after the meeting. We would caution against any mischievous intent in this regard,” Kumar said.“From the feedback we have received of the meeting, it appears that Jadhav was under considerable stress and speaking in an atmosphere of coercion. Most of his remarks were clearly tutored and designed to perpetuate the false narrative of his alleged activities in Pakistan. His appearance also raises questions of his health and well being,” MEA said.“We also regret that contrary to assurances, the overall atmosphere of the meeting was intimidating insofar as family members were concerned. Family members, however, handled the situation with great courage and fortitude. The manner in which the meeting was conducted and its aftermath was clearly an attempt to bolster a false and unsubstantiated narrative of Jadhav’s alleged activities,” the statement added.

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Surgical Strike 2.0: Indian Army planted IEDs to surprise Pak; toll could be higher

The Indian Army troops planted explosives on Pakistani side to surprise the enemy during the ‘mini surgical strike’ it carried out on Monday.According to the new details emerging from the last night’s cross-border raids, the IED blasts were targeted for initial damage on the Pakistani side. It was followed by heavy firing by the Indian troopsThe DNA had first reported on Monday about the ‘mini surgical strike’. The sources say that the toll in the cross-border raids could be much higher than the three dead and one injured identified on Monday.The Indian security forces had crossed over to the Pakistani side on Monday to retaliate the Saturday’s ceasefire violation in Rajouri that had killed three including an Indian Army officer.The Pakistani soldiers killed in the Monday raids have been identified as sepoy Sajjad, sepoy Abdul Rehman and Sepoy M Usman. The injured soldier on the Pakistani side has been identified as sepoy Athzaz Hussain.”We got a go ahead to cross over and carry out an operation to avenge the killings of four soldiers including a major rank officer,” said government sources confirming the army strike in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.According to a statement by Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations, the Indian forces opened fire along the Line of Control killing three of their soldiers. The raid happened in 12 Division of the 59 Balooch Unit in PoK, sources said.

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Jadhav family reunion: Pakistan disguises propaganda as ‘humanitarian gesture’

After spending nearly 22 months in Pakistan’s captivity, Kulbhushan Jadhav was finally allowed to ‘meet’ his wife and mother in Islamabad today. The meeting, Pakistan said, was a “humanitarian gesture” to mark the birth anniversary of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Father of the Islamic nation. When the day’s affair ended following a press briefing of Foreign Affairs Ministry, it seemed like Pakistan had just played a propaganda film lasting a couple of hours.Everything, from the arrival of Jadhav’s wife Chetankul and mother Avanti to the so-called ‘confessional’ video of former India Navy officer, seemed meticulously planned. Also readKulbhushan Jadhav meets wife, mother from behind glass screen; not the last meeting, says Pakistan Sample this – After a 40 minutes meeting, Jadhav’s wife and mother, accompanied by India Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh, came out from the front door. The car, provided by the Pakistani authorities, did not come around and they were made to wait for several minutes out in the open. Singh was seen lifting his hands, walking around, a gesture seen as frustration. Meanwhile, some of the Pakistani journalists, raised questions to Avanti Jadhav, the alleged Indian spy’s mother which were more like accusations. “Mrs. Jadhav, how does it feel to be the mother of a terrorist?” was one of the questions thrown at the lady who had just met her son from across a glass wall. Also readFeel ashamed for acts against Pakistan and its people: Kulbhushan Jadhav in new ‘confessional’ videoThis was a typical Pakistani script. To try to launch an attack with the help of non-state actors so they they have their deniability. Except this time, the attack was not intended to harm anyone physically but to humiliate an Indian citizen in full public view. But this was low, even from a Pakistani standard, to subject a mother to such questioning from hecklers masquerading as journalists. Later, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a “confessional” video of Jadhav before its spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal read out a statement which was nothing but repetition of its charges against the alleged Indian spy. This video was played in a loop while journalists waited for the press conference to begin. In the “confession” video, Jadhav admitted that he crossed into Pakistan from Iran. He sought “pardon of the acts and sins and crimes committed here against the Nation and the people of Pakistan.”Also readConsular access not given, Kulbhushan’s meeting with wife and mother allowed on ‘humanitarian ground’: PakThis was not the first time that Pakistan released a confession video of Jadhav, but questions arise on why they needed to release the video while his mother was literally a few kilometres away. During the press conference, Dr Faisal did not forget to throw in the figure that 500 medical visas were issued to Pakistanis by India before Jadhav row and now External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj “picks and chooses.” Faisal also did not forget to tell journalists that the scheduled 30-minute meeting was extended to 40 minutes on the request of Jadhav and his family.In the entire press conference, Faisal made it a point to identify Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, with his military title, calling “Commander Jadhav”. He mentioned again and again that the request for the meeting was granted on “humanitarian grounds.”If it was indeed a humanitarian gesture, as the spokesperson so graciously repeated several times, why Jadhav was not allowed to hug or even touch his mother and wife. The logic given by the Foreign Office for a glass wall was that it was done for “security reasons.” The wall, he said was a security barrier. To top all of it, the meeting took place inside a container where a studio was built for the purpose, Republic TV reported. G Parthasarathy, Former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, claimed that the ladies were asked to change their clothes before meeting Jadhav. This was also visible from the pictures of the meeting shared by Faisal. On the face of it, the whole exercise was designed to embarrass India, to show Pakistan as a ‘humanitarian’ nation and to project Jadhav as a terrorist sent by Research & Analysis Wing (RAW), the Indian intelligence agency. It was not surprising that Pakistan did what it did, but what should come as a surprise to many that New Delhi fell for the trap set by Islamabad. After getting stabbed in the back by Pakistan innumerable times, India should have known better that it was not like any other family reunion but propaganda disguised as humanitarian gesture. Watch: Pakistan’s PR stunt with Indian prisoner

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Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family lands in Islamabad, to meet him shortly; Confusion over consular access

After 19 months of captivity in Pakistani jail, former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav is scheduled to meet his family in Islamabad today.According to latest reports, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has confirmed that Islamabad has ‘finally granted consular access’ toJadhav.New Delhi, however, has downplayed the development and said that Indian diplomat accompanying Jadhav’s mother and wife can’t be seen as consular access.In preparation for the meeting, Pakistan has deployed heavy security and traffic personnel within and outside their Foreign Office. Pakistani diplomatic sources said the meeting will last for an hour. Pakistan has offered to arrange media presence, if Jadhav’s mother and wife want to speak to media. But the offer has been rejected by India, reports said.Pakistani sources indicated that the meeting between Jadhav and his family members will not be the last, raising hopes that his death sentence may be deferred. The Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi had issued visas to Jadhav’s mother and wife earlier in the week. The visas were issued after Pakistan decided to allow Jadhav’s wife to visit him. But later, it agreed to allow his mother to join, who had originally applied for the visa. Pakistan later agreed to Indian condition — to allow an Indian diplomat to accompany the two women and also to provide a sovereign guarantee to their security and safety. After extensive deliberations, the Indian request was allowed and December 25 was proposed last week as the meeting date.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav to meet his mother and wife today in PakistanJadhav, who was reportedly captured by Pakistani security forces on March 3, 2016, in Balochistan, was sentenced to death by a military tribunal earlier this year for his involvement in terrorism and espionage. His appeals against the conviction have been rejected by the military appellate court and his mercy petition has been lying with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.India has challenged Pakistan’s refusal to grant consular access in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The ICJ is hearing the case and has restrained the Pakistan government from executing Jadhav till it decides the case. Pakistan had earlier repeatedly rejected India’s plea for consular access to Jadhav. India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the navy.

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4 soldiers killed in Keri sector: Army says no mutilation of bodies

The Army today clarified that the bodies of its personnel killed in firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir were not mutilated and the injury marks were due to splinters and gunshots. An Army major and three soldiers were killed yesterday after Pakistani troops targeted the Army patrol at Brat Galla in Keri sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district. “The injuries suffered are due to splinters and gunshots sustained due to firing by the enemy on the patrol,” Army sources said here. Responding to media reports, they said that there has been no mutilation of bodies.Congress slams govt’s Pak policy: The Congress today attacked the Centre over the killing of four Indian soldiers along the LoC by Pakistani troops, saying the incident raises questions over the government’s ability to protect the country’s borders.Also readArmy Major, 3 soldiers killed in Pak firing in Keri sector, J&K CM pays tribute Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said yesterday’s incident along the Line of Control (LoC) was an outcome of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “flip-flops and somersaults” on Pakistan. Pakistani troops opened fire on an Indian Army patrol, killing a Major and three soldiers in Keri sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, yesterday. Tewari claimed that there have been 900 attempts of incursion by Pakistan this year, out of which 780 cases have been reported along the LoC and 120 along the International Border (IB).”There were 583 major ceasefire violations in 2014 (between June-December), 400 in 2015, 450 in 2016 and 900 this year. The prime minister points fingers at others, accuses people who have occupied top posts of committing treason but this government seems incapable of protecting our borders,” the former union minister told reporters. Modi, during the Gujarat assembly polls campaign, had suggested that Pakistan was trying to influence the Assembly polls in the state.The government and the Congress are involved in a face- off over prime minister Modi’s ‘conspiracy with Pakistan’ remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh. Tewari said that the BJP government’s Pakistan policy is driven by “flip-flops, somersaults and adhocism” and demanded that the prime minister comes clear on his agenda behind his 2015 stopover in Lahore or the Centre’s decision to allow ISI personnel at the Pathankor terror attack site.He said India’s neighbourhood policy was in tatters under the BJP dispensation as apart from the “frequent” Pakistani shelling along the border and incursions, the new Nepalese government was overtly tilting towards China. “In Sri Lanka, growing Chinese influence is a matter of concern. Maldives has signed an FTA (Free Trade Agreement) with China disregarding India’s position. China has constructed permanent structures in Dokalam,” he said.

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Jammu and Kashmir: Pakistan violates ceasefire; targets Indian forward posts along LoC at Poonch

Pakistani forces on Sunday again targeted Indian forward posts and villages in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, a day after an Army major and three soldiers were killed in firing from across the Line of Control (LoC).Indian troops guarding the LoC retaliated effectively and the firing between the two sides was going on when the last reports came, a police official said.The latest ceasefire violation comes a day after the Pakistani forces opened fire on an Indian Army patrol, killing a Major and three soldiers, in Keri sector of the state’s Rajouri district.The Pakistani troops started firing from heavy and light weapons from across the border, targeting forward posts and villages in Shahpur sector around 12.55 pm today, a police official said.However, there is no immediate report of any casualty in the skirmishes, the official said.Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a total of 881 ceasefire violations this year, highest in the past seven years, along the LoC and the International Border (IB), resulting in the death of 34 persons.According to officials, Pakistan has violated ceasefire along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir 771 times till December 10, and 110 times along the IB till November-end this year.Thirty persons — 14 Army personnel, 12 civilians and four BSF personnel — were killed in such incidents.The truce between India and Pakistan along the International Border, Line of Control and the Actual Ground Position Line in Jammu and Kashmir came into force in November, 2003.India shares a 3,323-km-long border with Pakistan, of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LoC fall in Jammu and Kashmir.In 2016, there were 449 incidents of ceasefire violations wherein 13 civilians and 13 government forces personnel were killed and 83 civilians and 99 security personnel were injured.In 2014, there were 583 incidents of ceasefire violation in which 14 civilians and three security personnel were killed and 101 civilians and 28 security personnel were injured.In 2015, the number of ceasefire violations was 405; 347 in 2013, 114 in 2012, 62 in 2011 and 70 in 2010.

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4 soldiers killed in firing at LoC

Tension gripped the Line of Control (LoC) on Saturday when the Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing that left four Indian Army soldiers, including a Major from Maharashtra, dead, and another one injured.The incident took place in the afternoon, when the Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire and fired indiscriminately on the Indian Army posts along the LoC in the Keri battalion area of Rajouri sector in the Jammu division.Four soldiers — three Lance Naiks and a Major of the 120 Infantry Brigade — were killed while another one was injured. “Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, Lance Naik Kuldeep Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh were grievously injured in firing and later succumbed to their injuries. Two other personnel who have sustained injuries are undergoing treatment,” said Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at the Northern Command Headquarters.Vowing to avenge the killings, the Indian troops swung into action to silence the Pakistani guns. “The Indian Army has retaliated strongly and effectively on the Pakistan Army posts. Our soldiers’ martyrdom will not go in vain,” Colonel Joshi said.Hailing from Bhandara in Maharashtra, Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas, 32, is survived by wife Avoli Moharkar.Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, 34, belonged to district Amritsar in Punjab and is survived by wife Kuljit Kaur and a daughter. Hailing from District Karnal, Haryana, Sepoy Pargat Singh, 30, is survived by wife Ramanpreet Kaur and a son.”They were brave and sincere soldiers. The nation will always remain indebted to them for their supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” Colonel Joshi said.The Pakistani firing on Indian posts came on a day when J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti was in Rajouri to meet locals, as part of her public outreach programme.Anger has swept across the state, with the BJP warning of another surgical strike. “It is a cowardly act by Pakistan. Bad days are in store for Pakistan. Blood of our jawans will not go in vain. Pakistan will have to pay a heavy price for it,” said Ravinder Raina, BJP MLA from Nowshera.Meanwhile, the figures presented in the Lok Sabha revealed that Pakistan has violated the ceasefire along the LoC in J&K 771 times till December 10 this year, and 110 times along the International Border (IB) till November-end.Nearly 30 people, including 14 Army personnel, 12 civilians, and four BSF personnel were killed in these ceasefire violations this year.Last year, there were 449 incidents of ceasefire violations in which 13 civilians and 13 security personnel were killed and 83 civilians and 99 security personnel were injured. The truce between India and Pakistan along the IB, the LoC, and the Actual Ground Position Line in Siachen glacier came into force in November 2003.

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Venkaiah Naidu: Don’t make a mockery of House

The Winter Session of Parliament was again disrupted as the Opposition continued to ask for an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his allegations that former PM Manmohan Singh had conspired with Pakistani officials to influence the Gujarat elections.The PM was in the Lok Sabha that was adjourned temporarily. After the adjournment, the Lok Sabha passed two bills. The Opposition-dominated Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day amid slogan-shouting.In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu’s said nobody will tender an apology because nothing happened in the House. “Don’t make a mockery of the House. Already wrong message is going out,” he said.”There was no mention of conspiracy as alleged by the Opposition in PM’s speech,” said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.Opposition parties, which disrupted Parliament for two days, had finally allowed government business on Tuesday, after back-to-back hectic parleys. But the sword of disruptions remained.In the meetings outside the House on Tuesday, Opposition leaders had made it clear to Jaitley that the blockade would be resumed unless Modi regrets, clarifies and withdraws his insinuation.They however relented to an extent. “We understand the stature of the PM office. We will not insist on his apology. But he must clarify and regret,” said a top Opposition leader.

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Can’t rule out nuclear war in South Asia, says Pakistan

On a day when the Donald Trump administration told Pakistan to take ‘decisive action’ against terror groups, Islamabad’s nuclear war warning has hit global headlines.“The stability of the South Asian region hangs in a delicate balance, and the possibility of nuclear war cannot be ruled out,” Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Nasser Khan Janjua was quoted as saying by Pakistani media.He also accused the US for siding with India and said that New Delhi was ‘stockpiling a range of dangerous weapons as it threatens Pakistan continuously of conventional warfare.’Janjua was speaking at the “National Security Policy – Vision for Pakistan” that was organized by the Center for Global & Strategic Studies.On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump unveiled America’s new National Security Strategy and told Islamabad to take “decisive action” against terrorist groups operating from its soil.”We have made clear to Pakistan that while we desire continued partnership, we must see decisive action against terrorist groups operating on their territory. And we make massive payments every year to Pakistan. They have to help,” Trump said in his remarks as he announced his NSS.

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Congress prez Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to martyrs of 1971 war

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday paid homage to the Indian soldiers, who had made the supreme sacrifice in the 1971 war with Pakistan, on the occasion of Vijay Diwas.”On VijayDiwas, we salute the indomitable spirit and sacrifice of the martyrs of 1971 War. “Let each one of us remember the unfathomable valour of our soldiers, who defend India’s freedom every day,” he wrote on Twitter. Vijay Diwas is commemorated on this day every year to mark India’s victory over Pakistan in the war, which had led to the creation of Bangladesh.Also readPM taking us back to medieval times, says Congress President Rahul Gandhi Over 90,000 Pakistani soldiers had surrendered before the Indian Army in the 1971 war.

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Vijay Diwas: When Lt Gen Niazi-led 93,000 Pakistani soldiers surrendered to Indian Army in 1971- 5 facts

India is today celebrating Vijay Diwas to mark the victory of our soldiers during the 1971 War.It is on this day in 1971 when our soldiers gave India its finest moment with victory over Pakistan and resulted in creation of Bangladesh.As the nation pays rich tributes to the heroes of 1971 War, here are five facts about the saga.1: Apart from the endless tales of valour what’s etched in every Indian’s memory if the photo of Pakistan Army surrendering to Indian Army soldiers. It was Lt Gen AAK Niazi, who led the 93,000 Pakistani soldiers to surrender to India Army Commander of eastern Command Lt Gen JS Arora.2: Indian Air Force, with its sheer brilliance change the course of wars. The Indian Air Force continued operations at an unprecedented pace of 500 sorties per day, a rate higher than in the Second World War.3: Frustrated over losses, Pakistan began attack on all fronts. Not only in east, Islamabad started targeting Delhi from west also.4: The strategy led to attack on Longewala in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer district. The epic Battle of Longewala saw an Infantry company of 23 Punjab under Major (later Brigadier) KS Chandpuri, who withstood an assault by hundreds of tanks throughout the night. The Pakistan tanks were decimated the next morning by the Indian Air Force.5: The victory gave birth to a new country in Indian Subcontinent. Bangladesh was formed after India’s successful military campaign. Prior to this, East Pakistan, as it was known then, witnesses an era of imaginable brutality. A campaign of rape, torture, killings and conflicts pushed about nine million refugees into India following the widespread genocide which Pakistan conducted against the Bengali population of East Pakistan, aimed at the minority Hindu population

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No consular access for Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pak tells ICJ

Pakistan on Wednesday rejected India’s plea for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav at the ICJ, claiming that New Delhi wants the access to get the information gathered by its ‘spy’.Media reports form Pakistan suggest that Pakistan in its reply has alleged Jadhav is not an ordinary person and had entered the country with the intent of spying and carrying out sabotage activities. The reply, which was submitted by the Foreign Office’s Director (India), Fariha Bugti, also claimed that Jadhav case does not fall under the purview of the Vienna Convention.Even though Islamabad has allowed Jadhav’s mother and wife to meet him in jail alongwith an Indian diplomat, Pakistani response claimed that Jadhav was not entitled to consular access.The counter-memorial said the consular access under the Vienna Convention was reserved only for legitimate visitors and not for spies.Reports said the reply also encompasses the charge-sheet filed against Jadhav, which also includes his confession.Pakistan has stated that “the Indians have not denied that Jadhav was travelling on a passport with an assumed Muslim name.””Lack of explanation on how a serving naval commander was operating under secondment to Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and also was travelling under an assumed name leads to only one conclusion that India wanted consular access to the information he had gathered,” said the counter memorial.”Only a state which adheres to legitimate actions can request the court to intervene in a matter between two states,” Pakistan has stated in the ICJ.THE CASEKulbhushan Jadhav was arrested in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province over charges of alleged involvement in espionage and subversive activities for India’s intelligence agency RAW.

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RS Prasad rakes up Manmohan Singh’s 2007 Balochistan admission to corner former PM

Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad today said Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi should disclose if former prime minister Manmohan Singh met a Pakistani delegation earlier this month after informing him.He also asked whether Singh had consulted the Ministry of External Affairs on the same. The Union law minister also wanted to know the Congress’ stand on the proposed triple talaq law, and asked Gandhi whether a Ram temple should be built in Ayodhya.”When we have a national line that India will not talk to Pakistan until the latter abandons terrorism, why did former prime minister Manmohan Singh go to meet a Pakistani delegation?” Prasad told reporters here. he said in 2007, in Havana, when Singh was the prime minister, a joint statement had said that Pakistan was also a victim of terrorism when everyone knew that Pakistan was “not a victim but a sponsor of terrorism”. He recalled that in Sharm El Sheikh joint declaration in 2010, Balochistan was referred to and it said India had a hand in the disturbance there.Also readPolitics in India has become very ugly, PM Modi’s statement against Manmohan Singh is unacceptable: Rahul Gandhi”In this light, if a question is asked why Singh met Pakistani delegation when the country’s line on talks with the neighbouring country is clear, what is wrong with it (in questioning the meeting),” Prasad said. “The BJP would like to know if Manmohan Singh went to meet the Pakistani delegation, with the presence of high commissioner of that country, with due consultation with the External Affairs Ministry and with due information to Rahul Gandhi,” he said.Gandhi has, till today, not answered this question, the BJP leader said.Earlier in the day, Gandhi had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s insinuations about the meeting with Pakistani delegation that Singh attended were “unacceptable”. While Modi had suggested that Singh and some other Congress leaders colluded with Pakistan which, he claimed, was trying to influence the Gujarat polls, the former PM responded by saying that Modi was setting a “dangerous precedent”, and should apologise to the nation.Modi had said at an election rally that some Pakistani officials and Singh met at now suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house over dinner on December 6.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | Modi must apologise for Pak collusion remark: Manmohan SinghOn Gandhi’s visits to various temples in Gujarat, Prasad asked why he didn’t go to the Ram Janambhoomi (in Ayodhya) or the Krishna Janambhoomi during the Uttar Pradesh election campaign. “You are a Shiv Bhakt, that’s good, but what about Ram Bhakti? You should make clear your stand on Ram Mandir, whether a Ram temple should be built in Ayodhya or not,” Prasad said. He also wanted to know Congress’s stand on triple talaq. “We are in the process of framing a law on triple talaq. Does the Congress support the proposed law on triple talaq?” he asked.

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Arun Jaitley rejects Manmohan’s demand for PM Modi’s apology, says Cong must give details of the meeting

Union Finance Minister Arun Jailtey has now reacted to ex-PM Manmohan Singh’s sharp criticism of Narendra Modi regarding the meeting with Pakistanis in Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house. Arun Jaitley reacted shortly after Manmohan Singh issued a statement where he had rejected PM Modi’s charges as ‘innuendos and falsehoods’. Jaitley said, ” Former PM Manmohan Singh has issued a statement asking PM Modi to apologise for what he said in an election rally with regard to a meeting involving Pakistani delegations. It is surprising that Congress party expect the Prime Minister of India to apologise for it”. Arun Jaitley upped the ante by demanding that Congress must give a detailed ‘facts what transpired in that meeting & what was the necessity of having it in present circumstances’. He accuse Congress of changing goalposts in this entire incident. Jaitley said that yesterday there were on denial about it’ and are now saying it was a ‘misadventure’. He said that rather than giving full clarification they are trying to ‘blame those raising the issue’. Jaitley tried to corner Mani Shankar Aiyar accusing him of having inconsistent position regarding Pakistan. Union Finance Minister said, ” Also readFacing imminent defeat in Gujarat, PM Modi spreading falsehood and canards: Manmohan SinghThose like Mani Shankar Aiyar always had an inconsistent position. They maintained a parallel line of dialogue, underplayed Pakistan’s role in instigating terrorism in India & continued to engage with them (Pak)”, reports ANI. Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | PM Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Hardik Patel denied roadshow permission by Ahmedabad Police Addressing an election rally in Palanpur in Gujarat yesterday, Modi sought to suggest that Pakistan was trying to influence the assembly polls in the state. The second and final phase of Assembly polls in Gujarat is to be held on December 14. He claimed that some Pakistani officials and Manmohan Singh met at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house over dinner on December 6. This was a day before Aiyar’s “neech” jibe against Modi that led to his suspension from the party.Singh issued a statement today, listing those who attended the dinner hosted in honour of the visiting former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri. He said besides himself and former vice president Hamid Ansari, others present at Aiyar’s dinner hosted for Kasuri, were the Pakistan High Commissioner, Natwar Singh, K S Bajpai, Ajai Shukla, Sharad Sabharwal, Gen Deepak Kapoor, TCA Raghavan, Satinder K Lambah, M K Bhadrakumar, CR Gharekhan, Prem Shankar Jha, Salman Haider and Rahul Khushwant Singh.”None of them could be accused of indulging in any anti- national activities,” he said.Gen. Kapoor, a former Army Chief, was quoted as having said Gujarat elections were never discussed at the dinner meeting. In a strongly-worded statement, Manmohan Singh said he did not discuss the Gujarat Assembly elections with anyone at the dinner meeting. “I sincerely hope that Prime Minister will show the maturity and gravitas expected of the high office he holds instead of concentrating his energy solely on erroneously conceived brownie points.”I sincerely hope that he will apologize to the Nation for his ill thought transgression to restore the dignity of the office he occupies,” he said. Singh said he was “deeply pained and anguished” by the “falsehood and canards” being spread to score political points by the prime minister in what he said was a “lost cause” in Gujarat. “Fearing imminent defeat in Gujarat, desperation of Prime Minister to hurl every abuse and latch on to every straw is palpable. Sadly and regrettably, Sh. Modi is setting a dangerous precedent by his insatiable desire to tarnish every constitutional office, including that of a former Prime Minister and Army Chief,” he alleged.The Congress Party, Singh said, needs no sermons on “nationalism” from a party and prime minister, whose “compromised” track record on fighting terrorism is well known, while reminding Modi of his “uninvited” visit to Pakistan after terrorist attacks in Udhampur and Gurdaspur. “Let him also tell the country the reason for inviting the infamous ISI of Pakistan to our strategic Air Base in Pathankot to investigate a terror attack that emanated from Pakistan,” he said. Claiming that his track record of public service to the country over the last five decades is known to all, he said no one, including Modi, can “lamely question it to gain lost political ground”.

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Day after PM Narendra Modi’s ‘poll-meddling’ allegations, Pakistan says stop dragging us in your election debates

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Pakistan for ‘meddling’ in Gujarat Assembly Elections, Pakistan on Monday strongly rebutted the claims.Dr Mohammad Faisal, the spokesperson of the Pakistan Foreign Ministry, distanced Islamabad from any such debate.“India should stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate and win victories on own strength rather than fabricated conspiracies, which are utterly baseless and irresponsible,” he said in a tweet.The statement comes after the Prime Minister raised questions over the ‘secret meeting’ of top Pakistani officials at the residence of now-suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar.The PM said that Aiyar had called him ‘neech’, a day after the meeting of Pakistani leaders with top Congress functionaries.“No Indian official was present during this meeting and the government also was not intimated later,” the PM had said at an election rally in Sanand.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Cong questions PM’s Pak visit

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that Pakistan was interfering in Gujarat elections to help the Congress, the party hit back asking Modi to clarify the reasons behind his surprise visit to Pakistan on the occasion of then Pak PM Nawaz Sharif’s birthday about two years ago. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala questioned Modi for his surprise stopover in Pakistan in December 2015, which was the first by an Indian PM in 11 years.”Despite the Pak-sponsored terror attacks in Udhampur and Gurdaspur, PM Narendra Modi went to Pakistan to attend a birthday and marriage ceremony in Nawaz Sharif’s family. What that not an insult of the martyrs,” he questioned. Surjewala also raised questions on the circumstances in which wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim’s wife visited Mumbai from Pakistan and left without any of the security agencies or the government getting a whiff of it. He also asked the PM why officials from Pakistani intelligence agency ISI were allowed to visit the Pathankot terror attack site.The Congress’s counter-attack came in response to Modi claiming that Pakistan wanted Congress leader Ahmed Patel to be made chief minister of Gujarat. Modi also alleged that just a day before calling him ‘neech’, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar had met Pakistani high commissioner and other officials.Congress leaders dismissed Modi’s statements as attempts to communally vitiate the atmosphere and to polarise voters in the middle of the Gujarat elections.Surjewala also hit out at Modi over demonetisation, calling it the largest scam in the country, which had not only failed to find any black money, but had broken the back of trade and industry.

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PM Modi’s claim of party leaders meeting Pak envoy baseless: Congress

The Congress today termed as “baseless” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s allegation that its top party leaders recently met the Pakistani envoy and an ex- Pakistani minister and said he made the charge as he was worried about the BJP’s impending defeat in Gujarat Assembly elections. Modi told an election rally today that suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar had called him “neech” (a lowly sort of a person) a day after the alleged meeting of Pakistanis with top Congressmen. “Holding the country’s topmost post, Modiji is making baseless allegations. Modiji is worried, dejected, angry. Such a statement has no truth or fact, and is based on lies. Such a behaviour is unbecoming of a prime minister,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters here. Modi alleged that former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Aiyar had met the Pakistani high commissioner in India and an ex-Pakistani foreign minister at the residence of Aiyar recently. “The entire country knows who loves Pakistan and who has been giving protection to the separatists,” Surjewala alleged. He asked Modi that if he planned to contest the elections on Pakistan-related issues, then he should also tell the people of Gujarat as to why he “trusted Pakistani spy agency ISI and offered it entry to Pathankot Airforce Base for investigation”. Surjewala also questioned Modi’s “unplanned” Pakistan visit to attend the wedding of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s granddaughter, soon after “Pakistan-sponsored terrorist attacks at Gurdaspur and Udhampur”. He also alleged that the Modi government failed to arrest Pakistan-based terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s wife, who “managed to reach Mumbai from Pakistan and then fly back to Pakistan”. “We would also like to ask him as to why no action was taken against former minister in the BJP government in Maharashtra Eknath Khadse, who was removed after Indian agencies taped his conversation with Dawood Ibrahim,” he said. The Congress spokesperson also claimed Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan attended the marriage of Dawood Ibrahim’s daughter and asked why 11 BJP leaders, including the head of Madhya Pradesh’s IT cell, were arrested for “spying for ISI”. Surjewala also sought an apology from the prime minister and the BJP over the release of Pakistan-based terrorist Maulana Masood Azhar by taking him and two others to Kandahar after hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane in 1999.

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You are pained by ‘abuses’ but silent on Afrazul’s killing: Owaisi questions PM’s silence

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the people in Gujarat he was pained by “abuses” hurled at him but kept mum on the heart-rending killing of a Muslim labrourer in Rajasthan.Referring to the killing of Mohammed Afrazul, who hailed from West Bengal, allegedly in the name of “love jihad” on Wednesday, Owaisi alleged Muslims were being targeted under the BJP rule because of their faith.”Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi no one called you a Pakistani … I have been called a Pakistani for 70 years. Whom should I complain to? Now that you have been abused you are telling the people in Gujarat you were pained,” Owaisi said at an event here.Also readAfrazul death: Congress’ Adhir Chowdhury writes to Mamata, seeks liaison offices in other statesHe alleged Modi reffered to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute as an issue of Ram Temple only and asked if he was the prime minister of “the Hindus or the entire nation”.Referring to Mani Shankar Aiyar’s controversial remark against the PM, the Hyderabad MP said he did not approve of the language used by the Congress leader.Also readMamata announces Rs 3 lakh and job for kin of labourer killed in Rajasthan, accused gets three-day police custody”I do not approve of the language. But you should have at least mentioned Afrazul during campaigning in Gujarat,” he said.Afrazul (48) was hacked and burnt to death in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district.Also readLove jihad wasn’t the motive, indicates Rajasthan police’s preliminary investigation into Md Afrazul’s deathIn a video of the killing shared on social media, the accused is seen declaring he killed the man to save a woman from “love jihad” and warning that anyone challenging the majority community would “meet the same fate”.”There is a BJP government in Rajasthan. It is under your government Afrazul was killed and the killer speaks about love jihad. It is your people who talk about love jihad.”You have been saying you were abused and you are pained. Not once did you speak about Afrazul,” he said.The AIMIM chief alleged Muslims were being selectively targeted since the BJP came to power in 2014.”Muslims are being targeted because of their faith and the government lauds those who nurture such thinking,” he said.Owaisi alleged the PM was silent on the killings of “Mohammed Akhlaq, Hafiz Junaid and Ummar Khan”.Akhlaq was lynched in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly storing beef in 2015. Junaid was killed on a train by a mob that hurled communal slurs at him. Ummar Khan was shot dead allegedly by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan in November.”No one from the BJP speaks on the incidents. Why the PM did not speak on the death of Afrazul. It shows the mentality of the BJP,” Owaisi said.The prime minister should ask the people not to doubt the honesty of Muslims or call them Pakistanis, he said.At an event in Mahabubnagar, Owaisi alleged that the ideology of Hindutva would “weaken and destroy the country like fire”.While speaking on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute, Modi in Gujarat described it as Ram temple (issue), Owaisi said.”Are you a prime minister of the Hindus or the entire nation? How can a prime minister speak for one side. You should have said it was an issue of Mandir and Masjid,” he said.Modi was “silent” when a Union minister from Karnataka “abused” Muslims, he alleged.”If you are the prime minister of the entire India then remove him (the minister) from the ministry,” he added.

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Go back to Manmohan Singh-Pervez Musharraf formula for peace: Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri

Former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri on Friday suggested that the Manmohan Singh-Pervez Musharraf formula for diplomacy could still pave way for restoration of peace between India and Pakistan. He, however, blamed India for stalling the dialogue process by setting new ‘red lines’ for Pakistani leaders and its diplomats — barring them from meeting Kashmiri separatist leaders.”Pakistan is ready to address other issues afflicting India, but would never agree to this red line,” he said, adding that it has potential to adversely affect public opinion back in his country.Speaking at an event with Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on the current relations between the two nations, he said India was too important a country for Pakistan to ignore. Admitting that there were completely different narratives on Jammu and Kashmir, he said both countries had tried everything from wars to tensions to military build-ups. “We have tried everything and it has not yielded any result. We have fought wars and suffered from it. So, India and Pakistan have to progress together,” he added.He said that besides nuclear parity, the two nations were also on equal footing as far as conventional weaponry was concerned. “Any future war between the two countries will not end in 15-17 days; it will last months and years. Neither can win, but both will lose I don’t know any condition when there was peace after hosting wars,” he said.The ex-minister also attacked United States President Donald Trump and said that Pakistan couldn’t be isolated, as it was at an important strategic location.”They will isolate Pakistan? Let me tell you, Pakistan cannot be isolated. It is important, not just for your strategic location, adding, “Today, the US is isolated, not Pakistan.”AIYAR AT EVENTStressing the need to initiate dialogue with Pakistan, he said it was important to co-operate with Pakistan rather than looking at it suspiciously regarding terror movement

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Kulbhushan Jadhav’s friends celebrate after Pakistan grants visa to his mother and wife

Friends and relatives of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Indian Navy commander jailed in Pakistan, are happy that visas will be issued to his mother and wife to visit him.”We all are very happy with the news that Pakistan will give visas to Kulbhushan’s mother and wife to meet him on December 25,” Tulshidas Pawar, a childhood friend of Jadhav said.He said the meeting would help them know the physical and mental condition of Jadhav.”After repeated attempts by the government over the past two years, Pakistan which recently agreed to grant visa to Kulbhushan’s wife only is now giving it to his mother as well,” he said.Earlier last month the Pakistan government had decided to arrange a meeting of Jadhav and his wife.”The Government of Pakistan has decided to arrange a meeting of Commander Kulbhushan Jhadav with his wife, in Pakistan, purely on humanitarian grounds,” the Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal had said in a statement issued then.”Hope Pakistan releases him early and he returns to India safely,” said Pawar. Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism.

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Pakistan will give visa to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother: Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today Pakistan has conveyed to India that it will give visas to the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism.In Islamabad, a Pakistan foreign office spokesperson said it will allow convicted Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife and mother on December 25.Swaraj said Pakistan had earlier agreed to give a visa only to Jadhav’s wife but India asked that a visa should also be given to his mother.”We also raised concern about their safety and security in Pakistan. Government of Pakistan has conveyed that they will give visa to the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav,” Swaraj tweeted.Pakistan has assured India of their safety, security and freedom of movement in that country, she said.Also read4 assurances India has asked for allowing Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife, mother to travel to PakistanThe government had also asked that a diplomatic officer of the Indian High Commission should accompany them while they are in Pakistan, she added.The minister said she had spoken to Jadhav’s mother, Avantika Jadhav, and informed her about it.Jadhav, 47, was given death sentence by a Pakistani Army court in April, following which India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May. The ICJ halted his execution on India’s appeal pending the final verdict by it.

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Countries not willing to talk about Kashmir because of India’s influence: Former Pak diplomat

A former top Pakistani diplomat has said that because of India’s influence and economic power, countries are unwilling to raise the issue of Kashmir at international level, including at the UN.Masood Khan, a former Pakistani Ambassador to the UN, who is now president of Pak-Occupied Kashmir (PoK), ruled that India has a veto on the talks between the two South Asian neighbours.Khan is currently in Washington, for what he described is part of his effort to appraise the international community about current situation in Kashmir.”India has strategic alliances with certain countries. Because of the lucrative deals that it offers to powerful countries in the West, it has practically imposed a gag order on Kashmir,” Khan said yesterday in response to a question at the Atlantic Council, a top American think-tank.Also readForget PoK, raise Indian flag in Srinagar first: Farooq AbdullahKhan said that because of increasing Indian influence, “people here (in Washington DC), in Brussels, in London or other world capitals don’t talk about Kashmir, because this would have consequences for these countries, like in terms of economic transactions, and strategic costs. Responding to questions at the thinly-attended Atlantic Council event, Khan alleged that the UN is not acting on its own resolution because of India.”The United Nations is not acting because of real politics,” he said.”The Security Council, first because of cold war dynamics, and now because of number of other factors is not taking cognisance of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, which is regrettable because of mandate that is given to the Security Council by the UN charter under chapter six and chapter seven,” he said.Khan argued that UN should be acting. “It should be proactive. It’s because of real politics. It is also because of two other factors,” he said.Also readChina helps Pakistan build bunkers, airports along border from Kashmir to Gujarat”One was that in the past 30 to 40 years, India and Pakistan have invested a lot of energy and time in bilateral talks. But these bilateral talks or dialogue have proved to be mirage for Kashmiris because it has produced no results,” he said, adding that these talks have been non-productive.Because of these talks, India has “acquired two vetoes” he said.One on the agenda whereby they have in fact reduced the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir to a fraction of their whole agenda. It is one of 10 agenda items, he added.Secondly, India has veto over the timetable. “They will start negotiations when it suites them and when they don’t like it they will blame Pakistan for terrorism. And that has just got scuttled the dialogue process,” he said.Khan claimed that there are no terrorist camps in PoK.”None whatsoever,” he said during the interaction.”This is in fact a propaganda against the Kashmiris intended to demonie them,” he said, and claimed that there is no terrorism right now in Kashmir. Neither there is any cross-border activities.”This is not happening,” he said.”Right now, India has fenced the Line of Control. There are two layers of the fence. In between there are landmines.There are motion sensors. They also have electronic surveillance, thermal imaging. If any crossing takes place they would be detected,” he added.
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Amarnath Yatra attack group eliminated as 3 LeT militants killed in encounter in South Kashmir

Three Lashker-e-Taiba militants, including two Pakistanis, allegedly responsible for carrying out an attack on Amarnath pilgrims in July this year, were killed in an encounter in South Kashmir.The police identified the dead militants as Yawar Basir, who is a local militant, Abu Furqan and Abu Maviya (both foreign terrorists).”Furkan, a Pakistani terrorist who took over as Divisional commander of LeT after the elimination of Ismail was killed in today’s encounter at Qazikund along with another Pakistani terrorist identified as Abu Mavia. Great success for security forces!,” said J&K Director General of Police (DGP) Shesh Paul Vaid.Vaid said that a body of third terrorist Yawar a local was also recovered from encounter site and the fourth terrorist caught alive in injured condition.”With the elimination of Abu Ismail earlier & now these three Abu Mavia , Furkan & Yawar group that attacked Amarnath Yatries is wiped out,” he added.Also readTurning over a new leaf: How Indian Army amped up its diplomacy with new coffee table bookThe encounter broke on Monday afternoon when the militants opened fire on an Army convoy, on its way to Srinagar, at Qazigund on Jammu-Srinagar national highway. One soldier was killed in the attack while another sustained injuries.Basir, hailing from Habiash of Kulgam, joined ranks with Lashker -e-Taiba this year in February after snatching a weapon from a policeman. Furqan had taken over as the head of Lashker-e-Taiba in South Kashmir after the death of Abu Ismail, who had led the attack on Amarnath pilgrims in July this year.In July, at least seven pilgrims were killed while several were injured in a terror attack, while they were on their way back from Amarnath Temple.Also readSecurity agencies enter ‘Tora Bora’ of Kashmir to kill JeM terrorists(With agency inputs)
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Why India celebrates Navy Day on December 4? Here’s the real story

Navy Day has been trending all day long. In case you are wondering why December 4 is celebrated as Navy Day in India, read on.The day celebrates the strength and bravery of the navy men who brought victory to the country in 1971 Indo-Pak War.A day before, on December 3, 1971, the attack by Pakistan on our airfields along the border areas led to the war.Operation Trident, the lethal attack by the Indian Navy sank four Pakistani vessels and completely destroyed fuel fields in Karachi harbour. 500 Pakistani navy men were killed in the attack.INS Nipat, INS Nirghat and INS Veer were involved in the attack.The 90-minute long operation began on December 4, 1971. Around 2 pm, the fleet of Indian Navy sailed towards Pakistani waters from Gujarat’s Okha Port.Our men reached about 70 miles south of Karachi when Indian Navy fleet realised that an enemy vessel was closing in. The assault lasted for more than an hour. India fired total six missiles. Not only the Indian Navy fleet sank four Pakistani vessels but also returned without a loss of a single man.With no casualties on the Indian side, this operation was considered to be one of the most successful in modern naval history post-World War II.To mark the magnificent display of valour, the Navy Day is celebrated on December 4 every year.
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New ‘Ajmal Kasab’ exposes Pakistan: Captured JuD terrorist says ISI officials supervise terror camps

In a chilling reminder of 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab’s testimony, a recently captured Jamaat-ud-Dawa-linked terrorist has exposed Pakistan’s terror game.In a video accessed by WION, Mohamad Amir also known as Abu Hamas, confessed that he was trained by the JuD handlers.Amir also talked about how jobless youth were radicalised. The most startling fact that exposed by Amir was that ISI officials not only frequented the terror camps but they also oversaw the camps.The 18-year-old told the Indian interrogators that he was from Karachi and that his father was a retired policeman.Intelligence sources say that Amir is part of Lashkar-e-Taiba’s ’22 anti-India terrorist squads’.Amir reportedly underwent a fifteen-day training with Jamat at Nuriya Bad, near Karachi where fifteen young Pakistani men belonging to various parts of the country were trained, WION report said.The captured terrorist was interrogated by the Indian police and intelligence authorities at an undisclosed location. However, it is not the first time a Pakistani terrorist has been arrested, though it is very rare that a foreign militant is captured alive in Kashmir. On July 26, 2016, the Indian army arrested 22-year-old Bahadur Ali, alias Saifullah of Lahore on the Line of Control in Nougam sector of Kupwara district.Last year on June 21, Abu Ukasha, alias Hanzullah of Bhawalpur in Pakistan was arrested during a routine patrol in Lolaab area. The 19-year-old LeT terrorist was buying groceries when a police party grew suspicious of him.On May 14, 2016, the state police caught a top Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber in Baramulla. In February last year, the police arrested 17-year-old JeM terrorist Sidiq Gujjar, alias Shahid of Sialkot in Pakistan, along with three local ultras.LeT’s Mohammed Naveed, alias Usman of Faisalabad, Pakistan, was captured after he and his associate Noman attacked a BSF convoy near Narsoo Nallah in Udhampur on August 5, 2015.On August 27, 2015, Sajad Ahmad aka Javid Ahmad alias Abu Ubaidullah, a 22-year-old LeT operative from Muzaffargarh in south-west Pakistan, was captured after all his four associates were gunned down during a gunfight at two different locations in Baramulla district.Watch the full interrogation video here:
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5 terrorists killed in J&K; toll crosses 200 after 7 years

Security forces on Thursday killed five terrorists in two major counter-terror operations in north and central Kashmir. With these two operations, the total number of terrorists neutralised by the security forces in 2017 has crossed the 200 mark. This is the highest number of terrorists neutralised in a year in the last seven years in Jammu and Kashmir.”A collective effort of the Jammu and Kashmir police, Indian Army, CRPF, CAPF & the people of Kashmir has lead to neutralisation of more than 200 terrorists in 2017 alone. This marks a huge landmark for establishing peace & stability in the state of J&K & our country,” tweeted Dr Shesh Paul Vaid, Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir.Data reveals that 270 ultras were killed by the security forces in 2010. The figure came down to 119 in 2011. Around 84 in 2012, followed by 100 in 2013, 110 in 2014, and 113 in 2015. Despite an ongoing unrest, security forces had killed 165 terrorists in 2016.The success against terror in 2017 is attributed to ‘Operation All Out’ launched by the security forces early this year. The operation saw top leaders of different terror outfits neutralised, thus breaking the backbone of terror activity.They included Burhan Wani’s successor Sabzar Bhat, Lashkar-e-Tioba chief Abu Dujana and Abu Ismail, two nephews – Abu Musaib and Obaid –of Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, Talha Rashid nephew of Pathankote attack mastermind Moulana Masood Azhar and others.However the achievement in the war against terror came at a very high cost with more than 75 security force men laying down their lives in the line of duty this year so far.Official figures reveal that there are more than 200 militants still operating in the valley. Of whom at least 110 are locals and around 100 are foreigners, mostly Pakistani nationals.The landmark of eliminating 200 militants came on the day when security forces stepped up winter offensive and killed five militants in Phutlipora-Pakherpora village of Budgam and Sagipora village of Sopore in Baramulla district.The first operation was launched in Phutlipora village after security forces received a tip off about the presence of the militants in the area. A Joint team of Army, CRPF and police cordoned off the village at 5.30 am and an hour later contact was established when militants opened fire on the search party.”Four militants were killed in the operation. The operation is still continuing”, said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar.Massive protests and stone pelting rocked the area after people tried to disrupt the operation in Phutlipora. Youth pelted stones and tried to march towards the encounter site. Protestors also torched a private pickup truck.Security forces immediately swung into action and lobbed tear smokes shells to quell the mob. When the protesters refused to retreat, security forces fired pellet shots and other live munitions causing injuries to few people.In another operation, security forces killed a militant at Sagipora village in the apple rich town of Sopore. A soldier sustained injuries in the operation.The operation was launched after forces received information that militants are hiding in the area. When the security forces were zeroing in on the target house, they came under heavy fire. It was retaliated and in the ensuing gun fight one militant was killed.
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Pakistan yet to give a sovereign guarantee about safety and security of Kulsbhushan Jadhav: VK Singh

Pakistan is yet to give a sovereign guarantee about the safety and security of Indian prisoner on death row Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife if she visits that country to meet her husband, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said today.Talking to journalists on the sidelines of an event here, Singh rubbished as “rumour” reports that China has erected a 400 metre high wall to camouflage the construction going on in Dokalam, the scene of a prolonged stand-off between Indian and Chinese armies.The minister also said India “does not care” about 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed approaching the United Nations to get his name struck off the list of designated terrorists.”Talks are still in progress. They (Pakistan) are yet to provide guarantee on the safety aspect.”Pakistan’s foreign office had earlier this month said it will allow Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife.Responding to Pakistan s offer of arranging a meeting between the former naval officer and his wife, India also requested that his mother be allowed to meet him too.A military court in Pakistan had in April this year sentenced Jadhav, a former navyman, to death on the charge of his alleged involvement in espionage and terror attacks. India strongly denied the allegation.The International Court of Justice has stayed Jadhav’s execution.Talking about Saeed, Singh said, “The government has been saying this from the beginning…Those who are terrorists are terrorists. We have no doubt about it. We don’t care where a terrorist goes and approaches whom to seek protection.” Saeed has petitioned the UN seeking removal of his name from the list of designated terrorists on the ground that none of the allegations against him either related to terrorism or otherwise have been proved in the Pakistani courts.The banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) head, who carries a USD 10 million American bounty on his head for terror activities, walked free on Friday after the Pakistan government decided against detaining him further in any other case. He was under house arrest since January this year.”Do not believe in such rumours,” he said when asked to comment on reports about China having built a 400 metre high wall to hide construction activities in Dokalam on Sikkim- Bhutan-Tibet trijunction.Singh said India wanted its citizens going abroad to believe that their government will help them in the event of any trouble.He said India was working on maintaining healthy relations with every country.
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‘Provide evidence or stop crying’: LeT founder Hafiz Saeed’s son-in-law tells India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>.A day after 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed filed a plea in United Nations to remove his terrorist tag, his son-in-law has asked India to stop crying and provide evidence against him. The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder and banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) head, who carries a USD 10 million American bounty on his head for terror activities, walked free on Friday after the Pakistan government decided against detaining him further in any other case. He was under house arrest since January this year.“India is always crying internationally. Why don’t you provide evidence instead of just using television clips of the Mumbai attacks?,’’ Khalid Waleed, the son-in-law of Hafiz Saeed told Hindustan Times.He also said that the America has asked for Hafiz Saeed’s re-arrest only because of pressure from India and he would continue to fight for the liberation of Kashmir. ALSO READ ‘I am not a terrorist’: LeT founder Hafiz Saeed files petition in UN to remove tagHe also questions how Saeed can be rearrested when he has been released by a three-judge bench of the review board.Meanwhile, influential Democratic lawmaker Tulsi Gabbard termed as ‘ridiculous’ the release of Hafiz Saeed from house arrest.”Not only did Pakistan give refuge to Bin Laden, responsible for attacks against US on 9/11, Pakistan set free a terrorist who has a USD 10 million American bounty on his head,” she said.The US has sought immediate re-arrest of Saeed, warning Islamabad that there would be repercussions for bilateral ties if it fails to act. ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: Hafiz Saeed’s release shows Pakistan not serious about bringing perpetrators to justice”If Pakistan does not take action to lawfully detain Saeed and charge him for his crimes, its inaction will have repercussions for bilateral relations and for Pakistan’s global reputation,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Sanders said.India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said that Saeed’s release confirmed once again the lack of seriousness by the Pakistan government in bringing to justice perpetrators of terrorism, including individuals and entities designated by the UN.”It also appears to be an attempt by the Pakistani system to mainstream proscribed terrorists. Pakistan has not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non-state actors and its true face is visible for all to see,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in New Delhi. ALSO READ Committed to implementing UN sanctions, says Pak as US seeks Hafiz Saeed’s re-arrest

CPEC will aggravate tension between India and Pakistan: US think-tank

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The multi-billion dollar China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will deepen China’s already formidable presence in the South Asian nation, and “aggravate” tension between India and Pakistan, a US think-tank said today.”CPEC will deepen China’s already formidable presence in the country and clearly aggravate India-Pakistan tensions. In addition, real questions persist about Pakistan’s ability to finance its share of new energy investment,” Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director and Senior Associate for South Asia Program at the Wilson Center said in a report published today.According to him, even though the CPEC may enable Pakistan to generate more power, it will not solve the country’s broader energy crisis, which is rooted in factors that go well beyond supply shortages.”Stability in Pakistan’s security situation and economic performance is increasingly in critical interest for Beijing because it is a precondition for CPEC’s success. Given New Delhi’s strenuous opposition, CPEC will exacerbate India- Pakistan tensions,” Kugelman wrote. ALSO READ ‘Ready to strengthen connectivity…’: China hints it may rename CPEC to address India’s ‘concerns’Among other things, CPEC cements the already deep presence of Washington’s top strategic competitor in a region where the US has a much lighter footprint, he said.”The project also generates additional obstacles for the Indian efforts to access markets and natural gas reserves in Central Asia — a region that India cannot reach directly by land because Pakistan denies its transit rights on Pakistani soil,” he said.According to Kugelman, Beijing’s messaging is very similar to Islamabad’s — it uses only the most positive of rhetoric and with a triumphant and confident tone. Like Pakistan, China has much at stake, he said.As per the report, CPEC is in some ways a test case of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) because it includes some of the initiative’s first projects to become fully operational. ALSO READ Tiff between ‘all weather friends’? Confusion over Pakistan’s move to exclude PoK dam from CPEC”Privately, however, China worries about the security risks to CPEC, even as terrorist violence has subsided in Pakistan since 2014, when the Pakistani military launched a major counterterrorism offensive,” the report said, adding that many of the attacks that have taken place since then have occurred along or on envisioned CPEC routes in Baluchistan.Separatist rebels have targeted energy infrastructure in the province for a number of years and remain an active threat.”Furthermore, criminal gangs pose threats to CPEC projects in Punjab Province. One such outfit, known as the Chotu Gang, abducted 12 Chinese engineers working on a highway project in Punjab back in 2005,” he wrote.Kugelman said in private conversations, Pakistani officials and analysts offer a sobering appraisal of the project.”Privately, Pakistanis also express concern about the country’s ability to pay back loans in the coming years, as well as about the security threats ranging from terrorism and separatist insurgency to organized crime that threaten CPEC construction,” he said.Referring to India’s reaction to CPEC, Kugelman said New Delhi’s biggest objection to CPEC is that it entails building projects in Gilgit-Baltistan.”New Delhi does not formally oppose BRI as a whole; rather, its stated concerns are restricted to CPEC, which it has described as a violation of Indian sovereignty, he noted. ALSO READ Pakistan PM accuses India of unleashing propaganda against CPEC

J&K: Pakistani troops violate ceasefire in Rajouri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani troops opened fire at Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district in violation of the ceasefire, police said.”Pakistani troops resorted to firing in Jhangar forward area from 1845 hours to 1900 hours,” a senior police officer said, adding that further details were awaitedLast night’s violation of the ceasefire came after a lull of over a week in firing by Pakistani troops at Indian posts. ALSO READ Ceasefire agreements can help save Indo-Pak relationsPakistani troops violated the ceasefire for three consecutive days between November 15 and November 17 in Jammu and Poonch districts. An Army jawan was injured in the exchange of fire in Poonch.On November 2, a BSF jawan was killed when Pakistan Rangers attacked a patrol party along the International Border in Samba district.A girl was injured when Pakistani troops opened fire from small arms along the LoC in Karmara belt of Poonch district on October 31.On October 18, eight civilians, including a two-year-old child, were injured in heavy Pakistani shelling in Poonch. ALSO READ J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Nowgam

Speak up Delhi: Space crunch keeps visitors away from trade fair this year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The India International Trade Fair (ITFF) that kicked off on November 14 has always been a crowd puller, but with the redevelopment work of the exhibition centre at Pragati Maidan —the Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO)— has put a cap on the people visiting the exhibition. This year the premises allotted for conducting the fair was reduced to half. While earlier the event used to be conducted across a whopping one-lakh square metre premises, this year just 50,000 square metre premises is devoted for the exhibition.Pragati Maidan is being redeveloped as Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC), at a cost of whopping Rs 2,254 crore. The organisation has set June, 2019, as the deadline for the state-of-the-art convention centre, work for which started in July this year.The 37th edition of has its main theme- ‘Startup India and Standup India’, that highlights policies, schemes, and programmes started by the Centre for them in the last three years. Vietnam is the partner country while Kyrgyzstan is be the focus nation.As part of a viable measure, not more than 60,000 tickets are being sold daily via online or at metro stations. The ITPO has instructed metro stations to stop selling tickets once the said target is achieved, same is the case for online tickets too.This move saw footfalls ranging between 40,000 to 52,000 on weekends. Surprisingly, the weekday footfalls has been comparatively higher on certain days. For instance, on Tuesday, as many as 54,000 people visited the trade fair. However, the new arrangement has not found many takers among the common man, especially those who have been left standing in long queues to buy tickets but without any luck.Traders believe a trade fair of such a large scale should not have been given such a treatment. The ITPO should have looked for an alternate venue, which could have accommodated more visitors and sellers. The stall owners said last year, the sales were hit due to demonetisation and this year again, they fear the sales going down due the visitors cap.PRAGATI MAIDAN WORKPragati Maidan is being redeveloped as Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC), at a cost of whopping Rs 2,254 crore. The organisation has set June, 2019, as the deadline for the state-of-the-art convention centre, work for which started in July this year.The ITPO should have taken more prudent measures instead of putting a cap on how many people should visit the trade fair. It’s one of the best exhibitions in the city but this its has been a hufge disappointments for sellers and visitors as well. Every day by 3pm tickets were off limits for a lot of those wishing to visit it.—Devika BhallaSo many events are held in Noida at a grand scale. The ITPO must be aware of how many people would be visiting the trade fair. They could have shifted the venue so that more people could enjoy it.—Shyam KumarFor two consecutive days we could not get any tickets. Visiting the IITF this year required a lot of planning for the sheer task of booking tickets. It was not a pleasant experience—Muskan VermaThe trade fair wasn’t attractive this year because of reduced area. Plus the inconvenience of buying tickets made it unpleasant outing. On weekends especially there was a lot of trouble in procuring tickets after a particular time.—Deepak RawatI did not take my family to the trade fair this time as there are no exciting stalls. Not a single stall from Pakistan is there. Last year, we enjoyed the Pakistani food stall a lot but this time when I heard that they have not come this time, I decided to skip it—Nainakriti AttryThe decision to curb number of visitors to Pragati Maidan is foolhardy. They should have shifted the venue to Noida and held the fair at the grand scale.—Ekta Rawat

Remembering 26/11: Hafiz Saeed’s release shows Pakistan not serious about bringing perpetrators to justice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Nine years have passed since 10 LeT terrorists killed 166 people in Mumbai, but none of the suspects have been punished, indicating that this case has never been a priority for Pakistan, especially after the release of the attack’s mastermind Hafiz Saeed, observers say.The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists had sailed into Mumbai from Karachi and carried out coordinated attacks, killing 166 people and injuring over 300 in November 2008.”The Mumbai attack case is being tried in an anti- terrorism court in Islamabad since 2009. There has hardly been any such case in any ATC in country taking more than eight years and still pending. ATC is meant for speedy trial but in this case the ATC is acting like that of sessions court where a case is usually not decided in years,” a senior lawyer said.
ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: Rahul Gandhi questions Narendra Modi’s ‘hugplomacy'”It appears that the state is not in hurry to decide this case since the matter is related to its arch-rival India,” the lawyer told PTI on condition of anonymity, two days after Pakistan released Saeed, the LeT founder ahead of the 9th anniversary of the 26/11 attack.He said had the authorities concerned here been serious this case would have been decided years ago.
ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: P Chidambaram didn’t allow us to question Central officers, says ex-Union Home SecretaryPakistan has justified the release of Saeed, saying that courts, pursuant to their constitutional duty, were determined to uphold rule of law and due process for all citizens.Advocate Supreme Court Mobeen Ahmad Qazi told PTI that since this case was being tried in ATC it should have been decided much earlier.
ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: We now have the funds to train and equip our police, says Deven Bharti”For that long (eight years) evidence is destroyed in such cases. I wonder why Pakistan is taking too long to decide this criminal case. If India does not provide concrete evidence it should decide the case forthwith and give benefit of doubt to the suspects and acquit them,” Qazi said, adding it appears that Pakistan is facing “international pressure” to keep the Mumbai attack suspects in jail “without evidence”.”The state is responsible for the protection of the rights of its citizens. Justice delayed is justice denied,” he added.Saeed’s release has virtually “boosted up the morale” of the six suspects facing the trial in Pakistan for the last eight years, believe Saeed’s supporters.The banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah head, who carries a bounty of USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities, was released from house arrest on Friday. The fire-brand cleric was under detention since January this year.The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai attack.According to a JuD activist, the six suspects feel confident and one day they will walk out free from jail as nothing has been established against them as yet like their leader (Saeed) in the Mumbai attack case.He thinks that the suspects Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum who have been facing charges of abetment to murder, attempted murder, planning and executing the Mumbai attack since 2009, would have been acquitted had their trial been put on fast track. They are kept in Adiala Jail Rawalpindi.The seventh suspect – LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi – got his freedom over two years ago after he secured bail. He has been living in undisclosed location since then. There are reports that Lakhvi had come to JuD headquarters in Lahore to greet Saeed on his release from the 10-month detention under terrorism and public safety laws. The JuD activist, however, denied the duo s meeting in Lahore.There was also the eighth suspect, LeT militant Sufayan Zafar, who was arrested last year and separately charged for his involvement in 26/11 attack has also been freed on bail.Zafar was accused of providing Rs 3.98 million to co- accused Shahid Jamil Riaz prior to the Mumbai attack.He also deposited Rs 14,800 to the bank account of his brother (another suspect in the case). He was hiding after being declared proclaimed offender in the Mumbai case since 2009. He was arrested in August last year from his hideout in Kyber-Pakhtaunkhawa province. Zafar was among 21 other (absconding) suspects wanted in this high-profile case.The Mumbai attacks’ 9th anniversary is being observed today but still this case never seems to be reaching its logical conclusion.India has been demanding Pakistan not only to arrest Saeed and try him in the Mumbai attack case being the mastermind but also punish all those involved in this carnage.India has presented a dossier about Saeed’s involvement in the Mumbai attack but Pakistan insists ‘solid evidence’ against him. Pakistan has also asked India to send its 24 witnesses here to record their statements.”The Anti-Terrorism Court Islamabad has recorded the statements of 70 Pakistani witnesses in the case. Now it is up to India to send its 24 witnesses for early disposal of the case,” chief prosecutor in the case Chaudhry Azhar told PTI.A number of Pakistani witnesses both official and private testified and provided evidence against the seven accused…but still the Pakistani authorities have been insisting on sending Indian witnesses here for reaching a verdict.There are irrefutable witnesses against them. For example one of the seven accused – Shahid Jamil Riaz – had been identified by witnesses that he (Riaz) had bought inflatable boats used by the terrorists involved in the attack.Riaz and 10 other people had bought 11 inflatable boats, according to the witnesses.The witnesses identified 10 men, including Amjad Khan and Atiqur Rehman, who were involved in planning and executing the Mumbai attacks. These men were earlier declared “proclaimed offenders” or fugitives by the anti-terrorism court.One witness told the court that Amjad Khan had obtained from him a “port clearance certificate” for Al-Hussaini, a fishing boat used by the terrorists.Amjad Khan was also involved in purchasing the inflatable boats. Khan, the fugitive identified by the witnesses, is a shadowy LeT organiser and financier from Karachi who figured in a majority of dossiers provided to Pakistan by India.Khan, who hails from Multan, played a key role in arranging and providing funds to the ten LeT attackers. He is one of 20 suspects in the Mumbai attacks who are yet to be traced by Pakistani investigators.These 20 suspects were named in a chargesheet filed in the anti-terrorism court in 2009. They were all accused of playing a key role in facilitating the Mumbai attacks.No effort has been made so far by the Pakistani law enforcement agencies to track down these fugitives in the case, showing Pakistan is keen to dump the case.Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught and hanged after trial.Soon after his release on Friday, Saeed vowed to mobilise people across Pakistan for the “Kashmir cause”.It is not clear how many of the fugitives are still in contact with the JuD/LeT leadership. As Saeed is a free man it will be easy for him to execute some of his plans more freely than from the house arrest.

Pakistani LeT militant captured alive in North Kashmir’s Handwara

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan terror factory was again exposed on Friday when Army captured a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant alive in the Magam forests of Handwara in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.“A Pakistan LeT terrorist apprehended in a joint operation by army and Jammu and Kashmir police in Magam forests today”, said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar.The militant, sources said, was part of the same group which was neutralized by the security forces on November 21. Security forces had dealt a huge blow to the LeT on Tuesday when they killed three newly infiltrated Pakistani militants in an operation in Magam area of Handwara.The operation was launched after security forces received a tip off about the presence of militants in Khar Moholla area of Magam. Immediately, a joint operation was launched by the army, special operations group of J&K Police and CRPF in the area.However, during the follow up moping and sanitizing operation, security forces apprehended the Pakistan militant who was hiding in the jungles after his three associates were killed. The arrest of militant has come against the backdrop of the release of Mumbai attack mastermind and LeT founder Hafiz Mohommad Saeed from house arrest in Pakistan.Sources said the Pakistani militant has been taken away to an undisclosed location where he is being questioned. Sources said his questioning is expected to expose the terror syndicate in Pakistan. “We are questioning him and hopefully he will spill the beans about the plans and designs of the militants”, said an officer.Though it is not the first time that a Pakistani militant has been arrested, it is still rare that a foreign militant is captured alive in Kashmir. On July 26, 2016 Indian army had arrested 22 year old Bahadur Ali alias Saifullah of Lahore on the Line of Control in Nougam sector of Kupwara district. Last year on June 21, Abu Ukasha alias Hanzullah of Bahawalpur in Pakistan was arrested by the police during a routine patrol in Sogam market in Lolaab area. The 19-year-old LeT terrorist was buying groceries when a police party got suspicious about him.On May 14, 2016 Jammu and Kashmir police caught a top Pakistani Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber alive from Baramulla. Earlier in February last year, the police arrested Pakistani JeM terrorist Sidiq Gujjar alias Shahid of Sialkot in Pakistan, along with three local militants from Baramulla.LeT militant Mohammed Naveed alias Usman of Faisalabad, Pakistan, was captured alive when he, along with his associate Noman, attacked a BSF convoy near Narsoo Nallah in Udhampur on August 5, 2015.On August 27, 2015, Sajad Ahmad aka Javid Ahmad alias Abu Ubadullah, a 22-year-old LeT operative of Muzaffargarh in south-west Pakistan, was captured alive after all his four associates were gunned down during a fierce gunfight at two different locations in Bijhama to Panzala forests of Baramulla district.

4 assurances India has asked for allowing Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife, mother to travel to Pakistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India on Thursday conveyed that it will allow Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother to travel to Pakistan to meet him. Jadhav is currently in death row holed up in Pakistan prison.The former Navy officer has been accused by Pakistan of hatching a conspiracy against them and planning terrorist acts in its soil. However, India has maintained that Jadhav was illegally abducted by Pak authorities. India has moved to ICJ seeking that Jadhav be freed. The Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar laid out a series of assurances it wants from Pakistan regarding the visit of Jadhav’s family to the neighbouring country. On November 10, Pakistan had said it will allow Jadhav to meet his wife, months after India requested it to grant visa to his mother on humanitarian grounds.Here are the assurances India has asked:1.India has sought ‘sovereign guarantee’ from Pakistan to ensure safety and security of the wife and the mother of Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav if they are allowed to visit him.2.The external affairs ministry said Pakistan has also been asked not to subject the two women to any questioning, harassment or interrogation during their stay in Pakistan.3. The High Commission in Islamabad should be allowed to accompany the two women at all times, including during the meeting with Jadhav.4. MEA spokesperson also said that allowing the visit does not absolve Pakistan of the violations of the Vienna Convention on consular access and not following the due process in treating Jadhav who faces death sentence through a ‘farcical process and on concocted charges’.It will be interesting to see how Pakistan reacts to these requests. It is hard to think that Pakistan will allow a staffer of Indian High Commission to accompany Jadhav’s family when they meet him.Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April on charges of espionage and terrorism. The International Court of Justice in May halted his execution on India’s appeal.Last month, the Pakistan Army had said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Jadhav. After India approached the ICJ, a 10-member bench on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.The ICJ has asked Pakistan to submit its response or memorial by December 13 before the court could start further proceedings in the case. (With agency inputs)

India slams Pak on Hafiz Saeed release

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a Lahore High Court judicial review board ordered 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s release from house arrest, India expressed “outrage”, saying Pakistan has exposed its true face by attempting to “mainstream” UN-proscribed terrorists.The Ministry of External Affairs said the order confirms the “lack of seriousness” on Pakistan’s part in bringing terrorists to justice, and its nefarious designs to shield non-state actors.Top US counter-terrorism and South Asian experts also expressed anger at the banned Jama’at-ud-Da’wah (JuD) chief’s imminent release that has come as a setback to India’s efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 2008 attacks in which 166 people had been killed.Bruce Riedel, who served in the US National Security Council, said it was time to rescind Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally.Saeed is designated a global terrorist by the United Nations. The US has also a $10 million bounty on him.”India and the entire international community is outraged that a self-confessed and UN-proscribed terrorist is being allowed to walk free and continue with his evil agenda,” said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.He described Saeed as the “prime organiser” of the November 26 attacks and said he was also responsible for unleashing numerous other terror attacks against Pakistan’s neighbours. “His release confirms once again the lack of seriousness on the part of the Pakistani government in bringing to justice perpetrators of heinous acts of terror, including by individuals and entities designated by the UN.He said it also appears that Pakistani system was attempting to mainstream proscribed terrorists, and that Islamabad has not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non-state actors and its true face is there for all to see.On Wednesday, the judicial review board rejected an appeal of Pakistan’s Punjab provincial government, which had sought to extend Saeed’s detention for three more months, after it failed to submit any evidence against him.Saeed’s counsel AK Dogar said he “feared that the Punjab government may detain him in any other case.”Media reports from Pakistan quoting sources close to Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif said the home department would slap more charges to ensure Saeed is not released. They said that the government would go after JuD’s activities. “Their activities are already under the scanner and action against them was taken many times in the past. We will do so again,” an official said.

Jammu and Kashmir: Local barbeque-seller’s picture circulated as one of the dead LeT terrorists

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a faux pas, several media houses today reportedly carried the picture of a local lad as one of the six Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists killed in a fierce gun battle in Bandipora district of north Kashmir yesterday.”I was shocked on seeing my picture among the dead terrorists in electronic and print media. Somebody downloaded my picture from the Facebook account and circulated it as one of the dead terrorists,” a shocked Abdul Majid told PTI.He has demanded a probe into the conspiracy.Majid, who is married with two children, sells barbecues at Khati Ka Talab here and is also associated with a religious group preaching Islam.”I am not a terrorist. How can they carry my picture? It is the negligence of media and the state administration,” he said, adding that he has filed a police complaint.Majid, having a long beard and wearing Afghani cap, displayed several newspapers which carried his picture on the front page with an alias ‘Abu Zargam’.He said he was at home when he received a call informing him that his picture was among the six terrorists killed by security forces.”The news came as a big shock for my family. They are all very upset,” he said.”I do not know whose conspiracy is this. But whoever has done it has tarnished my image. It is the negligence of media and the administration–how did they publish the picture of an innocent without any proof,” he asked.”I want my name to be cleared as soon as possible,” Majid added.Six Pakistani militants of the LeT, including the nephew of Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, were gunned down in Bandipora yesterday in an encounter in which an IAF Garud commando was also killed.

Padmavati row: MNS says no protest for the sake of it

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While political parties and caste groups are united in their opposition to the soon to be released movie ‘Padmavati,’ the Raj Thackeray led MNS has surprisingly refused to join the bandwagon. “Our stand is that we will not oppose the movie or condemn it before watching it or before the release,” said Ameya Khopkar, who heads the MNS cine wing. He added that they would watch the movie and “in case of objections,” discuss them with film maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali for a remedy. The movie is based on the legend Rani Padmavati, the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh of Mewar, whose kingdom was invaded by Sultan Allauddin Khilji for capturing Padmini, who eventually committed jauhar.The MNS has in the past threatened Pakistani actors in the country and warned them if retribution. Last year, the MNS cine workers wing had also protested against film maker Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ as it started Pakistani actor Fawad Khan and opposed singing reality shows featured artistes from the neighbouring country. It has also protested the “wrong depiction” of Maharashtrians in Hindi sitcoms and serials.

Man detained at Jaipur airport with forex worth Rs 96L

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Customs department detained a man at the Jaipur airport on Sunday and recovered currencies of various countries, including India, amounting to a whopping Rs 96 lakh. The man was at the airport to catch a flight to Dubai.Sources reveal that a tip-off had been received and Customs officials identified the man based on information provided. On Sunday morning, Customs officials at the Jaipur International Airport received a tip-off that a man carrying currencies of various countries was to board a morning flight to Dubai. Based on the information, officials stepped up their vigil and passenger screening was tightened at the airport. Customs officials identified a passenger and asked him to accompany them for a thorough check. Search of the man’s belongings revealed Pakistani rupees, American dollars, Euro, pounds and currencies of Middle Eastern countries. The currencies in total amounted to Rs 96 lakh in Indian denomination.When questioned about the same, the man could not provide a satisfactory answer. According to sources, the man was not arrested but detained for questioning while information was passed along to other agencies involved in such cases. The name of the passenger was withheld by authorities as officials suspect he could be linked to a hawala gang, on which action could be taken once questioning is done.

Pakistan to allow Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife to meet him in jail on ‘humanitarian grounds’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian lodged in Pakistani jail on charges of spying, will be allowed to meet his wife, Islamabad announced on Friday.Pakistani officials said that they were acting on humanitarian grounds and informed that a meeting will be arranged between Jadhav and his wife.A note verbale has been sent in this regard to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad on Friday.

Will neutralise terrorists in J&K: Bipin Rawat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Tuesday said the force is ready to eliminate terrorists infiltrating Kashmir from across the border a day after Indian forces killed Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar’s nephew in Pulwama district.General Rawat said security forces also seized an assault rifle which NATO forces use in Afghanistan from the three terrorists which indicated Pakistan was aiding terror operations in Kashmir.Rawat said it is clear that terrorists are getting support from across the border.Based on ground intelligence, agencies have warned security forces that Pakistan army along with terror groups and ISI has stepped up attempts to infiltrate and carry out attacks in Kashmir to derail efforts of special representative Dineshwar Sharma.”It doesn’t matter if he is Masood Azhar’s nephew or anyone else,” he said.Talha Rashid, was killed along with two other terrorists in the gun fight which also claimed the life of one Indian soldier.He added that the aim of the forces was to neutralise terrorists irrespective of where they came from.”If any terrorists carry out activities that put the life and property of our citizens at risk, if they target any building, police station or Army, they are troubling the citizens. Our attempt is to neutralise whoever is involved in terror activities,” he said.While there has been an escalation of violence in the last one year, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said that the number of stone pelting incidents have come down as a result of choking of funds after demonetisation.DNA reported on Monday that intelligence inputs indicate that two days after the announcement of Sharma’s appointment on October 23, Syed Salauddin who heads the United Jihad Council, an umbrella group of terror organisations active in Kashmir in a meeting on October 25 gave instructions to plan a massive infiltration with the help of Pakistani army.According to the intelligence inputs his instructions were that 45-50 terrorists should infiltrate India and carry out strikes aiming to disrupt any efforts for a dialogue.

Masood Azhar nephew among 3 terrorists killed in J&K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces dealt a blow to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and gunned down its top commander Talha Rashid — nephew of Pathankot attack mastermind Moulana Masood Azhar — and recovered a US-made M4 carbine at Aglar-Kandi village in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday evening.Rashid was among the militants — including Pakistani JeM divisional commander Mohammad Bhai and local Wasim Ahmad Ganai — killed in a swift operation by a joint team of Army, CRPF and police. An Army soldier of 44 Rashtriya Riffles lost his life in the line of duty.The assault rifle is the first such weapon recovered from terrorists. It was smuggled into Kashmir after Pakistan’s Army passed it on to infiltrators for use against security forces.Police sources said Talha had been operating in Pulwama for the last four to five months after he infiltrated into the Valley from Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.”For the first time they (JeM) have owned up a Pakistani militant. He (Rashid) is nephew of Moulana Azhar. Now we will take up the matter through proper channels. We request (Pakistan) very firmly, please claim the body and please take the body because they have said that he is a Pakistani nephew of Moulana Masood Azhar”, said Munir Ahmad Khan, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Range.This is the second time this year when any family member of an India’s most wanted has been killed in an encounter in the Valley. On January 19, security forces killed Abu Musaib — nephew of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi — at Hajin village in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.The Army said the main feature of the Pulwama operation was the seizure of the rifle. “It is a US-made weapon presently with a lot of Armies of NATO and special forces of Pakistan’s Army. We have reasons to believe that this particular weapon was given by Pakistan’s Army to JeM cadres. This clearly shows the complicity between JeM and Pakistan”, said Major General BS Raju, General Officer Commanding (GOC) Indian Army’s Victor Force.”We have reasons to believe 5 to 10 such weapons could have been brought in by terrorists who infiltrated recently”, said Major General Raju.Meanwhile, the Army paid tributes to its soldier Sepoy Vrahma Pal Singh. Singh, 30, had joined the Army in 2004. He was from village Shaujana Rani in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a three-year-old son.

Forces foil BAT attack, kill 2 at LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian security forces on Sunday thwarted a Pakistani Border Action Team attack by gunning down two infiltrators near the Line of Control in the Uri sector of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.”BAT action bid foiled by Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP). Two terrorists killed in Dulanja, Uri. No casualty on our side. Possible tragedy averted”, tweeted Dr Shesh Paul Vaid, state director general of police.BAT is a mix of Pakistani Special Forces and jihadis who are used as the force multiplier by the Pakistan army to target Indian troops guarding the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the second time in the last two months troops have foiled a BAT strike in Kashmir.According to the Indian Army, the two militants were shot dead in Uri in the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. “The terrorists, who tried to infiltrate by exploiting difficult terrain conditions along LoC were intercepted by the alert Army troops on duty,” said an Army spokesman.The terrorists, the spokesman said, resorted to indiscriminate firing triggering a gun battle. They were gunned down while escaping towards the LoC. “Large quantities of arms and ammunition and other warlike stores were recovered from the slain terrorists. An elaborate search is still underway,” he said.This is the fourth infiltration attempt foiled in Uri sector in the last five months, said the spokesperson.”This displays the alertness and resilience of the Army troops who engaged and neutralized the terrorists and resulted in foiling this infiltration attempt in Uri Sector.”On September 26, the Indian Army repulsed a BAT strike on their post in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.Data available with different security agencies show that over 60 militants were killed trying sneak into the Indian side so far this year. Sources said nearly 70 militants have managed to infiltrate into Kashmir. Last year, sources said, an estimated 112 crossed to the Indian side, compared with 33 in 2015. The number was 65 in 2014 against 97 the year before.In the past 10 months, over 170 ultras have been neutralised by the security forces in different anti-militancy operations across Kashmir. The efforts also saw 70 security personnel losing their lives in the line of duty so far this year.IN KASHMIR THIS YEAR..60 or more terrorists killed while trying to sneak into the Indian side.
70 terrorists managed to infiltrate Kashmir, government data shows.
170 terrorists neutralised by security forces.
70 security personnel have lost their lives during operations.

Inside Osama Bin Laden’s hard drive: Bollywood songs, best World Cup goals, Tom and Jerry and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A new trove of documents seized during the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden has revealed quite an uncanny side of the Al Qaeda leader.The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on Wednesday released 470,000 additional files seized in the 2011 US, including letters, videos, audio files and other materials which provides an opportunity to gain further insights into the plans and workings of the terrorist organisation.In between those horrific graphic videos of suicide bombings and beheadings, there lies a collection of Bollywood numbers by Kuman Sanu, Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik, reported Indian Express.A report said that there were also videos of Bollywood songs, such as ‘Ajnabee mujhko itna bata’ from the movie ‘Pyar Toh Hona Hi’ starring Ajay Devgn and Kajol, the title track of Salman Khan Madhuri Dikshit strrer ‘Dil Tera Aashiq’ and Udit Narayan’s ‘Tu chand hai poonam ka’ from the 1994 classic ‘Jaane Tamanna’. Apart from his love for Bollywood music, he also had clips of the nursery rhyme ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’.Bin Laden also had short clips of the most watched cartoon series ‘Tom & Jerry’ and animated movies ‘Antz and Cars’. Laden had also stored football videos which include a compilation of the ‘Best World Cup’ goals featuring Garrincha, Roger Milla and Fernando Torres.Documents seized during raid also indicated that Osama bin Laden also closely followed developments in Kashmir and the trial of Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case, indicated the documents seized during the 2011 US raid on a Pakistani compound that killed the al-Qaeda founder.The documents revealed that Laden closely followed news related to the arrest of Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Headley and was a regular reader of some of the top Indian publications.(With agency inputs)

BSF jawan killed in Pakistan’s cross-border firing in J&K’s Samba

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BSF constable was killed in a cross-border firing by Pakistan on Thursday.The Pakistan Rangers started firing indiscriminately at the patrol party across the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district in morning around 9:30 am.“BSF carried out calibrated retributive action against Pak Rangers in Samba Sector and caused serious damage to 2-3 Pak Posts and caused grievous injuries to minimum two Pak Rangers,” the official statement said.Constable Tapan Mondal suffered serious injuries in the firing and later died.On October 31, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing from small arms along the Line of Control (LoC) in Karmara belt of Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, resulting in injuries to a girl.There was another incident on October 26, when Pakistani troops fired at Sher Shakti and Mandhar areas of Kerni sector but there was no casualty.On October 18, eight civilians, including a two-year-old child, were injured in heavy Pakistani shelling.(With PTI inputs)

India repatriates 14 Pak nationals; Islamabad issues visas to over 2,600 Sikhs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India today repatriated to Pakistan nine fishermen and four civilian prisoners along with a child, the external affairs ministry said.On its part, Pakistan issued visas to over 2,600 Sikh pilgrims to attend the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev from today till November 11, a Pakistan High Commission release said here. All the prisoners crossed over to Pakistan through the land transit route of Attari-Wagah border on the basis of emergency travel certificates issued by the Pakistan High Commission, officials said. Asserting that it attaches high priority to addressing all humanitarian issues, including early release and repatriation of Indian fishermen and prisoners in Pakistan’s custody, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said the release of 370 Indian prisoners, including 363 fishermen, has been secured in 2017, so far.”Nine fishermen and four civilian prisoners from Pakistan and a child were repatriated today via the Attari/Wagah border,” an MEA statement said, adding that two Pakistani civilian prisoners were also released on September 28, 2017. Maintaining that visa to Sikh pilgrims were issued in line with Pakistan’s efforts to promote religious tourism and people-to-people interactions, the Pakistan High Commission said the government was committed to protecting sacred religious places and providing all possible facilities for the visiting pilgrims of all faiths.It also said that visas issued by the high commission in New Delhi were in addition to the visas issued to Sikh pilgrims participating in the event from other countries.

Osama bin Laden followed developments in Jammu & Kashmir, Headley trial: Documents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Osama bin Laden closely followed developments in Kashmir and the trial of Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley in the 2008 Mumbai attack case, according to documents seized from a Pakistani compound where the al-Qaeda founder was killed in a US raid in 2011.The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) yesterday released 470,000 additional files seized in May 2011 when US Navy SEALs burst into the Abbottabad compound and shot dead Laden.The files include Laden’s son’s wedding video and diaries left by the Saudi-born militant.The documents revealed that Laden closely followed news related to the arrest of Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Headley and was a regular reader of some of the top Indian publications.An Indian Express article titled ‘Omar Sheikh s Pak handler Ilyas Kashmiri also handled Headley’ was found from the computer of Laden in Abbottabad. The article was dated November 16, 2009.An article ‘Fears of air-borne terrorists strikes in India, UK’ published in Sri Lanka Guardian was also found in a separate file on Laden s computer.A Press Trust of India story headlined ‘Al-Qaeda helping Taliban to destabilise Pakistan Government: Gates’, dated February 9, 2010, was also found on Laden’s computer.Another article found on his computer was about the coded communications between Headley and his Harkat-ul-Jihad- al-Islami (HuJI) links. The news was published by The Time of India on November 15, 2009.Laden also saved on his computer another PTI article, titled: ‘India to send magistrate to US to record Headley’s statement’.Laden highlighted in yellow some portion of the article titled ‘Pak Major handled Headley’s India recce’, published on March 16, 2010.The highlighted portion reads, “The dossiers also sought the custody of Pakistani terrorist, Ilyas Kashmiri.” The documents also revealed that Laden was interested in news related to Kashmir and several terrorists.An Economic Times story ‘US asks Pakistan to find Iyas Kashmiri’ dated January 7, 2010 was among the saved documents on Laden s computer.A February 2009 article about ‘Pakistani Kashmiri militants now fighting NATO forces’ was also found.CIA Director Mike Pompeo said the release of recovered al-Qaeda letters, videos, audio files and other materials provides the opportunity for the American people to gain further insights into the plans and workings of the terrorist organisation.At the direction of President Donald Trump, the CIA put online 470,000 additional files.However, the CIA withheld release of nearly two dozen videos, including the one titled ‘The Story of India’ stating that they were copyrighted videos.The ‘Story of India’ is a BBC documentary series about the history of India.The documents also include Laden’s personal journal, over 18,000 document files and 79,000 audio and image files, which include practice reels for public speeches, audio correspondence and imagery gathered or generated by al-Qaeda for a variety of purposes.”The CIA will continue to seek opportunities to share information with the American people consistent with our obligation to protect national security,” he said.”The materials are posted in the original Arabic and in as close to the original form as possible, modified only so the files cannot be edited,” the CIA said.The CIA said these materials provide insights into the origins of fissures that exist today between al-Qaeda and the ISIS, as well as strategic, doctrinal and religious disagreements within al-Qaeda and its allies; and hardships that the terror group faced at the time of Laden’s death.Other themes in the materials include al-Qaeda s preparations to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and the group s attempts to promulgate its message through western media.The documents also provide insight into al-Qaeda s efforts to exploit the Arab awakening for its benefit and that of the global jihad, Laden s efforts to maintain unity within the group and among its affiliates despite disagreements over tactics and doctrine and the terror group’s efforts to rehabilitate its tarnished image among Muslims due its mistakes and negative media portrayals.The CIA said the information remaining in the Abbottabad collection that has not been released publicly includes materials that are sensitive such that their release would directly damage efforts to keep the nation secure; materials protected by copyright; pornography; malware and blank, corrupted and duplicate file.

India: Pak Army’s support to terror is unacceptable

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Army will continue to take retaliatory measures and retain the right to “punitively respond” to acts of aggression from Pakistan, Indian Army’s director-general of military operations (DGMO) told his Pakistani counterpart on Monday.Indian DGMO, Lt Gen A K Bhatt, reiterated that Pakistan Army’s support to terrorism is unacceptable.In an unscheduled conversation with Lt Gen Bhatt over the hotline, Pakistani DGMO Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza accused the Indian security forces of resorting to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.However, Bhatt said retaliatory firing by Indian troops has only been carried out in response to “unabated support” provided by the Pakistan Army to armed terrorists, who infiltrate across the border and target Indian Army posts with heavy calibre weapons, the Army said in a statement here.The telephonic conversation was requested by the Pakistani side.The Indian DGMO told his Pakistani counterpart that while the Indian Army will continue its efforts to ensure peace and tranquillity on the borders, the support provided to the terrorists by the Pakistan Army was the prime reason for any “collateral damage”.The Army said Lt Gen Bhatt also clarified that the Indian Army always maintains impeccable standards of professionalism and does not target civilians.“On the contrary, Pakistan Army has employed civilians at the forward posts and accorded permission for permanent locations of civilians in the vicinity of Pakistan Army posts,” the Army said.It said these civilians have repeatedly been used for gaining information of locations of Indian troops and providing guides to the terrorists while crossing the LoC.The LoC in Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a spurt in ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops and the Indian Army has been retaliating effectively to Pakistani actions.

431 Pakistani minorities, mostly Hindus, will be eligible to get PAN and Aadhaar cards

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 431 Pakistani nationals, mostly Hindus, have been granted long-term visas by the government, thus making them eligible for PAN and Aadhaar cards as well as allowing them to buy property, a home ministry official said.The move, amidst the strained India-Pak relations, is in line with the Narendra Modi government’s policy to help minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who come to India after facing alleged persecution in their home country.”The Ministry of Home Affairs granted long-term visas to 431 Pakistani nationals last month. They are from minority communities of that country,” the official told PTI.Under the latest policy of the Centre, those belonging to minority communities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, namely –Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians– staying in India on long-term visas, are allowed to purchase a small dwelling unit sufficient to serve the needs of a family for self-use and suitable accommodation for carrying out self-employment.However, they are barred from buying immovable property in and around restricted or protected areas, including cantonment regions.Such communities are also allowed to obtain PAN cards, Aadhaar numbers and driving licences, take up self-employment or do business, and are allowed free movement within the state of their stay and transfer of long-term visa papers from one state to another.The 431 Pakistani nationals with long-term visas will now also be able to open bank accounts without prior approval of the Reserve Bank of India.The home ministry had also recently given security clearance to 1,800 Pakistani nationals of the Ahmadiyya community to attend the 123rd ‘Jalsa Salana’ at Qadian in Gurdaspur district of Punjab from December 29 to December 31.’Jalsa Salana’ is an annual gathering of the Ahmadiyya community.No Pakistani national was given visa to attend the congregation last year, while 5,000 Pakistani nationals had attended the event in 2015.The grant of long-term visas to a large number of Pakistanis and security clearance to Ahmadiyya community members of Pakistan were the highest in a single month in nearly two years, even as India-Pakistan relations nosedived after the January 2, 2016, terror attack in the Pathankot air base in which seven security personnel were killed.The terrorist attack on an Army station in Uri, the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army on terror infrastructures in PoK and the regular violation of ceasefire by Pakistani forces have further deteriorated bilateral relations.The statement of Pakistani leadership eulogising Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani after his killing in Jammu and Kashmir in July 2016 further soured the relations between the neighbouring countries.The home ministry had also approved over 4,000 visa applications of people belonging to Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and a few select countries in September.A total of 6,025 visa applications were received in September, out of which 4,057 were cleared, another home ministry official said.Prior approval is required from the home ministry for issuing visas to nationals of Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and a few other countries.The Pakistani nationals, whose visa applications were approved, would be given the travel document mostly under the medical visa category.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been prompt in responding to distress calls of Pakistani nationals seeking visas for medical emergencies.These medical visas were sought by the Pakistani nationals for undergoing liver transplant surgeries, cancer treatment etc, in India.

Indian spy drone shot down near LoC, claims Pakistan Army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Pakistani military claims to have shot down an Indian spy drone on the Line of Control.The official spokesperson of Pakistan Armed Forces took to social media site claiming that the drone was hit in Rakhchikri sector.”Indian quadcopter spying across LOC in Rakhchikri sector shot down by Pak Army shooters,” Military spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted.He also claimed that its ‘wreckage’ has been held by the Pakistan Army.It is for the second time that Pakistan has claimed to have shot down an Indian quadcopter near the LoC.In November last year, a similar quadcopter was brought down on Pakistan side of LoC.

RSS to take up Baloch issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will soon start a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about ‘illegal Pakistani occupation’ of estranged Balochistan province.Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), the Muslim arm of the Sangh, is making preparations to hold seminars in educational institutions across the country to build public opinion in favour of an Indian intervention into the Baloch conundrum. They intend to focus on human rights violations in the Pakistani province, such as summary trials and political murders by Pakistan’s armed forces.This move aimed at pressurising the Modi government to take a pro-active appraoch in the matter is the brain child of senior RSS pracharak Indresh Kumar. Prime Minister Modi had raked up the issue at last year’s Independence Day speech and had formally added Balochistan in the country’s policy quiver to tackle Pakistani propaganda of rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj had also raised the issue in the United Nations and described Pakistani actions in the province as the ‘worst form of state repression’.”At a recent meeting of MRM in Agra a couple of days ago, we decided that we are going to hold seminars and talks across the country on the Pakistani excesses in Balochistan. For long Pakistan has tried to mislead the world regarding Jammu and Kashmir, but here is a region that was an independent entity, and was annexed by the Pakistani forces without rhyme or reason,” said MRM national convenor Mohammad Afzal.In his address in Agra, Indresh Kumar said, “Pakistan government is perpetrating human rights violations in Balochistan. Baloch people are original Indian people. In Pakistan, 62 per cent of the land and 40 per cent of the population is Baloch. As these people are Indian people, it is the duty of Indian citizens to empathise with Balochs.”

After Tillerson’s admonition, China asks world to recognise Pakistan’s ‘efforts in fighting terrorism’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China today asked the international community to recognise Pakistan’s efforts in fighting terrorism, amid mounting pressure on its all-weather ally to act against terror groups and dismantle their safe havens on its soil.Reacting to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s remarks in New Delhi that terror safe havens in Pakistan will not be tolerated, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that for many years Islamabad has made positive efforts and “great sacrifices” on counter-terrorism front.”Pakistan has made important contributions for world peace and maintaining regional stability. We believe that the international community should recognise the efforts made by Pakistan in counter-terrorism,” he said.
ALSO READ US will provide India with best tech for military modernisation: Rex TillersonGeng pledged China’s support to the international community in the fight against terrorism.Referring to Tillerson’s visit to Islamabad, Geng said, “We welcome Pakistan and the US to conduct counter-terrorism cooperation based on mutual respect and jointly committed regional and world peace and stability.”
ALSO READ Eradicate terrorists operating in Pakistan: Rex Tillerson’s blunt message to PM AbbasiTillerson and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in a joint statement after their comprehensive talks on a range of key issues yesterday asked Pakistan to take action against terror groups, which the US said are now threatening the stability of the Pakistani government as well.”Terror safe havens will not be tolerated,” Tillerson had said while assuring full support to India in fighting terrorism.Speaking on Indo-US ties, Geng said, “We welcome India and Pakistan and all other countries in the world to develop friendly cooperation. We believe this relationship is conducive the regional stability besides regional development and prosperity.

Indian Army court-martials soldier who strayed across LoC during surgical strikes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chandu Babulal Chavan, the Indian Army soldier who crossed the Line of Control during the surgical strikes, was court-martialed on Wednesday.According to reports, the Army found him guilty and sentenced Chavan to two months imprisonment. The soldier’s pension for two years has also been forfeited. However, the Army said that the sentence has not been confirmed by the competent authority.Though the soldier maintained that he inadvertently crossed the LoC, there were reports that Chavan had deserted his post during the surgical strikes carried out in September last year.Pakistan had handed over Chavan in January this year. The soldier had returned through the land transit route of Attari-Wagah border. The BSF handed him over to the Army which took him to an undisclosed location. The 22-year-old, who was posted with 37 Rashtriya Rifles, had surrendered to Pakistani forces, the Inter-Services Public Relations, Pakistan Army’s media wing had said in a statement.They, in fact, alleged that the Sepoy crossed over willfully over ‘his grievances of maltreatment against his commanders’.Chavan belongs to Borvihir village in Dhule district of Maharashtra. His grandmother suffered a cardiac arrest and died after the family was informed that he was captured by the Pakistan Army.

Pak envoy meets Sushma Swaraj; Kulbhushan Jadhav’s fate not discussed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan today said its High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, but dismissed as “speculative” the reports in media that the two discussed the issue of Kulbhushan Jadhav.Foreign Office issued a statement after reports in media claimed that Swaraj asked Mahmood to drop all charges against Jadhav and send him back for any progress in bilateral ties.46-year-old Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April for his alleged involvement in espionage and terrorist activities. The International Court of Justice in May halted his execution on India’s appeal.Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria today confirmed that Mahmood met Swaraj on October 17 but asserted that it was a routine meeting by the diplomat who recently assumed office as Pakistan’s new High Commissioner to India.”While broad contours of bilateral relations were deliberated upon during this interaction, no specific case came under discussion. Therefore, the reports appearing in the Indian media are speculative,” Zakaria said.He also said that the meeting was held in a cordial and constructive atmosphere.”The Minister and the High Commissioner took stock of the current state of Pakistan-India relations,” he said.He said it is “customary for the newly-posted envoys to make courtesy calls on the local dignitaries.”