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Pakistan will splinter into 10 pieces if it doesn’t stop conspiring against India: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday accused Pakistan of “conspiring” to divide India along religious lines and warned the neighbouring country that it would be “splintered” into 10 nations if it failed to quell terrorism.”Pakistan is conspiring to divide India on religious lines but it will not succeed. We were divided in 1947 on religious basis. We have not been able to forget that… All Indians are brothers, whether they are born from the womb of a Hindu mother or a Muslim mother,” he said addressing a Martyrs’ Day function in Kathua district.”We want to live in peace with Pakistan but it has indulged in sponsoring a proxy war against India. Every Prime Minister of India wanted to mend relations with Pakistan but it did not understand the language of peace and attacked India four times. But our brave soldiers gave them a befitting reply.”The Home Minister said Pakistan was waging the proxy war through terrorism, which is a weapon of the weak.”Terrorism is the weapon of the weak and not the brave,” he said.”Pakistan came into existence after India got divided on religious lines but it could not keep itself united. In 1971, it got split into two and, if it does not mend its ways, it will get splintered into 10 pieces and India will have no role in it,” he said.Singh said terror groups ISIS had the whole world worried because of its activities but failed to spread its roots in India because of the Muslims.”When the entire world is worried about ISIS, I can say it as the Home Minister of the country, as I know the reality that ISIS has not been able to spread its roots in India and the credit for this goes to the Muslims of the country, the followers of Islam,” he said.He said people might not know but when a member of somebody’s family got radicalised, others came to him to seek his help to save the child from the clutches of the ISIS.He also offered India’s cooperation to Pakistan to help eradicate the menace of terrorism from its soil.”If Pakistan is serious about eradicating terrorism but is incapable of doing that and wants cooperation, we are ready to help it eradicate terrorism from there,” the Minister said.Singh said India always wanted to have friendly relations with all its neighbours but Pakistan betrayed India and returned peace initiatives with terrorist attacks. “Narendra Modi, before the formation of his government, had held a party meeting and we decided if we want to make India a powerful country we need cooperation of all the neighbouring countries. So we decided to invite all the neighbouring heads of state/government and we invited Nawaz Sharif also, and he had come,” Singh said.”Sharif was invited not just to shake hands but let the hearts of the two countries to meet,” he said, adding Pakistan should understand “our intentions but it has failed to do so”.He also said Modi, “breaking all protocol”, went to attend a function in Sharif’s family while returning from Afghanistan.”We try our best that our neighbours live in peace with us. We want development of India as well as that of Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. All should progress. We want this. But what has Pakistan given us in return for our large-heartedness?”We got Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Uri where terrorists entered and launched cowardly attacks on our soldiers,” Singh said. “But we also showed them what we are capable of,” he added.”I thank our soldiers who succeeded in giving the message we cannot only hit them here but if need arises we can hit them anywhere,” Singh said, referring to the surgical strikes carried by the army inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.He said after Gurdaspur and Pathankot terror attacks, Pakistan had stated it wanted to cooperate and sent a team to India. “But after the team’s return to Pakistan, they refused to allow Indian SIT to visit Pakistan,” he said.

Intruder shot dead by BSF in Pathankot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSF has foiled a cross-border intrusion bid after its troopers shot down a suspect at Dhinda post in Pathankot district of Punjab.BSF personnel shot the intruder dead on Friday night after he came close to the border fencing in Bamiyal area, a police official posted in Pathankot said today.Meanwhile, a massive search operation was launched yesterday by Punjab police, Himachal Pradesh police and army in Pathankot after a local resident claimed to have spotted four to five armed men roaming around suspiciously.As many as 250 security personnel, including SWAT commandos, were deployed in the search operation in the hilly areas located on the border of Punjab and HP.Pathankot had seen a major terror attack in January this year when heavily-armed terrorists who had sneaked in from across the border attacked an air base.On July 27 last year, Dinanagar in Punjab’s Gurdaspur was also targeted by terrorists.

NIA gets nod to prosecute Masood

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India may soon succeed in providing irrefutable evidence to the United Nations to declare Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar a global terrorist and alienate China that until now has managed to save him using its veto powers.The Union home ministry on Monday finally gave its nod to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) request to prosecute Pakistan-based Masood Azhar and three of his accomplices for their involvement in the Pathankot terror attack. The agency had sought prosecution sanction from the ministry on November 18.The sanction would allow NIA to prepare extensive charge sheet against Masood Azhar, his brother Abdul Rauf and two main handlers of the terror attack – Kashif Jaan and Shahid Latif – using evidence that it has gathered on its own and the one provided by the US agencies.The NIA will prosecute Azhar and three others mainly under Sections 18, 20 and 28 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act dealing with punishments for organising terror camps; recruiting person for committing terrorist acts; being a member of terrorist organisations; and forfeiture of property, said sources. Despite high alert, four terrorists — Abu Bakr, Umar Farooq, Nasir Hussain and Abdul Qayyum had managed to get inside the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot on the Intervening night of December 31 and January 1. Before being neutralised by Army and NSG, they managed to kill seven security personnel during three day hold up.The NIA had shared phone conversations of the four terrorists with the handlers that they had made through the phones of Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh and others, financial details of JeM’s front Al-Rehmat Trust, chat messages and voice samples of handlers, addresses of the terrorists and details of their family members. Union home ministry gave its nod after it found that the evidence collected by the NIA on the basis of investigations, technical and forensic examinations and telephonic conversations provided by United States adequate.India had earlier told Pakistan that the terror attack on Pathankot airbase was planned and monitored by Maulana Masood Azhar. India’s strong assertion internationally made Pakistan to send a joint investigation team to the airbase. But after showing some intent initially, Pakistan later backtracked and refused to cooperate in the matter despite issuing of Interpol red corner notices against Azhar and three others.

Kejriwal to address 21 rallies in Punjab till November 30

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will address 21 rallies from November 20 to November 30 in Punjab to spruce up the party’s campaign in the poll-bound state.”Kejriwal will be in Punjab from November 20 to November 30 to address 21 rallies in different parts of the state,” a party spokesman said here today. He will start his campaign from Jalalabad, the constituency represented by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, and end his tour of Punjab at Gurdaspur on November 30, he said.The places to be covered by Kejriwal include Bathinda, Moga, Muktsar, Sangrur, Rupnagar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur, Pathankot, Amritsar and Tarn Taran, the spokesman informed.AAP is eyeing to wrest power in the Punjab after the 2017 Assembly elections in the state. Kejriwal is expected to base his campaign on the construction of the Sutlej-Yamuna-Link (SYL) canal issue, the drug menace, law and order and procurement of crops in the state.

People of country broadly happy with decision: Naidu on NDTV India ban

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Information and Broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu attacked those criticising the one-day ban on NDTV India over its Pathankot coverage, saying the “belated criticism” is clearly “ill informed and politically inspired” to create a controversy. The belated criticism of the action proposed to be taken against NDTV India for violating the norms of live coverage of anti-terrorist operations by security personnel in Pathankot in January this year is clearly ill informed and politically inspired, he told reporters here. “Such reactions that came a day after the Government’s decision was in public domain on November 3, 2016 was clearly an afterthought, suggesting a motivated design to create a controversy where none existed,” the senior minister said. He asserted that people of the country should know that the UPA Governments, during 2005-14, ordered several TV channels to go off air in 21 instances, for a period ranging from one day to two months for showing obscene visuals including 13 cases of telecasting ‘Adult’ rated certified films.One channel was taken off air for 30 days for telecasting a sting operation, he said. “People of the country are also wise enough to appreciate which of the two violations showing obscene visuals at the stroke of midnight and risking the lives of defence personnel and civilians through a live telecast of anti-terrorist operations in broad daylight- is a serious threat to the interests of the nation including its sovereignty, integrity and security,” Naidu said. The Minister said the decision against NDTV India was not based on any newly invented rule and principle. “The ground on which action has been proposed against NDTV India was only a logical conclusion of concerns clearly articulated by the UPA Government in various advisories issued after 26/11 terror attacks on multiple targets in Mumbai in 2008,” he said. Rejecting criticism that compared the present case to Emergency, Naidu said many BJP leaders and a large number of activists were at the “worst receiving end of Emergency and would shudder to even think of doing the same to others and particularly, in respect of freedom of media.” Responding to criticism by Editors Guild of India, Naidu said, “The Editors Guild of India, a responsible organisation that took a full day to come out with its response should realise that under Sub-section (2) of Section 20 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, Central Government is required to regulate or prohibit the transmission of any channel or programme in the interest of sovereignty, integrity and security of India and as per Para 8.1 of Uplinking Guidelines, is empowered to take action for transmitting any objectionable content inconsistent with public interest. Therefore, the Government is not required to approach the Courts in such cases, as suggested by the Guild, he added. “I leave it to the wisdom of the Editors Guild to ponder if the decision against NDTV India for the reasons explained, is really reminiscent of the dark days of Emergency,” he said. Naidu said that very recently in an interaction, he had stressed that effective self-regulation by media is the best way of protecting its freedom and we are committed to it.”I also said that freedom is best upheld when its value is fully appreciated. In this case, that much valued freedom was not put to best use by NDTV India. I am happy to note that the people of the country are broadly with the decision in the matter of NDTV India,” he said.Always, there will be a minority who are critical of whatever the Government does in the best interest of the country, Naidu added. The minister also said that in several advisories issued by the previous UPA Government, all news and current affairs TV channels were clearly asked to exercise restraint, maturity and sensitivity while reporting on anti-terrorist operations in the larger interest of safety and security of security forces involved in such operations and civilians. Expressing concern over continued violations, the then UPA Government concluded that any coverage violating such norms amount to coverage against the interests of the nation, he added. Naidu said the NDA Government too issued a couple of such advisories and like the then UPA Government, noticed continued violations as in the case of Gurdaspur terrorist attack. As the Government is deeply committed to upholding the sovereignty, integrity and security of the country, particularly, in the context of cross border terrorism, the government issued a Gazette Notification in March this year requiring TV channels to limit live coverage of anti-terrorist operations to the briefings of designated officers, in the larger security interests involved, he said. NDTV India, in this case has been found to have violated this provision and was found to be unrepentant about what they have done. This channel was also found to have resorted to similar violations earlier, he said. This decision, accordingly, was only a culmination of the larger security concerns being expressed since 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) that recommended action against the channel did so after duly acknowledging the instant reach and power of television unlike other media and only recommended suspension of telecast just for one day as a token, so that the said channel cannot get away completely for being even unrepentant in the matter.

Baramulla attack Live: Search operation called off, Parrikar meets defence chiefs

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At least two terrorists and a BSF personnel were killed while one BSF jawan was injured when militants attacked two adjoining camps of the Army and the paramilitary force at Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir.

The heavily-armed terrorists attacked the two camps belonging to Rashtriya Rifles and Border Security Force late Sunday night, leading to a fierce gun-battle with the security forces.

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Following the firefight, two terrorists were killed by the forces while one BSF personnel, who was hit by bullets, succumbed to his injuries later, a Home Ministry spokesperson said in New Delhi.

The martyred jawan has been indentified as Constable Nitin while the injured personnel is Constable Pulwinder. Both belong to the 40th battalion of the BSF, officials said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval discussed the incident and necessary instructions have been given to the forces.

Singh also spoke to Director General of BSF KK Sharma and asked him to provide all possible treatment to the injured jawan.

Firing was also reported at a BSF post along the international border with Pakistan in Gurdaspur district of north Punjab early on Monday.

The Border Security Force troopers, according to sources, repulsed an intrusion bid by 8-10 people in the counter offensive at Chakri border out post (BoP).

The sources said that the firing started around 2 am after the alert troopers, using Hand Held Thermal Imagers (HHTI), noticed movement of 8-10 people near the international border.

The intruders, who had crossed the border but were behind the barbed wire fencing, were challenged.

“They fired at the BSF post. Our troopers immediately retaliated the firing. The intruders retreated back to Pakistan. A search operation has been launched in the area today (Monday) morning,” a BSF official said.

The Baramulla attack was the first major attack on security forces by terrorists after the Indian Army launched surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir last week.

The attack comes despite intelligence inputs about possible terrorist attacks on security installations in Jammu and Kashmir following the operations in PoK on 29 September.

The strike comes exactly a fortnight after terrorists struck at army brigade headquarters at Uri, 102 km from Srinagar, killing 19 soldiers.

Terrorists, suspected to be from Pakistan, had also attacked the frontier Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot town of Punjab on 2 January this year, leaving seven security personnel dead.

The Pathankot attack was preceded by a terror attack by Pakistani terrorists in Dinanagar town of Gurdaspur district on 27 July last year.

With inputs from Agencies

Balloons with ‘message’ in Urdu for PM Modi found at Dinanagar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two balloons with a message, written in Urdu and purportedly addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, were found at Ghesal village in Dinanagar which had witnessed a terror attack last year, police said on Saturday.Police got the message, written on a piece of paper and pasted on the yellow-coloured balloons, translated. It read: “Modiji, Ayubi ki talwaren abhi hamare paas hain. Islam zindabad.” The balloons were first seen by a villager near his house yesterday and when he found the note written in Urdu, he handed them over to the police.Notably, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was visiting the border districts of Gurdaspur and Pathankot on Saturday to monitor the arrangements made for the villagers who have been evacuated in the apprehension of retaliation from Pakistan to the Army’s surgical strikes on terrorist launchpads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) recently.In July, the police had recovered a balloon from Jhande Chak village near Dinanagar. It had a picture of the Pakistani flag painted, along with ‘I love Pakistan’ written on it.Three heavily-armed terrorists in army fatigues had stormed a police station at Dinanagar town in Gurdaspur district last year, killing seven persons, including a Superintendent of Police (SP), before they were gunned down in a day-long operation by the security forces.

Pathankot: Red alert sounded after locals sight armed men; search parties deployed

Chandigarh: Security agencies carried out a night-long search operation in Pathankot district of Punjab to look for some armed men seen by local residents, police said on Wednesday.

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Terorrists attacked Pathankot IAF base in January. AFP

“We carried out search operation around Chakki river bank and nearby forest area. However, nothing has been found so far. The search operation was started on Tuesday and carried on through the night,” Pathankot district police chief Rakesh Kaushal said.

An extensive search operation began in Pathankot on Tuesday following reports that some local residents had spotted four armed “suspicious men”.

The area searched, lying close to the Punjab-Himachal Pradesh-Jammu and Kashmir border, is around 250 km from Chandigarh.

However, no arrests were made, police officials said.

Search operations have been carried out by security forces in Pathankot and Gurdaspur districts virtually every month after the 2 January attack this year.

Terrorists, suspected to be from Pakistan, had attacked the frontier Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot on 2 January, leaving seven security personnel dead.

The attack was preceded by a terror assault by Pakistani terrorists in Dinanagar town of neighbouring Gurdaspur district on 27 July last year.

Weather update: Heavy rains lash parts of Punjab, Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Strong winds accompanied by heavy rains lashed some parts of Punjab and Haryana, including Chandigarh.Chandigarh was pounded by heavy rains (46.6 mm) Wednesday night, a MeT Department official said.Strong winds also lashed the Union Territory, resulting in temporary power outages at some places.In Punjab, Mohali witnessed 40 mm of rain, Amritsar 25.4 mm, Gurdaspur received 15.2 mm, Anandpur Sahib 7 mm while Ropar got 15 mm of rain.In Haryana, Panchkula received 14 mm of rainfall, Yamunanagar 15 mm, Ambala 12.3 mm and Naraingarh witnessed 8 mm.The mercury dropped by a few notches after the showers.

No foul play in Kirpal Singh’s death, says doctor

After relatives of Kirpal Singh, the Indian prisoner who died in Pakistan, alleged that there were injury scars on his body, the doctor who conducted the post-mortem finding the same. The body of Indian prisoner Kirpal Singh, who died under mysterious circumstances in a Pakistani jail, arrived here on Tuesday in the presence of tearful family members and handed over to Indian authorities who said it would be given to them after a fresh post-mortem.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”No external or internal injury found on Kirpal Singh’s body. We didn’t find any kind of foul play in this case,” said Dr Ashok, Head of panel who conducted post mortem on Kirpal’s body.
ALSO READ Body of Kirpal Singh handed over, relatives claim injury marks present on the bodyWe can say with more than 100% accuracy that wound marks which are inflicted during life can’t be removed at all. Kirpal body’s post-mortem was already done. Some organs were missing as when postmortem is conducted certain organs are taken to test,” he said. “The cause of Kirpal’s death not established yet. Will be known after going through report of chemical examiner and previous post-mortem,” he added.Kirpal’s family members, including his sister Jagir Kaur, Punjab Cabinet Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike and Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam, besides other senior officials, were present at the Joint check post at the Wagah border to receive the body. The nephew of Kirpal Singh said that there were injury marks on the face and body of his uncle. Struggling to hold back her tears, Jagir said the family would perform Kirpal’s last rites in Gurdaspur once his body was handed over to them.Kirpal Singh had allegedly crossed Wagah border into Pakistan in 1992 and was arrested. He was subsequently sentenced to death in a serial bomb blasts case in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Kirpal was found dead in his cell last Monday at Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore. A post-mortem examination had been done in Pakistan.Kirpal, from Gurdaspur, had reportedly been acquitted in the case by the Lahore High Court but his death sentence could not be commuted because of unknown reasons.

Train halted in Himachal Pradesh for three hours after bomb scare

Shimla: A train was halted in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district following a bomb scare on Friday and an extensive search conducted before it was found to be a false alarm, police said.

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The Jalandhar-Udhampur train was halted and passengers offloaded at the Kandrori railway station when a passenger raised an alarm on spotting an unclaimed luggage, Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Gandhi told reporters. Kandrori is 14 kilometres from Punjab’s Pathankot town where the Indian Air Force base was stormed by suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists in January.

He said a combined search operation was launched by the Himachal Pradesh and Punjab Police along with the Government Railway Police.

The abandoned luggage comprising a trolley bag, a small bag and two gift packs was later claimed by passenger Surinder Kaur, who said she left at the Mirthal railway station in Gurdaspur district by mistake.

After three hours of commotion, the train was allowed to proceed further.

India seeks early transfer of Kirpal Singh’s remains from Lahore jail

The Central government said it will ensure early transfer of mortal remains of Indian prisoner Kirpal Singh, who died under mysterious circumstances in a Pakistani jail. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swaroop said the acting high commissioner in Islamabad was seeking a meeting with the Pakistan foreign office officials to facilitate the transfer as well as to ascertain the cause of death.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kirpal Singh (50), a suspected spy, had been languishing in a Pakistani jail for nearly 25 years. He was found dead in his cell last Monday under mysterious circumstances. He had allegedly crossed the Wagah border into Pakistan in 1992 and was arrested. He was subsequently sentenced to death in a serial bomb blasts case in Pakistan’s Punjab province. It was also reported that after the death of another prisoner Sarabjit Singh in April 2013, Kirpal was put in a separate cell.Kirpal’s sister Jagir Kaur, a resident of Gurdaspur, who has sought a meeting with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, said her brother had written letters to the family, wherein he had expressed apprehension about his life and his wish to return to India. Though Pakistani officials have said that Kirpal died a natural death, his family has alleged foul play.Kaur said they received the last letter in February, wherein Kirpal again stated his desire to return. “I want to return to my motherland before I die… I have been facing a difficult time here,” he said in his letter. Kaur, who is awaiting the arrival of Kirpal’s remains, said his health had deteriorated and he had been pleading his family to take up the issue before the government.”Kirpal Singh was found dead in his cell in the early hours of Monday,” said an official of Kot Lakhpat Jail, according to Pakistani media reports from Lahore. “The inmates of the cell near Kirpal’s cell stated that he complained of pain in his chest and died instantly,” the report added.According to his family, Kirpal worked with the Army but left in early 90s. Thereafter, he made two trips to Pakistan, before he was caught in 1992. His family came to know of his imprisonment in 1994.

Death of Indian: Acting Indian High Commissioner to take up issue with Pakistan

India on Wednesday asked its acting High Commissioner in Islamabad to seek a meeting with the Pakistan Foreign Office in connection with the death of an Indian under mysterious circumstances in a jail there.The envoy has also been instructed to seek early transfer of the mortal remains of Kirpal Singh, who was found dead in his cell in a Lahore Jail where he was languishing for over 20 years in connection with a serial blasts case there.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”On Kirpal Singh, our acting high commissioner in Islamabad has been instructed to seek a meeting at the highest possible level in Pakistan Foreign Office this forenoon to seek early transportation of Singh’s mortal remains.”He will also seek official information on the cause of the death and postmortem report etc,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swaroop said.50-year-old Kirpal Singh was languishing in a Pakistani jail for nearly 25 years on spying charges and was found dead in his cell on Monday under mysterious circumstances.Kirpal Singh had allegedly crossed Wagah border into Pakistan in 1992 and was arrested. He was subsequently sentenced to death in a serial bomb blasts case in Pakistan’s Punjab province.Kirpal, who hailed from Gurdaspur, was reportedly acquitted of bomb blast charges by the Lahore High Court but his death sentence could not be commuted due to unknown reasons.Jagir Kaur, Kirpal’s sister, earlier said the family could not raise voice for his release due to financial constraints and no politician came forward to plead his case.

‘RAW spy’ arrested: Pakistan slaps terror, sabotage charges on Kulbhushan Jadhav

Even as India is still awaiting the consular access to former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan government has gone ahead with filing an FIR against him charging him with terrorism and sabotage. Whether a coincidence or another sign of chill in relations, an Indian national Kirpal Singh (50) of Gurdaspur, who was languishing at a Lahore jail for more than 20 years almost on similar charges was found dead in his cell on Monday evening.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>FIR filed by the Counter Terrorism Department of Balochistan The FIR filed against him by the Counter Terrorism Department of Balochistan government stated that Jadhav was reportedly arrested after he entered the province from Iran. Without specifying the date of the FIR, media reports from Pakistan alleged that Jadav was arrested last month form Chaman area of Balochistan which lies near the border with Afghanistan. Terrorism, foreign act violation and sabotage charges have been included in the FIR, agencies quoting the sources said. If convicted, he could be sentenced to death under the various charges.
ALSO READ RAW ‘spy’ arrested: Pakistan cautions media over linking Iran with the arrestIndia denies allegationIndia has denied the allegation, only admitting that Jadhav was a former navy officer. Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup, while rejecting charges, said they were still awaiting consular access to ascertain the truth behind his arrest. “The said individual has no link with government since his premature retirement from Indian Navy. We have sought consular access to him,” he said.
ALSO READ ‘Indian RAW spy’ row: Pakistan cooking stories, doctoring videos to defame India, says governmentThe government is also seeking repatriation of the body of Kirpal Sigh, who died in a Lahore jail, under mysterious circumstances. A resident of Gurdaspur, he had allegedly crossed Wagah border into Pakistan in 1992. He was subsequently sentenced to death in a serial bomb blasts case in Punjab province, by the trial court. Later the Lahore High Court acquitted him from bomb blast charges, but continued his death sentence citing other charges. Earlier, in April, 2013, another prisoner on death row Sarabjit Singh was brutally attacked and murdered by his fellow prisoners at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail. Sarabjit was also arrested on charges of conducting four bomb blasts in Faisalabad, Multan and Lahore. He was also sentenced to death.Pakistan commutes sentence of SurjeetIn July last year, Pakistan commuted sentence of another alleged Indian spy Surjeet, who upon his return accused intelligence agencies for not taking caring of their moles and their families, once they get caught. Similar allegations were leveled by Roop Lal Saharia, and Kashmir Singh, who returned in 2008 after spending spending three decades in a Pakistan jail.Though Indian intelligence establishment is completely tongue-tied on sending spies, former security officials say, that often the Indian Army, Border Security Force the Intelligence Bureau and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and others do hire local villagers to report on the movement of Pakistani forces, or to drop dead letters etc. But they can be hardly called deep-penetration agents, whose actions and missions form a plot for spy thrillers.Tales of agentsThe tales of deep-penetration agents, who merge in backgrounds hardly come to fore. Former spy masters also say, it is unlikely, that their arrests is reported so publicly. “Once a spy is roped in for gathering offensive intelligence, he is told to remember that his umbilical cord with his parent agency and the government is cut forever,” said a former intelligence officer.So far only the case of Ravindra Kaushik of Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan could be categorised as a spy thriller. Hired by the IB, trained, sent to Dubai where he was given a fake Pakistani passport, he was reported to have joined the Pakistani army as an officer known as Nabi Ahmed.Ravindra Kaushik of Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan could be categorised as a spy thriller. Hired by the IB, trained, sent to Dubai where he was given a fake Pakistani passport, he was reported to have joined the Pakistani army as an officer known as Nabi Ahmed.In September 1983, Indian intelligence agencies had sent a low level operative, Inyat Masih, to get in touch with him. But the agent was caught and blew Kaushik’s cover. At the age of 50, Kaushik died in a Multan jail in 2002, the year a former IB officer M K Dhar published a fiction, making him its central character. He is stated to have written to his brother Rajeshwar before death: “Had I been an American, I would have been out of this jail in three days.”

Why doesn’t Pakistan want NIA on its soil? Kashif Jan’s there

Security agencies suspect that the real reason behind Pakistan’s reluctance to let the National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe the links of the Pathankot attack on their land lie in the identification of Kashif Jan, the main handler of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists.Indian agencies uncovered the Kashif’s mask by securing two of his Facebook grabs, despite him deleting his Facebook profile within hours of the terror strikes on the Pathankot airbase.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Who is Kashif JanKashif is supposed to be very close to JeM chief Masood Azhar and the main operative behind the attack. Agencies claim that Kashif himself had come to drop the terrorists near the Indian border across the Bamiyal village of Gurdaspur district in Punjab.The terrorists and the arms and ammunition that had come in two Pajero SUVs were offloaded under Kashif’s personal supervision, sources said.Kashif, a seasoned handler of terrorists, had left his Karachi number on his Facebook profile that helped Indian agencies connect the dots to link him with four slain terrorists – Abdul Qayum, Nasir Hussain, Hafiz Abu Bakar and Umar Farooq.On their way to the Pathankot airbase, one of the terrorists used Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh’s friend Rajesh Verma’s mobile and called a number (+923453030***), which was traced to Kashif. Sources said that at least five calls were made to Kashif from Verma’s mobile.”Obviously, Pakistan is aware that if NIA secures the access of Kashif, it will blow off the cover of Masood Azhar and his brother Rauf and others involved in planning the attack. We provided clear proofs of JeM’s involvement, including Kashif’s FB grabs, phone number and call-intercept details to the visiting Joint Investigation Team (JIT).”The non-bailable warrants issued by the NIA court pin their culpability and explain the reluctance of Pakistan to allow the NIA team a visit,” said a highly placed source.Indian agencies believe that Kashif and other handlers like Saad Mughal, whom Pakistan claimed to have arrested, are actually being provided shelter by the ISI and the reason to include an ISI official in the JIT was to assess how much the Indian agencies know about them and their role.Indian agencies are also of the view that most of the other wanted JeM terrorists — Ilyas Qasmi, Shafiq, Talha, Awais and Rasheed — are roaming free and no operation has been launched against JeM’s terror training centre at Madrasa Usman-o-Ali in Bahawalpur.Equipped with the new details and the NBW, India would again approach the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Masood Azhar and others.The proposal is being drafted again to let China come on board with India in the UN. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval are expected to speak to their Chinese counterparts in the coming days.

JIT briefed NIA on progress of investigations in Pakistan, says MoFA

The Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which visited India from March 27 to April 1 for investigating the allegations regarding the attack on Pathankot Airbase, briefed the NIA on progress of investigations in Pakistan, said a statement issued by the office of spokesperson of the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Wednesday.It said the visit of the JIT to India, which took place in the context of the cooperative approach being pursued by the Government of Pakistan as part of its commitment to effectively fight terrorism in all its forms, started with a presentation given by the Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) regarding its investigations so far.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thereafter, the JIT visited the crime scene and also recorded the statements of some witnesses. However, the witnesses belonging to the Indian security forces were not produced before it, it said.Further investigations are underway.However, earlier a report published in Pakistan Today claimed that the JIT had concluded that the Pathankot terror attack was staged by India to spread ?vicious propaganda? against Pakistan, is a total concoction.The Pakistan JIT is set to give its report to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Sources told Pakistan Today that the JIT has slammed India over its claims of a Pakistani hand in the attack, saying that New Delhi continues to expand its propaganda “without having any solid evidence to back the claim”.The report also claims that the Indian Government did not cooperate with the JIT, but instead made efforts to hinder the probe. The JIT had examined 13 witnesses, including former Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh.Pakistani terrorists attacked the Pathankot Air Force Station in January this year, in which four attackers and two security forces personnel were killed in the gun battle, with an additional security force member dying from injuries hours later.

Security alert issued: 3 Pakistani terrorists travelling in J&K could be planning attack on Delhi, Mumbai or Goa

On Wednesday, Punjab police issued an alert saying that three Pakistani terrorists could be planning an attack in Delhi, Mumbai and Goa.

A grey Swift Dzire with license plate JK-01 AB-2654 which is expected to pass through the Banihal Tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir later on Wednesday, packed with explosives, is carrying three Pakistani terrorists and ‘a local’, reported NDTV.

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“You are directed to take all the necessary steps in this regard and specially focus on strict checking of vehicles, security of all vital installation including police buildings and defence establishments, religious places, crowded places such as market areas, malls, railway stations, railway tracks, and educational institutions,” an alert issued by the police said.

According to International Business Times, Punjab has witnessed two terror attacks in recent months. The Pathankot airbase attack happened in January and the attack on Gurdaspur police station happened in July last year.

Seven security personnel and four attackers were killed in the Pathankot attacks and the Pakistani Joint Investigative Team (JIT), who probed the attack, claimed that the Indian authorities had staged the attack to malign Pakistan.

According to the report by NDTV, last month, Pakistani National Security Advisor Naseer Khan Janjua warned India that 10 terrorists had crossed the border into India and planned to attack on the festival of Maha Shivratri. The Home Ministry claimed that the terrorists were neutralised but no evidence or details were ever provided.

Committee to find out border vulnerability to prevent Pathankot like attacks

In the aftermath of Pathankot terror attack, the government has constituted a high level committee of six members under the chairmanship of former union home secretary Madhukar Gupta to review the vulnerabilities and gaps along India’s western borders along Pakistan.The other members of the high powered committee are Deputy NSA Arvind Gupta, Advisor security in the home ministry K Vijay Kumar, former secretary (internal security) Ashok Prasad and Directors of IIT – Delhi and IIT Roorkee.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources said the directors of the IITs have been included to spell out the technical flaws in border guarding that allows terrorists to infiltrate and suggest mechanism to plug all perceivable loopholes. It will submit a comprehensive report in three months and the union home ministry will try to implement all the recommendations in letter and spirit.The committee will be extended all logistic support by the union home ministry and will be taken to the entire western border across Jammu sector to entire Punjab and Gujarat touching Rann of Kutch by the Border Security Force (BSF). The committee will also have a look at Indo-Bangladesh border.The committee will specifically focus on vulnerable riverine areas along Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Ferozepur and Kathua sectors that Pakistan based terrorist outfits like Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) frequently use to infiltrate inside India. It will also look at the routes that are used by drug cartels to smuggle drugs across the border, sources said.An inquiry done after the Pathankot incident had found that the thermal imaging cameras were of little use along the riverine border because of dense fog and undergrowth of tall Sarkanda grass and bad lighting conditions and gaps in generator assisted lighting.

Pathankot probe: Pak Media report on JIT total concoction?

A report published in Pakistan Today, which states that the Joint Investigation Team has concluded that the Pathankot terror attack was staged by India to spread ‘vicious propaganda’ against Pakistan, is a total concoction, said sources.The sources claimed that while in India, the JIT took onboard the detailed evidence which was shared by NIA and since the JIT collected evidence in accordance with a Pakistani law which applies to Pakistani citizens committing an offence abroad, the involvement of Pakistanis in the Pathankot terror attack is self evident. The Pakistan JIT is set to give its report to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and sections of the Pakistan media have claimed that India is indulging in ‘vicious propaganda’ against Islamabad.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources told Pakistan Today that the JIT has slammed India over its claims of a Pakistani hand in the attack, saying that New Delhi continues to expand its propaganda “without having any solid evidence to back the claim”.The report also claims that the Indian Government did not cooperate with the JIT, but instead made efforts to hinder the probe.On Friday, the JIT returned to Pakistan after their five-day visit to India during which all evidence pertaining to the January 2016 attack was shared with them, including the DNA of four terrorists, their identities as well as call records showing involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).The JIT had on Thursday examined 13 witnesses, including former Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh. Pakistani terrorists attacked the Pathankot Air Force Station in January this year, in which four attackers and two security forces personnel were killed in the gun battle, with an additional security force member dying from injuries hours later.

Search operation in Gurdaspur after sighting of armed men

A retired armed force personnel, Daulat Ram, said he saw seven men in a mango garden when he was returning home on Friday night. Punjab police conducted a combing operation Khojewal village here after a villager claimed sighting of seven armed men moving in a “suspicious” manner in the area.Daulat Ram, a retired armed force personnel, told police he saw seven men in a mango garden when he was returning home on Friday night.Acting on the information, a police team led by Punjab DIG (Border Range) Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh combed the area throughly “but did not find any suspect”, SSP Gurdaspur Jagdip Singh Hundal said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>About 70 policemen and two teams of Quick Reaction Team were deployed to trace the suspects, he said.

Pathankot probe: Suspended Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh to be quizzed by Pakistan JIT

New Delhi: Suspended Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh on Thursday arrived at the NIA headquarters here to be questioned by the Joint Investigation Team from Pakistan on the Pathankot terror attack.

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Singh, his cook Madan Gopal and friend Rajesh Verma reached the NIA office where the JIT will question the three in the presence of National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials, informed sources told IANS.

The three were questioned by the NIA on 26 March in the national capital and have been living under the agency’s supervision since then, the sources said.

Singh has claimed that he, Verma and cook Gopal were abducted by four or five heavily-armed terrorists near Punjab’s Kolia village on 2 January.

The terrorists later attacked the Pathankot Indian Air Force base in which seven security personnel were killed. The Pakistani terrorists were later killed in a shootout.

The Pakistani team is in India to probe the Pathankot attack, which New Delhi says was masterminded by Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar.

On Monday and Tuesday, the NIA submitted evidence to the five-member Pakistani team on the terror attack.

According to NIA sources, the evidence show that the Pathankot operation was planned by elements in Pakistan.

The visiting team comprises among others Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) official Lt. Colonel Tanvir Ahmed and military intelligence officer Lt. Colonel Irfan Mirza.

FIR filed against Radhe Maa for carrying a trishul on a flight

Mumbai police lodged an FIR against the religious leader Radhe Maa for carrying a `trishul’ (trident) on a flight from Aurangabad to Mumbai last year. Airport police station here registered the case after a magistrate’s court earlier this month ordered the police to lodge an FIR under the Arms Act, a police officer said. RTI activist Asad Patel had alleged that Sukhwinder Kaur alias Radhe Maa carried trident on a flight in August 2015. He had approached the court, seeking registration of FIR. Last year Radhe Maa also faced a dowry harassment abetment case filed by a Mumbai housewife, Nikki Gupta. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Her real name is Sukhvinder KaurBorn in Dorangala village in Gurdaspur on April 4, 1965, Sukhvinder Kaur was reportedly drawn to spirituality from her childhood days and would spend time at the Maa Kali temple in her village. She was introduced to spirituality by Shri Mahan Ramdeen Das at the age of 23. She is married and has three kids. In fact, she’s a grandmother as well!She has been accused of obscene behaviourRadhe Maa has been accused of indecent behaviour by advocate Falguni Brambhatt who has filed a complaint of obscenity, as the god-woman reportedly allows her followers to kiss and hug her. (Read more: Who is Radhe Maa?)

Pakistan team to get restricted permission of Pathankot airbase

Union home ministry has agreed to permit Pakistan’s special investigation team (SIT) to visit Pathankot airbase, sources said.The six member SIT led by Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) additional IG, Muhammad Tahir Rai is expected to reach Pathankot on March 29 airbase after spending a day in Delhi.However, the team’s movement will be restricted only to the area of the engagement between security forces and the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources said the idea behind giving considerable access to SIT is not to give an alibi to Pakistan to claim hindrances in the probe that it has committed by filing an FIR into the attack.MEA spokesperson, Vikas Swarup said India has received visa request and full composition of the Pakistani team which has been given for processing and the modalities will soon be decided.The government is yet to decide whether to allow Pakistani team to question Gurdaspur superintendent of police (SP) Salwinder Singh and two others who were traveling with him and were abducted by the terrorists.Sources of the union home ministry said if a decision is taken not to give permission to examine witnesses then the Pakistani team will be given the statements that were recorded by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).Other members of the SIT are, Lahore deputy director deneral (DDG) Intelligence Bureau Mohammad Azim Arshad, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt-Col Tanvir Ahmed, Military Intelligence Lt-Col Irfan Mirza and Gujjaranwala CTD investigating officer, Shahid Tanveer.According to highly placed sources, the SIT may seek a meeting with national security advisor Ajit Doval on whose information provided to counterpart Naseer Khan Janjua, Pakistan had filed the FIR.While India had shared the phone call details, intercepts of the terrorists and also the addresses of their handlers from JeM , Pakistan removed Jaish’s reference and filed an FIR against unnamed people.

Six or four? Confusion prevails on militants killed in Pathankot

Days before Pakistan’s Special Investigation Team is supposed to land in India to probe Pathankot Air Force Station attack, the National Investigation Agency released pictures of four militants killed in the siege that took place on January 2.The catch, however, is that findings of the NIA, are yet to find coherence with that of the NSG, which has till date maintained that not four but six militants had attacked the Air Force station, in which seven security personnel were killed.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The pictures of the slain militants, released by the agency on Monday, depict four men, between the height of 5’6″ and 5’8″. Among four, according to the NIA, two are medium built, one is thin and another healthy with ‘circumcision present’. Bodies of four militants were also recovered from the site and according to intelligence agencies the militants belonged to Jaish-e-Mohamad outfit, whose head Maula Masood Azhar was released by the Indian government in exchange for passengers on the hijacked Indian Airlines Flight 814.While NIA chose to remain silent on the total number of militants that had attacked the air force station, the contradictions in the findings of NSG and that of other investigation agencies might be a cause of concern for the Indian representatives, who are supposed to brief the Pakistani SIT.Following the attack in January, the NSG, in its statement, had said that while their personnel were combing the area, they found one of the rooms of the airmen’s billet bolted from the inside. A grenade was lobbed from inside the room, injuring several of its personnel and subsequently fighting resumed. It took almost 48 hours for the NSG to kill the two militants that were holed up in the room.Adding to the confusion, home minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, congratulating the armed forces and other security forces for “successfully neutralising all the five terrorists”. This was much before the encounter finally concluded. The bodies of the two militants killed by the NSG were never recovered due to them being charred.NIA’s preliminary investigation revealed there are only four militants and the agency’s investigators had recovered four AK-47s and three pistols from the station. The NIA has not been able to gather any material evidence to substantiate the presence of another two militants. According to the forensic tests that the NIA received, the room had human remains in it, but the same were completely charred.Moreover, Salwinder Singh, the Gurdaspur superintendent of police (SP), who, on December 31, was allegedly abducted by the same group of JeM militants, has maintained that the number of abductors were four. His jeweller-friend Rajesh Verma, who was also abducted along with him, also maintained the same.Even though Rajnath had on Friday said the government was “prepared” for the upcoming visit of the Pak SIT, it is yet to be seen how the agencies are working on the attack. Last week, replying to the debate on Pathankot attack in the Lok Sabha, Rajnath quoted the forensic report by the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh, and stated that “the burnt mass material belongs to a human male. It could not be possible to establish the identity of burnt male remains as under reference” and that the “2 people inside were indeed terrorists”.

18 additional BSF companies deployed along Pakistan border in Punjab: Govt

Border Security Force (BSF) has recently deployed 18 additional companies along the India-Pakistan International Border in Punjab, the Parliament was informed on Wednesday.”A request was received in August 2015 from the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab regarding increase in deployment of BSF in Gurdaspur sector. Recently, BSF has deployed 18 additional companies on International Border in Punjab,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One BSF company has a strength of about 100 personnel. In a separate reply on the same subject, the Minister said BSF has taken various measures to check infiltration along this border.”Installing laser walls is one of the integrated measures taken by BSF. The laser technology developed by BSF has been designed to cover all the shortcomings experienced in the use of laser wall at various places in the past. The present technology has been found working satisfactorily to cover the un-fenced riverine stretches,” he said.

Punjab government bans sale of army uniform

Punjab government on Sunday imposed a ban on the sale of army uniforms across the state.”The state government has banned the sale of army uniforms without valid identification in all areas,” an official spokesman said here. Punjab had witnessed terror attacks in Pathankot and Gurdaspur in the recent past where militants had disguised themselves in the army fatigues.Any person who wants to buy the uniform would have to submit a self-attested copy of his identity card and phone number with the shopkeeper and this record would be duly maintained along with date of sale in the record register of the shopkeeper, he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”These orders would remain in force till April 21, 2016,” he added, adding next course of action will be decided afterwards. The state has also banned use of red and blue coloured stickers used by police on vehicles.The government has also prohibited the use of plates of political parties on vehicles with immediate effect, he said.

Actor and stand-up comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi joins AAP

Actor and stand up comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi on joined Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in New Delhi.Addressing media here, Sanjay Singh, senior leader of AAP said party will benefit with the joining of Ghuggi as it will also give a positive message among people especially youth of state.Ghuggi, after joining the party, said he was impressed with the work done by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who brought “practical agenda and approach” on the political landscape to resolve peoples issues which was lacking in other traditional parties.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”(Parkash Singh) Badal and Amarinder are traditional leaders, Kejriwal brought new formula, practical agenda which I do not see in other political parties,” Ghuggi said.Ghuggi, 44, who had worked in Hindi movies like ‘Namastey London’, ‘Race’, however, said he had neither been a politician nor was interested in it.”But it really hurts you when you read news about farmers committing suicides every day after they could not pay their debt. Then today’s youth becoming manner less on roads with no political will to stop them and most importantly, youth of Punjab are taking drugs, a curse which is driving divorce and making youth impotent” he said.”AAP gives me a platform by way of which I can share pain of people and highlight them.. in building new Punjab. It is a debt which I wanted to repay to my soil and state,” he said.Asked whether he will contest Punjab assembly polls, Ghuggi said he had no “motive” to contest polls.”But if the party orders me to do so, I will have to follow its directions,” he said, adding that he would like to work for Gurdaspur and Amritsar area.”It is shameful that our farmers whose debt could be as low as Rs 25,000 are ending their lives. Today there is adulteration in food, milk, fruits… I will also work in this regard,” he said.Ghuggi has worked in Hindi movies like Akshay Kumar starrer Singh is Kinng, Humko Deewana Kar Gaye. He has also acted in Punjabi flicks like ‘Asa Nu Maan Watna Da, Yaara Naal Bahaara, Jijja Ji, Munde UK De’.Ghuggi, further said that he would continue to work in film industry despite being a party member and will appear in 10 movies which will be released this year.

NIA to dig deeper into drug mafia angle following Salwinder Singh lie detector test

The National Investigation Agency, which is probing the Pathankot attack are finding it particularly difficult to question suspended Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh who first underwent a polygraph test and is now all set to undertake a psychoanalysis test this week.According to sources privy to the investigation, the agency aims to ascertain possible links between the Pathankot attackers and Salwinder. The polygraph undertaken by Salwinder seems to be inconclusive when it comes to confirm if he was in touch with Jaish militants before the attack.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources however added that the probing agency did not want to take chances prompting the decision to make Salwinder undergo further behavioral tests.A source told dna that probe agency has been trying to find a link between Salwinder and drug smugglers who might have aided the militants.”The issue however is that the possibility of drug smugglers aiding the militants to reach Pathankot and possibly to the officer in question, has not been the focus of the investigation till now. Chances are that Punjab police will be asked to play a greater role especially when it comes to probe the local drug rings,” the source said. The greater role might mean anything ranging from providing NIA with information or arrested locals suspected of being part of the mafia.The probe into local drug mafia would be undertaken in order to establish if Salwinder was allegedly close to any of the smugglers in touch with the militants, the source added.”So far Salwinder has not named any of the suspected smugglers who might have aided the militants,” an official privy to the investigation said.Official sources also confirmed that Salwinder Singh has not been able to respond appropriately when asked about the three hours he was allegedly taken hostage by the militants.The SP had claimed that he had visited a shrine at 9.30 pm and soon after he was kidnapped by militants who released him around 12.30 am.Meanwhile four locations in Gurdaspur and two in Amritsar were searched by NIA teams on Thursday. “These locations are associated with Salwinder Singh and his two companion in the car on the night of 31st December,” said a NIA official. According to officials, the investigating team is trying to ascertain whether there exists a correspondence between Salwinder and suspects who might have aided the militants to attack the Pathankot Air Force station on the intervening nights of January 1 and 2.Following the terror attack, the Salwinder had claimed that him, his jeweller-friend Rajesh Verma and cook (Madan Gopal) were returning after visiting a shrine on December 31 night in his private vehicle when a group of armed men in military fatigues waylaid them.Salwinder claimed that he and his associates were blindfolded by the militants, who also tied their hands and drove around the vehicle before dumping the three. While Singh and the cook were freed without any harm, Verma’s throat was slit but he survived miraculously.

Pathankot attack: Court allows NIA to conduct lie-detector test on Salwinder Singh

NIA was allowed on Monday by a Special Court to conduct a lie-detector test on senior Punjab Police officer Salwinder Singh in connection with the Pathankot terror attack probe. The NIA team along with Salwinder came to the court of District Judge Amarnath and moved an application seeking court’s permission to conduct the lie-detector test on him.According to court sources, during in-chamber proceedings, the NIA told the judge that there were “inconsistencies” in the statements of Salwinder during questioning so they may be permitted to conduct the test on him. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The sources said that Salwinder has given his consent to undergo the test before the judge. The court, while allowing NIA’s application, directed the agency to get the lie-detector test within three days.Salwinder, who is at present posted as Assistant Commandant with 75th battalion of Punjab Armed Police, was shunted barely few days before the January one-two terror strike as Superintendent of Police (headquarters) of Gurdaspur and faces charges of breach of discipline.Salwinder said his car was hijacked by terrorists before they entered the Pathankot IAF base on the intervening night of December 31 and January one. He had claimed he was kidnapped by the terrorists after his visit to the shrine and later let off as they did not know his identity.Six terrorists were killed in a counter-operation by Indian forces at the athankot air base that lasted for about three days and also claimed the lives of seven security personnel.

Laser walls to cover 40 vulnerable unfenced stretches along India-Pakistan border

More than 40 vulnerable unfenced stretches along the India-Pakistan border will be covered by laser walls soon with the Home Ministry giving it a top priority to check any infiltration of terrorists in the wake of the Pathankot attack.All these riverine stretches located in Punjab will be covered by the laser wall technology developed by Border Security Force to completely eliminate the chances of breach of the international border by Pakistan-based terror groups, a Home Ministry official said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A laser wall is a mechanism to detect objects passing the line of sight between the laser source and the detector. A laser beam over a river sets off a loud siren in case of a breach.As of now, only 5-6 out of around 40 vulnerable points are covered by laser walls. This beam over the river sets off a loud siren in the case of a breach.The suspected infiltration point of Ujj river in Bamiyal used by the six Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists before storming the Pathankot air base was not covered by a laser wall.A camera to keep watch over the 130-metre-wide river bed was found to be not recording the footage.BSF has covered this stretch by putting up a laser wall last week before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Pathankot air base on January 9.The border guarding force had started putting up laser walls on unfenced riverine stretches of international border last year in Jammu sector, which was more prone to terrorist intrusions till three terrorists carried out attack in Gurdaspur in Punjab in July last year.The terrorists believed to have entered India five kms downstream of Bamiyal near the Tash border outpost – a riverine point not covered by a laser wall as well.Bamiyal has BSF posts on either side of the river with a personnel on each post keeping a watch on the river round the clock. The area is also lit up with high mast lights.There is a possibility that the six JeM terrorists might have walked through the dry river bed at night and BSF personnel might have missed them.Officials said Bamiyal is not known as a drug trafficking route as no drugs have been seized here over the past 3-4 years.The BSF has already deployed additional personnel along the border in Punjab and boat patrolling has been intensified, particularly during night.

Pathankot attack: Binoculars used by terrorists have US Army markings, reveals NIA

The binoculars used by the six Pathankot militants were made in USA and have US Army markings, says a report in a news daily. This suggests that either the Jaish-e-Mohammad stole them from one of the bases of US Army in Afghanistan or it was taken from Pakistan army, which also procures military equipment from the US, it adds.Following the revelation of this information, the NIA is set to approach the US over the issue, using the number on the binoculars, to ascertain details like when and where it was stolen.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA has also got a lot of material including clothing, shoes and other material which links the militants to Pakistan.After five days of intensive grilling of Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh in the Pathankot terror attack, the NIA has decided to conduct a lie detection test on the officer as well due to contradictions in his statements and outright lies in others. The lie detection test will be conducted mostly on Monday after taking the consent of the court and Salwinder Singh.SP Salwinder Singh was on Friday confronted with his cook Madan Gopal and the caretaker of the Dargah he visited that night – Somraj.Singh’s car was stolen by terrorists before they entered the Pathankot IAF base on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1.The sources said bringing them face-to-face was necessary because of “conflicting statements”. While Singh had told the Punjab police he frequently visited the shrine, Somraj claimed he had seen him for the first time hours before terrorists launched the brazen attack on the Pathankot facility.Singh claimed he was kidnapped by the terrorists after his visit to the shrine and later let off as they did not know his identity.Six terrorists were killed in a counter-operation by Indian security personnel that lasted for three days and also claimed the lives of 7 security personnel.CFSL has now been asked to recover the serial number of AK-47 rifles and revolvers recovered by the NIA after an 80-hour long terror strike at the Pathankot IAF base, so that the same could be shared with the company to ascertain the country from where it was shipped.The NIA was also studying details of the terror strike at Dinanagar in Gurdaspur district on July 27 last year. This attack is believed to be similar to the one in Pathankot.Three heavily-armed militants in army fatigues, believed to have infiltrated from Pakistan, had on July 27 sprayed bullets at a moving bus and stormed a police station in Dinanagar, killing 8 people, including a superintendent of police before being gunned down. The case is being probed by the Punjab police.

India welcomes Pakistan’s SIT but question remains

India on Thursday welcomed Pakistan’s decision to send a special investigation team (SIT) to probe Pathankot attack and even said that the investigative agencies will extend all necessary cooperation but according to sources, some glitches remain in letting this fructify.According to highly placed sources, as no mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) exists between the countries, before Pakistan sends SIT, it will either have to register an FIR in the Pathankot attack on the basis of which it can be extended access to probe or it have to send a letter rogatory that would allow it to join the investigations being carried out by the Indian investigations.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Before we allows Pakistani SIT to come, it is important the formal text of Pakistan’s proposal to work out modalities for a joint investigation or to allow them have a look at evidences in India,” said the official.”A possible third scenario where another country’s SIT can join the probe informally may not exist in case of Pakistan as it is not a case of friendly association to say like Bangladesh, Bhutan or Nepal with whom India often carries out informal probes,”said sources.The official added that unlike 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks when India took a lot of time to allow Pakistani judicial commission, there are no reasons not to allow them this time as for the first time Pakistan has not denied that the attack was planned from their soil and has even taken some proactive action against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) on leads provided by us.There are divergent views within in the security establishment on giving full access to the Pakistani SIT –allow them entry into Pathankot airbase and let them quiz all witnesses, including Gurdaspur SP, Salwinder Singh.Pathankot airbase is considered to be very advance and sensitive because of high value installations that are primarily meant to target Pakistani installations in retaliation. A call on how far the Pakistani SIT should be allowed will be taken at the highest level, said sources conceding that not allowing entry into airbase would also not suffice the purpose of the SIT.Meanwhile, NIA continued to question Salwinder Singh for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday. The agency also called Salwinder’s cook Madan Gopal and Panj Peer Mazaar caretaker Somraj to its headquarters and questioned them separately.Sources said that investigations have found prima facie similarity between the Dinanagar and Pathankot attacks and further probe would tell if Jaish was involved in attacks on Dinanagar and Sambha also.

Arvind Kejriwal meets families of Pathankot terror attack martyrs in Gurdaspur

Arvind Kejriwal met family members of Pathankot martyrs in Gurdaspur. He promised to give a cheque of Rs 2 Lakhs to the martyrs’ family.The Delhi Chief Minister had said that he would visit Pathankot and Gurdaspur to meet the families of the security personnel who were killed in Pathankot terror attack.Kejriwal met Fateh Singh and taxi driver Ikagar Singh laid down their lives fighting terrorists who had attacked the Pathankot Air Base on the night of January 1. Taxi driver Ikagar Singh was killed by terrorists, a day before they struck the air force base. Ikagar Singh was native of Bhagwal village in Pathankot.Seven military personnel were martyred and another 20 injured when six terrorists crossed the border and launched a massive attack on the Pathankot Air Force base in the early hours of January 2. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Punjab: Three kids killed, 36 injured in school bus accident

Three students were killed while 36 others injured when a school bus fell into a drain after colliding with a jeep near Thatha village this morning.The accident took place when the bus of a private school was coming to Fatehgarh Churian town in Gurdaspur from Majitha in Amritsar district, police said.Two students died on the spot while the third one died on way to Community Health Centre, Fatehgarh Churian, police said.The injured students have been admitted to various hospitals in the area.

Punjab Police officer Salwinder Singh questioned by NIA

Senior Punjab Police officer Salwinder Singh was on Monday questioned by NIA in connection with the terror strike at Pathankot IAF base as suspicion arose after several contradictions in his statements during his interrogation.The NIA, which took over the case immediately after terrorists struck inside the IAF base during the intervening night of January 1 and 2, had summoned Singh as he was kidnapped by terrorists during the New Year night before they entered into the air base. Singh, who is at present a Superintendent of Police rank officer posted as Assistant Commandant of 75th battalion of Punjab Armed Police after he was removed as SP (headquarters) Gurdaspur, had allegedly given contradictory statements about his kidnapping and sequences of events preceding and succeeding the hostage event, official sources said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA has also summoned his cook Madan Gopal to the headquarters for questioning and if need be the two would be confronted, a Home Ministry spokesperson said. The NIA has recorded statement of the caretaker of the shrine which Singh had said that he had visited with Gopal and his jeweller friend Rajesh Verma, who was left bleeding with a cut below his throat by the terrorists after abducting the other two.The caretaker, who is related to the cook, had told the sleuths that Gopal and Verma had come in the morning of December 31 and again in the evening and he was not aware of the reason for his visit to the shrine twice, official sources said.NIA has recored his statement in Pathankot but he has been asked to come on January 13 as his statements were also contradictory in nature, the sources said. Meanwhile, a Home Ministry spokesperson said NIA has moved to secure a Black Notice from Interpol (used to identify unidentified bodies) to ascertain identity of four bodies of terrorists who attacked Pathankot air base.The NIA has also sent some body parts to CFSL to ascertain whether they belong to the remaining two terrorists who were involved in the 80-hour long gun battle with security forces which left seven personnel dead, the sources said.A 10-member NIA team continuing search operation in Punjab has already recovered AK-47 magazine, mobile phone and binoculars from IAF base in Pathankot, the spokesperson said. NIA teams are working across Punjab and are examining witnesses and carrying out search operations at the encounter site as well as outside the base, he said.

Taslima Nasreen says writers should have absolute freedom, Sudheendra Kulkarni disagrees

“We should neither exaggerate nor belittle the incidents of intolerance. We should never politicise this debate making it out as if it is between political parties. It is not that intolerance has begun in May 2014.” Last year, a debate over the “growing climate of intolerance” saw over 40 writers and artistes returning their awards in protest against the killings of rationalists and writers and the Dadri lynching incident. “A certain kind of intolerance, marginal, has always been there in our society, so let’s not blame this party or that party. It is only that the perpetrators have felt emboldened with the coming to the power of the BJP,” Kulkarni said.

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Former NSA Narayanan wants Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks suspended

The fact that the terrorists managed to sneak in through the same area which was used for launching the Gurdaspur attack six months back is “a pretty bad commentary on how we handle the border”, he said.

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Air India pilot lifts sunglasses from shop, fined Rs 2.4 lakh

The incident was a private matter between two parties that had been amicably settled, a spokesperson for Air India said to HT.

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Kolkata: Ghulam Ali concert now shifted to Netaji Indoor stadium

He said tickets for the function would not be on sale and the entry was restricted to invitation basis only. In October last year, the Shiv Sena had threatened to disrupt Ali’s concert in Mumbai warning that no artiste from Pakistan would be allowed to perform in the city till terror emanating from across the border stopped. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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Tobacco-chewing teachers to face dismissal from service: Maha govt

Out of the 5.42 lakh teachers in the state, 2.74 lakh teachers are in government and local body schools, 1.81 lakh in private aided schools, while others are in private unaided schools.

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Supreme Court concedes error in its verdict on SC/ST staff promotions

The AG said that the SC/ST employees of the particular class can get reservation in promotion, though in the previous paragraph of the judgement, the court had reiterated that “there is no reservation in promotion by selection in Group-A posts which carry an ultimate salary of Rs 5,700 per month and in such cases it is only the concession that applies.” The apex court had on January 9 last year ruled that the Constitution enabled government to provide for reservation of SC/ST category employees even in promotions but courts cannot direct them to make such a provision.

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Rajnath Singh should rethink his assessment of ISIS after Malda violence, says VHP

Home Minister Rajnath Singh had on December 27 said that global terror outfit Islamic State has failed in its attempts to establish roots in India due to strong family values in the society which act as deterrent to radicalisation.
“Today, IS being talked across the globe. But India is the lone country in the world where it has not been able to establish its roots due to family values of the Indian culture,” he had said during a conference in Lucknow.

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BJP likely to contest alone in West Bengal, hints Arun Jaitley

Elaborating on the alliance issue of other parties, the senior BJP leader called upon the state party unit not to be bothered about any political alignments against them. “Don’t forget we have been successful in forming government on our own in many states,” he said. Jaitley, along with some other Union Cabinet Ministers were present at the Bengal Global Business Summit organised by the Mamata Banerjee Government to attract investment in Bengal.

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Particulate pollution down 40% with odd-even scheme, Delhi govt tells HC

The petitions have been filed by various individuals, including lawyers, who have challenged the AAP goverment’s December 28, 2015 notification bringing into force the scheme which allows private cars having odd registration numbers to ply on odd dates and those with even numbers on even dates.

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Odd-Even scheme proves that AAP can govern: Arvind Kejriwal

“Out biggest priority is health and education. Earlier it used to cost rupees five crore for constructing a Mohalla Clinic now I have made those clinics at a cost of Rs 20 lakh only,” he said.

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Suspected al-Qaeda operative was ‘facilitator’: Delhi Police

“We produced him in the court yesterday and he will be in police remand till January 20. His main role was that of a facilitator. His main involvement was to send one Umar Hyderabadi abroad for training,” he added.A team of Delhi Police Special Cell reportedly arrested a madrassa teacher on Wednesday from Bengaluru on suspicion of having links with an al-Qaeda module operating in India.
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Gurdaspur: 2 suspected militants cornered by security forces – reports

There were reports earlier that five terrorists had sneaked into the border area of Gurdaspur and Pathankot, following which army formations have been put on alert, officials said. Gurdaspur was targeted by Pakistani terrorists in July last year also when they struck at a police station here. Six terrorists in army fatigues attacked the Air Base in Pathankot on Saturday last, leading to an encounter that lasted over four days.

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AAP government scraps management quota in Delhi’s private schools

“There is no problem about admissions of children of the school’s staff. No one from the Delhi government will intercede for admissions in the city’s schools,” he said.

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Difficult to seal off vulnerable points along IB: Amarinder Singh

He added that senior party leaders, including general secretary in charge Shakeel Ahmad, Campaign Committee chairperson Ambika Soni, CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi, AICC secretary Harish Chaudhary and former PCC president Partap Singh Bajwa will be attending the bhog ceremony of those martyred in the Gurdaspur terror attack last year.

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‘Pathankot, Mazar-e-Sharif attacks reminder of terror threat’

Heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists on Saturday attempted to storm the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot. The attackers were believed to have infiltrated from Pakistan and there was speculation that they may belong to Jaish-e-Mohammad headed by Maulana Masood Azhar of the Kandahar hijack episode.

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Alert in Punjab after SP abducted by suspected Pakistan terrorists

Asked about reports that the assailants had used the SP’s mobile phone to make a call to Pakistan, the DIG did not rule it out. He said the combing operation is under process in entire border area of Pathankot and Gurdaspur, where some Pakistani terrorists carried out an attack some months back.

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