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Nagrota attack: Terrorists’ strategy similar to Pathankot, militants used tree to enter army base

Security breaches in and around Indian Army camps, over the past year, have cost us the lives of many soldiers. From Uri to Pathankot and from Samba to Nagrota, militants have brazenly attacked the security forces at the heart of some strategic security bases on the Indian territory. However, security loopholes seem to have taken a toll on the preparedness of our forces.

Now it appears that the recent attack on an army unit, which is located just three km from the Army XVI Corps headquarters in Nagrota was staged on similar lines of the Pathankot attack on the Indian Air Force base, where the failure to secure the camp’s perimeter resulted in the massive security breach.

Security personnel at guard in Jammu's Nagrota district. PTISecurity personnel at guard in Jammu's Nagrota district. PTI

Security personnel at guard in Jammu’s Nagrota district. PTI

Seven army personnel, including two Major-ranked officers were killed in the 29 November Nagrota attack, in which three heavily armed militants stormed into the army complex and started indiscriminate shooting within the officers mess and residential quarters of the army men.

The militants behind the attack reportedly sneaked into the premises from the forest area in its rear, official sources told PTI.

In fact a report by The Indian Express said that the militants climbed atop a tree in the officers’ mess campus alongside the three-metre high perimeter wall to enter the premises.

Even in the case of Pathankot attack, it was revealed that the terrorists had managed to jump into the campus by climbing eucalyptus trees and then using a nylon rope to slide down the perimeter wall, according to The Hindu. Despite this, no thorough fortification of the boundary walls of strategic camps was conducted, The Indian Express report states.

Moreover, just like the Pathankot attack, in Nagrota too, failure to ensure preemptive action despite credible intelligence input is also among the many reasons that compromised security.

According to another report in The Indian Express, intelligence agencies had been targeting the movements of suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba militants in the Indian territory, since at least two weeks ahead of the Nagrota attack. Specific intelligence inputs, warning against an imminent strike on a high-value military target was issued just 10 days before the 29 November attack. Although, the LeT cell tracked by the intelligence agencies was not behind the attack, which was later blamed on Jaish-e-Mohammed, questions were raised as to what security measures were taken in response to the intelligence warnings.

However, responding to this, an army spokesperson told The Indian Express, “The reports generated by intelligence agencies were not specific and covered a large spectrum of targets and locations. Even with reference to intelligence regarding Nagrota attack, no such specific or actionable intelligence was received.” However, the report further claims that RAW further issued a warning just 72 hours ahead of the attack that suspected Jaish militants were active in the region. The warning, undoubtedly were generic and did not point out the specific targets on the radar of the militants, nonetheless, the inputs should have led bases to enhance security in the least.

Currently, the National Investigating Agency is probing the  attacks, while it has already filed a chargesheet against JeM cadres including its chief Masood Azhar in the Pathankot attack case, the agency is seeking to establish how did the terrorists creep into the Indian soil and sustained without detection for so long. Meanwhile, a likely theory floating after the preliminary investigation states that the terrorists could have crawled in through an 80-metre-long tunnel under farm lands to cross the International Border (IB) used for the Samba attack, which occurred on the same day.

With inputs from agencies

First Published On : Dec 29, 2016 16:49 IST

BJP has surrendered to PDP on the issue of West Pakistan refugees: Ex-minister Pawan Gupta

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former minister and Udhampur ​Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Pawan Gupta on Saturday accused Bharatiya Janata Party​ (BJP) of surrendering before Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (​PDP) on the issue of West Pakistan refugees to stay in power.”BJP’s lust of power led it to surrender before PDP to promote the agenda of separatists, while denying the citizenship rights to West Pakistan refugees despite their domicile in Jammu and Kashmir for the last seven decades,” Gupta claimed.Gupta, who was a minister in the Mufti Mohammed Sayeed- led coalition was dropped from the Cabinet when Mehbooba Mufti took over the reins of the state, alleged BJP has betrayed the people of Jammu region.Gupta also accused BJP of aligning with the separatists and PDP to scuttle the establishment of Kashmiri Pandits’ and Sainik colonies in Kashmir. Gupta said the fundamental right of the West Pakistan refugees has been infringed even after they were promised domicile certificates.”Now BJP has taken a U-turn despite its announcement of issuing domicile certificates to the refugees and ridiculously reducing the same to merely issuance of I-cards, thus depriving them any chance of livelihood,” he said.

Rajasthan ATS officer who helped nab Islamic State-sympathiser, kills paramour, commits suicide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Rajasthan ATS officer, who was instrumental in the arrest of an IS-sympathiser Mohammed Sirajuddin last year, allegedly committed suicide after killing his 24-year-old paramour with his service pistol at Jagatpura here, police said today.It appears that ASP at the Anti-Terrorism Squad, Ashish Prabhakar, first murdered Poonam Sharma and then committed suicide in an SUV late last night near the under-construction Bombay Hospital, DCP South Manish Agarwal said, adding the victims had bullet wounds at their foreheads.The officer after murdering the woman informed the police control about the crime, police said.”He left two suicide notes in his briefcase. One for his wife where he apologised for choosing the wrong path and said Poonam was blackmailing him. In the other, he named six to seven persons- with whom the woman was in touch,” the DCP said.Prabhakar also mentioned that Poonam had spoilt his life and she should be punished, he said.The victims met in 2013 at a coaching centre where Poonam, who was divorced in 2011, was preparing for her civil services examinations, police said.”The forensic team has found two bullet shells, seven bullets in Prabhakar’s pistol and two beer bottles near the SUV,” Agarwal said, adding police are probing why he had mentioned the persons in his note.The post-mortem was conducted today but we are yet to receive the report, the DCP said.”Prabhakar was instrumental in the arrest of Mohammad Sirajuddhin, an IS-sympathiser December last. The NIA had filed a charge-sheet in July and maintained all the sections of the Unlawful (Activities) Prevention Act,” he said.The officer is survived by his wife and two sons, who are in Class V and VII.

Pinarayi Vijayan violated oath of office by ordering release of activist with Maoist links: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP in Kerala alleged on Tuesday that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has violated the oath of office by “ordering” the release of an activist who was taken into custody for his suspected Maoist links. Party state president Kummanam Rajasekharan said Vijayan had “directed” the police to release Nadeer Gul Mohammed, who was taken into custody in Kozhikode on Monday.It was for the police to confirm whether the detained person has any connection with the radical outfit, he said in Thiruvananthapuram in a statement. “The direction given by Chief Minister to release the person taken into custody in connection with Maoist link was violation of the oath of office,” he said. Referring to the criticism of CPI (M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and Marxist veteran VS Achutanandan against the police action, he said Left leaders were “trying to sabotage the investigation by putting pressure on police.” Releasing a person without proving him innocent was amounted to bypassing the judiciary itself, he said.Joining the issue, KPCC president VM Sudheeran wanted Vijayan to demit the home portfolio as he has “lost moral right to continue.” The ruling CPI(M)’s “intervention in police force for political purposes has resulted in home department losing control over it, he said.”Taking a dig at Vijayan, he said even veteran CPI(M) leaders like VS Achutanandan and Kodiyeri Balakrishnan were forced to denounce the police actions. He also pointed out that CPI, a key partner in LDF, had also came down against state police.A day after taking into custody for his suspected Maoist links, Nadeer Gul Mohammed was let off by police on Monday saying there was no evidence against.

India renews efforts to seek UN action against LeT, JeM, their ‘shadowy supporters’

United Nations: India has renewed its demand for international action against Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror groups and “their shadowy supporters”.

Denouncing the two organisations, whose leadership is based in Pakistan, as affiliates of Al Qaeda, India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin told the Security Council that it was imperative to take action against the support they get from outside.

File image of Syed Akbaruddin. IBNliveFile image of Syed Akbaruddin. IBNlive

File image of Syed Akbaruddin. IBNlive

In an implied criticism of China, he blamed the “split” in the UN bodies that mete out sanctions on terrorist organisations for the world body’s inability to deal with the terrorism.

China has blocked India’s efforts to have international sanctions imposed on Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar by a committee that takes action against Al Qaeda and its affiliates. Azhar was behind the attack on the Pathankot air force base this year that left seven Indian soldiers dead.

As a member of the Security Council, China has also provided cover for Pakistan releasing on bail Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the LeT commander who masterminded the 2008 attack on Mumbai which killed more than 160 people. He was already on the UN list of those facing sanctions as terrorists.

“We need to address, as an imperative, the support that terrorist organizations like the Taliban, Haqqani Network, Daesh, AI Qaeda and its designated affiliates such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammed which operate entirely outside the fabric of international law draw from their shadowy supporters outside Afghanistan,” Akbaruddin said.

“While the Taliban sanctions regime remains split for more than five years, the designated terrorist group makes concerted effort to capture and hold territory,” he said.

“Therefore, for numerous Afghan women, men and children there is no respite from the plague of terrorism.”

The international community has to make “it clear that we will neither roll over in the face of terror, nor will we of allow the roll back of the achievements of the resolute people and government of Afghanistan in the last decade and a half,” Akbaruddin said.

First Published On : Dec 20, 2016 14:46 IST

India warns Pakistan at UN, says ‘what you sow will bear fruit’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) filled a charge sheet against against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar in the Pathankot attack, India took on Pakistan at the United Nations and called on the hostile neighbour to leave behind its ways of terrorism, with the warning saying that, ‘what you sow will bear fruit’.Speaking at the United Nations Security Council, India’s permanent envoy to the UN Syed Akbaruddin in a veiled attack on Pakistan, said that safe havens being provided to terrorists must be dealt with in order to bring sustainable peace. “We need to address, as an imperative, the support that terrorist organisations like the Taliban, Haqqani Network, Daesh, Al-Qaeda and its designated affiliates such as Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammed which operate entirely outside the fabric of international law draw from their shadowy supporters outside Afghanistan,” he said.Quoting poet Rumi, Akbaruddin said “what you sow will bear fruit. If you’ve any sense my friend, don’t plant anything but peace,” which seemed to be a clear message to Islamabad to refrain from stooping to terrorism.The NIA on Monday filed a chargesheet in the NIA special court against senior commanders of Jaish-e-Mohammed including its Chief Maulana Masood Azhar, for their involvement in the terrorist attack at Pathankot Airbase on 2nd January, 2016.The NIA has filed charge sheet against four accused persons namely:1. Maulana Masood Azhar: Chief of the terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), resident of Bahawalpur, Pakistan.2. Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar: Deputy Chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad and brother of Maulana Masood Azhar, resident of Bahawalpur, Pakistan.3. Shahid Latif: launching commander, resident of Mor Aminabad, Gujranwala, Pakistan.4. Kashif Jan: main handler of Pathankot attackers, resident of Charsada, Pakistan.They have been charged for commission of offences under sections 120B, 121, 121A, 302, 307, 364, 365, 367, 368, 397 of the Indian Penal Code, sections 16, 18, 20, 23, 38 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, section 25, 27 of the Arms Act, 1959, Sections 3(b) of the Explosive Substances Act, 1908 and section 4 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, in the chargesheet.It was established during investigation that the terrorists entered into a criminal conspiracy to infiltrate into the territory of India and to commit terrorist attack and wage war against the Government of India.In pursuance of the said criminal conspiracy, the accused persons, their leaders, handlers and co-conspirators including but not limited to Maulana Masood Azhar, Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar, Kashif Jan and Shahid Latif, set up training camps in Pakistan and the PoK area, for recruitment and training of terrorists, in order to carry out terror attacks on the Indian soil.

Pathankot attack: Process to extradite Masood Azhar will begin soon, says Kiren Rijiju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The process of extradition of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother and two others will begin soon with the filing of a charge sheet by the NIA in connection with terror attack at Pathankot airbase, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Monday. “A total of eight people were involved in the terror attack at Pathankot. Four are dead and four are alive and living in Pakistan. Since the charge sheet has been filed, the process of extraditing them from Pakistan will begin with the issuance of Interpol Red Corner Notice,” he told reporters here. Rijiju termed the filing of the charge sheet at the NIA court at Panchkula as a “huge break through”.The Minister of State for Home said since Pakistan is “incorrigible”, India has to put pressure on the neighbouring country to extradite the four persons living in Pakistan on the basis of the evidence gathered by the NIA. “Pakistan is already under pressure. The World knows that these two brothers are living in Pakistan and doing all kinds of terror acts,” he said. NIA today filed a charge sheet against Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother and two others for hatching the conspiracy of the January two audacious terror strike that left seven personnel dead and 37 others injured.The charge sheet was filed in the NIA court at Panchkula in which all the four have been slapped with charges under Indian Penal Code, Explosive Substances Act, Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Besides Azhar, his brother Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar and two handlers — Shahid Latif and Kashif Jan — have been named in the exhaustive charge sheet. While Interpol Red Corner Notice against three has been issued, the same was pending against Jan, the NIA said.

Pathankot terror attack: NIA to file charges against JeM chief Masood Azhar as accused in case

New Delhi: NIA is likely to file a comprehensive chargesheet in the Pathankot airbase terror attack next week, naming Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, along with his brother Rauf Asghar, as accused.

The charge sheet is likely to highlight the role of Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group in spreading mayhem in India and refer to the nefarious plans of the outfit, sources said.

Immediately after the Pathankot incident, Rauf had hosted a video message claiming the responsibility for the terror strike and glorified the role of his brother Azhar, who was released in exchange for passengers of hijacked Indian Airlines plane IC-814 in 1999.

India will be using the charge sheet of NIA at various international fora to highlight the role of Masood Azhar in the case relating to the Pathankot terror strike carried out on 2 January this year.

File photo of Jaish-e-Mohammad Chief Maulana Masood Azhar. Reuters

File photo of Jaish-e-Mohammad Chief Maulana Masood Azhar. Reuters

Launch of a diplomatic offensive against the Jaish and its chief Masood Azhar became an imperative after China continued to spurn efforts of India in getting UN sanctions against the terrorist and his group.

The Home Ministry had given sanction to NIA to file the charge sheet against Azhar, his brother and two handlers of four terrorists — Qashif Jan and Shaid Latif, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

The four terrorists, after entering into India from Bamiyal area of Gurdaspur, had carried out the strike at the Pathankot IAF base killing eight people including seven personnel of IAF and NSG.

The charge sheet will name four terrorists involved in the attack as against six claimed by NSG.

According to NIA, the terrorists, who were killed after two days of gunfight, were identified as Nasir Hussain, Hafiz Abu Bakar, Umar Farooq and Abdul Qayum and they were residents of Vehari (Punjab), Gujranwala (Punjab), Sanghar (Sindh) and Sukkur (Sindh) of Pakistan respectively.

The charge sheet will also include evidence of linking the footprints of one of the terrorists obtained from Bamiyal besides matching of DNA sample found from a soft- drink can in the hijacked car of Punjab Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh.

The Pathankot terror strike had seen a joint investigation team from Pakistan also arriving in India for carrying out a thorough probe.

However, the Pakistani team, upon their return, claimed that India neither shared much of evidence nor allowed it to interrogate the security personnel involved in dealing with the attack.

First Published On : Dec 16, 2016 18:06 IST

Jammu and Kashmir: Former Pakistani army man arrested by BSF along IB in Samba

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An ex-army man from Pakistan was arrested by BSF while he was trying to sneak into the country from the International Border (IB) along Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir.The intruder, who was nabbed last evening, has been identified as Mohammed, 65, of village-Gandyal in Pasroor tehsil of Sialkot, which is in Pakistan’s Punjab province, a senior BSF officer said, adding that the man disclosed that he had retired from Pakistan army.”Late last evening, alert BSF troops noticed suspicious movement on Pakistani side near the fence in Ramgarh Sector and they fired a few rounds,” a senior BSF officer said.The officer said visibility was hindered due to fog and wild growth.”Later, at some distance at about 01:00 hours, a BSF jawan on duty again observed suspicious movement of a person in front of a fence on Indian side of IB,” he said.The intruder was forced to surrender and was arrested, the officer said.

De Villiers quits as South Africa test captain | Reuters

CAPE TOWN AB de Villiers has resigned as South Africa’s test captain, opening the way for childhood friend Faf du Plessis to take over on a permanent basis.De Villiers, 32, has been struggling with an elbow injury for six months and is out of the three-match home test series against Sri Lanka that starts on Dec. 26.”The interests of the team must always outweigh the interests of any individual including me,” he said in a Cricket South Africa news release on Monday.Du Plessis was praised for leading South Africa to a 2-1 test series victory in Australia last month in the absence of De Villiers but was found guilty of tampering with the ball in the second test in Hobart, a verdict he will appeal against on Dec. 19.De Villiers was appointed captain in January following the resignation of Hashim Amla but led the side in just two tests against England at the start of the year, and also missed a home series win over New Zealand in August.

“It was a fantastic honour for me to be asked to captain the test side but I have missed two series,” said De Villiers.”Following the squad’s outstanding performances in Australia, it is clearly in the greater interests of the team that Faf du Plessis should be confirmed as permanent test captain.”I have known Faf for almost 20 years, ever since we played in the same school side at Afrikaans Hoer Seunskool, and he will have my unequivocal support.”

De Villiers is not targeting a return to the side for the one-day series against Sri Lanka that starts at the end of January.”AB’s left elbow is much improved but he is still regaining the last few degrees of straightening,” said team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee.

“Fitness to play requires a full range of elbow movement and this may take another three to four weeks to achieve. He will be unavailable for the test series against Sri Lanka and will target a return for the ODI series.”Du Plessis will be the third permanent captain for South Africa since the retirement of long-serving Graeme Smith in March 2014. (Reporting by Nick Said, editing by Ed Osmond and Tony Jimenez)

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First Published On : Dec 12, 2016 22:54 IST

Janardhana Reddy’s associate Bheema Naik arrested following driver’s suicide note

Bheema Naik, an officer of the Karnataka Administrative Services, was arrested on Sunday, days after his driver committed suicide, reported NDTV. In a suicide note, the driver, Ramesh Gowda, had accused Naik of laundering black money for mining giant and ex-BJP leader Janardhana Reddy.

Naik and his current driver Mohammed were arrested in Gulbarga on Sunday morning. According to the NDTV report, the police have filed a case against Naik for abatement of suicide. The driver is also named in the case.

Ramesh Gowda had claimed that Reddy had converted close to Rs 100 crore of black money into white, paying 20 percent commission to senior government officer. According to his suicide note, Gowda was also receiving regular death threats because he had information on how Reddy had converted his money.

Janardhana Reddy. PTIJanardhana Reddy. PTI

Janardhana Reddy. PTI

Janardhana Reddy had recently come under criticism for the extravagant spending on his daughter’s wedding. The lavish wedding is estimated to have cost Rs 100 crore. Over 50,000 guests had attended the wedding with some big names in Karnataka politics but many from BJP didn’t attend the event. Reddy is a former BJP minister and had faced arrest in the 2012 illegal mining case. He was released on bail last year. He had been actively preparing for his daughter’s wedding soon after released on bail.

The high-cost wedding came under criticism as it was held soon after the demonetisation reveal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many leaders were told to keep away from the wedding. According to reports, Reddy spent Rs 500 crore on the wedding. The Income Tax department had visited Reddy’s residence in Bellary after the wedding.

First Published On : Dec 11, 2016 14:30 IST

Compensate acquitted innocents: Justice AP Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of the biggest pitfalls of arresting a person on malicious and wrongful intent in terror cases is that while innocents get behind the bars, the real culprits go scot-free which can be very dangerous for the society, observed Justice AP Shah, former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, while releasing the first Peoples’ Tribunal report on acquitted innocents.“We need to improve the efficiency of our investigating agencies to ensure that such pitfalls that have ruined and are still ruining hundreds of lives are removed. The trial in such cases takes seven to eight years or more to complete, and by the time the accused is released, his or her life is in a shambles,” said Justice Shah, citing the case of Nisaruddin, who was acquitted by the Supreme Court in 2016 after spending 23 years in prison.The tribunal, first of its kind, heard depositions from nine acquitted innocents over a period of two months who were picked up by the police in terror cases but later exonerated by the courts for want of evidence but in the process had to suffer the humiliation and social stigma of being a terror accused.One of the acquitted victims who spent 14 years in jail, Mohammed Aamir Khan, termed the report as a milestone but found it lacking in spelling out what could be done to save the terror accused within the four walls of prison.“I was acquitted after 14 years. Our jails are no better than Abu Ghraib where accused like me go through the worst kind of torture and are always at the mercy of police and other convicts. Many get killed like what happened in Bhopal jailbreak case,” said Aamir.Giving its recommendations to save, compensate and rehabilitate exonerated accused of terror cases, the tribunal observed that the government should grant compensation to the exonerees for violating their right to life and liberty and the torture they underwent under Article 21 of the Constitution.“It is shameful that India does not have any such provision,” said Justice Shah, adding that the cost may be recovered from the officers responsible for the wrongful arrests and prosecution.The tribunal recommends greater accountability and transparency of investigating agency for which they should be subjected to initiation of departmental enquiry against the officers concerned and the erring officers must be suspended with immediate effect pending enquiry. “If found that the criminal prosecution against the acquitted persons was malafide and amounts to offences under IPC Sections 194, 196 and 211, the officers named by the exonerees should be prosecuted,” the report said.The report recommended enactment of law to compensate for miscarriage of justice, pass the prevention of torture bill that is pending in the parliament for four years, shifting the burden of proof in offenses related to custodial violence and torture by bringing amendment in section 114B (1) of the Indian Evidence Act as proposed by the Tenth Law Commission.On MCOCAThe tribunal explicitly recommended repealing Section 18 of MCOCA thus calling for an end to the admissibility of confessions as evidence and bringing all undergoing trials in repealed and lapsed TADA and POTA under ordinary law.

Maharashtra ATS registers case against Thane youth for joining ISIS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad has registered a case against a youth from Mumbra, Maharashtra for allegedly joining the Islamic State. According to the Indian Express, 28-year-old Tabrez Noor Mohammed Tambe went to Egypt on the pretext of looking for job but later went to Libya to fight alongside the Islamic State (IS). A senior official from the agency has said that Tabrez’s brother has informed that went to Libya with his friend Ali who hails from Saudi Arabia. The family also claims that Ali who Tabrez met during his stay in Riyadh, brainwashed him to join the Islamic State. “The family claims that Ali was instrumental in brainwashing their son and drawing him into IS fold,” the official said.The Maharashtra ATS said that they have registered a case against Tabrez Tambe under Sections 16, 18, 18(B), 20, 38 and 39 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

NIA plea to conduct lie-detector test on IRF member rejected

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A special court on Tuesday rejected the National Investigation Agency’s application seeking a lie- detector test on the guest relationship manager of Zakir Naik- led Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) who was arrested for allegedly indoctrinating youths into joining ISIS.The NIA, which had taken Arshi Qureshi into custody on November 30 along with two others, moved the court yesterday seeking its permission. However, Qureshi did not give his consent to the procedure. “The court has rejected the NIA application’s after Qureshi did not consent to it and as per the Supreme Court guidelines, no tests can be conducted without the permission of the accused,” said his lawyer Ishrat Khan.Qureshi was sent to NIA’s custody last week till December 7. He along with Rizwan Khan and Mohammed Haneef were booked based on a complaint made by Abdul Majid Abdul Kader – the father of Ashfaq, one of the 22 youths who had allegedly joined ISIS. Mumbai-based IRF was banned by Union government last month for a period of five years under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

Black money hunt: Meet Bandra’s Sayed family who declared Rs 2 lakh cr under IDS

Very often we have come across reports that suggest how powerful businessmen, politicians, crooks and various professionals have amassed enormous amount of black money over the years and are yet not traced by the government agencies. But, have you ever imagined that a normal middle-class family staying in an apartment would reveal income that would run into trillions of crores of rupees, giving sleepless nights to the government department and the income tax sleuths.

Meet the city’s Bandra family which stunned the country by disclosing the income that was not just few hundreds or thousands crores, but an eye-popping over trillions of crores of rupees. Yes, you heard it right. Bandra’s Sayed family recently declared Rs 2 lakh crore under the government’s Income Disclosure Scheme (IDS), prompting I-T officials to cross-check whether the amount declared was authentic.

Representational image. PTIRepresentational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

More on this later. This revelation comes at a time, especially, when the the country is under the grip of a rigorous demonetisation exercise being followed by the government to counter the black money menace.

A finance ministry statement has revealed that the Sayed family of Bandra has declared Rs 2 lakh crore under IDS, but as it turned out to be the individual, who declared the unaccounted wealth, and his family members are not residing at the address mentioned by the government statement, Mumbai Mirror report said.

“The Sayed family you are talking about never lived here. The flat is up for resale,” Times of India reported quoting Michel, the main broker for the said flat.

The finance ministry statement reveals the family of four Abdul Razzaque Mohammed Sayed, his son Aarif, wife Rukhsana and sister Noorjahan were the residents of Flat no 4, Ground Floor, Jubilee Court, 269-B, TPS-III, Linking Road, Bandra (W), the Mumbai Mirror report said.

The fresh disclosure comes close on the heels of an Ahmedabad-based businessman, who had declared black money of over Rs 13,000 crore in September and is currently being questioned by the income tax department to know the source of the declared amount.

Coming back to the Mumbai case, the report, however, further adds that the secretary of the Jubilee Court building has denied Abdul Razzaque Mohammed Sayed as the resident of the building, and said the flat was in the name of of some company. In fact, upon further investigation the name plate showed the flat belonged to one R R Vaid, the earlier owner, but changed several hands thereafter.

Although, income tax department has started the probe against the Sayed family, nobody from the family have been questioned yet.

“The Finance Ministry revealed that three out of the four PAN numbers of the Sayed family were originally registered in Ajmer and were migrated to Mumbai in September 2016, where the declarations were filed,” the report added.

However, the government feels the declaration may not be authentic, while the income tax department was probing the false declaration by the family, Times of India reported.

Not just that, the I-T department has also rejected Mahesh Shah’s declaration of Rs 13,860 crore, who said the revelations were made on the behest of certain politicians and bureaucrats, the TOI report said.

The government is even suspicious about the basic details as the mobile number also couldn’t be verified either. The Centre suspects that the disclosures could have been made to launder money post the demonetisation exercise and convert black money into white, the TOI report added.

Hence, the government decided not to include these declarations on 27 November, while the deadline to pay the first installment of tax and penalty under the IDS stood on 30 November.

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 16:50 IST

Demonetisation: Income Declaration Scheme bags Rs 67,382 Cr unaccounted money till Sunday

New Delhi: The government on Sunday revised upwards the amount of black money disclosed under Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) to Rs 67,382 crore, even as it did not take into account two high-value disclosures.

“After final reconciliation, the revised figure of actual declarations received and taken on record was Rs 67,382 crore which had been made by 71,726 declarants,” the Finance Ministry said in a statement here on IDS 2016.

Representational image. PTIRepresentational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

“On 1 October, 2016, it was announced that declarations totalling Rs 65,250 crore were received from 64,275 declarants, subject to reconciliation,” it said.

The Income Tax Department did not take into consideration the Rs 13,860 crore declaration made by Ahemdabad-based Maheshkumar Champaklal Shah, which was reported prominently, as well as another made from Mumbai.

“Among the declarations received, there were two sets of declarations of high value which were not taken on record in the above figure because they were found to be suspicious in nature being filed by persons of small means,” the statement said.

It said a family of four headed by Abdul Razzaque Mohammed Sayed, resident of Bandra, Mumbai, made a total declaration of Rs 2 lakh crore which was rejected by the Department as three out of the four PAN numbers were originally in Ajmer which were migrated in September 2016 to Mumbai, the place of the declarations.

“After due enquiry it was found that these declarants were persons of suspicious nature and very small means, and the declarations could have been misused,” the ministry said.

“Therefore, after due consideration, the Income Tax Department decided by November 30, to reject these two sets of declarations of Rs 2 lakh crore and Rs 13,860 crore respectively. The Department has commenced enquiries against these declarants to determine the intention behind these false declarations,” it added.

First Published On : Dec 4, 2016 20:56 IST

IT department rejects Mumbai family’s Rs 2 lakh crore income declaration

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Income Tax Department has rejected two sets of declarations of Rs.2 lakh crore and Rs. 13,860 crore made from Mumbai and Ahmedabad, respectively, after an inquiry found that declarants were ‘persons of suspicious nature’ and ‘very small means’ and the declarations could have been misused.These declarations were kept pending for investigation about the genuineness of the same and were not included in the total value of declarations announced on October1, said a statement issued by the Department of Revenue Central Board of Direct Taxes, Union Ministry of Finance. ‘It was announced that declarations totalling Rs. 65,250 crore were received from 64,275 declarants, subject to reconciliation. After final reconciliation, the revised figure of actual declarations received and taken on record was Rs. 67,382 crores, which had been made by 71,726 declarants,’ said the statement. Among the declarations received, there were two sets of declarations of high value, which were not taken on record in the above figure because they were found to be suspicious in nature being filed by persons of small means. A family of four declarants ‘ Abdul Razzaque Mohammed Sayed (self), Mohammed Aarif Abdul Razzaque Sayed (son), Rukhsana Abdul Razzaque Sayed (wife) and Noorjahan Mohammed Sayed (sister) ‘ all residents Linking Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai, had filed a total declaration of Rs. 2 lakh crore. Three out of the four PAN numbers were originally in Ajmer, which were migrated to Mumbai in September, where the declarations were filed. The other declaration was filed by one Maheshkumar Champaklal Shah, a resident Jodhpur Gram Satellite, Ahmedabad, for an amount of Rs. 13,860 crore. The department has commenced inquiries against these declarants to determine the intention behind these false declarations, the statement added. The declarations were made under an Income Declaration Scheme (IDS), which was announced in the budget under which declaration of undisclosed income or asset could be made by agreeing to pay 45 percent of the declared amount as tax, surcharge and penalty. The scheme closed on September 30.IDS gets Rs 67,382 cr, over Rs 2K cr higher than estimateThe Finance Ministry revised upwards black money disclosed under Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) to Rs 67,382 crore, which will fetch the government a little over Rs 30,000 crore in direct tax revenue even as it did not take into account two high value disclosures.The Income Tax Department, it said, did not take into consideration the much-talked about Rs 13,860 crore declaration made by Ahemdabad based Mahesh kumar Champaklal Shah, who has threatened to disclose the names of politicians and businessmen for whom he was acting as a front.”Among the declarations received, there were two sets of declarations of high value which were not taken on record in the above figure because they were found to be suspicious in nature being filed by persons of small means,” the Finance Ministry said in a statement.It said: “On Oct 1, 2016, it was announced that declarations totalling Rs 65,250 crore were received from 64,275 declarants, subject to reconciliation.”After final reconciliation the revised figure of actual declarations received and taken on record was Rs 67,382 crore which had been made by 71,726 declarants.” On the omission, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in a tweet said, “There is a Rs 13,860 crore hole in the Rs 65,000 crore IDS! How many more holes’”Giving details, it said a family of four headed by one Abdul Razzaque Mohammed Sayed, residents of Bandra, Mumbai made a total declaration of Rs 2 lakh crore which was rejected by the Department as three out of the four PAN numbers were originally in Ajmer which were migrated in September 2016 to Mumbai, the place of the declarations.These declarations from Mumbai and Ahmedabad were kept pending for investigation about the genuineness of the same and were not included in the total value of declarations announced on October 1, it said.After due enquiry it was found that these declarants were persons of suspicious nature and very small means and the declarations could have been misused, it said.”Therefore, after due consideration, the Income Tax Department decided by November 30, to reject these two sets of declarations of Rs 2 lakh crore and Rs 13,860 respectively.The Department has commenced enquiries against these declarants to determine the intention behind these false declarations,” said the ministry’s statement.With inputs from PTI and ANI

India has urged China to change stand on Masood Azhar: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Government has urged China to reverse its technical hold on India’s request, which is co- sponsored by several prominent countries, to get Masood Azhar designated as terrorist by the UN, Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar said on Thursday. In a written reply in a question in the Rajya Sabha, Akbar said China has often repeated its concern on spread of terrorism and their desire to cooperate with India on this issue. On several occasions, China has reiterated with India their resolute opposition to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations with “zero tolerance”, and has agreed that there is no justification for terrorism. “Government has consistently highlighted to China regarding the threat of cross border terrorism emanating from Pakistan and affecting the region, including India.”Specifically, we have emphasised forcefully that while the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed has been proscribed by the UNSC Sanctions Committee…for its well known terror activities and links to the Al Qaeda, the designation of JeM s main leader, financier and motivator Azhar has been repeatedly put on a technical hold. “Accordingly, we have urged China to reverse its technical hold on India’s request to list Azhar under 1267 provisions. India’s request is co-sponsored by several prominent countries,” the Minister added.

Madurai: NIA arrests three suspected Al-Qaeda operatives whose targets included PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In raids in several places in the city, three suspected Al-Qaeda operatives were arrested by the National Investigation Agency, police said.Police said the three allegedly planned to attack 22 top leaders of the country including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They were allegedly involved in threatening embassies of various countries in India, they said.Those arrested were identified as M Khareem, Asif Sultan Mohammed and Abbas Ali. While Khareem was arrested from Usmannagar, Asif Sultan Mohammed was picked up from G R Nagar and Abbas Ali from Ismailpuram, police said. Explosive materials were also seized from them.Police said NIA raided several places on specific information that suspected Al-Qaeda activists were operating from South Tamil Nadu in and around Madurai. “Explosive materials and arms have been seized from them,” police said, declining to elaborate.The trio was allegedly running the Al-Qaeda unit in South Tamil Nadu. They were also allegedly involved in the explosions that took place in various courts in the country over a period of time, police added.NIA were also searching for two other suspected Al-Qaeda operatives, Hakeem and Dawood Sulaiman, they said.

NIA arrests three suspected Al Qaeda operatives in Madurai

Madurai: In raids in several places, three suspected Al Qaeda operatives were on Monday arrested by the National Investigation Agency, police said.

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Representational image. AFP

Police said the three allegedly planned to attack 22 top leaders of the country including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They were allegedly involved in threatening embassies of various countries in India, they said.

Those arrested were identified as M Khareem, Asif Sultan Mohammed and Abbas Ali. While Khareem was arrested from Usmannagar, Asif Sultan Mohammed was picked up from GR Nagar and Abbas Ali from Ismailpuram, police said.

Explosive materials were also seized from them.

Police said NIA raided several places on specific information that suspected Al Qaeda activists were operating from South Tamil Nadu in and around Madurai.

“Explosive materials and arms have been seized from them,” police said, declining to elaborate.

The trio was allegedly running the Al Qaeda unit in South Tamil Nadu. They were also allegedly involved in the explosions that took place in various courts in the country over a period of time, police added.

The NIA were also searching for two other suspected Al Qaeda operatives, Hakeem and Dawood Sulaiman, they said.

First Published On : Nov 28, 2016 17:57 IST

Demonetization: 2 die over failure to get notes exchanged in Aligarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons have died in separate incidents in the district allegedly over their inability to exchange the scrapped high-denomination notes after the Central government’s demonetization move.In the first incident, 50-year-old Babu Lal, a resident of Nagla Mansingh in Aligarh, died due to heart attack after failing to exchange old currency notes despite making persistent efforts at different banks since the past three days, family sources said. The victim was under tremendous pressure as his daughter’s wedding was slated for November 26, they said. Babu Lal complained of chest pain after returning from a bank on Friday. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead.In another incident, Mohammed Idrees (45), a resident of Jamalpur locality under Civil Lines police station, died of heart attack while he was on his way to a bank to exchange old currency on Friday, his family claimed. They alleged that Idrees had no bank account, but he was making rounds of a local bank to exchange old notes since the past four days.
ALSO READ Demonetization: DMK to stage human chain protest on November 24Local SP legislator Zameer Ullah Khan said both the incidents were connected with the “shock and frustration over failure to get currency notes exchanged” and demanded proper compensation for their families.

Demonetisation: 2 die in Aligarh over failure to get notes exchanged

Aligarh: Two persons have died in separate incidents in the district allegedly over their inability to exchange the scrapped high-denomination notes after the Central government’s demonetisation move.

In the first incident, 50-year-old Babu Lal, a resident of Nagla Mansingh, died due to heart attack after failing to exchange old currency notes despite making persistent efforts at different banks since the past three days, family sources said.

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The victim was under tremendous pressure as his daughter’s wedding was slated for 26 November, they said.

Babu Lal complained of chest pain after returning from a bank on Friday. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

In another incident, Mohammed Idrees (45), a resident of Jamalpur locality under Civil Lines police station, died of heart attack while he was on his way to a bank to exchange old currency on Friday, his family claimed.

They alleged that Idrees had no bank account, but he was making rounds of a local bank to exchange old notes since the past four days.

Local SP legislator Zameer Ullah Khan said both the incidents were connected with the “shock and frustration over failure to get currency notes exchanged” and demanded proper compensation for their families.

First Published On : Nov 19, 2016 16:22 IST

Demonetisation: In times of cash crunch, jugaad comes to the rescue

Srinivas, a farmer in Siddipet town of Telangana, fished out his wad of Rs 2,000 notes from his pocket. “This is Rs 10,000, all in denominations of 2,000,” he said. “This is of no use. I can neither buy a cup of tea for myself or a meal for Rs 5 nor buy a bus ticket. When I go back home, my wife also scolds me for keeping these notes which cannot be used.”

In neighbouring Medchal district, several women are standing in a long queue at a bank, armed with lunch boxes and water bottles. Hussaini Bi said she had left her children at home and come to the bank, knowing it will be a long haul for her to get money. Another woman has to withdraw money so that she can visit a doctor. Her worry is that the doctor would be gone from the clinic by the time she manages to withdraw cash.

But not everyone in non-metro India is so badly off. A well-known hospital in Adilabad district generates income of more than Rs 10 crore but files income tax returns of only around Rs 27 lakh. The cash at hand is regularly invested in real estate. When the prime minister announced on 8 November that currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 will no longer be legal tender, the doctors running this hospital had Rs 2 crore plus in cash in hand.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The next morning, salaries of all employees for the next three months were paid in advance using the old currency. The hospital then ordered items and medical equipment it would need for the next one year. The cash was exhausted. No questions asked.

The positive fallout of the crisis sparked by demonetisation is that the management now vows to transact only in white.

The real estate sector has seen a slump and those sitting over vast tracts of land are an aggrieved lot. There are no ready buyers in the market and no one wants to invest in a huge chunk, fearing that Modi’s next strike will be on those who own land. And not every seller is willing to take old currency notes.

But it is not for nothing that India is called the land of jugaad. This person who owns land in Ranga Reddy district on the outskirts of Hyderabad came up with an idea. He wants to sell his land for Rs 6 crore and has already prepared backdated documents for the land sale. His plan is to take Rs 6 crore in old currency, deposit it in the bank, pay 30 percent tax on the land deal that he will claim happened before November 8. This would mean he will pay Rs 1.8 crore in tax. After three months, as an incentive to the buyer, he is also willing to give him some amount in new currency as a cashback. He is trying to convince potential buyers sitting on that kind of humongous cash to settle for this “win-win deal”.

Jewellery shops came under the scanner throughout the country after it was reported that most of them reported huge purchases immediately after the PM’s demonetisation announcement. Several jewellery stores were raided after that to get a handle on the kind of turnover generated using black money.

It now seems that many of these stores may have pushed their jewellery inventory underground and passed it on their friends, including several chartered accountants. The connection was made when some CAs offered to take old currency and give gold in return. Which means if you have Rs 1 crore of old currency, you can be offered Rs 60 lakh worth of jewellery. This cash would be shown against purchases made before 8 November, with some furious book building exercise at work.

In sharp contrast, Mohammed Jameel in Begumpet area of Hyderabad is a hassled man. His son is getting married on 16 November but instead of making arrangements, he is standing in queue to withdraw cash. “The ATM has no money. I requested the bank manager to allow me to withdraw more but he refused to let me take more than Rs 10,000. How do I manage for a wedding?” asks Jameel.

The refusal by bank officials perhaps is because they too are under the radar. Two Syndicate Bank employees in Saroornagar area of Hyderabad were booked over the weekend by the police for exchanging demonetised notes worth Rs 6 lakh, without the customer providing any ID proof.

In the last one week, India — in its big cities, small towns and villages — is in a state of flux. In the times of demonetisation, desh badal raha hai.

First Published On : Nov 16, 2016 12:36 IST

Class 10 board exams in Kashmir Valley begins from today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The annual Class 10 and 12 board examinations in the Kashmir Valley will kick-off from Monday.As per reports, all arrangements have been put in place for the smooth conduct of the examinations for Classes 10 and 12, which are scheduled to start on November 14 and 15, respectively.Officials allayed fears of any trouble or inconvenience to the students appearing for the annual examinations.As per reports, around 480 examination centers have been set up for about 48,000 Class 12 candidates, whereas nearly 550 examination centers have been established for Class 10 candidates.State Education Minister Naeem Akhtar said he is hopeful that the examinations would be conducted in a peaceful atmosphere.A restive situation in the Kashmir Valley prevails since the killing of Jaish-e-Mohammed militant Burhan Wani on July 8.

Demonetisation: Mamata calls Yechury for united fight, CPI(M) calls it desperate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after she expressed willingness to work with arch rival CPI(M) on the Centre’s demonetisation of high-value currency notes, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday called the left party’s general secretary, Sitaram Yechury, urging him to wage a “united fight” against the BJP and its “anti-people policies”.A senior CPI(M) leader, however, gave her a rebuff, describing the call as a “desperate call” to save her own party leaders who were allegedly involved in corruption. “Yes, today Mamata Banerjee called Sitaram Yechury and told him that all the opposition parties should come together to put up a united fight against the BJP. Yechury replied that since he was travelling, he could only comment on the matter after discussing it in the party,” CPI(M) politburo member Mohammed Salim told PTI. He described Banerjee’s phone call as a “desperate call” to save her own party leaders who were involved in “corruption”.”This is a desperate call and an attempt to save her own party leaders who are allegedly involved in the Saradha and Narada scams. What is the credibility of the Trinamool Congress (TMC)? How can they talk about fighting against black money when her (Mamata’s) own party leaders are involved in the Saradha scam and have been arrested,” Salim said. “When her own party leaders have been involved in Narada, this is nothing but a political gimmick. Those running their party in West Bengal through corruption should not talk much about black money,” he added.Salim alleged that a “political match-fixing” was going on between the TMC and the BJP and that was why the CBI probe into the Saradha scam had “gone slow” over the last one-and-a-half years.”They should first come clean on the Saradha scam and then talk about black money,” the CPI(M) leader said. Banerjee had yesterday said she was ready to work with the CPI(M) and other opposition parties such as the SP, BSP, and Congress, despite ideological differences, to “save the country” from the NDA government.

Kerala: Explosion in Hindustan Insecticides Ltd premises injures eight

Kochi: At least eight persons were injured, one of them seriously, when a fire broke out following a gas leak on the premises of Hindustan Insecticides Limited (HIL) at nearby Kalamassery Industrial Area on Wednesday, police said.

Representational image. Getty images

Representational image. Getty images

A factory official, who did not wish to be named, said there was a gas leak, but declined to provide more details.

Police said the accident occurred when the tyres of a tanker lorry, which brought carbon disulfide to HIL caught fire and exploded as the gas was being transferred to the
facility set up in the factory, injuring eight persons.

Three fire engines, which rushed to the area, doused the flames.

The injured have been admitted to various private hospitals in Kochi and the condition of one of them was stated to be serious, police said.

Ernakulam District Collector K Mohammed Y Safirulla said the situation is under control.

Hindustan Insecticides Limited is a public sector enterprise under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

Kerala: Jailed beedi tycoon Mohammed Nisham running business from prison

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Relatives of Mohammed Nisham, the multi-millionaire ‘beedi king’ of Kerala who is serving a life sentence, have filed a complaint alleging that he is running his business from inside the prison where he is currently in and that he has been sending them death threats.He also has access to two mobile phones, as per NDTV report.In the complaint filed to the Thrissur Police chief, the kin of Nisham, who has been convicted of killing a security guard by driving his Hummer into him, have alleged that he has access to a mobile phone inside the jail through which he was also running his business.According to reports, Nisham’s family handed over audio clip of telephonic conversation to police where he is threatening them. He also allegedly threatened his relatives over phone while he was being taken to Bangalore for investigation. Earlier, a controversy had erupted over Nisham’s stay in jail as on one journey back from court, he was filmed treating his police escorts to a lavish meal, following which five policemen were suspended.Meanwhile, a quick probe has been ordered as it is believed that a nexus between Nisham and police officers exist, giving him access to run his business. About a year ago Nisham had rammed his SUV into 51-year-old security guard Chandrabose, pinned him to a wall, dragged him for 700 metres, stomped on him and then allegedly shouted “this dog will not die”. In January this year, Nisham was awarded life sentence by a Kerala court and was ordered to give Rs 71 lakh fine for the murder of Chandrabose.

Pakistan has made a ‘great contribution’ to fight against terrorism: Former Chinese envoy to India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reiterating China’s support to its all-weather ally Pakistan and rebutting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘mothership of terrorism’ barb, former Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Yuxi on Tuesday said its ally has made ‘great contribution’ in the fight against terrorism. Speaking to ANI, Yuxi downplayed the claim that Pakistan is being isolated at the international arena, saying its strategic ally has never sponsored any terrorist forces and activities.’I saw Pakistan’s contribution in fighting against terror. They are helping China fighting against the group called the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and they have made sacrifice,’ Yuxi said.’But I have never heard of Pakistan sponsoring terrorism,’ he added.When he was asked about Pakistan’s involvement in the 26/11 and Pathankot terror attacks, Yuxi said, ‘I have not seen it. I need to see in order to believe.’ When asked about China blocking India’s attempt to put Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Masood Azhar on the UN-designated terrorist list, Yuxi evaded the question. Prime Minister Modi, while addressing the BRICS Summit on Sunday, launched a veiled attack at Pakistan saying, “Tragically, the mother-ship of terrorism is a country in India’s neighbourhood.”However, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, on Monday, said that though Beijing is committed to fight against terrorism it opposes the idea of linking terrorism to any specific country, ethnic group or religion.When asked if Modi fairly characterized Pakistan, the spokeswoman said, “We oppose terrorism of all forms and maintain that terrorist threats tackled through enhanced international cooperation in order to uphold peace, security and development of various countries and the region. We are also against linking terrorism to any specific country, ethnic group or religion.”

Triple Talaq: Scrutiny of personal laws is judicial legislation, AIMPLB tells SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A prominent Muslim body on Tuesday vehemently opposed the scrutiny of the practice of triple talaq, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy by the Supreme Court, saying it would amount to “judicial legislation” and personal laws cannot be challenged on the ground that they violate fundamental rights.All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), in a fresh affidavit, rubbished the stand taken by the Narendra Modi government that the apex court should re-look these practices as they are violative of fundamental right like gender equality and the ethos of secularism, a key part of the basic structure of the Constitution.Stoutly defending the prevalent practice in the community, AIMPLB Secretary Mohammed Fazlurrahim said “if this court proceeds to examine questions of Muslim personal laws and lays down special rules for Muslim women in matters concerning marriage, divorce and maintenance, it would amount to judicial legislation and will be violative of doctrine of separation of powers.” AIMPLB has listed out grounds for its opposition to the judicial scrutiny of the practices. The questions raised in the petition are matters of “legislative policy” and, moreover, personal laws cannot be challenged as being violative of fundamental rights like right to equality under the Constitution, the affidavit said. It also said the personal laws of Muslims cannot be “re-written in the name of social reform” and these practices are protected under Article 25, 26 and 29 (freedom to practice religion) of the Constitution.Opposing the Law Commission’s fresh endeavour on Uniform Civil Code, the body said it pertained to the Directive Principles of State Policy of the Constitution and hence “not enforceable”. Highlighting importance of religious scriptures, AIMPLB said the courts “cannot supplant its own interpretations over the text of scriptures” in a situation where “unique importance” has been attached to such texts.Government, for the first time, has opposed the practice and said, “the issue of validity of triple talaq, nikah halala and polygamy needs to be considered in the light of principles of gender justice and the overriding principle of non- discrimination, dignity and equality.”

Pak’s isolation due to its own policies, India had nothing to do with it: Vikas Swarup

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the wake of several SAARC nations coming out in support of New Delhi following the Uri attack and the subsequent cancellation of the bloc’s summit in Islamabad, India said Pakistan has been isolated due to its own policies and it has nothing to do with it. “If someone has been isolated, it is due to the country’s own policies. India has had nothing to do with it,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said at a press briefing after the 8th BRICS Summit.He was asked whether India had embarked on a drive to isolate Pakistan after the Pathankot attack as the decision to hold the BIMSTEC Summit alongside the BRICS Summit here was taken in April itself. “All SAARC nations unitedly said the SAARC Summit cannot take place in Islamabad in an atmosphere of terror,” Swarup said. India stepped up efforts to mount international pressure on Pakistan after the September 18 Uri attack, in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed by terrorists with links to Pak-based Jaish-e-Mohammed. Several SAARC member states subsequently decided to call-off the bloc’s summit which was to be held in Islamabad last month.Swarup said Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives were quick to condemn the attacks. They stressed that a “constructive dialogue” cannot take place in such an atmosphere. However, he declined to comment on Sartaz Aziz’s comments after the sharp criticism by the Prime Minister yesterday, saying he will give a reaction at his weekly press briefing as India had not had a bilateral with Pakistan like with countries from the BIMSTEC bloc.

BRICS fly at Pak as Modi tears into ‘mother ship of global terror’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday kept up India’s efforts to diplomatically isolate Pakistan when he used the forum of the 8th BRICS Summit here to urge the international community to lean on purveyors of terror who justify the use of terrorism for political gains.Without naming Pakistan, he said that the “mother ship” of terrorism “is a country in India’s neighbourhood” and that terror modules of the world were linked to that particular country. In the same vein, he called for action against the “hardware of terrorism”, including, but not limited to, terror financing, supply of weapons and training.In a double-barrelled attack, Modi also obliquely took a swipe at China which employed the exact phrase (“political gains”) to justify its opposition to a United Nations ban on Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, who New Delhi accuses of having had a hand in a series of terrorist attacks in India, including the September 18 attack at Uri in Jammu & Kashmir. On October 10, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong had said about India that no country should “pursue its own political gains in the name of counter-terrorism”.Modi continued the fusillade by pointing out that those who nurture, shelter, support or sponsor terrorism are as much a threat to regional and global peace and security as terrorists themselves.Similar sentiments found a reflection in the Goa Declaration. A relevant extract from the document read: “We strongly condemn the recent several attacks, against some BRICS countries, including that in India. There can be no justification whatsoever for any acts of terrorism…”Modi has been relentless in his pursuit of a proactive policy against Pakistan. He has consistently raised the issue at every multilateral fora. At the G20 Summit at China, he had this to say: “Indeed one single nation in South Asia is spreading these agents of terror in countries of our region. Those who sponsor and support terrorism must be isolated and sanctioned, not rewarded.”The same narrative was heard at the East Asia Summit at Vietnam, where he spoke about a country “whose competitive advantage rests solely in producing and exporting terrorism” and that “the time has come for us to stop this global exporter of terror”.And most recently, India exercised its right of reply to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s address to the United Nations General Assembly speech by describing Pakistan as the “Ivy league of terrorism”.However, the jury is out on whether the Goa Declaration adopted by the BRICS member-states did justice to India’s concerns about cross-border terrorism emanating from its immediate neighbourhood. On the face of it, the language of the relevant paragraphs from the Goa Declaration on the subject of terrorism are similar to the boilerplate formulation contained in some previous BRICS documents.Asked if the outcome document, which was sanitised of specific references to either Pakistan or the terrorism directed against India, had come as a disappointment to New Delhi, Secretary (Economic Relations) Amar Sinha in the Ministry of External Affairs said, “We are satisfied. You don’t have to spell out everything.” Sinha went on to suggest that the Goa Declaration should be read together with the bilateral documents agreed upon by India and the BRICS countries, which highlighted a convergence of ideas.Although the Goa Declaration mentions the Islamic State terrorist group by name, there were no references to terror groups such as the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), which could partly be attributed to China which sees Pakistan as an all-weather ally and a countervail to India. For his part, Sinha sought to explain it away by saying that the JeM “is focussed on India” and therefore “does not concern all of BRICS”.

Ahead of BRICS Summit, PM Modi, President Jinping to hold bilateral meet on Oct 15

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on October 15 ahead of the BRICS Summit on in Goa.China on Monday said it was “ready” for talks with India on the latter’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).However, it has defended its stand on extending a hold on New Delhi’s bid for a United Nations ban on Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar.Responding to a question whether any progress can be expected on the issue of India’s admission into the NSG in the meeting between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit, Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong said the NSG rules stipulate consensus among the members to admit new ones.Stating that China and India have maintained good communication on the issue, he said that Beijing was ready to continue consultations with New Delhi to build consensus.Beijing is opposed to anyone making political gains in the name of counter-terrorism, he said while answering to a question on criticism about China’s move to halt India’s bid for a ban on Azhar.The BRICS Summit is scheduled to begin from October 17.Earlier in June, Prime Minister Modi had urged the Chinese Premier to consider India’s NSG case favourably, but China rebuffed India’s request at the NSG plenary in Seoul.

250 active terrorists in Kashmir Valley plan to ‘avenge’ surgical strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 250 terrorists belonging to three Pakistan-based terror groups were active in the Kashmir Valley, trying to target security forces to “avenge” the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian army in PoK.Quoting intelligence inputs, top government sources said, most of the 250 terrorists belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen had infiltrated before the surgical strikes on the intervening night of September 28 and 29, which caused significant damage to their outfits.The terrorists were given clear instructions by their handlers across the border to target security forces in Kashmir Valley to “avenge” the surgical strikes, sources said. The central government has asked security forces operating in Jammu and Kashmir to maintain maximum level of alertness and take all precaution to foil any attempt by the militants to target them.Sources said even though vigil along the LoC as well as the International Border has been intensified, there are gaps in many places due to difficult topography of the region. All attempts are being made by the security forces to foil any fresh infiltration bids from across the border, sources said.There were intelligence reports that terrorists were planning to infiltrate India from various directions in Kashmir as well as Jammu region. Sources said Lashkar-e-Taiba suffered the maximum damage in the cross-LoC surgical strikes on terror launch pads carried out by Indian army with assessment reports of radio intercepts indicating that around 20 of its militants were killed.The assessment reports available from Indian army field units which included radio conversations between various Pakistani formations showed maximum damage was inflicted on LeT, a banned terror group, at Dudniyal launch pad in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, opposite to Kupwara sector of North Kashmir, according to sources in the know of details of the recent surgical strikes.

India should have attacked Pakistan after 2001 Parliament attack: BJP MP RK Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Former Home Secretary RK Singh on Monday said India should have attacked Pakistan after the December 13, 2001 terror strike on Parliament.”After the parliament attack, we had mobilised troops, but did not act. We should have attacked Pakistan, as it was an act of war,” he said.Responding to the reports that the Jaish-e Mohammed may attack Parliament, the former home secretary said, “Just want to convey to them that this will be crossing of ‘red line’.”Indian intelligence agencies have received reports about Jaish-e-Mohammad’s (JeM) plans to execute a 2001 style attack on the Parliament to avenge the Indian Army’s surgical strikes along the Line of Control (LoC), reported by a leading dailyJeM may also target Delhi Secretariat, Akshardham and Lotus Temple, the report added.According to the report, Pakistan’s intelligence agency Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) has given a free hand to JeM to avenge the surgical strikes by the Indian Army.On September 18, four heavily armed JeM militants had stormed a battalion headquarters of the Army in North Kashmir’s Uri town in the wee hours, killing 18 soldiers and injuring 19.In retaliation to the attack, seven terror launch pads across the LoC were targeted by the army on the night of 28 September in a nearly five-hour-long operation during which heli-borne and ground forces were deployed.

No middle path for China on Masood Azhar, says BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Sunday that terrorism and bilateral relations cannot go hand in hand, and thus, China will have to choose between India and Pakistan. The BJP made this comment after Beijing tried to defend its second technical hold to prevent a United Nations ban on Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar.”There is no middle path in the fight against terrorism and China will have to decide which side it is on. It will have to make up its mind whether it is going to side with terrorism just because they want to strengthen their relations with a particular country, and, how far is that going to serve humanity, and, how far is that going to serve Indo-China relations,” BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said.On October 1, China had extended its veto on India’s move in the United Nations to blacklist Pathankot attack mastermind Masood Azhar and with this, Beijing for the second time prevented India’s efforts. China defending its move yesterday said that there were “different views” on India’s application and that its move will allow more time for the “relevant parties” to have consultations even when China is the lone member among the 15-member UNSC to oppose the ban on Azhar.

Death of accused in Dadri lynching case triggers protests in his village; effigy’s of Akhilesh burned

Greater Noida: The death of one of the accused in the Dadri lynching case at a hospital in Delhi triggered tension at Bishada village on Wednesday with the villagers staging protests and burning the effigy of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Accused Ravi aka Robin had fallen ill at Luskar jail and was on Tuesday shifted to the district hospital from where he was referred to Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Hospital at Delhi where he died in the evening due to “kidney and respiratory failure”.

He was hospitalised as he was “suspected to be suffering from dengue”.

Ravi’s family has alleged foul play and that “he was kept in a separate cell by the jail authorities and mercilessly beaten up by some police officials inside jail on 30 September, due to which his condition deteriorated”.

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Representational image. AFP

District Magistrate NP Singh has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the death of the undertrial prisoner and heavy police force has been deployed at Bishada with additional force pressed into service at places with a substantial minority community population.

Local priest Sadhvi Har Siddhi Giri alleged that Ravi was murdered in jail and threatened that “no Samajwadi Party (SP) leader will be allowed to enter the village”.

She also said the women of the village will go to the jail to inquire about the health of the other accused.

The women of the village have been staging protests since Saturday demanding the arrest of Jaan Mohammad, the brother of Mohammed Akhlaq, for alleged cow-slaughtering.

Akhlaq was dragged out of his house and killed by a mob at Dadri for allegedly storing and consuming beef last year.

The sadhvi said the protests will continue till Jaan Mohammad was arrested.

The villagers also took out a rally from Ravi’s house on Wednesday and tried to block traffic but were prevented by the police.

According to the SP (Rural), the situation at Bishada was “under control”. He said initial reports revealed that Ravi died of an illness, adding that the exact cause would be known after the post-mortem.

The SP appealed to the villagers to stage “peaceful” protests and not to resort to violence.

Cabinet reshuffle likely soon for Mehbooba Mufti ministry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The five-month-old Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to be expanded soon with the induction of two PDP MLAs as ministers. The issue came up for discussion when Mehbooba Mufti called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. Immediately afterwards, BJP president Amit Shah met her and the two were also understood to have discussed the issue.As per the arrangement between the two parties, PDP would have 14 ministers, including the Chief Minister, while BJP would have 11, that would include the Deputy Chief Minister.According to sources in the know of the developments, PDP MLA from Amira Kadal constituency Altaf Bukhari is likely to stage a comeback. Bukhari, who was a minister in the Mufti Mohammed Sayeed government, was not included in the cabinet when Mehbooba was sworn-in as the Chief Minister in April this year. Mehbooba was also likely to induct an MLA from the restive South Kashmir in the ministry.Besides Bukhari, Javid Mustafa Mir and two Ministers of State Mohammad Ashraf Mir and Abdul Majeed Padroo, who were part of the previous government led by her father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, had been dropped.The BJP was likely to drop one of its ministers and replace him with an MLA from the Kashmiri Pandit community, the sources said. The state can have a maximum of 25 ministers and its current strength is 23.

Dadri lynching case: One of the accused dies of kidney failure in Delhi hospital

New Delhi: One of the accused in the infamous Dadri lynching case died on Tuesday of kidney and respiratory failure at a hospital in Delhi.

Ravi, 22, was rushed to Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Hospital from district hospital in Noida in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday after suffering “kidney failure”.

“He was brought here in a very bad condition, with kidney failure and high blood sugar level, around 12 noon. He died around 7 pm of kidney and respiratory failure,” Medical Superintendent of LNJP Hospital, Dr J C Passey told PTI.

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He was lodged in a jail in Gautam Buddh Nagar district.

“Ravi was first brought to the district hospital in Noida this morning from the jail. He was then rushed to a Delhi hospital after his condition worsened,” Station House Officer of Jarcha Police Station, Pradeep Kumar Singh said.

It is also suspected that Ravi was suffering from dengue, though hospital authorities said, “medical report is still awaited.”

“We had done his dengue and chikungunya tests. But, it is only by tomorrow that we can say whether he was suffering from dengue or not, as the medical reports are not out yet,” Passey said.

In Dadri’s Bishada village, Mohammed Akhlaq (51) was dragged out of his house and killed by a mob in September last year on suspicion of eating beef, triggering communal tension in the region.

Dadri lynching: One accused dies at Delhi hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of the accused in the infamous Dadri lynching case died on Tuesday of kidney and respiratory failure at a hospital in New Delhi. Ravi, 22, was rushed to Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Hospital from district hospital in Noida in Uttar Pradesh today after suffering “kidney failure”. “He was brought here in a very bad condition, with kidney failure and high blood sugar level, around 12 noon. He died around 7 PM of kidney and respiratory failure,” Medical Superintendent of LNJP Hospital, Dr J C Passey told PTI.He was lodged in a jail in Gautam Buddh Nagar district.”Ravi was first brought to the district hospital in Noida this morning from the jail. He was then rushed to a Delhi hospital after his condition worsened,” Station House Officer of Jarcha Police Station, Pradeep Kumar Singh said.It is also suspected that Ravi was suffering from dengue, though hospital authorities said, “medical report is still awaited.””We had done his dengue and chikungunya tests. But, it is only by tomorrow that we can say whether he was suffering from dengue or not, as the medical reports are not out yet,” Passey said.In Dadri’s Bishada village, Mohammed Akhlaq (51) was dragged out of his house and killed by a mob in September last year on suspicion of eating beef, triggering communal tension in the region.

Uri base commander ‘shifted out’ as investigation begins to probe security lapses

Heads have begun rolling in Uri post the deadly terror attack on 18 September that claimed the lives of 19 soldiers and left several others injured. According to reports, the Brigade Commander of the Uri-based army brigade has been “side stepped” for fair, comprehensive and objective inquiry.

19 soldiers were killed in 18 September attack on Uri Army base. PTI

19 soldiers were killed in 18 September attack on Uri Army base. PTI

“The Brigade Commander has been “side stepped” for fair, comprehensive and objective inquiry,’ an Army source told IANS on Saturday. Army sources also informed the news agency that this was a part of the protocol of inquiry.

Brigadier K Somashanker has been shifted out of the sensitive brigade, PTI said. Quoting sources from the Army, it added: “An officer from the 28 Mountain Division of the Army is scheduled to take over as the Uri Brigade commander”.

Though, according to PTI, Army sources in New Delhi insisted late Saturday night that no such orders have been issued by the army headquarters, a The Times of India report mentioned that “Colonel Yashpal Ahlawat, who has been approved for the next rank and was posted in the Kilo Force of the Rashtriya Rifles, which looks after counter-insurgency operations in Kupwara, Baramulla and Srinagar areas, was sent to Uri on Saturday to take charge of the Uri brigade.”

“The CoIonel is probing the series of lapses and poor perimeter security, despite prior intelligence alerts, which allowed the four fidayeen terrorists to storm the camp, next to the brigade headquarters in Uri, early on September 18,” it added.

India carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads inflicting “significant casualties”across the LoC on the 28 and 29 September, seen as a reprisal for the Uri attack. The Uri Army base was attacked by heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists on September 18. India has maintained that the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed was behind the attack.

Surgical strike: Afghanistan backs India, says it’s time to take ‘bold action’

New Delhi: Afghanistan on Friday backed India’s cross-border surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistani territory, saying “it is time to take bold action”.

Afghanistan's Minister for Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani. ReutersAfghanistan's Minister for Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani. Reuters

Afghanistan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani. Reuters

Afghan Ambassador to India Shaida Mohammed Abdali, speaking to reporters, said: “We hope no one will allow safe havens for terrorists to be used against neighbours.”

“Pakistan can’t stay in a constant state of denial and cannot remain unanswered,” Abdali said at the Foreign Correspondents Club.

Abdali, who earlier had said that his country was willing to consider a joint boycott of the Saarc summit along with India and other members, said that Pakistan was not reciprocating the goodwill shown by its neighbours and that’s why the four nations pulled out from the upcoming summit in Islamabad.

“Right now the environment is not conducive to conduct the Saarc summit, with terrorism continuing in region,” he added. India, along with Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan have pulled out of the Saarc summit.

To a question on Balochistan, with India flagging the cause of alleged rights violations in the Pakistani province, the Afghan envoy said: “We sympathise with the people of Balochistan. We hope the Baloch people will have a life free of terror and live peacefully.”

He also said there is “no doubt that the Pakistan state sponsors terror”.

“If terror groups exist, self defence in the form of action we saw, will continue,” the envoy added.

Delhi court extends judicial custody of 3 alleged JeM members

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court on Wednesday extended till October 18 the judicial custody of three suspected members of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, arrested for allegedly planning an attack in the national capital. Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh also allowed prosecution plea to grant them more time to complete their investigation in the case.The court allowed prosecution’s plea and sent the accused persons — Mohd Sajid, Shakir and Sameer — for further jail term after they were produced before the court. The court had earlier sent the accused to police custody on the prosecution’s plea that their custodial interrogation was required to crack their Delhi module.Delhi Police had detained around 10 others suspected to be linked with a terror outfit for planning an attack in the city and allegedly recovered explosives from their possession after a series of overnight raids in the national capital and neighbouring states. However, they were let off later after questioning.Special Cell teams had conducted the raids in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in a joint operation of Delhi Police and a central intelligence agency. All the three accused were suspected to be members of a sleeper unit of the terror outfit, police alleged.

Uri attack probe: NIA takes into custody two infiltrators arrested by the Army

Srinagar/New Delhi: The NIA on Tuesday took into custody the two men from PoK arrested by army in connection with its probe into the attack at an army camp in Uri even as it established the identity of one of the four slain attackers as belonging to PoK.

The NIA took over the custody of the two men identified as Ahasan Kursheed alias DC, a resident of Khaliana Kalan and Faisal Hussain Awan, a resident of Pottha Jahangir–both in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), and would produce them before a designated court soon, official sources said.

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Representational image. AFP

The two were arrested by the BSF and the Army in a joint operation at ‘Angoor Post’ at Gavalata village in Uri last Saturday when they were trying to infiltrate into India.

With both being residents of PoK, the authorities interrogated them whether they had any knowledge about the attack in which four terrorists had stormed an army camp at Uri on September 18 and killed 18 soldiers.

The duo initially claimed that they had inadvertently crossed into India but after sustained interrogation they not only informed the security agencies about the two guides who had helped the terrorists to infiltrate but also helped them in identifying one of the militant involved in the attack, the sources said.

One of the killed terrorist was identified by NIA as Hafiz Ahmed of Darbang in Muzaffarabad Tehsil of PoK.

The duo would be brought to the national capital where they would undergo scientific tests and also subjected to an interrogation by joint team of security agencies.

The two had been recruited initially by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed(JeM) for guiding its militants to infiltrate across the LoC and later they helped other militant groups as well, the sources said.

The NIA later produced the two persons before a designated court in Jammu which remanded them to NIA custody, official sources said.

China’s hold on Masood Azhar’s UN terror listing to lapse soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The six-month validity of the technical hold imposed by China on India’s bid to get JeM chief Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the UN will “lapse” soon and the Pathankot attack mastermind could be sanctioned if Beijing does not block the move again.On March 31 this year, China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council, had blocked India’s move to put a ban on the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leader under the Sanctions Committee of the Council. China was the sole member in the 15-nation UN organ to put a hold on India’s application with all other 14 members of the Council supporting New Delhi’s bid to place Azhar on the 1267 sanctions list that would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban.Sources have said that the six-month validity of the technical hold is set to “lapse” in about a week-10 days time and unless China again seeks to bloc or veto the resolution on some pretext, the resolution could stand passed automatically, designating Azhar as a terrorist. The other 14 UNSC members have already supported India’s bid and the lapse of the technical hold, coupled with no further objection from China, will essentially mean that there is no opposition to the demand to get Azhar listed under the sanctions committee.Sources said that in the current environment of “growing global crescendo against terrorism”, “can China still stand up alone” and block the designation of an individual who heads an organisation that was listed as a terrorist group by the UN in 2001″. They said a possibility could be that after the lapse of the technical hold, China could seek more time on Azhar’s application, in effect allowing the technical hold to continue. However, China could be questioned by other UNSC members on such an extension, sources said, adding that other member nations in the UNSC could ask as to why Beijing needs more time even after getting a six-month time frame due to its technical hold. Sources said India is not alone in its bid to get Azhar listed as the US, UK and France had “co-sponsored” the resolution seeking Azhar’s listing.During the current UN General Assembly session, over 140 nations that have addressed the General Debate have voiced strong condemnation for the growing scourge of terrorism and vowed to combat it. Sources said against this backdrop can a nation (China) decide to go against the “global consensus” on ramping up efforts to fight terrorism by still going ahead and blocking the bid to get Azhar designated.

dna Morning Must Reads: Will support Hillary if she wins, says Trump in debate; Swaraj tells Pak to stop dreaming about Kashmir; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. US Presidential Debate: Trump says will support Hillary if she wins; accuses Clinton, Obama of creating a vacuum’ for ISISDemocrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump face off for the first time in a high stakes presidential debate. Read more.2. Isolate Pakistan, Swaraj tells world; asks Islamabad to stop dreaming about KashmirAsks Islamabad to stop dreaming about Kashmir * Says Balochistan witnessing worst form of state oppression. Read more.3. Bombay High Court refuses to stay price cap on anti-diabetic drugsThe alliance had said that internal guidelines are, ex-facie, contrary to the law. Read more.4. Mirzya in UK: Harsh-Saiyami head to LondonRakeysh Omprakash Mehra is all set to screen his upcoming film Mirzya at the London Film Festival on October 6. Read more.5. Am sure the series will get more competitive as we go on: Virat KohliIndia had gone into the series opener against New Zealand with just four bowlers – R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav – a decision that was taken to ensure Test struggler Sharma in the playing eleven. Read more.

The Last Post: A soldier sheds a tear for an Uri martyr

The Last Post: A soldier sheds a tear for an Uri martyr

Sep 24, 2016 23:17 IST

#ImagesOfTheDay #Soldier #Uri Attack


Soldiers are often believed to be hard nuts to crack. Quite often, their Rambo-type of image lead people to forget that they are humans too. Embroiled in a bloody proxy war with Pakistan, many brave troops of the Indian Army have either killed or got martyred in action.

On Sunday, 18 soldiers posted at the headquarters of the 12 Brigade in Uri lost their lives when four Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists sneaked into the camp and killed those unarmed men. Soon after their death, protocols took over. The senior officials of the army, the President, the Prime Minister everyone mourned the martyrs and praised their courage.

Their last remains were sent home for the last rites. Shattered families, dumbfounded friends and neighbours above all an angry nation.

Every war leaves its own unique impression in the people’s mind. Soldiers die and leave family and friends behind. Various photographers have captured these moments on camera and give faces to the horrors of war.

The Uri attack was reported as “the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir in two decades”.

What’s more telling than when a soldier steps out to the battlefield with the memories of his fallen brothers-at-arms fresh in his mind? Their eyes have the resoluteness to avenge the untimely death of their colleagues. But there are times as well when those eyes swell up in tears in missing a friend who until the other day was always there. This picture of a Gurkha bugler, who broke down while playing the last post in honour of a martyr probably tells a far deeper tale than a grieving nation would understand.


Uri attack could be ‘reaction’ to situation in Kashmir: Nawaz Sharif

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has claimed that the Uri terror attack could be the result of a “reaction” of the people to the situation in Kashmir as he criticised India for blaming Pakistan “without any evidence”. “The Uri attack can be the reaction of the atrocities in Kashmir, as the close relatives and near and dear ones of those killed and blinded over the last two months were hurt and outraged,” Sharif told reporters yesterday in London where he had stopped on his way back from New York after attending the UN General Assembly session. Sharif said that India hastily blamed Pakistan without any investigation. He said India behaved in an “irresponsible way” when it blamed Pakistan “without any evidence”. “How could India accuse Pakistan only hours after the Uri incident without holding any inquiry or investigation,” Sharif was quoted as saying by Pakistani media reports. “The whole world knows about the Indian atrocities” in Kashmir where around “108 people have so far been killed, over 150 blinded and thousands injured,” he alleged.Stressing on alleged “brutalities being perpetrated against innocent Kashmiris”, the Pakistani Prime Minister said that before accusing Pakistan, India should have looked at its “atrocious role” in Kashmir. He called on India to also conduct a probe into the “killings” of Kashmiris. Sharif said the achievement of lasting peace in the region was impossible without the resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute.Eighteen soldiers were killed when Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked a highly-guarded army camp in Uri in Kashmir on Sunday morning. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that those behind the despicable act will not go unpunished. The incident triggered a diplomatic dust-up with both India and Pakistan hitting out at each other including at the UN General Assembly.

BJP NC meet begins under Uri terror attack’s shadow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The shadow of Uri terror attack looms large over the BJP National Council meeting which started today with party leaders asserting that there can be no development without security.As top party leaders arrived at a picturesque resort, the venue of the first day of the three-day exercise in this Malabar town with its president Amit Shah chairing key meetings, they said the nation expects them to articulate the prevailing mood in the country. “This party belong to the people and recognises the mood of the people. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recognises the mood of the people. We are waiting and the whole country is waiting to hear him,” BJP spokesperson Shahmawaz Hussain told reporters.While the party’s ‘garib kalyan’ (welfare of poor) agenda will remain a key theme in the meeting of over 1,700 delegates being held in the birth centenary year of its ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay, there is acknowledgement that it will have to address the concerns, especially of its cadres and nationalist constituency, in view of the terror attack. “When we talk of development, security is important. There cannot be development without security,” its National Secretary Sidharth Nath Singh said.”The result will be there, the desired result will be there on Pakistan,” he said when asked what action the government will take against Pakistan. 18 soldiers were killed when Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked a highly-guarded army camp in Uri in Kashmir on Sunday morning, drawing outrage in the country. The Prime Minister said that those behind the depicable act will not go unpunished. The incident has also triggered a diplomatic dust-up with both India and Pakistan hitting out at each other including at the UN General Assembly.

CBI starts manhunt for second suspect in Siwan journalist’s murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CBI teams launched an operation to look for Mohammed Javed on Friday, another suspect in the murder of Siwan-based journalist Rajdeo Ranjan on May 13 this year.Prime suspect Mohammed Kaif is in judicial custody after he surrendered in a Siwan court on September 21. The agency which started probe last week has set up a camp office in Siwan where relatives of Javed were called to locate the alleged sharp shooter, agency sources said. They said the teams have also gone to the residence of Javed and were looking for him at a number of other locations. The sources said here that a special team of forensic experts from CFSL will soon be reaching Siwan to further the probe.It has been four months since the murder and they will use the expertise of CFSL to recreate crime scene and pick up minute pieces of information and evidence as well as analyse the evidence collected by the local police. The sources said the team is about to leave for Siwan very soon and will have some of the best hands to ensure that the case is solved as quickly as possible. CBI had registered a case in the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan on September 15 against unknown assailants.The sources said that former RJD MP Shahbuddin who was released recently on bail was under the scanner of Bihar Police which was probing the case till recently. The case again came into limelight as a photograph appeared of absconding suspects Kaif and Javed with Shahbuddin after his release from Bhagalpur jail on September 7 on bail granted by Patna High Court. They said it is suspected that the killing was the handiwork of some influential persons.After the Bihar government recommended a CBI probe, the agency took over the investigation in the murder case which has been registered under the IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy, murder and arms act. According to the rules, CBI takes over same FIR which has been registered by the state police. However, the sources said, the investigation of the agency are completely free and it may arrive at any conclusion which may or may not be in concurrence with the state police.

Uri terrorists cut fence at two places, belong to Lashkar-e-Toiba: Probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The four terrorists who stormed an army base in Uri sector on Sunday killing 18 soldiers belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and managed to sneak in by cutting the perimeter fencing of the highly-guarded army installation at two places, investigations have shown.In an indication that the terrorists were well-versed of the layout of the army base close to the Line of Control(LoC), the assailants locked the cooking room and store from outside to prevent the soldiers from leaving before setting them afire, sources privy to the probe said today.The investigators are not ruling out ‘insider help’ to the terrorists in view of the precise nature of the actions undertaken by the intruders once inside the army base, the sources said, adding the attackers first cut the perimeter fencing at two places.After locking the cooking room and store, two of the terrorists started moving towards the officers quarters within the base but they were gunned down before they could inflict any further damage, they said.The two Global Positioning System (GPS) sets recovered from the slain militants were damaged during the attack and have been handed over to the NIA, which is probing the case.The four intruders, who had crossed in from Pakistan- occupied Kashmir(Pok) a day earlier, were affiliated to LeT as the terrorist module bore striking resemblance to the group from the same Pakistan-based terror outfit eliminated in Poonch on September 11, the sources said.Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh had told reporters hours after the attack that as per initial reports the slain terrorists belonged to Jaish-e- Mohammad(JeM), also a Pakistan based terror outfit.”All four killed were foreign terrorists and had carried with them items which had Pakistani markings. Initial reports indicate that the slain terrorists belong to Jaish-E-Mohammed tanzeem,” Lt Gen Singh had said.The terrorists both at Uri and Poonch were carrying small plastic bottles containing a concoction of petroleum jelly and gelatin which was used to set the soldiers’ tents on fire, the sources said.

#UriAttack: 18 martyred soldiers make final journey; last rites performed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sunday morning witnessed one of the worst attacks on the Indian army in recent times. Heavily-armed terrorists, believed to be from Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed ​(JeM) entered the army base in Uri in Kashmir and killed 18 soldiers and injured 25 others. The injured were taken to the army base hospital in Srinagar, where J&K Chief Minister Mehmooba Mufti visited them on Monday. Prior to that, she lead senior Army and police officials in paying tributes at the wreath laying ceremony for the martyred soldiers.Two of the soldiers hailed from Jammu and Kashmir, rest of them belonged to Uttar Pradesh (four), Bihar (three), Maharashtra (three), West Bengal (two), Jharkhand (two) and Rajasthan (one).The bodies of the soldiers were taken to their hometowns on Tuesday for the last rites.

All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board condemns Uri attack, calls it ‘most obnoxious attack on Indian Army’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board condemned the Uri attack on Monday, calling it “deplorable” and “the most obnoxious attack on the Indian Army.”At least 18 soldiers lost their lives and over 20 others were injured during the terror strike on an army camp close to the headquarters of the 12th Brigade at Uri in Baramulla district on Sunday.In a statement on the incident, Syed Muhammad Ashraf Kichchawchchvi, Founder and President of the Board, said that the terror attack “rings an alarming bell to warn of the great trouble and the need for action.” The board said that Wahhabism detrimental to the internal security of the nation and the people. It noted that the attack took place in “the valley of Jammu and Kashmir which is in the acute grip of the Wahhabi ideology being replaced by eliminating the peaceful, pluralistic Rishi-Sufi tradition.”Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh had earlier said that the four terrorists, who attacked the military base in Uri, belonged to Pakistan’s banned terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).Slamming the JeM, the Board said, “We condemn, in the harshest words, the terrorist organisation, Jaesh-e-Mohammed (JeM), conceived and led by Maulana Masood Azhar who champions the violent extremism stemming from the Wahhabism in Pakistan.” They called out Azhar for indoctrinating the youth in Pakistan since the time he was released by India in a swap for passengers on board the hijacked Indian Airlines aircraft in December 1999.”We also appeal to the government of India that the perpetrators of the crime be brought to justice and the internal security, stability, army and the people of Kashmir are safeguarded from any further loss. It should be the priority of the ongoing operation in Kashmir. At the same time, India must end the agenda of replacing Sufism with Wahabism, while resolving the Kashmir unrest,” the Board added.Reports say that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will strongly emphasise on Pakistan’s involvement in the attack in her UNGA speech on September 26.India has reacted strongly to the deadliest attack on the Army in a quarter-century-old insurgency that sparked an outrage, with the Prime Minister strongly condemning it. India is reportedly planning to hand over to Pakistan evidence of the four terrorists using Pakistani-marked weapons, food, energy drinks and GPS trackers which they carried to enter Jammu and Kashmir from across the Line of Control.Indications in this regard came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a nearly two-hour meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, NSA Ajit Doval, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag and other top officials to discuss India’s response.Top brass of the government is convinced that India has to launch a calibrated, multi-layered and strategic response and expose Pakistan in international forums like the UN, whose General Assembly is in session, official sources said.

Uri attack: Death toll reaches 18 as another jawan succumbs to injuries

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sepoy K Vikas Janardhan, who was airlifted to the Army Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi after being critically injured in the Uri attack, succumbed to injuries on Monday, raising the toll in the terror strike to 18. Two other critically injured soldiers have also been airlifted to the military hospital in New Delhi.Seventeen soldiers were killed in the attack on Sunday, while about 23 others were injured. Of the 17 killed, eight were from the administrative section which included seven cooks.Uri, a small town located 103km north of Srinagar, woke up to heavy gunfire on Sunday when four terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammed group entered the battalion headquarters of 10 Dogra regiment and killed 17 soldiers. All the four terrorists were eliminated. PM Modi gives nod to ‘diplomatically isolate’ Pakistan: SourcesPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday gave the green signal to diplomatically isolate Pakistan at every international grouping following the attack in Uri on Sunday. According to sources, India is to present all actionable evidence against Pakistan if required at international bodies. The Indian Permanent Mission is to issue a statement taking on Islamabad soon after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will make his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad invites India to play active role in reconstruction of economy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has invited India to play an active role in the reconstruction of the Syrian economy.Assad has welcomed India’s objective position on the conflict in Syria in a meeting with MoS MEA MJ Akbar, reported ANI quoting sources.In Syria, Akbar called on the Assad and Prime Minister Emad Mohammed Deeb Khamis. The discussions between them would also focus on bilateral cooperation and the unfolding security situation in the region.Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar is on an official visit to Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq from August 17 to 23 to strengthen bilateral ties with the West Asia region.Briefing media in New Delhi , Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said Akbar’s visit to these countries is a reaffirmation of deep interest in promoting bilateral relations and in the peace and security in the region.In his discussions with the Lebanese leadership, he covered bilateral, regional, and international issues of mutual interest. During his visit to Iraq, the minister will hold discussions with the Foreign Minister of Iraq, on various issues of mutual interest. The visit is expected to add further impetus to bilateral engagement.

Border dispute, ’emerging new issues’ major challenge for ties with India: China

China has said the vexed border dispute with India and some ’emerging new issues’ pose a ‘major challenge’ to the development of bilateral ties.”As the two neighbouring countries, China and India have historical issues such as the border dispute and also some emerging new issues with the development of the relations between the two countries. How to deal with these issues is a major challenge for the relationship between the two countries,” Chinese Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs Li Huilai said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The two sides have agreed to strengthen communication and dialogue, and to seek a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution through friendly consultations, and to manage and control these issues so that the overall development of the relationship between the two countries is not affected,” he told PTI.The Minister, however, did not specify what are the “emerging new issues” faced by the two countries.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who was on a five-day visit to China last week, had said on Friday that the differences between India and China on the boundary issue and other matters may have “some marginal effect” on bilateral trade but businesses between the two sides have been expanding.The two countries held talks in April this year to resolve the vexed border dispute. While China claims the border dispute is confined to 2,000 kilometres, mainly Arunachal Pradesh in eastern sector which it claims as part of southern Tibet, India asserts the dispute covered the whole of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) including the Aksai Chin occupied by China during the 1962 war.The Chinese Assistant Minister also said that the main task that lies ahead for both China and India is to implement the consensus between leaders of both countries and strengthen the good momentum of the development in their ties.”Over the past years, China and India have kept their relationship developing in a sound and steady manner. The leaders of the two countries have successfully exchanged visits and met repeatedly, reaching an important consensus on deepening the strategic partnership between China and India and building a closer partnership for development,” said Li.Asked why Beijing blocked India’s bid to get Jaish-e- Mohammed chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN, he said, “China supports the fight against terrorism in all forms and advocates strengthening international counter-terrorism cooperation. We support the UN in playing a central coordinating role in the international counter-terrorism campaign.””The Chinese side always follows facts and fairly handles the listing matter of the 1267 Committee in accordance with the Security Council resolutions and rules of procedure. China is in sound communication with all parties including India on this matter. We also encourage direct communication of the parties concerned and enhancing mutual understanding, and work to resolve differences through dialogue and consultation,” Li said.Replying to a question on China’s opposition to India’s entry into the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), when most of its members, including the US, are in its favour, he said, “NSG members remain divided on the NSG membership of non-NPT countries. Therefore, we call for further and thorough discussions within the group in order to make decisions based on consultation.””China’s position applies to all non-NPT countries and targets no one in particular. The fact is that many countries within the group also share China’s stance,” he said.

Dadri lynching: Court to hear plea against Mohammad Akhlaq’s family

A court in Noida will on Thursday hear the petition seeking registration of an FIR against the family members of Mohammad Akhlaq, who was lynched nine months ago on suspicion that his family stored and ate beef at their house.The police had earlier filed its report in the court stating that ‘no FIR’ on charges of cow slaughter and animal cruelty had been lodged against Akhlaq’s family.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The petitioner had urged the court to direct the police to register an FIR against Akhlaq’s family members on charges of cow slaughter and animal cruelty.The petition claims that on September 29 last year, two villagers from Bisada, Ranvir and Jatan, saw Akhlaq and his son Danish beat up a calf. Akhlaq allegedly told them that since the calf was attacking the people, he was going to tie up the animal at his brother Jaan Mohammed’s house.The petition said another villager Prem Singh while passing by Akhlaq’s house saw the latter holding the calf down while his brother Jaan Mohammad was slitting the animal’s throat.According to the petitioner, Akhlaq was on September 28 night stopped near Bada transformer by some residents, while others reached his house and found a vessel with remains of some animal and meat.The petitioner claimed the mob got out of control and beat up Akhlaq and his son Danish. Akhlaq was beaten to death.The petitioner had also cited forensic report by the Mathura forensic lab, which said the meat samples sent by the police was of an animal of the cow progeny.

Delhi Police files charge sheet against 17 alleged members of AQIS

Six months after Mohammed Asif was arrested by Delhi’s Special Cell unit, Delhi Police submitted its chargesheet accusing 17, 12 of whom are absconding, for allegedly conspiring, recruiting Indian youths and establishing a base of terror outfit Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).In the more than a thousand-page charge sheet filed before Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Reetesh Singh at Patiala Court, Delhi Police charged the five arrested accused — Mohd Asif, Zafar Masood, Mohd Abdul Rehman, Syed Anzar Shah and Abdul Sami — for alleged offences under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The five accused were arrested between between December 2015 and January 2016 from various parts of the country.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Besides these five, the police have also charged 12 others who are absconding and have a non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued against them by the court. The absconding accused are AQIS chief Sanaul Haq, Syed Akhtar and Usman, who are believed to be working directly for Haq and others that include Mohd Sharjeel Akhtar, Mohd Rehan, Abu Sufiyan, Syed Mohd Arshiyan, Syed Mohd Zishan Ali, Sabeel Ahmed, Mohd Shahid Faisal, Farhatullah Ghori and Mohd Umar.In the charge sheet, Delhi police have outlined Asif’s journey from working in a building materials supply shop in Western Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal district to becoming the head of the Indian Chapter of AQIS. Based on Asif’s interrogation and testimony, authorities apprehended Masood, Rehman and Shah from various parts of the country.Through its investigation in the past six months, the probe agency alleged that AQIS through its chief Haq was trying to set up base in India. Asif, also from Sambhal like Haq, was one the main propagators. In order to set up a module in India, in the first decade of the 21st century, Asif traveled to Waziristan, Pakistan, through Iran and Turkey where he received “Deeni (religious training),” though, he was exempt from rigorous “Askari (battle and weapons training)” due to his advanced stage.There he met leaders of various other banned terror outfits including leaders from Indian Mujideen, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Toiba and others.It has been alleged that the accused were in touch with each other through email, Skype and various other social media platforms. During the investigation, experts from the Cyber Forensic Division, CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team) and Department of Electronics & Information Technology were called to verify the data – the report of which would be found in the supplementary charge sheet.Asif’s account of his travels and his communication have been verified through airline tickets, emails and a note by the Ministry of External affairs that confirms Asif had applied for an emergency passport at the Indian Mission in Istanbul, Turkey claiming he was a tourist and had lost his passport.Of the 17 accused, six hail from Sambhal and are known to be either childhood friends or neighbours. This development may bring Sambhal under the radar after Bhatkal, Karnataka and Azamgarh, UP.