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J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch, one civilian killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One civilian was killed as Pakistani Army indulged in heavy cross border firing targeting Indian positions and civilian areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting the Indian side to retaliate.”Pakistani troops targeted the Indian Army posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Poonch sector with small arms, automatic and mortars at 1655 hours,” an army officer said.He said the army was retaliating strongly and effectively to the ceasefire violation.One civilian has been killed in the ongoing firing, a senior police officer said.On December 16, Pakistan had violated ceasefire by targeting Indian positions along the LoC in Balakote sector of the same district.The ceasefire violation had come after a lull of over three weeks after the Indian troops had launched a counter- offensive against Pakistan on November 23 against the killing of three soldiers in the Machhil sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.In the cross-LoC attack by suspected Pakistani terrorists, three Indian soldiers were killed on November 22, with body of one of them being mutilated. Following the incident, Indian Army had vowed a heavy “retribution”.The 2003 India-Pakistan ceasefire agreement has virtually become redundant with over 300 incidents of firing and shelling along the LoC and IB in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops.Over 26 people, including 14 security personnel, have been killed in ceasefire violations since the surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Security forces battle top Lashkar militants

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Security forces are engaged in a fierce gunfight with a group of suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba militants at Hassanpora village of Arwani in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. United Jihad Council, an umbrella group of over a dozen militant outfits based in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) said three budding militants have been killed in the encounter.Police however did not officially confirm the death or the identity of the militants as the operation is still underway in the area. Police only confirmed the killing of a civilian allegedly by a stray bullet near the encounter site. “At some distance from the encounter site, a stray bullet hit a person identified as Arif Ahmad Shah. He later succumbed to his injuries,” said a police spokesman.This gunfight is touted to be to be the biggest anti-terror operation after Burhan Wani’s killing in the Valley on July 8. As a precautionary measure the authorities had suspended mobile internet and phone network services in some areas of south Kashmir.

India should plan offensive, adversary should ‘feel the pain’: Ex army chiefs

Tue, 6 Dec 2016-10:06pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India should plan offensive and covert operations to take target militant leaders and hit the Pakistani Army hard, two former Army chiefs said on Tuesday. Former Army chief Gen (retd) Bikram Singh was of the view that Indian should exploit the fault lines in Balochistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) so that the Pakistani Army is forced to concentrate internally and not externally. “We need to create asymmetric capabilities which includes doing covert operations and targeting militant leaders,” he said, adding the adversary should “feel the pain” and be put in an “embarrassing spot”.Speaking at Agenda Aaj Tak here, former Army chief Gen (retd) VP Malik said, “Till now we have been focusing on defensive operation. We now have to look at offensive operation.” He was of the view that an all-out war between India and Pakistan or India and China was “unlikely”. To have a better planning of security needs, military experts should be roped into the government and be made minister of state for Defence, Malik suggested.

Pakistan’s new army chief promises to ease LoC tension

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday took over as Pakistan’s 16th Chief of Army Staff succeeding Gen Raheel Sharif. Soon after taking over, Gen Bajwa, an expert in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) affairs, promised to improve the tense situation on the Line of Control.Gen Raheel handed over the command of world’s sixth- largest army by troop numbers to 57-year-old Bajwa at a ceremony held in the Army Hockey Stadium, close to the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi. Some former army chiefs and senior military officials were present at the Change of Command ceremony too. Federal ministers, members of Parliament and foreign diplomats were also in attendance.After taking charge as the Chief of the Army Staff from Raheel, Bajwa spoke to reporters.“The situation at the LoC will improve soon,” he was quoted as saying by Geo News.Bajwa sought support from the media to play a role in the keeping the morale of troops high. He said he had a heavy responsibility on his shoulders.Bajwa took over the command of the army in garrison city of Rawalpindi, where outgoing military chief Raheel handed over the symbolic baton at an impressive ceremony.Gen Bajwa’s appointment coincides with the rising tensions and heavy exchange of fire at the LoC.Analysts believe Bajwa’s announcement that the LoC situation would improve might be a reconciliatory gesture towards India.Bajwa was eariler serving as Inspector General of the Training and Evaluation and also commanded the famed 10 Corps, the army’s largest, which is responsible for the area along the Line of Control (LoC).As a major general, Bajwa led the Force Command Northern Areas. He also served in the 10 Corps as lieutenant colonel.He also served with a UN mission in Congo as a brigade commander alongside former Indian army chief Gen Bikram Singh, who was also there as a division commander.The new army chief has wide experience of LoC affairs due to his extensive involvement with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and northern areas.

Naushera attack: Locals request govt for safety

Sun, 16 Oct 2016-02:08pm , Naushera , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Pakistan violated the ceasefire in Naushera sector of Jammu and Kashmir, the locals residing in the village feared for their lives and urged the government to provide adequate safety to them. “The firing started early in the morning, the entire population of the village is hiding. We are requesting the government to provide us a safe place to live in,” said one of the villagers. The ceasefire violation hampered the lives of the locals residing in the area. The villagers here are hiding in their homes, shops have been closed and nobody has moved out for their work as usual. Earlier today, Pakistan opened unprovoked fire yet again in Naushera sector of Jammu and Kashmir to which the Indian troops gave a befitting reply.A heavy gun-battle is presently underway and intermittent firing has been consistent since this morning from Pakistan’s side. This comes after a spree of ceasefire violations last week by Pakistan after the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army on September 29 on terror launchpads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Indians burn Sharif-themed Ravana effigies on Dussehra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army on Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), people in several parts of the country have decided to burn an effigy of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with the heads of several militant organisations this evening to mark the conclusion of the 10-day festival of ‘Dussehra’. Dussehra is celebrated across the country as a victory of good over evil. Deep anti-Pakistan sentiments prevail in the country after a series of militant attacks in Kashmir since last month. Along with Sharif, effigies of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, an Islamist charity linked to outlawed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) have also been set up at several places. ‘Apart from effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkaran, Meghnad, the effigy of Nawaz Sharif, who is promoter of terrorism, has also been made. The 125 feet effigies will be burnt together,” said Ramlila Committee organiser Rajesh Gehlot in New Delhi.Dussehra is regarded as the day when Hindu Lord Ram defeated Ravana, demon-king of Lanka (Sri Lanka) and rescued his abducted wife, Sita. In Ludhiana also, huge effigies of Sharif and Sayeed have been put up to be torched later in the evening. ‘The effigies of both (Nawaz Sharif and Hafiz Saeed), who represent evil forces, will be burnt. Therefore, we have made effigies of Hafiz Saeed and Nawaz Sharif,’ said a local, Parminder Kaka. Tension between India and Pakistan escalated sharply after militants attacked Uri on of September 18 that killed 19 soldiers.On September 29, India announced launch of surgical strikes against suspected militants trying to infiltrate from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.(ANI)

India, Pakistan military communication vital to reduce tensions: US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The US has called for ‘calm and restraint’ from India and Pakistan amid increasingly strained relations between the two neighbours and urged both militaries to keep their lines of communication open to help diffuse tensions in the region.”We urge calm and restraint on both sides. We understand, as we said last week, that the militaries are in touch. We believe that continued communication is vital to reduce these tensions,” State Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters yesterday.Trudeau, however, refused to respond to questions on India’s surgical strike across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir last week. “I’m not going to speak to any reports of these incidents.”Trudeau said the US is emphasising on regional stability and security in its dialogues with Indian and Pakistani leaders.”I think what you would take a look at being discussed is regional stability and regional security. One of the things I think we all need to focus on is conflicts or issues or rising tension are not contained to any specific region,” she said.”We are in favor of any reduction of tensions that both sides agree to in this particular instance. We have strong ties with both Pakistan and India, and we’ll engage on that basis,” Trudeau added.She said the US position on Kashmir has not changed.”I would say that our position on Kashmir has not changed, and I would remind you that we are having conversations with both countries on the importance of reducing the tensions in the region,” she said.

J &K: 2 militants neutralised in attack on Rashtriya Rifles camp in Baramulla; 1 jawan martyred

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three days after the Indian Army’s surgical strike on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), militants launched a major attack on an Army camp at Baramulla town on late Sunday evening. Late night reports said two terrorists and a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan were killed. One jawan was wounded.The gunfight started at 10.30 pm when unknown militants attacked the 46 Rashtriya Rifles camp at Janbazpora area.Taking advantage of the darkness, militants first lobbed grenades and then opened heavy fire on the camp, sources said. The Army immediately retaliated on the militants. The exchange of heavy firing between the militants and the Army was on till reports came in.“Terrorists opened fire on the Army camp. The exchange of fire is still going on”, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar, told dna.Panic has gripped the area, which has been witnessing massive protests and stone-pelting for the last few months. The entire area has been rattled by gun roars as the locals apprehend another major standoff between the troops and the militants in the area.“Colleagues in Baramulla town are phoning with reports of massive gunfire in their vicinity. Prayers for all in the area”, tweeted Omar Abdullah, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister.It was not immediately known whether it was a fidayeen strike or a standalone militant attack on the Army camp. There was no confirmation of any casualty immediately.Locals said that the entire area has been sealed and heavy volume of gunfire has broken the eerie calm in the area. “We were retiring to bed when we heard the gunshots. We do not know what is happening in the vicinity. It seems heavy gunfight is on,” said a local of the old town.The attack has come four days after Indian Army launched surgical strikes on the terror launch pads on the other side of Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The attack comes 15 days after four Jaish-e-Mohammad fidayeens barged into the Army’s 12 brigade headquarters at Uri and unleashed mayhem, killing 19 soldiers and injuring 20 others.

Post Uri attack, IAF upgrades infrastructure in Eastern sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With alertness very high post the surgical strikes on militant camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and the Uri attack, Indian Air Force is aggressively upgrading infrastructure in the eastern sector specially in Arunachal Pradesh.IAF Eastern Air Command chief Hari Kumar said today that of the seven advanced landing grounds (ALGs) in Arunchal Pradesh, five have been made operational and two others will be ready by the end of the year.Apart from the ALGs, the IAF is also building capabilities to enhance performance in that state, he said.”Infrastructure development (in the eastern air command) has not kept pace with the rest of the world to allow us to have better equipment and better services that can be provided in this sector … When we look at the performance of any sector, we are looking at building up of capability. The capability to meet challenge and we are not looking up at any specific country as our competitor or our enemy,” he said.”In addition to the MiG 27 and the Hawks squadrons, we (EAC) are going to get another as the Rafale deal has been signed,” Kumar said.Expressing concern over Pakistan sponsoring cross-border terrorism, Kumar said, “If you’ll look at the western sector, Pakistan has made it a state policy to use unconventional warfare because they could not match the strength militarily.They use unconventional warfare wherein they are trying to hit us with a thousand wounds.” He expressed optimism that what happened in the western sector need not take place in the eastern part.”What happened in the west need not transfer to activity in the east. It is confined to that area and now we are waiting to what would be Pakistan’s reaction,” Kumar said.He said, “Both countries don’t want a war. War is not good for anybody, but we cannot let any country dictate terms to us and kill our soldiers.”

Pakistani Army ‘sure’ India is hiding casualties after surgical strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Pakistan Army said that it was “sure” that Indian troops had suffered casualties in the surgical strike on terror launch pads in PoK, alleging that India was “hiding” its losses. Pakistan military spokesman Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa stated this while briefing reporters in Baghsar area of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Radio Pakistan reported him saying that Pakistani troops have given befitting response to Indian firing on the line of control.”We are sure that the Indian side would have suffered casualties but it is hiding details in this regard,” he said. Bajwa said the country’s armed forces are fully prepared to respond any aggression however, he also said that war was not in anybody’s interest. He once again rejected as “false” and “concocted” the Indian claim of surgical strikes within Pakistani territory following the Uri terror attack that killed 19 Indian soldiers last month. The terror launch pads were targeted by the Indian Army on the intervening night of September 28 and 29 in a nearly five- hour-long operation.

10,000 villagers evacuated from border villages in Jammu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid tension prevailing in areas along the Indo-Pak border after the surgical strikes in PoK to dismantle terrorist launch pads, nearly 10,000 villagers living along IB and LoC have migrated to safer areas in Jammu district.The authorities had yesterday asked border residents to move to safer places in the wake of surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.”Nearly 10,000 people have migrated from border villages to safer areas,” Jammu Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh said tonight.Of them, 600 have shifted to camps set up by the government, he said.All the people living within 6 to 7 kms of the border have been asked to move to safer areas and schools within 10 kms of the border have been closed till further notice.These directions have been passed to people living along IB in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts and along LoC in Rajouri and Poonch, officials said.Most of them have shifted to the houses of their relatives in safer places, a police officer said.The hospitals in the border belt have been put on alert.Army has evacuated some people living in border areas in Noushera belt of Rajouri anticipation of a possible retaliation by Pakistani troops, officials said.

26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed warns India, says Pakistan jawans will soon conduct surgical strikes

26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed warns India, says Pakistan jawans will soon conduct surgical strikes

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Lahore: JuD chief and mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack on Friday warned India of a “befitting response” for its military operation in PoK, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi will now know what is meant by “surgical strikes”.

File image of Hafiz Saeed. AFP

File image of Hafiz Saeed. AFP

“We will tell you what is a real surgical strike…and you will get the deserved response soon,” Hafiz Saeed said in a public address in Faisalabad on Friday. “I want to tell Indian media to see soon how Pakistani Jawans conduct surgical strikes. Let me tell you…the United States will not be able to help you,” he said, a day after India conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

“Now it is Pakistan’s turn to give a befitting response to India. Narendra Modi will now know what is meant by surgical strikes,” Saeed said.

Home Ministry issues high alert over possible attacks in Punjab, J&K, Rajasthan, Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre on Friday issued a country-wide alert asking the states to heighten vigil to foil any attempt by Pakistan-based terror groups to carry out attacks amid apprehensions of backlash by terrorists after the surgical strike on their launch pads in PoK.In an advisory, the Home Ministry conveyed to the states that additional forces should be deployed in all sensitive places, strategic installations, markets, religious places and other key places to ensure security, an official source said. Metro cities were particularly asked to be extra vigilant.States touching the border with Pakistan — Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat — were also directed to remain vigilant, sources said. The advisory has been sent in the wake of yesterday’s surgical strike by Indian army in terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Sources said there is high probability that Pakistani agencies may try to use the terror groups to carry out strike in Indian soil to avenge yesterday’s attack.India carried out ‘surgical strikes’ on terror launch pads across LoC on the intervening night of September 28 and 29, inflicting “significant casualties” on terrorists and those who are trying to support them.The announcement of the sudden action by the Army was made yesterday by DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, 11 days after the terror strike by Pakistan-based JeM on an Indian Army camp in Uri in Kashmir which left 19 Indian soldiers dead.

We stand united with the Army and the country: Asaduddin Owaisi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday said his party stood in solidarity with armed forces and the country in the wake of the “surgical strikes” by India on terror launch pads across the Line of Control.”…we are with our armed forces….MIM party completely stands united with the whole country and the armed forces and we are against any form of terrorism,” the Lok Sabha member from Hyderabad said here.Asked if he apprehends escalation of tension between India and Pakistan, he said, “This is for the government of the day to consider and see what needs to be done. We hope that nothing bad will happen anymore to our country.”As to whether he saw progress in restoration of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir after the visit of an all-party delegation (of which he was a part), Owaisi said, “More than 80 deaths have taken place; still situation remains the same.”India last night carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC with the Army saying its special forces inflicted “significant casualties” on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

We stand united with the Army and the country, against any form of terrorism: Asaduddin Owaisi

Thu, 29 Sep 2016-09:01pm , Hyderabad , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi said on Thursday his party stood in solidarity with armed forces and the country in the wake of the “surgical strikes” by India on terror launch pads across the Line of Control. “…we are with our armed forces….MIM party completely stands united with the whole country and the armed forces and we are against any form of terrorism,” the Lok Sabha member from Hyderabad said here.Asked if he apprehends escalation of tension between India and Pakistan, he said, “This is for the government of the day to consider and see what needs to be done. We hope that nothing bad will happen anymore to our country.”As to whether he saw progress in restoration of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir after the visit of an all-party delegation (of which he was a part), Owaisi said, “More than 80 deaths have taken place; still situation remains the same.” India last night carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC with the Army saying its special forces inflicted “significant casualties” on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

Indo-Pak trade normal in Jammu and Kashmir despite surgical strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cross border trade between India and Pakistan remained unaffected in Jammu and Kashmir despite the surgical strikes by the army across the Line of Control (LoC), with 26 trucks crossing over to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and 13 from there reaching the Indian side.As the state administration went into a huddle with army officials discussing possible evacuation of the locals from villages on the border amid heightened tensions between the two countries, trucks carrying goods from India crossed Salamabad checkpost in Uri on way to PoK.Similarly, PoK authorities said 13 trucks with goods including embroidery items crossed over into Salamabad from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.After necessary documentation was completed, the cross over of trucks started at 2 PM and was completed by 4 PM, officials said.They said Indian trucks carried chilli seeds, embroidery material, cumin seeds and black cardamom, while the trucks from PoK came with almonds, dried dates and mangoes.Uri, located 102 km north of Srinagar, is one of the last Teshils in Baramulla district of north Kashmir. It was in news recently after four militants of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) carried out a suicide attack on army camp killing 18 soldiers on September 18.Tension between India and Pakistan has been increasing since then. In the wee hours of Thursday, India said its troops had carried out surgical strikes inside PoK and destroyed terrorists launch pads located in that part of Kashmir.

We will destroy India if it dares to impose war on us, Pak’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a fresh anti-India tirade, Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif ​has threatened to use nuclear weapons in case of war with India, saying his country has not made atomic device to display in a showcase.”We will destroy India if it dares to impose war on us. Pakistan army is fully prepared to answer any misadventure of India,” the defence minister told private TV channel SAMAA.He was replying to a question about India’s intention to carry out surgical strike in Pakistan.”We have not made atomic device to display in a showcase. If a such a situation arises we will use it and eliminate India,” Asif said the channel.He said Pakistan Air Force is ready to give a befitting response to India if it violates Pakistan’s airspace.The Pakistani minister claimed that the “entire world knows now that India is not as serious about resolving the Kashmir dispute as Pakistan is”.He claimed India has not received support from anywhere despite launching a diatribe against Pakistan and added that China had, on the other hand, supported Pakistan’s viewpoint.Asif also alleged that the assault on an Indian army base in Uri that killed 18 soldiers was a ‘plan devised by India itself’.Maintaining that no proof implicating Pakistan in the Uri attack had surfaced yet, Asif told DawnNews that “it was evident the attack was a plan devised by India itself.” He claimed that India “orchestrated Uri attack to divert the attention of the world from the Kashmir issue”.India has said it has evidence showing involvement of Pakistan-based terrorists in the Uri attack and demanded that Islamabad refrain from supporting and sponsoring terrorism directed against this country.One of the four terrorists involved in the Uri attack has been identified as Hafiz from Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.Commenting on a bill moved in the US Congress to label Pakistan as a terrorist state, he said that anti-Pakistan elements are present in each and every country but the impacts of their voices depend on the policies of these countries.”Five or 10 voices raised against us are not enough evidence to declare Pakistan a terrorist state,” he said.Meanwhile, military spokesman Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa has said Pakistan’s eastern borders are under close monitoring of the security forces who are ready to respond to any aggression.He urged people to be vigilant and keep an eye on any suspected movement in the border areas.

Uri terror attack: Initial investigations reveal several procedural lapses

Uri: Initial investigations into the terror attack on a highly-guarded army camp in Kashmir have pointed towards several procedural lapses including lack of coordination between two guard posts.

Soldier outside the army camp which was attacked. PTI

Soldier outside the army camp which was attacked. PTI

The National Investigation Agency(NIA), meanwhile, was finishing documentation work in the case besides effecting seizures of material evidence from the scene of attack The investigators probing the deadly attack in which 18 soldiers were killed have also found that the perimeter of the highly sensitive Brigade Headquarter of the Army was not properly fenced at several places, official sources said on Thursday.

The probe also pointed towards the possibility of the four terrorists involved in the attack having sneaked in from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir(PoK) through Haji Peer Pass on the intervening night of 16/17 September and stayed put at village Sukhdar, overlooking the Brigade headquarter, they said.

Sukhdar village is located at a vantage point allowing an unhindered view of the layout of the army base and movement of personnel inside it. The growth of wild grass and bushes around the perimeter of the brigade is seen as one of the factors that could have facilitated undetected movement of the terrorists close to the fencing, which was cut by the ultras to sneak inside the base, the sources said.

Standard security procedures provide for mowing any tall grass and cutting of bushes around vital security installations but it was not done around the target site. The initial probe has also pointed towards the failure of two manned guard posts, located barely 150 feet from each other, to detect the intrusion inside the base by the terrorists, they said, adding it could have been due to lack of coordination between the two guard posts.

Jammu and Kashmir Police has collected call details and internet data usage of all active cellphones and broadband connections in Uri town for the period of 24 hours prior to daring attack on the army base, the sources said.

‘Get out of PoK and stop killing minorities’: India’s blunt message to Pakistan at UNHRC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a blunt message, India asked Pakistan to stop supporting terrorism and vacate illegal occupation of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir as it highlighted human rights violations in Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh and persecution of minorities including Hindus. “We, once again, ask Pakistan to stop inciting and supporting violence and terrorism in any part of India and refrain from meddling in our internal affairs in any manner.We call upon the Council to urge Pakistan to fulfill its obligation to vacate illegal occupation of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir,” India said in its right to reply at the 33rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) here.It said Pakistan continues to test the patience as well as wisdom of the Council with its unceasing false-narrative backed by fabricated facts and figures about Jammu & Kashmir.”Pakistan has had territorial ambitions over Kashmir since 1947 that has found concrete expression in the aggression it embarked on in 1947, 1965 and 1999. As on date, Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of 78,000 sq kms (approx) of Indian Territory in Jammu & Kashmir,” it said.The fundamental reason for disturbances in Kashmir is cross-border terrorism promoted by Pakistan, it added. Raising human rights violations in Pakistan, India said, “the people of Balochistan, amongst other provinces, have been waging for decades a bitter and brave struggle against their daily abuse and torture. “Religious and sectarian minorities such as Hindus, Christians, Shias, Ahmaddiyas, Ismailis and others continue to face discrimination, persecution and targeted attacks in Pakistan. Places of worship belonging to minorities have been destroyed and vandalized. Blasphemy laws remain in force and are disproportionately used against religious minorities.” Noting that various international organizations have documented how enforced disappearances continue with impunity, particularly in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh where members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement are routinely abducted and killed, India said selective but extremely opaque and high-handed use of force by Pakistani authorities has affected civilian populations on a large scale.Underlining that more than one million people remain displaced as a result of the current and past armed conflicts in the northwest of Pakistan, India said, “Pakistan will be well-advised to focus its energies on setting its own house in order and acting against the perpetrators of terrorist attacks on its neighbours instead of ritually raking up alleged human rights violations elsewhere.”Earlier, making a statement at the session here, India called upon the Council to urge Pakistan to put an end to cross-border infiltration; dismantle the terrorism infrastructure; and stop acting as an epicentre of terrorism.India said it firmly believes that a policy of “zero tolerance” against terrorism is as much an international obligation as it is a commitment to its own people. The Indian statement comes a day after heavily armed militants suspected to be from Pakistan-based JeM had stormed an army base in Uri in Kashmir yesterday, killing 18 jawans, in one of the deadliest attacks on its military.”It is time that moral and material support provided by Pakistan to the perpetrators of this continuing heinous violence on the Indian soil should attract this Council s attention,” India said.Raising once again the “blatant abuse and violation of human rights in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and in other parts of Pakistan, including Balochistan”, India said it was adversely impacting the stability of the entire region. “Pakistan’s continued mistreatment of large parts of its own population has created a cauldron of tumult that has begun to jeopardise the safety and security of its neighbouring countries,” the statement said. Asserting that the acts of terrorism are the most egregious violations of human rights as they rob their victims of the most fundamental of human rights – the right to life, India said this should be clear to any impartial observer of the issue.”India has been a long-suffering victim of terrorism emanating from our neighbourhood. The fundamental reason for disturbances in Kashmir is cross-border terrorism promoted by Pakistan which is so ruthless that it does not shy away from using civilians and even children by putting them in harm s way, at the forefront of violent mobs instigated and supported by their handlers from across the border,” it added.The fact that known terrorists like Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin have been able to hold huge rallies in Pakistan’s main cities is a reflection of the state of affairs and can mean only one thing: active support for such personalities and the designated organisations they lead in blatant disregard of rule of law is the new normal in Pakistan, it said. Rather than internationalising issues with India, Pakistan should cleanse itself of its terrorists.The time has come, when the international community needs to address the plethora of human rights concerns in Pakistan because its impact has moved beyond the county s domestic problem and has begun to affect the region and the world at large, the statement said.”We urge this Council to take a holistic view of this threat and not permit the use of terrorism as state policy to be masqueraded as advocacy of human rights,” it added.

Should take over PoK if Pak doesn’t stop interfering: Union Minister Athawale

Sun, 21 Aug 2016-08:55pm , Indore , PTI

Speaking to reporters, during Tiranga Yatra, Athawale said that India should take control of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) if the neighbouring country did not stop its mischief <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale on Sunday said India should take control of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) if the neighbouring country did not stop its mischief.”We do not need a war with Pakistan. But if Pakistan interferes in our internal matters, I think we should take control of PoK,” Athawale said, speaking to reporters during the ‘Tiranga Yatra’ here. “Forces like Pakistan are conspiring against India by spreading terrorism. Pakistan should stop anti-India activities as the Indian army is far stronger than Pakistani army,” the RPI (A) chief said.”We appeal to Pakistan to give up its control of PoK. The part of Kashmir which is occupied by Pakistan is India’s integral part,” the minister stressed.China too should not encroach upon Indian territory, Athawale added.

Kashmir: BJP protests in house over attack on CRPF convoy

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Monday witnessed noisy scenes after BJP MLAs shouted anti-Pakistan slogans demanding action against the neighbouring country in retaliation for the attack on a CRPF convoy in the Valley that left eight personnel dead and 21 injured.

Representational image. PTIRepresentational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The BJP legislators started shouting anti-Pakistan slogans as soon as the House assembled for the day and demanded “bombing” of militant camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

They also demanded that the House pass a resolution to condemn Pakistan for the attack in Pampore, the deadliest on security forces in recent years.

Meanwhile, Independent MLA from Langate Sheikh Abdul Rashid demanded “justice” for five civilians who were killed in firing by the security forces during protests against alleged molestation of a school girl in Handwara in April this year.

Infiltration bids in J&K this year reaches worrying high this year

Just when the infiltration attempts along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir had slowed down to a trickle in 2015, beginning 2016 until the start of June, the trend has turned upside down.There have been more than 50 attempts of infiltration from January 2016 to June 2016, which was was zero last year during the same period.According to the official year-end data released by the ministry of defence (MoD), till September 30 in 2014, only 92 infiltrations took place which was significantly low from 221 in 2014. About 60 terrorists have been killed so far this year as against only 37 last year. Army has lost 11 of its men so far and 28 of them got seriously injured.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the new trend has got the security establishment in Delhi worrying, reliable intelligence sources told dna that what is even more of concern to them is the increasing number of sleeper cells in the state that have been found active in executing the terrorist attacks in the state.The period just before winter onset is a desperate phase for infiltrators where apart from hardened terrorists, the new recruits have also to be brought to the handlers based on the Indian side before snowfall that mars their chances until March- April when it melts.An official said that the worrying trend this year also has to do with the summer arriving early and melting of snow.Jammu and Kashmir has more than 500 kilometres of LoC that separates it from the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK). POK is the launchpad from where the infiltrators try and sneak into India. Army sources say there are close to 10 active such launchpads across the border. Each launchpad serves as a hideout for about 30-40 infiltrators generally, the source said.

Srinagar: Infiltration bid foiled, 4 soldiers injured; gunfight on

Army on Tuesday intercepted a group of terrorists near the Line of Control (LoC) when they were trying to infiltrate from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, triggering an encounter in which four soldiers were injured.The infiltrators were attempting to sneak in through the Macchil sector of Kupwara district of Kashmir when they were confronted by the army and the gunfight was still underway.Alert army troops foiled an infiltration bid in Machhil sector this afternoon, an army official said here. He said the militants have been engaged by the soldiers and exchange of firing was going on till reports last came in.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four soldiers were injured in the ongoing operation, the official said.

Pathankot terror attack: Not allowing NIA to visit Pak would be ‘betrayal’, says Rajnath Singh

Issuing a stern warning, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said if Pakistan doesn’t allow the National investigation Agency (NIA) to visit the neighbouring nation to probe the Pathankot air base attack then it would be a ?betrayal? to India. “When the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of Pakistan proposed to visit India for investigating the Pathankot attack, it was mutually agreed that after their visit, a team of the NIA would also visit the neighbouring country for the probe and interrogate some people,” Singh said while addressing a rally in Amroha. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”But so far Pakistan has not given permission to the NIA to visit there. If the NIA team is not allowed to visit Pakistan, it will be a betrayal to India,” he added. The Union Home Minister yesterday visited the Pathankot airbase, which was attacked by the terrorists on January 2. Speaking about security concerns in the state, Singh said that the safety of citizens was the foremost priority of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) govt. “We know that the first step to development is security; every citizen needs to feel secure and borders too need to be secure”, said the Home Minister while addressing a rally in Pathankot. He also touched upon the sensitive Kashmir issue and said that Kashmir as a whole has never been an issue; it is always the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and this issue needs to be addressed with priority. Four terrorists were killed when they carried out a suicide attack on the strategic Indian Air Force base in Pathankot during the intervening night of January 1-2. Seven security personnel were also killed during the 80-hour-long gun battle. The Pathankot air base was attacked by heavily armed terrorists during the intervening night of January 1-2reportedly having allegiance to the Jaish-e-Mohammed, a terrorist organisation based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, in which four terrorists and three security forces personnel were killed. A five-member Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT), comprising Additional Inspector General of Police (IGP), a Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), two Lt. Colonels and one inspector, from Pakistan had visited India between March 27-31 to collect, review and document physical evidences and to interview key witnesses and victims through the NIA in connection with the Pathankot attack. Just a few days after the Pakistani JIT probing the Pathankot attack admitted that the four terrorists who attacked the Pathankot Indian Air Force base were from Pakistan, the JIT had said that the attack had been staged by India, according to a Pakistani media report. The JIT “says the attack was a drama staged to malign Pakistan,” according to a report in Pakistan Today. It further said that the JIT report, which was submitted to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the next few days, had even concluded that Indian authorities had prior information about the terrorists.Meanwhile, on April 28, the Centre had told the Rajya Sabha that Pakistan had been clearly told that it should allow an Indian probe team to visit that country in connection with Pathankot terror attack as reciprocity was the principle on which Pakistan’s JIT was allowed to visit here.

Brave soldier killed four terrorists before attaining martyrdom

Srinagar: It was sheer grit and determination of 36-year-old Havildar Hangpan Dada that saw him fight valiantly at the 13,000-feet high Shamsabari range to eliminate four heavily-armed terrorists who infiltrated into North Kashmir from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir before he laid down his life.

Saluting the brave. Image courtesy PIBSaluting the brave. Image courtesy PIB

Saluting the brave. Image courtesy PIB

Having been posted at the high range since late last year, it was the team of Havildar, who is known as just Dada, which spotted the movement of terrorists in the area yesterday and lost no time in engaging them in an encounter that went on today too.

Enrolled in the Assam Regiment of the Army in 1997, Dada was posted with the 35 Rashtriya Rifles, a force carved out for counter-insurgency operations, at present.

A senior Army official said on Friday that he was injured badly in the encounter as the terrorists who crossed over from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir(PoK) were having a slight height advantage.

He displayed raw courage, unflinching grit, presence of mind and with utter disregard to his personal safety and
despite bleeding profusely, discharged his duties and made supreme sacrifice for the nation, the official said.

He charged at the spot where terrorists were holed up to ensure that two terrorists were killed on the spot and the
third one after a scuffle on Friday as they slid down the hill towards the Line of Control. One terrorist was shot dead by him on Thursday itself.

The official said that the presence of mind of Dada, a native of village Boduria in far flung Arunachal Pradesh, saved lives of his team members who were coming under heavy fire from the terrorists.

His body was being taken to his native village where the last rites will be conducted with military honours.

The Havaldar is survived by his wife Chasen Lowang, daughter Roukhin who will turn 10 on June 30 and six-year-old
son Senwang.

PTI

Kashmir: Army foils infiltration bid on LoC, kills three militants

Army on Friday killed three militants as it foiled a major infiltration bid on the Line of Control (LoC) in Naugam sector of Kashmir.Combing operation in the dense bushes was still going on as the troops had spotted 5-6 infiltrators, Army said.Troops of 35 Rashtriya Rifles guarding the LoC intercepted a group of five to six militants who were trying to sneak into this side from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir near Toot Mari Gali in Naugam sector early this morning, an Army official said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said the troops challenged the infiltrating militants who opened firing, triggering a gunbattle between the two sides. “Three militants have been killed so far,” the official said.He said additional reinforcements have been rushed to the area for intensifying combing operations in the morning.

India asks China to halt all activities in PoK

Vikas SwarupVikas Swarup

File photo.Vikas Swarup. Reuters

New Delhi: India has asked China to stop all work in parts of Jammu and Kashmir occupied by Pakistan, the external affairs ministry said on Friday.

“Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said at his weekly media briefing.

“Chinese activities in Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir have been taken up with the Chinese side, including at the highest level,” he said.

Swarup was responding to a question on India’s stand on Chinese activities in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a large part of which falls within Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

China is believed to have made huge investments and is sponsoring development projects in Pakistan-controlled Jammu and Kashmir, including in the volatile Shia-dominated Gilgit-Baltistan area.

“We have asked them (the Chinese side) to cease all activities in Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” Swarup said.

Indian visitors to face strict monitoring in Pakistan: report

Pakistan will subject Indian visitors to “strict monitoring”, days after the country claimed to have arrested an alleged “Indian spy”, according to a media report.The Interior Ministry has directed four provinces, Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, to “monitor the activities of foreigners, especially Indians, who visit Pakistan”, an official was quoted as saying by the Geo TV. The ministry has also directed Gilgit Baltistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to follow the new orders.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The new order comes days after the Pakistani military claimed that they detained an Indian ex-navy official in Balochistan on charges of spying. Indian government has categorically denied that he was involved in subversive activities in Pakistan on its behest.

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