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India, Bangladesh Home Secretary level talks from today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A two-day Home Secretary Level talks between India and Bangladesh will begin in New Delhi on Monday.During the meeting, security, border and other bilateral issues will be discussed. Anti-terror cooperation and sharing of intelligence will also figure during the talks.Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and his Bangladesh counterpart Mozammel Haque Khan and their teams are expected to engage in intense discussions. The last such meeting was held in November 2015 at Dhaka in Bangladesh.

India, China agree to jointly ‘deal with security threats’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India and China on Tuesday agreed to “jointly deal with security threats” and take measures to strengthen cooperation in combating terrorism during their first dialogue on counter-terrorism and security here, amid Indo-Pak tensions following the Uri terror attack.Seen as a significant step forward in anti-terror cooperation following differences over India’s bid to get Jaish-e-Muhammed chief Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the UN, top intelligence officials from both sides held candid discussions about stepping up cooperation in counter-terrorism. “The two sides exchanged views on the international and regional security situation,” an Indian Embassy statement said of the talks.”They exchanged information on respective policies, systems and legislation to deal with terrorism, and further enhance their understanding on issues of major concerns to both sides,” the statement said.”The two sides had in-depth discussions on enhancing cooperation in counter-terrorism and security and on measures to jointly deal with security threats and reached important consensus in this regard,” it said. China’s state-run Xinhua news agency said the two sides exchanged opinions on the international and regional security situation and their respective anti-terrorism systems, mechanisms and legislation.”They reached consensus on measures to strengthen cooperation and to jointly deal with security threats,” it said, citing a document issued after the meeting. The talks were held at high-level as the meeting was co-chaired by RN Ravi, Chairman of Joint Intelligence Committee from India, and Wang Yongqing, Secretary General of Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of China. Significantly in his talks with Ravi, top Chinese Interior Ministry official Meng Jianzhu, who is the head of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the ruling Communist Party, said that terrorism is a common enemy of the global community.He said that strengthening counter-terrorism cooperation between China and India was conducive to the interests of the people of both countries. He voiced hope that the two sides could put into action counter-terrorism collaboration and protect regional security and that of the two countries, the Xinhua report said, adding that he commended stable progress in Sino-Indian ties.The talks were a follow up to the decision reached during last year’s visit of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Beijing. Both sides had decided to form a Ministerial Committee and another by Joint Secretary-level mechanism to periodically meet and review the cooperation on terrorism, cyber security, cross border crimes and drug trafficking.Officials regard the talks on anti-terrorism significant as the dialogue was held in the backdrop of Beijing, a close ally of Pakistan, seeking to strike a balance between the two countries in the aftermath of the Uri attack.China has distanced itself from remarks made by Premier Li Keqiang backing Islamabad on Kashmir and its envoy meeting Pakistan’s Punjab province Chief Minister.

From China’s role in India’s NSG bid to Vijay Mallya: Highlights of Sushma Swaraj’s press interaction

On Sunday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held a press conference to commemorate two years of the government. During the discussion she answered a host of questions including India’s NSG bid, Vijay Mallya, ISIS, Donald Trump, Lalit Modi and Brexit.Here are the highlights from her speech:Indian wants peaceful settlement of South China Sea disputeThe ED has sent an extradition request for Vijay Mallya and the MEA team has suggested some changes in the request which has been sent to ED.While India’s engagement with the USA has increased, it wouldn’t be at the cost of the nation’s interests and India would protest against them if it was required.Incidents of violence against minorities in Bangladesh were unfortunate and the Bangladesh government is taking strong action against them.Difficult issues with Pakistan would be resolved and there was currently ‘ease and warmth’ in relations between the two countries.India hadn’t disregarded SAARC in its NSG bid.NIA hadn’t been denied permission to go to Pakistan and prove, and Pakistan has asked for more time to conduct a proper probe.Foreign Secretary-level talks between the neighbours hadn’t been cancelled.Govt is trying to ensure India is a member of NSG by the end of 2016.China is not protesting India’s NSG membership, it’s talking about criteria and that govt is confident China will back India.Not opposed to any country’s entrance into NSG on merit, including Pakistan.In 10 months, PM Modi covered UAE, Saudia Arabia, Iran and Qatar successfully for better ties.No Indian stranded anywhere in the world had been abandoned by the government and she didn’t know whether Father Tom had been killed by ISIS.The plan was to reach out to almost every country in the world with the help of state government and cabinet ministers and FDI couldn’t be brought in sitting at home. 140 countries had been contacted and the govt would reach out to 65 more.When India talks, the world listens today. It was up to Americans to decide whether they wanted to vote for Trump, and similarly it was Britains decision to decide on Brexit.

Foreign Secretary-level meet between Indo-Pak tomorrow; Pathankot terror strike to be the focus

In a sudden move, the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet on Tuesday during which the issues dogging the bilateral ties including the Pathankot terror strike will be discussed.Primarily, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry will be in New Delhi on a day-long visit to attend the ‘Senior Officials Meeting of the Heart of Asia Istanbul Process’. An announcement to this effect was made in Islamabad.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the sidelines of the meet, Chaudhry will hold bilateral talks with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar to review the status of bilateral ties and Bilateral Comprehensive Dialogue (CBD), which is stagnant.According to sources, “the focus of the talks would be on the investigation into the Pathankot terror strike and a possible visit by NIA team to Pakistan in this connection.” This will be first formal meeting between Jaishankar and Chaudhry after the announcement of CBD by the Foreign Ministers in Islamabad last December. The two secretaries had a informal brief interaction during a SAARC meeting in Nepal in March this year.The efforts to resume CBD at the Foreign Secretary-level hit a deadlock after the terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase in January that India said was carried out by militants from the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group.The meeting comes in the backdrop of Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s recent comments that the bilateral peace process was suspended, evoking a sharp reaction by Indian side, which maintained that communication channels were on at various levels but also made it clear it wants to see action on terror and Pathankot first before the dialogue could be resumed. Announcing Chaudhry’s visit, the Pakistan Foreign Office, in a statement in Islamabad had said,”Pakistan delegation will also hold bilateral meetings with other leading delegations attending the meeting.”Pakistan looks forward to active participation in the forthcoming Heart of Asia meeting, reflecting “our commitment to efforts for promoting long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan”, it added. Pakistan had hosted the fifth Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference in Islamabad on December 9, 2015.

India, Pakistan in contact with each other, should not foreclose any options on talks, says top Pak official

Dialogue is the best option between Pakistan and India and the two sides should not think in terms “foreclosing any options”, a top Pakistani official said on Thursday.”During Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi’s visit to Pakistan in December last, it was decided that the two Foreign Secretaries should meet soon. It is hoped that both sides would work out modalities for the Foreign Secretary-level talks,” Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said when asked if the word “suspended” correctly defines the current state of the bilateral peace process.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Nafees Zakaria, Foreign Office spokesman We need to look ahead and not think in terms foreclosing any options. Both sides are in contact with each other. Once the modalities are worked out Secretary-level talks would take place”Dialogue is the best option! Diplomacy is for interaction and engagement between countries,” he said.Zakaria’s comments came days after Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said the bilateral peace process stands “suspended”.When asked if the position in Islamabad is similar to Pakistan’s High Commissioner to New Delhi, he said, “There is a difference between comments on day to day ground situation as compared to broader policy and future vision and prospects.At our level here in the Ministry, we do not give a day to day running commentary on official policy.”He said Pakistan was committed to resolving all outstanding issues with India through a sustainable, uninterrupted and meaningful dialogue without any preconditions, in order to address each other’s concerns, and establish lasting peace.On a question regarding the death Indian prisoner Kirpal Singh in a Pakistani jail, Zakaria said he died due to heart attack and preparation were underway to send his body to India.He said Singh was convicted by an anti-terrorism court for spying.”It is not appropriate to see everything through the prism of suspicion and conspiracy. He was kept in intensive care at the hospital but he could not survive,” he said. We have communicated this information to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. We are in contact with the Ministry of Interior and the India High Commission with regard to transportation of dead body to IndiaIndia had raised the issue of Singh’s mysterious death with Pakistan authorities and sought a probe into the matter.On Pathankot investigation, Zakaria said that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) after visiting India was “evaluating the information shared by the Indian side” which is part of the ongoing investigation into the Pathankot attack. On a question about alleged Indian ‘spy’ arrested in Pakistan on charges of terrorism, Zakaria said investigations are still going on regarding Kulbhushan Jadhav and some arrests were already made as a result of interrogation.”As investigations continue more aspects related to this may come to light,” he said.He said Pakistan expects that its neighbour would respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity by refraining from any interference or subversive activities.The recent arrest and confessional statement by the RAW s officer has vindicated Pakistan s position that Indian state institutions are involved in conducting terrorist activities in Pakistan, he claimed.Zakaria said that Pakistan was a peace-loving nation and maintenance of peace and stability in South Asia is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s policy. We are opposed to conventional or nuclear arms race in the region. Pakistan’s conventional military and nuclear capability is solely for self-defense and we are committed to credible minimum deterrenceHe said there was an increased understanding at the international level of Pakistan’s genuine concerns regarding rapidly growing Indian conventional and nuclear capabilities and their offensive force postures and military doctrines such as the Cold Start Doctrine.He said Pakistan remains ready to discuss arms control and restraint measures with India.”Our proposal for Strategic Restraint Regime (SRR) can provide a basis for mutually agreed restraint measures and avoidance of unnecessary arms race in the region. We believe that the limited resources of Pakistan and India should be channelled to meeting the social needs of our people,” he said.He also expressed concern over recent violence in Kashmir.”We expressed our deep concern on what is going on in Handwara,” he said.”We have always condemned these violations and would continue to extend political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people,” he said.Zakaria said that the issue of unprovoked LoC ceasefire violations are responded appropriately and also taken up strongly with the Indian side.”We believe in observance of 2003 LOC ceasefire agreement. The issues related to the international borders, LOC and Working Boundary are addressed in the spirit of rules of engagement on ground. The mechanism of DG MOs’ consultation plays an effective role,” he said.

Suspended , not closed: Top Pak official confirms Abdul Basit’s assertion

Dialogue is the best option between Pakistan and India and the two sides should not think in terms “foreclosing any options”, a top Pakistani official said on Thursday.”During Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi’s visit to Pakistan in December last, it was decided that the two Foreign Secretaries should meet soon. It is hoped that both sides would work out modalities for the Foreign Secretary-level talks,” Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said when asked if the word “suspended” correctly defines the current state of the bilateral peace process.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Nafees Zakaria Foreign Office spokesman We need to look ahead and not think in terms foreclosing any options. Both sides are in contact with each other. Once the modalities are worked out Secretary-level talks would take place”Dialogue is the best option! Diplomacy is for interaction and engagement between countries,” he said.Zakaria’s comments came days after Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said the bilateral peace process stands “suspended”.When asked if the position in Islamabad is similar to Pakistan’s High Commissioner to New Delhi, he said, “There is a difference between comments on day to day ground situation as compared to broader policy and future vision and prospects.At our level here in the Ministry, we do not give a day to day running commentary on official policy.”He said Pakistan was committed to resolving all outstanding issues with India through a sustainable, uninterrupted and meaningful dialogue without any preconditions, in order to address each other’s concerns, and establish lasting peace.On a question regarding the death Indian prisoner Kirpal Singh in a Pakistani jail, Zakaria said he died due to heart attack and preparation were underway to send his body to India.He said Singh was convicted by an anti-terrorism court for spying.”It is not appropriate to see everything through the prism of suspicion and conspiracy. He was kept in intensive care at the hospital but he could not survive,” he said. We have communicated this information to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. We are in contact with the Ministry of Interior and the India High Commission with regard to transportation of dead body to IndiaIndia had raised the issue of Singh’s mysterious death with Pakistan authorities and sought a probe into the matter.On Pathankot investigation, Zakaria said that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) after visiting India was “evaluating the information shared by the Indian side” which is part of the ongoing investigation into the Pathankot attack. On a question about alleged Indian ‘spy’ arrested in Pakistan on charges of terrorism, Zakaria said investigations are still going on regarding Kulbhushan Jadhav and some arrests were already made as a result of interrogation.”As investigations continue more aspects related to this may come to light,” he said.He said Pakistan expects that its neighbour would respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity by refraining from any interference or subversive activities.The recent arrest and confessional statement by the RAW s officer has vindicated Pakistan s position that Indian state institutions are involved in conducting terrorist activities in Pakistan, he claimed.Zakaria said that Pakistan was a peace-loving nation and maintenance of peace and stability in South Asia is the cornerstone of Pakistan’s policy. We are opposed to conventional or nuclear arms race in the region. Pakistan’s conventional military and nuclear capability is solely for self-defense and we are committed to credible minimum deterrenceHe said there was an increased understanding at the international level of Pakistan’s genuine concerns regarding rapidly growing Indian conventional and nuclear capabilities and their offensive force postures and military doctrines such as the Cold Start Doctrine.He said Pakistan remains ready to discuss arms control and restraint measures with India.”Our proposal for Strategic Restraint Regime (SRR) can provide a basis for mutually agreed restraint measures and avoidance of unnecessary arms race in the region. We believe that the limited resources of Pakistan and India should be channelled to meeting the social needs of our people,” he said.He also expressed concern over recent violence in Kashmir.”We expressed our deep concern on what is going on in Handwara,” he said.”We have always condemned these violations and would continue to extend political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people,” he said.Zakaria said that the issue of unprovoked LoC ceasefire violations are responded appropriately and also taken up strongly with the Indian side.”We believe in observance of 2003 LOC ceasefire agreement. The issues related to the international borders, LOC and Working Boundary are addressed in the spirit of rules of engagement on ground. The mechanism of DG MOs’ consultation plays an effective role,” he said.

Holding talks with ISIS ‘puppet’ Pakistan a waste of time: Subramanian Swamy

With External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj expected to meet Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on the sidelines of the SAARC ministerial meeting in Kathmandu, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday said there will be no outcome of the meeting as the civilian government in Islamabad is a puppet in the hands of the ISI and the military.”Pakistan’s civilian government is a puppet in the hands of ISI and the military. May be on the ground level, the Indian Government is taking some serious action. But in my opinion, this is a waste of time as there will be no outcome,” Swamy told ANI here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The meeting between Swaraj and Aziz will take place amid the stalled Foreign Secretary-level talks between both nations following the impasse over the probe of the January 2016 Pathankot Air Base terror attack.According to official sources, the Foreign Secretaries will meet only after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) from Pakistan arrives in India and makes concrete progress in the probe.While both Swaraj and Aziz will hold official bilateral talks tomorrow, they will come face-to-face at the meeting tonight.Swaraj will hold a dialogue with Aziz tomorrow afternoon.Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry exchanged courtesies at the SAARC dinner last night.This was the first time the two have met since the attack on the Pathankot air base in January, which derailed bilateral ties between the two nations.

Action against terror takes priority over dialogue: S Jaishankar

India on Wednesday indicated that action against terror by Pakistan will take priority over talks with it in the aftermath of the Pathankot strike that had prompted the postponement of the Foreign Secretary-level talks.”In the aftermath of a terror attack, if you ask me what do you give priority to, a terrorist attack or a diplomatic dialogue, I think the answer should be obvious,” Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He was replying to a question during an interactive session at the Raisina Dialogue — a conclave on geo-economics and geo-politics — on whether FS talks between the two countries were linked to action by Pakistan on information given to it by India on Pathankot terror attack.Jaishankar said both the countries were in touch with each other following the Pathankot attack, primarily at the level of National Security Advisers and to a certain extent between him and his Pakistani counterpart. The Foreign Secretary said “parallel processes” are at works.India had blamed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed for the Pathankot attack and sought action against the perpetrators of the strike which had led to the postponement of Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks. India had said Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar masterminded the attack.Talking about overall Indo-Pak ties, he said India was for a “much more modern relationship” with Islamabad but for that to happen there was a need to have change in attitude towards a number of issues of which terrorism is a “central” one.Underlining the need for better connectivity between India and Pakistan, he said, “It takes two hands to clap” and that India would like to have same kind of ties with Islamabad like with other neighbours.”Most people in this country wants to treat Pakistan as a normal neighbour. So we would like to do with Pakistan what we do with everybody else. But the fact is that there are obstacles and we know what the obstacles are,” he said, emphasising on the need need to remove the obstacles. To a question whether India and Pakistan can remain isolated, Jaishankar said they shouldn’t and that New Delhi has been making sincere efforts to improve ties with Pakistan.”I cannot think of any Prime Minister of India who did not strive for better relations with Pakistan. There may be differences in nuances, pace and packaging,” he said.Last moth, Pakistan had lodged an FIR into the Pathankot terror attack case which was seen by India as a “step forward” in bringing the perpetrators of the strike to justice. The FIR was filed against “unknown persons” though India had named Masood Azhar as mastermind of the strike.India submitted evidence to show that the six men who opened fire at the air base came from across the border, and demanded action against the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed led by Azhar.On Tuesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz said the SIT may visit India in the next few days and hoped that the Foreign Secretary-level talks will be scheduled very soon.Pakistan last week set up a five-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the terror attack. Earlier, a six-member SIT was set up by the government for the initial probe into the January 2 attack based on the leads given by India.

Azhar ‘detention’ to be raised when Pakistan SIT team visits India: Govt

New Delhi: India said it has “carefully noted” Pakistan Foreign Minister Sartaz Aziz’s remarks on detention of JeM chief Masood Azhar and the issue will be discussed when the Pakistani SIT will visit the country in connection with the Pathankot terror attack.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said India was awaiting a firm proposal from Pakistan on “dates and composition” of the SIT and only after that security agencies will decided what all places will be visited by the team when asked about Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar‘s comments that the SIT will not be allowed to visit Pathankot air base, the site of the attack.

JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar. AFPJeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar. AFP

JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar. AFP

“We have carefully noted the comments made (by Aziz) on Maulana Masood Azhar. I think it will be a subject of discussion once the SIT visits India,” Swarup said but did not give a direct reply on whether Pakistan has officially informed India about the JeM chief.

During a TV interview recently, Aziz had said Azhar, along with a few other operatives of the JeM, has been kept under protective custody and that some of the terror outfit’s premises have also been sealed.

On the status of Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks, the Spokesperson merely repeated, “Foreign Secretaries are in touch and there are no further developments.”

Asked about continued cross-border terrorism from Pakistan and arrest of six JeM militants, including a Pakistani in Jammu and Kashmir, Swarup said India has been repeatedly raising the issue with Pakistan and was a matter of discussion between the two National Security Advisors.

“And as far as latest terror strike is concerned, it is still being investigated,” he added.

The Spokesperson also rejected the allegation that Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit was not given permission to visit Chennai to attend a function, saying on 12 February itself the permission was given to the High Commissioner, his wife and an official of the Pakistan High Commission to visit Chennai on 22 February.

PTI

JeM chief Masood Azhar is in protective custody in Pakistan: Sartaj Aziz

New Delhi: Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, named by India as the mastermind of the Pathankot attack, has been under “protective custody” since 14 January, Pakistan Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz has said.

He also said it was for India to decide on dates for Foreign Secretary-level talks, postponed in the wake of the terror strike.

Sartaj Aziz. Reuters

Sartaj Aziz. Reuters

Aziz said a Special Investigation Team from Pakistan may visit Pathankot in the first few days of March to probe the attack and that his country was pursuing the investigation seriously.

He said one of the mobile phone numbers linked to the attackers was traced to the terror group’s headquarters in Pakistan’s Bahawalpur and called the lodging of the FIR in connection with the Pathankot assault as a “logical and positive step” in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Aziz told Karan Thapar of Headlines Today that Azhar, along with a few other operatives of the JeM, has been kept under protective custody and that some of the terror outfit’s premises have also been sealed. He said action will follow against Azhar and others the moment evidence becomes available.

This is for the first time a top functionary of the Pakistan government has confirmed that Azhar is in custody in that country though there were earlier reports to that effect.

Aziz said the FIR filed four days back in the Pathankot attack case has created legal basis for a Special Investigation Team of Pakistan to visit India to collect evidence. He said India has agreed to the SIT visit.

Asked about Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar‘s comment that SIT will not be allowed to go inside the IAF base in Pathankot, Aziz said access to crime scene always helps the investigators.

On holding of the Foreign Secretary-level talks between the two countries, Aziz said the “ball is in India’s court”.

“The answer to it lies entirely with India,” he said, adding he hoped prime ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif will meet on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington next month.

Pakistani authorities had lodged an FIR in connection with the Pathankot attack on 18 February, without naming Azhar.

The FIR was filed against “unknown persons” after weeks of probe into the terror assault that had led to the postponement of Foreign Secretary-level talks. It was registered at Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) centre in Gujranwala, Punjab province.

Asked about Pakistani-American LeT operative David Headley’s revelations about the Mumbai attack during his deposition through video conference to an Indian court, Aziz said he was “a double agent who cannot be trustworthy”.

He rejected suggestions of taking Headley’s version on record in the ongoing trial in the Mumbai attack case in Pakistan.

Aziz said talks between the two countries and the probe into the attack may go on parallelly, noting both Modi and Sharif share “very good chemistry”.

Modi’s attempts to improve ties with India have been visible, he said but insisted that more was required to be done to wipe out his earlier image of having a “strong” position on Pakistan.

The two Prime Ministers should not allow derailment of the talks by non-state actors, he said, adding Modi’s visit to Lahore on 25 December last year was “very well received”.

Favouring resumption of comprehensive bilateral talks as soon as possible, he said India has been held hostage to the “narrative of terrorism” which was unfortunate. He noted that the importance of dialogue is growing by the day.

On Pakistan’s SIT’s visit to India, Aziz said the team will go “as soon as possible”, maybe during the first few days of March.

He said Pakistan was examining all the evidences including the phone numbers given by India in Pathankot attack case and that the NSAs of the two countries are in regular touch.

Aziz said the investigators are also trying to establish links of the perpetrators and weapons used in the attack.

On Siachen, Aziz said Pakistan was for withdrawal of forces by the two sides and has put forth its proposal before India again and claimed both sides were close to an agreement for many years.

PTI

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No dates set for Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks: High Commissioner Bambawale

India and Pakistan are in constant touch, High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale said on Monday, but maintained that no dates have been set for the Foreign Secretary-level talks.Talking to the media, Bambawale said that the two sides were in touch over the issues of talks and the Pathankot probe.”I cannot give any particular date for the Secretary- level talks, but Foreign Secretaries from both countries are in constant contact,” he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The scheduled meeting between Foreign Secretaries of Pakistan and India was postponed after the January 2 Pathankot attack for which India blames Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba.Bambawale, who arrived in Pakistan last month to assume the charge of the High Commission, said that the National Security Advisers of the two countries were in touch over the Pathankot attack.

Pakistan says it is in touch with India on finalising dates for Foreign Secretary-level talks

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said that it is in touch with India on finalising dates for the postponed Foreign Secretary-level talks.

“Both sides are in touch regarding the date of Foreign Secretary-level talks. We will let you know when it is finalised,” Foreign Office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah said on Thursday during weekly briefing.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

The agenda of the talks will be discussed after date for the Foreign Secretary-level talks is finalised, he said.

India and Pakistan last month mutually agreed to a short deferment of Foreign Secretary-level talks after the Pathankot terror attack.

Talking about the visa controversy relating to actor Anupam Kher, he said High Commissioner in India spoke to the actor and offered him a visa to attend the Literature Festival to which he was invited.

“However, Kher replied that he would not be able to visit Pakistan due to other commitments,” the spokesman said.

Responding to a question, Khalilullah said the dossiers on India’s alleged involvement in fomenting terrorism in Pakistan have already been shared with the US and the UN.

To another query, he said that questions about Dawood Ibrahim have been asked several times in the past and reiterated Pakistan’s position that he was not present in the country.

“You may be aware that Indian authorities have admitted at the Ministerial level that Dawood Ibrahim’s whereabouts were not known to them,” he said.

Ahead of Solidarity day being observed in Pakistan on Friday to support right of self-determination of people of Kashmir, Khalilullah said, “India continues to violate the human rights of and brutalise Kashmiris in the occupied Kashmir. Pakistan has always condemned these atrocities.”

“Kashmir Solidarity Day, to be observed tomorrow, reminds us of the Indian atrocities and the need for Kashmir dispute to be resolved in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions and aspirations of the people of Kashmir,” he said.

Khalilullah also said the meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group on Afghanistan talks was scheduled for 6 February and will be held in Islamabad as planned.

He said Pakistan and Afghanistan were in touch at various levels regarding the use of Afghan soil by certain elements involved in the terrorist attack on Bacha Khan university.

The spokesman said that Pakistan does not differentiate between good and bad terrorists and it was at the heart of Operation Zarb-e-Azb against militants.

PTI

UN chief Ban-ki-Moon offers support for Indo-Pak talks

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has offered support for holding Indo-Pak talks to resolve outstanding issues between two countries.”Advice of the Secretary General would always be for ‘on’ in order to support the talks.” Strphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary General said on Friday in response to a question on India and Pakistan. “Obviously, there are circumstances involved, but he’s always been very supportive of the dialogue between the leaders of Pakistan and India in order to resolve a number of the outstanding issues at hand,” Dujarric said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and Pakistan agreed mutually to defer the Foreign Secretary-level talks that were to take place in Islamabad this week. They have agreed to hold the parleys in the “very near future”. The talks were deferred after the deadly terror attacks in Pathankot. India has sought action by Pakistan on the evidence provided for apprehending the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists suspected to have been involved in the January 2 attack. India has linked the fate of the talks to action by Pakistan.

MEA confirms rescheduling of Foreign Secretary level talks, calls steps taken by Pakistan as ‘positive’

In an expected announcement, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup announced on Thursday that the Foreign Secretary level talks between India and Pakistan will not take place on Friday. Swarup said that, “Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar spoke to his Pakistani counterpart. They agreed to reschedule FS-level talks in near future”. He also said that India is waiting for the investigation team from Pakistan to come to Pathankot and assured of extending full support to them.According to Swarup, NSA’s of both countries are in regular talks with each other, though he refuted reports of them meeting. MEA spokesperson said that India welcomes Wednesday’s statement by Pakistan and termed it as initial positive step. However, he said that rescheduling of talks are not related to Pathankot attack.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Swarup said, ” We will go by what objective evidence we see on ground not empty statements. So far what Pakistan has done we welcome”. He hoped that Pakistan will continue with these efforts.Pakistan on Wednesday set up a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) comprising security and military officials to probe whether any Pakistani individual or organisation was involved in the Pathankot terror attack in India Pakistan also arrested Jaish-e- Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother and “several individuals” belonging to his dreaded outfit, which is suspected to have engineered the Pathankot terror attack, and sealed its offices after India demanded action on the group linking it to the fate of Foreign Secretary-level talks. Azhar’s brother Abdul Rehman Rauf has also been arrested, Geo TV said. However so far there has been no official confirmation of it.PM Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj had a long meeting on Wednesday night and the final call was deferred till Thursday.

Pathankot attack: Pakistan reaches out to India, detains several Jaish-e-Mohammad militants

Pakistan on Wednesday detained “several individuals” belonging to JeM, which is suspected to have engineered the Pathankot terror attack, and sealed its offices after India linked Islamabad’s “prompt and decisive” action to the fate of Foreign Secretary-level talks scheduled on Friday.Pakistan is also considering sending a special investigation team to Pathankot as more information would be required to carry forward the process of cooperation with India.The Pakistani action, which was reviewed at a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, come as the fate of the FS-level talks hung in balance with just two days for Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to go to Islamabad for talks with his counterpart on resuming the bilateral dialogue process.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists belonging to the dreaded Jaish-e-Mohammad, headed by Maulana Masood Azhar of Kandahar hijack episode, is believed by India to be behind the Pathankot terror attack in which seven security personnel were killed.A PMO statement issued after the meeting on Wednesday said it noted with satisfaction that as part of Pakistan’s commitment to eliminate terrorism from its soil and the expressed national resolve not to allow the territory to be used for acts of terrorism anywhere. It said “considerable progress has been made in the investigations being carried out against terrorist elements reportedly linked to the Pathankot incident.”Based on initial investigations in Pakistan, and the information provided, several individuals belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammad have been apprehended. The offices of the organisation are also being traced and sealed. Further investigations are underway,” the statement said.In the spirit of the cooperative approach, the statement said, it was also decided that in order to carry the process forward, additional information would be required for which the government of Pakistan is considering sending a SIT to Pathankot in consultation with government of India.”The meeting reiterated that in line with our decision to counter and completely eliminate terrorism, Pakistan would remain engaged with India on this issue,” the statement said.Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif, Director-General ISI Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other senior officials attended the meeting.Last week India put the ball squarely in Pakistan’s court, linking the FS-level talks to Islamabad’s “prompt and decisive” action in the Pathankot terror attack for which it has provided “actionable intelligence”.An official said that close to a dozen militants have been held so far and were being questioned. He refused to give further information like where they have been held or when they could be produced before any court.In the terror attack on Pathankot Air Force base that began on January 2, six militants were also eliminated in an operation that lasted four days.

Pathankot attack: Indo-Pak FS-level talks may be postponed, says MEA; Pak says not enough evidence provided

The India-Pakistan foreign secretary level talks may be postponed following the Pathankot terror attacks, according to media reports.Ministry of External Affairs sources told the media that the decision on holding FS level talks is likely to be taken on Thursday. They pointed out that it was Pakistan, not India which had announced the dates for talks.MEA sources said that India is ‘waiting for Pakistan to act against terrorists’ following the attacks on the Pathankot air base on January 2.Reacting to the reports, Pakistan blasted India, claiming it was ‘not serious about wanting talks with Pakistan’. The country claimed that not enough evidence has been provided by India in connection with the Pathankot attacks, and that the phone line conversations provided are not clear.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, PTI had reported that the Indo-Pakistan Foreign Secretary-level talks appear to be unlikely this week with India taking the stand that Pakistan has to act on the leads given to it about the terror attack on the Pakistan air base.Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Policy Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister, has said that the foreign secretary talks would be held on January 15. However, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval was quoted as having said said that talks can be held only after action, a stand from which he has distanced himself later. Related Read: Pathankot attack: Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks called off, says Ajit DovalReports from Pakistan on Tuesday had claimed that law enforcement agencies have picked up “some suspects” connected to Pathankot airbase attack from Bahwalapur district, the hometown of Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of banned terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Bihar govt website says Indira Gandhi’s reign as PM worse than British rule, Congress furious

The Bihar elections this year saw the victory of the Grand Alliance, comprising of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Janata Dal United (JD-U). The Congress also performed its best in 25 years when it won 27 of the 40 seats it contested.

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Tewari responds to ‘jobless’ jibe, says has ‘more work than MoS’ VK Singh

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Afzal Guru’s son scores 95% marks in 10th

Tabish Manzoor Khan scored 498 marks out of 500 in the examination while Aneesa Haleen and Hiba Intikhab bagged second and third position, respectively.

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Ajit Doval denies saying ‘Indo-Pak talks cancelled’; says talks with Pak only after action

In a pre-dawn attack on January 2, a group of heavily- armed Pakistani terrorists struck at the Air Force base in Punjab, killing seven security personnel. India alleges that militant organisation Jaish-i-Muhammad was behind the attack.

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Pathankot attack: Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks called off, says Ajit Doval

In a pre-dawn attack on January 2, a group of heavily- armed Pakistani terrorists struck at the Air Force base in Punjab, killing seven security personnel. India alleges that militant organisation Jaish-i-Muhammad was behind the attack.

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16 Indian students sent back from New York, say ‘hassled’ at airport

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30-year-old IT professional undergoes cyberchondria treatment

The man from south Mumbai was given behavioural psychotherapy. “After 4-5 sessions, he has started to accept the fact that perhaps there is nothing wrong with him,” said Dr Mundada.Dr Heena Merchant, secretary of the Bombay Psychiatric Society, said that cyberchondria is increasingly on the rise with the advent of technology.”On the Internet, there are many health-related websites. Self- diagnosis by patients can affect doctor-patient communication adversely. Psychotherapy in such cases plays an important role,” said Dr Merchant.

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Opposition questions Aamir Khan’s removal from Incredible India in parliamentary panel

Tourism minister Mahesh Sharma had said that it was the agency which had hired Khan and that the contract had ended.

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NIA gets proof of a fifth call to Pakistan; role of insider being probed

The barbed wires on the portion were also found out to be cut and the agency believes it was from this particular part of the airbase the militants entered.

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Chaiwala in Kanpur gets CBI summons in Vyapam scam

The MP STF has listed as many as 54 students of this medical college as accused in this scam. The accused students belong to batches from 2009 to 2014. Out of these, 22 students have re-joined the college, six are in jail and eight are missing from the college. The remaining 18 students were from 2009 batch about whom the college didn’t have any information.

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875 fined for violation on ninth day of odd-even scheme

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Pathankot terror attack: Instead of giving proof to Pakistan, we should attack their terrorist camps, says Ramdev

Ramdev said there is no communal intolerance in the country but intolerance towards thoughts and ideas. “Once this intolerance ends, there will be complete peace in the country. The Constitution provides us with some fundamental rights through which we can raise our voice. Stifling that voice is the intolerance of thoughts and politics,” he said.

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Pathankot Terror Attack: Uma Bharti claims anti-terror operation was ‘world’s best’

Six terrorists, believed to owe allegiance to Pakistan- based Jaish-e-Mohammed were gunned down by the security forces after a four-day gun battle. Seven Indian security personnel also lost their lives. The operation to ensure that no terrorist was hiding was carried out jointly by Army, NSG and IAF’s Garud commandos. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had also visited the base on January five.
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Former NSA Narayanan wants Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks suspended

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

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BJP, PM Modi against GST Bill, not Congress: Jairam Ramesh

The moment these three conditions are agreed to and necessary modifications made, Congress would ensure that the GST Bill is passed as soon as possible, Ramesh said adding the government is yet to respond to the proposals in a positive way.

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NIA summons Punjab SP Salwinder Singh for questioning; may undergo lie detector test, say sources

The Pathankot IAF facility, located near the border with Pakistan, is the base for MiG-21 fighter planes and MI-25 attack helicopters of the Air Force.

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Indo-Pakistan Foreign Secretary-level talks to be held tentatively on January 15

Sharif also directed NSA Janjua to remain in contact with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval in order to keep renewed dialogue on track after the Pathankot attack. (ANI)
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Asaram’s bail plea rejected again

The court had completed the arguments on bail application on Monday itself and had reserved the order for today. While Asaram was not in court, a large number of his supporters were present.

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PETA slams Centre’s decision to allow Jallikattu

The animal rights body said that its online petition that was urging the government to keep the ban on jallikattu, bull races and bullfights had been signed by nearly 60,000 people in India alone.

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I’ve been completely misquoted: Supriya Sule on her ‘sarees talk in Parliament’ remarks

Speaking on the issue of women’s reservation, Sule said, “All the male members in Parliament tease me that if an additional 50 per cent reservation is given to women, then debates in Parliament will be only about sarees, facials and parlours. “I have told them many times that your are the ones who make comments on sarees and have not done much welfare for the country. So it should not be a problem to given the proposal a chance,” Sule said.

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Pathankot attack: PM Modi has links with terrorists, says TMC MP Idris Ali

The telephonic conversation takes place at a time when the Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan scheduled for this month looks in serious jeopardy with strong indications that the Modi Government may call off the engagement if evidence emerges that Pakistan’s state actors were complicit in the fidayeen raid on the air base.

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Pathankot attack: Working on ‘leads’ provided by India, says Pakistan Foreign Office

An element of uncertainty today crept in over next week’s Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan amid indications that these may be deferred in the wake of the Pathankot terror attack last Saturday.

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