Militants kill Young Kashmiri Army Officer

A young army officer who hails from Kashmir valley was killed by militants when he was at a wedding function in the valley. The murder raised a political storm.

Srinagar: Militants assassinated an army officer Fayaz on Wednesday in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. Police sources said that the body of a Lieutenant rank officer was found with bullet injuries in Hermain area of Shopian district.

The slain army officer was identified as Ummer Fayaz Parry, according to a news channel. Fayaz (22) who hails from neighbouring Kulgam district, reportedly went to attend the marriage of a relative. It is reported that 11 injury marks were found on the officer’s body.

Meanwhile, clashes broke out during the funeral proceedings of Fayaz as villagers pelted stones at the army and police present at the funeral. It is reported that the villagers were annoyed that a proper State burial was being given by Indian Army to the slain officer. Thus, clashes ensued at his native place.

However, politics took the centre stage. While Finance Minister Arun Jaitley condemned the killing of Fayaz, National conference chose to blame the government for the incident.

Fayaz was commissioned into the Indian Army last December. A cheerful young man, he was said to be extremely fond of sports. He was quite popular in his hometown. He was reportedly picked up five to six militants from his relative’s house in Shopian on Tuesday. He was taken to Herman Chowk and shot. The security forces have launched search operations in the area to nab the militants after they received some inputs.

Though militants have been engaging directly in fights with the security forces till now, targeting army officers when off duty and killing them is very uncommon. Hence, officers are concerned.

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Kashmir Separatists Want One Dead Body A Day: Ram Madhav

Ram Madhav, BJP General Secretary, points man on J&K affairs, said that the separatists in the Valley are playing sentimental politics with dead bodies of the people.

New Delhi: ” Separatists have only one motto-one dead body a day so that they can play their sentimental politics over the dead bodies. They use the people of the Valley as guinea pigs in their reprehensible politics of violence and separatism,” commented BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav who has been dealing with Jammu & Kashmir.

Ram Madhav’s remarks posted on his Face book are at tandem with the statement of the Union government that was submitted in the Supreme Court earlier. The centre made it clear to the apex court that it is not prepared to hold talks with separatists or terrorists. It is prepared to talk to the established political parties in the Valley. Ram Madhav paid compliments to the security forces for handling a difficult job admirably. The Government and the security forces are doing their best to defeat the nefarious intentions of the separatists.

Ram Madhav defended the use of pellet guns. He said the security forces use pellet guns on rare occasions as they are deemed less lethal than the real guns. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti may be interested in talks with anyone, but ‘we are not interested in talks with the separatists,’ asserted Ram Madhav. BJP president Amit Shah expressed similar views on Saturday in his Jammu & Kashmir sojourn

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Sehwag, Gambhir Support Jawan Attacked By Kashmiri Separatists

The video showing a Jawan being heckled and pushed by Kashmiris has gone viral in social media.

New Delhi: Kashmiri separatists beating up Indian jawans recently has shocked Indians. The video showing a Jawan being heckled and pushed by Kashmiris has gone viral in social media. Paramilitary Jawan being manhandled, abused and jeered by a mob was recorded in three clips. The Jawan had tolerated all the hooliganism and swallowed the insults without retaliation.

Cricketers Virendra Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have condemned the attitude of the mob. In a tweet, Sehwag said,” This is unacceptable! Can’t do this to our CRPF jawans. This rot has to stop Badtameezi Ki hadd hai.”

Gautam Gambhir said,” For every slap on my army’s Jawan lay down at least a 100 jihadi lives. Whoever wants Azadi LEAVE NOW! Kashmir is ours.” He also commented, “Anti-Indians have forgotten dat our flag also stands 4: saffron – fire of our anger, white – shroud for jihadis, green – hatred 4 terror.”

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Will Indo-Pak tense ties benefit leaders?

It’s one month since India launched precision strikes on terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control in Occupied Kashmir, promising it would not hesitate to repeat such attacks if Pak-based militants continue to target our civilian and military establishments.

No major incident happened in these 30 days to prompt revenge action. But border firings and violations are continuing and in the latest incident a BSF jawan was killed on Saturday morning in a truce violation by Pak troops in Jammu and Kashmir’s Macchil sector. A day earlier, an Army man was gunned down and his body was mutilated. The ghastly act was said to have been perpetrated by terrorists from across the border under cover of darkness and with the help of Pak regulars. Reacting to the savagery, the Indian Army has vowed to avenge the soldier’s killing in an ‘appropriate way.’ In all, four Army and three BSF personnel had been killed in the ‘hot spots’ of border districts in J&K.

On the diplomatic front, in tit-for-tat actions, India expelled a staffer of Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, Mehmood Akhtar, on charges of spying and Pakistan reciprocated immediately by declaring an Indian High Commission official in Islamabad, Surjeet Singh, persona non grata.

Police detained Akhtar on October 27 following the arrest of two people from Rajasthan who were said to have leaked sensitive documents to him. The official was released later because of his diplomatic immunity and asked to leave the country within 48 hours.  The arrested duo, Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir, are being questioned now about their links with Pak spy agency ISI.  Meanwhile, Delhi police reported to have arrested another link in the spy ring on Saturday. Farhat is said to be an aide of Samajwadi Party leader Munawwar Salim who is a member of Rajya Sabha.

Thus, it is apparent that Indo-Pak ties which have been on a slippery slope since Pathankot and Uri attacks by Pakistan-aided militant groups are moving in an irreversible direction. The question being asked is, how long will this continue? Pakistan thinks as long as the BJP government is in power, peace talks are not possible. Islamabad’s attempts to make the US, China and Russia to intercede with Delhi in the Kashmir dispute, which Pak leaders say is the stumbling block for resuming a peace dialogue, have not made any headway.

For the time being, keeping the border situation tense and the Kashmir pot boiling suits both Indian and Pakistani leaders. For the BJP, rhetoric on border skirmishes is the best bet to win hearts and minds of Uttar Pradesh voters. For his Pak counterpart Nawaz Sharif, the perpetual war of words over Indo-Pak border and the Kashmir situation are two weapons to fight off the opposition’s mounting demand to quit over alleged money scandals.

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Army Convoy Attacked Near Srinagar

  • One SSB jawan killed, 8 others injured

Srinagar: One jawan of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) has been killed and Eight others were injured when terrorists attacked a convoy in the outskirts of Srinagar on Friday evening. The soldiers were returning from duty. They belong to SSB convoy in Zakura. It was near a CRPF camp. Jawans retaliated but could not fire aggressively as there were civilians. The security forces have launched search operations. The attack took place at about 7 pm.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Archana Ramasundaram, Director General of SSB, after the attack. She will be visiting the attack area tomorrow.

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రెండో ఉగ్రవాది హతం

  • పాంపోర్ లో తుది దాడి సైన్యం సిద్ధం

న్యూ ఢిల్లీ: కాశ్మీర్ లోని పాంపోర్ లో మరో ఉగ్రవాదిని భారత భద్రతా దళాలు మట్టు పెట్టినట్టు బుధవారం ఉదయం అందిన సమాచారం. ఉగ్రవాదులతో భద్రతా దళాల పోరు గత మూడు రోజులుగా జరుగుతోంది. నేటి ఉదయం నుంచీ భారీ ఎత్తున కాల్పులు జరుగుతున్నాయని తెలుస్తోంది. రెండో ఉగ్రవాదిని హతమార్చినట్టు సైన్యం వెంటనే ధృవీకరించక పోయినా ఇద్దరు ఉగ్రవాదుల మృతదేహాలను స్వాధీనం చేసుకున్నట్టు వార్తా సంస్థలు వెల్లడించాయి. మంగళవారం నాడు ఒక ఉగ్రవాది మరణించిన సంగతి తెలిసినదే. మూడో ఉగ్రవాది కూడా ఉండచ్చని సైన్యం అనుమానిస్తోంది. ఎన్ కౌంటర్ కు వేదిక అయిన పాంపోర్ లోని  ఒక  ప్రభుత్వ సంస్థకు చెందిన  భవన సముదాయంలోకి ముగ్గురు ఉగ్రవాదుల వరకూ ప్రవేశించి ఉంటారని భావిస్తున్నారు. సైన్యం ఉగ్రవాదులను అంతమొందించే ప్రయత్నంలో  తుది ఘట్టానికి సిద్ధమయినట్టు సమాచారం. ఈ ఏడాది ఫిబ్రవరిలో ఇదే ప్రదేశంలో ఉగ్రవాదుల దాడిలో అయిదుగురు భద్రతా సిబ్బంది మరణంచిన దృష్ట్యా సైన్యం జాగరూకతతో ముందడుగు వేస్తోంది.

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Terrorists attack Baramulla army camp

  • One BSF Jawan Killed and other Injured

Kashmir: Pakistan Terrorists have attacked 46 Rashtiya Rifles army camp in Baramulla. Residents of Baramulla in North Kashmir reported heavy firing in the town near army camp, police lines, and stadium at 10:30 pm on Sunday evening.

According to reports, three or four terrorists attempted a suicidal attack on the camp by throwing grenades. They tried to enter through a public park but were not able to breach 46RR camp. This attack happened after India’s surgical strikes, a few days ago, along the LoC. The terrorists are believed to have come from Jhelum river side.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah alerted the Kashmiris on Twitter: “Colleagues in Baramulla town are phoning with reports of massive gunfire in their vicinity. Prayers for all in the area.”

Exchange of firing is still going on between the army and the terrorists near the border at the time of writing this report at 12 am. Some reports said one BSF personnel killed and another injured in the firing.

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“కాశ్మీర్ తో బీహార్ నూ పట్టుకుపొండి”

  • సుప్రీం మాజీ న్యాయమూర్తి మార్కండేయ్ కాట్జూ సంచలన వ్యాఖ్యలు
  • దేశద్రోహ ఆరోపణతో ఆయనను అరెస్టు చేయాలంటున్న బీహార్ పార్టీలు
  • జోగ్గా అన్నానంటున్న కాట్జూ

పాట్నా: సంచలన వ్యాఖ్యలతో తరచు వార్తల కెక్కే సుప్రీం కోర్టు మాజీ న్యాయమూర్తి మర్కండేయ్ కాట్జూ  మరోసారి తన మాటలతో మంట రాజేశారు. తాజాగా “బీహార్ ను కూడా తీసుకుంటామంటే మీకు కాశ్మీర్ ఇచ్చేస్తా”మని పాకిస్తాన్ ను ఉద్దేశించి ఆయన సోషల్ మీడియాలో పోస్ట్ చేసిన ఒక వ్యాఖ్యపై బీహారీలలో ఆగ్రహం వెల్లువెత్తుతోంది. దేశద్రోహ నేరం కింద ఆయన్ను అరెస్టు చేయాలని డిమాండ్ చేస్తున్నారు.

ఆయన ఆదివారం నాడు ఫేస్ బుక్ లో పోస్ట్ చేసిన వ్యాఖ్య ఇలా ఉంది:

పాకిస్తానీల్లారా…మన వివాదానికి శాశ్వతంగా తెర దించేద్దాం. మీకు మేము కాశ్మీర్ ను ఇచ్చేస్తాం. అయితే ఒక షరతు. దాంతోపాటే మీరు బీహార్ ను కూడా తీసేసుకోవాలి. ఇదొక ప్యాకేజ్ ఒప్పందం. మీరు తీసుకుంటే మొత్తం ప్యాకేజ్ తీసుకోవాలి, లేదా ఏదీ తీసుకోకూడదు. కాశ్మీర్ ఒక్కదాన్నే మీకు ఇవ్వం. ఆగ్రాలో ముషర్రఫ్ కు అటల్ బిహారీ వాజ్ పేయి ఇదే ప్యాకేజ్ ఇవ్వబోయారు. కానీ ముషర్రఫ్ మూర్ఖంగా తిరస్కరించాడు. మళ్ళీ ఇప్పుడు ఈ ఆఫర్ మీ ముందుకు వస్తోంది.

దీంతో బీహార్ లోని రాజకీయపక్షాలన్నీ కాట్జూపై మండిపడుతున్నాయి. దేశద్రోహ అభియోగంతో ఆయనను అరెస్టు చేయాలని, భారత దేశ సమైక్యత, సమగ్రతలను విచ్ఛిన్నం చేయడానికి  జాతి వ్యతిరేక శక్తులు పన్నిన వలలో కాట్జూ చిక్కుకున్నారా అన్నది తెలుసుకోడానికి దర్యాప్తు జరపాలని బీజేపీ డిమాండ్ చేసింది. అధికారపక్షమైన జేడీయూ కూడా కాట్జూ వ్యాఖ్యను దేశద్రోహంగా పేర్కొంటూ ఆయనపై కఠిన చర్య తీసుకోవాలంది. కాట్జూ వ్యాఖ్య మొరటుగానూ, అసహనాన్ని వెళ్ళగక్కేలానూ ఉందనీ, బీహార్ లోని పశ్చిమ చంపారన్ లో  మహాత్మా గాంధీ నిర్వహించిన సత్యాగ్రహం శతజయంతి జరుపుకుంటున్న సంవత్సరంలో ఆ స్థాయి మనిషి బీహార్ గురించి ఇలా మాట్లాడడం దురదృష్టకరమని ఆ పార్టీ నాయకుడు కె.సి. త్యాగి అన్నారు.

ప్రెస్ కౌన్సిల్ మాజీ ఛైర్మన్ కూడా అయిన కాట్జూకు వ్యతిరేకంగా సోషల్ మీడియాలో కూడా విమర్శలు విజృంభిస్తున్నాయి. బీహార్ కు బదులు కాట్జూనే పాకిస్తాన్ కు అప్పజెబుతామని కొందరు వ్యాఖ్యానించారు.

విమర్శల దాడితో ఉక్కిరిబిక్కిరి అవుతున్న కాట్జూ “నేనేదో జోక్ గా అన్నా” నంటున్నారు.  “బీహార్ అంటే నాకెంతో గౌరవం…బీహార్ దేశానికి ఎంతో గొప్ప సేవలు అందించింది. గౌతమ బుద్ధుడు, చంద్రగుప్త మౌర్యుడు, అశోకుడు వంటి ఎందరో మహనీయులు ఇక్కడ పుట్టారు” అన్నారు.

“పాకిస్తాన్ కు నిజంగా నేనీ ఆఫర్ చేశాననుకుంటున్నారా? అబ్బే, లేదు. చాలామంది గురించి ఇలా జోక్ చేస్తూ ఉంటాను. జనం కూడా కొంత సెన్స్ ఆఫ్ హ్యూమర్ పెంచుకోవాలి” అని సూచిస్తున్నారు.

బాగానే ఉంది కానీ, ఆయన పాకిస్తాన్ కు ఈ ‘ప్యాకేజ్’ సూచించడానికి ముందే ఎవరైనా “కాట్జూగారిని పాకిస్తాన్ కు అప్పగించేస్తా”మంటే ఆయన ఎంత సెన్స్ ఆఫ్ హ్యూమర్ తో దానిని తీసుకుంటారో మరి!

బీహార్ ను స్పష్టంగా కించపరిచే ఈ వ్యాఖ్య చేసి దీనిని జోక్ గా తీసుకోవాలని ఆయన అనడం ఆశ్చర్యమే.

బీహార్ ను గురించి ఆయన ఈ కింది సంభాషణను కూడా సోషల్ మీడియాలో పోస్ట్ చేశారు:

శాంటా: ఉగ్రవాదానికి ఎవరు మద్దతు ఇస్తున్నారు?

బంటా: పాకిస్తాన్.

శాంటా: పాకిస్తాన్ కు ఎవరు మద్దతు ఇస్తున్నారు?

బంటా: బీహార్.

శాంటా: ఎలా?

బంటా: జంగిల్ రాజ్ గురించిన అన్ని ఆలోచనలూ బీహార్ నుంచే పాకిస్తాన్ పొందుతోంది.

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What are the possible options to repay Uri

(Primepost bureau)

New Delhi: The fearless attack on an army base in Uri has pushed India-Pakistan relations to the brinkthat are already under strain from a similar strike on an airbase in Pathankot earlier this year. Government is under tremendous pressure to respond robustly. The Pathankot raid offered hopes that the two sides might handle the fallout of such attacks in mature, constructive way. But the steady collapse in ties, marked by reciprocal sniping on Kashmir and Balochistan has soured the mood.

Continued Pakistani provocations on border, cross boarder infiltrations and terrorist activities in side India compelling Indian government to look for ways to inflict costs for their misdeeds. The general mood in public and political leadership is that the time has come to retaliate with full might.

In present scenario, what are the possible options available with India?

Diplomacy: Isolating Pakistan internationally to force it to retract terrorism as an instrument of state policy. India has pursued this line for decades without much success. Now that terrorism has emerged as a global threat, India has more diplomatic leverage and more support from terror effected countries. Convincing great powers in declaring Pakistan as a terrorist state and apply global sanctions. Abrogating Indus Water Treaty and boycotting SAARC summit in November can also be considered.

Aggressive posturing: Moving forces to the border in an aggressive deployment. Refuse Indian skies for Pakistani flights, scale down Pakistani mission in New Delhi and recall Indian high commissioner in Islamabad. Without interactions further deterioration in relations is possible. This move might help the NDA government on the domestic front but may not be of any help in the long run.

War of attrition: Escalate the offensive over Balochistan. Make Pakistan pay heavy price for its interference in Jammu and Kashmir and hope that it sees reason in stopping terror exports across the border. But this approach can backfire and strengthen anti-India elements among state and non-state actors in Pakistan.

Bilateral talks: Engage the civilian leadership in Pakistan. This, however, goes against New Delhi’s stated line that terror and talks can’t go together. Unfortunately, civilian leadership in Pakistan is not in a position to decide on matters related to India. Engage the Pakistani Army, which controls the levers of power, through back-channels. But their interest in peace is suspect.

Hot pursuit: Indian forces to go after the terrorists and neutralise them in Pakistani territory. This option was mooted against Pakistan-backed militants but never exercised. There are inherent risks involved in these operations as resistance from Pakistani forces responding to Indian Army and escalating it into full-fledged war.

Surgical Strike: A covert strike on terror training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to damage them without collateral damage. Again this action by India might run the risk of a full-fledged war with Pakistan.

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Sharif elicits no response from world powers

Washington: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif found no support for his argument over Kashmir when he raised the issue with leaders of several powerful countries., the news reports suggest. Sharif is in New York attending the annual UN General Assembly.

While Pakistan once again stood prominently before international community as a perpetrator of global terror in the back drop of militant attack on an Indian army camp which claimed 18 lives, Sharif made a vain attempt to muster support for his Kashmir bogey.  He sent letters to US, UK, Russia, China and France urging  to intervene, “to halt more than two months of violence in Kashmir “.  He termed it as a threat to the international peace, the Pakistan media reports.

Pakistan media reported about their Prime Minister’s interaction with British Prime Minister Theresa May and the US secretary of state John Kerry, in which Sharif tried to impress them with his Kashmir argument. But in contrast to the other Pakistani leaders interactions with their counterparts, no briefing was given about their Prime Minister’s meet with British PM, and US secretary of state. This indicates how sharif elicited lukewarm response to his Kashmir rantings from US and UK.

Likewise, Sharif’s recent attempts to raise Kashmir at the UN also fallen flat. According to many observers, his Kashmir flogging mainly aimed at domestic compulsions to outdo his army chief or to keep the General in good humour.

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Uri Attack: India bracing for limited army action?

  • Kerry expresses concern

NEW DELHI: India, as several news reports suggest, is considering every possible option to give a fitting reply to Pakistan in the back drop of Uri terror attack which claimed 18 Indian soldiers. Limited army action to exterminate terror camps in Pak occupied Kashmir is one among many.

Union minister Ravi Sankar Prasad’s statement that India-Pakistan ties will never be the same, perhaps reflects the mood of the government. Meanwhile, India has raised the issue at United Nations asking Pakistan to clean its house by eradicating terror infrastructure instead of “”internationalizing” Kashmir. It has also pointed out the blatant human rights violations by Pakistan in POK and Balochistan. Sevreral countries including China have condemned the attack on Indian soldiers.

 Within the country the Indian army emphasised its right to respond “at the time and place of our own choosing”, amidst the advice of several security experts to target the terror camps in POK. The internal lapses, like ignoring the intelligence alerts and the inadequate precautions that might have driven to the Uri attack are also under the scan. The army has took up the investigation.

Earlier PM Narendra Modi held an urgent high level meet with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag besides some other high level officials. The meet discussed various strategies to counter the challenge thrown at. The security situation in general was also reviewed. Later PM met President Pranab Mukharjee to brief on the developments related to the Uri attack.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) started investigation into the Uri attack.

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Modi’s ‘Strong’ Image at Stake

  • It depends on India’s response to terror attack

New Delhi: The way Prime Minister Narendra Modi responds to the terrorist attack on an Army camp at Uri in North Kashmir would make or break his image of a strong man. The PM has been able to maintain an image of a formidable leader who would give fitting response to Pakistan if it dared to harm India. At Uri, four terrorist were shot dead after they killed 17 soldiers on Sunday. The 18th soldier succumbed to injuries on Monday.

Ever since Narendra Modi came to power after a high voltage election campaign and a record-breaking win in 2014 elections, there have been many instances of gross violation of peace and tranquility in Kashmir, Punjab and elsewhere by Pakistan-supported terrorists. Whichever party is in power, the same set of phrases are used in response to the attack by the terrorists. UPA Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said, ‘India will give a fitting response’, ‘The perpetrators of terrorism will be punished’ or some such thing. The same phrases and sentiments were used by Narendra Modi in the wake of Uri carnage.

It is obviously very easy to talk of dealing with Pakistan when one is in opposition. Once in government, the response has to be measured and carefully calibrated. Narendra Modi as prime ministerial candidate of the BJP campaigning for 2014 elections repeatedly mocked at Manmohan Singh government for serving biryani to Pakistan PM who was abetting terrorist attacks on India killing soldiers.  He famously told a gathering that late Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Sastry, said ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ but now Manmohan Sarkar says ‘Mar Jawan, Mar Kisan’. Sushma Swaraj, as a member of the opposition during the UPA rule ridiculed the government for dealing with Pakistan with kid gloves. Narendra Modi, after being PM for more than 30 months could not stop the jawans being killed by terrorist backed by Pakistan nor could he prevent the kisans from committing suicide. Neither India’s relations with Pakistan could be repaired nor could the crisis in the agriculture sector be resolved. The promises made by Modi in his election speeches would sound hallow if his deeds do not match his words.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh held an emergency meeting soon after the terrorist attack and named Pakistan as the culprit. Defence Minister Manohan Parrikar and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also attended the meeting.  The Home Minister had several rounds of meetings with ministerial colleagues and top bureaucrats of the Central government. He asked the comity of nationss to name Pakistan a terrorist Country. Prime Minister had met with President Pranab Mukherjee and apprised him of the situation. He is reportedly toying with the proposal to write to the UNO asking the world body to declare Pakistan a terrorist country.

It was Modi’s overreach to the rebels in Baluchistan that had queered the pitch, according the opposition parties. The Congress and other parties, however, declared in no uncertain terms, that they are with the government when the national security is threatened, but the government should consult the opposition. Modi did not consult the opposition before talking about Baluchistan in his Independence Day’s message. He did not consider the option of raising the Baluchistan bogey and weighed the cost and the benefit.

The same old procedure is being adopted in dealing with Pakistan. The Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt General Ranbir Singh will hand over the evidence to Pakistani counterpart and take up this matter strongly with Pakistan.  

The Pakistan, as expected, had denied, in a statement on Monday, any links with the attackers. It called India’s charge as ‘baseless and irresponsible accusation.’ A National Investigative Agency (NIA) had reached the spot soon after the incident and they will submit their report to the government soon.

Modi and his colleagues have been speaking the same language now that Manmohan Singh and the members of his cabinet spoke after the Mumbai attack. What is the difference that Modi could make? This question would be repeatedly asked till Modi does something tangible.  

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  1. It is time to act and put an end to the menace of terrorist attacks on the Indian soil. It was possible for Indira Gandhi
    to split Pakistan in 1971 even in the face of opposition and intimidation by the USA. The entire nation will support the
    government if it dares to take steps to checkmate Pak sponsored terrorism on our soil.

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యూఎన్ అధికారి వ్యాఖ్యలపై మండిపడ్డ భారత్

న్యూ ఢిల్లీ: కాశ్మీర్ పై ఐక్యరాజ్యసమితికి చెందిన మానవ హక్కుల (యు.ఎన్.హెచ్.సి.హెచ్.ఆర్) హై కమిషనర్ చేసిన వ్యాఖ్యలకు భారత్  ఘాటుగా జవాబిచ్చింది. తీవ్రవాదం అనేది మానవ హక్కులను ఉల్లంఘించే అతి దారుణమైన చర్య అని, నిష్పాక్షిక పరిశీలకులు ఎవరైనా దానిని అలాగే పరిగణిస్తారని వ్యాఖ్యానించింది.

కాశ్మీర్ లోయలోని సాధారణ ప్రజలపై భారత్ ఎక్కువ మొత్తంలో సైనిక బలగాలను వినియోగిస్తోందని యు.ఎన్. మానవ హక్కుల హైకమిషనర్ జైద్ రాడ్ అల్ హుస్సేన్ ఆరోపించారు. దీనిపై దర్యాప్తుకు ఒక స్వతంత్ర, నిష్పాక్షిక అంతర్జాతీయ బృందాన్ని  ఏర్పాటు చేయాల్సిన అవసరం ఎంతైనా ఉందని అన్నారు.   

పాకిస్తాన్ తమ వైపు వాస్తవాధీన రేఖను సందర్శించవలసిందిగా యు.ఎన్ కు ఆహ్వాన లేఖ పంపిందని, ఆయితే తమ దేశంతో పాటు భారత్ ను కూడా సందర్శించాల్సిందిగా అందులో కోరిందని ఆయన అన్నారు.  

భారత విదేశీ వ్యవహారాల మంత్రిత్వశాఖ స్పందిస్తూ, భారతదేశంలో ఉన్న జమ్మూ -కాశ్మీర్ కు, పాకిస్తాన్ ఆక్రమించిన కాశ్మీర్ భూభాగానికి చాలా వ్యత్యాసం ఉందని స్పష్టం చేసింది. తీవ్రవాద సంస్థ హిజ్బుల్ ముజాహిదీన్  కమాండర్ మరణంతో కాశ్మీర్ లో ప్రస్తుత పరిస్థితి నెలకొందని,  పాకిస్తాన్ వైపు నుంచి నిరంతరాయంగా చొచ్చుకు వస్తున్న ఉగ్రవాదం ఈ పరిస్థితిని మరింత తీవ్రం చేసిందని  అల్ హుస్సేన్ చేసిన వ్యాఖ్యలకు బదులు చెప్పింది. 

ఇరు దేశాల వాస్తవాధీన రేఖల సందర్శన విషయంపై భారత్ స్పందిస్తూ – రెండు దేశాలకూ అసలు ఎటువంటి పోలికా లేదని, పాకిస్తాన్ ఆక్రమించిన కాశ్మీర్ భూభాగమే ఉగ్రవాదానికి అంతర్జాతీయ కేంద్రంగా మారిందని వ్యాఖ్యానించింది.

ఈ రోజున 33వ మానవ హక్కుల కౌన్సిల్ సమావేశం జెనీవాలో జరగబోతోంది. ఈ సమావేశం ఉగ్రవాదానికి, మానవ హక్కుల ఉల్లంఘనకు ఉన్న సంబంధాన్ని  సమస్యను గుర్తించి దానిపై చర్చ జరుపుతుందన్న   ఆశాభావాన్ని భారత్ వ్యక్తం చేసింది.

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Army deployed in four worst hit districts

SRINAGAR: Indian Army deployed in rural areas of South Kashmir troubled districts of Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Anatanag after a gap of two years.

Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag visited Srinagar and other areas to review the internal security situation in the state on Friday. He has asked the jawans to be vigilant and extend all possible help to the administration in bringing back normalcy to the region.

What is noticeable is the fact that both the central and state governments have unanimously decided to redeploy troops in rural areas.

General Suhag also visited the LOC and units in North and South Kashmir.

Violent protests erupted after the killing of the Hizbul militant Burhan Wani by the Indian security forces on July 8, administration is trying to regain order that have left thousands of people and security personnel wounded.

Also at Panaji, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the increased deployment of troops was for anti-terror activities as the “army does not act in internal matters unless asked by the local authority”.

“The local civil administration will have to ask (for) the army there like it happened in Haryana, where the (Jat) agitation took place. When the local administration called the army in, we went there only then and followed the orders of the local administration. We don’t operate anywhere internally on our own,” Parrikar said.

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Kashmir unrest: Pregnant women in search of safer routes

Srinagar: Kashmir Valley became unrest over the killing of the militant leader Burhan Wani on July 8. The Valley was under curfew for 52 days till 29 August and 71 people were killed in clashes with the security forces. The authorities in Kashmir have decided to lift the restrictions from the Valley on 29 August, however, the restrictions under the Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which prohibits unlawful assembling of more than 10 people at a place in groups, was remained imposed. Stone throwing protesters, security forces firing pellets, and unprecedented pickets and strikes by separatists, people are forced to adopt desperate measures in times of emergencies in the valley.

A unique arrangement became necessary for a family of a 25 year old woman, who is looking for a house to rent near any private maternity hospital in the Srinagar area where they can move when she enters her 9th month of her pregnancy, whose baby is due in October. The family is from the outskirts of Srinagar, which is at least 10 KM away from the hospital.

A member of the pregnant woman’s family said on Thursday that, “We don’t want to get caught between stone pelters and security men; travelling in the night can be dangerous in the valley”. 

In a similar incident on Wednesday another woman from downtown Srinagar was taken to the nearby hospital on a bike when her labour started, as could not reach hospital on time she lost her child.

“After much argument with the protesters and the security forces, she made it to a nearby maternity care hospital in Srinagar. Since her BP was very high, she lost the child”, one of her neighbours said.

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Nawaz Sharif appoints 22 MPs to highlight Kashmir issue at world stage UN

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif today nominated 22 special parliamentarians to raise the Kashmir issue on the world stage during the United Nations General Assembly session in September.

“We will remind UN its long held promises of self determination to the Kashmiri people”, Mr Sharif said.

The move by Mr Sharif came against the backdrop of escalating the war of words between both Pakistan and India in the after-effects of the still continuing unrest in the Kashmir Valley that broke recently after Hizbul Commander Burhan Wani was killed by the security forces.

Mr Sharif wants his nominated 22 special parliamentarians to highlight the Kashmir issue in different parts of the world.

“We will also make it clear to India that it was them that approached UN several decades ago on the Kashmir dispute but now it is not fulfilling its promises,” Nawaz Sharif said.

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‘Give Me One Chance’: Mehbooba Mufti

NEW DELHI: Jammu & Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti made an emotional appeal to all the protesters in the Kashmir valley on Saturday to give her “one chance” to meet all their concerns. She reminded them that she had been in office for only two months now.

She sought the help of the separatists of the Hurriyat Conference (All Parties Hurriyat Conference is an alliance of 26 political, social and religious organizations formed on March 9, 1993 as a political front to raise the cause of Kashmiri independence) in ending violent protests in the state, after a meeting with PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

“Everyone wants the bloodshed to stop. But dialogue can only happen with those who want it. I appeal to all the Hurriyat to help me in getting peace back on the streets of the Kashmir valley,” J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti said. Mehbooba restated her views that violence is created and followed by only 5 percent of people as the majority of population is keen on maintaining peace in the valley.

Ms Mufti presented a ‘three point plan’ to de-escalate tensions in the Kashmir Valley in a good 45 minutes meeting with the PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi as news reports suggest. “Instead of helping to set things right in the Kashmir Valley, Pakistan has been trying to provoke. It has let go a golden opportunity when Rajnath Singh was in Islamabad. Modiji took the initiative. He went to Lahore. Now Pakistan has to come forward. I am sure that PM Modiji will not forget to find a long lasting solution to the Kashmir valley issue”, Mehbooba said.

Kashmir has been under curfew for the last 50 days since the protest have started over the killing of terrorist, Burhan Wani, in July. Around 60 people are dead since then and over 11,000 people have been injured in the clashes which include 7,000 civilians and 4,000 security personnel in the Kashmir Valley according to the sources.

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Rs. 2000 crore package for POK refugees

The government is all set to announce an Rs 2,000 crore package for displaced people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) living in the country.

The home ministry is expected to place the details before the cabinet for approval soon, say news reports.

36,348 families were already identified for the package.  Each family will get around Rs 5.5 lakh.

The refugees , mostly from PoK, got settled in Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts. However, they are not permanent residents under the terms of Jammu and Kashmir Constitution. They can vote in Lok Sabha polls, but not in the assembly elections.

Some of the families were displaced during partition in 1947, and others during the 1965 and 1971 wars with Pakistan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had for the first time talked about the plight of people of PoK, Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan at an all-party meeting on August 12.

 He again referred to the three regions, three days later, in his Independence Day speech.

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What is Mehbooba upto?

  • Mufti meets Modi
  • Blames Pak for violence
  • Says handful are behind trouble 

New Delhi: Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here today. It was the first meeting between the two after violence erupted in Kashmir valley in the wake of Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani’s death in an encounter with armed forces on 8 July 2016.

Mehbooba, talking to the media after the meeting, blamed Pakistan for creating trouble in the valley. She said only a handful of people are inciting violence. The first priority of her government is to bring about normalcy in the valley. In about 50 days of turmoil nearly 70 persons were killed and more than a thousand were injured.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Srinagar twice after the unrest broke out.

Volt face by Mufti

There is evidently a sudden change in Mehbooba stance. Till the other day she was saying that the Indian security forces killed Burhan Wani, the Mujahideen commander. She later made a u-turn and said the security forces were not aware of Wani’s presence at the spot where the encounter took place. In contrast to what she said in a press conference on July 28 she called Wani a militant during the press conference she addressed along with HM on Thursday. She asked if the youngsters went to Army camps to buy toffees? She categorically said some miscreants are bent upon getting children killed and blinded so that people of the valley become emotional and take anti-establishment view.

Political parties in Kashmir are adept at fishing in troubled water and Opposition leader Omar Abdullah of National Conference is doing just the same at present. He is paying Mehbooba in the same coin. It may be recalled that during the violence that rocked the valley in 2010 following a fake encounter Mehbooba was visiting the houses of the youths killed in firing. More than 110 boys were killed in that phase. Omar was the chief minister at that time. He has now usurped the space of soft- separatism which was earlier occupied by Mehbooba.

Modi’s line

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated that any solution to Kashmir issue has to be within the confines of the J&K constitution which makes it clear that Kashmir is an integral part of India.

As against this background, Mehbooba cannot any more humour the separatists who are backed by Pakistan. The bold stance taken by Modi visa-vis Pakistan placed limitations on the options before J&K CM.

– Primepost Bureau

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Alternative to pellet guns : Chilli-filled PAVA grenades?

New Delhi: The Centre has zeroed in on chilli-filled PAVA shells as an alternative to pellet guns, it is learnt. PAVA, meaning Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide, can severely irritate and paralyse humans, but only in a temporary fashion. Chilli-filled PAVA grenades will replace pellet guns to control protesters in Kashmir.

An expert committee constituted by the Union Home Ministry to find the alternatives to the pellet guns for usage in Kashmir has zeroed in potent and newly developed ‘PAVA shells’, a chilli-based less lethal equipment which temporarily incapacitates the target and renders them immobile for several minutes. 

The Central decision, however, has not found favour with the central reserve police force (CRPF), which is in the forefront of handling the unrest in the Valley.

 The committee early this week held a full fledged demonstration of the maiden shells at a test field in the national capital and gave its thumbs up for use by security forces in Kashmir valley in substitute to the pellet guns which has led to wide scale criticism as their usage led to cases of severe blindness and injuries to the people.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh declared in Srinagar on Thursday that the Centre is keen on finding an alternative to the pellet guns.

It also learnt that the expert committee has recommended that the Tear Smoke Unit (TSU) of the BSF in Gwalior should be tasked with bulk production of the shells “immediately”, with the first lot of around 50,000 rounds. On the Scoville scale (the degree by which spicy heat and chilli  power is measured), PAVA is categorised as “above peak”, meaning it will severely irritate and paralyse humans, but only temporarily.

It is further learnt, that the committee has zeroed in on chilli-filled PAVA grenades, as the simulation tests have been done even on the children as young as the 12 years age group and have proved to be safe. Under trial for over a year at the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, a Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) laboratory in Lucknow, its full development has come at a time when Kashmir is on the boil.

The CRPF officials, who have handled the ground situation in the Kashmir Valley claim these alternatives are going to be of little use against the fury of the mobs and are not fool-proof against overzealous mobs that uses local geography to their advantage.
“Committed agitators who are ready to risk their lives will find ways to outwit the alternatives. In such a scenario we may have to turn back to the safety of regular service weapons that will increase casualty rate,” said one of the CRPF official.

Pellet guns were earlier used for hunting animals. When it is fired the cylindrical munitions bursts and tiny ball bearings sprinkles in air with lethal fierceness. Though the pellet gun has not caused   casualty, it has blinded many people since its induction in 2010.

However, the CRPF thinks that the announcement has come too soon than anyone have expected and without any proper preparation.

Primepost Bureau

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Alternative To Pellets Soon

  • HM appeals to Kashmiris for peace.
  • Mehabooba says children used as shield.

Srinagar: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has told the media conference here that the government would try to find an alternative to the Pellet Guns in Kashmir. Rajnath Singh and J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti addressed a joint media conference at the end of the two-day visit of the Union Home Minister.

Mehabooba Mufti said 85 per cent of the people of Kashmir want peace and harmony. Only five per cent are creating trouble. She alleged that the separatists and militants are using the youth as shield.

Rajnath said he was extremely sad about the situation in Kashmir. He appealed to the people of Kashmir not to play with the future of the children. He reiterated that the youth in Kashmir should have pens,books and computers in their hand and not stones. He said the government had asked the security personnel to be extra careful. He said he is prepared to meet anyone in the ambit of kashmiriat, jamhuriat (democracy) and insaniat (humanity).

Mehabooba recalled that there was a valid reason behind the violent turn of events in 2010 and it was a fake encounter. What is happening now is different. She asked the media persons not compare 2010 and 2016.

The Home Minister has announced that an all party delegation will be visiting valley soon. He said in the violence followed by the encounter of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani 69 people were killed and about a thousand injured.

The joint media conference ended abruptly when Mehabooba rose up. She lost her cool when a corresponded asked her if she had swapped roles with Omar Abdulla, the Opposition leader. In 2010 Omar was the Chief Minister and Mehabooba was the leader of PDF which was extremely critical of the government. She used to visit the families of the youth who were killed in police firing.

– Primepost Bureau

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