Sep 242017
 
The Kashmir issue

Despite the lapse of 70 years, the Kashmir issue is pending before the UN. A solution for this dispute is a must for regional peace. Due to the Kashmir issue, the relationship between Pakistan and India is getting weaker. It is unfortunate that the international community is not taking the issue seriously. The UN had earlier decided to hold a plebiscite for the Kashmiris so that these people can decide their future. Innocent Kashmiris are being killed by the Indian Army on a daily basis. All concerned authorities of the UN must work together to settle the dispute. The Kashmiris deserve to be liberated and live a normal, peaceful life. Tariq Hussain Khan (Karachi) Click for detailed story

Jun 182017
 
Indian Army chief?s delusions on held Kashmir

Indian Army chief recently admitted before the media that the human shield tactic employed by infamous Major Leetul Gogoi in held Kashmir cannot be made a standard operating procedure (SOP) in the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

May 242017
 
India may launch aggressive actions in Pakistan: US spies

WASHINGTON: US intelligence chiefs have warned Congress that India may launch aggressive actions inside Pakistan on the pretext of stopping “cross-border attacks” and that the ongoing exchange of artillery shells across the Line of Control (LoC) may lead to a direct conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbours. The warning given at a US Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday afternoon followed alarming statements from New Delhi and Islamabad, threatening attacks and counterattacks. “India has sought and continues to move to isolate Pakistan diplomatically and is considering punitive options to raise the cost to Islamabad for its alleged support to cross-border terrorism,” Lt Gen Vincent Stewart, the head of US Defence Intelligence Agency, told the committee. “Increasing numbers of firefights along the Line of Control, including the use of artillery and mortars, might exacerbate the risk of unintended escalation between these nuclear-armed neighbours,” warned the director for National Intelligence, Daniel R. Coats. The two officials were briefing senators on the US intelligence community’s threat assessment for 2017-18, during which they see terrorist groups attacking American interests across the globe. On Tuesday, the Pakistan Army denied the Indian Army’s claim that it had carried out an ‘operation’ against Pakistani posts along the LoC. Indian Army’s Maj Gen Ashok Narula claimed the action was aimed to “bring down the number of terrorists in Kashmir so that local youths are not encouraged to take up arms”. Pakistan says that it never allows terrorists to use its soil for launching attacks into another country. Gen [Read More…]

May 172017
 
UN officials apprised of truce violations by India

RAWALPINDI: The United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (Unmogip) was apprised on Wednesday of ceasefire violations recently committed by India along the Line of Control (LoC) targeting civilian population.Read more: Ceasefire violations by India threaten stability, warns army“The Unmogip were invited to [the] General Headquarters (GHQ) to register a protest over unprovoked CFV’s [ceasefire violations] and targeting civilian population by Indian Army on 10th, 13th and 16th May 2017,” said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s media affairs wing.“The Indian army used small arms, automatic and heavy calibre weapons, heavy mortar (122mm mortars) and field artillery in Sabzkot, Baroh, Tandar, Khuiratta, Kot Koterra and Karela sectors to target Pakistani villages resulting in the martyrdom of one civilian and injuring of 15 others including women and children,” the ISPR release said.The UN officials were also apprised of the latest situation along the LoC.In New York, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres underscored the need for both countries to find a peaceful solution to their problems through engagement and dialogue. Guterres wants Islamabad, Delhi to hold talks for settlement of issues “He (the UN chief) is watching the situation very closely and reiterates the need for the parties to find a peaceful solution through engagement and dialogue,” the secretary general’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, told reporters at the UN headquarters on Tuesday.Asked why the UN chief was reluctant to talk about the festering Kashmir dispute that had drawn India and Pakistan close to another conflict, the spokesman said: “I don’t think [Read More…]

May 012017
 
ISPR denies Indian claim of two soldiers killed, mutilated by Pak Army in LoC attack

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Monday refuted Indian army claims that Pakistani soldiers had killed two members of an Indian army patrol on the Line of Control (LoC) and mutilated their bodies, saying Pakistani soldiers would never disrespect another soldier, even if they were Indian. "Pakistan Army did not commit any ceasefire violation on the LoC or a BAT action in Buttal sector as alleged by India," said the ISPR statement. BAT refers to 'Border Action Team'."Indian blame of mutilating Indian soldiers' bodies are also false," added the ISPR statement. "Pakistan Army is a highly professional force and shall never disrespect a soldier even Indian," the ISPR statement said in response to the allegations. The Indian Army had earlier claimed that Pakistani forces fired rockets and mortars at two Indian posts along the LoC.“In a unsoldierly act by the Pakistan Army the bodies of two of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated,” the Indian Army claimed in a statement, adding that the "despicable act will be appropriately responded".The claim from the Indian side came via a tweet from the verified account of the Indian Army's Additional Directorate General of Public Information.The two armies have been facing off for decades across the LoC, an old ceasefire line through the region that both countries claim in full but rule in part.Tense relations The two countries have once again locked horns over the Kashmir issue after Indian forces stepped up a crackdown against protesters in held Kashmir after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan [Read More…]

Apr 242017
 
Did US keep secret Indian Army data leak to China?

NEW DELHI: Despite knowing that a United States’ Navy spy plane — that had fallen into Chinese hands — was carrying secret information related to India’s military and… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Feb 262017
 
Four injured in 'unprovoked' Indian firing near LoC: ISPR

Two women and two girls from the same family were injured as Indian troops shelled a village in Kotli district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) from across the Line of Control (LoC) on Sunday, officials said.In a brief statement, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan Army, confirmed the incident."India's unprovoked firing on (a) civilian house in Khuiratta along the LoC left two girls and two women injured," said the ISPR, adding, the victims were evacuated by army troops to a nearby hospital.The incident occurred at about 10:50am in Janjot Bahadar village of Khuiratta sector, according to an official in Khuiratta police station."They (Indian troops) fired mortar shells, one of which landed in the courtyard of a house, leaving two women and two girls wounded," the official told Dawn by telephone.The victims were identified as Kausar, 65, wife of Mohammad Karim, Ayesha, 15, daughter of Mehboob, Yasmeen Begum, 40, wife of Javed and Samra, 10, daughter of Asad.They were given treatment at an army-run health facility in the area.Pakistani troops responded to India's firing, the ISPR said.On Saturday, 64-year-old Nazarat Bibi was injured in Balakot village of neighbouring Nakyal sector, when Indian troops fired at her while she was performing ablution in the wee hours in the courtyard of her houseThe heavily militarised LoC has been the scene of the worst ever skirmishes and artillery duels between Indian and Pakistani troops in a grievous breach of the historic 2003 ceasefire agreement struck by both [Read More…]

Jan 272017
 
Modi woos Punjab voters with pledge to annul Indus Waters Treaty

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, visiting the poll-bound Punjab on Friday, wooed voters there with a promise to abrogate the Indus Waters Treaty, reports said. Mr Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been in a 10-year ruling coalition with the Sikh Akali Dal, and opinion polls say both are faring poorly with Aam Aadmi Party the biggest winner. The NDTV and Financial Express reported that Mr Modi wooed “hardy and giving Punjabis” in Jallandhar with references to a disputed surgical strike that India said its troops carried out inside Azad Kashmir in September last year, and which Pakistan denied. “This is the land of bravery, courage, one that has given great leaders and visionaries,” NDTV quoted him as saying. “This is the land of sacrifice: warriors’ blood and farmers’ sweat.” Rahul Gandhi also canvassing in the state Mr Modi said his government had helped and honoured Punjab’s farmers. “You can see how farmers have benefited over the last few years. We have ensured that farmers do not suffer and they get their due share of urea now. “The farmers of Punjab need not worry about water anymore. We have decided to route the water from the Indus, which currently flows into Pakistan, who do not have the right over this, to the farmers of Punjab, who rightfully deserve it. Read: India speeding up Indus basin water plan: report“Punjab’s farmers, India’s farmers will get water from India’s rivers. Punjab is also the land of the brave. So many of [Read More…]

Jan 152017
 
Indian Army has no role in Kashmir: JKCHR

Islamabad: Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR) has rejected the claim of Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat that one must make sure the state reverses to what it was before 1989… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Dec 052016
 

A recent video of Indian Army cadets being beaten up with a stick has surfaced and subsequently sparked off a debate across social media. The video shows cadets being beaten up with a stick and rope on their backside, with their heads placed between another official’s legs. While some argued the practice was a way of “toughening up” juniors, others questioned the actions on grounds that ragging of any sort is intolerable. Student left bedridden, mute after ‘beating by staff at cadet college’ “There has to be a zero tolerance policy towards any form of ragging. Maybe in some units, depending on the nature of those in charge, some informal ragging happens but it’s not something that can be legitimised. This can leave open a space for sadism disguised as ‘toughening up’ of cadets and raw recruits,” Air Vice Marshal (retired) Kamal Khanna, who served as the Deputy Commandant of the National Defence Academy (NDA), in Pune, in the early 90s, said. Though military academies more often than not use such techniques to ‘toughen’ up new recruits, whether or not the practice is ethical is questionable. “If a recruit does not perform well, then punching them is common. Some of these techniques are required in a military academy to toughen them up,” a lady Flight Lieutenant serving in the Indian Air Force, said on condition of anonymity. Army officers rough up Motorway personnel over reckless driving ticket When asked if these ‘mild’ forms of torture can pave way for more brutality, she said, [Read More…]

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