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Kashmir issue needs political solution, says APHC-M chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq: The Kashmir issue needs a "political solution" and the Centre can't woo its people only by extending financial packages and concessions, All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC-M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said on October 30. "Kashmir is a political issue that needs a political solution. New Delhi can't woo people only by extending financial packages and concession," Mirwaiz said while addressing a gathering in Ganderbal District. Mirwaiz said it was time for Indian leadership to give up its "military approach" in Kashmir and understand that a political resolution and not economic packages alone could resolve the vexed issue of Kashmir. The Hindu, October 31, 2015.

Pakistan fanning militancy in Kashmir, says Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf: Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf acknowledged that his country supported and trained terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in 1990s for fanning militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. The former military ruler also asserted that terror leaders like Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri were Pakistan's "heroes" but later became "villains". "In 1990s the freedom struggle began in Kashmir…At that time Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and 11 or 12 other organisations were formed. We supported them and trained them as they were fighting in Kashmir at the cost of their lives," Musharraf said in an interview to Dunya News. Daily Excelsior, October 30, 2015.

Dawood Ibrahim not in Pakistan, claims Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit: Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on October 28 denied India's renewed allegations in the aftermath of gangster Chhota Rajan's arrest in Indonesia's Bali that terror suspect Dawood Ibrahim was hiding in Pakistan. "Who told you he is in Pakistan? If you have any information, please pass it on to us, we will nab him and hand it over to you," said Basit. He said Pakistan is ready to hold talks with India, at any level, with even some conditions in order to address each other's concerns but India should not make mistake that Pakistan made some ten years ago by refusing to sit at the negotiating table. Times of India, October 30, 2015.

Narco-smuggling in Punjab on rise, says report: In present India, Punjab is in a serious grip of drug abuse. Border Security Force (BSF) recently submitted a report to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) on the narco trafficking in Punjab from beyond the borders. The detailed report suggests an increase in drug smuggling across the border. In 2011, the BSF had seized heroin worth 67 kilogram, while in 2012 the seizure was elevated to 288 kilogram. These figures touched 313 kilogram and 324 kilogram in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Daily Excelsior, October 29, 2015.

Zero tolerance towards firing, infiltration, says IG of BSF, Rakesh Sharma: The Border Security Force (BSF) on October 27, did some hard talk with Pakistani Rangers during two hours long flag meeting between the Sector Commanders of two sides at Octroi post on the International Border (IB) in RS Pura sector in Jammu District and told the Rangers in categorical terms that they will not tolerate firing and shelling on the civilian areas and give very effective response if Pakistan initiates firing. Daily Excelsior, October 28, 2015.

NSA warns Pakistan: Covert action not cost-effective strategy: Terming "jihadi terrorism" as common threat to South Asia, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on October 27, warned Pakistan not to engage in covert action saying it was a very short-sighted strategy of the neighbouring country. He said Pakistan has never realised that it can be "profitable" and "most effective" for its economic growth and stability if it engages with India and rest of the South Asian countries. Times of India, October 28, 2015.

Pakistan uses militant proxies against India, says CIA Director in hacked email published by WikiLeaks: Pakistan uses militants as proxies to counter India's growing influence in Afghanistan, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan has said in an email, which has been hacked and released by WikiLeaks. The email is among documents, released by the whistleblower website and deemed classified by the CIA, contained reports on Afghanistan and Pakistan, and also ideas for US policy towards Iran. Times of India, October 26, 2015.

India downplays Kashmir-reference: India on October 23 downplayed the reference to Kashmir in a United States (US)-Pakistan joint statement, affirming its commitment to resolve issues with Pakistan bilaterally and welcomed the focus on terror networks in the statement. Asserting that the statement devotes considerable space to the issue of terrorism and that it was for the first time that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Haqqani network are specifically mentioned in it, Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Vikas Swarup said India also read the assurance about these two entities and terrorism in general offered by Pakistan. Daily Excelsior, October 24, 2015.

Terror infrastructure across the border is intact, says BSF:
Asserting that Pakistan has not dismantled terror infrastructure which was still intact across the border, the Border Security Force (BSF) said on October 21, that it was closely monitoring the movement along Jammu frontier. "The terror infrastructure is intact across the border. That has not been dismantled. We are carefully examining every activity across the border line and will take appropriate action whatever action is required to be taken," Inspector General (IG), BSF, Jammu Frontier, Rakesh Sharma told reporters in Jammu. The Hindu, October 23, 2015.

More than 40 insurgent groups operating in Manipur, says Deputy CM Gaikhangam: Manipur Deputy Chief Minister (CM) Gaikhangam on October 19 said there are more than 40 insurgent groups operating in the state. Speaking at the 124th Raising Day of Manipur Police in Imphal, he said the number of insurgent groups included factions and Manipur Police had earned a "great reputation" for dealing with the difficult situation like not only in trying to contain insurgency but also in the complex day-to-day law and order problem, a police department press release quoted him as saying. Times of India, October 20, 2015.

Centre examining northeast's special category status, says Union Minister Jitendra Singh: Central Government's Finance Ministry is examining the continuation of the special category status for the eight northeast states, Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (Independent charge) Jitendra Singh said in Agartala on October 9. Jitendra Singh said the issue whether the eight northeast states will continue to get special category status "is being looked into by the union finance ministry". "When and how the issue would be settled, I do not know," he added. Nagland Post, October 10, 2015.

69 people killed in militancy related incidents and cross border firing this year, informs Jammu and Kashmir Government: The Jammu and Kashmir government on October 5 informed the State Assembly that 69 people, including 35 Security Force (SF) personnel, were killed and 199 injured in militancy-related incidents and Pakistani firing in the state this year. While 49 people - 29 SF personnel and 20 civilians - lost their lives in militancy-related violence, six SF personnel were among 20 people killed in firing from across the border till September 22 this year (2015), Chief Minister (CM) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said in a written reply to a question raised by National Conference legislator Mian Altaf Ahmad. Times of India, October 7, 2015.

More than 500 Maoists give up arms in 10 years in Maharashtra, says report: Maharashtra Government's Naxal (Left Wing Extremism) surrender policy has yielded positive results with 502 Maoists giving up arms in the last 10 years and being rehabilitated. Of these, 482 rebels have surrendered in Gadchiroli District alone, considered as a Naxal hotbed. Maharashtra Government had launched a Naxal surrender policy on August 29, 2005, which has been extended time and again till date, official sources from Anti-Naxalite Operations (ANO) of Maharashtra Police said. First Post, October 7, 2015.

Give up terror and let us sit down & talk, Sushma Swaraj to Pakistan: Rubbishing Pakistan's 4-point formula for peace, India on October 1, asserted that it is ready to discuss all issues if the neighbouring country addresses "just one" point of ending terrorism emanating from there as she proposed National Security Advisor (NSA)-level talks to address the problem. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj referred to the perpetrators of 26/11 attacks who continue to roam freely in Pakistan and pressed the world community to ensure that countries which provide finances, safe havens and arms to terrorists "pay a heavy price". Daily Excelsior, October 3, 2015.

[Source: SATP]

JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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