Over 100 Pak terrorists planning to launch massive attack in J&K during Diwali week

An Intel report accessed by Times Now has revealed that the ISI, Pakistan’s military intelligence agency is making a determined effort to disrupt Jammu and Kashmir and parts of Northern India during Diwali week.

The latest intelligence reports distributed on the evening of October 17 (Tuesday) evening indicate that serious efforts are being made to strengthen the terrorist networks with additional reinforcements, to target military posts and civilian areas during the period.

Intercepts show that over a hundred terrorists have either entered the state or are ready at launch pads right on the line of control.

This has necessitated special countermeasures in both the forward positions –the border posts– and also, inside the state. What is worrying is the extensive use of guides, usually smugglers and herdsmen.

Terrorists waiting to attack ::

Two terrorists were spotted on 12 October in Sempura near Pantha Chowk in Srinagar. The intel report suggests that they are likely to attack a security forces convoy soon.

On 14 October, three terrorists (one local and two foreign) were spotted moving towards Pantha Chowk and Haidarpur. The intelligence report says “This group is planning to carry out terrorist initiated incident or target security forces.”

In addition, five terrorists have just entered Sonapindi in the Macchal sector of J&K. Six terrorists are in the Pakistani village of Dhundiyal. They are being led by the LET commander Rashi Gafoor and reports suggest they want to enter by tunneling from Ramgarh to Arnia.

Five Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists are in Kunda, across the line of control (LoC) in Keran. They are expected to take one of the two following routes: The first through Upper Bor and Kachhal and Patro to Sundi Galli or through Nilam to Keran and Kundian to Zunreshi.

Four LET terrorists with a guide are at Battakaiyan in Uri. They are expected to enter through Khanda Nala to Baramulla or through Nusai and Dogi Pahar and Hajibar to Baramulla.

Five LET with two guides are at Kharameru and they plan to hit Uri. They, judging by intercepts, are either taking the SKS Pass to Ban Bahik to Litar Bahik and Rafiabad route or the Gail Galli, Kala Pahar, Naga Pathri, Baba Gail and Rafiabad route.

Six Hizbul Mujahideen with a guide is at Pacchiban launch pad. They are also targeting Uri, either through Panu and Sukhdar or through Pandu and Jabla.

Six LET terrorists with a guide are at Kharameru and they are likely to enter Kalapahar through Narpathra, Patiala and Kazinag or Manabar through Narpathra visa Patiala and Kakua.

On October 13, Six Hizbul Mujahideen reached Pak Post Jungle 1 opposite Krishnaghati. They are likely to attack forward posts.

Since mid-October five LET terrorists are at the Pakistani army post, appropriately named Badmash, opposite the Krishnaghati sector.

Ten Lashkar terrorists, trained at a forward Kahuta camp were at Launch Pad Kacharban. They have divided into two subgroups and moved to Balanwali Dhok and the Pak Forward Defence Line Contour Complex manned by 649-815 Mujahid battalions respectively. They have been told to attack Indian forward defense posts in the Saujjiyan sector.

Terrorists on October 14 have been seen near Pakistani village Deewar on the LoC. This is near the Pakistan military post-Green Bump, opposite Poonch. They are likely to attack Indian posts with standoff fire.

The reports suggest that the ISI is using all its assets whether it is the LeT or the M or the Hizbul Mujahideen. Indian security officials say that the next week will be challenging. With stone-pelting down, a spectacular attack is one way of telling the world and the Indian establishment that the situation is still volatile.

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India, European Union restart talks on civil nuclear agreement

India and European Union have restarted negotiations on a civil nuclear agreement that was virtually mothballed after being signed way back in 2009. European Union experts from Brussels held discussions with officials from department of atomic energy last week in Mumbai.

With Europol beginning a working relationship with India’s NIA to tackle terrorism and track terror groups that might target either side, there is a greater emphasis on security, counter-terrorism and foreign policy between India and EU, indicating the two are moving beyond their stalled free trade agreement.

The India-EU civil nuclear agreement, unlike others, focuses on nuclear safety and “non-power technologies in the areas of water, health care and medicine, environment, etc.” Indicating a new interest in cooperating on maritime security, EU has asked India to escort World Food Program (WFP) ships through the Indian Ocean as they travel to African states with food aid, recognising India’s capacities and intentions of being a security provider in the Indian Ocean.

India is re-engaging Europe, which is a significant development as the world enters a period of profound changes. The UK is peeling away from the EU creating a great deal of uncertainty. Over in the US, Trump appears to be upending an international order with his inexplicable tactical moves. To the east, the growth of China as an aggressive expansionist power impacts both India’s interests and growth trajectory. From treating the EU with a degree of exasperation, Modi signalled a change this summer when, in the presence of Angela Merkel, he declared, “the cohesiveness of EU is very important.”

Nevertheless, the lack of progress on a free trade agreement sends the wrong signals. German ambassador Martin Ney lent voice to this collective frustration when he said last week that India and EU had “failed” to realise the true potential of their relationship. The lack of a bilateral trade and investment agreement (BTIA) is telling on many European investments which cannot invest in India in the absence of an investment protection environment. After a meeting between commerce minister Suresh Prabhu and his European counterparts in Marakesh, sources said, chief negotiators from both sides are scheduled to meet in Delhi in mid-November to restart negotiations.

A proverbial late entrant, India will be playing catch-up, as EU is on the verge of completing FTA negotiations with Vietnam among a host of Asian countries. However, EU sources said they had stepped up EU public investment via the European investment bank which has pledged euro 1.5 billion in key infrastructure projects like Lucknow and Bengaluru metros and climate change projects. To give a helping hand to European investments, sources said, a bilateral committee acts as a facilitator by working through the difficult Indian system.

India is trying to reach out to EU for development cooperation and implementation of Modi government’s flagship projects. Officials point to the growing canvas of the India-EU relationship. It is significant, diplomats said, that the initiative for scheduling the 2017 India-EU summit was taken by India. Europe and India took a similar stand on a “rules based international order,” giving a thumbs down for the China model of development.

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Karkit, Budgam in Kargil sector to get road connectivity after 1971

The remote and the most sensitive village situated near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kargil sector with a large population area consisting small villages will get road connective soon.

Karkit Budga villages near the Line of Control, having small Mohallas was part of Pakistan Administered Gilgit Baltistan. Indian army freed the village from Pakistani occupation in 1971 with the help of locals.

The area’s main pass, known as 26, was covered by land mines due to which there was no road connectivity for the Budgam, Haral and Khunda villages of the Karkit area.

Residents of the area were demanding for removal of these land mines since 1971. After the macademization of the road from Chanigound till 26 the demand became one of the major grievances of the locals. “On this request, 121 infantry brigade of Indian army and the engineers of the concerned regiment of the army in Kargil, while taking the risk and responsibility, removed around 71 land mines, while as 109 mines were defused,” said adefence official.

“After the diffusion and removal of mines the areas was handed over to the civil administration and the road would be construct under PMGSY scheme,” he said

“The area of Karkit Budgam has been freed today,” said one of the resident. “We are thankful to Indian army for taking such initiatives towards the development of the area time to time,” he added.

In this regard, a function was held at Majadas of Badogam in where the Brigade commander 121 infantry Kargil, Executive councillor LAHDC Advocate Mohd Amir, Deupty commissioner kargil Haji Gulzar Hussain were present as guests .

By: Mumbai Mirror

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Commander of LeT terrorist group among 2 killed in J&K’s Pulwama

  • A top LeT commander Wasim Shah was among two terrorists killed in an encounter today.
  • Shah, was gunned down along with aide Hafiz Nasir Ahmad Mir at Pulwama’s Litter village.
  • Joined terror ranks in 2015, Shah had also appeared in the first photograph with slain Hizb terrorist Burhan Wani.

Top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Wasim Shah, wanted in connection with several terror attacks, and his aide were gunned down on Saturday by the security forces in an encounter in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The police and Army had received information about terrorists hiding in Litter village of Pulwama district. The area was cordoned off and a search operation was launched,” Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.

The encounter started when the terrorists opened fire at the security forces.

“During the encounter, both terrorists were eliminated,” the official said, adding that their bodies were recovered and the operation called off.

According to the police, the two terrorists were identified as Wasim Shah and Hafiz Nasir Ahmad Mir.

Shah, a resident of Shopian, was wanted for many attacks on security forces and political workers in south Kashmir. He was variously described as a category ‘A’ or ‘A++’ terrorist by Army and police officials and carried bounty of Rs 10 lakh.

Sometime in late June 2015, slain Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani released a photograph of himself seated with 10 other terrorists, all armed and dressed in Army fatigues. Wasim Shah had also appeared in the photograph with Wani.


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India’s indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS VIKRANT to be fully operational by 2019

Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Thursday reviewed the construction of the country’s first indigenous aircraft carrier – Vikrant, at the Cochin Shipyard. The Navy expects the 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier to be fully operational by 2019.

Admiral Lanba took stock of the various construction activities related to Vikrant – named after India’s first aircraft carrier that was acquired from the UK in 1961. “At the shipyard, the CNS (chief of Naval staff) accompanied by the FOC-in-C (South) and other senior officials of the Navy took a walk around of the ship to get a first hand appreciation of the progress of work onboard,” a Defence release stated.

The ship, which is designed to survive attack by nuclear, biological or chemical weapons, puts India in the elite group of nations like the US, Russia, UK  and France that are capable of designing and constructing aircraft carriers.

Source : Zee News India

NIA Will ‘Fully Choke’ Terrorists Of Foreign Funding

Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said the NIA will “fully choke” terrorists and separatists of foreign funding to curb terrorism that he described as a “curse for the civilised society”.

The Minister said being an autonomous body, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had done its job well in its crackdown on terrorists and separatists.

“Some people say the NIA has partially succeeded in stopping foreign terror funding. But I will say the NIA will fully choke the foreign funding to terrorists in the country soon.”

The Minister was referring to the terror funding case the NIA has filed against Kashmiri separatist leaders as well as JeM chief Hafiz Sayeed. At least eight separatist leaders have been arrested since July.

Inaugurating the NIA headquarters at Lodhi Road here, Rajnath Singh said: “The NIA will bring down the morale of the terrorists and their funders.”

He said terrorism acted as a hindrance to development. Lauding the work of the NIA for proving its credibility since its formation in 2008, Rajnath Singh said the conviction rate of the agency was over 90 per cent.

“As they carry the investigation in a professional way, there is no question mark on the investigation of the NIA.”
Rajnath Singh said investigating terrorist activities was a tough job. “But with the help of scientific investigation, it has filed perfect chargesheets.”

He hailed the NIA’s role in curbing the menace of fake currency which he said acted as oxygen for terrorism.
He lauded the NIA’s “good coordination” with central investigation agencies, anti-terror squads and police forces of state governments.

Congratulating the central forces, Rajnath Singh said: “I congratulate the central forces for neutralising terrorists day after day.”
He lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing the international community on board on the issue of terrorism.

Meanwhile, NIA Director General Sharad Kumar said the agency had been able to bring back normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir by choking foreign terror funding.

He said of the 166 cases the agency had taken up for investigation, 62 pertained to jihadi terrorism, 25 to terrorist acts by Northeast insurgents, 41 of terror financing and fake currency, 12 involved Maoists and 24 cases related to miscellaneous terrorist acts.

He said the NIA had filed chargesheets in 28 cases with a success rate of 85 per cent and a conviction rate of over 90 per cent.

Kumar said: “In the last two years, the agency has registered 21 cases relating to ISIS and we have remained successful in terms of investigation.”

“Earlier this year we registered a case of terror funding in the Kashmir Valley due to which we have been able to choke the terror funding and bring back normalcy in the state.”(IANS).

By: The Shillong Times

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India plays major role in nuclear plant in Bangladesh

India is playing a substantive role in building a nuclear power plant on foreign soil for the first time ever with the proposed supply of equipment and material for the power station being built by Bangladesh with Russian assistance.

At the recent 61st general conference of International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, top Indian officials announced Indian firms are working with Russian and Bangladeshi partners on establishing Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh. India will supply and manufacture equipment, material for the plant near Dhaka, said persons familiar with the issue.

Besides Bangladeshi nuclear scientists are undergoing training at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, also built with Russian assistance and uses Russian technology.

This will be India’s first atomic energy venture abroad. As per the December 2014 ‘Strategic Vision for Strengthening Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy’ between India and Russia, the “two sides will explore opportunities for sourcing materials, equipment and services from Indian industry for the construction of the Russian- designed nuclear power plants in third countries.”

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