A fake Twitter handle of the Jammu and Kashmir police was being shared on the Internet and a warning of legal action was issued in this connection, an officer of the force said today.

“An image of a fake Twitter account with an update of our official Twitter account is being shared on the Internet. We request the public not to share it,” the officer said. “We have taken cognizance of this criminal activity and necessary legal action is being initiated,” he added. Continue reading


Deposed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday told a court here that he is not a traitor as his family migrated from India for its love for Pakistan. The Lahore High Court on Monday held the hearing on a petition seeking action against 67-year-old Sharif under treason charges for claiming that those involved in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack belonged to Pakistan.

Another former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Dawn’s journalist Cyril Almeida, who are the other respondents in the case, also filed their reply in the court. Some 166 people were killed in the attack carried out by 10 Pakistan-based LeT terrorists. Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught and hanged after handed down death sentence. Continue reading


Urging Pakistan and India to solve water issues through ‘hydro-diplomacy’ and in accordance with Indus Waters Treaty, former diplomats and water experts enunciated the fear of war between the two countries if matters pertaining to water sharing of mutual rivers were not resolved placidly.

The diplomats and experts were speaking at launching ceremony of a book, Hydro-Diplomacy: Preventing water war between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India, authored by Ashfaq Mahmood, former federal secretary, Water and Power, and published by IPS Press – the publishing arm of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad.

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Controversial Pakistani extremist cleric Khadim Rizvi lashed out at the students of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) for meeting with the members of the Ahmadiyya community, saying those who wanted to express solidarity with them can leave the country and instead live in India or Israel.

Earlier this month, the students had met the Ahmadis in Rabwah, as part of a project to promote peace, tolerance and acceptance of minorities in Pakistan. Reacting to the visit, Rizvi said, “Principal of a Lahore college took students to the centre for ‘Qadiyanis’, saying they want to promote brotherhood with the minorities. The government is not taking cognisance of this. I don’t understand which direction they want to take Pakistan to. You are taking students to those people who are blasphemous to our Prophet. What do you want to tell and show to the world?” Continue reading


A large number of activists from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) gathered outside the Pakistan High Commission in London to mark October 22 as ‘Black Day’.

They shouted pro-freedom and anti-Pakistan Army slogans to demand the security forces leave PoK and Gilgit Baltistan who illegally occupied the region on this day in 1947. Sajjad Raja, President of Jammu Kashmir National Awami Party, UK said, “We all have gathered here to protest against Pakistani invasion of Jammu and Kashmir on October 22, 1947. We are protesting against Pakistan because we think that is the day which caused the division of our state and that is the day when the ill-planning was conceived to suppress our people and victimize our people. That was the conspiracy which still ongoing, which still continuing”. Continue reading


India and China on Monday signed their first ever internal security cooperation agreement, ensuring support to each other in dealing with problems of terrorism, human trafficking, smuggling of drugs and arms etc. During a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and China’s minister for public security, Zhao Kezhi, India asked China to support its pending application in the UN to designate Pakistan-based Masood Azhar, leader of the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group, as a global terrorist, sources said. In the past, China—a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council—has opposed India’s proposal to list Azhar as a global terrorist.

Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that India also asked China to not give shelter to hardline ULFA leader Paresh Baruah. India’s mention of Baruah to China comes in the backdrop of reports stating that United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) leader Baruah had been making frequent trips to China. During the seventies, when insurgency was at its peak in the north-east, the extremist leaders often got training and shelter in China.  Continue reading


India on Monday asked China to support the pending application in the UN to designate Pakistan-based JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammed) terror group leader Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, officials said. It also asked Beijing not to give shelter to hardline ULFA leader Paresh Baruah on its soil, they said. The two key issues were raised at the first India-China high level meeting on bilateral security cooperation which was co-chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Zhao Kezhi, State Councilor and Minister of Public Security, China, here.

“The key concerns of both the countries were flagged and both the sides assured each other full cooperation,” an official, who was part of the Indian delegation, said. Continue reading


India and Russia have decided to launch an all-new department under the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Co-operation (IRIGC-MTC) to bring each other’s militaries closer than ever before. The department will focus on enhancing military interactions, reviving lapsed bilateral military programs and providing a further boost to joint training and military exercises.

“The new department is aimed to create more jointmanship at the military level of the two countries. The first meeting is expected in December this year,” an official source told Sputnik. Continue reading


On a day when Imran Khan alleged that Indian security forces are targeting innocent lives in Jammu and Kashmir, India reacted sharply and said that the Pakistani PM should worry about his country’s bankruptcy rather than focus on making false accusations.

Imran on Monday claimed in Twitter post on Monday that India was carrying out a ‘new cycle of killings of innocent Kashmiris.’ He did not make any reference to actions of Pakistan-sponsored terrorists or his country’s Border Action Team (BAT) making repeated infiltration bids which are being thwarted by Indian security forces. “Imran Khan should first worry about his own country. Pakistan is at the cusp of bankruptcy,” said Shahnawaz Hussain, spokesperson for the ruling BJP at the centre. “He should not meddle in the internal affairs of India and ought to know that not only Jammu and Kashmir but even Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is an integral part of our country. Continue reading


Bangladesh will evaluate cautiously a recent Indian offer asking the country to use its Kolkata and Haldia ports for transshipment to make coastal shipping more cost effective for bilateral trade, officials and reports said in Dhaka on Monday. Bangladesh is yet to approve India’s proposal which was floated several months ago.The Financial Express newspaper carried a report saying Bangladesh’s shipping ministry officials decided to evaluate the proposal “warily” as its own Chittagong and Mongla seaports were upgrading their capacity.

Shipping Secretary Abdus Samad said Bangladesh would take a decision on the proposal after a thorough consultation with the government and non-government stakeholders. Continue reading


India’s state-owned Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) has issued a fresh global tender seeking collaboration in building five fleet support ships for the Indian Navy. According to the document, HSL is seeking as collaborator a reputed shipyard that can provide design, KME, and technical assistance for implementation of this project. The vessels would be used by the Navy to support the operations of carrier groups planned for the future.

“The collaborator has to provide a design from a source who has designed a ship with similar capabilities which is in service with any Navy. Collaborator should have constructed and delivered a naval vessel of similar capabilities/capital warships on or after 01 Jan 2005 which should have been completed within four years of build period,” the document issued by HSL reads. Continue reading


Indian Air Force crew started its training on Apache helicopters in the US. The Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopter is a twin-turbo shaft with tandem cockpit for two crew and a tail wheel-type landing gear arrangement. The helicopter which will enhance combat capability of IAF is expected to be delivered by 2020, and the deal was inked in 2015, as reported earlier.

As has been reported earlier, private sector Company like Dynamatics are building large sections of Chinook, and the Tata Boeing joint venture in Hyderabad is building the complete fuselage of the Apache. Continue reading


We all are seeing the shifting goal posts in the media from one accusation to another regarding the Rafale deal, when one tries to answer one, people shifts the goal post to another with other accusation, the latest addition to it is the number as to why government is buying only 36 instead of 126 when they have got the aircraft 9% cheaper and package 20% cheaper. However the thing that the simple people of India do not know is that the 36 Rafales ordered in fly away condition is double of the then the earlier 18 to be ordered in MMRCA tender.

Now the genuine question that comes in the mind is that what is the difference is between the Indian assembled 108 aircraft and 18 or 36 fly away aircraft. The answer is nothing, once inducted in the air force but from defence procurement, tendering and commercial perspective the difference is more than the difference between sky and earth. Continue reading

SOURCE: Tribune News Service

Almost two decades after Kargil came into limelight following a limited conflict with Pakistan over intruders transgressing the Line of Control, the strategically important town in Jammu and Kashmir has got a third axis of approach via Manali.

A trekking foot trail that connected Darcha in Lahaul valley of Himachal Pradesh to Padum in Zanskar valley of Jammu and Kashmir across the 16,600 feet Shinku La pass has been widened and converted into a motorable road by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). Darcha lies 32 kms ahead of Keylong on the Manali-Leh highway. The distance from Darcha to Padum is 148 kms. Padum is already connected to Kargil with a single-lane black top road maintained by the state government and it takes about six to eight hours to cover the 230-km distance. Continue reading


The Indian Army has asked Pakistan to take back the bodies of two ‘hostile Pakistani nationals’ who had been killed in an encounter along the Line of Control in Sunderbani sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.

“Pakistan Army has been informed through established communication channels to take over the bodies of the hostile Pakistani nationals,” Colonel Aman Anand, Army spokesperson told the media on Monday. Army sources said a stern warning has been conveyed to the Pakistan Army to restrain terrorists operating from its soil. Continue reading