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SOURCE: IANS

The Indian Army on Friday said that the 7 Garhwal Rifles Infantry Battalion Group, which is part of the UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan, was awarded the United Nations Medal for “selfless service”.

“The ceremony, held yesterday (Thursday), was attended by a number of military and civil dignitaries, including Brig Gen Mohammed Al Masoom, Commander United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), and a host of senior commanders of various nationalities,” an army statement said. Continue reading

SOURCE: BLOOMBERG

Russia’s S-400 missile system has never been used in combat. Yet it’s already provoking fights around the world, as Russia searches for buyers in markets long dominated by American weapons makers. China’s neighbors are fretting as the country bolsters its military reach with Russian hardware, encouraging India to follow suit. Tensions between rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar have ratcheted up as both countries negotiate with Moscow on possible deals, while the recent decision by NATO member Turkey to buy the S-400 has drawn threats of U.S. sanctions.

With Algeria, Belarus, Iran, and Vietnam also likely customers, Russia could generate $30 billion in sales over the next 12 to 15 years, according to the Moscow Defense Brief, a leading publisher of Russian military information. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Pakistan on Thursday said it was ready to facilitate the Commission of Inquiry as proposed in a recent UN report to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) if India gives a similar access to the UN team to Jammu and Kashmir.

Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal welcomed the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report’s recommendation for an independent, international Commission of Inquiry on Kashmir. Continue reading

SOURCE: REUTERS

Seychelles parliament will not ratify a pact allowing India to build naval facilities on one of the archipelago’s islands, a top foreign affairs ministry official said on Friday.The two countries signed an agreement in January to build military facilities on the remote island of Assumption, but the project quickly attracted criticism from opposition members of the tiny Indian Ocean nation’s parliament and lead to public protests.

Opposition lawmakers had argued that allowing India access to Assumption, which is near a busy shipping route, would be surrendering territory to another country and joint management of the facility with India undermined the 115-island nation’s sovereignty. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Four militants, including the head of the Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK), were killed during a gunfight with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district today, police said.A policeman and a civilian were also killed in the exchange of fire between militants and security forces in a village in Srigufwara, a senior police official said.

Police identified one of the militants killed as Dawood, who was heading the ISJK, an affiliate of ISIS, he said. Continue reading

SOURCE:  India TV

Backing the government’s stance of dealing with terrorists strongly, Union Minister Arun Jaitley today said that protecting the human rights of the ordinary citizens in Kashmir was important. Jaitley, in his Facebook post, said fidayeens can not be dealt through Satyagraha.

“A terrorist who refuses to surrender and refuses a ceasefire offer has to be dealt with as anybody taking law in his own hand. This is not ‘muscular’. It is the rule of law,” Jaitley said. He added that an elected government, a dialogue with people, a humane approach towards the average Kashmiri is the ultimate object of the Indian State with which few can disagree. Continue reading

SOURCE: Business Standard

At an event earlier this week organized at the initiative of the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi, China’s envoy, Amb. Luo Zhaohui noting that India and Pakistan had become full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization mooted the idea of a ‘China-India-Pakistan Leaders Meeting … under the SCO framework’.

The last time the Chinese envoy came up with a trilateral idea for cooperation was at a speech at the United Service Institution of India in May 2017 where he suggested that the name of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) could be changed to accommodate Indian sensitivities. That speech can no longer be found on the Chinese Embassy website indicating that he possibly spoke out of turn or at least ruffled some feathers in Beijing and/or across the border. Continue reading

SOURCE: ZEE MEDIA

At a time when critics say Congress is desperate for support, support had come but not quite from where the party would have been hoping. Party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad recently said that more civilians were dying in anti-terror operations than terrorists – a view that was echoed by terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba in an emailed statement.

Through the statement, LeT spokesperson Abdullah Ghaznavi quotes the terrorist organisation chief Mahmood Shah as saying that Azad’s view was correct. “We have been of the same opinion as of the expressions of Ghulam Nabi Azad and others since the beginning. India is up to bringing back the era of Jagmohan by imposing the Governor law so as to sabotage the infrastructure and commit massacre of innocents. It is a move to further intensify the mass killings.” Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Saifuddin Soz on Friday backed former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s statement on Kashmiris’ independence.

Earlier, Musharraf had said if given a chance Kashmiris would want to stay independent. Speaking to ANI, Soz said, “Musharraf said Kashmiris don’t want to merge with Pakistan, their first choice is independence. The statement was true then and remains true now also. I say the same but I know that it is not possible.” Continue reading

SOURCE: ET

India and Indonesia have separately slammed but found a common cause against the office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. This development that comes close on the heels of Al Hussein’s report on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir and ahead of a potentially similar report on Indonesia’s Papua province.

Indonesia, the country with the world’s largest Muslim population and a supporter of India’s position on Kashmir in the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), has expressed its displeasure with Al Hussein’s office for scheduling visits to Papua province for monitoring human rights situation without coordinating with the local government. It said that this was tantamount to violation of sovereignty of a UN member state.  Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

Playing the ‘China threat’ card is an “unwise” poll strategy for the BJP to employ as it will “jeopardize the nation’s political and economic development”, said an op-ed in the hardline Chinese state media outlet Global Times.

The op-ed referred to recent Indian media reports which said the 2018 training material for the BJP tells its cadres that China is a threat to India. “India’s 2019 general election is less than a year away and it seems that the BJP has started to gear up for the next round of campaigns through playing the China card,” said the op-ed in Global Times, which is run by People’s Daily, a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party. Continue reading

SOURCE: Huffingtonpost

Hours after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of their alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and brought Jammu and Kashmir under the direct control of their government in New Delhi, a video shot by an Indian soldier made the rounds on Whatsapp.

The 54-second clip carried a message no one in Kashmir missed: A lone two-storey house stands amidst green fields and tall poplar trees, a typical rural Kashmir landscape. Within seconds a missile hits its base blowing the house to smithereens, sending clouds of dust, debris and smoke into the bright blue summer sky, like a scene from an active war zone. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Mumbai-terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s son and his son-in-law are among 265 candidates fielded by the Jamaat-ud -Dawah for national and provincial assembly seats across Pakistan in the July 25 general election, with the banned group’s political wing vowing to make the country a “citadel of Islam.”

Saeed, who also carries a USD 10 million American bounty on his head for his role in terror activities, is not contesting the election. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

The government today announced the formation of three committees to help a task force set up in April to prepare a road map for implementing the drone technology in the country.

The committees would separately make their recommendations on manufacturing and licensing of drones, airspace and air traffic management and policy and law related issues, the Civil Aviation Ministry said. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE PAKISTAN

Pakistan on Thursday said India stands isolated in the international community after a damning report by the United Nations accusing Indian security forces for gross human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.

“The isolation of India in the international community is complete,” said Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal at a weekly news briefing. “The skeletons in Indian closet are growing in numbers and size. Right-wing governments end up paying a high price,” he added. Continue reading