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SOURCE : PTI

Pakistan and India were on the path of peace and reconciliation under his regime, former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf has said while claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not an “advocate of peace talks”.

The former president and chief of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) in an interview with Voice of America claimed that when he was in power, India and Pakistan were on the “path of reconciliation”, but that is not the case anymore, the Express Tribune reported. Continue reading

SOURCE : Times Now

The Indian Army on Saturday gunned down four terrorists on the Line of Control (LoC) after an infiltration attempt in Jammu & Kashmir’s Tangdhar sector from across the border.  An army official revealed that the cache of arms recovered from the slain infiltrators have Pakistani markings which indicates that the infiltration bid was aided and abetted by Pakistan, reported ANI.

“On 24 May, we saw infiltrating column coming into snowbound heights of J&K’s Tangdhar sector. On the intervening night of May 25-26 there was a fierce gunfight at two locations & over next few hours 5 terrorists were eliminated,” an army official told ANI. Continue reading

SOURCE : ENS

The spectre of looming US sanctions on Russia must have been high on the agenda of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin’s discussions during their informal summit in Sochi on May 21. The Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act signed on 2 August 2017 by the US Congress, basically aims to counter Iran, Russia and North Korea through punitive measures.

Title II of the Act mostly deals with sanctions on Russian defence and security sectors, its oil and gas industry and financial institutions. And though there are provisions for exceptions, nations, entities or individuals dealing with the banned institutions would also face sanctions. While the US is yet to formally apply these on Russia, they are likely to imposed sooner rather than later. Continue reading

SOURCE : IANS

Initiatives to bolster India’s position as a major aerospace and defence power are expected to push Indias gross defence budget higher to $112 billion by FY27, revealed an Assocham-KPMG joint study on Sunday.

According to the joint study report, India’s gross defence budget is expected to reach “$112 billion by FY27 from $45 bn announced by the government of India in 2018-19, owing to significant steps been taken by the centre to bolster the country’s position as a major aerospace and defence power”. Continue reading

SOURCE : PTI

The cost of prosecuting Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) head Hafiz Saeed is too great, says former ISI chief Asad Durrani. “If you prosecute Saeed, the first reaction will be: it’s on India’s behalf, you’re hounding him, he’s innocent, etc.

The political cost is big, now,” he says. Durrani, 77, mentions this in a new book in which he features in conversation with former RAW chief A S Dulat and the two discuss topics including everything related to India-Pakistan ties: the surgical strikes, Kulbhushan Jadhav, Nawaz Sharif, Kashmir and Burhan Wani. Continue reading

SOURCE : IANS

At a time when the India-Pakistan border is crackling with persistent gunfire with mounting casualties on both sides, former Indian intelligence chief A S Dulat has floated a disruptive proposal – invite Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa for a dialogue to reduce tension and talk peace.

Dulat said General Bajwa was making all the “right noises”, referring to his April remarks that disputes, including Kashmir, between India and Pakistan can be solved only through peace talks. Continue reading

SOURCE : PTI

The Jammu and Kashmir Police has a new task at hand — identify the ‘keypad jehadis’ who spew venom on social networking sites to try and create a law and order situation in the state by spreading on the Internet rumours or giving communal colour to any event.

The police has registered cases against five twitter handles and filed complaints with service providers against such misleading posts on Facebook and WhatsApp so that necessary action is taken at the earliest, officials have said. Continue reading

SOURCE : PTI

Around 195 files including documents relating to relations between India and Sri Lanka at the peak of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) led civil war have been destroyed by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), sparking concern among archivists and researchers.

While the FCO said any destruction decision would have been taken based on the country’s records policy, experts believe the loss of the files means there is no record of an important period of history. Britain’s MI5 and the Secret Air Service (SAS) had reportedly advised Sri Lanka’s security forces during the LTTE crisis between 1978 and 1980. Continue reading

SOURCE : PTI

Authorities in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir have initiated the process of constructing over 5,500 underground bunkers and 200 community halls as well as ‘border bhawans’ to help border dwellers facing the brunt of Pakistani shelling and firing.

The prestigious project, targeted to be completed in the current financial year at a cost of Rs 153.60 crore, has already been approved by the state government and union ministry of home affairs (MHA), an official spokesman said today. Continue reading

SOURCE :  IANS

Nineteen Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were injured in a road accident here on Sunday, police said.The accident occurred after a CRPF vehicle went out of the driver’s control in the city’s Bemina area and turned turtle.

One critically injured trooper is being airlifted to Delhi even as a controversy of sorts began over the circumstances those led to the accident. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today said that India should be prepared for years and decades of low intensity conflict with Pakistan along the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir. Rathore said that talks with Pakistan could not happen till it continued to support terror in India. He, however, gave the civilian government of Pakistan the benefit of doubt.

Responding to a query about the situation in Kashmir Valley during Panchayat Aaj Tak in New Delhi, Rathore said, “First of all India has to decide what does Pakistan want. We have to be sure about the situation in Pakistan. There are several institutions working in Pakistan – the Army and other institutions which do not let the elected government of Pakistan to stay for long.” Continue reading

SOURCE: SUNDAY GUARDIAN LIVE

Whistle-blowers and scientists working with the Defence Research and Development Organisation  (DRDO) have written to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, seeking her intervention in an alleged  corruption case within the DRDO. Sitharaman’s predecessor Arun Jaitley had ordered disciplinary action against two senior scientists in this case, but no action has been taken yet.

This newspaper is in possession of a correspondence that was shared by the whistle-blower with the Defence Minister. As per this correspondence, R.K. Jain (Director, Joint Cipher Bureau of the DRDO) and A.K. Singh (Director, Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences) were allegedly found to have been involved in “wasting” government money by conducting interviews for the promotion of scientists in DRDO, despite statutory rules barring such interviews. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

All preparations for the Malabar exercise have been completed, said Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, as India, the United States and Japan prepare to deploy their frontline military assets off Guam in the Western Pacific from June 6 to June 15 for wide-ranging naval manoeuvres.

The three countries will deploy a mix of aircraft carriers, submarines, submarine hunter planes and warships for a raft of drills to sharpen interoperability among their maritime forces, at a time China is demonstrating new assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

India needs to be central to what the Trump administration does in South and Central Asia, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the lawmakers on Friday, asserting that India “ought to be” one of America’s closet partners.

“For scores of reasons, India needs to be central to what we do. Specific issues South Central Asia issues, Southeast Asia issues. They ought to be one of our closest partners and we ought to do everything we can to make sure that we achieve that,” he told the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Continue reading