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SOURCE: NEWS18.COM

India is likely to host its own conference on the developing situation in Afghanistan next month. The central government is in touch with Russia, China, US and several regional countries for the conference, which is likely to take place in the second week of November.

According to a report by Times of India, A final confirmation from the conference invitees is awaited, said the report. While there are no plans yet to invite the Taliban for the conference, an invite to Pakistan is not ruled out. Meanwhile, India will participate in the meeting being hosted by Russia involving the Taliban next week, the Ministry for External Affairs said on Thursday.

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SOURCE: PTI

Asenior Jammu and Kashmir Police officer on Saturday ruled out any security lapse behind the recent civilian killings in the Valley and said that it is not possible to provide security to all those who may be soft targets for terrorists. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said that none of the civilians killed last week had been provided security by the police.

Seven civilians, including four from minority communities, were killed by terrorists in Kashmir last week, triggering fear among the people in the Valley and criticism of the security apparatus by political parties. “There was no lapse in security… They (terrorists) chose soft targets, we had not provided security to them (civilians). It is not possible to provide security to all soft targets,” Kumar said.

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SOURCE: HT

China on Friday said the signing of a Sino-Bhutan memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the bilateral boundary dispute will make “significant contributions” to speed up boundary talks while it’s official media blamed India for “standing in the way” of resolving differences with the Himalayan country.

China and Bhutan on Thursday signed the MoU on a “three-step roadmap” to help speed up protracted boundary talks ongoing for over three decades. The signing was done over video link by Bhutan’s foreign minister Tandi Dorji and China’s assistant foreign minister Wu Jianghao.

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SOURCE: News18

Sometime in the beginning of May of 1965, the vice chief of the general staff, Major General Abid Bilgrami instructed Colonel (Syed Ghaffar) Mehdi to report to Major General Akhtar Malik in Murree. The GOC, considered to be one of Pakistan’s finest generals, spelt out ‘his plan’ that revolved around the SSG (Special Services Group) boys training a group of ‘mujahideen’ that would comprise regular army soldiers and volunteers, which would infiltrate Kashmir and create a general uprising ‘that would bring India to the conference table without provoking general war’.

When Malik added that the mujahideen needed to be sent in by end July the same year, Mehdi was stunned. ‘The plan was so childish, so bizarre as to be unacceptable to logical, competent, professionally sound military persons anywhere in the world.’

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SOURCE: HT

At least 13 terrorists have been killed in as many as nine encounters between security forces and the militants in Jammu & Kashmir, inspector general of police Vijay Kumar said on Saturday. “We have neutralised three out of five terrorists of Srinagar city within less than 24 hours,” Vijay Kumar was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

On Friday, two soldiers from Uttarakhand were killed in an encounter with terrorists in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir while a junior commissioned officer was missing, taking the number of Army personnel killed in the counterterrorism operations in the area to seven this week.

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SOURCE: NEWSTRACK

Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhary, Chief of the Air Staff, arrived in Ladakh on Saturday in the ongoing India-China confrontation over the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In the meantime, he took stock of the army’s preparedness on the borders with China. According to sources, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhary will be on a tour of forwarding areas of Ladakh where he will meet army ground commanders as well as Armies.

Sources said the Indian Air Force Chief will review the operational preparedness of his troops there and also brief about Chinese activities across the LAC against the Indian Front. State that the Air Chief Marshal took over as air chief on October 1. The Air Force Chief, while the head of the Western Air Command, used to lead a large part where China’s interference is high.

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SOURCE: The Express Tribune

Approximately 185 people have been martyred and 875 were injured as a result of Indian aggression across the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Kashmir during the last five years. According to a document available with The Express Tribune, the civilian population living along the LoC has been badly affected as a result of unprovoked fire by India.

Indian shelling has damaged 2,130 houses and shops, 393 livestock and 58 vehicles. The federal government has approved a development package worth over Rs3.61 billion to protect the population of the border areas, including the construction of 773 bunkers and 178 km of roads.

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SOURCE: NEWS18

Even as the extension of BSF jurisdiction snowballs into a states versus Centre slugfest, particularly in Punjab and West Bengal, another border guarding force, the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), is struggling with limited reach that ends in the middle of nowhere.

The jurisdiction of the SSB, which is deployed along the India-Bhutan and India-Nepal borders, ends 15 km from the border into dense jungles in multiple states. The force is authorised to search, seize and arrest only within this 15-km range. Unlike the border with Pakistan where the BSF operates, the SSB is deployed at open borders that have no fencing or demarcation, making them more prone to cross-border crimes.

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SOURCE: OUTLOOK INDIA

Emboldened by the Taliban victory in Afghanistan, Islamist terror groups across Asia are regrouping and flexing their muscles against secular governments in the region. Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina has cracked down on Islamists in her country and they hate her with a vengeance. These groups have been waiting for a chance to get back at her and her Awami League party for their strong secular credentials and her pro-India foreign policy. Her government has systematically broken the back of the once-powerful Jamaat-e-Islami, which had collaborated with the Pakistani military during the Bangladesh liberation movement and committed atrocities against patriots.  

The Jamaat, which wants Bangladesh to become a Muslim country where Sharia laws are enforced, was banned from participating in elections by the country’s Supreme Court in 2013. The government has held war trials against some of the Jamaat leaders involved in the massacre of innocents in 1971. At least three senior Jamaat leaders were given the death sentence in 2013. Elements of the Jamaat, along with other Islamic groups that have mushroomed in Bangladesh, are bent on removing the Awami League government and “avenge” the “injustice” done to them. 

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SOURCE: MINT

The 12-day joint military exercise between the Indian Army and the Sri Lankan Army – Exercise Mitra Shakti – culminated at Combat Training School, Ampara on Saturday. “The 8th edition of the Exercise #MitraShakti21 between the Indian and the Sri Lankan Army culminated at the island nation’s eastern district of Ampara (sic),” the Indian Army took to Twitter to say. 

It added that the exercise will further promote synergy and interoperability amongst the two armed forces besides further strengthening the bilateral ties. “Besides promoting synergy & inter-operability amongst the Armed Forces, exercise further helped in cementing ties between both the Nations (sic),” said the Indian Army. 

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SOURCE: NDTV

Two terrorists, including Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Umar Mushtaq Khandey, have been killed during a joint operation by police and security forces in Pampore area near Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday, a senior police officer said. Umar Mushtaq Khandey’s name figured in the list of top 10 terrorists who the security forces were targeting since the hit list was released by the police in August this year.

Police said one of the killed terrorist was involved in targeted killing of two policemen in Srinagar and vowed to eliminate all those creating fear in the society.

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SOURCE: PTI

Four CRPF jawans were injured when an ammunition fuse box exploded when it was being loaded on a train at the Raipur station on Saturday, according to an official statement. On Saturday morning, the 211 Company of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was in the train when ammunition was being loaded, it said.

“Boxes of arms and ammunition were being loaded on the train by Head Constable Vikas Lakshman and other jawans. The ammunition fuse box exploded in Lakshman’s hand near the toilet of the train’s compartment,” the CRPF statement said. Due to the fuse box explosion, Lakshman got injured and he was immediately admitted to the Sreenarayana hospital in Raipur, it said. Three other jawans also suffered some injuries and they were given first aid treatment at the station, the statement said. The CRPF said that “a case has been filed with the GRP railway station and it has directed to investigate the matter”. The special train was scheduled to carry the CRPF personnel to Jammu from Raipur, police in Raipur said.

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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Pakistani intelligence agency ISI recently held a meeting with leaders of several terror outfits in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s Muzaffarabad. India Today accessed exclusive details of the meeting that took place on September 21. Indian intelligence agencies came to know about the confidential meeting between ISI officers and terrorist organisations. Accordingly, the agencies issued an alert, a copy of which is in possession of India Today.

According to the alert, in the meeting, the ISI had prepared a plan to launch large-scale attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. It was purportedly decided in the meeting to do maximum target killings on the Indian side of Kashmir.

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SOURCE: PTI

Ahead of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s important visit to Israel, a top Israeli Foreign Ministry official on Friday said that India is “a strategic partner and a very close friend” as he extended warm greetings to the people on Dussehra.

Ambassador Alon Ushpiz, the Director General of Israel’s foreign ministry, took to Twitter to wish the people of India on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra which marks the triumph of good over evil. In the tweet, he announced that Jaishankar would travel to the Jewish state. It is understood that Jaishankar is expected to visit Israel from October 17.

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SOURCE: PTI

The Congress on Friday questioned the silence of the government on the veracity of a video which purportedly shows injured Indian soldiers in captivity of the Chinese and said if it is genuine, then Prime Minister Narendra Modi must ensure that China is held globally accountable for indulging in war crimes.

Addressing a press conference here, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said what is very disturbing to every single Indian is the video of Galwan that was released by the Chinese which shows “our brave heart soldiers injured and in captivity of the Chinese”.

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