Connect with us

News

BALAKOT STRIKE: Calling those who question it anti-national baffling, says Mehbooba

Avatar

Published

🕒

on

IST

Srinagar, Mar 3: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Sunday said calling those who question the veracity of Balakot strikes ‘anti-national’ was baffling, but asked the opposition parties to not fall into the trap of changing the election discourse from pressing issues like unemployment and farmers distress.

India conducted air strike in Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on February 26.

The PDP president said allowing political discourse to be reduced to the Balakot strikes would only help the BJP electorally.

 

“Calling those who question the veracity ofBalakot strikes anti-nationalis baffling. However, the opposition should not fall into this trap of changing the entire election discourse from pressing issues like demonetisation, GST, unemployment, farmers distress to these strikes,” Mehbooba wrote on Twitter.

She said the citizens of the country have every right to question the credibility of the Balakot operation especially due to the Government of India’s ambiguity about the details.

“How does it help the enemies? Only puts GoI (Government of India) in a tight spot since they want to exploit this to reap electoral benefits, she said, in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks in Patna.

Hitting out at opposition parties for questioning the recent air strike in Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday the “armed forces were busy quelling terror”, but the Congress and its allies are not convinced with their act of bravery.

The statements made by the opposition parties after the preemptive air strike depp inside Pakistan have made only people of Pakistan happy, he claimed.

“When the country needed to speak in one voice, 21 opposition parties gathered in Delhi to adopt a resolution condemning us. They are demanding proof from the armed forces for their act of bravery,” the PM said at the BJP’s Sankalp rally at Gandhi Maidan in Patna.

Modi said “Now they have even started asking for proof of the #AirStrike. Why are Congress and its allies demoralizing our forces? Why are they giving statements which are benefiting our enemies?

Mehbooba said “presently when war frenzy and jingoism in the guise of patriotism is at an all-time high, allowing political discourse to be reduced to the Balakot strikes will only help BJP electorally.

“It’s no wonder that the Rafale deal, unemployment, poor eco growth are fading into oblivion (sic), the PDP chief added.

 

 


Advertisement
Loading...
Comments

News

Goel is new RAW chief, Arvind Kumar appointed IB head

Agencies

Published

on

New Delhi, Jun 26:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appointed Samant Goel as the next chief of India’s external spy agency, Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) and Arvind Kumar as the Director, Intelligence Bureau.

Both are Indian Police Service officers of 1984 batch with Goel belonging to Punjab cadre and Kumar, to Assam-Meghalaya cadre.

Goel heads operations for the external intelligence agency.

 

Meanwhile Arvinda Kumar is the Director, Intelligence Bureau.

PM Modi, as chairman of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, also cleared the empanelment of 1986 batch IPS officer in the rank of Director General.

Both are Indian Police Service officers of 1984 batch with Goel belonging to Punjab cadre and Kumar, to Assam-Meghalaya cadre.

Goel heads operations for the external intelligence agency.

Goel according to a report has handled Punjab militancy at its peak in the 1990s and is a Pakistan expert. A mild-mannered police officer, Samant Goel has impeccable integrity, said a senior R&AW officer.

Arvind Kumar has been closely involved in tackling left-wing extremism at the Intelligence Bureau. The special director-rank officer is also the intelligence agency’s Kashmir expert and has been closely involved in formulating and executing the Centre’s approach on militancy in the valley.

Kumar, who started out his career in the police service from Assam, had moved to the intelligence bureau early in his career after a stint as superintendent of police of Sonitpur, one of the state’s largest districts. He never went back to Assam police and continued to work at the Centre, mostly at the intelligence agency.

Samant Goel, in contrast, spent a considerable part of his career in Punjab where he was posted to oversee security, intelligence and the border range.

Continue Reading

News

Pompeo meets PM Modi, discusses key strategic issues

Press Trust of India

Published

on

New Delhi, Jun 26: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and discussed various aspects of the bilateral relationship to strengthen the India-US strategic partnership.

Pompeo, who arrived here on Tuesday night, will hold detailed discussions with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in the afternoon and have a working lunch with him.

“Working together to further deepen our strategic partnership. Secretary Pompeo called on PM Narendra Modi to exchange views on various aspects of Indo-US relationship. PM will meet President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 Osaka Summit,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted along with pictures of the meeting.

 

Ahead of the strategically-important India-US talks, diplomatic sources on Tuesday said India met the US waiver criteria for procuring the S-400 missile defence system from sanctions-hit Russia, and asserted that New Delhi could not “wish away” its defence ties with Moscow.

Besides India’s missile defence system deal with Russia, terrorism, H-1B visas, trade and the situation arising out of US sanctions on buying oil from Iran, are likely to be discussed on Wednesday during the talks between Jaishankar and Pompeo.

Pompeo’s talks here will be the first high-level interaction between the two countries after return of the Modi government to power last month.

Pompeo’s visit comes ahead of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, later this week

 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday said that India and the US should stand together in the defence of religious freedom rights for all and asserted that the world is worse off when they are compromised.

“India is the birthplace of four major world religions. Let’s stand up together in defence of religious freedom for all, let us speak out in favour of those rights, for whenever we do compromise those rights, the world is worse off,” Pompeo was quoted as saying .

Pompeo’s remarks come in the backdrop of a recently-released US State Department report on ‘International Religious Freedom’ that said mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against the minority communities, particularly Muslims, are continuing in India.

Continue Reading

News

AGH militant killed in Tral gunfight: Police

Avatar

Published

on

Srinagar, Jun 26: A militant of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind was killed in an encounter with government forces at Branpatri forest area of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday.

A joint team of army, SOG and CRPF laid a siege at Branpatri, forest area of Tral in Awantipora today morning.

A police spokesman said that the cordon was laid following credible inputs. As the joint team launched searches, the militants opened fire leading to an encounter, the spokesman said.

 

During the course of gunfight, one militant was killed and his body along with arms and ammunition was recovered. The officer identified the slain as Shabir Ahmad Malik of Nagbal Tral.

As per the police records, he was initially affiliated with proscribed LeT outfit and later on was part of Zakir Musa group, the spokesman said.

“Shabir, as per police records, was wanted by law for his complicity in several terror crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities,” he said.

“He was part of groups responsible for planning and executing militant attacks in the area. Several militant cases were registered against him including case FIR No. 43/15 of Police Station Trikuta Nagar pertaining to the planning and making preparations for carrying out terror attacks in Jammu,” the spokesman said.

Pertinently with the efforts of Police and security forces, it was a clean operation. No collateral damage happened during the encounter, the spokesman said.

After conducting all legal medico formalities, the body of the slain was handed over to his family for last rites, an official said.

Meanwhile, thousands of people attended the funeral of the slain at his native place. He was later buried amid pro-freedom slogans.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Latest News

Latest News3 hours ago

Mughal road accident: Guv express grief over loss of lives, announces ex-gratia

Srinagar, June 27: Governor Satya Pal Malik has expressed grief over the loss of lives in a road accident in  Shopian...

Latest News3 hours ago

Amit Shah wants zero tolerance towards militancy, militants

Srinagar, June 27: Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday told the security forces that there should be zero tolerance towards...

Latest News3 hours ago

VIDEO: 9 girls among 11 students killed, 7 injured in accident on Mughal road

Srinagar, June 27 : Eleven students, nine of them girls, were killed and seven others were injured after an excursion...

Latest News4 hours ago

4 dead, 6 injured in Mughal road mishap

Srinagar, June 27:Four persons were killed and six others were injured after a vehicle they were travelling in skidded off...

Latest News7 hours ago

Amit Shah reviews overall security situation in Kashmir

Srinagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah Thursday chaired the unified headquarters meeting of the security grid in Jammu and Kashmir...

Latest News7 hours ago

Man dies, three others injured while digging well in Baramulla village

Baramulla, Jun 27 : One person died and three others were resuced in serious conditions after they fell inside a...

Latest News7 hours ago

One killed, 2 others injured in Kulgam mysterious blast

Srinagar, June 27 : A person was killed while as two others were injured in a mysterious blast when some...

Latest News8 hours ago

Amit Shah visits slain SHO’s family in Srinagar

Srinagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday met with the kin of Arshad Khan, SHO Anantnag in Srinagar, who...

Subscribe to The Kashmir Monitor via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to The Kashmir Monitor and receive notifications of new stories by email.

Join 1,011,320 other subscribers

Archives

June 2019
M T W T F S S
« May    
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
Advertisement