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‘One vote’ made surgical, air strikes possible, says PM Modi

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Bhatapara: Amid claims of “misusing” the armed forces for electoral gain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the strength of “one vote” had enabled the surgical strike and air strike in Pakistan.

Addressing a poll rally here in Chhattisgarh, Modi said the India of today carries out surgical and air strikes across the border and shoots down satellite in space due to the strength of “one vote” of the people.

The Election Commission of India (EC) last week sought a report from poll officials in Maharashtra after Modi’s remarks at a rally in Latur, where he asked first-time voters to dedicate their vote to those who carried out the Balakot air strike.

 

The report was sought in the context of an EC advisory issued last month asking parties to desist from indulging in political propaganda involving actions of the armed forces.

Modi also stepped up attack on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, saying it was the mindset of the “sultanate” of the “Naamdar” to abuse the deprived and treat them as slaves.

Modi’s barb came a day after Gandhi made the “how come all Modis are thieves” remark.

Modi attributed Gandhi’s comment to frustration among the Congress and its “Mahamilvati” allies caused by the “BJP wave” being witnessed across the country.

“These people are crossing limits daily. According to them, anyone whose name is Modi is a thief. What kind of politics is this? They have labelled a whole community as thieves only to get some applause, just to insult your ‘chowkidar’,” Modi said.

“I have a question. Why all the thieves have Modi in their names whether be it Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi and Narendra Modi? We don’t know how many more such Modis will come out,” Gandhi had said, addressing a rally in Maharashtra on Monday.

“The Congress and its Mahamilavati allies are unable to sleep during night. Now they are abusing me in frustration, are insulting me. The voters of India are seeing this,” Modi said.

“It is naamdar’s sultanate mindset which sneers at the exploited, deprived and treats them as slaves,” he said.

The Congress labelled honest tax-payers as selfish, Modi said. The naamdars are faced with cases of income tax theft of crores of rupees, he added.

“They are having fun after committing scam following land allotment to bring out a newspaper…they are out on bail,” Modi said, without naming the National Herald case.

“They seek commission in deals relating to national security,” Modi said, in a veiled reference to the Bofors scam, in which late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s name was dragged by the opposition.


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ACB officers to undergo training at CBI Academy

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Srinagar, Jul 18: The Governor-led administration Thursday accorded sanction to the deputation of 20 officers and officials of the State’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for undergoing 10 days training programme at CBI Academy in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

The training programme, as per an official order, is scheduled to be held from July 22 to August 02, 2019.

The officers deputed for the training include SP Sandeep Gupta, SSP Dalip Kumar, SP Mushtaq Ahmad Choudhary, DySPs Zoheb Tanveer, Ramiz Rashid Bhat, Hamid Ali Banday, Sheikh Mudasir Ahmad Farooqui, Sajad Ahmad Sheikh, Masood Ahmad Beigh, Pardeep Singh, and Ayaz Ahmad Sheikh.

 

Other officials and officers of the ACB in the list are: Sr PO Fayaz Ahmad, Inspectors Rameshwar Dutt Sharma, Shrikant Parihar, Raj Kumar Dhar, Mohammad Arif, Rakesh Kumar, Farooq Ahmad Khanday, Sajid Ali, and Mohammad Rouf Bazaz.

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Hafiz Saeed sent to 7-day judicial custody

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Islamabad: Jamaat ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed on Wednesday was sent to seven-day judicial custody following his arrest on “terror financing charges”.

Speaking to ARY News, spokesperson of the Chief Minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province Shahbaz Gill said that Hafiz’s arrest was made under the ongoing National Action Plan (NAP).

The spokesperson refused to share any further details in this regard.
Saeed was arrested while he was on his way to an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Gujranwala to seek bail.

 

The development has come just two days after an anti-terrorism court in Lahore had granted interim bail to Saeed and three of his aides until August 31 against surety bonds of PKR 50,000 each.

On July 3, the top 13 leaders of the banned JuD, including Saeed and Naib Emir Abdul Rehman Makki, were booked in nearly two dozen cases for terror financing and money laundering under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

The CTD, which registered the cases in five cities of Punjab, had stated that JuD was involved in terror funding collected through charitable organisations including Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawatul Irshad Trust, and Muaz Bin Jabal Trust.

In February, Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) had warned Pakistan to deliver on its commitment to curb terror financing and money laundering.

Pakistan may be blacklisted by the watchdog as it is already on the “grey list” of countries who have been inadequate in curbing money laundering and terror financing.

In the wake of previous warnings by the FATF, Pakistan had re-instated a ban on two terror outfits linked to Saeed, namely, JuD and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation in February.

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Soldier hit by falling tree in Kupwara, dies

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Srinagar, Jul 18: A 35-year-old soldier died after a tree fell on him due to a landslide while he was patrolling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, the Army said Thursday.
The incident took place when the soldier, Naik Ramandeep Singh, was leading an operational team for patrolling along the LoC in Tangdhar sector on Tuesday, it said.

Singh was critically injured in the incident and rushed to 168 Military Hospital in Tangdhar for medical treatment but succumbed, Srinagar-based 15 Corps of the Army said in a handout.

A solemn ceremony was held Thursday at the Badamibagh Cantonment of the Army for paying tributes to Singh.

 

Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, Corps Commander, and all ranks paid homage to Singh on behalf of a proud nation. In a show of solidarity, representatives from other security agencies also paid their last respects to him, the handout said.

Naik Singh had joined the Army in 2002. He belonged to Village Tibba of Dhuri Tehsil in Sangrur district of Punjab and is survived by wife, a son and a daughter.

“The mortal remains of the martyr were flown for last rites to his native place, where he would be laid to rest with full military honours. In this hour of grief, the Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved family and remains committed to their dignity and well being,” the Army said.

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