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When India is fighting Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, the US talks of contentious issues between India and Pakistan

Lalit Shastri

One security personnel was martyred and eight of them were injured, when terrorists attacked a security force convoy at Zakoora in the outskirts of Srinagar this evening (14 October, 2016). The terrorists opened fire, targeting a vehicle carrying security forces from patrol duty to their camp at Zakoora.

 

The EDI building at Pampore during the encounter with Terrorists in February 2016 (representative photo)
The EDI building at Pampore attacked twice by Terrorists in 2016 (representative photo)

Going by the discourse and stand vis-a-vis Kashmir taken by the Deputy spokesperson of the US Department of State Mark C. Toner at the daily press briefing on Thursday, 13 October 2016, after a series of terror attacks on India by terrorists exported by Pakistan, one has no confusion and it is amply clear that the US is not interested in reining in Pakistan – a country that has become the epicentre of global terror.

During the press briefing, Toner did talk of Hafiz Saeed saying he is listed by the UN Security Council 1267 Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee for targeted sanctions due to his affiliation with the terrorist group Lashkar-e Tayyiba. And both the LeT and Saeed are designated by the U.S. Government. The LeT is obviously responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians in terrorist attacks, including a number of American citizens.

Hafeez Saeed, co-founder of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and the chief of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah, is also considered by India as a most wanted terrorist because of his involvement in attacks against India, including the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

On his attention being drawn to the Pakistani Government led by Nawaz Sharif and the Army – “two strains within the Pakistani Government” (in Toner’s own words) and it being pointed out (by a journalist) that the Sharif government wants peace with India or in the region, but the military government doesn’t want peace with India, Toner remarked: “our general position on this is that we want to see greater cooperation and greater dialogue between Pakistan and India. It’s frankly to the benefit of both countries. That includes, certainly, security issues. We want to see tensions go down, and we want to see, as I said, a greater cooperation between the two countries. Now, we’re not there right now, but that’s certainly our inclination.”

Kashmir (representative image)
Kashmir (representative image)

Responding to a query on the “Kashmir issue”, Toner said that the US stand on Kashmir is already known – implying thereby that the US treats it only as a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and refuses to acknowledge the fact that Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India, is constantly under attack by Pak-sponsored terrorists. By dragging its feet and failing to call a spade a spade, the US, through its spokesperson, has conveyed to India in ample measure that its war against terror ends when it comes to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Kashmir and other parts of India. As far as India is concerned, the US ought to know that the issue is not Kashmir but Pak occupied Kashmir, cross-border terrorism and the low intensity war being waged against India by Pakistan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received by Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif at Lahore on 25 December 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received by Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif at Lahore on 25 December 2015

India has tried its best to keep open the doors of dialogue with Pakistan. India’s message for strengthening the ties between the two countries was loud and clear when Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Sharif to attend his swearing-in ceremony in May 2014 and once more in December 2015, when returning home after visiting Afghanistan and Russia, he had landed in Lahore to attend a wedding at Nawaj’s residence – this was the first visit by an Indian PM to Pakistan in more than 10 years.

The first major obstacle was encountered by the Modi Government in its efforts to build ties with Pakistan when Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit met Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah in Delhi ahead of another meeting that was scheduled in quick succession between him and two more separatist leaders Yasin Malik and Syed Ali Shah Geelani in the second fortnight of August 2014. Immediately after Basit met Shabir Shah, the Modi Government had castigated Pakistan for interfering in India’s internal affairs and called off the Foreign Secretary level talks with Pakistan.

Battle with terrorists inside Pathankot Air Force base in March 2016
Battle with terrorists inside Pathankot Air Force base in March 2016

Earlier in March this year, India had allowed a Pakistan’s joint investigation team (JIT), which included ISI and military intelligence officers, to visit Delhi and Pathankot to investigate the attack on the Pathankot Air Force base by Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists on 2 January 2016. After seeing clinching evidence, apparently about the ISI role in the Pathankot attack, Pakistan developed cold feet and refused to reciprocate and allow a team of investigators from India to visit Pakistan.

Despite best efforts by India, Pakistan has continued with its Kashmir agenda. Earlier this year, much to the chagrin of India, separatist Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani and others were invited by Pakistan to attend the ‘Pakistan Day’ function at its High Commission in Delhi.

Subsequently, India told Pakistan in categorical terms that talks with Pakistan can be held only about terrorism.

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Terrorist attack on Army base at Uri

Before the Pathankot attack, a police station in Gurdaspur, Punjab, was attacked by terrorists in July 2015. The lid was off on September 18 this year when terrorists attacked the Army base at Uri killng 17. While the number of cease-fire violations by Pakistan have gone up in recent days, there have been more terrorist attacks in quick succession. On October 4, terrorists attacked a police station at Yaripora in Kulgam in Jammu and Kashmir. The same day, a few terrorists escaped after attacking BSF and army camps at Baramulla and killing one BSF soldier and wounding another. On October 6, three terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire when they attacked an army camp in Langate in Kupwara. No security personnel died in this incident. Two days later, a Policeman was killed in the Shopian sector by terrorists, who managed to escape. Early morning on October 10, a couple of terrorists attacked the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute building in Pampore. Security forces were engaged in a fierce gun battle and it took about fifty hours to neautralize the terrorists. The same building was also attacked by terrorists in February this year.

India has responded to the violent situation by taking steps to isolate Pakistan and by telling every nation how Pakistan is continuously engaged in exporting terrorism in every part of the world. On September 29, India’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh announced at a press conference in New Delhi that based on “specific and credible inputs that some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launch pads along Line of Control to carry out infiltration and conduct terrorist strikes inside Jammu and Kashmir and in various metros in other states, the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes at several of these launch pads to pre-empt infiltration by terrorists. The DGMO further said: “It has been a matter of serious concern that there has been continuing and increasing infiltration by terrorists across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. This is reflected, among others, in the terrorist attacks on 11 and 18 September 2016 in Punch and Uri respectively. Almost 20 infiltration attempts have also been foiled by the Army at or close to the Line of Control during this year.”

One fails to understand why the US State Department spokesperson had to do such a balancing act when asked to spell out the US stand on Kashmir. Choosing to ignore Pakistan’s direct role in spreading cross-border terrorism, all Toner said, in the interest of regional security, was that “there’s a lot of contentious issues between India and Pakistan. The US wants the two countries to take a more conciliatory approach to each other and to work through some of these issues for the greater good of the region. This observation, at its face value, shows how serious the US is in fighting global terror.

Police station attacked by terrorists in Kashmir

Newsroom24x7 Staff

Srinagar: The Yaripora police station in Kulgam in Jammu and Kashmir was  attacked by terrorists around 8 pm. tonight.

According to available reports there were 3 to 4 terrorists who opened  fire at the highly fortified police station and the police retaliated. There was heavy firing, which lasted about 5 minutes. No casualty has been reported. The area has been cordoned off and search is on.

All-Party Delegation to meet stakeholders in Srinagar: Curfew lifted from Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Baramulla, most parts of Srinagar

Newsroom24x7 Staff

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Stone pelting (representative image)

Srinagar: On eve of the meeting of the All Party Delegation (APD) with local leaders of political parties and different organisations in Srinagar, which will be attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the wake of the Kashmir crisis, Curfew was lifted in Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Baramulla and most parts of Srinagar today.

The situation was still tense in areas falling under the Police Stations of Maisuma, Batamaloo, Khanyar, Safakadal, Nowhatta, Rainawari and M R Gunj, where curfew is still in force.

The Home Minister will be on a two-day J&K tour in connection with the meeting of the APD, with the leaders of different political parties and organisations here tomorrow. The meeting will be held at S K International Convention Complex (SKICC) overlooking the Dal Lake. Media persons would not be allowed inside this venue to cover the proceedings but they would be free to meet the leaders separately.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, on Saturday even wrote to the separatist leaders of Kashmir, urging them to join the dialogue with the all-party parliamentary delegation

Even as last moment preparations were on for this meeting and word had spread that the separatist Hurriyat leaders were being nvited for dialogue with the all party parliamentary delegation, 12 incidents of stone-pelting were reported earlier during the day from Srinagar, Budgam, Anantnag, Sopore and Kupwara today. “At these places, miscreants assembled on the roads and attempted to disturb the normal traffic and movement of people by pelting stones on vehicles and on police and security force deployments. Barring these incidents of stray stone pelting, the overall situation remained under control till filing of this report late Saturday night.

On Sunday, Police also rebutted a news report appearing in a section of the press under the heading, “Teargas shell tears apart Handwara Woman’s face”, and “Handwara woman another victim of forces excesses”. The POlice have categorically stated that the story is not based on facts.

The Zonal Police Headquarters spokesman in Srinagar said quoting the Baramulla district police authorities that the concerned woman was injured when some miscreants pelted stones on the vehicle she was travelling in, near Hamrai, Pattan during night.

Supply of Essentials in Kashmir

Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmed Khan on Sunday reviewed the supply position of essentials in Kashmir Valley and security of trucks carrying supply of essentials to Valley at a meeting held here.

As many as 972 trucks loaded with ration and other essential supplies reached Srinagar today and 470 trucks were on way to Kashmir Valley from Jammu. The Divisional Commissioner told those present at the meeting that all necessary steps had been taken to ensure adequate supply of essentials and hassle-free movement of trucks from Jammu to Kashmir Valley. Necessary steps for the foolproof security of trucks carrying essentials to the Valley will also be put in place, said the Divisional Commissioner.

The truckers’ Union has also called off the transporters’ strike on receiving assurance from the authorities about the safety of the vehicles and drivers carrying essentials to the Valley.
Eid arrangements in Baramulla

The district authorities in Baramulla on Sunday reviewed the arrangements for upcoming Eid-ul-Azha. The Deputy Commissioner directed the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department to ensure proper distribution of essential commodities, including rice, sugar, and LPG. He also directed the concerned officials to ensure the ration stores and sale outlets remain open during holidays for the convenience of people. He also asked them to take strict action against profiteers and black-marketers.

The Deputy Commissioner also asked the officers to ensure uninterrupted electricity and drinking water supply to the people, besides ensuring proper street lighting. He directed Municipal Authorities to ensure proper sanitation and cleanliness at all the places particularly at those places where congregation prayers would be offered on Eid.

The DDC asked the CMO to ensure that medicos and para-medicos attend their duty as per the roster. He also instructed that the ambulance service should be kept in a state of readiness to meet any exigency during the festival.

Thirteen points have been notified to buy sacrificial animals in view of Eid-ul-Azha in Baramulla District. In Baramulla, these points are near Karipa Park, Sheep Complex Noorbagh, near Hospital Bagh-I-Islam and near Irrigation Quarters Khajabhag. In Sopore – near Super bazaar, near River Edge Hotel and near Bugoo Arampora. In Rafiabad, these points would be near the Sheep complex watergam, Rohama and Hadipora. In Uri SDO office Uri, in Pattan near Chinar Monuments, in Kunzer near Town Hall, in Tangmarg near SDO office Tangmarg.

The meeting was informed that on the eve of Eid, the Animal Husbandry Department would set up sale outlets for sale of poultry chicken at 10 per cent discount at Sopore, Baramulla, kreeri, Pattan and Uri, besides dressed chicken will be available at Baramulla and Sopore. The Assistant Director Fisheries informed that trout would be available for sale at Baramulla and Sopore.