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Pakistan on Fire and Its Effects on India

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As Pakistan Minister in Pak Parliament statd that Pakistan hit India in its territory when they attacked Army vehicle in Pulwama

S Jaishankar hits out at Pakistan in reply. He said India will no longer sidestep this issue, emphasizing that the prevailing sentiment in the country is to address the challenge of terrorism.

Highlighting the intricate nature of maintaining relations with a neighbour like Pakistan, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar stated that Islamabad openly employs terrorism as a tool of state policy and does not hide it.
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Union External Affairs S Jaishankar (PTI)

He stressed that India will no longer sidestep this issue, emphasising that the prevailing sentiment in the country is to address the challenge of terrorism head-on and not overlook the problem.

Speaking at the Institute of South Asian Studies of the National University of Singapore during his three-nation visit, S Jaishankar discussed his book 'Why Bharat Matters'.

“Every country wants a stable neighbourhood...we have been unfortunate, or ill-starred to be blessed with the one we have to our west. How do you deal with a neighbour, who does not hide the fact that they use terrorism as an instrument of statecraft?” he said.

Making an indirect reference to Pakistan, the minister mentioned that terrorism in that country fosters terrorism on almost an "industry level" and resembles an "assembly line" process.

“It's not a one-off, different countries at different points of time have experienced this. But, very sustained, almost an industry level, assembly line...people whose job is to do bad things at night.”

He further mentioned that India has made the decision to confront the problem directly because avoiding it would only lead to further complications. “I don't have a quick, instantaneous fix, but what I can tell you is that India will not skirt this problem anymore...if we have a problem, we must be honest enough to face up to the problem. If you have to have those discussions, we should, if it's hard to find a solution, we must work through. We should not give the other country a free pass...in India the mood is not to overlook terrorism.”

The EAM further added, “If you look at the changes that have happened in the last decade, the great deal of public anger and lack of response to terrorism threat is one factor.”

Jaishankar is currently on an official visit to Singapore, the Philippines and Malaysia from March 23 to March 27.

The purpose of the visit is to strengthen bilateral ties with these nations and to engage in discussions on regional issues of mutual interest, as stated in a release by the Ministry of External Affairs. (With inputs from ANI)
 

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Pakistan has faced twin tragedies: killing of 5 Chinese and attack on Navy base.
Five Chinese nationals were among six killed in suicide bomb attack in Pakistan. ...
Five Chinese engineers, including a woman, and their local driver were killed Tuesday when a suicide attacker rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into their convoy in Shangla district.

Militants attacked a Pakistan naval airbase killing at least one paramilitary soldier while security forces killed all five of the assailants in retaliatory fire, officials said on Tuesday. Monday's attack on the Turbat base in southwestern Pakistan was the second assault by ethnic Baloch militants on a military facility in the past week. "We escaped a huge loss," said a statement from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's office.

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A court in Pakistan has suspended former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s jail sentence in a case related to illegal selling of state gifts.. Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi were each handed a 14 year sentence in the case on.
The Islamabad High Court on Monday said the couple’s sentence will remain suspended until a decision is taken on the case after the Eid holidays, which begin in 10 days.
Khan, 71, is accused of not disclosing assets based on the sale of state gifts worth more than 140 million rupees ($504,000) he received when he was the prime minister from 2018 to April 2022.
The case was brought by Pakistan’s anticorruption agency, which accused Khan and his wife of unlawfully buying and selling the gifts.

Pakistan will probe accusations by High Court judges of intimidation by the country’s top spy agency.
Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar says the decision was taken at a meeting between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa [Anjum Naveed/AP Photo]
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Pakistan will set up an inquiry commission to investigate accusations by six High Court judges of interference and intimidation by the country’s powerful intelligence agencies in judicial decisions, Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar has said.
Tarar made the announcement at a news conference on Thursday in Islamabad, saying the decision was taken at a meeting between Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa.
 

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Pakistan has denounced “provocative remarks” made by Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who said in an interview that India would enter Pakistan to kill anyone who escapes over its border after trying to carry out attacks.

Singh’s comments on Friday came after the Guardian newspaper published a report stating that India had killed about 20 people in Pakistan since 2020 as part of a broader plan to target “terrorists residing on foreign soil”.
 

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Observing the importance of stable and peaceful relations between India and China for the region and the globe, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stated that the two countries need to "urgently address the prolonged situation" on the border in order to put "the abnormality in our bilateral interactions" behind them.
In an interview with Newsweek magazine, PM Modi remarked on the strained relations with China since the military standoff that began four years ago along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, stating, "For India, the relationship with China is important and significant."
 

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According to the Finance Ministry insiders, USD 5 billion from Saudi Arabia, USD 3 billion from the UAE and USD 4 billion from China will be rolled over, adding that the estimate of further new financing from China would also be included in the next financial year's budget, The Express Tribune newspaper reported

 

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Clashes took place between police and protesters in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, on Saturday [Amiruddin Mughal/EPA] Protesters in Pakistan-administered Kashmir have called for shutdowns and the declaration of a “black day” on Tuesday after blaming paramilitary forces for killing three young men and injuring several others on Monday evening.
A protest convoy, led by a group called the Jammu Kashmir Joint Awami Action Committee (JAAC), has been marching towards Muzaffarabad since May 11, the capital of the autonomous region bordering India, over demands including subsidised flour and electricity.
However, on Monday evening, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif approved a 23 billion rupee ($82m) subsidy programme, drastically reducing the price of wheat and flour.
Shaukat Nawaz Mir, the chairman of the JAAC, said the group had planned to turn their protest in to a celebration after the government’s decision to meet their demands, but will now protest against the killings.
“Our protesters were completely peaceful but the government’s decision to call in rangers meant that they wanted to use force against us, and now we see that three people were killed,” he told Al Jazeera.
The regional government also issued a notification ordering the closure of government offices and all educational institutions in the region. The protests, which started over the weekend, also saw the partial suspension of mobile internet services as well in some regions.
Pakistani government officials have hinted, on social media, at “enemy propaganda” fanning the tensions — an apparent allusion to India, with which Pakistan has fought three wars over Kashmir. But officially, Islamabad has not blamed India for the crisis it faces in Pakistan-administered Kashmir just yet.
On Sunday, Sharif expressed “deep concerns” over the situation, saying that while protest is a democratic right, no one should take the law into their own hands.
“Unfortunately, in situations of chaos and dissent, there are always some who rush in to score political points. While debate, discussion and peaceful protests are the beauties of democracy, there should be absolutely no tolerance for taking the law in one’s own hands and damaging government properties,” he wrote in a message on social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter).
 

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India on Friday said the protests witnessed in several parts of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) are a "natural consequence" of Islamabad's continued policy of systemic plundering of resources from the region that remains under its "forcible and illegal" occupation.​

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IMAGE: People hold a banner as they chant slogans in support of an alliance of civil rights groups protesting in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, demanding the government give the region a subsidy on electricity and wheat prices in the face of rising inflation, during a demonstration in Karachi on May 13, 2024. Photograph: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters​

India also asserted that the entire Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh "have been, are and shall always remain integral parts of India".​

Violent protests erupted in PoK over rising costs of food, fuel and essential utilities as Pakistan reels under a severe economic crisis.​

"We have seen reports on protests in several areas of Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir," external affairs ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said at his weekly media briefing.​

Unrest in PoK: 3 killed in firing, teargas shelling

Unrest in PoK: 3 killed in firing, teargas shelling​

Violent strike over high prices in PoK enters Day 4

Violent strike over high prices in PoK enters Day 4​

He was responding to a question on the protests in PoK.​

"We believe that it is a natural consequence of Pakistan's continued policy of systemic plundering of resources from these territories which remain under its forcible and illegal occupation," Jaiswal said.​

"Such exploitative policies deny the local people, rights over their own resources and the benefits thereof," he said.​

"We reiterate that the entire Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been, are and shall always remain integral parts of India," he added.​

Two days ago, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar asserted that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir was, is and will always be part of India.​

"I have no doubt in my own mind that someone living in PoK is comparing their situation with someone actually living in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that how is it that people today are actually progressing there," he said.​

Earlier this month, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said India will never give up its claim of PoK but it won't have to capture it with force because its people, on their own, would want to be part of India after seeing the development in Kashmir.​

 

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Indian Government is pointing at the role of ISI in 4 recent terror attacks in J & K.
Jammu and Kashmir Police have detained 50 suspects in connection with the recent terror attack on a pilgrims' bus in Reasi which killed 9 people, including a minor, and injured 41 others.
Nine people were killed in the attack on the vehicle that was carrying pilgrims from the Shiv Khori temple to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra. J&K Reasi attack: Terrorist didn't stop firing at bus even after it fell in gorge, says survivor. In J&K attacks Massive search operations continue to hunt down terrorists
The Jammu and Kashmir police has released sketches of four terrorists and also announced a reward of ₹5 lakh on each of them hiding in the upper reaches, for providing any information about them.

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The United States defends its $450m fighter jet sale to Pakistan as helping to bolster the fight against ‘terrorist threats’. as India criticizes the deal. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has defended US military sales to Pakistan amid criticism from India, which says it is the target of a $450m F-16 fighter jet deal between Washington and Islamabad. During a news conference in the United States capital on Tuesday, Blinken said that the military package approved earlier this month was for maintenance of Pakistan’s existing fleet.
 

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The number of soldiers being killed by Pak Terrorist in June July 2024 is alarming.​

Since June 9, Jammu and Kashmir witnessed four terrorist June attacks, including the targeting of a bus carrying pilgrims in Reasi. All these attacks have happened in Jammu, which highlights the shift in focus of terrorists from Kashmir.​

The bus, carrying Hindu pilgrims from the Shiv Khori temple to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra, veered into a deep gorge in Reasi district under indiscriminate fire.
The increasing concern is that Pakistan-based terrorists are now targeting both security forces and innocent civilians. On June 9, a Lashkar-E-Taiba module carried out a terror attack on a civilian bus, resulting in nine deaths and 41 injuries.
After the abrogation of Article 370, the strategy of terror groups based in Pakistan shifted focus from the Kashmir Valley, where security forces maintain a firm grip. For the past 2–3 years, terrorists have intermittently struck in Jammu, which has seen a surge in violence, particularly in 2023 with 43 terror attacks and 20 so far in 2024.

The recent spate of terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir reinforces a new trend of terrorism in the state—the one that is shifting towards the Rajouri-Poonch area. The attack on an Army convoy, killing five security personnel in Badnota village, 124 km from Kathua town in Jammu, is one among the string of recent attacks in the state. The renewed approach taken by the anti-state actors to foment terror in the region has compelled security agencies to relook at the counter-terror machinery and develop a punitive-based approach.When compared with Kashmir Valley, Jammu had been relatively terror-free over the past two decades until recently, when the region is witnessed a spike in terror attacks.
 
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