Tag Archives: India

Pakistan: Regime begins seizing charities linked to US-wanted cleric

Source: Willoughby News-Herald

“Amid increasing pressure from the international community, Pakistan on Wednesday began seizing assets and funds belonging to Islamic charities linked to a radical cleric wanted by the U.S., officials said. It was the first step against Hafiz Saeed since he was freed by Pakistani authorities in November on a court order. He is the founder of the militant Lashkar-e-Taiba group, which was blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. … Saeed denies involvement in the Mumbai attacks and claims his charities are only under a U.N. watch list. The move came a day after Pakistan’s Cabinet approved new rules in an effort to tighten the noose around outlawed extremist and militant organizations and seize their financial assets.” (02/15/18)


Indian, Pakistani regimes rattle sabers after Kashmir gun battle

Source: US News & World Report

“India has warned Pakistan that it would pay for a deadly militant attack on an Indian army camp in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, the latest violence in the disputed region to stoke tension between the nuclear-armed rivals. Pakistan responded by saying it was ‘fully committed and capable of defending itself against any act of aggression’ and India had unfairly blamed it for the attack ‘without a shred of evidence.’ Saturday’s attack on the camp near Jammu, in the Indian-controlled part of the Muslim-majority Himalayan region, was the worst in months with six soldiers and the father of a soldier killed. At least three militants were killed, according to Indian officials.” (02/13/18)


Kashmir: Indian army confirms nine fatalities in attack on camp

Source: The Statesman [India]

“A view of an ambulance parked outside Sunjuwan Military Station after a group of four-to-five heavily armed militants stormed an army camp; in Jammu on Feb 10, 2018. A JCO was critically injured and his daughter also suffered injuries when the militants entered the Sunjuwan Military Station around 4.45 a.m. hurling grenades and heavy volume of automatic gunfire early on Saturday. A Defence Ministry spokesman on Sunday confirmed that nine people were killed in the ongoing anti-terror [sic] operation in an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking to media persons here, Colonel Devendra Anand said three terrorists [sic] have been killed in the operation that has been going on since Saturday inside the Sunjuwan army station in Jammu city.” (02/11/18)


India: Regime test-fires nuclear-capable ICBM

Source: CNN

“India has successfully test-fired a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the country’s Defense Ministry said Thursday. The nuclear-capable Agni-V is believe to be India’s most advanced ICBM. It was fired Thursday morning India time from Abdul Kalam island off the coast of the eastern state of Odisha, the ministry said in a tweet. … While Thursday’s test may have been incremental from a technological perspective, it could have serious geopolitical ramifications. Relations between Beijing and New Delhi have been strained following a protracted border dispute in late 2017 over the Himalayan region of Doklam. Both Shukla and Narang said the Agni-V could be used to strike against China, with all of the country within its maximum range.” [editor’s note: No calls for UN Security Council action from the US regime that feigns intense concern over North Korea’s much less advanced program – TLK] (01/18/18)


India: Whistleblower merits award, not probe, says Snowden

Source: The Hindu [India]

“American whistleblower Edward Snowden today said the Indian journalist, whose report on alleged Aadhaar data breach has led to lodging of [a police report], merits an award and not a government probe for the work. Snowden, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who blew the lid off US surveillance on phone and internet communications, also said the Indian government should reform its policy to safeguard privacy of its citizens. ‘The journalists exposing the #Aadhaar breach deserve an award, not an investigation. If the government were truly concerned for justice, they would be reforming the policies that destroyed the privacy of a billion Indians. Want to arrest those responsible? They are called @UIDAI,’ Snowden posted on Twitter. … Aadhaar is a 12 digit unique-identity number issued to all Indian residents based on their biometric and demographic data. The data is collected by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), a statutory authority. The Delhi Police has registered an ‘open-ended’ First Information Report (FIR) on a complaint from UIDAI over the report on alleged data breach.” (01/09/18)


India: Top court to review colonial-era law criminalising gay sex

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“India may be on track for a major victory for gay rights after the country’s supreme court agreed to re-examine a colonial-era law outlawing sex between men. The court on Monday said it would refer the question of the validity of section 377 of the Indian penal code to a larger bench for examination before October this year. … The supreme court observed in 2013 that fewer than 200 people had been convicted for homosexual acts under the legislation but activists say it is regularly used to blackmail and intimidate LBGTI Indians as well as to stymie HIV/Aids prevention efforts.” (01/08/18)


India needs to work harder, both in its own backyard and in its near-abroad

Source: Notes On Liberty
by Tridivesh Maini

“In his latest tweet, Trump minced no words, saying that Pakistan had fooled the US all these years, and that US will not take this lying down …. A number of senior officials in the Trump Administration, such as the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defence Secretary Mattis, and Vice President Mike Pence have hinted that harsh steps for Islamabad are a real possibility, some of which include not just withdrawal of aid to Pakistan, but also the removal of Pakistan’s non-NATO ally status. … New Delhi has understandably been closely observing these events. Trump’s warnings to Pakistan are viewed as positive news for India …. Realists in New Delhi will however be keeping an eye on the following issues.” (01/02/18)


Kashmir: Casualties on both sides in cross-border fire

Source: Al-Jazeera [Qatar]

“Pakistan’s army says three of its soldiers have been killed by Indian fire across the de facto border between the two countries in the disputed region of Kashmir. The troops were killed on Monday in the Rakhchikri area of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, the military said in a brief statement. One Pakistani soldier was also wounded. The incident came after India said four of its soldiers had been killed by Pakistani fire in the Rajouri area of Indian-administered Kashmir on Saturday.” (12/26/17)


India: Gandhi named chief of Congress Party

Source: Washington Post

“India’s main opposition Congress party on Monday named Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the country’s Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, as party president. Gandhi was elected to the post unopposed and succeeds his mother, Sonia Gandhi, for the top job in the party. The party had governed India for decades before the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party swept to power in 2014. Gandhi faces the difficult task of resurrecting a crumbling Congress party, a task made harder by a series of crushing defeats in state elections over the last year.” (12/11/17)


Indian drone crashes after entering Chinese airspace

Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“China on Thursday accused India of infringing on its territorial sovereignty after an Indian drone ‘invaded’ Chinese airspace, a senior military official said. No details were given about when the incident happened, or what kind of drone it was, except that it crashed. … Tension between China and India has been simmering for months. Earlier this year, troops from the two countries were locked in a 72-day stand-off in the disputed Doklam plateau, a region that lies on the border between the state of Sikkim in India, Bhutan’s Ha Valley and Tibet’s Chumbi Valley. The Indian army said the drone was on a regular training mission inside ‘Indian territory’ but had lost contact with ground control due to a technical problem and crossed over the line of control.” (12/07/17)