Brave Indian force can defend our borders: Rajnath Singh

Brave Indian forces can defend our borders: Rajnath Singh on Doklam standoff

Indian security forces can defend the country’s territories bravely, said Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday, August 21.

Brave Indian forces can defend our borders: Rajnath Singh on Doklam standoff

Indian security forces can defend the country’s territories bravely, said Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday, August 21.

“Our security forces have all the power to protect Indian borders,” said Singh at an event organised by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). “Thought they’ll be cold and tired but the spirit I saw in them (security forces)! No one would dare raise eyes towards India. We have such brave soldiers.”

“I went to Ladakh once and had never experienced such harsh cold in life. I was told (ITBP) Jawans would meet me in morning,” recalled Singh, further adding the the government will make sure that “their promotions aren’t delayed.”

Speaking on the ongoing standoff between India and China at Doklam, the minister said, “There will be a solution soon and I am sure China will make a positive move.”

“India has never attacked any country, nor does it have an ambition to expand its borders. Security forces are equipped to handle any situation (at the border),” he further added.

The home minister said he wanted to convey a message to all neighbouring countries that India wanted peace.

The ITBP guards the 4,057 km long Sino-Indian border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh.

India and China have been locked in a face-off in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the area over the last two months.

China has been ramping up rhetoric against India over the last few weeks demanding immediate withdrawal of Indian troops from Doklam. The Chinese state media, particularly, have carried a barrage of critical articles on the Dokalam stand- off slamming India.

With Agency Inputs

-August 21, 2017, New Delhi

 

Pull back troops from Dokalam with ‘no strings attached’

Pull back troops from Dokalam with ‘no strings attached’: China to India

China on Wednesday said it has conveyed its firm stand to India that it must take “concrete actions” by immediately pulling back troops from Dokalam in the Sikkim section with “no strings attached” to resolve the current standoff.

Pull back troops from Doklam with 'no strings attached': China to India

China on Wednesday said it has conveyed its firm stand to India that it must take “concrete actions” by immediately pulling back troops from Dokalam in the Sikkim section with “no strings attached” to resolve the current standoff.

Providing the details of the July 28 meeting between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and State Councillor Yang Jiechi for the first time, Chinese Foreign Ministry told PTI that the two officials exchanged views on BRICS cooperation, bilateral relations and relevant major problems.

Doval was in Beijing last month to attend the BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa — NSA’s meeting.

Doval and Yang are also the Special Representatives of the boundary talks between the two nations.

Yang held bilateral meeting with Doval “at his request and in accordance with the practice”, the ministry said in a written reply to a question about the discussions relating to the standoff at Dokalam which began when China started constructing a road in the area.

“Yang Jiechi expressed China’s stern positions and explicit requirements on the trespass of Indian border troops into China’s territory at the Sikkim section of China-India boundary,” it said, indicating that there was no breakthrough during the talks between Doval and Yang.

India’s position on the issue was made clear by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj last month, saying both sides should first pull back their troops for any talks to take place, favoring a peaceful resolution of the border standoff.

India also conveyed to the Chinese government that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for it.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said during his talks with Doval, Yang also “urged India to respect China’s territorial sovereignty, the international law and the basic rules governing international relations and immediately pull back the trespassing India border troops to the Indian side of the boundary with no strings attached and resolve the current incident with concrete actions.”

The Foreign Ministry also posted a 15-page fact sheet with maps and other details about the standoff since it began on June 16.

Bhutan had protested to China, saying that the area belonged to it and accused Beijing of violating agreements to maintain status quo until it is resolved.

The fact sheet said on June 18 about 270 Indian troops entered more than 100 meters into the Chinese territory to “obstruct the road building of the Chinese side, causing tension in the area”.

“Over 400 people at one point, have put up three tents and advanced over 180 meters into the Chinese territory,” it said.

“As of the end of July, there were still over 40 Indian border troops and one bulldozer illegally staying in the Chinese territory,” it said.

New Delhi has expressed concern over the road building, apprehending that it may allow Chinese troops to cut India’s access to its northeastern states.

Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognizes as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

The fact sheet said the standoff occurred in an area where there is a clear and delimited boundary.

“This makes it fundamentally different from past frictions between the border troops of the two sides in areas with – boundary. The Indian border troops? crossing of the already delimited boundary is a very serious incident as it violates China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” it said.

The fact sheet said that no such attempt would be tolerated by any sovereign state.

“The fact of the matter is that it is India which has attempted time and again to change the status quo of the China-India boundary in the Sikkim Sector, which poses a grave security threat to China,” it said.

“The China-Bhutan boundary issue is one between China and Bhutan. It has nothing to do with India. As a third party, India has no right to interfere in or impede the boundary talks between China and Bhutan, still less the right to make territorial claims on Bhutan’s behalf,” the fact sheet added.

“No country should ever underestimate the resolve of the Chinese government and people to defend China’s territorial sovereignty. China will take all necessary measures to safeguard its legitimate and lawful rights and interests,” it warned.

“The incident took place on the Chinese side of the delimited boundary. India should immediately and unconditionally withdraw its trespassing border troops back to the Indian side of the boundary. This is a prerequisite and basis for resolving the incident,” it added.

The fact sheet said China values the growth of good- neighborly and friendly relations with India and is committed to maintaining peace and tranquility in the border area between the two countries.

-August 2, 2017, Beijing

Indian Army destroys Pak bunkers along LoC

Indian Army responds to Pakistan `in the language it understands`, destroys Pak bunkers along LoC

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 Indian Army has conducted a counter-strike on Pakistani border posts along the Line of Control (LoC), days after two Indian soldiers were martyred and their bodies mutilated by Pakistani troops.

A video footage has surfaced showing Pakistani bunkers being destroyed after a mortar fire was launched by the Indian Army near Jammu and Kashmir’s Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district.

As per Major Gaurav Arya, a retired Army veteran, the attack was launched by a Sikh Regiment unit.

In the footage, the soldiers can also be heard, saying that the target has been hit successfully.

Last week, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had indicated Indian forces will retaliate following the mutilation of the bodies of two soldiers by Pakistan but declined to specify details.

“You are asking for a future plan. The Army never gives out future plan. It is said only after it is executed,” he had told reporters.

He was asked what the Army planned to do after the Pakistan Army mutilated the bodies of Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh and BSF Head Constable Prem Sagar on Monday along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

 

-May 8, 2017, New Delhi

 

 

 

 

Inquire evidences and unmask Pakistan

Inquire evidences and unmask Pakistan: Congress on ISI funding separatists

The Congress Party on Sunday asked for a thorough investigation into the reports of Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI funding separatist leaders in Kashmir to spread violence.

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The Congress Party on Sunday asked for a thorough investigation into the reports of Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI funding separatist leaders in Kashmir to spread violence.

Congress leader Tom Vadakkan said that such issues are serious and needs enquiry.

“Whatever the information we have must be investigated because these are serious matters who are funding the separatists and who are the recipients of these kinds of funds. All this should be enquired immediately,” Vadakkan told ANI.

Meanwhile, another Congress leader P.L. Punia asserted that now evidence that available in the regard, Pakistan must be unmasked.

“Now we have evidences that ISI funds Hurriyat. Now there is a need to unmask Pakistan and isolate it internationally so that a pressure is built on Islamabad which would stop it from carrying out anti-India activities,” said Punia.

According to reports, post the recent arrest of two ISI operatives in India, it has come to light that separatists in Jammu and Kashmir area have been getting a constant flow of funds – to the tune of Rs 70 lakh – from the Pakistan ISI over the past few months.

Slew of documents that have been accessed cite that the nexus between Pakistan and the separatist leaders is responsible for instigating the youth to conduct violent acts in the conflict-ridden state of Jammu and Kashmir.

-May 7, 2017, New Delhi

 

Pakistan to declare Gilgit-Baltistan its fifth province

Pakistan to declare Gilgit-Baltistan its fifth province? UK condemns move, says it belongs to India

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The British Parliament has passed a motion condemning Pakistan’s move to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth frontier, saying the region is a legal and constitutional part of Jammu and Kashmir illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947.

The motion was tabled on March 23 and sponsored by Conservative Party leader Bob Blackman.

It stated that Pakistan by making such an announcement is implying its attempt to annex the already disputed area.

“Gilgit-Baltistan is a legal and constitutional part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India, which is illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947, and where people are denied their fundamental rights including the right of freedom of expression,” the motion read.

It was further noted that the attempts to change the demography of the region was in violation of State Subject Ordinance and the `forced and illegal construction` of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) further aggravated and interfered with the disputed territory.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry has said that Beijing was ready to work with Islamabad to take forward the CPEC to benefit the people of both countries.

The CPEC is a USD 51.5 billion project that aims to connect Kashgar, in China`s western province of Xinjiang, with the port of Gwadar in the Pakistani province of Balochistan.

Baloch political and human rights activists have demanded a special rapporteur in the United Nations to probe gross human rights violations in Balochistan province.

With Pakistan planning to declare Gilgit-Baltistan region as its fifth province, the Baloch leaders have warned Islamabad of serious repercussions stating that this development will only lead to massive resistance by the people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

The Gilgit-Baltistan area is Pakistan`s northernmost administrative territory that borders the disputed Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

A committee headed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif`s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz recommended granting the region a provincial status, reports the GeoNews.

Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh are four provinces of Pakistan.

India has said that any efforts to change the status of Gilgit-Baltistan region will not be acceptable.

Reiterating India’s stand on the Jammu and Kashmir, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay had said: “The position of the government on Jammu and Kashmir is consistent and well known. The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir acceded to India in 1947.”

“It has been, is and will always be an integral part of India. A part of Jammu and Kashmir has been under illegal occupation of Pakistan.”

-March 25, 2017, London

 

Four terrorists neutralised in J&K’s Naugam

Four terrorists neutralised in J&K’s Naugam; ‘Made in Pakistan’ grenades,medicines recovered

At least four terrorists were eliminated as Indian Army foiled their infiltration bid inNaugam sector in Jammu and Kashmir even as Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire at Poonch sector today. 

Four terrorists neutralised in J&K's Naugam; 'Made in Pakistan' grenades, medicines recovered

At least four terrorists were eliminated as Indian Army foiled their infiltration bid inNaugam sector in Jammu and Kashmir even as Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire at Poonch sector today.

The terrorists were trying to infiltrate in Naugam sector on October 6th and were eliminated by our forces in the operation, a Northern Command official told ANI.

The official added that the terrorists killed in the encounter were Pakistanis, and said that goods recovered from their possession had Pakistan origin markings.

“Pakistan Ordinance Factory (POF) markings on hand grenades,UBGL grenades recovered from terrorists confirm Pakistan’s complicity in abetting and equipping terror, he said.

“Pakistan origin markings are also seen on the medicines and eatable items recovered from terrorists’ possession,” the official added.

Earlier today, one Indian Army personnel was injured after Pakistani troops resorted to heavy shelling and gunfire at Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Indian soldier was injured in unprovoked shelling and firing by the Pakistani side in Mendhar sector of Jammu region. He has been shifted to an Army base hospital for treatment.

“Pakistan used 120 mm and 82 mortar shells to target army and civilian positions. Their mortar shells have fallen close to civilian areas,” a police official said.

“Pakistan shelling and firing started at 5 a.m. and stopped at 6.30 a.m. after the Indian Army effectively retaliated using same calibre weapons,” the official added.

Continues ceasefire violations have been witnessed from Pakistani’s side since the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes against terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control in Pakistan-held territory.

-October 8, 2016, Jammu

 

Pakistan violates ceasefire again targeting Indian posts

Pakistan violates ceasefire again; troops target Indian posts, civilian areas in Akhnoor

Pakistan violates ceasefire again; troops target Indian posts, civilian areas in Akhnoor

Pakistani troops on Saturday violated ceasefire again and targeted Indian posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor tehsil.

This is the fifth violation of the 2004 ceasefire by the Pakistani troops along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir in the past four days.

“There was heavy shelling of mortar bombs, RPGs and heavy machine guns and small arms firing on forward positions along the LoC in Pallanwala sector and Chamb area of Akhnoor tehsil today,” news agency PTI quoted sources as saying.

No loss of life or injury to anyone was reported in the firing, which began at 0330 hours and ended at 0600 hours.

Indian troops guarding the border retaliated effectively, defence sources said.

Police said the Pakistani troops targeted Badoo and Chanoo hamlets. “Villagers residing along the LoC were evacuated and shifted to safer places,” a police official said.

As some border residents were returning to take care of their cattle and homes along the border, Pakistan troops tried to target them by heavy firing, they said.

Some houses were hit by bullets from Pakistan in Badoo village, police said.

Pakistan has stepped up cross-border firing after the surgical strikes on September 29 by the India Army to destroy terror launchpads in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.

Yesterday, Pakistani troops had restored to small arms firing along LoC in Pallanwala, Chaprial, Samnam areas of Akhnoor sector of Jammu district during the night, Deputy Commissioner Jammu Simrandeep Singh said.

-October 1, 2016 | PTI | Jammu

 

Centre issues high alert over possible attacks by Pak

Centre issues high alert over possible attacks by Pakistan

 Centre issues high alert over possible attacks by Pakistan-based terror groups

The Centre on Friday issued a country-wide alert asking states to step up vigil to foil any attempt by Pakistan-based terror groups to avenge the surgical strike on their launch pads in PoK even as Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed security situation along the Indo-Pak border.

Security agencies were also apprehending stepped up action by militants currently operating in Jammu and Kashmir targeting security forces and civilians following yesterday’s surgical strike by special forces of the Army on seven terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Security was strengthened at vital installations across Punjab and a high alert has been sounded at all airbases across the state while evacuation of people residing in villages along the International Border continued.

During the hour-long meeting with the country’s top security brass, Singh instructed the officials to ensure that the forces posted along the border remain on alert as the situation along the Indo-Pak border continues to be volatile, official sources said.

The Army, meanwhile, trashed reports in Pakistan about Indian casualties during the operation, saying one member of the special forces received minor injury during exfiltration but it was not due to any enemy or terrorist action.

The operation was a clinically planned one and the attack on the seven launch pads were carried out simultaneously, sources said.

The sources said it was a moonless night and total darkness helped the special forces bring in the element of surprise with total effectiveness.

It has been estimated that casualties was at least 40 on Pakistani side but there was no official confirmation.

Choppers also hovered over several sectors on the Indian side of the LoC to divert attention of the Pakistani security forces guarding various posts.

There were unconfirmed reports that the operation has been video-graphed using drones. There have been satellite images of the operation as well, the sources said.

In an advisory, the Home Ministry conveyed to the states that additional forces should be deployed in all sensitive places, strategic installations, markets, religious places and other key places to ensure security, the sources said keeping in mind the upcoming festive season.

Metro cities were particularly asked to be extra vigilant.

States touching the border with Pakistan — Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat — were also directed to remain vigilant.

Sources said there is high probability that Pakistani agencies may try to use the terror groups to carry out strike in Indian soil to avenge the attack.

The country’s top security brass briefed the Home Minister about the situation along the border and steps being taken to foil any Pakistani design to attack BSF posts besides safety of civilian population living in forward areas.

Those who attended the meeting include National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and top officials of security and intelligence agencies.

BSF, which comes under the Home Ministry, has already put all its units along the Indo-Pak border on “high alert”.

Orders have been issued to all its units along IB in Jammu, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat to step up vigil and bolster their numbers at the posts by bringing in all personnel who are in the reserve.

BSF has also restricted all civilian movement along borders with Pakistan. The border guarding force has also been asked by the Home Ministry to provide manpower to local administration for helping in evacuating people from border villages to safer locations.

-September 30, 2016|PTI| New Delhi

India likely to revisit 1960 Indus Water Treaty with Pak

India likely to revisit 1960 Indus Water Treaty with Pak

Uri revenge? India likely to revisit 1960 Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan

Amid heightened tensions with Pakistan, India likely to revisiting the Indus Waters Treaty that was signed with Islamabad in 1960.

“I am sure you are aware that there are differences between India and Pakistan on the implementation of the Indus Waters Treaty,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in reply to a question at a media briefing here on Thursday.”But this is an issue which is being addressed bilaterally. But let me make a basic point. Eventually, any cooperative arrangement requires goodwill and mutual trust on both sides,” Swarup said.For any such treaty to work, it is important there must be mutual trust and cooperation. It can’t be a one-sided affair.”

Meanwhile, a high-level UN official said the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty between India and Pakistan has survived “two wars”.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson made the remark at a General Assembly high-level side event on “water as a source of peace”.

India has already launched a diplomatic blitz against Islamabad following Sunday’s cross-border terror attack on an Army base in Kashmir.

The water distribution treaty brokered by the World Bank was signed between the two countries in 1960 after Pakistan’s fear that since the source rivers of the Indus basin are in India, it could potentially create droughts and famines in Pakistan during times of war.

According to the agreement, India has control over three eastern rivers — Beas, Ravi, and Sutlej — all flowing from Punjab.

Pakistan, as per the treaty, controls the western rivers of the Indus, Chenab, and Jhelum that flow from Jammu and Kashmir.

Jammu and Kashmir has been demanding a review of the treaty as it robs the state of its rights to use the water of the rivers.

India and Pakistan are currently locked in a diplomatic war after the killing of 18 Indian soldiers in Uri, close to the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan.

– September 23, 2016, New Delhi

Uri terror attack: NIA registers case

Uri terror attack: NIA registers case

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today registered a case to probe the terror attack at the Army installation in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in which 18 soldiers were killed and dozens others injured after four Pakistani militants stormed the base.
The NIA took over the investigation from the Jammu and Kashmir Police, which had registered a case on Sunday, and began probe by collecting evidence available with the Army formation at Uri, 102 kms from here.
Besides the arms and ammunition recovery, two mobile sets were recovered from the four terrorists belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group and two Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
Official sources said the NIA team, which was now camping at Uri, would collect the DNA samples of the four unidentified terrorists and their pictures would be shown to Jaish cadres lodged in various jails of the state as well as other parts of the country.
Two of the four bodies are charred below the waist, they said.
The sources said while one GPS was damaged due to the fire, the other was being examined with the help of technical experts to ascertain the route taken by the terrorists and whether some help was extended to them by any local.
The place where the attack took place is located barely 6 kms from the Line of Control.
The NIA team would prepare a dossier and may make a formal request to Pakistan once the identity of the four was ascertained, the sources said.
Army has also instituted an inquiry into the attack with preliminary investigation suggesting the terrorists had entered the area at least a day before mounting the brazen assault.
The inquiry besides ascertaining lapses, if any, would also suggest measures to prevent such attacks in the future as Pakistani-based groups were indulging more in “shallow infiltration”, which means that terrorists strike the first available installation after crossing the Line of Control.
The toll in the attack had yesterday risen to 18 with one more army man succumbing to injuries in Sunday’s attack
India had reacted strongly to the deadliest attack on the Army in Jammu and Kashmir in quarter-century-old insurgency with Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemning it.
-20 September 2016 | PTI | Srinagar