France sanctions JeM founder Masood Azhar, freezes assets

France sanctions JeM founder Masood Azhar, freezes assets

Days after pledging to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, as a global terrorist at the UN, France sanctions him and frozen his assets in France. A statement from the Government of France cited the attack at Pulwama on February 14, which claimed lives of more than 40 CRPF personnel, saying that Masood’s organisation, JeM claimed responsibility of the attack.

“France has decided to sanction Masood Azhar at the national level by freezing his assets in application of the Monetary and Financial Code. A joint decree of the Ministries of the Interior, and Economy and Finance was published today in the Official Gazette,” said a press statement from the Government of France that was also placed on social media by the French Ambassador to India.

Masood Azhar. File photo

Apart from creating hurdles for financial transactions, the sanction from France will also help in stopping travel by Azhar and his known followers.

The statement reiterated French support to India’s fight against terrorism. France had extended support to India’s international campaign to ban Masood Azhar as a terrorist who threatens global peace and safety.

France has decided to sanction Masood Azhar at the national level by freezing his assets in application of the Monetary and Financial Code. A joint decree of the Ministries of the Interior, and Economy and Finance was published today in the Official Gazette,” said a press statement from the Government of France that was also placed on social media by the French Ambassador to India. Apart from creating hurdles for financial transactions, the sanction from France will also help in stopping travel by Azhar and his known followers

“We will raise this issue with our European partners with a view to including Masood Azhar on the European Union list of persons, groups and entities involved in terrorist acts, based on this decree,” the press statement said.

France’s action is expected to put more pressure on Pakistan to act against the terror groups based in its territory. India has been demanding tough verifiable action against the terror groups and individuals like Masood Azhar.

NEW DELHI, MARCH 15, 2019

Israel offers unconditional help to India

Israel offers unconditional help to India to defend itself: Envoy

Israel has offered unconditional help to India in defending itself, especially against terrorism, asserting that “there is no limit” to its assistance, an assurance which assumes significance amid demands that the government should consider Israeli-type retaliation to terror strikes.

The comments by newly-appointed Israeli envoy Dr Ron Malka came in response to a question on up to what extent Jerusalem will go to help India which has been a victim of terrorism.

Israel offers unconditional help to India to defend itself, especially against terror: EnvoyLast Thursday, in one of the deadliest attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM killed 40 CRPF personnel after which there have been growing demands that the government should explore Israeli-type anti-terror operations. Israeli military is known for its precise and quick strikes.

“Whatever India needs to defend itself there is no limit. We are here to help our close friend India to defend itself specially against terrorism because terrorism is the problem of the world and not only of India and Israel,” Malka told PTI in an interview early last week.

Emphasising that the world should fight terrorism and eliminate it by collaborating, he said, “So, we help India, share our knowledge, share our technique because we really want to help our really important friend.”

The 52-year old Malka, who was in Israeli military service from where he retired with the rank of Full Colonel, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told him that India was a very “important partner, very important friend and he wants to collaborate to enhance ties and deepen them….To share our knowledge.”

He further said that by strengthening India, Israel was contributing to the world stability and sustainability because India has a very important role in the world stability. “We are just doing it to make the world a better place to live…”

After the Pulwama attack, Malka had also tweeted that “Israel strongly condemns the terror attack in #Pulwama and stands by our Indian friends during this difficult hour. We send our deepest condolences to the CPRF and their families, the people of India and the Indian government following the terrible #KashmirTerrorAttack .

– PTI | 19 February 2019 | New Delhi

Pulwama attack: India withdraws MFN status to Pakistan

Pulwama attack: India withdraws Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan

India today withdrew the ‘Most-Favoured Nation’ status to Pakistan following the Pulwama attack (Pulwama terror attack) that left nearly 40 CRPF Personnel dead.

In a media briefing after the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security(CCS), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said all efforts will be made to ensure that perpetrators of the attack are brought to book.

He said those aiding and abating the perpetrators will have to pay a heavy price. Briefing reporters outside the Prime Minister’s residence, he said the Ministry of External Affairs will launch an all out effort to isolate Pakistan and all diplomatic efforts will be launched in this regard.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be visiting Srinagar on Friday and would convene an all-party meeting most likely on Saturday to brief political parties on the incident so that the nation speaks in one voice on the issue.

The Cabinet Committee on Security meet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

At least 37 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.

In a media briefing after the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security(CCS), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said all efforts will be made to ensure that perpetrators of the attack are brought to book. He said those aiding and abating the perpetrators will have to pay a heavy price. Briefing reporters outside the Prime Minister’s residence, he said the Ministry of External Affairs will launch an all out effort to isolate Pakistan and all diplomatic efforts will be launched in this regard.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be visiting Srinagar on Friday and would convene an all-party meeting most likely on Saturday to brief political parties on the incident so that the nation speaks in one voice on the issue. The Cabinet Committee on Security meet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

– PTI | 15 February 2019 | New Delhi

Security forces cornered LeT commander Abu Dujana

Security forces cornered LeT commander Abu Dujana in Pulwama

The Jammu and Kashmir Police described the killing of Abu Dujana as “good riddance to a nuisance” and said operations against all militants will continue irrespective of civilian protests.

How security forces cornered LeT commander Abu Dujana in Pulwama

Top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana, a Pakistani national wanted in connection with many attacks on security forces, and his aide were on Tuesday killed in an encounter in Pulwama district of Kashmir.

As the security forces were engaged in the counter-militancy operation, over 100 protestors pelted stones on them, an Army official said. In a bid to disperse stone pelters, security forces opened fire, killing one person and injuring several others.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police described the killing of Dujana as “good riddance to a nuisance” and said operations against all militants will continue irrespective of civilian protests.

Addressing the media with Lt Gen JS Sandhu, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Army`s 15th Corps, Inspector General of Police Munir Khan said: “Dujana`s killing is good riddance to a nuisance in the area.”

Khan added: “Whether or not there are protests and disruptions by protesters during our operations against militants, the security forces will continue their operations.”

He said the security forces tried to persuade the holed up militants in Hakripora village in Pulwama district on Tuesday to surrender. The local militant who died with Dujana was said to be Arif Lalihaari.

“The head of the family of the house where Dujana and Arif were hiding was used to persuade them to surrender. Perhaps because of the presence of Dujana, Arif, a local militant, could not surrender,” the police officer said.

Both Khan and Lt Gen Sandhu said Dujana was now mostly indulging in “ayyashi” (debauchery) more than engaging himself in terrorist activities.

Khan said all the overground operatives who helped terrorists to carry out the attack on Amarnath pilgrims on July 10 in which eight people were killed had been arrested.

“They are with us and they are singing. We have also seized vehicles involved in the attack. The case has been cracked. It is now only the militants involved in the attack who are to be neutralized.”

Asked about the next militant the security forces were targeting, Khan said: “Every militant active in the Kashmir Valley is our next target.”

-August 1, 2017, Srinagar

Three Hizbul militants killed in encounter in Kashmir

Three Hizbul militants killed in encounter in Kashmir

Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in an overnight encounter in Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, an army official said today.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Dadsara area of Tral last night, following information about the presence of militants there, the official said.
The official said in the ensuing gun fight three local militants of Hizbul Mujahideen were killed.
The slain militants have been identified as Ashiq Hussain Bhat, Mohammad Isaq Parray and Asif Ahmed Mir, the official said, adding that Bhat was involved in providing shelter to militants involved in Udhampur attack on a BSF convoy last year.
Three AK rifles have been recovered from the scene of the gun battle, where search and sanitisation operation are in progress, the official said.
-03 March 2016 | PTI | Srinagar