India will not count its bullet if Pakistan provokes

India will not fire first but will not count its bullet if Pakistan provokes: Rajnath Singh

“India wishes to see a Pakistan which abjures violence and takes strong preventive action against terrorists and extremists. India wishes to see a Pakistan which does not distinguish between good and bad terrorists but instead moves against all such elements irrespective of whom their hatred is directed against,” he had further said in a statement, as per PTI.

India will not fire first but will not count its bullet if Pakistan provokes: Rajnath Singh

In a stern statement, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that India will not fire first, but if the bullet is fired from Pakistan’s side then India will not count its bullet.

“India has conveyed to the world that it is a strong country and the forces that disturb her peace will not be spared,” Singh added, as per ANI.

On the other hand, Indian envoy to Islamabad had said on February 10 in Karachi that India wanted Pakistan to renounce violence and take “strong preventive action” against terrorists and extremists without discrimination.

“India wishes Pakistan well in its nation building process. India wishes to see a stable, moderate and prosperous Pakistan which is at peace with itself, at peace with its neighbours and at peace with the world,” India High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale had said at the inauguration of the 8th Karachi Literature Festival.

“India wishes to see a Pakistan which abjures violence and takes strong preventive action against terrorists and extremists. India wishes to see a Pakistan which does not distinguish between good and bad terrorists but instead moves against all such elements irrespective of whom their hatred is directed against,” he had further said in a statement, as per PTI.

Tensions have been running high between India and Pakistan since an attack on an Indian army base in Uri on September 18 last year by Pakistan-based terrorists.

-February 19, 2017 | PTI |  New Delhi

 

Army foils infiltration bid in Uri,10 terrorists killed

Army foils major infiltration bid in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri sector, 10 terrorists killed

Army foils major infiltration bid in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri sector, 10 terrorists killed

The Indian Army on Tuesday foiled a major infiltration bid in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri district.

In a fierce encounter, the Army killed 10 terrorists, who were trying to infiltrate through Lachipura area of Uri sector.

The area on the LoC where the infiltrating militants were challenged by the Army is barely six km from the army camp that was attacked by four suicide guerrillas on Sunday morning in the garrison town of Uri.

The source said that soldiers became apprehensive about a possible infiltration bid after Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing at forward Indian posts on Tuesday afternoon.

The source said the Pakistani fire from small and automatic arms targeting Indian posts in Lachhipora and Boniyar villages of the border area caused no damage to Indian posts.

The infiltration bid comes at a time when New Delhi and Islamabad are locked in a bitter diplomatic war of words following the Uri terror attack, which India has blamed on militants from Pakistan.

Eighteen soldiers were killed and 30 others injured in the Uri attack. All the four fidayeen attackers were also killed.

Pakistan has denied the allegations even as India claimed to have clinching evidence to support its claims.

The Indian Army has claimed to have recovered arms, ammunition and food and medicine packets with Pakistani markings during the combing operations at the military base in Uri.

“Pictures of two slain terrorists whose faces can be recognised would be shown to some Jaish terrorists who are in jails to identify the terrorists,” said sources, adding that the faces of the other two terrorists were charred beyond recognition.

India also claimed that the four terror attackers who were gunned down during the gun fight that lasted for about two-and-a-half hours were foreigners.

-September 20, 2016,Srinagar

 

Pakistan must vacate its illegal occupation of PoK

India warns Islamabad, says Pakistan must vacate its illegal occupation of PoK

India warns Islamabad, says Pakistan must vacate its illegal occupation of PoK

The Indian government on Thursday strongly condemned Pakistan’s encouragement and support to terrorists and their activities against its neighbouring country as the latter marked a ‘Black Day’ over the Kashmir unrest yesterday.

On Wednesday, thousands of Pakistanis observed a ‘Black Day’ over the Kashmir unrest by taking out protest rallies in various cities, while the government officials wore black armbands at workplaces.

Rallies were held in various cities to draw the attention of the international community on the Kashmir issue, the Express Tribune reported.

“We saw reports about rallies, events and statements related to Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir over the last two days and noted that events were led by UN-designated terrorists, who had in past protested elimination of dreaded terrorists including Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Akhtar Mansour in Pakistan,” MEA said.

“We once again ask Pakistan to stop inciting and supporting violence, terrorism in any part of our country and refrain from its deplorable meddling in our internal affairs in any manner,” the ministry said.

Adding further it said, “In view of the threats of marches and protests at the High Commission of India in Islamabad, we ask government of Pakistan to ensure full safety and security of the High Commission, all its officials and their families in Pakistan.”

Blaming Pakistan directly for fanning protests in the Kashmir Valley, the MEA asserted further, “Pakistan must also stop misleading the international community and Kashmiris through meaningless exercises such as the so-called elections today in POK which Pakistan ironically calls Azad.”

emanding Pakistan to vacate its illegal occupation of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, the MEA said, “The observance of ‘Kashmir’s Accession to Pakistan Day’ exposes Pak’s longing for the territory of Jammu and Kashmir.”

“India demands that Pakistan must fulfil the obligation to vacate its illegal occupation of POK and refrain from deplorable meddling in our internal affairs in any manner,” it concluded by saying.

Earlier today, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that Pakistan is trying to destabilise India by sponsoring terrorism.

“Pakistan is trying to destabilise India. If terrorism is there in India, it is due to Pakistan which is sponsoring it,” Singh said in the Lok Sabha during a discussion on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Stressing that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir would soon become normal, the Home Minister said, “Our neighbour is conspiring to disturb the situation in the Kashmir Valley in the name of the religion”.

“They broke off from India in the name of religion, but today they are broken in two parts because of terrorism. Every day they are fighting against it,” Rajnath said while hitting out at Pakistan.

-July 21, 2016, New Delhi

 

UNSC adopts resolution to cut off funding to ISIS, Al-Qaeda

UNSC adopts resolution to cut off funding to ISIS, Al-Qaeda

UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to cut off all sources of funding to ISIS and Al-Qaeda with finance ministers from the member nations vowing to ramp up sanctions against the terror groups.
In the resolution adopted here yesterday at the first-ever meeting of finance ministers, the 15-member body called for enhanced actions, from closing financial system loopholes to stopping the abuse of charitable causes, as well as updating the existing ISIS and Al-Qaeda Sanctions List.
At the session presided over by American Treasury Secretary Jack Lew under US’ monthly presidency, the Council stressed that already existing resolutions mandating nations to ensure that financial assets are not transferred to terrorists by persons within their territory “shall also apply to the payment of ransoms to individuals, groups, undertakings or entities on the ISIS and Al-Qaeda Sanctions List regardless of how or by whom the ransom is paid.”
The resolution called for increased international cooperation in sharing information and closer collaboration with the private sector to identify suspect transactions.
The Council also called on Member States to promote enhanced vigilance by persons within their jurisdiction to detect any diversion of explosives and raw materials and components that can be used to manufacture improvised explosive devices or unconventional weapons, including chemical components, detonators, detonating cord, or poisons.
 
Lew told the Council that ISIS is a challenging financial target.
“Unlike other terror groups, ISIS derives a relatively small share of its funding from donors abroad. Instead, ISIS generates wealth from economic activity and resources within territory under its control.
“ISIS’ financing has evolved from seizing territory and looting bank vaults to leveraging more renewable revenue streams: so far, ISIS has reaped an estimated USD 500 million from black market oil and millions more from people it brutalises and extorts,” Lew said.
He stressed that while the resolution is a critical step, the real test will be determined by the actions nations take individually after its adoption.
“We need meaningful implementation, coordination, and enforcement from each country represented here, and many others. As we have all learned – with our work to counter Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other groups to date – the successful use of these counter-terror financing tools requires robust domestic implementation, deep collaboration with private partners, and intense multilateral coordination and information-sharing,” he said.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the Council at the start of the debate that terrorists have been far too successful in attaining resources for their heinous acts.
“As Da’esh (ISIS) and other terrorist groups disseminate their hateful propaganda and ratchet up murderous attacks, we must join forces to prevent them from acquiring and deploying resources to do further harm,” he stressed.
“We know the challenge before us. Terrorists take advantage of weaknesses in financial and regulatory regimes to raise funds. They circumvent formal channels to avoid detection, and exploit new technologies and tools to transfer resources.
They have forged destructive and very profitable links with drug and criminal syndicates – among others. And they abuse charitable causes to trick individuals to contribute,” the UN chief said.
He noted that progress has been made over the years in identifying and limiting various methods of terrorist financing, with Member States ratifying the International Convention on the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and adopting legislation to criminalize terrorist financing and strengthen regulatory systems.
“Still, more needs to be done,” Ban said.
“Terrorists continue to adapt their tactics and diversify their funding sources. Today, Da’esh runs a multi-million dollar economy in territories under its control.
Da’esh terrorists raise money through the oil trade, extortion, undetected cash couriers, kidnapping for ransom, trafficking of humans and arms and racketeering,” he said.
“They loot and sell precious cultural property, shamelessly profiting from the destruction of humanity’s common heritage. Social media outreach is exploited by Da’esh, not just for radicalisation and recruiting, but also for fundraising. Other terrorist organisations around the world – from Boko Haram to Al-Shabaab to the Taliban –are following suit.”
With terrorists increasingly employing elusive tricks to raise and transfer funds, covering their tracks and leaving little evidence to identify tainted resources, the international community must stay ahead of the curve to combat their ploys, he said, noting that many States have yet to set up the necessary legal regimes and institutions to identify and freeze terrorist assets.
Ban called for increased international cooperation in sharing information and expertise, especially in stopping the illegal trade of cultural artefacts, and closer cooperation with the private and charitable sectors to identify suspected transactions.
-18 December 2015 | PTI | United Nations