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    The prospects for Indo-Pak relations in 2022

    An opinion piece but should provide some food for thought and discussion.

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    This year had begun with an unexpected positive turn in India’s relations with Pakistan — a ceasefire agreement in February. But it did not take long for those hopes to be dashed. Could 2022 be any different?

    Optimists cheer the fact that the ceasefire has endured despite the absence of a formal dialogue and hope that the new year will turn out to be more propitious for dialogue than 2021. Pessimists insist Pakistan’s India policy is immune to any positive change. Idealists would want India and Pakistan to mark the 75th anniversary of Independence and Partition by making a fresh bid for durable peace in the subcontinent. Cynics will pour cold water on such visions by saying India and Pakistan are condemned to at least a “hundred-year war” in the subcontinent. Realists, however, say change is the eternal law of the world — for India, and Pakistan, too, the question is not “whether” they will change their approach towards each other, but “when”. Significant changes are occurring in both countries and in the larger regional and international environment. These are bound to have some impact on India-Pakistan relations that have been frozen stiff for long.

    Six years ago this week, when Narendra Modi landed on short notice in Lahore, he visited Nawaz Sharif at his residence at Raiwind. It was Christmas Day and Nawaz Sharif was celebrating a family wedding as well as his birthday. The PM’s bold move raised expectations for a new chapter in India-Pakistan relations. It followed a meeting between the two leaders in Ufa, Russia, on the margins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in July 2015. Modi and Sharif agreed on a few concrete steps to initiate a new dialogue.

    Earlier, Sharif had come to Delhi to attend Modi’s swearing-in as India’s prime minister in May 2014. Sharif’s decision did not please Rawalpindi. Delhi saw the invitation as a political gesture of goodwill to its South Asian neighbour and a commitment to put the neighbourhood first in India’s foreign policy. But the military establishment saw it as Modi’s “imperial call” to the Delhi Durbar. Modi and Sharif, elected with strong popular mandates, seemed to get along well and appeared eager to advance the bilateral relationship. That Modi and Sharif might short-circuit the military establishment inevitably produced a backlash within the deep state.

    Whether it was a reaction to Modi’s Lahore visit or not, a major terror attack took place against an Indian Air Force station in Pathankot on New Year’s day of 2016. In an unprecedented step, Modi invited the Pakistani intelligence agencies to join their Indian counterparts in investigating the incident and finding the source, but there was not much enthusiasm in pursuing the terrorists by Pakistan’s security establishment.

    Within a few months, there was a second terror attack on the Indian Army brigade headquarters at Uri in September 2016. This time, Modi followed through with the Indian army’s surgical strike on terror camps in Pakistan. As a fresh chill enveloped relations with India, the deep state became even more hostile to Sharif, who called for a rethink of Pakistan’s support for terror groups and recasting relations with the neighbours. He was vilified as “Modi ka yaar” and the campaign against Sharif continued until he was ousted by mid-2017.

    Imran Khan, who became the prime minister in 2018, presided over a rapid downturn in bilateral relations. Hugely popular across the subcontinent during his cricketing days, Imran boasted that he knew India better than anyone in Pakistan. He was confident about making a deal with Modi if the Indian PM was re-elected in 2019. But he seemed to have little understanding of either the Indian position or the negotiating history between the two nations.

    A series of developments in early 2019 — the Pulwama terror attack, the Indian air force raid on Balakot in Pakistan and Delhi’s constitutional changes on Kashmir — produced a new dynamic for India-Pakistan relations. An outraged Pakistan went on an international campaign to compel India to reverse the changes in Kashmir, but got nowhere. Imran Khan himself went berserk with his personal vituperation against Modi.

    But India and Pakistan surprised the world in February this year by announcing an agreement to renew the 2003 ceasefire that was observed more in breach in recent years. Although the agreement was formalised by the Directors General of Military Operations in the two army headquarters, it was negotiated in the backchannel between the Indian security establishment and the Pakistan army leadership. Besides the ceasefire, the two sides also agreed “to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have the propensity to disturb peace”.

    India’s escalating military confrontation with China provided enough reason to try and stabilise the Pakistan frontier. But India’s engagement with Pakistan would, of course, be subject to Islamabad addressing Delhi’s core concerns on cross-border terrorism.

    Islamabad’s own case for a reset was articulated by Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. He underlined the importance of Pakistan moving away from geopolitics to geoeconomics that will revitalise the nation’s economic development. He argued that it is time for India and Pakistan “to bury the past and move forward”. But he also insisted on the importance of India creating a “conducive environment” in Kashmir for the engagement to succeed.

    While Kashmir remained at the top of Pakistan’s mind, it seemed open to reviving commercial ties. It announced an intent to import sugar and cotton from India, but the Commerce Ministry’s decision was ostentatiously reversed by Prime Minister Imran Khan by declaring that “Pakistan can’t trade with India when Kashmir was bleeding”.

    Although the back-channel contacts continue, Islamabad is stuck with the formal preconditions — reversing India’s constitutional changes in Kashmir — it has set for a renewed dialogue with Delhi. It is by no means clear if Pakistan can develop a new internal consensus on the terms of engagement with Delhi.

    The new year is likely to see greater political volatility in Pakistan. Gen. Bajwa’s second term as army chief ends in November amidst sharpening civil-military differences. Although Imran Khan’s political mandate runs until 2023, he might not survive 2022, thanks to multiple crises afflicting Pakistan and his government’s growing unpopularity. There is also speculation that Nawaz Sharif might return from exile early in the new year and step up the political confrontation with the Imran Khan government.

    India’s political stability is not in question during the coming year, but there is intense hostility to any conversation with Pakistan among the government’s ideological base. Not talking to Pakistan has few domestic political costs to Delhi. In any case, it is Pakistan that will have to lift the preconditions for engagement with India; if it does, Delhi should be ready to pick up the threads from this year’s ceasefire agreement.

    Looking beyond optimism, pessimism, idealism and cynicism, realists might bet that India and Pakistan will just muddle along in 2022. Meanwhile, structural changes are altering, slowly but certainly, the internal and external context of the bilateral relationship as well as the regional balance of power. That will make the traditional terms of the India-Pakistan debate less salient over time.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/op...-2022-7693683/


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    Modi and Sharif, elected with strong popular mandates, seemed to get along well and appeared eager to advance the bilateral relationship. That Modi and Sharif might short-circuit the military establishment inevitably produced a backlash within the deep state.

    Whether it was a reaction to Modi’s Lahore visit or not, a major terror attack took place against an Indian Air Force station in Pathankot on New Year’s day of 2016.
    We have seen this before, Vajpayee's visit followed by the Kargil War.

    Pakistan's deep state remains powerful, and therefore it is futile for India to take any initiative to improve ties. Only thing such initiatives will achieve will be to reduce the international pressure of Pakistan, followed once again a few months or years later by attacks like the above to domestically strengthen Pakistan's deep state.

    The deep state has grown stronger during IK's tenure. If Sharif returns and curbs the deep state then progress becomes possible, otherwise India will again be deceived as it has been earlier.

    The main victim of Pakistan's deep state are the ordinary Pakistani citizens. As Pakistan keeps falling behind economically, at some point it may be that the Pakistani public will revolt against the deep state. And Indian who recently finished his bachelors from IIT Kanpur was hired for a salary of PKR 30 crores a year. How much longer will Pakistanis keep depriving themselves of such economic opportunities?
    Last edited by Napa; 28th December 2021 at 13:05.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Napa View Post
    We have seen this before, Vajpayee's visit followed by the Kargil War.

    Pakistan's deep state remains powerful, and therefore it is futile for India to take any initiative to improve ties. Only thing such initiatives will achieve will be to reduce the international pressure of Pakistan, followed once again a few months or years later by attacks like the above to domestically strengthen Pakistan's deep state.

    The deep state has grown stronger during IK's tenure. If Sharif returns and curbs the deep state then progress becomes possible, otherwise India will again be deceived as it has been earlier.

    The main victim of Pakistan's deep state are the ordinary Pakistani citizens. As Pakistan keeps falling behind economically, at some point it may be that the Pakistani public will revolt against the deep state. And Indian who recently finished his bachelors from IIT Kanpur was hired for a salary of PKR 30 crores a year. How much longer will Pakistanis keep depriving themselves of such economic opportunities?
    So in your view, BJPs fascist views on Muslims and Hindutva's hate of anything Muslim as represented by Pakistan are not a problem for peace in 2022?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    So in your view, BJPs fascist views on Muslims and Hindutva's hate of anything Muslim as represented by Pakistan are not a problem for peace in 2022?
    Assume for the sake of argument that BJP is fascist. What should Pakistan do for its own benefit? Does the 2016 attack on the Indian Air Force station in Pathankot help any Muslim targets of the BJP?

    Who did the 2008 Mumbai attacks help? The BJP wasn't even in power in 2008.

    The different groups are: Pakistani common people, Pakistani deep state, Indian common people, Indian BJP, Indian Congress etc.

    You may make an argument that these attacks help BJP by keeping alive the India-Pakistan enmity, but it certainly doesn't help the Pakistani people as it gives Pakistan a reputation for terrorism and lack of security.

    The attacks do help the Pakistani deep state.

    In your view BJP is fascist, but you probably also perceive that it is focussed on economic development. Its election plank is economic development. It has not been nurturing jihadi assets for attacks on other countries, or helping groups like the Taliban. It doesn't allow the Indian military to have a veto on India's foreign affairs.

    Pakistan need not be friends with BJP, but it doesn't have to keep the pot boiling with attacks like Mumbai 2008 or Pathankot 2016. These attacks do not help any targets of BJP's alleged fascism.
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    - Expect both countries to buy more weapons

    - Random politicians / BJP religious extremists and of course our own Mullah brigade to spread further hate for their respective agendas/power

    - Maybe a border skirmish or 'surgical' strike around summer 2022

    All in all, nothing will change, things might get worse

    I hope we see a Pak v Ind test series. Although, it is just wishful thinking.

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    A series of developments in early 2019 — the Pulwama terror attack, the Indian air force raid on Balakot in Pakistan and Delhi’s constitutional changes on Kashmir — produced a new dynamic for India-Pakistan relations. An outraged Pakistan went on an international campaign to compel India to reverse the changes in Kashmir, but got nowhere. Imran Khan himself went berserk with his personal vituperation against Modi.



    Always amusing to read this from Indian sources, like the next day after the ''Indian raid'' never happened

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    So in your view, BJPs fascist views on Muslims and Hindutva's hate of anything Muslim as represented by Pakistan are not a problem for peace in 2022?
    Lets assume what you are saying is correct, how has India's relationship with Muslim countries like UAE,Saudi,Iran, Bahrain etc been under the BJP?

    Secondly, India's domestic issues are no concern of pakistan. The concept of nation states is very clear.

    Its amusing that pakistan gives priviledges to muslims as an islamic republic, on PP posters were jubilant that Erdogan made the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. There were celebrations when couple of Indians in Arab countries were deported for their comments on muslims in India. All in the name of muslims being the majority in these countries and they have the right to decide their rules.

    Suddenly in a country of 80 percent non muslims, where muslims have equal rights under law, religious clashes, which have happened throughout its history, has become a fascism issue.

    The Indian government should have no engagement with a government that insults the people of India by calling a government elected by them as fascist.

    Infact a clean break in diplomatic relations for next 25 years will help the next generation have a clean slate.

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    Indo - Pak relationship can be normalised if Bajwa wants. In case Establishment officially takes up the power , I see relations will have tangible progress as Pak military will have better control on ISI misadventures when on power, Pak won't have a no nonsense outlook which means either they will go completely cold on any dialogue or try to have regular transactions and won't try to get into a dysfunctional stance as taken by the current IK government.

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    BJP need to keep the conflict alive, BJP must keep the conflict kicking, it plays for the optics at domestic level that current BJP /Modi is and will continue to be into the future.

    Dynamic has changed, a perfect example was Balakot strike, it was political move based on no evidence of Pakistan's involvement (we are yet to see any evidence linking Pakistan to it). Assumption was, Pakistani government will not retaliate back and the world will back up India's ill-planed attack as it was based on, "India's right to defend", Hindutva government of India was hoping to change in rules of engagement, shifting the advantage back to India which it has lost since Pakistan had tested Nuclear weapons.

    Pakistan only had Turkey and China's backing, Pakistan was under pressure not to retaliate but Pakistan did, and that in broad day light with precise and calculated targets, which not only humiliated Modi but also kept the advantage at neutral.

    The reason we see Abhinandhan keep getting the award after award each year has everything to do with keeping the false narrative alive and domestic conception while trying to burry the facts of humiliation Modi had received. Abhinandhan will soon receive more awards if he hasn't already received every official award for fiction of downing Pak F16. - This is not an attack on Abhinandhan nor denying him being a brave soldier, it is Modi's government requirement that he must and continue to receive the awards for fictional story.

    Geo-political has changed, conflict in Afghanistan must continue if India and the West can't control Afghanistan. China must be denied connectivity to Central Asia via Afghanistan and the only way that to happen, either they have control over Afghanistan or perpetual conflict must continue.

    Rest of the arguments about Mumbai and etc has nothing to do with anything anymore, it is an excuse to keep the conflict continue.

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    Nothing will change - India invested decently in the central Asian countries off Kazakhstan / Kyrgyzstan / Tajikistan / Turkmenistan / Uzbekistan - however Pakistan denied them land access for the trade and they all went to china to further build thr narrative / silk road.

    Most important will be Afghanistan - latest news says that the Taliban have accepted to trade in Pakistan rupees - which means that will help the rupee against the dollar - rupee like we all know is falling


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    Quote Originally Posted by LaLoco View Post
    BJP need to keep the conflict alive, BJP must keep the conflict kicking, it plays for the optics at domestic level that current BJP /Modi is and will continue to be into the future.

    Dynamic has changed, a perfect example was Balakot strike, it was political move based on no evidence of Pakistan's involvement (we are yet to see any evidence linking Pakistan to it). Assumption was, Pakistani government will not retaliate back and the world will back up India's ill-planed attack as it was based on, "India's right to defend", Hindutva government of India was hoping to change in rules of engagement, shifting the advantage back to India which it has lost since Pakistan had tested Nuclear weapons.

    Pakistan only had Turkey and China's backing, Pakistan was under pressure not to retaliate but Pakistan did, and that in broad day light with precise and calculated targets, which not only humiliated Modi but also kept the advantage at neutral.

    The reason we see Abhinandhan keep getting the award after award each year has everything to do with keeping the false narrative alive and domestic conception while trying to burry the facts of humiliation Modi had received. Abhinandhan will soon receive more awards if he hasn't already received every official award for fiction of downing Pak F16. - This is not an attack on Abhinandhan nor denying him being a brave soldier, it is Modi's government requirement that he must and continue to receive the awards for fictional story.

    Geo-political has changed, conflict in Afghanistan must continue if India and the West can't control Afghanistan. China must be denied connectivity to Central Asia via Afghanistan and the only way that to happen, either they have control over Afghanistan or perpetual conflict must continue.

    Rest of the arguments about Mumbai and etc has nothing to do with anything anymore, it is an excuse to keep the conflict continue.
    Pretty accurate.

    Maybe Indian posters can provide more information but from my knowledge based on reading from Indian sources online Modis economical policies haven't been impressive.

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    What is the point in sharing Indian propoganda piece.

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    There wonít be any relations for sure. Politically not appealing and there is no economic incentive for India to work with Pakistan at this point. We offer them nothing except for the road to carry their goods to Central Asia. Sad but true.

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    No prospects of any improvement. Nothing will change.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hoshiarpurexpress View Post
    No prospects of any improvement. Nothing will change.
    Fair analysis.

    Think there are fundamental differences.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakpak View Post
    Pretty accurate.

    Maybe Indian posters can provide more information but from my knowledge based on reading from Indian sources online Modis economical policies haven't been impressive.
    Its a hit and miss kind of performance from Modi government. There have been show offs like demonetization without any serious thought or attempt on proper implementation , as such it has disrupted the economy. Also the taxation burden (direct and indirect) on salaried class is at its highest and already saturated. They don't have any scope to increase tax revenue on aam admi but now any government have to take unpopular decisions to tax the corporates and rich farmers who have been enjoying a life of convenience so far.

    On the other hand infrastructure development has been impressive, foreign relations except Pakistan have been balanced inspite of a roller coster ride, decreased direct subsidies and theoriticially ensured that benefits reach the poor directly to an extent.

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    Pakistan and India exchanged sweets at various places along the LoC at the beginning of the New Year and wished each other a “Happy New Year”.



    According to security sources, sweets were exchanged between the Pakistan and Indian Army at four different locations adjacent to the Line of Control (LoC), including the Parachkothi and Poonch sectors. The security officials of the two countries wished each other on the occasion.

    A better situation is viewed along the LoC after Pakistan and India reached a ceasefire agreement in February last. On the other hand, there were no reports of the exchange of sweets between the border forces of the two countries stationed at Wagah in Lahore and the Gandasingh border in Kasur.

    The border forces of the two countries traditionally give sweets to each other on their national and religious festivals.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2336777...ears-greetings


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Pakistan and India exchanged sweets at various places along the LoC at the beginning of the New Year and wished each other a “Happy New Year”.



    According to security sources, sweets were exchanged between the Pakistan and Indian Army at four different locations adjacent to the Line of Control (LoC), including the Parachkothi and Poonch sectors. The security officials of the two countries wished each other on the occasion.

    A better situation is viewed along the LoC after Pakistan and India reached a ceasefire agreement in February last. On the other hand, there were no reports of the exchange of sweets between the border forces of the two countries stationed at Wagah in Lahore and the Gandasingh border in Kasur.

    The border forces of the two countries traditionally give sweets to each other on their national and religious festivals.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2336777...ears-greetings
    This right here is yet another example of how common Pakistanis / Indians or security forces do not have much animosity towards each other. Of course, excluding tiny but a rising number of extremists.

    Most people just want to live their lives in peace!

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    And then this!

    SRINAGAR: A Pakistani terrorist trying to infiltrate into India across the Line of Control (LoC) was killed in Keran sector of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Army said on Sunday, accusing Pakistan of breaching the ongoing ceasefire between the two armies.


    “In a complete breach of the ongoing ceasefire understanding between the two armies across the Line of Control, an infiltration or BAT (Border Action Team) action was attempted in the Keran sector of Kupwara district on January 1. Swift action by the troops deployed at the Line of Control foiled the bid and eliminated the terrorist, later identified as Mohd Shabbir Malik, a Pakistani national,” Major General Abhijit S Pendharkar, GOC 28 division, said at a media briefing in Kupwara.

    “This clearly establishes that Pakistan continues to sponsor cross border terror. A hotline communication has been made to the Pakistan Army asking them to take back the body of the killed individual,” he said.

    BAT, according to officials, is said to be a mix of regular Pakistani soldiers and militants who are known for attacks on the Indian army on the border. Pakistan has always denied these allegations.

    “A search of the belongings revealed Pakistani national identity card and vaccination certificates (issued by Ministry of National Health Services Regulation & Coordination Government of Pakistan) identifying him as Mohd Shabir Malik. The belongings also include a photo of the infiltrator in army uniform wearing name tab of Shabbir,” he said.

    “The incident site is located on the Pakistani side of the Anti Infiltration Obstacle System, kept under surveillance by the Indian Army to effectively counter any nefarious activity by the infiltrators or Pakistan Army,” the top army commander said.

    The route adopted by the terrorist was similar to the one adopted on April 4, 2020, during Operation Rangadori Bhaikh in which five terrorists were eliminated.

    In February 2021, Indian and Pakistan’s militaries agreed to strictly observe a ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control (LoC) after years of tumultuous relationship on the border between the two armies.

    Pendharkar said in complete breach of the ceasefire understanding arrived at between the director-general of military operation (DGMOs), the armed intruder dressed in Pathani suit and a black jacket was detected moving from areas under the control of the Pakistan Army across the Line of Control at about 3pm on Saturday.

    “Ambushes were laid along likely routes that could be adopted by the intruder and movement was followed till 1600 hours. The ambush was sprung at the opportune moment and the infiltrator was eliminated. The body of the slain infiltrator was recovered along with one AK 47 and large quantity of ammunition including seven grenades,” he said

    The army said that the surveillance of the area is in progress, denying any “exploitation” of the bad weather condition prevailing in the area.

    “The operation is ongoing. The route adopted by the terrorist was similar to the one adopted on 04 Apr 20 during Op Rangadori Bhaikh in which five terrorists were eliminated,” he said.

    In response to a question, the officer said that the intelligence inputs of these areas are always there from where infiltration may be attempted by some terrorists.

    “We are vigilant to that. There are inputs of some of the launch pads and some terrorists being there. The weather conditions could be exploited as the snow falls and winter sets in when snow is more,” he said.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/india...130882729.html
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    Pak will have an okay year with minimum terrorism effecting the country. Problems with Afghanistan will continue for a few more years. The inflation rate will accelerate as expected yet I don't expect early elections or anything like that. The government and military are on the same page now, no worries here. I feel we will have a good year at the Cricket at least reaching the semi's of the World Cup later in the year.

    In India I feel their is a chance of civil conflict if the RSS continue oppressing and forcefully converting Muslim and Christians to Hinduism. Whilst IoK will continue to burn I don't see any chance of a big Bharat-Pak war. Idiot and illiterate Modi will receive a bloody nose if he messes with Pak at the behest of his Hindu fanatics. China will give India another very difficult year too.

    I don't think Omicron will effect Pak as much as it will do other neighbouring countries, insha Allah. This year will be the start of Pakistan's comeback as a progressive and peaceful country. We may even see Nawaz returning to Pak too or at least leaving the UK.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    And then this!

    SRINAGAR: A Pakistani terrorist trying to infiltrate into India across the Line of Control (LoC) was killed in Keran sector of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Army said on Sunday, accusing Pakistan of breaching the ongoing ceasefire between the two armies.


    “In a complete breach of the ongoing ceasefire understanding between the two armies across the Line of Control, an infiltration or BAT (Border Action Team) action was attempted in the Keran sector of Kupwara district on January 1. Swift action by the troops deployed at the Line of Control foiled the bid and eliminated the terrorist, later identified as Mohd Shabbir Malik, a Pakistani national,” Major General Abhijit S Pendharkar, GOC 28 division, said at a media briefing in Kupwara.

    “This clearly establishes that Pakistan continues to sponsor cross border terror. A hotline communication has been made to the Pakistan Army asking them to take back the body of the killed individual,” he said.

    BAT, according to officials, is said to be a mix of regular Pakistani soldiers and militants who are known for attacks on the Indian army on the border. Pakistan has always denied these allegations.

    “A search of the belongings revealed Pakistani national identity card and vaccination certificates (issued by Ministry of National Health Services Regulation & Coordination Government of Pakistan) identifying him as Mohd Shabir Malik. The belongings also include a photo of the infiltrator in army uniform wearing name tab of Shabbir,” he said.

    “The incident site is located on the Pakistani side of the Anti Infiltration Obstacle System, kept under surveillance by the Indian Army to effectively counter any nefarious activity by the infiltrators or Pakistan Army,” the top army commander said.

    The route adopted by the terrorist was similar to the one adopted on April 4, 2020, during Operation Rangadori Bhaikh in which five terrorists were eliminated.

    In February 2021, Indian and Pakistan’s militaries agreed to strictly observe a ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control (LoC) after years of tumultuous relationship on the border between the two armies.

    Pendharkar said in complete breach of the ceasefire understanding arrived at between the director-general of military operation (DGMOs), the armed intruder dressed in Pathani suit and a black jacket was detected moving from areas under the control of the Pakistan Army across the Line of Control at about 3pm on Saturday.

    “Ambushes were laid along likely routes that could be adopted by the intruder and movement was followed till 1600 hours. The ambush was sprung at the opportune moment and the infiltrator was eliminated. The body of the slain infiltrator was recovered along with one AK 47 and large quantity of ammunition including seven grenades,” he said

    The army said that the surveillance of the area is in progress, denying any “exploitation” of the bad weather condition prevailing in the area.

    “The operation is ongoing. The route adopted by the terrorist was similar to the one adopted on 04 Apr 20 during Op Rangadori Bhaikh in which five terrorists were eliminated,” he said.

    In response to a question, the officer said that the intelligence inputs of these areas are always there from where infiltration may be attempted by some terrorists.

    “We are vigilant to that. There are inputs of some of the launch pads and some terrorists being there. The weather conditions could be exploited as the snow falls and winter sets in when snow is more,” he said.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/india...130882729.html


    I would imagine the thousands of IOK locals killed over the years were all Pakistani terrorists.


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    The relations will be pretty much where they are at the moment- tense. As long as Modi is PM and from the Indian POV as long as IK is PM, then both sides will remain where they are. IK has exposed Modi and more and more articles are appearing in the Western media at his desperation and soon campaigns will start against buying Ind products on social media. its a shame that our social media teams are asleep

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    Are India-Pakistan Peace Talks Worth a Damn? ASHLEY J. TELLIS, Carnegie Endowment for International

    Disclaimer, the author is no doubt sympathetic to India, however it may also benefit Pakistanis to consider the validity of his arguments.

    THE FUNDAMENTAL ASYMMETRIES IN STRATEGY

    India is content with the status quo. It accepts Pakistan’s existence as a state and is content to have the current Line of Control be the legitimate, internationally recognized boundary in Jammu and Kashmir.

    India aspires to achieve great power status, and its most pressing strategic challenge is countering the rise of China. Consequently, India sees Pakistan’s antagonism and its support for terrorism as distractions that consume resources otherwise better spent on fueling its ascent on the world stage.

    In contrast, Pakistan aims to revise the status quo. It sees India as an existential threat to its survival and perceives itself to be India’s genuine peer competitor. Although both perceptions are dubious, Pakistan continues to use force, as well as jihadi terrorism, to achieve its strategic objectives of weakening India and securing political concessions.

    More broadly, the Pakistan Army’s conflict with India preserves its domestic political and economic predominance, and its efforts at protecting the “ideology of Pakistan” end up sustaining the perilous notion of a permanent Muslim resistance toward a “Hindu India.”

    PROSPECTS FOR A SETTLEMENT

    India’s clear geopolitical, economic, and military superiority implies that Pakistan cannot compel it to revise the status quo by force. Nor does India have to offer any compromises to procure peace because it is both a satisfied and dominant power. Since Pakistan lacks the means to either wrest the territories it lays claims to or reverse its continuing relative decline vis-ŗ-vis India, the path to peace depends largely on Pakistan’s willingness to accept its current strategic circumstances.

    Since the full subordination of the Pakistani military to its civilian leadership is unlikely for the foreseeable future, a shift in Pakistan’s orientation and behavior will depend fundamentally on the military itself. The army’s former chief of staff Pervez Musharraf provided the best hope to date that peace could be negotiated by an idiosyncratic military leader who is willing to change the army’s objectives with respect to India. Unfortunately, Musharraf has proven to be the exception, not the norm, in the Pakistan Army.

    Great power mediation is not an adequate alternative for peace either, since the United States lacks the means to alter Pakistan’s strategic calculus and China lacks the desire. Even if motivated, however, China would likely utilize Pakistan to slow down the rise of its emerging Asian competitor, India.

    https://carnegieendowment.org/2017/0...damn-pub-73145

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    Quote Originally Posted by Napa View Post
    Disclaimer, the author is no doubt sympathetic to India, however it may also benefit Pakistanis to consider the validity of his arguments.
    Politically driven attack in balakot ( yet to see any evidence Pakistan's involvement in Pulwana) , persistence of awarding Abhinandhan every year by Modi/BJP/RSS and consistent marginalizing of Muslims in India in almost every walk of life, tells a completely different story then the author tried to portray.

    It is BJP/RSS/Modi requirement and necessity to keep the conflict alive.

    Author is, sympathetic to Modi, not India.
    Last edited by LaLoco; 6th January 2022 at 18:31.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaLoco View Post
    Politically driven attack in balakot ( yet to see any evidence Pakistan's involvement in Pulwana) , persistence of awarding Abhinandhan every year by Modi/BJP/RSS and consistent marginalizing of Muslims in India in almost every walk of life, tells a completely different story then the author tried to portray.

    It is BJP/RSS/Modi requirement and necessity to keep the conflict alive.

    Author is, sympathetic to Modi, not India.
    Like I said, Pakistans may consider the validity of his arguments, it’s your choice.

    The antics of the Pak military and ISI does some damage to India, but also does an order of magnitude greater damage to Pakistan domestically and internationally. OBL being found living in a house with high walls in a Pakistani Army garrison town and Pakistan being on an FAFT list are not inventions of the author. Nor are Pakistan’s moribund economy, failure to get FDI, failure to develop modern export industries, need for repeated bailouts, raging inflation etc.

    If you want to fix something, blaming others and indulging in wishful thinking won’t get you anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Napa View Post
    Like I said, Pakistans may consider the validity of his arguments, it’s your choice.

    The antics of the Pak military and ISI does some damage to India, but also does an order of magnitude greater damage to Pakistan domestically and internationally. OBL being found living in a house with high walls in a Pakistani Army garrison town and Pakistan being on an FAFT list are not inventions of the author. Nor are Pakistan’s moribund economy, failure to get FDI, failure to develop modern export industries, need for repeated bailouts, raging inflation etc.

    If you want to fix something, blaming others and indulging in wishful thinking won’t get you anywhere.

    No replies. LOL, if you have no intend in hearing other then why engage yourself in a forum

    What has OBL being found in Pakistan has to do with India? Pak being FAFT has to do with Pak and India relationship.

    No one is blaming others for Pakistan's problem, Pakistani are blaming the corrupt politicians of the past, which you seem to be in love with, particularly NS, maybe he held the emperor's hand in Pakistan

    Most Pakistani acknowledge, Pakistan need modern industries.

    FAFT is a political tool, only a fool or BJP supporter will deny that and it has nothing to with OBL nor Pakistani not being in love with Modi.

    Rest are the facts that you spouted out to deflect instead of replying to any of my comments, straight out of 'typical' India's media cell - Loan, FATF, OBL, economy etc. lol

    And before you do 'Usain bolt", can you respond to why Modi has to give Abhinandan an award each year for a fictional bollywood script? lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Napa View Post
    Disclaimer, the author is no doubt sympathetic to India, however it may also benefit Pakistanis to consider the validity of his arguments.
    It's a rubbish piece, gives no credit to India for having the ability to exert influence on it's direct neighbour, and instead cedes that influence to China quite willingly. It's hard to believe that's written from a neutral, seems like it's been put together in deference to other groups who want to see a permanent wedge to further their own interests in the region.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Napa View Post
    Like I said, Pakistans may consider the validity of his arguments, itís your choice.

    The antics of the Pak military and ISI does some damage to India, but also does an order of magnitude greater damage to Pakistan domestically and internationally. OBL being found living in a house with high walls in a Pakistani Army garrison town and Pakistan being on an FAFT list are not inventions of the author. Nor are Pakistanís moribund economy, failure to get FDI, failure to develop modern export industries, need for repeated bailouts, raging inflation etc.

    If you want to fix something, blaming others and indulging in wishful thinking wonít get you anywhere.

    No replies.
    And yea, the minute Pakistan decide to leave China's camp then FATF and all other political tools just disappear as if nothing had every happened.

    Modi/BJP/RSS need conflict with Pakistan, hence, give every Indian official award to Abhinandan for having the most expensive cup of chai on Pakistani soil.

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    The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) apprehended a Pakistani fishing boat with ten crew members in Indian waters in the Arabian sea off the Gujarat coast, it said on Sunday.

    The boat, named ‘Yaseen,’ was intercepted by the ICG vessel ‘Ankit’ during the operational patrol on Saturday night.

    When the crew members of the boat failed to justify their presence in Indian waters after being questioned, the ICG ship apprehended it, the ICG said in a release.

    The boat tried to flee towards the Pakistani waters, but due to the quick response by the ICG ship, it was made to stop and apprehended, said the ICG.Around 2,000 kg fish and 600 litres of diesel were seized from the boat, the ICG said, adding that the boat is registered at Keti Bandar in Pakistan.

    The apprehended boat, with the ten crew members, is presently being towed to Porbandar for detailed investigation and joint interrogation, it said.

    “Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Ankit’ during an operational patrol at the Arabian Sea apprehended a Pakistani fishing boat ‘Yaseen’ along with 10 Pakistani crew, operating in Indian waters during the intervening night of January 8, 2022,” the ICG said in a release.

    During the initial boarding, PFB Yaseen registered at Ketibandar was found in possession of approximately 2000 kgs of the fish catch along with 600 litres of diesel, the ICG added.Sometimes, Pakistani fishing boats cross the notional international maritime boundary and enter Indian waters during fishing expeditions. There has also been a rise in cases of such boats being used to smuggle contraband drugs through the Gujarat coast.The Indian Coast Guard had on September 15 last year apprehended a Pakistani boat with 12 crew members in the Indian waters off the Gujarat coast.On December 20, a Pakistani fishing boat with six crew members on board and carrying 77 kg of heroin worth around ₹400 crore was apprehended in the Indian waters off the Gujarat coast by the ICG in a joint operation with the state Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS).

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaLoco View Post
    What has OBL being found in Pakistan has to do with India? Pak being FAFT has to do with Pak and India relationship.

    No one is blaming others for Pakistan's problem, Pakistani are blaming the corrupt politicians of the past, which you seem to be in love with, particularly NS, maybe he held the emperor's hand in Pakistan

    Most Pakistani acknowledge, Pakistan need modern industries.

    FAFT is a political tool, only a fool or BJP supporter will deny that and it has nothing to with OBL nor Pakistani not being in love with Modi.

    Rest are the facts that you spouted out to deflect instead of replying to any of my comments, straight out of 'typical' India's media cell - Loan, FATF, OBL, economy etc. lol

    And before you do 'Usain bolt", can you respond to why Modi has to give Abhinandan an award each year for a fictional bollywood script? lol
    Pakistan is in FAFT for proven and acknowleged (by Pak govt) terror financing activities. Political tool or not, there should be no denying of cupability here. Clean the blood on your hands first before you spite (or hide/subterfuge behind) the irregularities in justice mechanisms.

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    Easiest thing both sides could do is release innocent people languishing in jails sometimes for decades.

    These are poor fishermen, farmers, goat herders etc and should be sent home.

    It would atleast generate some positive momentum.

    I don't see anything major happening before the Uttar Pradesh elections in March this year. BJP will go full Hindutva.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvd View Post
    Easiest thing both sides could do is release innocent people languishing in jails sometimes for decades.

    These are poor fishermen, farmers, goat herders etc and should be sent home.

    It would atleast generate some positive momentum.

    I don't see anything major happening before the Uttar Pradesh elections in March this year. BJP will go full Hindutva.
    Also I think partnership in education and medical exchanges should continue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RajBan View Post
    Also I think partnership in education and medical exchanges should continue.
    Is there any partnership in education and medical exchanges?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RajBan View Post
    Also I think partnership in education and medical exchanges should continue.
    what Pakistan has nothing to offer in those fields. Especially in education. We can provide pencil and rubbers though.....

    our country is pathetic in the education field especially with with the snc.


    If there needs to be relations than it should be coast guard cooperation. Alot of fishers suffer, thus whenever the fisherman enter the other party should be notified about them. Register their id numbers etc. If an unregistered person enters just jail him


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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    what Pakistan has nothing to offer in those fields. Especially in education. We can provide pencil and rubbers though.....

    our country is pathetic in the education field especially with with the snc.


    If there needs to be relations than it should be coast guard cooperation. Alot of fishers suffer, thus whenever the fisherman enter the other party should be notified about them. Register their id numbers etc. If an unregistered person enters just jail him
    That's an excellent suggestion as well.

    The reason why I suggested education and medicine is because these are citizen to citizen connect, less politics, also less chest thumping unlike sports. These are much better than some pseudo liberal summit which benefits nobody and only satisfies wishlists of few to create utopian unrealistic views and often have underlying political agendas for or against the government of the day . US and Russia or US and China have extremely bitter geopolitical relations but while that continues, there is much less disruption to citizen to citizen connect.

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    Pakistan has rejected the remarks of the Indian army chief regarding the presence of "launch pads and training camps" across the Line of Control (LoC).

    According to Indian publication Morning Express, the Indian army chief claimed the presence of "350 to 400 terrorists gathering at the border launch pads and training camps near LoC," saying a "proxy war was ongoing from the Pakistan side".

    "Pakistan categorically rejects the Indian army chief’s fallacious comments made at a press conference, insinuating the presence of so-called “launch pads” and “training” camps across the LoC," the Foreign Office said in a statement on Thursday.

    It further said that there is nothing new about the Indian general’s unfounded allegations, as these are a part of the malicious anti-Pakistan propaganda being pedalled by the BJP-RSS at the helm in India.

    The FO went on to say that the Indian government is driven by its belligerent and expansionist agenda embedded in the delusional notion of “Akhand Bharat”, which poses a grave threat to regional peace.

    "The Indian army chief has made a desperate attempt at diverting global attention from India’s state-terrorism and egregious human rights violations, which continue unabated in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK)," it added.

    The communique further said, "Pakistan calls on India to forthwith halt its tyranny in the IIOJK, renounce its campaign of Kashmiris' persecution, and let them exercise their right to self-determination as promised to them under the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

    Concluding, the FO said: "Pakistan is committed to pursue meaningful dialogue with India for peaceful resolution of all outstanding disputes, including Jammu and Kashmir. The onus is, however, on India to create an enabling environment conducive for dialogue."

    Earlier today, the Indian military chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane said that the threat China posed to India had by no means diminished despite partial disengagement along the de facto border.

    "War or conflict is always an instrument of last resort. But if resorted to, we will come out victorious," Naravane was quoted as saying at a virtual press conference ahead of India's Army Day.

    The two countries were engaged in a face-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) — the de facto border between China and India in the disputed territory of Ladakh in the disputed Himalayan region. Tensions soared in June 2020 after at least 20 Indian and four Chinese soldiers were killed in a border clash in the region.

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    Even as there looks no immediate headway towards deescalating tensions between South Asian nuclear neighbours, at least 50 politicians, former officials, and peace activists have come together urging Pakistan and India to attend to their differences and work for durable peace in the region.

    Indian peace activist Om Prakash Shah is planning to release compilations of 50 articles in the form of a book titled In Pursuit of Peace: Improving Indo-Pak Relations, in the Indian capital New Delhi on Saturday, requesting both countries to at least start talks to find solutions to their political issues.

    The authors, who have contributed to the book include former Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari, former foreign minister Yashwant Sinha, former chief minister of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) Farooq Abdullah, ex-Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, and former information minister Javed Jabbar, among others.

    Read more: India, Pakistan relations likely to remain thorny: experts

    Speaking to Anadolu Agency ahead of the release of the book, Shah said there was a general recognition on both sides to find a way to co-exist in a peaceful productive manner and to make sure that the differences do not spin out of control, especially given the developmental challenges faced by both countries.

    "The main aim of this book is to deepen our mutual understanding of the different points of view in Pakistan and India and to speed up the process of dialogue, which I believe is an important tool for bridging the trust deficit between India and Pakistan," said Shah, who is working on improving Indo-Pakistan relations for the last three decades.

    He said that the book has taken the stock of Indo-Pak relations as both countries are approaching the 75th anniversary of their independence in August 2022.

    Relations between India and Pakistan plummeted to a new low after Aug. 5, 2019, when India not only revoked the longstanding special status but also bifurcated the state of IIOJK, prompting Islamabad to downgrade its diplomatic ties.

    Desirable to turn to dialogue

    Pakistan has been maintaining the normalisation of ties with New Delhi is linked to a review of the Aug. 5 decision and ultimate resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

    Also read: New security policy seeks ‘peace’ with India

    Stating that India Pakistan relationship, "like any complicated multi-faceted relationship, has its ups and downs," Shah said that it is important to maintain a focus on bridging the gaps between the two neighbours that share a long border.

    "To bridge this inherited chasm, it is desirable to turn to dialogue, which is an important tool that is available to all of us. It is important that we do not leave the challenging task of establishing a climate of trust and confidence between India and Pakistan to our respective governments only," he said.

    Shah urged the civil society in both countries to take a lead in progressing the peace talks and to resolve our mutual differences, in addition to the efforts made by the two governments.

    Asked about the central idea in the articles written by a divergent group of people across the borders, Shah said, all authors are committed to finding ways to improve India and Pakistan relations.

    Cultural affinity

    Mohammad Mukhtar Ansari, a former top official in the Indian government, who has also contributed to the book, said both countries should not be oblivious of emotional attachment between the divided families and cultural affinity among the people of both sides.

    "The countries, which support cultural exchange programmes across the regions and promote economic and business trade, do not engage themselves in war-like activities or maintain adversarial relations. Both the countries must give a chance to its people to establish contacts at various levels, which will pave the way for establishing a friendly relationship with all the neighbouring countries," he said.

    He added that it is important that the protection of sociocultural identities is duly factored "in the dialogue process to respect and promote traditional bondage between the people living beyond the borders."

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    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2340078...-tourism-booms

    After the arrival of Indian tourists in Pakistan earlier in January, Pakistani tourists will also fly to India on January 29 on a special Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight for the first time in 75 years.

    Earlier, pilgrims used to visit each other's countries either by foot or via Samjhauta Express. According to Member National Assembly and Chairman Pakistan Hindu Council Ramesh Kumar, an agreement was reached between the PIA and Air India for the promotion of religious tourism between the two neighbouring countries.

    As per the pact, both airlines would operate special flights in this regard. A group of Pakistani tourists would depart from Lahore airport on January 29 and will return on February 1.

    During the three-day visit, the group would visit the dargah of Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer Sharif, Jaipur, Agra, Mithra, Haridwar and the dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya in Delhi.

    Dr Ramesh said that the visit would cost $1,500 to each pilgrim and an additional $200 would also be charged if they want a separate room during their stay in Agra and Delhi.

    As per an agreement between Pakistan and India which was reached in 1974, the pilgrims can visit religious sites of both countries. The Waqf Property Board and the ministry of religious affairs arrange the arrival and departure of pilgrims.

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    The Pakistan Rangers exchange pleasantries with India's Border Security Force (BSF) on the occasion of 73rd Indian Republic Day and wished each other well.

    The commanders of border forces of the two countries gave each other sweets and shook hands.

    It is a tradition of the Indian and Pakistani soldiers to exchange sweets on days of national importance for the two countries and on the occasion of major festivals every year.

    The practice is a confidence-building measure and an attempt to establish peace between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

    A day earlier, it was reported that the Indian fishermen released as a goodwill gesture returned to their homeland via the Wagah border crossing.

    The government had released 20 Indian fishermen, arrested for illegally entering Pakistani waters and fishing without permission, on January 24. They were imprisoned in Landhi jail and were released on a humanitarian basis.

    On January 1, Pakistan and India exchanged sweets at various places along the Line of Control (LoC) at the beginning of the New Year and wished each other a “Happy New Year”.

    According to security sources, sweets were exchanged between the Pakistan and Indian Army at four different locations adjacent to LoC, including the Parachkothi and Poonch sectors. The security officials of the two countries wished each other on the occasion.

    A better situation is viewed at the border after Pakistan and India reached a ceasefire agreement in February last. On the other hand, there were no reports of exchange of sweets between the border forces stationed at Wagah in Lahore and the Gandasingh border in Kasur.

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    Both should continue ignoring each other like they have been since past year or so, because whenever they try to improve relations, something bad happens in India. We both can live without each other.


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    The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has issued a visa to Sika Khan to visit his brother Muhammed Siddique and other family members in Pakistan.

    The two brothers separated in 1947 were recently reunited after 74 years at Kartarpur Corridor.

    Siddique, 80, a resident of Bogra on the outskirts of Faisalabad, met his brother who got separated during the Partition.

    According to him, two days before the independence of Pakistan, his mother went to visit his parents in Indian Punjab with his younger brother Habib who was only a few months old.

    After the Partition, Siddique kept waiting for his mother to return but she didn't. But now, after 74 years, he finally reunited with his younger brother Habib, who later on got the name of Sika Khan.

    A short video clip, which went viral on social media, showed that the two brothers burst into tears as soon as they saw each other at Kartarpur.

    Habib said that the corridor provided an opportunity for him to meet his brother. The meeting was arranged by an NGO called "Punjabi Lehar" which has already become a means of reuniting many family and friends who had separated from each other in 1947.

    Also read: Brothers separated during Partition reunite at Kartarpur

    Representatives of the NGO said that the friends in Indian Punjab were very helpful in finding Siddique's brother.

    It had shared videos of Siddique a while ago after which those who knew him in Indian Punjab contacted him and finally the two brothers reunited at the corridor.

    “The story of the two brothers is a powerful illustration of how the historic opening of the visa-free Kartarpur Sahib Corridor in November 2019 by Pakistan is bringing people closer to each other,” the Pakistan embassy in a statement said.

    Sika Khan also met Charge d’Affaires Aftab (CDA) Hasan Khan and interacted with the mission's officers in the Indian capital.

    “He appreciated his interaction and thanked the CDA for the cooperation extended to him.”

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    The Indian government on Friday denied visas to 170 Pakistani tourists who completed their preparations for a tour to the neighbouring country starting from January 29 (Saturday).

    According to Faith Tourism Coordinator MNA Dr Ramesh Kumar, the Indian government denied the visas on the pretext of Covid-19 restrictions.

    He said that 170 tourists had registered for the tour and the group wanted to visit Ajmer Sharif, New Delhi, Mith, Jaipur and other areas of India.

    The visit was supposed to conclude on February 1 but it has been deferred after the Indian government's refusal. Diplomatic sources told The Express Tribune that there is no agreement on visit visas between Pakistan and India.

    They said that Pakistan and Indian pilgrims visit each other's countries as per the existing 1974 agreement, adding that Pakistan had issued visas to Indian tourists earlier.

    They further said that India will not recognise the efforts of any individual for faith tourism between the two countries, adding that both nations would have to negotiate to resolve the issue.

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    LAHORE: Indian singer and actor Gippy Grewal was barred from entering Pakistan through Wagah Border on Friday as the Indian immigration authorities reportedly stopped him at the Atari border on Friday.

    According to sources in the Evacuee Propriety Trust Board, arrangements were in place to receive the singer at the border as he was scheduled to visit Kartarpur.

    “He was to move to Kartarpur (Narowal) at 9:30am and return to Lahore by 3:30pm. Later, Gippy was scheduled to attend a reception at Governor House. On Jan 29, he was to visit Nankana Sahib before his return to India,” an ETPB official told Dawn.

    According to another source, Mr Grewal was to enter Pakistan through Wagah border on a two-day visit with some six or seven other people but he was stopped at the Atari check post.

    “He was also to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Lahore and then he had meetings at the Governor House. The next day he was supposed to leave for Nankana Sahib to pay respects at the Sikh religious site,” he explained.

    Sources said Mr Grewal had a long schedule of meetings in Pakistan, including with film people, at the Governor House to discuss joint film ventures between the two sides.

    Sources said last time when Grewal visited Kartarpur, he got mingled with people and showed great enthusiasm, warmth and love for Pakistanis and the places he visited. His visit was given ample coverage in the Pakistani media.

    Mr Grewal is a popular figure in Pakistan, especially with Punjabi film audience, and internationally too, his films, such as ‘Carry on Jutta’ and ‘Lucky Di Unlucky Story’ topped popularity charts.

    The film and theatre fraternity in Pakistan condemned the Indian authorities for stopping Mr Grewal.

    Comedian Iftikhar Thakur said artistes always bridge up between nations.

    “It is so sad that Grewal was stopped like this from entering Pakistan,” he said.

    Published in Dawn, January 29th, 2022


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    India on Wednesday declined to issue visas to Pakistani pilgrims at the eleventh hour for attending the annual Urs of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer from February 3 to 14.

    Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter*faith Harmony Pir Noorul Haq Qadri, in a statement, expressed dismay over the non-issuance of visas to the religious tourists, which was beyond his comprehension.

    The Indian embassy, he said, had asked the ministry to complete all the arrangements for the departure of pilgrims for the Urs following all the standard operating procedures issued by it. The pilgrims belonging to far-flung areas of the country had arrived in Lahore. However, the last moment refusal for issuance of visas had hurt their sentiments leaving them in mental stress, he added.

    Mr Qadri said Pakistan would take up such an ill-treatment of Zaireen with India at the foreign ministry’s level. India had violated the 1974 Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines on the pretext of the coronavirus pandemic.

    On the contrary, he said, Pakistan had always facilitated Hindu and Sikh Yatris from India to visit their sacred sites in a bid to promote interfaith harmony.

    Amid the prevailing Covid-19, Pakistan issued visas to both Hindu and Sikh pilgrims during the last two years.

    Published in Dawn, February 3rd, 2022


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    Business magnet Mian Muhammad Mansha claims that he is aware of backchannel diplomacy being pursued by India and Pakistan.

    Talking to the Lahore Chambers of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday, Mansha said that there should be “no permanent enemies” with the two arch rivals to work to resolve their differences. He further insisted that the two countries need to resolve their issues and increase trade.

    “Till 1965, 50% to 60% of Pakistan’s trade was with India,” the chairman of Nishat Group told the gathered businesspersons, “We need peace.” He added that India had technology to offer Pakistan, and Pakistan too could offer India many things.

    Mansha also claimed that there he was aware of backchannel talks being held between India and Pakistan, which could lead to positive results.

    “In a month [Indian Prime Minister] Narendra Modi could come here if the two [countries] can get their act together,” he said.

    The tycoon also insisted that it was time to do away with the corruption mantra to save the country, adding that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) should be shut down.

    Mansha asked why the government hesitated to privatise public enterprises. Political parties, he said, favoured privatisation when in power and opposed it when in opposition.

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    Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar on Friday said the Indian chief of army staff's claim that the Line of Control (LoC) ceasefire is holding up because India came from a place of ‘strength’ is misleading.

    Indian COAS MM Naravane on Thursday claimed that the ceasefire at the LoC continued to hold because India had “negotiated from a position of strength".

    DG ISPR, through his official Twitter handle, stated that Pakistan only agreed to the ceasefire due to its "concerns for the safety of people of Kashmir living on both sides of the LoC."

    “No side should misconstrue it as their strength or other’s weakness,” he emphasised.

    Last year in February, Pakistan and India announced that they had agreed to observe a ceasefire along the LoC and all other sectors.

    The announcement was made simultaneously by both Islamabad and New Delhi after a telephonic conversation between senior military officials of the two countries.

    The rare joint statement came against the backdrop of worsening relations between the two countries since the Pulwama incident in February 2019.


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    The sour relationship between India and Pakistan, owing to the former’s inhumane stance on Kashmir, now into its third year is impacting bilateral trade worth billions between the two nations with no visible signs of resuming anytime soon.

    Even though recently, the Narendra Modi led government has opened its side of the Kartarpur Corridor after consistent protests by the Sikh community on both sides of the border, trade has been terminated with India since August of 2019 when the neighboring country abolished the special status of Occupied Kashmir.

    As a result, thousands of traders, contractors, and middlemen in both countries have lost millions of rupees, especially those who relied on trade through the Wagah border. Earlier this year, in March, the Ministry of Commerce sent a summary of imports of sugar, cotton, and yarn from India, to the Federal Cabinet, which could have led to the resumption of trade between the two countries but the summary was rejected.

    Some traders like Qayyum Khan, a resident of Lahore, who were hopeful that the summary would be approved were left dejected. Khan, who imports gypsum from India, a substance used as fertilizer and in plasters, while talking to The Express Tribune, lamented, “my gypsum worth millions of rupees, lying near the Wagah border, has deteriorated and I have made a massive loss.”

    While Khan, and other traders like him, support the government’s position that relations with India cannot be restored until the special status of Kashmir is restored, they questioned why had the Pakistani government granted permission for Afghan-India transit.

    “If Afghan-India trade can be made through Wagah, trade between our two countries should also be resumed,” he implored. Back in 2003, the bilateral trade between the two significant players in Southeast Asia stood at 250 million dollars but from 2004 to 2007 when there was peace between the two, these bilateral trade numbers rose to roughly 3 billion dollars, as per Former Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani.

    Jilani, who has served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, while talking to the Express Tribune, said, “the onus of the suspension of trade is on India as they abolished Article 37, in violation of the bilateral agreements with Pakistan and created an atmosphere of unrest and tension.”

    He was of the view that India had more to lose due to trade closures as it exports a significant number of its goods to Pakistan. Jilani believes that trade between the two neighbors can only be restored once there is a resolution on Kashmir.

    “At the moment, Pakistan's position is that there can be no peace and order until India withdraws its decision on occupied Kashmir,” he said. Others like Rajdeep Upal, President of Confederation of International Chambers of Commerce Amritsar, however, believe that the commencement of trade is the only way the two countries can resolve their issues. “Instead of trading through a third country, the resumption of trade will strengthen the contact between residents of Pakistan and India and also impact the politics of both countries,” he predicted while conversing with the Express Tribune over the phone.

    Uppal opined that the revival of the trade would benefit the economies of the two neighbors and would create much needed employment opportunities for millions of people. “Some elements in both countries want the current situation to stay and we serve their purpose by eliminating trade and mutual relations,” he said. Uppal is hopeful that the two countries will see the benefits of trading through the Wagah border and termed it as the most prompt and cost-effective corridor of exchanging goods and services. “If both countries continue to import their necessities from another country or trade through a third country, we do not gain any benefit but those countries do,” Uppal told the Express Tribune.


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    Former Chief Minister and Punjab Lok Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said that he was not against people of Pakistan but against their rulers and the army who were fomenting trouble in India and killing our soldiers on the borders.

    Addressing public meetings in support of the party candidates, Farzana Alam from Malerkotla and Sardar Ali from Amargarh, he said these elections were going to decide the future of Punjab as the state was confronted by multiple challenges which could be matched by a "double engine" government only.

    He said before independence about 40 per cent population of Patiala was Muslim and most of them had migrated to Pakistan.

    He said when he went there during his previous term as Chief Minister, he was honoured and felicitated by them. He said he was for good relationships between the two countries, but the Pakistani Prime Minister and his army were being too hostile towards India, which was unacceptable.

    On the Aam Aadmi Party's choice of Chief Ministerial candidate, Amarinder Singh said Bhagwant Mann is a good actor, who amuses people and makes them laugh on television.

    But running the government is more serious business than amusing people or making them laugh, he said, while warning that Punjab needs a serious and mature leadership, which can not only take care of the state's security but also bring it out of the multiple problems it faces.

    The two-time Chief Minister had a dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for claiming that he had nominated a "poor" Chief Ministerial candidate.

    He said Charanjit Singh Channi was among the richest candidates fighting elections with properties worth hundreds of crores. He said otherwise also just being poor does not qualify one to be the Chief Minister.

    Appealing to people to elect the Punjab Lok Congress candidates for a better future, he reminded them that he had made Malerkotla a district and also announced to set up a medical college here.

    He promised to set up a university in the city once the BJP-PLC-SAD(S) government is formed in the state. Responding to the demands of local people, he also promised to make Malerkotla a municipal corporation for improving civic amenities there.

    Punjab will go to the polls for 117-member Assembly on February 20.

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    Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Thursday that Pakistan had helped "distressed" Indian students fleeing Ukraine on humanitarian grounds.

    He made the revelation while speaking to the media in Sindh's Mirpurkhas district where he talked about the situation in Ukraine. The foreign minister is currently leading the PTI's Haqooq-i-Sindh march along with several other party leaders.

    "You must have seen the video [showing] Indian students who were fleeing were given food and were taken care of by the Pakistani embassy. They were kids, they were in distress [and under] stress so we did what was possible for them on a humanitarian basis," he said.

    Qureshi's remarks come after videos surfaced on social media purportedly showing Indian students sitting down and eating with Pakistani students in a cafeteria-like setting.

    During the media talk, the minister also said that he had spoken with his counterparts from Poland, Romania and Hungary, all of whom assured Pakistan of their complete support in the safe evacuation of Pakistani citizens from Ukraine.

    "By the grace of God, majority of children have reached safety. The ones that remain, we are working continuously to ensure that they get back home."

    Calling it a "challenging situation", the minister said that the Pakistani embassy was playing its due role.

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    NEW DELHI: A Delhi-Doha Qatar Airways flight made an emergency landing in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi on Monday after smoke was detected in its cargo section.

    The flight took off from Delhi at 3.50 am and landed in Karachi 1.15 hours after its departure at 5.45 am. It was supposed to land in Doha at 7.15 am.

    A spokesperson for the airline said the Qatar Airways flight QR579 was diverted to Karachi after an emergency was declared due to the indication of smoke in the cargo hold. “The aircraft landed safely at Karachi where it was met by emergency services and passengers disembarked orderly via stairs.”

    The airline said the incident was under investigation and a separate flight was being arranged to fly the passengers from Karachi to Doha. “We apologise for the inconvenience to our passengers who will be assisted with their onward travel plans.”

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    Pakistan’s top industrialist Mian Mohammed Mansha believes it is time his country and India resume trade, and improve relations for their betterment.

    Mansha, who heads the Nishat conglomerate, Pakistan’s No. 1 business group, told The Indian Express from Dubai where he is at the moment, that there are “many synergies” between the two countries that can come into play once trade begins.

    “I feel very passionately that we need to get our things sorted out with India. Now whatever the issues that are impeding, let them be there. But once they come to one another’s country, through trade, tourism – religious tourism or normal tourism — I think the doors will start opening,” 75-year-old Mansha said.

    He said the Kashmir issue had to be resolved with “small steps” to “bring temperatures down”. He also spoke on opening up Bollywood to Pakistani actors and India’s IPL to Pakistani cricketers.

    Earlier this year, the industrialist, counted as the most influential voice of the business community in Pakistan, had called for resumption of trade with India at a meeting of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    Reiterating the statements he made at that meeting, Mansha, whose businesses range from textiles to cement to automobiles, said if India could continue to import from China despite its border issues, there was no reason for Pakistan not to resume trade with India.

    Also read |India can act today to shape tomorrow’s terms of connectivity with Pakistan
    “I think there’s nothing better than having good relations with your neighbours. And you can’t change neighbours,” he said, pointing to the advantages that importing from India would give Pakistan.

    “I am a businessman. That’s why I say that if something is cheaper in India, why should I buy that from another country? The transportation cost is less (from India),” he said. “There are so many products that we could buy. We (the Nishat Group) make Hyundai cars. Hyundai India is very big. We could buy some parts cheaper from India, than buying from China, for example. And you are also trading with China in such a large way. Your imports from China are huge, and if you look at it, you also have issues with China on the issue of territories and all that.”

    Trade between the two countries dwindled after India doubled tariffs following the Pulwama attack in February 2019. Later, after India’s decisions in J&K that August, Pakistan stopped trade with India.

    Last year, days after the powerful Pakistan Army indicated that it had a “geo-economic vision” of South Asia – Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa outlined this in a speech — Pakistan announced it would begin restricted trade with India for cotton and sugar. However, the decision was abruptly cancelled after several ministers in the then Imran Khan government opposed it.

    Last week, Imran Khan was removed as Prime Minister by the country’s parliament. Though Mansha said he had not met Shehbaz Sharif, the new Prime Minister, in three-four years, he was aware that Sharif was not against resumption of trade with India.

    “What I think is we do need to move ahead on the resolution of the Kashmir issue, we could take small, small steps. I do think we need to lower the temperature,” he said, pointing to the “Musharraf formula” that paved the way for cross-LoC trade and bus services that allowed families on either side to meet, interact and do business with each other, though other steps such as reducing military presence on both sides did not take place. Mansha also spoke on the opening of flights from Sharjah as a pointer to the tourism potential of Kashmir.

    On trade, Mansha said a beginning could be made with Pakistan importing cotton from India and exporting cement.

    “I am in the cement business. We have one big plant, in Chakwal district (of Pakistan Punjab province) where Mr Manmohan Singh was born. We have even preserved the school that he attended. You don’t have limestone in Indian Punjab and areas around the border, so it is much cheaper to buy Pakistani cement. We used to export a lot of cement to India, till all this trading abruptly stopped. So it is not a bad idea if we could import cotton, and we could export some cement to India,” he said.

    “I also deal with cotton textile companies, where we want to use Indian cotton. And we also grow a lot of cotton and now we are buying some cotton from Afghanistan, and from so many other countries that we import. Our cotton seasons are slightly different. When you grow cotton, we don’t grow cotton at that time. It would be very good that when our season comes, you could buy it from us. And when yours comes, we could import it from you, rather than paying carrying charges from other countries,” he said.

    Mansha said investment too should begin. “For example, if Tata invests in Pakistan, you will have employees here… and I think interconnections do build up”.

    There would be hawks on both sides, he acknowledged, but pointed to the 1978 Camp David accord between Israel’s Menachem Begin and Egypt’s Anwar Sadat as an example of breaking through mistrust and hostility. He also mentioned the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was treated with suspicion at the beginning, but has been beneficial for Mexico, the US and Canada.

    The India-Pakistan cultural relationship, he said, was also important. “Indian movies coming to Pakistan, and Pakistani dramas were being seen in India… Some of our actors got better chances in Bollywood… but the biggest thing we need to start is that our cricketers should be playing in your IPL tournament. And yours could come to the PCL. Cricket is a big business now,” he said.

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    Mansha talks sense. At the moment, I believe both countries prefer status quo. Too many moving parts.

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    Pakistan deplores the "public notice" jointly issued by the University Grants Commission of India (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), advising Indian students against pursuing higher education in Pakistan, the Foreign Office said on Monday.

    The UGC and AICTE had warned native and overseas Indian students planning to pursue higher studies in Pakistan that they will be denied employment as they do not recognise the “degree courses done only in online mode without prior approval”, Indian media reported.

    The FO issued a statement to rebuke the move on Pakistan's behalf.

    "The tone of the 'public notice' is not only threatening towards the students but it also reeks of tyrannical authoritarianism. It is regrettable that driven by its incurable obsession with Pakistan, the Government of India is unabashedly coercing the students in order to deter them from pursuing quality education of their choice," the statement read.

    It stated that the contents of the advisory have further exposed the BJP-RSS combine's deep-seated "ideological animus and chronic hostility" towards Pakistan.

    It is deplorable that as part of its mission “Hindu Rashtra,” the Indian government has resorted to such moves in order to stoke hyper-nationalism in the country, the FO statement read.

    A clarification has also been sought from the Indian government on the "public notice."

    The FO said Pakistan reserves the right to take appropriate measures in response to this openly discriminatory and inexplicable action by India.

    All concerned are advised not to travel to Pakistan for pursuing higher education, reads India's advisory to its students.

    Any Indian national or overseas citizen of India who intends to take admission to any degree college or educational institution of Pakistan shall not be eligible for seeking employment or higher studies in India on the basis of such educational qualifications (in any subject) acquired in Pakistan, the advisory reads.

    "However, migrants and their children who have acquired higher education degrees in Pakistan and have been awarded citizenship by India would be eligible for seeking employment in India after obtaining security clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs," it adds.

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    The Border Security Force and the Pakistan Rangers on Tuesday exchanged sweets at various outposts along the International Border in Jammu region on the occasion of Eid. “The troops of BSF & Pak Rangers today exchanged sweets on the occasion Eid at various BOPs along IB under Jammu frontier in a very cordial atmosphere", DIG BSF S P S Sandhu said.

    The exchange of sweets was done all along the border outposts (BoPs) in Samba, Kathua, R S Pura and Akhnoor, he said. The BSF offered the sweets to the Rangers and the latter also reciprocated the BSF’s gesture by offering sweets, DIG said.

    “The BSF has always been on the forefront in creating a peaceful and congenial atmosphere while dominating the border effectively," Sandhu said. Such gestures help build a peaceful atmosphere and cordial relationships on border between both the forces, he said.

    The BSF guards the around 2,290 km India-Pakistan International Border (IB) that runs north to south from Jammu, Punjab, Rajasthan and up to Gujarat on India’s western flank.

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    LAHOREakistani and Indian forces on Tuesday exchanged sweets and pleasantries on the occasion of Eidul Fitr at the Wagah border and other border areas.

    The local commanders of Pakistan Rangers Punjab and India's Border Security Force (BSF) offered sweets to each other at the border areas near Lahore, Kasur, Sialkot and other international border areas as well as the Working boundary.

    According to details, they also exchanged gifts and expressed good wishes for each other on the occasion.

    It is a tradition for Indian and Pakistani forces to exchange sweets on days of national importance for the two countries and on the occasion of major festivals every year.

    Relations had been strained between the two countries since the revocation of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmirís (IIOJK) special status by India. As a result, the tradition was put on hold for some time.

    Last year in August, Pakistani and Indian forces had exchanged sweets at the Wagah Border on the occasion of Pakistan's 75th Independence Day.
    The goodwill gesture was made by officials from the Punjab Rangers and India's BSF.

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    RPG-Like Attack Behind Blast At Punjab Police's Intel HQ In Mohali

    The police called it an RPG-like attack and termed the blast a minor one.
    Mohali: A rocket-propelled grenade or RPG was fired from the street that shattered the glasses at the Punjab Police's intelligence headquarters in Mohali, the police said on Monday.
    The police called it an RPG-like attack and termed the blast a minor one.

    "A minor explosion was reported at the Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in sector 77, SAS Nagar at around 7.45 PM. No damage has been reported. Senior officers are on the spot and an investigation is being done. Forensic teams have been called," the Mohali police said in a statement.

    The police have cordoned off the area and an alert has been sounded.

    A team from the Forensic Science Laboratory is on the spot.

    "The blast took place with a rocket type fire. There is no casualty," said a police official.

    "A minor blast took place at the intelligence building. The investigation is going on and our senior officials are on the spot," the police official said.

    A quick reaction team of the Chandigarh police was also deputed near the Intelligence office building.

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    A day after their intelligence headquarters in Mohali became the target of the rocket-propelled grenade attack, Punjab Police have zeroed in on the role of gangster-turned-Khalistani terrorist Harvinder Singh Rinda, who is emerging as the mastermind.

    According to senior police officials, preliminary probe suggests the attack was executed by a gang active in Punjab and Haryana at the behest of Rinda. More than 20 people have been detained in connection with Monday night’s blast.

    The explosion, believed to be the result of the rocket-propelled grenade attack, took place in Mohali at 7.45pm on Monday, leading to a high alert in Punjab. Though no one was injured, the blast in room number 41 on the third floor of the headquarters shattered windows of the building.

    Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann, who chaired a meeting of senior Punjab Police officials, including state director general of police VK Bhawra, confirmed that “a few persons have been arrested, whereas a few others are being arrested”. Things are expected to be clear by Tuesday evening. “Those carrying out such acts will have to pay for it,” Mann said.

    Initial investigation has revealed that two persons used a car to launch the grenade attack on the intelligence headquarters and fled towards Haryana.

    Rinda, the gangster who is under the protection of Pakistan agencies in their country, is active in anti-India operations with the focus on Khalistan. He has been using his links among gangsters to carry out terror activities in Punjab.

    Punjab Police recently busted three modules linked with Rinda that had attacked the crime investigation agency (CIA) police station at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Kalma police post in Rupnagar.

    Security agencies have repeatedly been alerting Punjab about the increasing activities of gangsters and the money being pushed by him in Punjab to pay the gangsters to carry out terror activities.

    The police registered a case against unknown persons under Sections 307, Section 16 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, (UAPA), and Section 16 of the Explosive Act on the complaint of Balkar Singh, the security in-charge at the Sohana police station.

    The case has been registered on the statement of sub-inspector Balkar Singh, who is the security in-charge of the Mohali-based intelligence headquarters.

    Balkar Singh said that he was on duty in the evening and at around 7.45pm on Monday, there was an explosion. When he went on the third floor, there was smoke emanating from room number 41. “When we went inside, we found the rocket-propelled grenade on the chair. It had been shattered the window and hit the roof of the room before falling on the chair,” he said in the FIR.

    A senior official of Punjab Police intelligence headquarters said, “We are hopeful of cracking the case on today itself. We have already arrested a few persons in this regard.”

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    Man Who Allegedly Helped Punjab Rocket Grenade Attackers Detained
    Mohali Blast: The latest detention comes after the state police said they have picked up two more suspects from across the state

    New Delhi: A man who gave logistics support to some suspects who fired a rocket-propelled grenade, or RPG, at an intelligence headquarters in Punjab's Mohali has been detained by the state police.
    The latest detention comes after the state police said they have picked up two more suspects from across the state.

    The police said they are putting together how the entire conspiracy was stitched and would soon give details to the public.

    The latest suspect to be detained has been identified as Nishan Singh, a resident of Faridkot. He is being interrogated.

    The police said he provided logistics to the people who attacked the intelligence wing building.

    Director General of Police VK Bhawra yesterday said they have got a few leads and the case would be solved soon.

    "A number of suspects have been rounded up and questioned. The launcher used in the attack has been recovered by the police and all leads developed in the case are being pursued meticulously," a statement issued by the Mohali police said.

    The RPG was fired at the third floor of the highly-guarded building in Mohali's Sector 77 at 7:45 pm on Monday, following which an alert was sounded in Punjab.

    A sub-inspector had said he heard the sound of an explosion on the third floor of the building and when he went there, he saw smoke coming out of from a room. He said a projectile, after hitting the wall and breaking window panes, hit the ceiling before falling on a chair.

    Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann held a meeting with top police officers over the attack.

    Mr Mann said nobody would be allowed to disturb peaceful atmosphere in Punjab. He said a few forces are constantly trying to create trouble across the state.

    "Whoever tries to spoil the atmosphere of Punjab will not be spared and the strictest punishment will be given to them, which their coming generations will remember," the Chief Minister said.
    https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/man-...-ndtv_bigstory

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    Pak's U-Turn: Qamar Zaman Kaira to Be Appointed as Trade Minister to Restore Ties with India, Sources Tell News18
    Pakistan’s Shehbaz Sharif-led Cabinet has approved the appointment of Qamar Zaman Kaira as Trade Minister in its High Commission in New Delhi, said sources.

    With Pakistan battling financial crisis, Kaira will work closely to restore trade ties with India.

    Qamar Zaman Kaira is a Pakistan’s People’s Party (PPP) leader and adviser to Prime Minister Sharif on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan.

    Before the abrogation of Article 370 from Kashmir, the Pakistan High Commission had the post of Trade Minister. Irfan Tarad, husband of former Health Minister, was appointed to this post in the previous government. But after the end of his term and in protest against the removal of Article 370, the Imran government did not send anyone to this post.

    THE TIES WITH INDIA
    The ties between India and Pakistan came under severe strain after India’s warplanes pounded a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training camp in Balakot in Pakistan in February 2019 in response to the Pulwama terror attack.

    The relations further deteriorated after India in August 2019 announced withdrawing special powers of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the state into two union territories.

    In August 2019, Pakistan announced the suspension of bilateral trade with India. Pakistan partially relaxed its ban on trade with India in September 2019, permitting trade in certain pharmaceutical products.

    FINANCIAL CRISIS
    News18 has reported how Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves have dropped to a 28-month low in Pakistan to below $11bn, barely enough to cover imports for the next two months. The last time forex reserves were below this level was in December 2019, Al Jazeera reported.

    In the first nine months of the current financial year that started in July, Pakistan accrued a negative trade deficit in goods and services of $33.28bn, government data show. The current account deficit for the period had jumped to $13.17bn, up from $275m for the same period of last year.

    This has jacked up the dollar rate which, at 190 Pakistani rupee to the dollar in the open market earlier this month, has touched a new high in the country.

    However, Pakistan, too, is confident of tiding over the crisis and says it will not be in dire straits like neighbouring Sri Lanka.

    In an interview to Al Jazeera, Pakistan’s finance minister Miftah Ismail said the country had a “strategy” to increase reserves and “you will see that they will start to increase”.

    Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has agreed to provide Pakistan with a ”sizeable package” of around USD 8 billion to help the cash-starved country bolster dwindling forex reserves and revive its ailing economy, a media report said.
    https://www.news18.com/news/world/sh...8-5149501.html

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    Six persons were held for their involvement in planning and providing logistic support to attackers
    Punjab Director General of Police V. K. Bhawra on Friday said the role of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), gangsters, and Pakistan's ISI had come to the fore in the rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack at the headquarters of the Punjab police Intelligence Wing in Mohali.

    The DGP said the key conspirator behind the attack was Lakhbir Singh alias Landa, who provided the RPG, an AK-47, and local network of criminals for logistic support to carry out the attack. “Landa is a native of Tarn Taran district, who fled to Canada in 2017 and is a close aide of Pakistan-based wanted gangster Harvinder Singh alias Rinda and had joined hands with Babbar Khalsa International,” Mr. Bhawra said at a press conference here.

    “We have arrested six persons for their involvement in planning and providing the local logistic support to the attackers,” he added.

    Those arrested included Nishan Singh, Jagdeep Singh Kang, Kanwarjit Singh alias Kanwar Bath, Baljinder Singh alias Rambo, Baljit Kaur alias Sukhi and Anant Deep Singh alias Sonu. Nishan was arrested by the Faridkot police on May 11, 2022, in the Arms Act case and he is on police remand till May 16.

    Conducted recce

    Mr. Bhawra said Landa took the help of Nishan and his other accomplice identified as Charat Singh for carrying out the RPG attack. Jagdeep helped Charat in conducting recce of the Intelligence Office, he said. “On Monday evening, Charat and his two aides, who are yet to be identified, had carried out the RPG attack at the Intelligence HQs at 7.42 p.m.,” he said.

    “Rambo, who was arrested in NDPS cases and is a drug addict, had delivered the consignment of AK-47 to Charat and his two aides on the directions of Nishan. Anant Deep is a brother-in-law of Nishan and used to assist in providing logistic support,” he said.

    The DGP said the Punjab police had been on a manhunt to arrest Charat, who was serving life sentence in a murder case and was out on parole, and his two accomplices. “Soon the trio of attackers will be arrested,” he said.

    https://www.thehindu.com/news/nation...le65410675.ece


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