Jammu and Kashmir Terror Attacks: ‘Unambiguous Pakistan hand,’ Says Army

The serial terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday bore an “unambiguous clear link to Pakistan,” and the elements involved were “right at the top,” the Indian Army has said.

“There has been a top-down coordination in Pakistan to synchronise the terror attacks,” Lieutenant General Subrata Saha, the top army commander in Kashmir, told NDTV on Sunday. This is because it is “not possible for non-state actors in Pakistan to operate without nexus with elements in official establishment”.

The packets of food the terrorists were carrying show they had been manufactured in Pakistan, ammunition and weapons show they have been produced by a Pakistani company, Lt General Saha said.

Thirteen people – a civilian, nine soldiers and three policemen – died in the four attacks on Friday, days before the third phase of assembly elections are to be held in the state.

The deadliest attack took place at the army camp in Uri, in which eight Armymen, including an officer, were killed. All six militants were also killed in the encounter which lasted over six hours.

Besides food packets, six AK rifles, 55 magazines, two shotguns, two night vision binoculars, four radio sets, 32 unused grenades and one medical kit were recovered from the dead terrorists.

Lt General Saha said there were no lapses on part of the army. “Can’t say any lapses at our end because our priority is to keep civilians safe, which we did… Sometimes, my men have had to pay a very high price but we do it for democracy.”

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has already blamed Pakistan for sheltering terrorists who cross the border to target India. “I think Pakistan should try to stop these incidents, if they can’t, they should speak to India about it,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, has condemned the attacks, saying they were “desperate attempts to derail the atmosphere of hope” in the state, brought about by the high turnout in the first two phases of the elections.

 

AP Govt decides to hand over Hyderabad blasts case to NIA

Hyderabad: With no breakthrough in February 21 twin blasts at Dilsukhnagar here that left 16 dead and 117 injured, the Andhra Pradesh government on Monday decided to hand over the investigation to NIA.

The decision to hand over the probe to the National Investigation Agency was taken at a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, state’s Home Minister P Sabita Reddy told reporters.

The move comes three days after the Union Home Ministry wrote to the state government to shift the probe to the Central anti-terror agency.

The state police had not been able to make any head way in the case though “special teams” were constituted in the aftermath of the blasts and it was claimed they had obtained “vital clues”.

The NIA has brought two alleged Indian Mujahideen operatives Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan to Hyderabad from Tihar jail and subjected them to sustained interrogation for four days after the modus operandi in the blasts pointed the needle of suspicion towards the home-grown terror outfit with strong links to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba.

Maqbool and Khan were claimed to have recede several places in Hyderabad including the crowded Dilsukhnagar, allegedly under instructions from IM founder Riyaz Bhatkal.

State government sources said the Chief Minister reviewed the progress of the investigation at a high-level meeting and decided to handover the investigation to NIA as it had “wider reach and expertise”.

Two powerful Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) packed in aluminium containers with ammonium nitrate and shrapnels had exploded near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in Dilsukhnagar on the evening of February 21 and involvement of IM was suspected as the group had carried out similar strikes elsewhere in the country in the past.

Bomb blast in Karachi; 2 killed and 14 injured

Bomb blast in Karachi; 2 killed and 14 injured

Bomb blast in Karachi; 2 killed and 14 injured

Two people were killed and 14 injured in a bomb blast in Karachi on Thursday morning. Reportedly, a suicide bomber rammed an explosives laden car into Pakistan Rangers Headquarters.

Deputy Inspector General of the Karachi police Javed Odho said, “Te bomb appeared to be targeting residences for the Rangers. He had no information about injuries or whether anyone was killed. Witnesses reported seeing a large plume of smoke in the sky. There was no claim of responsibility but Taliban militants are known to operate inside the city.”

A Pakistan news channel has claimed that one suspect has been arrested from the blast site. More details are awaited.

Pakistan helping terrorists says shinde

Pakistan helping terrorists says shinde

Pakistan helping terrorists says shinde

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Pakistan helping terrorists to infiltrate into the country.He said We have information that Pakistan is helping terrorists to enter our territory. We have intelligence inputs. But we are alert.The Home Minister said his Ministry has directed all concerned to be extra vigilant during the ongoing festival season and ensure peace. “I also appeal people to be extra careful.Referring to Jammu and Kashmir; Mr Shinde said security forces cannot be withdrawn from the Valley till the situation is completely peaceful there.”When I was in Jammu and Kashmir, locals asked me to remove the Army from the Valley but I told them that we can’t do it till the situation is peaceful. We will remove the Army when the situation is peaceful,” he said.

Pak Hindus sought reservations in Govt jobs

Pak Hindus sought reservations in Govt jobs

Pak Hindus sought reservations in Govt jobs

Pakistani Hindus have sought reservation in government jobs according to their population percentage in Pakistan and have appealed the government there to formulate stringent laws to prevent immediate marriages of Hindu girls after “forced conversions.This was stated by members of a 260-strong jatha of Pakistani Hindus, who arrived in India to participate in satsang at Dera Beas in Amritsar on Thursday. Pilgrims belonging to 13 cities of Sindh and Balochistan are here on a one-month visa and would return on October 2.

Pak court directs authorities to protect temple

Pak court directs authorities to protect temple

Pak court directs authorities to protect temple

A court in Pakistan has restrained authorities in the port city of Karachi from demolishing a Hindu temple believed to have been constructed 200 years ago, according to leading media report said.According to the Dawn newspaper, the Sindh high court restrained the Karachi Port Trust and other respondents from demolishing the Shri Laxmi Narayan Mandir at the Native Jetty Bridge. A bench led by Chief Justice Mushir Alam asked a court official to inspect the temple and submit a report.

Pakistan suspends cellular services

Pakistan suspends cellular services

Pakistan suspends cellular services

The Pakistani Government has suspended all the cellular services in  four major cities, including Lahore and Karachi, to prevent terrorist attacks using bombs triggered with mobile phones. Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik said Mobile phone services could be restored in the four cities during the night so that people could wish their relatives and friends for the festival of Eid-ul-fitr. However, services would be suspended again between 7 am and 10 am on Monday to prevent possible terror attacks on congregations offering Eid prayers.

Millions of people in Lahore, Multan, Karachi and Quetta were unable to use their mobile phones from 8 pm as cellular operators suspended all services in most parts of these cities on the directions of the Interior Ministry.

Indian Government to give asylum to Pak Hindus

Indian Government to give asylum to Pak Hindus

Indian Government to give asylum to Pak Hindus

The Indian Government would be open to giving asylum to Hindus from Pakistan if they ask for it. Some 250-odd Hindus have arrived recently and most are keen on seeking permanent residence in India as they fear persecution in Pakistan. India is “surprised” at the sudden influx of Hindus from Pakistan who have indicated that they will ask for asylum after arriving here for an annual pilgrimage or tourism visit, said government sources. In the past week, at least three batches of Hindus have come to India from Pakistan.

Although they were made to sign documents promising to return before being allowed to cross into India, many of them have said they would ask for asylum here.

Time to accuse Pakistan as the Terrorist speak

Time to accuse Pakistan as the Terrorist speak

Time to accuse Pakistan as the Terrorist speak

Pakistan, the homeland and a hiding place for terrorists claim many countries including USA. Rest of the world except India who all were under and impression of Pakistan’s well deeds are now changing their opinions. Two repeated instances recently have raised the curtain and are now in front of the world. One among them was the arrest of Abu Jundal in New Delhi while release of accused Indian, Surjeet Singh.

Abu Jundal, a science graduate confirmed that there is hand of Pakistan behind the attack in 26/11 Mumbai attack in 2008. Pakistan is now in the hot seat with a huge pressure to find the culprits. USA has also asked Pakistan to take immediate actions against all the terrorists involved in the deadly attack including serving officials of the intelligence who were allegedly present in the control room in Karachi from where the whole operation was being coordinated by the Laskar-e-Taiba.

The relation between United States and Pakistan which is already not strong seems to be resulting in spoiling. US said that it would support India in nailing down the terrorists those was involved in 26/11. Several Americans have also lost their lives in the attack among the 160 dead. It is believed that the US had played its role in helping India trace Jundal and pressurized Saudi Arabia to deport him to India immediately.

The weak relation between Pakistan and US is benefitting India in getting the justice for the lost lives in 26/11 attack.

Sarabjeet Singh To Be Freed From Pak

Sarabjeet Singh to be freed from Pak

Sarabjeet Singh to be freed from Pak

The President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari gave soothing news to India. He converted Sarabjeet Singh’s death sentence to life imprisonment and will be freed from Pakistan soon. Singh was convicted of being a spy and so was put behind bars of Pakistan.

As per the reports, Law Ministry of Pakistan had sent proposal for the release of Sarabjeet to the Interior Ministry. Zardari’s decision of pardoning the Indian national followed the fifth mercy plea from Sarabjeet seeking clemency. The life sentence terms is 20 years but, Singh had already spent 22 years in the jail and hence he will be freed.

Zardari’s decision of releasing Singh as a breakthrough in relationship of India and Pakistan and that too at a time when Abu Jundal is revealing more information on Pakistan and ISI’s alleged roles in Mumbai terror attacks 2008 and several other terror attacks in the country.