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Indian army chief calls for political solution in Kashmir

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NEW DELHI: The head of the Indian army has called for a political solution to unrest in Indian-administered Kashmir, saying the military should step back from its security role in the region.


India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir since 1947, but the last major troop build-up was in 2002 after gunmen attacked the parliament in New Delhi, with the alleged backing of Pakistan.

Street violence in the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley has increased in recent weeks after the deaths of several unarmed civilians who were killed as troops sought to contain protests against rule from New Delhi.

“I feel there is a great requirement for political initiatives that take all people together,” General V.K. Singh told the Times of India in an interview published Wednesday.

“Militarily, we have brought the overall internal security situation in Jammu and Kashmir under control. Now, the need is to handle things politically.”

Singh added that local police “need to be more active” to allow the army, currently numbering about 500,000, to reduce its presence in the region.

Three Indian soldiers and five suspected militants were killed in the latest gunbattle that started late Monday along the Line of Control (LoC) border that splits Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

The army said the militants were involved in one of many attempts to “infiltrate” the Indian-controlled sector from the Pakistani side.

Despite the street protests and border clashes, the insurgency has lessened in recent years amid peace talks between the two nations.

India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir since 1947, but the last major troop build-up was in 2002 after gunmen attacked the parliament in New Delhi, with the alleged backing of Pakistan.

“The armed forces are required to undertake operations in very difficult circumstances,” Singh said. “If the Jammu and Kashmir situation has come under control, it’s the forces which have sacrificed with their blood.”

Israel as big supplier of weapons to India

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The cooperation between Israel and India, with US blessing, is really destroying the peace and starting a new arms race in south Asia, due to such intensive Israel Cooperation with India, Pakistan and India came at the brink of war 3 times since 1998. These arms sales were part of a declared NDA policy to forge an alliance among India, the United States, and Israel. India is one of the 39 countries with whom Israel has signed “secret co-operative agreements” to prevent information leaks from joint security projects. India and Israel are two democratic countries who killed more than I million people on the name of insurgency from 1947 to 2008.

In the 2001-2006 India had purchased arms worth nearly $15 billion from Israel and has been its largest client for military hardware.2006 to 2009 $9 billion arms purchased by India from Israel. According to figures released in 2008 by the Israeli Defense Ministry India accounted for 50% of Israel’s military exports .The report of 1992 to 2001 is available. Brajesh Mishra, outlined a proposal in a speech to the American Jewish Committee in Washington in May 2003 that India, Israel, and the United States should unite to combat the common threat of Islamic fundamentalism. Israel is most probably behind the Kargill war, Indian parliament attack in 2002 and now in Mumbai terrors attacks in 2008 to Accelerating the arms sale to India and safe his arms industry and destabilized the integrity of Pakistan who is consider great threat to Israel security and stability? Israel does not have direct conflict with Pakistan. All three serving chiefs of India have now visited Israel in the last 2 years. From anti-missile systems to hi-tech radars, from sky drones to night-vision equipment, Indo-Israeli defense cooperation has known no bounds in recent times. Israel Mossad may infiltrated in Jihad Organization structure through Indian influence in Afghanistan and helping and training them to safe his defense industry to die down and start a Proxy war against Pakistan in Balouchistan and in FATA and plunge India and Pakistan to brink of war . There is already an on-going relationship between Israeli Intelligence agencies and their Indian counterparts. It is well known that Mossad routinely infiltrates even “friendly” intelligence agencies and uses them to plant information which helps Israel .Mossad working on project called A Clean Break. Reason behind defense ties between India and Israel. Pakistan’s missile and nuclear weapon technologies are main concern to Israel. Pakistani a supplier of intermediate-range missiles and may be transfer of technology to boost it’s arm industry really great threat to Israel such countries as Iran, Libya, Saudi Arabia, UAE,and Syria.

India helped Israel during the 1967, Middle Eastern conflict, by covertly sending military equipment to Israel. Before that in 1963, General Shalfid, Israel Chief of Army staff, visited India for discussions with his Indian counterpart In the military field in India’s critical hour of need of the 1971 war with Pakistan, India sought Israel’s help to supply it with the devastating artillery weapon, 160 mm mortars and ammunition, exclusively manufactured in Israel.

India embarked on its nuclear tests with the support of the international community, namely the United States and Israel, because the US desired a nuclear force to balance China as a nuclear power in Asia and central Asia. Israel benefited from this cooperation-according to some sources-by being permitted to conduct two nuclear tests on Indian territory, the components transferred on board an Israeli C130 military aircraft that landed in India two weeks prior to the tests. India also makes use of its nuclear cooperation with Israel in maintaining qualitative superiority over its enemy, Pakistan. During India’s 1999 Kargil war with Pakistan, Israel rushed military support to India, cementing the nascent defense relationship. Israel sent its laser guided missiles to India during the Indo-Pak Kargil war of 1999, making it possible for the Indian Mirages to destroy Pakistani bunkers in the mountains. Jane’s Defense Weekly, which gave details on the supplies. Israel, the scoundrel nation & illegal child of America supplied missiles, portable radars & other weapons during Kargil War in 1999 as confirmed by Shri Rahul Bedi on BBC and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – 8 in 1999 for surveillance purposes (Army) – 20 in 2000 during the Kargil war UAVs for high altitude surveillance, laser – guided systems and many other items were supplied within 24 hours. After September 11 attack on the World Trade Centre, and attack on Indian Parliament Israel has been selling defense supplies to India, just from 2002 to 2008 India buy more than $25 billion dollars worth weapon and transfer of technology from Israel.

In June 2002 as part of “Operation Parakram,” after the attack on Indian Parliament, Israel supplied hardware through special planes after a visit by the Director-General of Israeli Defense ministry. Israel helping the Indian forces in Kashmir and in Maoist area against right of self determination, Indian version Counter Insurgency. Israeli deputy chief of general staff, Major General Moshe Kaplinsky, visited J&K, including the 16 Corps headquarters in Nagrota for it would seem helping India with “counter- insurgency” India has signed a $30 million contract with Israel Military Industries (IMI) for 3,400 Tavor assault rifles and 200 Galil sniper rifles, as well as night vision and laser range finding and targeting equipment .Tavor assault rifles, Galil sniper rifles, and night vision and laser range finding and targeting equipment to kill the innocent Kashmiri on the name of insurgency 90000 Kashmiri is killed by Indian force from 1988 to 2008 by these weapon from Israel . India buys the counter-infiltration devices Israel uses on Golan Heights and in the Negev Desert. 4 battalion (3000) was send to Israel for special training against insurgency in Kashmir Ghatak force.

Despite this, however, it is remarkable that India and Israel managed to come together on a range of issues, especially the close collaboration between the Indian intelligence agency, RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) and Israel’s Mossad. While India got tacit help and support from Israel during its 1962 war with China and 1965 war with Pakistan. India and Israeli defence officials have initiated work on an unmanned helicopter. Being developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unmanned air vehicle division malat. According to latest report, Pakistan army has captured Israel made weapon in balouch insurgency and in ongoing operation in Fata and in Swat. Uzi diplomacy to press hard to Pakistan for diplomatic relation through supporting insurgency and DR A.Q Khan (NPT) matter in Pakistan by Israel (Jews) lobby to investigate him by FBI. According to JINSA, India has had to significantly boost its defense budget in order to finance all its new Israeli arms purchases: By 2010 New Delhi’s annual military budget is expected to reach $100 billion.

Israeli arms experts are also seeking to sell the Arrow II anti-tactical ballistic missile system to India, which would require U.S. approval due to shared technology in the ATBM system.

Christian council resents recycling of Bibles

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All India Christian Council

The All India Christian Council (AICC) on Wednesday took offence to the ‘sale of Holy Bibles’ as ‘recyclable scrap’ after they allegedly found trucks transporting copies of the Bible to a paper mill in Srikakulam.

“We are not accusing anyone but we are grieved by this incident, which has hurt the sentiments of Christians across the State,” AICC national secretary Sam Paul told mediapersons. He has requested the Andhra Pradesh government to initiate an inquiry so that such an ‘unfortunate’ incident does not repeat itself. “

On May 4, we found that six trucks from Bhimavaram were carrying Bibles to the paper mill,” State president M. Prasad said. “We reported it to the police and those who were responsible apologised.” A month later, however, two trucks from Rajahmundry were found carrying Bibles to the same paper mill. “There have been reports of demonstrations in some parts of the State,” Mr. Paul said.

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June 29, 2010 at 11:15 am

Security and safety is a core issue of Muslims in India

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By Abdul Hannan Siwani Nadvi

Whether or not quota or reservation is necessary for Muslims is still a big issue among Muslims in India. If a class rejects it, other one supports it, both having their own logics, reasons and arguments. The class in favor of Muslim reservation, says that Muslims’ backwardness can be removed by it, and the second one that rejects it, says that Muslim community can’t move forward only with reservation. Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, a prominent Shia cleric, said in a public convention: “no community can move forward on crutches, we need to instill life in it.”

I think reservation for Muslims is not a main issue. Instead of wasting energy on it, Muslims must know that security and a society free from religious hatred and communalism are very basic needs for them in India, because security, guaranty of safety of life, jobs and shops play a key role in the development of any nation, or community or the country.

Quran also indicates towards it. Quran says, “When we made the house (the Ka’aba at Makkah) a place of resort and a place of safety” (Surah Al-Baqrah 125). After mentioning a place of resort Quran also described Ka’aba as a place of safety because safety is the first step toward development.

When Hazart Ibrahim (A. S) began to build Ka’aba at Makkah, he said to Allah, “My Allah, make this city (Makkah) a place of security” and then after, Hazrat Ibrahim said “and provide its people with fruits”, means security is the life of development. If any community finds avenues of development, but there is no security and no safety, so certainly this community will fail in achieving a better future.

In India where the majority of Muslims are poor security and safety is a big issue before them.

Muslims were affected by the violence against them during 53 years of independent India, and we can say with full confidence that such violence pushed them back by hundred years. The latest example is Muslims of Gujarat where they were collectively targeted by Hindutva terrorism; a majority of them are still living in camps or in slums. Fear and terror can be read very easily on their face.

In this situation, if we tell them that government has agreed to provide them with reservation and quota, it will be a big mockery of the situation they are living in.

Communal terror is a big threat to Muslim’s progress in India. We know that various governments are doing their best to prevent such communal terrorism, but the Muslims are the only losers if it takes place as police turn mute spectator or go on rampage only against Muslims.

Reservation is not a big issue and backwardness of Muslims is not only because they are not getting reservations. There are so many reasons of Muslims’ backwardness across India. The Muslim leadership has to find it out first and then take a look at the real reasons that are affecting the progress of the Muslim community.

If Muslim leadership succeeds to take the government into confidence regarding the spreading communal terrorism and convince it to take steps to protect Muslims from the effects of the menace, it would mean that Muslim leadership solved a big issue of their backwardness. Safety and security is the key for advancement for any country or community.

U.S. and Afghan forces launch major assault in eastern province of Konar

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ZONEASIA-PK

A force of about 700 U.S. and Afghan troops launched a major assault along Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan in an attempt to destroy a growing insurgent haven and blunt rising violence in the area, senior Army officials said Monday.

The assault represents one of the largest in eastern Afghanistan in the past several years and reflects growing concern among U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders that Taliban insurgents are seeking to intensify pressure in the east as troops prepare for a tough summer of fighting in the south.

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India struggles with development in Maoist citadel

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The new four-lane highway crashing through the thick jungles of central India suddenly crumbles into a narrow dirt path, cratered with huge holes from bombings carried out by Maoist rebels.

In a sense the road is a border, serving as a line of control for the government and Maoist rebels India is trying to fight not only with thousands of police but also roads, water and power.

In this desperately poor forest belt, the government sees development as a central plank of its efforts to wean people away from the Maoists, who have operated in a vacuum of official neglect that has fuelled distrust of the authorities.

But it is struggling to push development in the face of resistance from the rebels, who see roads and bridges as bringing in more troops and schools and hospitals as police barracks.

Massive official corruption and inefficiency have only made matters worse, leaving a gaping hole in what is supposed to be a crucial element in the government response to the insurgency.

“See they had a headstart and they created a Robin Hood image in areas where government presence was minimal,” said T.J. Longkumer, the police chief of Bastar region in the state of Chhattisgarh, considered the epicentre of the insurrection.

“So building roads, schools, providing water, power — this will be important. But the Maoists are enemies of development.”

The ruling left-of-centre Congress party blames “development gaps” for the conflict. In response, it announced three years ago a $4.3 billion (2.8 billion pounds) plan to build roads, homes, schools and health infrastructure in 55 districts seen as rebel heartlands.

But the rebels, who number roughly 10,000-20,000 besides thousands of village militias armed with bows and axes, see the plan as a step to bring in private corporations eying the region’s massive deposits of coal, iron ore and bauxite.

In the hardscrabble village on Chinnagellur, a two-hour walk through winding forest paths littered with booby-traps aimed at police, it is easy to see what the government is up against.

PERFECT COCKTAIL FOR REVOLUTION

The occasional tubewell or two-room school — the only signs of official presence in this “red heart” of India — disappears miles before Chinnagellur. No-one from the village has ever stepped out of the forest and no official has visited in years.

A lone twisted electric post stands as evidence of an official effort to bring power a few years ago, but the Maoists and corruption stalled it.

At least 30 people died in and around the village last week from diarrhoea, a seasonal killer when monsoon rains pollute the river water the villagers use to drink and bathe their cattle.

“We have hardly ever existed for the government,” Telam Hunga, Chinnagellur’s headman, sinewy and bare-chested, told Reuters, sitting on the mud-floor of his empty thatched hut.

“Why do we believe it if it hasn’t noticed us till now?”

Life in Chinnagellur, mirrored across a large swathe of India’s forest belt, offered a cocktail of neglect and exploitation that helped the Maoists win support among millions of tribal and lower caste people.

The rebels have also rallied tribal people to oppose seizure of their land for industry, particularly in the mining sector.

On a slowburn for four decades, the rebellion still remains on the margins as an issue for many in the cities of rapidly modernising India.

The rebels want to overthrow the state, which they say has not cared for the poor. They blow up railway tracks, attack factories and kill police, sustaining the rebellion with income from extortion and “taxes” imposed on “liberated zones.”

In March, the government launched the biggest deployment of security forces in the history of independent India to fight what it describes as the country’s gravest domestic security threat.

The Maoists responded with more attacks. Already more than 400 people have been killed this year, mostly police, the same as the number killed in the whole of last year.

In keeping with Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s plan of following up the security offensive with a quick and heavy dose of development, the government last year approved another $800 million in new projects.

CORRUPTION, INTIMIDATION

But a tour of the forests, which cover an area the size of Switzerland, reveals a picture of official corruption and Maoist stalling of progress in a completely militarised zone.

The forest belt of India has some of the country’s worst rates of poverty, poor health and malnutrition. In village after village, there was little sign of any government presence.

In some villages close to motorable roads, there were once schools, most of which now lie blown up or function as police barracks. Deeper inside, life has never progressed beyond living off the forest.

But when it comes to development, funds are never the problem.

“The region receives a huge chunk of development money, which is always shown as spent on government books,” said Sheikh Karimuddin, head of a local journalists’ group.

Roads and schools are shown on paper to be built in most large villages of Bijapur district. But on the ground many villages remain out of bounds for the government.

A few attempts to build roads in the interior villages have failed because of Maoist threats. One stretch of road connecting Dantewada and Dornapal towns has been either blown up or hacked away at at least 50 places.

“Apart from socio-economic deprivation, there has been a steady erosion of traditional tribal rights and their command over resources,” said a 2008 government panel on development for the Maoist-dominated areas.

“We have two worlds of education, two worlds of health, two worlds of transport and two worlds of housing, with a gaping divide in between.”

Pak-China nuclear cooperation under IAEA rules, says FO

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s civilian nuclear deal with China is in accordance with the international norms and strictly in line with the principles set out by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Foreign Office said on Sunday.

Talking to reporters, FO spokesman Abdul Basit said the Pak-China cooperation in the civilian nuclear technology sector was not a sudden development, as both countries had been running the programme successfully for the last many years and any demand of clarification in this regard was unjustified.

To a question about the Indian prime minister’s statement that Pakistan would have to clarify the position regarding the Pak-China nuclear cooperation, he said the cooperation was totally in accordance with our respective international responsibilities.

“The programme is purely for peaceful objectives and is according to the safeguards of IAEA,” Basit added.