Jammu-Kashmir: Top JeM Commander Khalid Ahmad Killed In Ladoor Encounter

Jammu-Kashmir: Top JeM Commander Khalid Ahmad Killed In Ladoor Encounter
Jammu-Kashmir: Top JeM Commander Khalid Ahmad Killed In Ladoor Encounter

Khalid Ahmad, who is a Pakistani national, had been operational in the area for last two to three years and was also instrumental in arranging recruits for the terror outfit, police said.

Jammu-Kashmir: Top JeM Commander Khalid Ahmad Killed In Ladoor Encounter
Jammu-Kashmir: Top JeM Commander Khalid Ahmad Killed In Ladoor Encounter

Khalid Ahmad, who is a Pakistani national, had been operational in the area for last two to three years and was also instrumental in arranging recruits for the terror outfit, police said.

Security forces on Monday claimed to have killed a top Jaish-e-Mohammed commander during an encounter in North Kashmir’s Ladoora village. The slain militant was identified as Khalid Ahmad, a resident of Pakistan, who has been active in the region in the last two years.

Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police S P Vaid said it was a major breakthrough for the security forces as the militant was involved in many attacks on security camps in North Kashmir as well as targeting policemen in particular. He was killed in a joint operation by the Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Special Operation Group, local police, the CRPF and the Army,” he said.

During a joint combing operation in Ladoora village, militants opened fire at a patrol party and went into hiding inside a private property. Ahmad was killed during the exchange of fire.

Khalid, who is a Pakistani national, had been operational in the area for last two to three years and was also instrumental in arranging recruits for the terror outfit, police said. He had recently carried out an attack on a Special Police Officer and his seven-year-old son at Handwara, they said and added that Khalid was a A++ category top ranking terrorist and carried a cash reward of nearly Rs 7 lakh.

Giving details of the encounter, the police said security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Ladoora area following information about the presence of militants in the area. The search operation turned into a gun battle when the militants opened fire on the search party, the police said, adding more troops were rushed to the area to prevent the militants from escaping. The Jaish commander was killed in the encounter, they said.

The police is also probing his role in the recent attack carried out by the Jaish-e-Mohammed on BSF battalion headquarters near high-security Srinagar airport and attack on the District Police Lines at Pulwama. It is expected that he was a part of the conspiracy behind these dastardly attacks, the police said.

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Passengers At Jammu Airport Greets CRPF Personnel With Resounding Applause

Passengers At Jammu Airport Greets CRPF Personnel With Resounding Applause
Passengers At Jammu Airport Greets CRPF Personnel With Resounding Applause

CRPF personnel were welcomed by a thunderous applause by the waiting crowd at the Jammu airport. People spontaneously got up from their seats and began clapping for the jawans.

Passengers At Jammu Airport Greets CRPF Personnel With Resounding Applause
Passengers At Jammu Airport Greets CRPF Personnel With Resounding Applause

CRPF personnel were welcomed by a thunderous applause by the waiting crowd at the Jammu airport. People spontaneously got up from their seats and began clapping for the jawans.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, in a rare and heart-rending event, were welcomed by a thunderous applause by the waiting crowd at the Jammu airport.

The moment happened when the CRPF personnel entered the terminal building of the Jammu Airport on October 10 and were welcomed in an unexpected way by the people present in the area.

People spontaneously got up from their seats and began clapping for the jawans.

The entire force is overwhelmed with the gesture shown by the passengers at the Jammu Airport. It motivates the force, which is committed to the service of the nation," DG CRPF Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar told ANI.

He added, "This is all because of the way our force has been doing its service and also the sacrifices we have made.

The commanding officer of the 166 battalion, Ashish Kumar Jha, PRO CRPF, Jammu Sector, which oversees the transiting soldiers at Jammu, said that the soldiers want only such appreciation from the nation as this motivates and boosts the morale of the soldiers.

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Jammu And Kashmir: Militant Involved In Banihal Attack Arrested, Say Police

Jammu And Kashmir: Militant Involved In Banihal Attack Arrested, Say Police
Jammu And Kashmir: Militant Involved In Banihal Attack Arrested, Say Police

Police have arrested another militant involved in the deadly terror attack on the SSB party in Banihal belt of Jammu and Kashmir last month, taking the total number of arrests to four, a senior police officer said on Sunday.

Jammu And Kashmir: Militant Involved In Banihal Attack Arrested, Say Police
Jammu And Kashmir: Militant Involved In Banihal Attack Arrested, Say Police

Police have arrested another militant involved in the deadly terror attack on the SSB party in Banihal belt of Jammu and Kashmir last month, taking the total number of arrests to four, a senior police officer said on Sunday. Nazir Ahmad, a resident of Verinag in south Kashmir, was arrested in connection with the September 20 attack on the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel which left a head constable dead and another injured,” said Senior Superintendent of Police, Ramban, Mohan Lal.

Gazanfar Iqbal Khan and Mohammad Arif Wani, both residents of Banihal, were arrested on September 22 in connection with the attack and two service rifles, including an AK assault rifle and an INSAS rifle, snatched during the attack, were recovered from them.

A third terrorist involved in the attack, Aquib Wahid of Banihal, was arrested on September 25 and a pistol along with some ammunition was seized from him. The questioning of the trio led to the arrest of Ahmad who provided the weapon to them,” Lal said.

Some more arrests are expected in the coming days as their interrogation is still going on,” he said. He said Hizbul Mujahideen had recruited the Banihal youth to set up a base in the otherwise peaceful Chenab Valley.

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Days of Depending On US Are Over, Says Pakistan PM

Days of Depending On US Are Over, Says Pakistan PM
Days of Depending On US Are Over, Says Pakistan PM

Days of Depending On US Are Over, Says Pakistan PM
Days of Depending On US Are Over, Says Pakistan PM

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said the days of Islamabads dependence on Washington to meet its military requirements have ended.

In an interview to Arab News, published on Monday, the Prime Minister said the world should recognise Pakistan's efforts in fighting the "world's war" on terror. If one source dries up, we have no option but to go to another source. It may cost more, it may consume more resources, but we have to fight that war, and that's what we emphasised to all the people that we met.

We have major US weapons systems in our military, but we've also diversified (our arsenal). We have Chinese and European systems. Recently, for the first time we inducted Russian attack helicopters," Abbasi said.

Responding to a question, the Prime Minister said that US' newly devised policy to include India for peace-building in Afghanistan will be detrimental for the region.

We don't believe that injecting India into the Pakistan-US relationship will help resolve anything, especially in Afghanistan, where we don't see any role for India. India has a relationship with the US, and that is between them and the US," Abbasi said.

He added that Pakistan wants an "equal relationship or partnership with the US, like every other nation" and wants to work with Washington in resolving regional and global issues ranging from the "economy to nuclear matters".

He said that in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly and side meetings, he stressed that nobody wants peace in Afghanistan more than Pakistan.

We're partners in the war on terror, and that's what we emphasised. We emphasised to everybody we met (at the UNGA) that nobody wants peace in Afghanistan more than Pakistan".

Abbasi said that in the recently held meeting between Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Asif told his counterpart that Islamabad pursues a zero-tolerance approach to "all terrorist and militant groups".

He called his meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence, "very constructive".

There was no meeting scheduled (with President Trump). In fact, the meeting with Vice President Pence wasn't scheduled (either). It was at their request," the Prime Minister said.

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With JeM's Khalid Killed, These are the Four Most Wanted Militants in Kashmir

With JeM's Khalid Killed, These are the Four Most Wanted Militants in Kashmir
With JeM's Khalid Killed, These are the Four Most Wanted Militants in Kashmir

A number of militants have been killed in Kashmir in the last few months, including Lashkar-e-Taiba commanders Bashir Ahmad Wani, Abu Dujana, Abu Ismail and Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat.

With JeM's Khalid Killed, These are the Four Most Wanted Militants in Kashmir
With JeM's Khalid Killed, These are the Four Most Wanted Militants in Kashmir

A number of militants have been killed in Kashmir in the last few months, including Lashkar-e-Taiba commanders Bashir Ahmad Wani, Abu Dujana, Abu Ismail and Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat. The latest to join the list is Jaish-e-Muhammad commander Khalid, an A++ militant who was killed in an encounter in Baramulla on Monday morning.

Not much is known about Khalid, whose name first cropped up in October 2016.

ttack on Border Security Force (BSF) base near Srinagar airport, killing one BSF jawan.

Khalid is also believed to have had a hand behind the suicide attack on District Police Lines in south Kashmir district Pulwama a month ago, that killed four CRPF men and four policemen.

His killing comes almost a month after LeT commander Abu Ismail, the Amarnath Yatra attack mastermind, was shot dead along with another LeT operative in an operation on the outskirts of Srinagar.

Post his killing, IGP, Kashmir Police, Muneer Khan, had said “there was still a long way to go” to eliminate militancy. th Khalid out, here are the four most wanted men in Kashmir right now.

With JeM's Khalid Killed, These are the Four Most Wanted Militants in Kashmir

The man on top of the forces’ list. After his split from Hizbul, Musa launched the Kashmir chapter — Ansar Ghazwat-ul Hind — of Al-Qaida. a very short span, Musa has become popular among Valley’s youth and cadre of other terror groups. Many militants, including the once chief of Lashkar’s operations in Kashmir, Abu Dujana, joined him at various stages, and possibly lent him help in the form of weapons and ground network.

Forces want to eliminate him because he has been spreading propaganda for an Islamic caliphate in Kashmir and beyond, an ideology that is rapidly gaining ground among Valley’s youth.

With JeM's Khalid Killed, These are the Four Most Wanted Militants in Kashmir

The chief of Hizbul Mujahideen, Naikoo, and an ‘A++’ category militant, Naikoo at 29, is one of the most experienced Hizbul commanders and at present its head of operations in Kashmir. took over from Yaseen Ittoo after his death in an encounter. Naikoo, who is from Durbug, Awantipora, is considered tech savvy. In a recent militant funeral he appeared in public to counter Zakir Musa’s anti-Pakistan propaganda.

He has been booked by police in several murder cases, including that of policemen. To bolster his moderate image he had earlier released an 11-minute video asking Kashmiri Pandits to return to the Valley. Naikoo overlooks at the massive Over Ground Worker (OGW) support for Hizb, the oldest terror group in the Valley.

With JeM's Khalid Killed, These are the Four Most Wanted Militants in Kashmir

Remember the group photograph shared by slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani? Padder is now the only active militant of the 12 men shown in the picture. Apart from Padder, only Tariq Pandit, who featured in that photograph, is alive as he had surrendered.

Padder comes from a family of farmers. Not much is known about him, except that Hizbul thinks highly of him. Padder is a school dropout who joined militancy about 4-5 years ago. He was with LeT until he joined Hizbul in 2015. After Musa left as the chief of Hizb, Saddam Padder was one of the top contenders to be the next Hizb chief, a place later taken by Naikoo. While he might not be highly educated, he is considered a ‘clever’ militant and was among the few people whom Wani trusted.

With JeM's Khalid Killed, These are the Four Most Wanted Militants in Kashmir

The most likely person to take on Lashkar leadership in the Valley is Zeenat. The 28-year-old is a resident of Sugan Zanipura, Shopian, and was recruited in 2015. He is considered one of the main accused in the Shopian attack in February that left three soldiers dead. Known as an IED expert, he is a former member of Al-Badar terror outfit.

He was once arrested in 2008 where he is said to have confessed to being an over ground worker (OGW). He was eventually released four years later and is said to have gotten married too before joining the Lashkar module.

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1996 Sonipat Bomb Blasts Case: LeT Bomb Expert Abdul Karim Tunda Held Guilty

1996 Sonipat Bomb Blasts Case: LeT Bomb Expert Abdul Karim Tunda Held Guilty
1996 Sonipat Bomb Blasts Case: LeT Bomb Expert Abdul Karim Tunda Held Guilty

1996 Sonipat Bomb Blasts Case: LeT Bomb Expert Abdul Karim Tunda Held Guilty
1996 Sonipat Bomb Blasts Case: LeT Bomb Expert Abdul Karim Tunda Held Guilty

Lashkar-e-Toiba bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda was on Monday pronounced guilty in the 1996 Sonipat bomb blasts case by a Sonipat court. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on Tuesday. Confirming the development, Superintendent of Police, Sonipat, Satender Kumar Gupta said Tunda has been convicted under sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 120 B (conpiracy) of the IPC and the Explosive Act.

Tunda, 75, was among the 20 terrorists that India had asked Pakistan to hand over post the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. He was arrested by Delhi police from India-Nepal border at Banbasa on August 16, 2013. He is suspected to be involved in 40 blast cases across the country.

Tunda is also suspected to be involved in raising funds for the terror group in the Middle East and is also said to have forged ties with Dawood Ibrahim’s network. He was also allegedly responsible for a series of blasts in the country including the 1993 Mumbai train blasts and the blasts between 1996 and 1997. He had also reportedly planned an attack during the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010. The plan, however, failed after two of his accomplices were arrested.

He was also responsible for scouting young recruits in the world of Jihad and motivating them through long sermons. He had connections in several countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE,Bangladesh and Nepal from where young low-income recruits could be easily tapped.

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Attack On Indian Un Peacekeepers By Congolese Rebels

Attack On Indian Un Peacekeepers By Congolese Rebels
Attack On Indian Un Peacekeepers By Congolese Rebels

Seven years ago, Congolese rebels had attacked an Indian UN peacekeeping post in the North Kivu province of the country, causing some fatal casualties to Indian soldiers.

Attack On Indian Un Peacekeepers By Congolese Rebels
Attack On Indian Un Peacekeepers By Congolese Rebels

Seven years ago, Congolese rebels had attacked an Indian UN peacekeeping post in the North Kivu province of the country, causing some fatal casualties to Indian soldiers. On October 6, another major attack took place on Indian UN peacekeepers by 30 armed rebels at another location in the same province. The army unit repulsed the attack, killing two of the attackers and wounding two more.

General Bernard Commins, the Deputy Chief of the UN troops in Congo, said, “At about 0200 GMT, a group of armed men, probably Mai-Mai (a local armed group), attacked the MONUSCO (UN Mission in the DRC) position” near central Lubero, which is located in North Kivu.

The Lubero region lies about 300 km North of Goma, the main town of North Kivu province, where dozens of illegal armed groups control several villages. They have been at odds with the government for exploiting mineral resources.

The Indian Army’s 2 Bihar unit, which is on UN peacekeeping duties in Lubero, was the one that was attacked on Friday morning. Army sources said that the Indian peacekeepers repulsed the attack by the group comprising 30 armed men, suspected to be Mai Mai cadres.

Two of the attackers were killed and two more were wounded, while two Indian peacekeepers also suffered minor injuries in the attack. The injured cadre were given immediate first aid by the Indian doctor at the MONUSCO camp and later shifted to Indian Hospital in Goma,” an army officer said, adding that the attack was a “rare frontal assault on UN forces deployed for protecting civilians in Congo”.

Army officials who have served in the region explained that the Mai-Mai became prominent as armed community militias during the Second Congo War (1998-2003), when they allied with the government to battle invading troops, especially from Rwanda. Some Mai-Mai forces never gave up their weapons they got from the regime. From the beginning of this year, Mai-Mai militias have regularly attacked Congolese Army positions in North Kivu and in neighbouring South Kivu.

Even the Indian military deployments there have not been spared. Previously, an attack like the one on Friday took place on an Indian post in Kirumba (also in North Kivu province) by rebels in 2010. The rebels were able to intrude the base and inflict fatal casualties to our troops. Three soldiers died in the attack and five were injured,” said another army officer.

A total of 153 Indian soldiers have laid down their lives under the UN flag, including Capt GS Salaria (posthumous) who was awarded Param Veer Chakra in Congo in 1961.

Indian UN peacekeeping force is presently deployed in the most unstable provinces of Congo. An Indian brigade commonly known as NKB is deployed in the restive North Kivu province and covers an area of 43,700 sq km having 948 villages. The brigade besides protecting civilians assists in operations against illegal armed groups.

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Post Doklam: India Plans To Lessen Its Drug Reliance On China

Post Doklam: India Plans To Lessen Its Drug Reliance On China
Post Doklam: India Plans To Lessen Its Drug Reliance On China

Currently, India gets 80% of its medicine supplies from China. Following Doval’s alert, govt had formed a panel to formulate a policy to boost active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) manufacturing.

Post Doklam: India Plans To Lessen Its Drug Reliance On China
Post Doklam: India Plans To Lessen Its Drug Reliance On China

Currently, India gets 80% of its medicine supplies from China. Following Doval’s alert, govt had formed a panel to formulate a policy to boost active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) manufacturing.

The recent tension between India and China has prompted the government here to think of measures to reduce its dependence on China for pharmaceutical products.

The health ministry along with drug regulators is planning to take a series of measures to limit reliance on China as well as tighten the regulatory checks and balances to ensure only good quality supplies are entering the Indian market.

Currently, India gets 70-80% of its medicines and medical devices supplies, including raw material for pharmaceuticals (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) from China. This poses a major risk of severe drug shortage if India's diplomatic relations with China worsen.

In fact, in 2014, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval had also warned the government about India's over-dependence on China for API and how the tension between the two countries can cause a crisis in the public health system of India.

Following Doval's alert, the government had formed a committee of experts to formulate a specific policy to boost API manufacturing in India.

The list of regulatory and financial measures being planned by the government includes routine inspections of plants, higher registration charges, hike in licensing fee, tougher sourcing procedures, higher customs duty and deeper scrutiny of supply chain.

We do not want the trade to cease between the two countries. The idea is to regulate small foreign players who may not be supplying quality products but giving pricing advantage. This, in turn, is hurting the interest of Indian patients as well as the industry. We want to create a level playing field for Indian companies and also ensure good quality products for Indian patients," Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) G N Singh said.

The regulator is planning to start site inspections from next month itself, he said. The government is also planning to make changes to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules soon to hike registration charges and licensing fees.

Industry executives say Indian companies are subjected to much higher fees when they sell their products in China or in other countries but apart from imposing tougher norms on Chinese companies, the government must also take steps to boost the growth of Indian industry.

The measures are important to bring a parity to fee structures but it has its consequences like impact on prices and competition," says D G Shah, secretary general of Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance.

The landed price of API from China in India is 15-20% less than its production cost here, making it more viable for companies to import.

Once the government strengthens the regulatory mechanism and imposes higher fee structures, a lot of fly by night operators will stop operating in this space. While Indian players will benefit from this, it will also ensure patient safety," said Himanshu Baid, managing director of Ploy Medicure and chairman of CII Medical Technology Division.

Currently, API accounts for less than 10% of India's over Rs 1 lakh crore pharmaceutical industry. However, India was once a favoured destination for sourcing low-cost, good quality raw material for manufacturing medicines. Gradually, China has taken over this bulk drug market globally in the past few years by creating huge capacities.

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J-K: Three Hizbul Mujahideen Terrorists Killed By Security Forces In Shopian Encounter

J-K: Three Hizbul Mujahideen Terrorists Killed By Security Forces In Shopian Encounter
J-K: Three Hizbul Mujahideen Terrorists Killed By Security Forces In Shopian Encounter

One of the neutralised terrorists has been identified as Abid. The combing operation is currently underway.

J-K: Three Hizbul Mujahideen Terrorists Killed By Security Forces In Shopian Encounter
J-K: Three Hizbul Mujahideen Terrorists Killed By Security Forces In Shopian Encounter

One of the neutralised terrorists has been identified as Abid. The combing operation is currently underway.

Three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian region on Monday, ANI reported. One of the neutralised terrorists has been identified as Abid. The combing operation is currently underway.

The latest development comes hours after security forces claimed to have killed a top Jaish-e-Mohammed commander during an encounter in North Kashmir’s Ladoora village. The slain militant was identified as Khalid Ahmad, a resident of Pakistan, who has been active in the region in the last two years.

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Pakistan PM Accuses India of Unleashing Propaganda Against CPEC

Pakistan PM Accuses India of Unleashing Propaganda Against CPEC
Pakistan PM Accuses India of Unleashing Propaganda Against CPEC

Pakistan PM Accuses India of Unleashing Propaganda Against CPEC
Pakistan PM Accuses India of Unleashing Propaganda Against CPEC

India wanted to divert attention over its (alleged) atrocities in occupied Kashmir through false allegations about Pakistan's support to indigenous Kashmiri struggle for freedom," Radio Pakistan quoted Abbasi, as saying. He asserted that prime ministerial-level talks can only be held after India ends alleged rights violations in Kashmir, implement UN resolutions, end Line of Control (LoC) violations and budge from its Cold War doctrine.

Abbasi dismissed U. S. Defense Secretary James Mattis' statement over CPEC, saying the United Nations should ensure implementation of Security Council resolutions on Kashmir.

Pakistan's Foreign Office has already dismissed Washington's concerns over CPEC, saying the project is for the betterment of the region and beyond.

The Foreign Office was responding to Mattis telling the Senate Armed Services Committee that the One Belt, One Road goes through disputed territory and that it itself shows the vulnerability of trying to establish that sort of a dictate. On October 7, China cautioned the Trump administration about CPEC, citing that its OBOR initiative was not directed against third parties.

We have repeatedly said that the CPEC is an economic cooperation initiative that is not directed against third parties and has nothing to do with territorial sovereignty disputes and does not affect China's principled stance on the Kashmir issue," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said, in a statement.

Mattis also said that in a globalised world, there are many belts and many roads and no one nation should put itself into a position of dictating the 'One Belt, One Road'.

China came up with its One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative in 2013. The CPEC project comprises a network of railways, roads and pipelines that would connect Pakistan's port city of Gwadar in the province of Balochistan, with the Chinese city of Kashgar in landlocked Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

Human rights activists have time and again spoken about and highlighted growing atrocities in Pakistan and particularly on the indigenous people of Baluchistan as a result of the CPEC.

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