A policeman was killed and 11 others were injured in a grenade attack in the Nowhatta area of Srinagar. The deceased has been identified as Shamim Ahmad. Militants hurled a grenade around 7 p.m. on a patrol of security personnel. A police spokesman said 11 security personnel, four of them policeman, were injured. The attack took place on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was visiting Jammu and Kashmir.
Calling Pakistan a terrorism factory, India on Wednesday lashed out at the neighbouring country saying its terror policies have alienated its own people through continued mistreatment of minorities. In the United Nation, India accused Pakistan of spreading terrorism and illegally occupying some territories in Kashmir. Exercising its right to reply during a UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, the Indian Representative said Pakistan must rein in its “compulsive hostility” towards India. “We ask Pakistan to stop inciting and supporting violence and terrorism in any part of India and refrain from meddling in our internal affairs in any manner”, the official said.
Restive south Kashmir was seething again after seven people, including four militants and two soldiers, were killed in an encounter in Kulgam, 70 km from Srinagar, on Saturday. Clashes broke out after the news of the killing of the four local militants spread. Eyewitnesses told The Hindu that the security forces “fired into the crowds to break up the fast-spreading protests.” One of the injured civilians, identified as Mushtaq Ibrahim, a resident of Srigufwara, succumbed to injuries at a Srinagar hospital later. According to figures released by two hospitals in south Kashmir, 15 civilians were treated, including 12 with bullet injuries.
NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said two Indian nationals were killed in the terrorist attack that took place in Istambul, Turkey, earlier in the day. “I have a bad news from Turkey. We have lost two Indian nationals in the Istambul attack. Indian Ambassador is on the way to Istanbul,” Swaraj tweeted. The Minister said in another tweet that the victims are Abis Rizvi, the son of a former Rajya Sabha MP, and Khushi Shah from Gujarat.
The Indian government, which is already facing nationwide criticism over the country’s cash crunch, has waded into a fresh controversy with the appointment of a new army chief. Opposition parties, which normally do not question such appointments, demanded the government to explain why Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat was chosen ahead of more senior candidates to succeed General Dalbir Singh Suhaag on December 31.
Pakistan said on Wednesday that India has deployed one million troops in Jammu and Kashmir, which is the highest concentration of soldiers in the world at one place. Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said the presence of Indian troops in such a “large scale was a hurdle in implementing the UN resolution” on Kashmir. The spokesman alleged that since the last four months, Indian troops have “killed innocent Kashmiris and violated basic human rights”.
Seven soldiers, including two officers, and six militants were killed in twin pre-dawn attacks launched by fresh infiltrators near Jammu on Tuesday, coinciding with the takeover of General Qamar Javed Bajwa as new Pakistan Army chief across the border. A group of militants launched a fidayeen (suicide) attack on the White Knight Corps of northern command’s strategic 16 Corps — one of the biggest Army formations meant for Jammu, the Pir Panjal and the Chenab valleys — located at Nagrota, around 20 km from Jammu city.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday signed a civilian nuclear cooperation pact with visiting Indian leader Narendra Modi as he pushed to promote exports of Japanese nuclear technology to keep the teetering economy afloat. The basis of the treaty was agreed on last December, before his three-day visit to Japan. The treaty will allow Japan to transfer nuclear technology-related components and help build reactors in India, where countries like China and France are eyeing opportunities for similar investments.
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday expressed concerns over escalated Pakistan-India tensions at the Line of Control (LoC) urging the two nuclear-armed neighbours to resolve all their outstanding issues through dialogue. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric, in a media briefing said, “United Nations is keeping a vigil eye on the escalation in tensions at LoC.” “Ban Ki-moon has appealed Pakistan and India to resolve their all outstanding issues through dialogues,” the spokesman for the world body added.
In a bid to attract business travellers from India and assuage their concerns, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced here today that Indian businessmen will have access to UK’s registered traveller scheme. She also invited the Indian government to become the first in the world to nominate top business executives for the Great Club — a specialized fast-track visa and immigration service. Kicking off talks on boosting trade ahead of Britain’s departure from the European Union, May, making her first bilateral trip outside Europe since Britons voted on June 23 to quit the bloc, described as “limitless” the potential of the relationship with India.