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With the National Security Advisers’ talk coming up, Pakistan High Commission has invited leaders of Hurriyat to meet Pakistan NSA Sartaj Aziz during his stay in Delhi. Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other separatist leaders such as Yasin Malik and Naeem Khan have been invited by the Pakistan envoy. 

In 2014, a similar incident had taken place. India had cancelled the scheduled talks between Foreign Secretaries in Islamabad over the Pakistan High Commissioner’s meeting with Hurriyat leaders in Delhi. By calling off the meeting, India alluded the fact that Pakistan’s meeting with the Hurriyat was unacceptable to it.

Ajit Doval & Sartaj Aziz
Ajit Doval & Sartaj Aziz

However, this time Mr.Aziz is to meet the Hurriyat leaders after the reception and not before his scheduled talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval.

A ceasefire at the LoC by the Pakistani soldiers had reportedly led to the death of 6 civilians. The invitation to the Hurriyat will also be seen in the context of a series of developments many inside the government see as “provocations” from Pakistan ahead of the talks.

Recently, PM Nawaz Sharif and Modi received harsh censure for excluding Jammu and Kashmir in their UFA statements. The Hurriyat leaders showed their annoyance at such an exclusion by boycotting the Pakistan High Commission’s Eid Milan function in July. However, an anomaly occurred at the Independence Day of Pakistan, when Abdul Basit declared that,”No matter how much more time their legitimate struggle takes, Pakistan will never abandon Kashmiris and their cause.”

The NSA-level talks — following last month’s agreement in Russia between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif to resume dialogue; are important as it shall include cross-border terrorism, border violence and attacks like the ones in Udhampur and Gurdaspur.

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India successfully test fires n-capable Agni-V ballistic missile

The missile was earlier tested successfully in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

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  • India successfully tests the Agni-V ballistic missile on Thursday
  • This was the fifth test that missile underwent
  • With this success, India is now in ranks with US, UK, China and Russia

India on Thursday successfully tests fired its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V — the most potent and with the longest range in the Agni series – that can reach targets as far as Beijing.

The test took place at the Abdul Kalam Island facility off the Odisha coast. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted about its success, congratulating its makers DRDO, the armed forces and the defence industry.

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India has many high tech and powerful missiles to its name. Wikimedia Commons
India has many high tech and powerful missiles to its name. Wikimedia Commons

She said the successful test of the 5,000-km-range missile that can carry a one-tonne warhead, was “a major boost to the defence capabilities of our country”.

“The Made in India canistered missile, having three stages of propulsion, was successfully test fired,” she tweeted.

Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Agni-V is the most advanced version of the Agni series, part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme that started in the 1960s.

The missile was earlier tested successfully in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

This was the fifth test of the missile and likely to be its first user trial, though there was no official word on it.

India is developing new technologies everyday to strengthen its defence.
India is developing new technologies every day to strengthen its defence.

Thursday’s test brings the missile closer to its induction in the tri-service Strategic Forces Command.

The missile has a much longer shelf life, with its container being made of special steel that absorbs the blast of the takeoff.

In the canisterised launch, a gas generator inside ejects the missile up to a height of about 30 metres. A motor is then ignited to fire the missile.

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With this missile, India joins the super-exclusive club of ICBM (missiles with a range of over 5,000-5,500 km) capable countries of the US, Russia, the UK, France and China. IANS