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Jalalabad: A suspected suicide attack near the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan killed four policemen today morning. However, all Indians inside the building were reported to be safe. The attack took place 200 meters from the Indian consulate.

The militants attacked the area where many foreign consulates reside, including those of India and Pakistan. This is the third attack in 10 days targeting Indian missions in Afghanistan.

A senior Afghan police officer claimed the involvement of Pakistan army behind the January 3 attack on the Indian consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif. Sayed Kamal Sadat, police chief of Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province, said the attackers, “officers from across the border were well-trained military men who fought Afghan security forces in the 25-hour siege.”

“We saw with our own eyes and I can say 99 percent that those attackers were from Pakistani military and used special tactics while conducting their operation,” Mr Sadat was quoted as saying.

Sources say the Indian consulate is not a clear target.

The incident in Mazar-e-Sharif witnessed an intense gun battle between security forces and assailants who attempted to storm the targeted building on January 3.

The night of January 4 saw the standoff ending after all of the attackers were killed. They tried to enter the building opposite the Indian Consulate. One police officer was killed along with nine people including three civilians who were wounded.

The Pathankot attack on January 2 in which six terrorists barged in the Indian air base who were said to be of Pakistani origin. The gun battle which lasted over 80 hours resulted in seven security personnel being martyred. (picture courtesy:http://www.voanews.com/)

(Inputs from agencies)

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In the wake of Balochistan Freedom Movement, Pakistan to contact Interpol to extradite Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti

Pakistan to contact Interpol to extradite Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti, who is currently seeking political asylum in India

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Baloch Activist Brahamdagh Bugti, Photo posted by Hakeem Baloch (@HatimbalochHb) on Twitter
  • FIA of Pakistan to send a formal reference to Interpol shortly in order to enact an extradition of Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti
  • Bugti seeks for political asylum in India and he has visited the Indian consulate in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali claims that India’s offer of citizenship to the rebel Baloch leader Bugti, has substantiated Indian Prime Minister’s statement of interference in Pakistan
  • Nisar also accused India of blaming Pakistan for the Uri terrorist attack without any concrete evidence

Sept 24, 2016: Pakistan to contact Interpol to extradite Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti, who is currently seeking political asylum in India. “The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will send a formal reference to Interpol within the next few days for the extradition of Brahumdagh Bugti,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali said.

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Nisar’s statement on Friday came a day after India’s Home Ministry said it was examining Bugti’s application for political asylum in India. Baloch Republican Party (BRP) Chief Bugti visited the Indian consulate in Geneva, Switzerland, to inquire about the process of seeking asylum in India.

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Nisar, to a question about India’s offer of citizenship to the rebel Baloch leader, said the offer had made it clear as to who was supporting terrorism. “It has substantiated the Indian Prime Minister’s statement of interference in Pakistan,” he said, at the headquarters of the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA).

“Their (Indians’) feelings about Brahumdagh Bugti and their invitation to him unmistakably establish who is behind terrorism (in Balochistan),” Nisar was quoted as saying. The minister also accused India of blaming Pakistan for the Uri terrorist attack without any concrete evidence.

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“The Indians don’t have any evidence, so what sort of investigation can Pakistan carry out? They have blamed us just to defame Pakistan,” he said. Eighteen Indian soldiers were killed in a terror attack on an army base camp in Uri town in Jammu and Kashmir on September 18.

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Indian Consulate in New York welcomes its new Consul General

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New York City: Deputy Consul General of India in New York Dr. Manoj Mohapatra hosted a reception with the community to welcome the new Consul General, Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das on Saturday March 12, 2016 in the Consulate’s ballroom.

Introducing the new Consul General, Manoj Mohapatra who has been holding the fort for about a month, after the transfer of the Consul General Ambassador Dnyaneshwar M Mulay to Delhi, said that prior to joining the post of Consul General of India in New York, Ambassador Das was Ambassador of India to Romania, Albania & Moldova with residence in Bucharest.

A large number of prominent guests including dignitaries which included Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, Special Advisor to the U.N. Ambassador Vijay Nambiar, Former PR Ambassador Hardeep Puri, Ambassador Mrs. Lakshmi Puri, Assistant SecretaryGeneral of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, attended the event.

Deputy Consul General Dr Mohapatra introduced and welcomed the Consul General, followed by remarks from a number of guests. Those who spoke on the occasion included Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, Vijay Nambiar, H.R. Shah, Sudhir Parikh, Yashpal Soi, Prof. Indrajit S Saluja and Dr. Seema Jain.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Das said she was overwhelmed by the warm welcome and assurances of support. She said she understood well the formidable challenges she has before her, given the vast territorial jurisdiction of the New York Consulate and the large number of the Indian American community. She spoke of the high volume of work- nearly 1000 documents a day-but added quickly the Consulate was not daunted by the work. She said she would deal with issues and challenges.

Ambassador Das underscored the importance of working together. She appealed to the gathering to extend their support to the Consulate for the best services.

The Consul General had a special word of appreciation for her deputy Manoj Mohapatra about whom she said she depended on him for a lot of her work.

Source: The Indian Panorama

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Indian Consulate at Chicago celebrates Flag hoisting ceremony on 67th Republic Day of India

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Chicago: The Consulate General of India in Chicago organized the 67th Republic Day Celebration at its premises on Tuesday 26th January, 2016, at 10:00 AM, with traditional enthusiasm and gaiety. The venue was decorated with Indian flags, flowers and Indian cultural symbols to reflect the festive atmosphere of this important occasion.

The Indian nationals, persons of Indian origin and friends of India attended the festivities in huge numbers. Their patriotic fervor was evident from the fact that they braved the freezing cold, especially on the working weekday, to participate in the celebrations.

Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Consul General, unfurled the National Flag which was followed by singing of the National Anthem of India by all. Thereafter, Consul General read out President’s Message, both in Hindi and English, addressed to the Nation on the eve of 67th Republic Day of India.

During his address on the occasion, Consul General said that such flagship programs as “Make in India”, “Skills India”, “Swatch Bharat Abhiyan”, “Digital India”, “Startup India”, and “Green India” would give a big boost to the growth trajectory of India. He called upon the Indian-Americans to proactively participate in all the ambitious development-centric initiatives of the Government of India.

During the celebration, Consul General met with all members of Indian community to ascertain their welfare and assured them of their live interaction with them, as frequently as required.

O P Meena, Consul (Community Welfare), welcomed the gathering and also proposed a vote of thank.

Here are a few pictures of the event:

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(Photo Credits: Asian Media USA)