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DGP Jammu & Kashmir rubbishes ISIS presence in the valley

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New Delhi: In the wake of the ISIS backed terror attacks ravaging different cities across the globe, Director General of Police (DGP) Jammu and Kashmir, K Rajendra Kumar, on Monday, ruled out any influence of the outfit in the valley.

Shiv Sena’s official magazine Samana has reported the presence of ISIS flags in Kashmir, and asked the centre address with the issue with an ‘iron hand.’

J&K police have assured that no such activities are taking place in the Kashmir valley and asserted that strict vigilance is being carried out regularly.

“We do not find any ISIS ideology (being followed) in Jammu and Kashmir,” said Kumar to in an interview to a newspaper.

Earlier Shiv Sena had asked for stringent measures against the people involved in unfurling the ISIS flags in Kashmir.

Responding to the concern of Shiv Sena, Rajendra Kumar, asserted that no ISIS ideology is being cultivated in the valley.

He also clarified that cross-border militancy infiltration has declined in the valley. Though local rebellious uprising is still prevailing, he mentioned.

“Infiltration (from across the border) rate has decreased remarkably and there is also a decline in the militancy-related activities in the Valley,” added the DGP.

“Anti-infiltration and counter-terrorist operation is a continuous process. It is a regular feature. The situation is under control. Terrorist actions and crime are on a decline,” said Kumar.

However, there were reports of ISIS flags being hoisted post-Friday prayers recently. Moreover, the masked youths who had allegedly hoisted the flags had also instigated mobs to pelt stones at security forces.

Notably, a lot of youths were detained by security forces in 2014 for expressing solidarity with the global terrorist outfit and hoisting their flags. However, no organisational presence or hideout of the ISIS has been unearthed till now. The separatist leaders have openly condemned ISIS and clarified no traces of the organisation are present in the Valley.

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Plight of Pakistani Schools in Militancy-hit Tribal Regions

What will be the future of the youth in the absence of schools and education centers in a militancy-hit Pakistan?

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A man travels on a vehicle laden with his family's belongings on the outskirts of Peshawar in an attempt to flee from the insurgency-hit Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. VOA
  • Insurgency in Pakistan has destroyed most of the public infrastructure, including education institutions
  • Nearly seven million Pakistani youth do not attend school
  • Over 1,100 girls’ schools in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have been damaged or fully destroyed by the insurgency in Pakistan

Pakistan, September 4, 2017 : Years of militancy and counterinsurgency operations in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region have destroyed much of the infrastructure, including education centers, in the area.

More than 1,100 girls’ schools in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which is adjacent to the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, have reportedly been damaged or fully destroyed by the decade long insurgency, according to Pakistan government estimates.

While the Pakistani government claims to have rehabilitated around 900 schools, hundreds of schools have not been rebuilt or rehabilitated in FATA.

Experts say the government should take immediate steps to rebuild the destroyed schools in the tribal region.

“Several factors adversely affected education institutions in the tribal region. One factor is the Taliban who destroyed schools and education institutions, particular girls’ schools,” A.H. Nayyar, a Pakistan-based educationist, told VOA’s Urdu service. “Unless the schools are fully rehabilitated, it would be extremely difficult to give hope to the youth in the region.”

“It is important to open the doors of education for tribal youth so that they get the sense that they could achieve a lot in their life, like other citizens, particularly the girls; the government must rehabilitate their schools, utilizing all available resources,” Nayyar said.

Some tribesmen are returning home after more than one million were displaced by Pakistani military operations against the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) in parts of FATA. According to U.N. estimates, about 95,000 families fled to nearby cities within Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan’s Khost province.

Pakistan’s Army says many areas have been cleared in recent counterinsurgency operations, and it is slowly allowing the displaced tribesmen to return to their home.

U.S. military commanders until recently considered the North Waziristan region in FATA as the “epicenter” of international terrorism. The region has for years served as a training ground for Taliban and other militants groups.

During the past several years, insurgent groups, including TTP, have repeatedly targeted education institutions and schools in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA region, depriving its younger generation of acquiring education.

Nearly 58 percent of the children between the ages of five and 16 are not in school in Pakhtunkhwa, according to Dawn, a local English language daily. Besides the militancy, extreme poverty and lack of infrastructure are also blamed for the lack of schooling.

Recent statistics by Alif Ailan, an education advocacy organization in Pakistan, show 48 percent of primary and secondary schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa operate without adequate physical infrastructure.

Pakistan is 50 years behind in its primary and 60 years behind in secondary education targets, according to a recent United Nations report. The literacy rate in poor rural areas stands at 14 percent for females and 64 percent for males. Nearly seven million Pakistani youth do not attend school. (VOA)

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Muslim Assassins Receive More Media Coverage in The US Than Their Non-Muslim Counterparts

Muslims carry out only 12.4 percent of the attacks in the US but comprise of 41.4 percent of media coverage

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Media coverage. Pixabay.
  • Terror attacks by Muslims receive more attention by media
  • Attacks committed by white men are not given much importance
  • People are increasingly becoming fearful of Muslims

New Delhi, July 5, 2017: As per an academic study, the terror attacks committed by Muslims receive greater than approximately five times media coverage as compared to those performed by non-Muslims in America. According to the researchers from Georgia State University, there existed a 449 percent growth in media presentation when the assassin was a Muslim as per the analysis of terrorist attacks in the US between 2011 and 2015.

A survey found that even though Muslims carry out only 12.4 percent of attacks during the period of study, they get 41.4 percent of the news coverage which suggests that the media disproportionately scares people of the Muslim terrorists which builds up an avoidable hatred for Muslims. One way to overcome and prevent this is by covering news more evenly and proportionately as their fears are highly misplaced.

Scientists considered US newspaper coverage of all terrorist attacks in America and computed the articles committed to each attack. It was found that the Boston Marathon bombing which took place in 2013 committed by two Muslim attackers and killed three people, comprised of almost 20 percent of all the news coverage relating to terror attacks in the US during a period of five years. In a sharp contrast to this, a massacre at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012 that killed six people and was undertaken by a white man received only 3.8 percent of coverage.

Also read: Unless Pakistan Curbs “high-profile terrorist attack” towards India, ties will Worsen: US

A mass shooting carried out by Dylan Roof who is a white man, at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, which left nine people dead got it hands on just 7.4 per cent of media coverage. Moreover, an attack by Frazier Glenn Miller in 2014 on a Kansas synagogue killed three but received a share in just 3.3 percent of reports.

The claim made by President Donald Trump in February that the attacks committed by Muslims receive less coverage is unsupported but he was right in saying that the media fails to provide enough coverage to some terrorist attacks.

Prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter: @Hkaur1025

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India likely to talk to Pakistan regarding cross-border terrorism, says External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup

Pakistan needs to stop sending terrorists like Bahadur Ali to India, says Swaroop

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August 13, 2016: India on Friday, August 12, said it was ready for talks with Pakistan but only on “relevant issues” that include cross-border terrorism and follow up on terror attacks in Mumbai and Pathankot.

“India would welcome a dialogue on contemporary and relevant issues in India-Pakistan relations. At this time, they include a stoppage of Pakistani support for cross-border terrorism (and) infiltration of terrorists,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

Vikas Swaroop. Image source: www.insubcontinent.com
Vikas Swaroop. Image source: www.insubcontinent.com

Swarup’s remarks came a day after Pakistan said it wanted to have an exclusive dialogue with India on Kashmir.

India suspended bilateral dialogue with Pakistan after gunmen attacked an Indian air base at Pathankot in January. The attack has been blamed on the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad militant group.

Swarup didn’t mention the Kashmir issue in his response. He said Pakistan needed to stop sending terrorists like Bahadur Ali to India.

Ali, captured in Kashmir’s Kupwara district during a shootout with security forces, has alleged thatPakistan was sponsoring anti-India terror activities.

The spokesperson said Pakistan should also stop “parading terrorists Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin”.

He said talks could also be held with Pakistan on “sincere follow up on the Mumbai attack trial and the Pathankot attack investigation”. New Delhi blames Pakistani terrorists for both attacks. (IANS)

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