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Is Indo-Myanmar operation a message to Pakistan?

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Manipur: The army team involved in 9th June army operation along the India-Myanmar border in which several militants were killed. (Photo: IANS/DPRO)
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Manipur: The army team involved in 9th June army operation along the India-Myanmar border in which several militants were killed. (Photo: IANS/DPRO)
Manipur: The army team involved in 9th June army operation along the India-Myanmar border in which several militants were killed. (Photo: IANS/DPRO)

New Delhi: Even as voices emerged that the Indian Army operation against terrorists on the Myanmar side of the border contained a hidden message to Pakistan, experts said on Wednesday the scenario may not be the same on the Western border even though India has the capability to retaliate if provoked.

Asked if a similar approach could be replicated on India’s Western border, an official said the situation on both sides was different.

“Defence and security strategy is something that evolves after one thinks through all the consequences of action or inaction; hence any premature celebration over the Myanmar swatting of terror groups would not only be wrong, but foolish,” an official close to the security establishment said on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

“We need to be clear that dealing with terrorists in Myanmar is different from dealing with the likes of the Lashkar-e-Taiba which has the active backing of the Pakistani army and the ISI,” the official added.

“What worked in Myanmar will not work on our western borders against jihadi groups. For that, we need covert guerrilla action, not direct attacks,” the official added.

Former Army Chief Gen. V.P. Malik (retd) said India had the capability, but such operation on the western border along with Pakistan may result in a small-scale war.

“We do have the capability (to launch similar attack along India-Pakistan border) but it does not mean we will react in that manner. It can escalate to a limited war, we have to be prepared for all those things in term of public opinion and international opinion,” Gen. Malik said.

Asked if both India and Pakistan being nuclear armed is a deterrent, Gen. Malik said: “A nuclear attack is unlikely as it will go against the whole world”.

Former Army Chief Gen. N.C. Vij, in an interview to India Today Television said: “We have the capability, and such operations on the Western front may be carried out if government is ready for the consequences.” (IANS)

 

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Mother Convicted of Forcing Daughter to Marry

A British court has convicted a mother of forcing her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age in Pakistan, in a first successful prosecution of its type in England.

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A union flag is flown at half mast in Westminster after an attack on London Bridge and Borough Market left 7 people dead and dozens injured in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

A British court has convicted a mother of forcing her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age in Pakistan, in a first successful prosecution of its type in England.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday convicted the mother of four of duping her then 17-year-old daughter into travelling to Pakistan on the pretext of a family holiday in 2016 and forcing her to marry there, the BBC reported.

The mother was found guilty of two counts of forced marriage and was scheduled to be sentenced.

The court heard the girl had been entered into a “marriage contract” with the man years before in Pakistan and became pregnant at 13. The victim had an abortion on returning to the UK, with her doctor reporting his concerns to social services.

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Prosecutors said the girl’s mother told them that her daughter and the man were just “two teenagers who had sneakily had sex” after she was referred, the BBC said.

The girl was tricked into travelling to Pakistan again in September 2016 and was forced by her mother to sign marriage papers.

When the daughter protested against the marriage, her mother threatened to burn her passport and assaulted her.

The mother was also convicted of perjury after she lied about the incident in the High Court.

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It is the first time a forced marriage case of this kind has been successfully prosecuted in an English court. Prosecutions for forced marriage, which became an offense in 2014, are rare. (IANS)

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