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Pakistan Army officers involved in Indian Consulate attack, claims Afghan police

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New Delhi: A senior Afghan police official claimed today that Pakistani military officials were allegedly involved in  the Indian Consulate attack in Mazar-e-Sharif on January 3.

The revelation by the Afghan police official would raise a few eyebrows as Rajnath Singh, India’s Home Minister recently commented that there was no reason to distrust the assurance of Pakistan’s “effective action” plan against the attacks in Pathankot. The news comes the same day when Pakistan Army’s involvement is witnessed in the Afghan attack.

Notably, the attack on the Indian consulate occurred when India’s security was questioned following the Pathankot  airbase seized.

“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,” Sayed Kamal Sadat, police chief of the Balkh province.

Afghan police reportedly disclosed that the four terrorists behind the attack on Indian consulate left behind graffiti in their own blood. The graffiti stated their purpose behind the brutality, which was to avenge the hanging of Afzal Guru.

Sadat said the attackers, were well-trained military men who fought Afghan security forces in the 25-hour siege. “The attackers were military personnel. They were educated and well prepared and had intelligence. They fought us and only by Allah’s grace were we able to control them and eliminate them,” Sadat said.

Police officials ensured their efforts to track down, identify and detain those who assisted the attackers gain access to the building were underway.

“We are jointly working with the NDS director and have spoken about this –- especially as they came here not able to speak in Dari or Pashtu but speaking in Urdu. It means obviously there is someone who guided those attackers and helped the attackers,” Sadat said.(Inputs from agencies)(picture courtesy: https://en.wikipedia.org)

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US Shares List of 20 Terrorist Groups Operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan with Pakistani Authorities

Top on the list is the Haqqani Network which, the US claims, has safe havens in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and uses them to launch attacks into Afghanistan.

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According to media reports, US has shared list of terror groups operating in Pakistan with authorities in Islamabad. Wikimedia

Washington, November 2, 2017 : The White House retains a list of 20 terrorist groups that it claims are operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan and is believed to have shared this list with Islamabad, the media reported on Thursday.

However, the list was not given to Pakistani authorities by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when he visited Islamabad last week, diplomatic sources told Dawn news.

The White House list includes three types of militant groups: those who launch attacks into Afghanistan, those who attack targets inside Pakistan and those who are focused on Kashmir.

Top on the list is the Haqqani Network which, the US claims, has safe havens in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and uses them to launch attacks into Afghanistan.

Pakistan strongly rejects the charge, saying that there were no such safe havens inside the country.

The US also identified Lashkar-e-Taiba as one of the largest and most active terrorist organisations in South Asia.

The other militant groups in the list include Harakatul Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Jundullah, Lashkar-i-Jhanghvi and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. (IANS)

 

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India accepts Pakistan’s Invitation for talks on the Indus Waters Treaty in Pakistan

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New Delhi, March 3, 2017: The Indian Commissioner of the Permanent Indus Commission has accepted his Pakistani counterpart’s invitation for talks on the Indus Waters Treaty scheduled to be held in Pakistan in the second half of March.

However, given the extremely strained relations between the two South Asian nuclear neighbours, the Indian establishment here does not see this as official talks of any sort with Pakistan, it is reliably learnt.

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The Permanent Indus Commission is a bipartisan body entrusted with everyday implementation of the World Bank-brokered Indus Waters Treaty that was signed in 1960.

The Commission, which is mandated to meet at least once every year, alternately in India and Pakistan, comprises Indus Commissioners from both sides and discusses technical matters related to implementation of the Treaty. It has met 112 times since 1960.

It is learnt that mutually convenient dates and mutually agreeable agenda are being worked out directly by the Commissioners themselves and the Indian government has played no role in this regard.

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New Delhi sees this as just another regular meeting of the Commission to deal with technical matters concerned with implementation of the Treaty and which does not amount to talks between India and Pakistan.

The Treaty had come close to be jeopardised following the cross-border terror attack on September 18 last year on an army base at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of 19 Indian soldiers.

Blaming the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed for the attack, New Delhi said it would consider revisiting the Indus Waters Treaty, which has withstood three wars and is seen as one of the most successful international agreements.

According to the agreement, India has control over three eastern rivers — Beas, Ravi and Sutlej — all flowing from Punjab.

Pakistan, as per the treaty, controls the western rivers of the Indus — Chenab and Jhelum that flow from Jammu and Kashmir.

Jammu and Kashmir has been demanding a review of the treaty as it robs the state of its rights to use the water of the rivers.

The current processes under the treaty concern the Kishenganga (330 MW) and Ratle (850 MW) hydroelectric power plants, being built by India on the Kishenganga and Chenab rivers, respectively, to which Pakistan has raised objections.

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In November last year, India had pointed out the legal untenability of the World Bank launching two simultaneous processes for appointment of a neutral expert — requested by India — and establishment of a court of arbitration — requested by Pakistan — to adjudicate technical differences.

In December, the World Bank announced a pause in the separate processes initiated by India and Pakistan to allow the two countries to consider alternative ways to resolve their disagreements.

“We are announcing this pause to protect the Indus Waters Treaty and to help India and Pakistan consider alternative approaches to resolving conflicting interests under the Treaty and its application to two hydroelectric power plants,” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim had said in a statement.

“This is an opportunity for the two countries to begin to resolve the issue in an amicable manner and in line with the spirit of the Treaty rather than pursuing concurrent processes that could make the treaty unworkable over time.”

This year, weeks after discussing the Indus Waters Treaty issue with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad, World Bank Chief Executive Officer Kristalina Georgieva met Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley here. (IANS)

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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.