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Pakistan bans all Indian channels after Centre approves All India Radio’s (AIR) plan to start Balochistan News Bulletin

The signals were by boosted by installing a new 300 kv digital Radio Mondial (DRM) transmitter in Jammu

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  • All India Radio (AIR) extends signals beyond boundaries by installing new transmitter in Jammu state-run radio station
  • AIR plans to start an exclusive news bulletin in ‘Balochi’ language
  • PM Narendra Modi remarks human rights violations in Pakistan’s regions in his Independence day speech

September 2, 2016: All India Radio (AIR) is likely to boost its signals that can be heard in Baloch, Pakistan-administered areas of Kashmir (PoK) and other provinces surpassing the boundaries. All India Radio has made this development by extending their state-run radios, said the PTI report on Wednesday.

This came into being by improving the transmission signals of the state-run radio station in Jammu of AIR. The signals were by boosted by installing a new 300 kv digital Radio Mondial (DRM) transmitter in Jammu. The programmes transmitted now from the radio station of Radio Kashmir Jammu has the aerial radius of 300 km and travels terrestrial distance beyond that reaching the PoK area and other provinces of Pakistan.

Now, the state-run radio station of AIR Radio Kashmir Jammu in Jammu has been broadcasting the programmes. These programmes are efficiently transmitted with loud and clear sound waves in the areas of Pok and other provinces of Pakistan. And the result is that these programmes are becoming increasingly favourite and popular day by day. Also, the External services of AIR is planning to start an exclusive news bulletin in ‘Balochi’ language for the people of Pakistan.

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These steps were taken significantly, as these developments come within two weeks after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on Pakistan atrocities on the 70th Independence day speech. As in his speech, the Prime Minister brought in light human rights violations in Pakistan’s Balochistan, Gilgit and PoK. This remarkable idea created a stir of controversies, as Pakistan pointed out on the situation stating PM Modi for ‘crossing the red line’ in his speech.

PM Modi’s remark was clearly an answer to Pakistan dedicating its Independence day to ‘Freedom of Kashmir’. And through the speech and by following the further steps to extend the AIR signals it was a perfect fit reply.

– prepared by Jagpreet Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter:@jagpreet_ks9

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ISIS Announces New India and Pakistan Provinces

The "Islamic State Pakistan Province," in communiques issued via its global propaganda mouthpiece Amaq News Agency, took credit for killing a Pakistani police officer

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FILE- An Islamic State flag is captured in this photo illustration. VOA

The Islamic State group says it has established a “province” in Pakistan, days after the terrorist organization used the name “Hind Province” for an attack it claimed in the India-ruled portion of the disputed Kashmir region.

Both of the divisions formerly fell under the “Khorasan Province” or ISKP — the name the Middle East-based terrorist group uses for its regional operations launched in early 2015 from bases in the border region of Afghanistan — according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist threats.

The “Islamic State Pakistan Province,” in communiques issued via its global propaganda mouthpiece Amaq News Agency, took credit for killing a Pakistani police officer this week in Mastung, and it reported shooting at a gathering of militants linked to the outlawed Pakistani Taliban militant group in Quetta.

Both the districts are located in violence-hit Baluchistan province, which borders Afghanistan and Iran. Several separatist Baluch groups and sectarian organizations also are active in the province.

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FILE – Rescue workers and army soldiers gather at the site of a blast at a vegetable market in Quetta, Pakistan, April 12, 2019. VOA

There was no immediate reaction available from the Pakistani government.

Islamabad maintains there is no “organized” presence of IS in the country. Pakistani military officials say an ongoing nationwide military-led “intelligence-based operation” is primarily aimed at denying space in Pakistan to extremists linked to any terrorist groups.

The group released no details about the boundaries of the territory it is now claiming. In previous Islamic State propaganda, all of Afghanistan and most of Pakistan, parts of modern Iran and Central Asia make up the so-called Khorasan Province. IS also has spoken about creating its own chapter for the Indian subcontinent.

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IS also took responsibility for last month’s suicide blast in a marketplace in Quetta city that killed 20 people and left nearly 50 injured. The targets of the attack were members of the ethnic Hazara Shiite Muslim community.

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On Friday, IS declared in a statement via Amaq the creation of “Hind Province,” while taking responsibility for clashes with Indian forces in Amshipora in the Shopian district of Kashmir.

IS has increased attacks lately in the region, including taking credit for the group’s Easter Sunday first-ever bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 250 people.

Observers say altering its provincial structure and fragmenting the “Khorasan Province” by IS could be aimed at bolstering its credentials after losing its “caliphate” in Syria and Iran, where the terrorists at one point used to control thousands of miles of territory.

“As ISIS [one of several acronyms used for IS] seeks to build and restructure foundations of insurgencies across the globe after its losses in Iraq and Syria, it is attempting to recruit also from Pakistan, a country with an existing jihadi militant population,” tweeted Rita Katz, the director of the SITE Intelligence Group.

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the terrorist organization used the name “Hind Province” for an attack it claimed in the India-ruled portion of the disputed Kashmir region. Wikimedia Commons

The suspected rebranding of ISKP comes as the United Nations earlier this week designated the “Khorasan Province” as a global terrorist, noting the group was formed in January 2015 by former members of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) who pledged allegiance to Abu Baker al-Baghdadi, leader of the ISIS/ISIL.

The United States has already blacklisted ISKP as a foreign terrorist organization, and American troops are conducting regular airstrikes against the group’s bases in Afghanistan with the help of local forces, killing thousands of militants.

Analysts say American counterterrorism airstrikes and clashes with the Afghan Taliban have prevented ISKP from expanding its regional influence and the rebranding strategy could have stemmed from those challenges.

“Khorasan chapter has been struggling to establish a footprint in Afghanistan and the region in general, and they may be following al-Qaida’s strategy to create regional affiliates,” says Muhammad Amir Rana, who heads Islamabad-based Pakistan Institute for Peace and Studies (PIPS). (VOA)