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India asks UN team on Kashmir to leave Delhi premises

Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has asked a United Nations military observer group on Kashmir to vacate a government-provided bungalow in New Delhi, in a toughening stance against a mission that Indians have long opposed. A Kashmiri man catches fish in the waters of Dal Lake on a cold winter morning in Srinagar January 4, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Ismail New Delhi considers the whole of Kashmir as an integral part of the country and has bristled against external involvement in the region including the U.N. Military Observers Group on India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) that was set up in 1949 after their first war. The Indian foreign ministry said on Tuesday the government had asked UNMOGIP to hand over the Delhi premises from where it was running a liaison office for more than four decades for free as part of efforts to rationalize the mission’s presence in India. The small U.N. mission has its main offices in the Kashmir capital Srinagar on the Indian side and in the Pakistani

Real Test of Op: 370 lies in convincing Kashmiris

August 10, 2019, 10:25 AM IST  Economic Times  in  ET Commentary   |   Edit Page ,  India   |  ET   By Prasad Nallapati The BJP government has done it again! This time, it is Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Its `special status’, guaranteed under `temporary’ provision of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, has been revoked. It is no surprise as the Party has long madeits intentions crystal clear. The BJP held the promise that the repeal of the Article would bring all round economic development and check corruption and terrorism in the state, which is now divided into two Union Territories. The move has popular support across the country as it is generally viewed that the provision has not brought any peace to the state and is only serving the interests of separatists and their masters in Pakistan. Will these constitutional amendments stand the scrutiny of the Supreme Court? Probably, yes. The BJP appears to have done its homework and meticulously prepared the ground for eventual

Towards a Framework for Post-Terrorist Incident Communications Strategies

Towards a Framework for Post-Terrorist Incident Communications Strategies Alastair Reed and Haroro J Ingram Other Publications , 9 August 2019 This paper synthesises research on post-incident communications from a range of fields – including terrorism, crisis communications, mass-shooter incidents, serial offenders, and suicide studies – to identify guidelines for the development of a post-terrorist incident communications framework.   Download the Paper Global Research Network on Terrorism and Technology Paper Key Findings and Recommendations Terrorism is fundamentally a type of violent communication designed to influence audiences broader than the direct recipients of that violence. Consequently, post-terrorist incident responses may significantly shape how a terrorist attack is perceived and its implications. Social media platforms, especially, play a significant role in the modern crisis-communication media ecology and the processes of public sense-making. This paper identif

Rare earth producers ready to “weaponize” their supply

TRIVIUM CHINA Rare earth producers ready to “weaponize” their supply On Wednesday, China’s rare earth producers announced that they are ready to do their part in the trade war effort. The details : The Association of China Rare Earth Industry released a statement declaring its support for Chinese countermeasures against the US – and said producers will pass the cost of any tariffs onto their American customers. Some context:  The Association represents some 300 firms involved in the rare earth production process. More context:  China produces roughly 80% of the world’s rare earth minerals, and the US is still heavily dependent on Chinese suppliers. Even more context:  President Xi paid a visit to a rare earth facility back in May during his Jiangxi tour, in a move that was widely interpreted as a warning to the US ( see the May 21 Tip Sheet ). Get smart:  Now that negotiations seem to be breaking down (again), China has circled back to the rare earth option in hopes of creating

These images show Pakistan is planning something sinister after India’s Article 370 move

The Print These images show Pakistan is planning something sinister after India’s Article 370 move India has to enforce rock-solid discipline in its security forces and micro-manage ground situation in Kashmir to avoid flare-ups. ABHIJIT IYER-MITRA Updated: 9 August, 2019 4:17 pm IST Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa | File photo: Flickr Text Size: A- A+ 99 Shares One of my favourite arias is from Puccini’s Manon Lescaut where the protagonist sings a heart-rending “ Sola Perduta Abbandonata ” (I am lost and abandoned) before she dies waiting for her lover to rescue her while she is stranded in the middle of the American desert. In many ways, this describes the situation Pakistan is stuck in – it has run out of its only oxygen, the supposed “internalisation” of the “Kashmeer Isshoo” as Musharraf used to call it, being used to divert attention to external follies. Perhaps, a bit like Manon, Pakistan needs great Coloratura to draw the world’s attention. Also read:  

‘Taliban Clear-Headed on No Link Between India’s Kashmir Action and Afghan Situation’

Amitabh P. Revi  New Delhi 9 August 2019 The Afghan Taliban is clearly giving India an opening to engage. Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement says: “Linking the issue of Kashmir with that of Afghanistan by some parties will not aid in improving the crisis at hand because the issue of Afghanistan is not related. Nor should Afghanistan be turned into a theatre of competition between other countries.” India’s former Ambassador to Kabul and current National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) member Amar Sinha takes note telling SNI, “The Taliban are clear headed in unambiguously stating there is no linkage between our internal actions in Kashmir and the Afghan situation and have appealed to ‘some parties’ to refrain from doing so. Everyone knows that there is only one party hawking this warped logic.” Shakti Sinha, Director of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library who served as head of the UN governance and development team in Afghanistan concurs, telling SNI,  “It substantiates

Lives of luxury of so called Custodians of Kashmir

*Former CM Farooq Abdulla* Occupied two Govt. Bungalows on Gupkar road  tastefully renovated with more than 20 crores has gym and sauna. Lives in his house claims rent entitled to as former CM and enjoys privileges of full contingent of staff whose salaries come from the Govt exchequer. *Former CM Omar Abdulla* Still retains official residence even though he is not CM. Spent several crores of Govt money for renovation. *Former CM Mehbooba Mufti* Lives in Govt bungalow since 2005. Spent more than 20 crores on renovation. Renovated her father's house at Nowgam with at the cost of public exchequer. *Former CM Ghulam Mohammed Sadiq's* grandson Iftikhar Sadiq sold a portion of Govt owned property he occupies in Garibal. *Ghulam Mohammed Shah* brother in law of Farooq Abdulla & CM 1984- 1986, enacted law to provide a former CM the perks of a *personal assistant, a special assistant, two peons and a bullet proof vehicle* At least 8 Hurriyat Conference leaders have been p

Pakistan Struggles to Make Good on a Golden Opportunity in Balochistan

Aug 8, 2019 | 09:00 GMT 6 mins read Pakistan Struggles to Make Good on a Golden Opportunity in Balochistan Highlights Until Pakistan and the Tethyan Copper Co. settle their dispute, development of the country's Reko Diq gold and copper mine will languish, leaving a potentially abundant revenue stream dry. Growing foreign investment in the sector will heighten the need for an effective dispute resolution mechanism. Unless Pakistan implements the necessary reforms to attract foreign investment, the country's mining sector will not grow beyond its current 3 percent contribution to Pakistan's gross domestic product. In a remote and arid corner of southwestern Pakistan, Islamabad has found itself embroiled in a difficult battle: a multibillion-dollar dispute with a global mining company over one of the world's richest untapped deposits of copper and gold. In July, the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) ordered Pakistan t

Nehruian Blunders in #Kashmir

1. In his telegram to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru said, “I should like to make it clear that the question of aiding Kashmir in this emergency is not designed in any way to influence the state to accede to India.  Our view which we have repeatedly made public is that the question of accession in any disputed territory or state must be decided in accordance with wishes of people and we adhere to this view” (Telegram 402 Primin-2227 dated 27 October 1947 to PM of Pakistan repeating telegram addressed to PM of UK). 2. In other telegram to the PM of Pakistan, Pandit Nehru said, “Kashmir’s accession to India was accepted by us at the request of the Maharaja’s government and the most numerously representative popular organization in the state which is predominantly Muslim.  Even then it was accepted on condition that as soon as law and order had been restored, the people of Kashmir would decide the question of accession.  It is open to th

Nehruian Blunders in #Kashmir

1. In his telegram to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru said, “I should like to make it clear that the question of aiding Kashmir in this emergency is not designed in any way to influence the state to accede to India.  Our view which we have repeatedly made public is that the question of accession in any disputed territory or state must be decided in accordance with wishes of people and we adhere to this view” (Telegram 402 Primin-2227 dated 27 October 1947 to PM of Pakistan repeating telegram addressed to PM of UK). 2. In other telegram to the PM of Pakistan, Pandit Nehru said, “Kashmir’s accession to India was accepted by us at the request of the Maharaja’s government and the most numerously representative popular organization in the state which is predominantly Muslim.  Even then it was accepted on condition that as soon as law and order had been restored, the people of Kashmir would decide the question of accession.  It is open to th

Revoking’ Article 370 A Step Towards Correcting Historical Wrongs

‘ VIKRAM SOOD It was inevitable. And about time too. This was expected. It was there in the BJP manifesto, just as years ago the BJP had promised in their manifesto they would test the nuclear bomb. This time, the manifesto spoke about Articles 370 and 35A. Atal Bihari tried the  insaniyat  route in Kashmir but it did not work, primarily because of Pakistani intransigence. Pakistanis had assumed Vajpayee's offer was a sign of Indian exhaustion and weakness. Narendra Modi also tried reconciliation. They were both wrong. It was time, therefore, to set historical wrongs right. The Pakistani reaction on amendments to the Indian Constitution are out of place but along the expected lines. The irony is that a Muslim country responsible for killing the largest number of Muslims in the region – from Baramulla to East Pakistan, from Kashmir to Afghanistan, and in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Karachi and Sindh, and even Punjab – is now shedding crocodile tears for Kashmiris. It da

ఎవరూ ఊహించనంత తొందరగా కాశ్మీర్ సమస్యకి ముగింపు పలకడానికి కారణం ఏమిటే ?

ఎవరూ ఊహించనంత తొందరగా కాశ్మీర్ సమస్యకి ముగింపు పలకడానికి కారణం ఏమిటే ? BJP మేనిఫెస్టో లో ఉన్న అంశమే! అందుకే ఈ ఘాతుకానికి పాల్పడ్డది అని ఖాంగీ ,కమ్మీ ,తుకుడే బాచ్ ల హాహాకారాలు. కొంత మంది మేతావులు ఇంకో అడుగు ముందుకేసి ప్రజాభిప్రాయం తీసుకోవక్కరలేదా అంటూ ఊళలు. కానీ ....విషయం వేరే ఉంది. 1. గత వారం పాకిస్తాన్ ప్రధాని ఇమ్రాన్ ఖాన్ USA లో మూడు రోజుల పర్యటన చేసిన సంగతి తెలిసిందే. అమెరికా పాకిస్తాన్ మీద విరుచుకుపడుతున్నది అన్నదీ తెలిసిందే.మరి ఇంత హఠాత్తుగా ట్రంప్,ఇమ్రాన్ ల సమావేశం ఎందుకు ? పాకిస్తాన్ కి ఇచ్చే సైనిక,ఆర్ధిక సహాయం 2016 లోనే నిలిపివేసింది అమెరికా. మీరు ఉగ్రవాదులని అణిచే వరకూ ఆర్ధిక సహాయం పునరుద్హరించే ప్రసక్తే లేదు US సెనేట్ కూడా తేల్చి చెప్పింది. మరి ఈ అత్యవసర సమావేశం దేని గురుంచి ? 2. ఆఫ్ఘానిస్తాన్ మీద CIA,ఆర్మీ రెండూ కలిసి ఒక సంయుక్త నివేదిక ఇచ్చాయి అధ్యక్షుడు ట్రంఫ్ కి. ఆ నివేదిక సారాంశం ఏమిటంటే ఇన్నేళ్ళ సైనిక చర్య తో ఆఫ్ఘన్ లో పరిస్థితులు అదుపులోకి రాలేదు. ఇకముందు కూడా వస్తుంది అని అనుకోవడం లేదు. 80 వ దశకంలో అప్పటి సోవియట్ లాగే మన కధ ఉండబోతున్నది. తాలిబన్ లని అంతమొందించడం ,ఆ