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Sunday, 18 November 2012

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http://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20121118/nation.htm#9
Pak, India must shift stance on K-issue, says Musharraf
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 17
Former President of Pakistan Gen Pervez Musharraf today said India and Pakistan must move away from their stated positions on Kashmir and go in for a resolution of the matter.

He was responding to a query from Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who wanted to know whether Pakistan had the intention to resolve the Kashmir dispute. The matter came up for discussion at a function organised in the Capital today by a media house.

Gen Musharraf, responding to Omar’s questions, including if the UN Resolution of Kashmir through plebiscite was relevant today, said, "Let me assure you it is a misconception that the Pakistan's military does not want a solution of the Kashmir dispute. Let me tell you with full sincerity and honesty that the Pakistan army wants a solution of Kashmir. We want a solution to Siachen also.”

On the matter of UN resolution, the General said it stood on official fronts but there was a need to move ahead of that. “Of course, if you talk on an official basis, it (the UN Resolution) stands. But both India and Pakistan have to move forward from stated positions and go for resolutions.”

Dynasty politics

J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said family inheritance was commonplace in every field of life and not just politics.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hubli/Maratha-regiment-continues-to-lure-foreign-armies-for-training/articleshow/17261631.cms
Maratha regiment continues to lure foreign armies for training
BELGAUM: The joint military training exercises between the Indian Army and Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) have begun at the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre. The training that began on November 12 is aimed at enhancing military ties between the two nations. The training is named as 'EKUVERIN-2012'.
Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Training Centre, which is well known for its training centres across the world, is attractive for its infrastructural facilities. Most of the foreign armies prefer this training centre because of its facilities and uniqueness. A total of 45 army personnel from India and equal number from Maldives are taking part in the joint training exercise. The bilateral annual exercises commenced in 2009 and are held alternately in India and Maldives. The aim of the exercise is to enhance the close military co-operation between both the countries.
During the joint training, the army personnel will undergo round the clock training. Apart from drills, they will undergo counter insurgency operation training. According to officials, the jungle camp at the training centre gives the actual feeling for the army personnel. The training will conclude on November 25.
"The centre is attractive because of its facilities here. We have jungle lane shooting which gives the actual feeling for the army personnel. The infrastructure is also good in MLIRC that is why many foreign acountries prefer this training centre" added MLIRC Commandant Santosh Kurup.
The regimental centre here is carrying out its task of providing training to recruits in the use of small arms - rifle, carbine, LMG- which are basic arms of the infantry. It has requisite administrative and training facilities including modified firing range, battle area, grenade firing area, demo area, jungle lane shooting and exercise area. Every year nearly 1,000 soldiers are trained from this centre.



http://twocircles.net/2012nov17/pakistan_army_wants_peace_india_should_take_lead_musharraf.html
Pakistan Army wants peace, India should take lead: Musharraf
New Delhi: Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf Saturday said that the Pakistan Army, widely seen as anti-India, was in favour of resolving the Kashmir issue, "the root cause of dispute", and stressed that New Delhi should take the lead in creating peace between the two neighbours.

Pushing for a new beginning in relations with India, Musharraf, who now shuttles between Dubai and London, stressed that resolving the disputes over the Siachen Glacier and Sir Creek marshlands, were "doable" and added that the right niyat (intention) was needed to solve these issues.

"The festering wounds of Kashmir continue. We need to resolve the long-standing disputes. These are the causes of hatred, conflict and war," Musharraf said while delivering the lecture "Uniting South Asia: The Way Forward" at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here.

These disputes, which spawn religious fundamentalism, need to be resolved for socio-economic development of both countries, said Musharraf, who didn't mention 26/11 attack even once in his long speech.

Alluding to his four-point formula for resolving the Kashmir issue, that has seemingly been put in cold storage by his successor civilian administration, Musharraf stressed that this roadmap was still the best way forward. The formula included, among other things, gradual demilitarisation along the Line of Control (LoC), giving maximum self-governance to the two halves of Kashmir, making LoC irrelevant by opening as many routes along the border as possible.

Musharraf said he had proposed this formula to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when he was in power, and added that there was "some progress" on it. He said the two sides were working on a draft agreement for 15-20 years, but admitted there were "some hitches".

Later, speaking to reporters, Musharraf said he had invited Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan in 2007 and sign some agreements, but he didn't come.

However, Musharraf stressed that he did not "feel let down" by Manmohan Singh as he had "the highest esteem for him".

"We were moving forward. There was a sincerity on both sides. In 2007, he was supposed to come to Pakistan. I told him that coming to Pakistan would be meaningless if no agreement was signed. But he did not come," he said.

Calling the resolution of disputes over Siachen and Sir Creek doable, Musharraf said had he come the two sides could have done deals on these issues.

Stressing that he was not speaking for the government of Pakistan, he pitched for greater flow of people and trade between the two countries to create enduring peace.

To create the right atmosphere, Musharraf said intelligence agencies of both countries should stay away from damaging activities.

In a statesman-like manner, Musharraf, who is better known in India as the architect of the Kargil misadventure, said peace was possible between the two countries if both displayed the right "niyat", a word he used at least a dozen times during his lecture and a separate interaction with the media.

"Compromise should come from the bigger party. India should have a big heart because it is the bigger country. When the smaller party makes the compromise, it can have negative connotations," he said. Let India take the lead with a clean, large and magnanimous heart, he said.

For creating enduring peace, he outlined three pre-requisites that included a "sincere niyat", downsizing the roles of bureaucrats and intelligence agencies, since they "find it difficult to break from the past" and a strong leadership.

Musharraf, however, did not regret the Kargil adventure, indicating that it was a retaliation for India's role in dividing Pakistan in 1971 by creating Bangladesh. It was the same niyat when you went to East Pakistan and Siachen," he replied when asked what was the niyat behind the 1999 Kargil conflict.

In candid talk, Musharraf said that despite what India may think, some extremist groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawa and other militant outfits enjoyed tremendous public support in Pakistan.

He, however, treaded cautiously when asked about the anti-India activities of Hafiz Mohammed, suspected by India to be the 26/11 mastermind, saying these activities did not fit into the course of rapprochement and reconciliation the two countries were engaged in.

Against the backdrop of the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan, Musharraf, however, warned India against trying to create an anti-Islamabad Afghanistan and underlined that both India and Pakistan "should stop proxy war" in the violence-torn country.

"Either Afghanistan goes back to 1989, when the Soviets left and warlords began fighting, or it goes back to 1996, when the Taliban came. If the US leaves a minimum force, then the situation should be maintainable," he said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Joint-exercise-with-Maldives-forces/articleshow/17254314.cms
Joint exercise with Maldives forces
PUNE: An infantry platoon from the Pune-headquartered Southern Command of the Indian army, along with a squad of special forces, has started a joint training exercise with a platoon of Maldives' National Defence Force at Belgaum recently.

The infantry platoons from both the countries would carry out these joint drills over two weeks till November 25, an official release by the defence PRO stated here on Saturday.

Exercise 'Ekuverin IV' is part of a series of military drills that are conducted annually between both the countries. The aim of the joint exercise is to hone sub unit level tactics and enhance interoperability between the two armies, the release stated.

This year both armies also plan to lay emphasis on enhancing and sharing skills in conduct of counter terrorist operations in urban environment, the release added.

The platoons will jointly workout common drills and complementary operational planning, and endeavor to achieve synergy in execution of military operations.

During their stay here a team of officers and men of the Maldivian Army will also visit military establishments in Pune including the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla.


http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/army-celebrates-corpsengineers-day/80083/
Army celebrates Corps of Engineers Day
Press Trust of India / Chandigarh November 17, 2012, 14:05

The Corps of Engineers, one of the oldest arms of the Indian Army and a major contributor towards development of national infrastructure, celebrated its 232nd Corps Day today.

The Corps consists of four pillars, namely Combat Engineers, Military Engineering Services, Border Road Organisation and Military Survey and also provides officers to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), a defence spokesman said here.

The entire Sapper fraternity in the tricity of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali celebrated the day and a wreath laying Ceremony was held to pay tribute to martyrs at Veer Smriti in Chandimandir cantonment near here.
Maj Gen Vishwambhar Singh, Chief Engineer Western Command and a number of serving and retired officers were present in the ceremony.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/With-pics-in-x-hires232nd-Corps-day-celebrated-at-Chandimandir-cantonment/articleshow/17262169.cms
232nd Corps day celebrated at Chandimandir cantonment
CHANDIGARH: The Corps of Engineers, one of the oldest arms of the Indian Army and a major contributor towards development of national infrastructure, celebrated its 232nd Corps day on Saturday at Chandimandir cantonment.

The corps consists of four pillars, namely, combat engineers, military engineering services, the Border Road Organization and military survey. It also provides officers to the Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO). The entire sapper fraternity in the tricity of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali celebrated the event with fervour and zeal. On this momentous occasion, a wreath laying ceremony was held to pay tribute to martyrs at Veer Smriti, Chandimandir. The event was graced by Maj Gen Vishwambhar Singh, chief engineer, western command and a large number of serving and retired officers.

The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Bikram Singh and general officer commanding-in-chief (GOC-in-C), western command. Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra sent complimentary messages to all personnel of the Corps of Engineers on this special day.

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