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From Today's Papers - 20 May 2016

Pathankot: CBI wants Interpol to track 2 JeM ultras
Syed Ali Ahmed

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 19
The CBI has written to the Interpol for Red Corner notice against two JeM terrorists, Latif Shahid and Jaan Ali alias Kashif Jaan, for their involvement in Pathankot Air Force base attack.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had found that the duo were handlers of the JeM terrorists who had attacked the airbase on the intervening night of December 30-31. The NIA has also presented evidence before the Special Court in Chandigarh for their involvement in the attack, which includes telephonic conversation between the terrorists and the Jaish handlers.
The Interpol has already issued Red Corner Notice against Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar and his brother Abdul Rauf Asgar in connection with the attack.
BSF lodges strong protest with Pak Rangers over trans-border tunnels
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

Tribune News Service

JAMMU, May 19
The BSF today raised a slew of issues like trans-border tunnels, infiltration bids by militants and suspicious activities by elements inimical to peace along the 198-km International Border (IB) at a sector commander-level flag meeting held near Octroi border outpost in Suchetgarh area of RS Pura sector in Jammu district.

“A sector commander-level flag meeting between BSF and Pakistan Rangers was held on international boundary on Pakistan side near BOP Octroi from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. The BSF delegation was led by DIG BS Kasana while Brig Wasim Jafar Bhatti headed the Rangers’ delegation,” said an officer.

During the meeting various important issues, including Infiltration bids, suspicious movement, violation of sanctity of IB and illegal entry of Pak civilians in Indian territory, unwanted objections on maintenance of border infrastructures by Rangers, burning of ‘sarkanda’ (wild growth) near border without prior intimation, digging of tunnels, movement of Pakistani civilian and farmers during late night, and hunting of wild animals during night were discussed, he said.

The BSF delegation again lodged a strong protest with Rangers about digging of a tunnel from Pakistan side into Indian territory which was detected on March 3 this year near Allah Mai-De Kothe post in RS Pura sector.

“However, Pakistan Rangers denied their involvement in the digging of tunnel but assured the delegation that all measures will be taken by them so that such incidents do not occur in future,” said the officer.

The meeting was held in a cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere.

It was agreed upon to re-energise the existing mechanisms of communication between the two border guarding forces and to hold meetings and contacts at all levels, whenever required, for maintaining peace and tranquility on the border.

The trans-border tunnel that originated from Pakistan was detected 30 metres inside the Indian territory from Zero Line near AMK post. It was the third such tunnel found on the border since July, 2012.
''India might not be able to defend itself from Pakistani missiles''
Islamabad: A nuclear expert from Moscow said despite heavy investments in developing anti-ballistic missile systems, India may not be able to defend itself from strikes by Pakistani missiles.

"Even in 10 years and with the huge budgets India plans to spend on the development of nuclear weapons and capabilities, it will not be able to defend its territory from possible strikes from Pakistan," Dawn online quoted Petr Topychkanov, a senior researcher at the Carnegie Moscow Centre`s Non-Proliferation Programme, as saying on Wednesday.

Topychkanov said despite large-scale cooperation between India and Israel for the development of a ballistic missile defence system and Indian efforts for acquiring S-400 defence systems from Russia, "India is very far from developing any system that could effectively defend itself from a Pakistani missile".

Last Sunday India tested an Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile and is working on developing a multi-layer ballistic missile defence system and Pakistan has expressed concerns over the test.

It is feared that the development of anti-ballistic missile systems may give Indian strategists a false sense of security when contemplating military action against Pakistan with the belief that they can take care of an incoming missile.

The possession of such a system could also increase pre-emption tendencies among Indian military planners. Pakistan experts also feel that with the short missile flight time between India and Pakistan, it will be impossible for intercepting incoming missiles.

Talking about India`s candidature for the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Topychkanov said the world will be cautious about India.

"The nuclear waiver given to India became a very important part of the lesson for the international community because Delhi did not give a lot in exchange, it didn`t change policies and approaches," he said.
Indian Army team led by Jammu and Kashmir officer scales Mt Everest
An Indian Army mountaineering team led by an officer belonging to Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday scaled Mount Everest.

Colonel SD Goswami, spokesperson of army’s Udhampur-headquartered Northern Command told IANS in winter capital Jammu on Thursday: “Indian Army Mountaineering team scaled Mount Everest today at 6.07am in spite of inclement weather conditions after a hiatus of two years following the Nepal earthquake.

“The team was led by lieutenant colonel Ranveer Jamwal who belongs to Jammu district of J-K. The team included one officer, one junior commissioned officer (JCO) and five other ranks,” he said.

Army chief general Dalbir Singh has congratulated the team.

The team, led by Lt Col Jamwal, a reputed climber, was at the Everest base camp last year when a 7.9 magnitude earthquake stuck Nepal on April 25, 2015.

In 2015, following the Nepal quake, an avalanche had struck the Everest Base Camp from Mount Pumori destroying camps of many expedition teams, killing 22 international climbers and local sherpas, and injuring more than 70, some of whom were critical due to severe head injuries.

The Indian Army’s Everest Expedition Camp was also in the path of the avalanche, but its members were safe.

The team had immediately taken control of the situation by regrouping and started helping in rescue operations by providing stretcher bearers, as well as providing shelter and rations to those in need.

As various agencies gradually moved their mountaineers down, the Indian Army team was the last to leave Everest Base Camp.

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