Custom Search Engine - Scans Selected News Sites


Thursday, 16 June 2016

From Today's Papers - 16 Jun 2016

India, Chinese troops in ‘mild scuffle’ at LAC
New Delhi, June 15
A scuffle had broken out between troops of the Indian Army and the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) when 276 Chinese personnel entered the Indian side from four border points in Arunachal Pradesh last Thursday, according to an official account of the incident today.

The incident occurred at ‘Shankar Tikri’ on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) of Yangtse area with the PLA claiming that the area belonged to China. The Indian Army moved in its men to prevent the aggressive PLA troops from crossing the perceived LAC in the region.

An estimated 215 PLA troops reportedly tried to push their way at ‘Shankar Tikri’ and simultaneously 20 each from ‘Thang La’ and ‘Mera Gap’ and 21 from ‘Yanki-I’ made similar attempts.

During the normal banner drill, the PLA troops striking an aggressive posture tried to attack the Army personnel physically but were overpowered, official sources said.

Sources said the Army has officially reported that there was only a “mild scuffle” between the Army and PLA.

Tensions reportedly eased only after four PLA officers accompanied by an interpreter met the Commanding Officer of the Indian Army formation and presented him with two packets of chocolates and a gift packet to the in-charge of Yanki-I post.

Yangtse is one of the identified disputed pockets and is Indian territory. PLA carries out unusually big patrols  along the LAC. — PTI
Sepoy ends his life
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 15
A 26-year-old Army man committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in Chandimandir here this evening.

The deceased has been identified as VS Pawar, a sepoy, who was a native of Nasik in Maharashtra. He was shifted to the Chandiamandir cantonment two days ago from Patiala.

In a suicide note, he held his company commander and company subedar responsible for the extreme step. “He has blamed his commander  and subedar for his death. We are registering an abetment-of-suicide case against them,” said the SHO, Chandimandir, Harbhajan Singh.

The incident came to light around 5.30 pm when he was spotted hanging from the tree. The local police were informed about the matter. The suicide note was found in his pocket in which the victim had accused the company commander and subedar of harassment.

“We have contacted the Army. We will seek information about the deceased and those who have been named  in the suicide note. His family has been informed and once they reach here, the body will be handed over to them after a postmortem,” said a police official.
Why ISIS Is Finding Pakistan A Slippery Target
Islamabad, Pakistan:

As investigators probe connections between the Orlando killer and the ISIS group, analysts say the jihadists are struggling to gain a foothold in one country repeatedly linked to their high-profile attacks: Pakistan.

White House hopeful Donald Trump mentioned Pakistan in a speech this week in New Hampshire as he doubled down on anti-immigration threats in the wake of the bloody rampage in Orlando.

Trump cited an attack in California last November, when a Pakistani woman and her US-born husband were praised by ISIS as "soldiers" of the caliphate after killing 14 people.

Other murky links between Pakistan and ISIS attacks have also emerged.

Two people were killed in France on Monday by a man claiming allegiance to ISIS -- and known to French intelligence for his role in a Pakistan-linked jihadist group.

In April, Austrian prosecutors said they are investigating a Pakistani held in connection with last November's deadly assault on Paris, also claimed by ISIS.

Washington earlier this year designated an IS affiliate -- the "Khorsan Province" -- as a Afghanistan- and Pakistan-based terrorist organisation.

But Islamabad officially denies ISIS has a formal presence in the country.

Analysts say that while the group's ultra-violent ideology has seen some success as a recruitment tool, ISIS is still scrabbling for purchase in Pakistan largely due to competition from well established extremist groups already there.

"My sense is that it has had limited success mainly because it has to compete for recruits with indigenous jihadi organisations," said Marvin G. Weinbaum, director of the Pakistan Center at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC.

"I don't see it as having the potential to make large-scale territorial gains and existentially threatening Pakistan as a nation," said Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, a research fellow at the US-based Middle East Forum.

"I am also somewhat sceptical of the potential to supplant al-Qaeda and the Taliban," he wrote in an email to AFP.

Recruitment web

Attacks claimed by ISIS in Pakistan are rare, the most significant being a 2015 gun assault on a bus in Karachi that killed 44 people.

However Pakistani officials told AFP that hundreds of suspects have been rounded up as authorities try to break an domestic ISIS recruitment network.

"Educated, motivated and unemployed youth are an IS recruitment base in Pakistan. We have busted several recruitment cells here," a senior security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"Their focus is on the middle-class youth, many affluent and able to run operations of the IS state," said Muhammad Amir Rana, a security analyst.

That means not only foot soldiers, but people who can "run cyber operations, hospitals, and administrative operations", he said, estimating that some 700 young Pakistanis have already left to join ISIS.

Islamic organisations and security sources say at least two dozen people suspected of ISIS connections have been detained in the port megacity of Karachi.

Authorities also found evidence of ISIS recruitment efforts in Pakistan's wealthiest province Punjab, and made arrests in 2014.

Last year authorities traced a mother-of-four who went missing from the provincial capital Lahore with her children over fears she had left the country to join ISIS.

Her family says she is now in an ISIS-controlled area of Syria along with another Pakistani family.

Authorities have also arrested multiple people accused of ISIS sympathies with links to the religious political party, Markazi Jamiat Ahle-Hadith Pakistan (MJAP).

A senior party member told AFP that his son had become a jihadist and is now missing.

"Some people say he has gone to Damascus, others say to Afghanistan or Turkey," Talib-ur-Rehman Zaidi said.


In Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt that borders Afghanistan, analysts say IS are targeting militants already operating there.

"My impression ... is that IS mainly attracts and tries to recruit disillusioned members of the Taliban movements as well as the likes of Lashkar-e-Taiba," analyst Al-Tamimi said.

However they are not succeeding, says analyst Rana, because of sectarian differences between the militants.

The jostling of Pakistan's array of other extremist groups means IS will not become a threat to Islamabad "any time soon", said Weinbaum.

But the group's seeming inability to establish itself on Pakistani soil may not deter "lone wolf" attacks, as US investigators believe happened in Orlando.

"Individuals just associate themselves with them (IS)," president of MJAP Sajid Mir told AFP, as he denied any links between his party and the jihadists.

"We have no connection -- what IS is doing, that is not jihad but barbarism."
Chocolate diplomacy: PLA makes up with Indian Army after another trangression attempt
After a mild scuffle broke out at the Line of Actual Control when the PLA personnel attempted another transgression,  the PLA officers presented chocolates to the Indian Army officers.
According to the intelligence report accessed by India Today, a mild scuffle reportedly took place between the Indian Army and Peoples' Liberation Army personnel after the Indian Army stopped their Chinese counterpart approximately 650 meters East of Shankar Tikri.

Soon after, the PLA officers gifted chocolates to the Indian Army to make up for the supposed transgression attempt.


However, Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, denied any tussle. He was upset over the fact that questions were being raised about the position of the Indian Army. He said "there was no firing, no intrusion and no transgression by the  Chinese PLA forces into our territory."

He also added that some differences had cropped up and they were resolved peacefully.


Subsequently after the reported scuffle, four PLA officers and an interpreter met the Commanding Officer at Brass Wall (approximately 400 metres north-east of Shankar Tikri) on the Line of Actual Control and presented him two chocolate packets. One gift packet was also presented to the in-charge of the Yanki post.


This incident comes only two days after the top defense officials confirmed a transgression by the Chinese Army in Arunachal Pradesh's Yangtse region. On June 9, nearly 250 soldiers of the PLA divided into four groups transgressed into Arunachal's East Kameng district.

How China is provoking India: 250 soldiers intrude into Arunachal, Beijing blocks India's NSG bid

The Yangtse transgression was around the same time that India's bid for the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) was blocked by Beijing.

US-led push for India joining NSG gains ground, China remains defiant


Yangtse is identified as a disputed pocket between the two countries and is under possession of India. PLA patrols in area are unusually big as compared to other areas. The first transgression was reported in 2007. The area has witnessed consistent transgressions since 2011.
&K: Jawan, militant killed near LoC in attempted infiltration from PoK
Five soldiers were injured in the operation that started on Tuesday and one of the jawans later succumbed to his injuries, an army official said on Wednesday.
A militant and a jawan were killed in the ongoing encounter with a group of terrorists intercepted by the Army near the LoC when they were trying to infiltrate from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Five soldiers were injured in the operation that started on Tuesday and one of the jawans later succumbed to his injuries, an army official said on Wednesday.
A militant was also killed in the operation which started when infiltrators were attempting to sneak in through Macchil sector of Kupwara district of Kashmir and were confronted by the army.

The operation is still going on in the area.

No comments:

Post a Comment


Mail your comments, suggestions and ideas to me

Template created by Rohit Agarwal