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Friday, 17 June 2016

From Today's Papers - 17 Jun 2016

JeM Pathankot handler flees to Afghanistan
Lahore, June 16
The Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leader who telephonically directed the terrorists during the attack on the Pathankot air base has reportedly managed to flee to Afghanistan from Pakistan.

“The alleged JeM handler who communicated by telephone more than two dozen times with terrorists in Pathankot before they carried out the attack on January 2 has managed to cross the Afghan border,” said a member of the joint investigation team probing the attack.

He said the JeM handler, who is in late 20s, was in the tribal area of Pakistan when he communicated 18 times with the terrorists. “The law enforcement agencies tried to trace him (in the tribal belt), but there are reports that he has managed to escape to Afghanistan,” he said, without disclosing the JeM leader’s identity.

He said the investigation agencies have been under “immense pressure” from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to thoroughly probe the matter and come up with “true facts”.

Although the counter-terrorism department (CTD) of Punjab Police registered an FIR against the alleged attackers of the Pathankot air base and abettors, not a single person has been charged.

The FIR was registered at the Gujranwala CTD police station under Sections 302, 324 and 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code, and Sections 7 and 21-I of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

The FIR says Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval informed that the attackers had come from Pakistan and “probably crossed the border adjacent to the Pathankot area”.  — PTI
Army man, 4 militants killed in Tangdhar
Srinagar, June 16
The Army on Thursday foiled a major infiltration bid in Tangdhar sector of the frontier Kupwara district, killing four unidentified militants. A jawan was also killed in the gunfight.

A massive combing operation is already under way in neighbouring Machil.

The four militants were killed close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Kalban Nar in Tangdhar sector, 185 km from Srinagar. The gunfight erupted early today when the Army noticed movement of a group of heavily armed militants in the sector.

The slain soldier was identified as Lance Havildar Prem Bahadur Reshmi Magar (37), a resident of Falpa, Nepal. He is survived by his wife and two children.

This is the first infiltration bid in Tangdhar sector this year.  — TNS
3 women fighter pilots to ride on wings of history tomorrow
Raj Sadosh

Our Correspondent

Abohar, June 16
Flight Cadets Bhawana Kanth of Darbhanga in Bihar, Avani Chaturvedi of Madhya Pradesh and Mohana Singh of Rajasthan, undergoing training for commissioning in the Fighter Stream of the IAF flying branch, will create history as they pass out of the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad on June 18. The fiesty women comprise the first batch of women flight cadets.

Mohana Singh, who studied at the Global Institute of Management and Emerging Technologies (GIMET), Amritsar, belongs to Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan. Her father is in the Air Force and mother is a teacher.

Mohana said as a Flt Gunner in the Aviation Research Centre, her grandfather would go to different places on various missions. She wanted to live the same life. Mohana’s aim is to be a part of future combat missions.

“Night flying was exhilarating. I remember the small puffs of crackers bursting 1,000 feet below on my first take-off. During my first sector solo sortie at night, blinding lightning left me frightened. As I descended, I encountered clouds. I faced difficulty in discerning between the stars in the dark sky above and the small clusters of light on the dark ground beneath.

“I was unable to keep a connect between the instruments and the visual indications of the aircraft altitude. I recalled what my Instructor had taught me: ‘No unnecessary head movement, switch over to instruments, trust your Instruments.’ I disregarded the visual indications and continued the descent, relying totally on the instruments,” she said.

Cadet Bhawana did BE (Medical Electronics) from BMS College of Engineering, Bengaluru. It was her dream to “fly like a free bird”. “I want to be a good fighter pilot and make my country and parents proud,” she said.

Cadet Avani Chaturvedi, who has done BTech (Computer Science) from Banasthali University, Jaipur, had a few hours of flying experience in the flying club of her college. This motivated her to join the IAF.  “I want to fly the best fighter aircraft and learn more and more each day,” she said.
India in NSG to upset N-balance: China
Pak ups ante against India’s bid, reaches out to Austria, Turkey for membership to elite club
Simran Sodhi

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 16
Pakistan today upped the ante as it reached out to the foreign ministers of Austria and Turkey over its own membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and also on India’s efforts to get into this elite nuclear club.

Apart from China, Austria and Turkey too are not very supportive of India’s NSG bid. Turkey has demanded that the applications of both India and Pakistan be considered simultaneously. It’s a stand that benefits Pakistan and doesn’t help India’s case at all.

China, on a parallel, kept up the momentum and said “once New Delhi gets the membership first, the nuclear balance between India and Pakistan will be broken”. This was part of an extensive commentary run in the Global Times today, which is known to reflect the viewpoint of the Chinese leadership.

India, meanwhile, seems to be in for a photo finish. While it has managed to convince most NSG members of its credentials, the opposition by China and other smaller nations such as New Zealand, South Africa, Austria and Turkey could make the consensus difficult on June 24 when the NSG plenary meeting is held.

India, in its keenness to get into the NSG, has made it clear that it has no agenda as far as Pakistan’s membership is concerned.

US okays enhanced military ties with India

The US has approved a move to enhance military cooperation with India for developing threat analysis, military doctrine, force planning, logistical support and intelligence collection and analysis

China downplays transgression report

Downplaying reports of scuffles between Indian and Chinese troops during PLA troops' transgression into Arunachal Pradesh, China said it was committed to peace and tranquility in border areas

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