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Indian special forces member killed in China border skirmish

A soldier of Tibetan origin with India’s special forces has reportedly been killed in the latest border confrontation between India and China on their contested Himalayan border, fuelling concerns of a wider military confrontation between the two regional powers.

The death is the first reported from two incidents occurring within 48 hours on the border, two months after a battle that left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead.

India and China, which fought a border war in 1962, have each accused the other of trying to cross their unofficial frontier in the Ladakh region in an attempt to gain territory.

The Indian government has not commented on the reports of the death, but Namgyal Dolkar Lhagyari, a member of the Tibetan Parliament in exile, told AFP news agency on Tuesday that the Tibetan-origin soldier was “martyred during the clash” on Saturday night. She did not identify the soldier by name.

She said another member of the Special Frontier Force, which reportedly includes many ethnic Tibetans who oppose China’s claim to their home region, was wounded in the operation

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Fresh Clash Erupts Between Indian-Chinese Troops in Pangong Tso

India and China have been in a border stand-off along the 4,057 km Line of Actual Control since the last week of April. The violent face-off between the troops of the neighbouring countries in Pangong Tso on 15 June left 20 Indian army soldiers dead, resulting in a series of disengagement talks at the diplomatic and military level.

The Indian Army has revealed that fresh clashes erupted between the troops of China and India during the night, on 29-30 August, when the People’s Liberation Army carried out “provocative military movements” in the eastern Ladakh region.

“On the night of 29/30 August, People’s Liberation Army troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during an ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo,” said Colonel Aman Anand, PRO, Army.

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Police fire pellet guns on Kashmir Muharram procession: Witnesses

Government forces have fired shotgun pellets and tear gas to disperse hundreds of mainly Shia Muslims participating in a Muharram procession in Indian-administered Kashmir, injuring dozens, witnesses have said.

The violence came as the disputed Himalayan region – where nearly 97 percent of residents are Muslims – observed Ashoura on Saturday, the 10th day of the Muharram month in the Islamic lunar calendar.

Jafar Ali, a witness, told AFP news agency the procession started in the Bemina area on the outskirts of the main city of Srinagar and that government forces were present in heavy numbers.

Ali and other people who saw the clashes said security forces fired pellets and tear gas to break up the gathering. Police said mourners violated prohibitory orders that restrict all religious processions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Police fire pellet guns on Kashmir Muharram procession: Witnesses

Government forces have fired shotgun pellets and tear gas to disperse hundreds of mainly Shia Muslims participating in a Muharram procession in Indian-administered Kashmir, injuring dozens, witnesses have said.

The violence came as the disputed Himalayan region – where nearly 97 percent of residents are Muslims – observed Ashoura on Saturday, the 10th day of the Muharram month in the Islamic lunar calendar.

Jafar Ali, a witness, told AFP news agency the procession started in the Bemina area on the outskirts of the main city of Srinagar and that government forces were present in heavy numbers.

Ali and other people who saw the clashes said security forces fired pellets and tear gas to break up the gathering. Police said mourners violated prohibitory orders that restrict all religious processions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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China Arms Pakistan With ‘Advanced Warships’ As Threats Of Nuclear War With India Escalate

When the Trump administration withheld billions of dollars in security aid to Pakistan in 2018, the logic then was that the Pakistani military would be forced to form greater ties with the US and surrounding allies to reclaim lost aid.

Fast forward today, the new reality, Pakistan abandoned the West and its allies for China.

Pakistan quickly bolstered ties with China via billions of dollars in Belt and Road projects over the last two years. China has also provided the Pakistani military with aircraft, weaponry, and other advanced hardware. The cooperation between both countries has taken another giant leap as China just delivered the first of four “most advanced” warships to the Pakistani Navy, a move that will clearly upset India and the US.

VOA News reports the first advanced warship was officially launched on Sunday as border tensions with India continue to remain elevated (see: Pakistani Minister Threatens India With Nuclear Attack “To Save Muslim Lives” On National TV).

The Pakistani Navy released a statement Sunday confirming Chinese state-owned Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai officially launched the Type-054A/P frigate.

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China Arms Pakistan With ‘Advanced Warships’ As Threats Of Nuclear War With India Escalate

When the Trump administration withheld billions of dollars in security aid to Pakistan in 2018, the logic then was that the Pakistani military would be forced to form greater ties with the US and surrounding allies to reclaim lost aid.

Fast forward today, the new reality, Pakistan abandoned the West and its allies for China.

Pakistan quickly bolstered ties with China via billions of dollars in Belt and Road projects over the last two years. China has also provided the Pakistani military with aircraft, weaponry, and other advanced hardware. The cooperation between both countries has taken another giant leap as China just delivered the first of four “most advanced” warships to the Pakistani Navy, a move that will clearly upset India and the US.

VOA News reports the first advanced warship was officially launched on Sunday as border tensions with India continue to remain elevated (see: Pakistani Minister Threatens India With Nuclear Attack “To Save Muslim Lives” On National TV).

The Pakistani Navy released a statement Sunday confirming Chinese state-owned Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai officially launched the Type-054A/P frigate.

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PM Khan: Pakistan can’t recognize Israel until Palestine gets its rights, state

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says his country will never recognize Israel until the issue of Palestine is resolved days after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reached a normalization deal with Israel.

In an interview with the private Dunya News television network on Tuesday, Khan said Islamabad will not follow suit in recognizing Israel, in a reference to Abu Dhabi, which has reached a highly controversial deal with Tel Aviv to establish full diplomatic ties.

“Our stance is very clear from day one and Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had said Pakistan can never accept Israel until the people of Palestine get rights and state,” Khan said.

The Pakistani prime minister further noted that recognition of Israel equals to abandoning Pakistan’s stance on the Muslim-majority Kashmir region.

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Afghan Army Tells Personnel to Be Ready to Return Fire Against Pakistan

Constant tensions along the ill-defined Afghan-Pakistan border look to be coming to a head again, with the Afghan Army issuing a statement in which they instruct personnel to prepare for retaliatory fire against the Pakistani military in case they cross the border.

This comes after an overnight incident in Kandahar, in which Pakistani artillery fired across the border, killing nine civilians and wounding scores of others in a residential area. Details on this attack are still not entirely clear.

The incidents are not clear, but not unusual, as the Durand Line border tends to be contested by both sides, and cross-border fire happens, often without a solid explanation.

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UAE recognition of Israel: Whither the Arab and the Muslim world?

James Dorsey says parochial interests and rivalry between the Arabian peninsula’s rulers lie behind the United Arab Emirates’ decision to recognise Israel and Saudi Arabia’s turning its back on Jammu and Kashmir.>>

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Why India’s new ban on military imports will see it become a major manufacturer – and supplier – of weapons

India has long been one of the world’s biggest military spenders, investing $71.1 billion annually. But a new ban on some imports means it will now be building – and selling – more equipment of its own.

India’s Ministry of Defence has released a list of 101 items, including various military platforms, weapons and sensors, that will be progressively banned for import between 2020 and 2024, in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to make the country self-reliant or ‘Atmanirbhar’.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated that this was a big step towards self-reliance in defence, highlighting that the aim of the ban was “to apprise the Indian defence industry of the anticipated requirements of the armed forces so that they are better prepared to realise the goal of indigenisation.”

The list has been prepared by the newly-created Department of Military Affairs (DMA) headed by India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Bipin Rawat, who recently advocated that the armed forces must be weaned away from costly foreign equipment to use functional and cheaper Indian-made equivalents.

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India and China: Behind the Conflict: The two most populous countries in the world are battling over a border, but it’s really about energy and water.

Chinese and Indian forces have pulled back from their confrontation in the Himalayas, but the tensions that set off the deadly encounter this past June – the first on the China/India border since 1975 – are not going away. Indeed, a poisonous combination of local disputes, regional antagonisms, and colonial history could pose a serious danger to peace in South Asia.

In part, the problem is Britain’s colonial legacy. The “border” in dispute is an arbitrary line drawn across terrain that doesn’t lend itself to clear boundaries. The architect, Henry McMahon, drew it to maximize British control of a region that was in play during the nineteenth-century “Great Game” between England and Russia for control of Central Asia. Local concerns were irrelevant.

The treaty was signed between Tibet and Britain in 1914. Although India accepts the 550-mile McMahon Line as the border between Indian and China, the Chinese have never recognized the boundary.

Mortimer Durand, Britain’s lead colonial officer in India, drew a similar “border” in 1893 between Pakistan (then India’s “Northern Territories”) and Afghanistan that Kabul has never accepted, and which is still the source of friction between the two countries. Colonialism may be gone, but its effects still linger.

Although the target for the McMahon Line was Russia, it has always been a sore spot for China, not only because Beijing’s protests were ignored, but also because the Chinese saw it as a potential security risk for its western provinces.

England had already humiliated China in the two Opium Wars as well as by seizing Shanghai and Hong Kong. If it could lop off Tibet – which China sees as part of its empire – so might another country: Like India

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Pakistan’s Khan slams ‘oppressor’ India over Kashmir

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says India’s move last year to revoke Kashmir’s autonomous status was a “crime against humanity,” describing New Delhi as an “oppressor and aggressor.”

Khan said in a statement on Wednesday that New Delhi “stands exposed before the world, yet again, as an oppressor and aggressor.”

“Its so-called secular and democratic credentials stand fully discredited,” he added.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government announced in August last year that it was removing the Muslim majority region’s special status. India also announced the division of the state into two territories to be directly ruled from New Delhi.

Khan made the remarks as anti-India protests were planned across Pakistan to mark the first anniversary of New Delhi’s abolition of Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status.

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Indian PM takes part in controversial Hindu ceremony at site of destroyed mosque

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken part in a controversial ceremony for the laying of the foundation of a Hindu temple at the site of a destroyed mosque.

The new temple, in Ayodhya in northern India, will be built on the ruins of the historic Babri Masjid, which was attacked and destroyed by a large group of Hindu zealots in 1992.

The destruction of the mosque triggered a wave of violence that left around 2,000 people dead across India.

The construction of the temple has been a long-standing promise of Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). A court ruling in November last year cleared the way for the construction of the temple and marked a victory for the BJP.

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Indian-Kashmir under curfew on first anniv. of special status abrogation

Horror scenes from the previous year revisits Kashmir after India imposed curfew on the first anniversary of the abrogation of Kashmir special status.

The two-day curfew came amid reports of looming protests in Kashmir where locals had called for the anniversary to be marked as a “black day”.

Barbed wires stretched across roads, government forces announcing curfew and asking people to stay indoors and streets guarded are by more than usual paramilitaries. Officials say fearing protest against New Delhi’s last year’s decision on Kashmir such measures were taken to safeguard law and order.

Back in 2019 august 5, India imposed an overnight curfew in Indian controlled Kashmir, snapped all the means of communications and imposed a massive security crackdown on the people. Caught unaware people of the region were caged for months together after India unilaterally stripped Kashmir of its special status and bifurcated the region into two parts.

New Delhi says the move was aimed at mainstreaming Kashmir with the rest of India in order to bring equal opportunity, justice and development. Today one year down the line let us know how Kashmir is doing?

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5 August 2019: The Kashmir Conflict and the Aksai Chin Border Clash, A Dark Day for India-China Relations

5 August marks a full year since India’s de-facto annexation of the UNSC-recognized disputed region of Jammu & Kashmir. As the author analyzed at the time, “India’s Doing Everything That Israel Wishes It Could Do, But Few Seems To Care“. Not only did India blatantly violate international law, but it would have gotten away with it scot-free had China not taken notice of this unprecedented threat along its western border and responded accordingly. The People’s Republic took the issue to the UNSC, and while it wasn’t successful in reaching a resolution demanding that New Delhi reverse its decision, Beijing nevertheless made its views known to the rest of the world that it regarded this move as completely unacceptable. Even so, most observers at the time considered the de-facto annexation as a defining moment for either India’s internal affairs or Indian-Pakistani relations, with few realizing that this was actually a defining one for Indo-Sino relations that directly led to the recent Galwan Incident, the geopolitical reverberations of which are poised to spread all throughout Eurasia and greatly influence the course of the New Cold War.

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At least 30 injured in grenade attack in Pakistan at Kashmir rally

At least 30 people were injured in a grenade attack on a rally in Karachi on Wednesday, as Pakistan marked the first anniversary of India’s revocation of Kashmir’s semi-autonomy.

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Pakistan unveils new map, claims all of Kashmir

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday unveiled a new map of the country which showed the entire disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir as its territory.

The move came a day ahead of the first anniversary of India’s unilateral decision to scrap Kashmir’s special status which guaranteed it partial autonomy.

The new map marks the Himalayan region as “Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir”, unlike its former status as “disputed territory”.

In an address to the nation, Khan said: “Today is a historic day for Pakistan as the Cabinet, opposition and Kashmiri leadership endorsed the new map.”

“Kashmir will become part of Pakistan and this map is the first step toward it,” Khan added.

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China deployed 12 underwater drones ‘Sea Wing Glider’ in Indian Ocean

China has deployed a fleet of 12 underwater drones in the Indian Ocean. According to sources, these drones known as ‘Sea Wing Gliders’ were launched in December 2019 and these drones had made around 3,500 observations till February 2020.
These Sea Wing Gliders are a Uncrewed Underwater Vehicle (UUV) which are capable of operating for months without any human crew.

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India claps in support of COVID-19 warriors, Centre shuts trains, metros, buses till March 31 and other top news of March 22, 2020

Showing their unprecedented support to the emergency workers like doctors, paramedics, Army, police, media personnel among others, people across the country came out to their balconies and clapped or rang any musical instrument even kitchen utensils like plates and bowls at 5 pm on Sunday (March 22) for a five-minute duration

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Pakistan confirms 477 coronavirus cases, 104 new in last 24 hours

Pakistan government on Sunday (March 22) said that total number of coronavirus positive patients in the country has jumped to 477 and a National Health Emergency of Public Concern was declared by the government on March 13 to check the spread of the deadly virus in the country.
According to Pakistan’s National Institute of Health (NIH), the risk assessment for COVID-19 in Pakistan is currently HIGH. A total of 1,409,798 persons have been screened so far at different entry points of the country, including airports and seaports.

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Indian Railways cancels all trains till March 31 as coronavirus cases jump to 341

Ministry of Railways said in its order that no train except goods train will be run up to 2400 hrs of March 31. “However bare minimum Suburban services and Kolkata metro Rail service will continue to run till 2400 hrs on 22.03.2020, thereafter these services will also be stopped till 2400 hrs of 31.03.2020,” announced Ministry of Railways.
The number of deaths due to coronavirus in India jumped to six on Sunday (March 22) after a 38-year-old man died at AIIMS in Patna, Bihar.

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Never forget-precautions not panic, PM Modi’s appeal to people amid spread of COVID-19

The number of coronavirus positive cases in the world is rising in alarming numbers with a total of 2,72,351 reports of infections while the death toll reaches 11,310. Italy reported another huge spike in fatalities which have now crossed 4,000. In the past 24 hours, the country recorded 627 deaths taking its total to 4,032, as per officials. Italy’s COVID-19 death toll overtook that of China which has reported 3,139 deaths.

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CORONAVIRUS US to provide $1mn to Pakistan to combat COVID-19

The US on Friday announced that it will provide Pakistan $1 million under the USAID programme to help improve monitoring and rapid response against the novel coronavirus outbreak in the South Asian country.
Senior US diplomat Alice Wells made the announcement on Twitter, reports The Express Tribune.

“The US-Pakistan government partnership is helping fight COVID-19. The US government is responding to Covid-19 in Pakistan with initial $1 million funding to bolster monitoring and rapid response.”

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Pakistan, China and Russia decide to conduct trade in local currencies skip dollars

When it rains, it pours!

A road map will be finalized and signed at SCO’s Finance Ministers’ meeting in Moscow on March 18th.

Representatives from the finance ministries and central banks of China, India, Russia, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will attend the SCO conference in Moscow.

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