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DG ISPR to address important press conference today

RAWALPINDI: Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major General Asif Ghafoor is expected to address an “important” press conference at 3 pm on Friday.
The press conference comes at a time when Pakistan and India face heightened tensions after the Pulwama attack in the Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK).
On February 14, at least 49 Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and many others injured when suspected militants targeted a convoy with a car bomb at Awantipora, in what is the worst attack ever on security personnel in the state.The car bomb attack was reportedly claimed by militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad and carried out by a 20-year-old Kashmiri man.

India has accused Pakistan of facilitating the attack as tensions between the two countries escalated and India announced it would withdraw Pakistan’s ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status. However, Pakistan has denied all allegations of terror financing.Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the Pakistan Army to respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure by India.The premier issued the directives during a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC), which discussed the geo-strategic environment in the region as well as the situation arising after the Pulwama incident.Prior to the NSC meeting, Khan also held a meeting with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa. The two dignitaries discussed the national and regional security situation, it was reported.

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Pulwama Terror Attack: How will it impact India vs Pakistan cricket?

The Pulwama terror attack resulted in the death of 42 CRPF personnelIndia and Pakistan’s cricketing ties have been strained ever since 2008 Mumbai Terror attacks.India and Pakistan will square off in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Manchester.
The Pulwama terror attack is the bloodiest attack on India’s security forces ever since the terror attack in Uri in 2016. At least 42 CRPF personnel were killed when their vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device or IED explosion on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in the Awantipora area of the district.
The attack has angered the people of India, with many sporting personalities venting their anger out on . The likes of Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Yogeshwar Dutt, Sushil Kumar, Bajrang Punia, Saina Nehwal and others all offered their condolences.
Gambhir, who retired from all forms of cricket recently and has been vocal on a lot of issues, went one step further stating, Yes, let’s talk with the separatists. Yes, let’s talk with Pakistan.
But this time conversation can’t be on the table, it has to be in a battle ground. Enough is enough.
Gambhir’s aggressive tone is nothing surprising. After any terror attack by Pakistan on Indian soil, a pattern emerges in the aftermath.
There is widespread condemnation on social media, Bollywood and sports personalities vent their anger out on , channels show debates and there are visuals of ordinary citizens calling out for revenge against Pakistan while there is renewed call for tough military action against Pakistan. The 2016 terror attacks in Uri, which resulted in the death of 18 soldiers of the Indian Army, strained the relationship even further.
Priority is to expose Pak as country which sponsors terrorism. No question of playing cricket with such a nation, the-then BCCI president Anurag Thakur had said about cricketing ties.
Pulwama Terror Attack: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and India’s sporting stars vent angerVirat Kohli slammed for ‘insensitive’ tweet over Pulwama terror attackPulwama Terror Attack: Stand by our Indian friends during this difficult hour, says IsraelToo much at stakeThis is the year of the ICC Cricket World Cup and India will play Pakistan in Manchester on June 16. It is THE marquee match of the tournament.
There is plenty of pride at stake for cricketing fans of both nations. There is plenty riding financially for the International Cricket Council (ICC) and for world cricket.
Will Pulwama be the final full stop in India vs Pakistan cricketing relations? Will India go the extra mile and boycott the game against Pakistan in Manchester due to the attacks in Pulwama? The answer is NO.For all the bluster shown by the Indian public when it comes to taking revenge on Pakistan for a terror attack, they become awkwardly silent when it comes to an India vs Pakistan cricket match.
Keep politics away from sports. The players are not responsible for this situation.
This is the common mantra related by many individuals when it comes to a sporting contest. Sports are beyond politics.
It is often stated that sports individuals are soft targets for the policies of a state.The sad part is that the anger and bluster shown by the Indian fan will fizz out when it comes to the World Cup encounter.
The people who head the game will not want to jeopardise a massive money-making opportunity. The cricket fans’ will conveniently forget all the pain and talks about revenge to don the tri-colour and cheer for the team when they defeat Pakistan.
The government will conveniently not want to interfere. Since it is election season, the Pulwama attack could potentially be used as an election sop.
The sporting issue will just endure another year of stalemate.Will India follow England’s lead and not play a league game in the Cricket World Cup like they did in 2003? In 2003, England’s players faced plenty of domestic pressure to boycott their game in Harare, Zimbabwe over the atrocities’ committed by the Robert Mugabe regime at that time.
The boycott resulted in England’s early elimination but they held on. Although atrocities and terrorism are a different dynamic, this falls under the prism of morality.
For people who say keep politics away from sport, they conveniently forget about how sporting isolation played a small but significant part in the downfall of apartheid in South Africa.The anger and calls for revenge are at fever pitch and will endure for a couple of days on social media.

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From 0 in 2016 to 60 in 2019: Jaish went from dormant to deadly in 3 years

Srinagar, Feb 15: The Jaish-e-Mohamamad on Thursday carried out one of the most lethal strikes in Jammu and Kashmir, in which nearly 44 CRPF jawans were martyred.
Jawans carry a victim after militants attacked a CRPF convoy in Goripora area of Awantipora town in Pulwama district.
Security officials have always warned that the Jaish is the deadliest terror group in the Valley and poses the highest threat due to the kind of attacks it can carry out. Ironically this group has grown leaps and bounds over the past couple of years.From being dormant, the Jaish has become the most dreaded groups in the Valley over the years.Also Read | Pulwama suicide attack: Both IB and police had warned of Jaish led strike Currently the Jaish has a terrorist strength of over 60 in the Valley.It has also created suicide and sniper squads in the Valley.The security forces say that while the Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Tayiba have been dented largely, the Jaish on the other hand has become deadlier.
The terror group did not have a single terrorist in the Valley in 2016. However in the past three years, it has managed to grow in terms of strength and numbers in the Valley.The Jaish headed by Maulana Masood Azhar was founded in 2000. However after making a deadly start in the Valley, it had become dormant for long.
It is since the Pathankot attack that we have begun to witness that the group has been raising its ugly head once again.The group may not have the numbers that the Hizbul Mujahideen has, but it is more deadly than another terror group in the Valley.If one were to do a comparison of the numbers, the Hizbul has anything between 200 to 300 operatives in comparison to 40 to 60 that the Jaish has.Now, what makes the Jaish so lethal? First and foremost, these terrorists are highly trained and have state of the art weapons.The M4 Carbine was first brought into the Valley by this group. The other factor is that the group puts in place a plan before staging an attack.It undergoes the entire process of recruitment, training, reconnaissance and then carrying out an attack.The Hizbul Mujahideen on the other hand shows its dominance through its numbers.
Most of their terrorists are untrained and do not have powerful weapons. The recent plea by the Hizbul Mujahideen commander through a video message complaining about the lack of weapons or outdated ones is a clear indicator of what the strength of the outfit is.An Intelligence Bureau official explains to OneIndia that the Hizbul was a fading outfit, brought back to life by a social media campaign by slain commander of the outfit, Burhan Wani. This went on to become a fad and their presence became restricted largely to the social media through which they indulged in propaganda.The Jaish on the other hand which is nurtured by the Pakistan army and ISI has grown in terms of strength. Pakistan has been investing more into this group and with a free flow of funds and access to the best possible weaponry has gone on to become extremely lethal.Moreover the Jaish focuses on big operations and attacks at Nagrota and Pathankot are proof of this.Also Read | Jaish bomber released a chilling video before striking at PulwamaOver the past couple of months, several local youth have been making a beeline towards this outfit.The Jaish, however uses only its Pakistani terrorists in big attacks. The locals are tasked with gathering information and logistics, security officials say.The choice of Pakistani terrorists for major attacks is due to the fact that they are highly trained. These terrorists undergo extensive training before they are launched into the Valley, officials also say.Officials also admit that the encounters with the Jaish terrorists especially those from Pakistan are the hardest. Firstly they are highly trained, secondly they have sophisticated weapons and more importantly they are ready to die.
They plan only in terms of fidayeen attacks and this makes the encounters difficult the officer added

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