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War is mad, isn’t Modi too?

Many in the world are portraying India and Pakistan at the moment as two nuclear antagonists perilously close to mutual assured destruction.
We’ll pick time, place to hit back, read newspaper headlines.That moment came within 24 hours. On Wednesday morning, Pakistan struck back.Not only Pakistan Air Force jets thundered over the Line of Control in Kashmir, they shot down chasing Indian planes. In response to PAF strikes IAF crossed [the] LOC.
PAF shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircrafts fell AJ&K while [the] other fell inside IOK.One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area, tweeted Pakistani Director General of the Inter Services Public Relations, Major General Asif Ghafoor.Millions upon millions of Pakistanis on social networking platforms sizzled the whole day rebuking their Indian counterparts, the Bollywood celebs, the Indian who’s who for prematurely jumping with joy on the fakery coined by the Modi administration to ramp up its dwindling electoral projections.
India had claimed of destroying a terror camp and some 250 terrorists training therein. Some dreams turnout to be uglier than nightmares.Powerful capitals, who are now universally known for rewarding India despite its abysmally criminal record of human rights violations in Kashmir and against its own minorities, woke up to ask Pakistan and India to exercise restraint. Strange that they were admonishing Islamabad only a day earlier asking it to put a stop to cross-border terrorism or to put an end to the activities of the terrorist groups established in its territory.Probably Washington DC, Paris, Bonn and Canberra found it hard to see their powerful South Asian proxy being slapped across the face by a smaller but nuclear-armed adversary. Images of the captured Wing Commander Abhinandan were enough for the Indian government to come crashing down from the high pole of psychedelic elation it was unnecessarily feeling for achieving something phantasmagoric only a day earlier.
Two substantial countries going to war has always been a dreamlike scenario for the runners of the western military industrial complex. Prospects of deals and contracts worth billions upon billion would make many a fool go mad.
The spectre of a nuclear confrontation, however, is too serious a business to be left to New Delhi or Islamabad. So phones started ringing.Ministers began speaking to counterparts lecturing how wonderful is peace as an idea between two itchy neighbours.One may criticise PM Khan for being an administrative novice or a political upstart but his words sense and sagacity — reminded many of Jane Austin’s Sense and Sensibility’.He may not be an astute politician or a statesman of note but he comes across as an honest human who earnestly desire peace and prosperity in the region. The difference between him and his Indian counterpart is stark.He is neither a killer of people nor has he allowed massacre of innocent humans. Modi had.During a court proceeding probing the Gujarat massacre of Indian Muslims in the summer of 2002, Sanjiv Bhatt, a senior Indian police officer told the Indian Supreme Court that he attended a meeting at which Modi allegedly said that Hindus should be allowed to vent their anger after the Godhra train tragedy killing 58 that his government tried to plaster over ISI-backed elements within India. Those allegations have since proven false and fabricated though Modi has always denied any wrongdoing.But international websites are full of implicating evidence that Modi had spoken to his goons a night before the riots that saw around 2,000 Indians dead and told them Muslims needed to be taught a lesson. Government estimates put the number of dead at 1,000.Hundreds of girls and women were raped and killed. International rage was genuine against Modi to an extent that he was denied a diplomatic visa by the United States and his already granted visit visa was revoked as well.Writing for the Guardian newspaper in Britain, Aditya Chakrabortty said in 2014; Narendra Modi, a man with a massacre on his hand is not the reasonable choice for India. Similar voices are being heard in India today.
While millions may be following him madly, many millions also believe that Modi is more dangerous than a declared terrorist, a hardcore fanatic or a frenzied fanatic.Only such a person would attempt to punish a state for the alleged felony of a group of individuals.Pakistani state or government did not attack India in Pulwama just like it was not involved in Uri or Mumbai. But madly wanting to emulate the post 9/11 United States, India thought it could cook up stories about Pakistan’s wrongdoing in Kashmir and elsewhere in India and attempt to punish it to please electoral audiences.
Dreaming about punishing Pakistan is one thing. Carrying out foolish plans is another.Pakistan is painstakingly setting its direction right. Mistakes it made for others have returned to haunt it with deadly effect.The best India could do is to mind its own business and leave Pakistan alone to correct course.The best that Indians could do for themselves is to get rid of the madman of Indian politics Narendra Modi, before he attempts to push South Asia and adjoining regions into a nuclear winter.Pakistan protested strongly but warned sternly that the aggression would be revenged. “We’ll pick time, place to hit back,” read newspaper headlines.
That moment came within 24 hours. On Wednesday morning, Pakistan struck back.Not only Pakistan Air Force jets thundered over the Line of Control in Kashmir, they shot down chasing Indian planes. “In response to PAF strikes IAF crossed [the] LOC.PAF shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircrafts fell AJ&K while [the] other fell inside IOK.One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area”, tweeted Pakistani Director General of the Inter Services Public Relations, Major General Asif Ghafoor.Millions upon millions of Pakistanis on social networking platforms sizzled the whole day rebuking their Indian counterparts, the Bollywood celebs, the Indian who’s who for prematurely jumping with joy on the fakery coined by the Modi administration to ramp up its dwindling electoral projections.
India had claimed of destroying a terror camp and some 250 terrorists training therein. Some dreams turnout to be uglier than nightmares.Powerful capitals, who are now universally known for rewarding India despite its abysmally criminal record of human rights violations in Kashmir and against its own minorities, woke up to ask Pakistan and India to exercise restraint. Strange that they were admonishing Islamabad only a day earlier asking it “to put a stop to cross-border terrorism” or “to put an end to the activities of the terrorist groups established in its territory.”Probably Washington DC, Paris, Bonn and Canberra found it hard to see their “powerful” South Asian proxy being slapped across the face by a smaller but nuclear-armed adversary. Images of the captured Wing Commander Abhinandan were enough for the Indian government to come crashing down from the high pole of psychedelic elation it was unnecessarily feeling for achieving something phantasmagoric only a day earlier.Two substantial countries going to war has always been a dreamlike scenario for the runners of the western military industrial complex. Prospects of deals and contracts worth billions upon billion would make many a fool go mad.
The spectre of a nuclear confrontation, however, is too serious a business to be left to New Delhi or Islamabad. So phones started ringing.
Ministers began speaking to counterparts lecturing how wonderful is peace as an idea between two itchy neighbours.One may criticise PM Khan for being an administrative novice or a political upstart but his words – sense and sagacity reminded many of Jane Austin’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’.
He may not be an astute politician or a statesman of note but he comes across as an honest human who earnestly desire peace and prosperity in the region. The difference between him and his Indian counterpart is stark.He is neither a killer of people nor has he allowed massacre of innocent humans. Modi had.During a court proceeding probing the Gujarat massacre of Indian Muslims in the summer of 2002, Sanjiv Bhatt, a senior Indian police officer told the Indian Supreme Court that he attended a meeting at which Modi allegedly said that Hindus should be allowed to vent their anger  after the Godhra train tragedy killing 58 that his government tried to plaster over ISI-backed elements within India. Those allegations have since proven false and fabricated though Modi has always denied any wrongdoing.
But international websites are full of implicating evidence that Modi had spoken to his goons a night before the riots that saw around 2,000 Indians dead and told them “Muslims needed to be taught a lesson”. Government estimates put the number of dead at 1,000.Hundreds of girls and women were raped and killed. International rage was genuine against Modi to an extent that he was denied a diplomatic visa by the United States and his already granted visit visa was revoked as well.
Writing for the Guardian newspaper in Britain, Aditya Chakrabortty said in 2014; “Narendra Modi, a man with a massacre on his hand is not the reasonable choice for India.” Similar voices are being heard in India today.
While millions may be following him madly, many millions also believe that Modi is more dangerous than a declared terrorist, a hardcore fanatic or a frenzied fanatic.Only such a person would attempt to punish a state for the alleged felony of a group of individuals.
Pakistani state or government did not attack India in Pulwama just like it was not involved in Uri or Mumbai. But madly wanting to emulate the post 9/11 United States, India thought it could cook up stories about Pakistan’s wrongdoing in Kashmir and elsewhere in India and attempt to punish it to please electoral audiences.Dreaming about punishing Pakistan is one thing. Carrying out foolish plans is another.Pakistan is painstakingly setting its direction right. Mistakes it made for others have returned to haunt it with deadly effect.The best India could do is to mind its own business and leave Pakistan alone to correct course.The best that Indians could do for themselves is to get rid of the madman of Indian politics – Narendra Modi, before he attempts to push South Asia and adjoining regions into a nuclear winter.

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One Indian pilot arrested by Pakistan, confirms ISPR

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major General Asif Ghafoor has on Wednesday confirmed that one Indian pilot has been arrested by Pakistani troops on ground while two are in the area.
In a tweet, Major General Asif Ghafoor said, In response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF crossed LOC.PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJK while other fell inside IOK.One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area.In response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF crossed LOC.PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJK while other fell inside IOK.
One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area.February 27, 2019Pakistan Air Force (PAF) destroyed two Indian fighter jets on Wednesday morning in a response to Indian Line of Control (LoC) violation.
The wreckage of one aircraft fell in Central Kashmir’s Budgam while the other’s in Pakistan territory. Two of the pilots have been killed in the incident.

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Govt uses back-channel to send ‘positive note’ to India

LAHORE: The government has begun backdoor contacts with India and the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, who is currently in India, has met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma.
Vankwani also met Minster of State for External Affairs General VK Singh, the four-star general who has also served as the Indian army chief.“I have communicated a positive note to the Indian leaders and I hope there will now be a change in their behaviour,” Vankwani said on Saturday while talking to The Express Tribune over telephone.The Sindh-based PTI leader, who is a lawmaker on minority seat, is in India on a religious trip amid heightened tensions between the two rival states in the wake of February 14 suicide attack that killed at least 40 India paramilitaries in occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Trump alarmed by ‘very dangerous situation’ between Pakistan, IndiaVankwani said he encountered Modi during an event and the Indian PM met him warmly. He said he told Modi that he had come with a positive message and wanted to return with a positive message.He said later on Modi’s directive, Sushma Swaraj also held a 25-minute-long meeting with him.“I told the Indian foreign minister that in Pakistan its captain’s [Prime Minister Imran Khan] government now; he is a Pathan and he does what he says.We assure you that no Pakistani institution is involved in Pulwama attack. If India provides evidence, we will facilitate the investigation,” Vankwani said.
According to the MNA, he told Swaraj that the two countries need to take lessons from past and not to hold on to it.“Enmity can be brought to an end by befriending the enemy,” he said, adding that he himself has returned after Ganga Ashnan (ablution) and never tells lies.FO sets up ‘Crisis Management Cell’ in Pulwama aftermath“I told them that we need to get out of politics of accusations,” he added.According to Vankwani, after the meeting he felts that the atmosphere was beginning to thaw.
“Indian PM during his Rajasthan rally has hinted at holding dialogue with Pakistan,” he added.PTI’s Ramesh Kumar Vankwani meets State Minister for External Affairs Gen VK Singh.EXPRESSHe said he had come to India on invitation from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) for participation in Kumbh Mela. “220 people from 125 countries from all over the world have been invited to participate in this event and I am representing Pakistan,” he added.
PHOTO: EXPRESSWar frenzy has been sweeping across India ever since a young man from Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) rammed a vehicle full of explosives into a military convoy in Pulwama, killing nearly four dozen soldiers.India airlifts thousands of paramilitary troops to occupied KashmirJaish-e-Mohammad militant group, which Delhi claims operates from Pakistan, purportedly claimed credit for the deadliest attack on Indian troops in IoK.Delhi put the blame squarely on the state of Pakistan, deployed its troops menacingly close to the border, and started issuing threats.Amid crescendoing war hysteria and relentless threats of military action from India, the Pakistan Army on Friday also issued an unambiguous warning to New Delhi: Dont mess with Pakistan.
We do not wish to go to war. But please be assured, should you initiate any aggression, you shall never be able to surprise us.We shall, for sure, surprise you, the chief military spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor, said during an unusual media briefing

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FATF urges Pakistan to reassess militant outfits’ ranking

ISLAMABAD: The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has not accepted Pakistan’s low to medium risk ranking of eight banned militant groups – including Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) that claimed responsibility for Pulwama attack – and urged Islamabad.
The global body, working to curb money laundering and terrorism financing, also urged Pakistan to swiftly implement its 27-point Action Plan.Pakistan will remain on the FATF grey list, although India tried to get it blacklisted.Pakistan has now two more months to satisfy the FATF’s concerns, as it now has to deliver on 16 more action points by May in addition to five outstanding points that originally had to be met by January this year.
The face-to-face meeting of the Review Group will now take place in April before FATA again reviews Pakistan’s case.“Pakistan has revised its TF (terrorism financing) risk assessment, however, it does not demonstrate a proper understanding of the TF risks posed by Da’esh, AQ, JuD, FiF, LeT, JeM, HQN, and persons affiliated with the Taliban,” said an FATF  public statement issued after its week-long plenary meeting.
India presses for Pakistan to stay on terror financing listIn its Terrorism Financing Risk Assessment Report, Pakistan assessed majority of these organisations except Taliban and Haqqani network as low to medium risk entities, said a Pakistani delegate while speaking on condition of anonymity. He said the FATF was of the view that all of these organisations including JeM pose high risks to other countries.The JeM took responsibility of February 14 attack at Pulawma in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). India immediately blamed Pakistan after a young suicide bomber, a native of the IOK, drove his explosive laden vehicle into a convoy of Indian security forces, killing nearly three dozen soldiers.
Pakistan on Thursday also banned Jamaat-ut-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e- Insaniat Foundation (FiF)– two organisations that India believes are front for the banned Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT). The FATF wanted Pakistan to treat these eight outfits as high risk entities and take actions against them accordingly.Pakistan has taken steps towards improving AML, CFT: FATFIndia was at forefront to get Pakistan blacklisted during the International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) meeting but it did not press the demand during the final plenary meeting. India was backed by the United States and other powers, said a Pakistani official.
“Given the limited progress on action plan items due in January 2019, the FATF urges Pakistan to swiftly complete its action plan, particularly those with timelines of May 2019,” said the public statement.Since June 2018, Pakistan has made a high-level political commitment to work with the FATF and APG to strengthen its anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regime and to address its strategic counterterrorist financing-related deficiencies.
“Pakistan has taken steps towards improving its AML/CFT regime, including by operationalising the integrated database for its currency declaration regime,” said the FATF. “Pakistan should continue to work on implementing its action plan to address its strategic deficiencies.”Pakistan is again asked to adequately demonstrating its proper understanding of the TF risks posed by the terrorist groups and conducting supervision on a risk-sensitive basis.It has to demonstrate that remedial actions and sanctions are applied in cases of AML/CFT violations, and that these actions have an effect on AML/CFT compliance by financial institutions.The country should demonstrate that facilities and services owned or controlled by designated person are deprived of their resources and the usage of the resources.Pakistan will also has to show that competent authorities are cooperating and taking action to identify and take enforcement action against illegal money or value transfer services (MVTS).
The FATF also underlined that the country needs to show that the authorities are identifying cash couriers and enforcing controls on illicit movement of currency and understanding the risk of cash couriers being used for TF.The inter-agency coordination including coordination among provincial and federal authorities on combating the TF risks has also been emphasised again by the FATF.

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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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