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Int’l congress on Islamic history, culture, heritage of Kashmir to be held on April 4-5

Staff Reporter. Islamabad. The Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), a subsidiary organ of the Organization of the Islamic.
Subsequently, IRCICA proposed to hold an International Congress in Pakistan on this topic in collaboration with NH LH Division and Government of Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK).In its Program of work for 2019, IRCICA has scheduled an International Congress on “Islamic History, Culture and Heritage of Kashmir” in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan and Government of AJK in mid-2019. The Congress will be held on 4th – 5th April 2019 at Serena Hotel, Islamabad.

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Pakistan and Iran agreed to strengthen bilateral relations

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan held a telephone conversation with the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as part of his contacts to brief important regional countries and their leadership about the regional situation, the Radio Pakistan reported.
According to a ISLAMABAD Prime Minister Imran Khan held a telephone conversation with the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as part of his contacts to brief important regional countries and their leadership about the regional situation, the Radio Pakistan reported.According to a spokesman for the PM House, the premier also took Iranian president into confidence over recent tensions between Pakistan and India.Khan told the Iranian president that Pakistan was making all efforts to improve the current situation through talks.
President Rouhani said that Pakistan Iran were neighbours brotherly countries linked through centuries of closed historic cultural and people to people linkages and their role would remain central in promoting peace,stability and economic development in this important region.March 9, 2019Both leaders reiterated the importance of strengthening bilateral relations.The Prime Minister expressed his heartfelt condolences on the recent terrorist attack in which 27 Iranian guards were killed.Both leaders agreed on the need for closer cooperation among the two intelligence agencies in combatting terrorism.
He also thanked President Rouhani for Irans principled support to the people of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.President Rouhani said that Pakistan and Iran are neighbours and brotherly countries linked through centuries of closed historic cultural and people to people linkages and their role would remain central in promoting peace, stability and economic development in the region.

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No ceasefire violation along LoC in JK, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman calls off scheduled visit to Jammu

An uneasy calm prevailed along the Line of Control (LoC) in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir with no report of ceasefire violation by Pakistan over the past 20 hours, officials said on Thursday.

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3 ceasefire violations along LoC in one day, says India

India said Pakistan violated the 2003 ceasefire agreement thrice on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Rajouri districts, for the seventh consecutive day, as tension between the neighbouring countries escalated to the worst in years.
Defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said the latest firing came at 2:15pm in Rajouri’s Nowshera sector.
Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with mortars and firing of small arms along LoC in Nowshera Sector. The Indian Army is retaliating effectively, Lt Col Anand said.Earlier in the day, Pakistan fired along the LoC in the Krishna Ghati sector at 6am, drawing strong retaliation from the Indian Army. The firing continued till 7am, Lt Col Anand had said.
The firing started again at 1pm in Krishna Ghati Sector of Poonch, he had said.The firings by Pakistan came a day after the air forces of both the neighbours claimed to have downed each other’s fighter jets.Pakistan also captured Indian Air Force’s Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.Also read: First aerial dogfight in 48 years escalates India-Pakistan tensionsPakistan has been violating the 2003 ceasefire agreement and had at least five Indian soldiers were injured on Tuesday as its troops fired across the LoC at several areas in Jammu and Kashmir.
The tension between India and Pakistan has escalated after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed rammed his explosive-laden car and blew up a bus killing 40 CRPF troopers on February 14.India has accused Pakistan of using its air force to target Indian military installations on Wednesday morning in response to pre-dawn counter-terror strikes of Tuesday against Jaish-e-Mohammad camps in Pakistan.
India and Pakistan summoned each other’s envoys on Wednesday over the tension.Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner Syed Haider Shah, who was summoned to the South Block in New Delhi, told Indian officials about capturing of an Indian pilot by Pakistani authorities.In Islamabad, Pakistan’s foreign office also summoned India’s acting high commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia and condemned what it called unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces along the Line of Control resulting in the killing of four of its civilians.Villagers along the 744-km long Line of Control and 198-km International Border in Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts in Jammu region and in Baramulla district in Kashmir Valley say they have been living in fear following the firings.
Authorities have ordered all government and private schools within a range five km from International Border in Samba, Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch to remain closed on Thursday.They said the situation is tense but no one has migrated so far from Jammu, Samba and Rajouri districts but some families from Chajala Pathri, a village close to the LoC in Poonch, have shifted to safer areas.However, district commissioners of Rajouri and Poonch said there has been no migration as yet.A report by news agency PTI has said that 2018 witnessed the highest number of ceasefire violations 2,936 by Pakistani troops in the last 15 years along the India-Pakistan border.
Pakistan continues to violate the ceasefire understanding of 2003 despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the agreement during flag meetings between the border guarding forces of the two countries.World powers have urged restraint as tensions escalated this week after the February 14 suicide car bombing in Pulwama.
US president Donald Trump said on Thursday he hoped the conflict between India and Pakistan will be coming to an end.Also read: We have reasonably decent’ news from India and Pak, says TrumpPakistan’s ambassador to the United States, however, voiced regret that America has not condemned India’s air incursion, saying the stance emboldened New Delhi.Asad Majeed Khan said the US should have pinned blame on India. It is construed and understood as an endorsement of the Indian position and that is what emboldened them even more, Khan told reporters when asked about the US statement.

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Ready to hit terror camps after 26/11 but didn’t get govt nod, says former IAF officer

At a time when India is busy lauding its air force for the early morning strike on Pakistan-based terror camps on February 26, one person seems especially happy and proud about it and remembers how the strike could have been carried out even after,
Mohonto Panging, a former Indian Air Force officer who was a Wing Commander at the time of the Mumbai attacks, has revealed that the IAF was deployed and ready to hit terror camps in Pakistan’s Muzzafarrabad in 2008 as well.
However, the armed forces couldn’t carry out the operation as an approval from the government never came.The IAF is known to have demolished multiple terror camps in Pakistan in a pre-dawn operation that lasted for 20 minutes on Tuesday.
It has been said that 12 Mirage 2000 jets were a part of the strike and dropped about 1,000-kilogram of laser-guided bombs on terror camps. “At 0330 hours on 26th February, a group of Mirage 2000 Indian Fighter jets struck a major terrorist camp across the LoC and completely destroyed it,” ANI reported.After the strike, Panging took to and hailed the armed forces for the successful operation. “Finally terrorist camps in POK hit by Laser Guided Bombs from IAF Mirage 2000.We were about to hit POK camps in Muzzafarrabad after Mumbai attacks in 2008. Finally the Govt did not decide.
Der Aye Par Durusht Aaye. Cheers!!” he wrote.
The former IAF officer then added that if the IAF had struck the terror camps in 2008, India may not have lost so many lives to terrorism.”As Air Warriors, IAF was prepared for Surgical Strikes at POK Camps after the Mumbai attacks in 2008 also, but the go ahead did not come.If the go ahead had come, maybe we would not have lost so many Indian lives to cross border terrorism! IF ONLY.!!” he said.
The retired officer, who is now an entrepreneur, author, and columnist, also spoke to the Times of India and said that he was, at the time, leading the Sukhoi squadron and the forces had a plan in place for the strike. “It was a secret plan and I had lied to my boys that we were going to different place.it’s a long story. We were deployed and waited in all readiness to strike for nearly one month but the government did not approve it,” he told the daily.This is not the first instance that the government has been indecisive about retaliatory attacks on terrorists. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh often received the ire of the opposition and people in general for being hesistant to act against terrorism.
Singh is also said to have been indecisive about the response to the 2001 Parliament attacks. The BJP too has, in the past, called Singh an “indecisive” PM who would take tough measures to counter terrorism issues.”India needs an effective leader. It has suffered because of an indecisive prime minister.It needs a strong government,” the BJP had once said. “The impact of cross-border terrorism is now being increasingly felt even outside Jammu & Kashmir.
The lowering of guard by the UPA has resulted in an increase in the number of attacks.”Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee too received flak for being hesistant and a tad slow in dealing with the Kandahar hijack.
The December 1999 hijack of Indian Airlines flight IC 814 involved five terrorists, who demanded the release of Maulana Masood Azhar and few others. After hours of discussion, the Vajpayee government was forced to release three terrorists and save the lives of 176 passengers and 15 crew members.Meanwhile, former Deputy National Security Advisor Leela K Ponappa also believes that such a strike should have been carried out after the 26/11 attacks and that Tuesday attack was an act of “self-defence,” reported News18.The strike on February 26 was in response to the February 14 Pulwama attack, in which about 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives and scores of others were injured.

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Mahira Khan, Veena Malik & Other Pakistani Artists React On #SurgicalStrike2

In the wake of escalating tension between India and Pakistan, Pakistani actress Mahira Khan says there is nothing uglier than war and hopes better sense will prevail.
By IANS -February 27, 2019tweetNothing uglier.Nothing more ignorant than cheering for war. May sense prevail Pakistan Zindabad, Mahira, who starred in Bollywood film Raees, tweeted.Her tweet was a response to a thread on the wall of Fatima Bhutto, author and grand-daughter of former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.Mahira Khan, Veena Malik Other Pakistani Artists React On#SurgicalStrike2Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets struck terror launch pads in Pakistan administered Kashmir on Tuesday.
The IAF struck the biggest training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) at Balakot in Pakistan just days after a suicide bomber killed 40 CRPF troopers in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, India.In response to the IAF strike, Pakistans Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the countrys armed forces and citizens to remain prepared for all eventualities.Mawra Hocane, who was seen in Indian film Sanam Teri Kasam, feels it is time to put humanity first.It is the time we understand this as humans.The media needs to take charge and stop being provocative. Its our duty to inculcate peace and use our words for better and not worse.

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