NEW DELHI: Former Union minister and Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar today stoked a fresh controversy by reportedly saying, during a panel discussion on a Pakistani news channel, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to be removed if talks between the two nations have to resume.
The Congress leader’s comments evoked sharp response from BJP and RJD, with the saffron outfit saying Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi should react to this and let the countr ..
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By Malik Siraj Akbar
Why is General Raheel Sharif, Pakistan’s army chief, visiting Washington right now? Wasn’t his Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, in the nation’s capital less than a month ago? I know you are confident about your guess: The Americans must have invited him to come and discuss the unfinished war on terror. Oops! You got it wrong.According to the Voice of America, the United States government has not invited Pakistan’s powerful army chief. To borrow a phrase from the Hindustan Times, Raheel has invited himself to the U.S. The invitation does not matter much but this trip once again highlights the army’s brazenly tight grip on the country’s democratic government, specifically its foreign policy. A smug Raheel is in Washington with a straightforward message to D.C.’s policymakers: Forget about what was discussed between President Obama and Prime Minister Sharif last month. Let’s talk again. I decide my country’s foreign policy, not the prime minister.
Before his arrival to Washington, Raheel’s army, on November 10th, had solely taken credit for the “improved security situation” but rebuked the democratic administration that the “progress” it had made in the fight against terrorism could not be “sustained without matching betterment in governance and administration.”
Although the army has historically been in full control of Pakistan’s external relations, Raheel, since becoming the army chief, has staged sort of a foreign policy coup. Prime Minister Sharif, a victim of a military coup in 1999, has been so cautious in avoiding another military takeover that he has even not appointed a foreign minister two years after becoming the prime minister for a third term. On the foreign policy front, the army is explicitly intimidating the prime minister. He cannot take bold decisions or fulfill the promises he makes during meetings with foreign heads of government. The army chief has entered into an undeclared competition with the prime minister over foreign trips.
According to Zahid Hussain, a senior Pakistani journalist, the army chief “has perhaps travelled to more world capitals over the last two years than even the prime minister, reinforcing the perception that not only does the military call the shots on security matters it is also actively directing the country’s foreign policy
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we give below a very relevant piece of news in connection with Arundhati Roy and her stand on Kashmir. Our organization was always of the opinion that Kashmir has been forcibly acquired by India and the people’s revolt there is justifiable. We have been writing articles and booklets for the last two decades elaborating the history of the Kashmiri people. The situation has come to such a state that immediate step has to be taken to free the people of Kashmir. [ref to appeal in www.srai.org dated 19 September, 2010] .About a hundred thousand people have been killed by army and hundreds are still missing in this small valley with a population of about 70 lakhs. If we take the stock from the year 1953, more than 2 lakh inhabitants of the Kashmir valley have been killed or are simply erased by the Indian army. Is this a free country? Can we still call Kashmir a part of our Nation?
We are with Arundhati Roy and demand justice for the common people of Kashmir.
Prabir Ghosh, General Secretary
Science & Rationalist Association of India
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By Sattar Rind, Sindh
But before declaring war one must think of ways this can be achieved. To these forces, UN or Western countries or either Russia and US, why not cut the ISIS supply line and let them die in the desert and then send well equipped forces to finalise and capture? Every State or their patrons know them, even they could count them without observing the written list.
Who does not know these things? Who doesn’t know who is giving them weapons? Who doesn’t know who is protecting them? Who doesn’t know in which factories they are being manufactured?
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“We will find them in any point of the globe and they will be punished,” the president stresses
MOSCOW, November 17./TASS/ Russian President Vladimir Putin said that those guilty of the terrorist act on board the Russian A321 airliner in Egypt would be found and punished.
“It is not for the first time that Russia is facing barbarous terrorist crimes, largely without apparent causes, external or domestic, as it was the case with the blast at a railway station in Volgograd at the end of 2013. We have not forgotten anything and anyone,” Putin said at a session he chaired late on Monday.
“The murder of our nationals in Sinai is among the bloodiest crimes as to the number of casualties,” he said. “We will not be wiping tears away from our souls and our hearts. This will stay with us forever,” Putin continued.
“But this will not prevent us from finding and punishing the criminals,” Putin pledged.
“We must be doing this without limitations period, and know each of them by name. We will be searching them everywhere, no matter where they hide. We will find them in any point of the globe and they will be punished,” the president stressed.
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Anonymous is promising its “biggest operation ever” against Islamic State militants (IS).
The hacking group’s “declared war” against the extremists after the attacks in Paris on Friday.
In a YouTube video, a spokesman wearing the group’s signature mask said they’d use their knowledge to “unite humanity”.
Speaking French he warned IS members to “expect us”, saying “Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down”.
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