General Raheel Sharif says Pakistan is making all out efforts to eliminate terrorism

Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has said Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism are continuing but its complete elimination is only possible with optimum cooperation between neighbouring countries

General Raheel is in Germany on a day-long official visit to participate in a conference of Chief of Staffs of the Armed Force being held under the auspices of US Centcom. “With unflinching support of entire nation terrorists’ ideologies and their narrative have been defeated and their sanctuaries and hideouts completely eliminated,” the COAS told chief of armies of Afghanistan, Kazakhastan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and the host General Joseph Votel, Commander US Centcom. According to ISPR, the participants expressed their desire to improve multilateral military cooperation to meet the emerging security challenges and jointly defeat the menace of terrorism comprehensively. Pakistan is the biggest victim of terrorism both in terms of human lives and finances.” The army chief termed success of the country’s counter-terror operation as a common dividend which “should be optimised and shared”. Highlighting the ongoing atrocities in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IOK), the COAS said: “India is unwilling to address historical disputes like Kashmir that directly fan misunderstanding and feed into persistent regional culture of conflict.”

“We have started fearing if it is India which has actually been isolated over the Uri attack”: Shiv sena

In a veiled dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over India's moves against Pakistan after the Uri attack, key BJP ally Shiv Sena today said the neighbouring country's Premier Nawaz Sharif is now showing off a "56-inch chest". The Sena also said it feared that India had actually been isolated in the world with its efforts yielding little result other than mere "lip service" by global leaders.  "All of India's efforts to forge global relations have proved futile as no country actually backed India over the Uri attacks. Global leaders did mere lip service of condemning the terror attacks but the BJP's social media cell took some other meaning out of it and went boasting how Pakistan has been isolated over the issue In the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign, Modi had famously claimed at a poll rally in Uttar Pradesh that a "56 inch chest" can solve problems faced by the country. The Sena noted that neither Russia did stop its joint military drill with Pakistan nor China condemned the terror attacks. Even Indonesia is offering Pakistan defence equipment and Islamic organisations are openly backing Pakistan while Nepal too wants to maintain good relations with it, the Sena said. 

India in denial mode on human right abuses in occupied kashmir - Refuses to give up Kashmir defying the will of Kashmiri people

Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, speaking at the 71st United Nations General Assembly, said on Monday that it was time to identify nations who nurture, peddle and export terrorism and isolate them if they don't join the global fight against terrorism. "In our midst, there are nations that still speak the language of terrorism, that nurture it, peddle it, and export it," said Swaraj in a veiled reference to Pakistan. The harsh India rhetoric at the UNGA comes after the attack on an Indian army base in India-held Kashmir earlier this month. The attack killed 18 Indian army personnel. India immediately blamed Pakistan for the attack.

Hillary, Trump defend policies in 1st us presidential debate   

Both show significant differences over economy, foreign policy, gun laws and a host of other issues. The US presidential candidates Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have defended their policies in their first US Presidential debate on Tuesday. The duel in New York could be the most watched debate in television history, with 100 million viewers. Both "presidential hopefuls" showed significant differences over economy, foreign policy, gun laws and a host of other issues. Hillary Clinton accused Trump of hiding his tax and business details from voters and criticised his statements on immigration, while Trump blamed the rise of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq on policies of the US Democratic Party.

News in Brief:

  • 5 bills introduced in NA
  • Armed forces ready to protect, defend country: defence minister
  • UNCR must force india to receive fact-finding mission in occupied Kashmir
  • Pakistan and China have agreed to expedite implementation of railway projects to expand connectivity between the two countries.
  • 3-PML-N candidate wins by-election in PP-7 Taxila
  • In Taiwan, over thirty-two people have been injured due to strong wind and rain.


Editorials-The Hindustan times

Water as weapon: Risks in cutting off Indus waters to Pakistan

Treaty is premised on mutual goodwill; and ignores the fact that cutting off water would be a crime against humanity no less deplorable than terrorism. If all’s fair in war, that still leaves interconnected practical and strategic considerations. The possibility of Kashmir being flooded is being perceived as the biggest obstacle. Kashmir’s recent floods were arguably a natural disaster; this would be a government-made human tragedy and a huge setback to peace in the Valley. By making the populaces suffer, we would ourselves be fomenting widespread anti-India radicalization and empowering the terror masters beyond imagination. We would also lose the strategic benefits of whatever high moral ground we have been acquiring internationally. Abrogating treaties and weaponizing water also have implications both domestically and perhaps vis-à-vis Bangladesh. Are these pusillanimous fears or bogeys? I think not. But a wise general strikes wisely, not in anger.


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