Abbas, my Pakistani lab mate and I had taken a quick lunch break from our research and decided to go for the Shawarma on our university campus. For those who are curious, Shawarma is non vegetarian Lebanese food. It includes roasted chicken (or beef) shaved off a vertical skewer loaded with layers of the meat rotating slowly in front of a heater and is served with a Naan bread (optional), a generous helping of baby spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, pickled turnips, sesame sauce (called hummus) and the irresistible garlic sauce. Being nutritious, delicious, cheap and filling it is often the best indulgence the tightly funded international research fellows could afford.
A day after Union Ministry of Home Affairs announced slew of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) for Jammu and Kashmir including withdrawal of cases on first time stone pelters, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tonight announced that she has set the process in motion for withdrawal of First Information Reports (FIRs) against first time offenders of stone pelting.
The entire princely state of Jammu and Kashmir became an integral part of India by signing of the Instrument of Accession by Maharaja Hari Singh in October 1947. But right at beginning Pakistan attacked Jammu and Kashmir and occupied a major portion of the territory of J&K. The State of Jammu and Kashmir comprised of Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Pakistan Occupied J&K and Gilgit-Baltistan.
General Officer Commanding (GOC) 16 Corps, Lt Gen Saranjit Singh said today that Pakistan army has used its civilians as shield and resorted to mortar shelling and firing from civilian areas on their side of Line of Control (LoC) to target Indian villages during recent ceasefire violations..
India today blamed Pakistan for most of the terror attacks in the country but said it would stand by the neighbour if it takes action against terrorists operating from there. Home Minister Rajnath Singh also said if Pakistan takes concrete action against terrorists on its territory it will not only improve bilateral relations but also bring peace and stability in the South Asian region. “Most of the terror attacks in India emanate from Pakistan and it will have to show some sincerity and take concrete steps to rein in the various terror groups operating against India from its soil. “The Government of India will stand by Pakistan if it takes decisive action against terrorists and their organisations,” he said addressing the second edition of counter-terrorism conference organised by the India Foundation in collaboration with the Government of Rajasthan.
David Coleman Headley has sung like a canary before a Mumbai court. His depositions have put Pakistan in the dock over Mumbai 26/11 carnage. He has also demolished the mythical construct of non state actors that the Pakistan has so assiduously built and perpetuated. Not that there were any buyers of the same in India and beyond. But the initiated would know that Pak's unremitting parroting of ‘out of control non state actors' had begun to rewrite the terror conversation in a different frame of reference; and by implication embed the security and terror talks between the two countries in a pathological context of utter irrelevance for India.
In a blunt message, the US has asked Pakistan to intensify efforts to counter terrorist sanctuaries inside its borders and take concrete steps against the dreaded Haqqani network responsible for major attacks on American installations in Afghanistan. The tough message was conveyed by US National Security Advisor Susan Rice to the top Pakistani leadership including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif during her day-long visit to the country.