In a bid to corner Pakistan, India today invited it for conducting joint investigations into digging of tunnel from Pakistan to Indian side of the International Border (IB) in RS Pura sector, which was detected yesterday by the security forces near Alla Mai De Kothe (AMK) Post. Meanwhile, sensing gravity of the situation, Director General (DG) BSF, KK Sharma flew-in here from New Delhi and straightway drove to site of the tunnel along with Director General of Police (DGP) K Rajendra and IG BSF, Jammu Frontiers, Rakesh Sharma where he held high level review of the situation arising out of detection of 10 feet underground and about 30 meters long tunnel inside Indian territory and about 200 to 300 meters in Pakistan.
Achieving a major success that has thwarted several fidayeen attacks and infiltration attempts by the militants from the International Border (IB), the Border Security Force (BSF) today detected over 300 meters long tunnel dug by Pakistani Rangers and militants from Pakistan to the Indian side at ‘Allah Mai De Kothe' (AMK) post in RS Pura sector. The BSF has immediately lodged very strong protest with Pakistan over detection of tunnel right under the noose of Rangers with a view to facilitate infiltration attempts by the militants to carry out terror attacks on the Indian side. It was a fresh tunnel. It had been dug about 20 to 25 meters inside the Indian territory behind the fencing when our jawans detected it.
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.
Governor N.N. Vohra, who is the Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), presided over the 30th Board Meeting held today at New Delhi. The duration and date of commencement of Shri Amarnath Yatra 2016 has been based on the approach adopted by the Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Committee which was set up to advise SASB regarding the duration and schedule of future Shri Amarnath Yatras. Keeping in view the foremost concern of safety and security of the pilgrims, the committee decided that a 48 day Shri Amarnath Yatra 2016 would commence on 2nd July 2016, an auspicious day (Massik Shivratri) as per Hindu Calendar and conclude on Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandan) on 18th August 2016.
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.