Defence Minister in Hawaii along with Commander of INDOPACOM Adm. Phil Davidson
In a first, India’s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited US Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii. The visit comes months after Washington changed the name of Pacific Command, its largest command in the world, to Indo-Pacific Command.
She was hosted by Commander of US Indo-Pacific Command Adm. Phil Davidson who said, “Our two democratic nations are committed to upholding a rules-based international order, which has brought decades of peace, stability, and prosperity. We are global partners on defence and security and this exemplifies our mutual cooperation to assure a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.”
India’s defence minister also visited the historic Pearl Harbour and boarded US Guided Missile Destroyer USS Michael Murphy.
The visit coincided with the 77th anniversary of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbour by Japanese forces, the attack which is considered a turning point in World War 2 and eventually led to the defeat of Japanese forces in the region. Nirmala Sitharaman is on an official visit to the US from 2-7 December 2018, at the invitation of US Secretary of Defence James Mattis.
The visit by Defence Minister comes at a time when India and US have been engaged in talks to expand the Indo Pacific concept. At the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore, PM Modi said that Indo-Pacific is inclusive and “India’s vision for the Indo-Pacific Region is a positive one” with “ASEAN centrality and unity”.
The United States and India have been major defence partners since 2016. During the recently concluded inaugural US-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi in September, the two countries signed COMCASA or Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement.
Air forces of India and the US are currently conducting a 12-day military exercise in Kalaikunda and Panagarh air bases in West Bengal, with an aim to enhance operational coordination, according to IAF officials. The ‘Ex Cope India-18’ will be the fourth edition in the series of bilateral drills between the Indian Air Force and the US Air Force.
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Pakistan in war mongering syndrome after abrogation of article 370
BJP led NDA government has abrogated the special status to Jammu and Kashmir by repealing the 70-year-old article 370 and 35 A.
Imran Khan government in Pakistan and its media are so badly frustrated that they have increased the arms and ammunitions and its forces on the Ladakh and Indo Pakistan border across LOC. Its foreign and internal security ministers Shah Mohammed Qureshi and Fawad Chowdhary have issued highly irresponsible statements in the Pakistan General Assembly.
They spoke about staging a war against India as well as issued a direct threat of nuclear attack against India. In an interview to Pakistani news channels and in a debate in parliament Pakistan, the foreign minister said that the coming 3 months are quite critical and challenging for Pakistan. He even said that there is the possibility of war with India at the end of the year.
Even Pakistan Prime minister Imran Khan has threatened of a befitting reply to India. The Pak’s interior security minister and PM Imran Khan’s close confidante Fawad Chowdhary in his hard-hitting address in Pak General Assembly has openly challenged the Indian government saying that each and every Pakistani would sacrifice his or her life for Kashmir. They would continue their relentless fight for securing Kashmir come what may. Both the ministers while issuing an open threat to India have even gone to the extent of stating that the Nuclear arsenals are not kept in Pakistan for mere exhibition but would be used against India.
The television news channels of Pakistan are disseminating poisonous tirade against India. They are twisting the facts to the core. They are spreading complete lies to provoke its populace against India. This is especially after the abrogation of article 370 from Kashmir. This is despite knowing very well that its an internal affair and prerogative of the government to take any action that is best for the country.
Spreading misinformation campaign against India has become the order of the day for the Pakistani news channels and print media. This is in conjunction with the Pak PM Imran Khan and his ministers issuing irresponsible provocative statements against India. They want to take every possible advantage of the Kashmir situation. This is especially after the historic decision of the Indian government of abrogating the special status related article 370 and 35 A from the strife-torn Kashmir. Frustrated Pakistan PM Imran Khan has not even desisted himself against using derogatory remarks against India and meddling in its internal affairs. He tweeted three days ago: The curfew, crackdown and the impending genocide of Kashmiris in IOK are unfolding exactly acc to RSS ideology inspired by Nazi ideology. An attempt is being made to change the demography of Kashmir.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan often forgets that it is his government and the ISI which has been openly aiding and abetting terrorists. They aid the perpetration of killings and genocide in Kashmir. They have already violated ceasefire agreements about 2000 times. It should first put its own house in order instead of creating disturbances and destabilization in Kashmir and other parts of India. Pakistan as a country is in economic shambles with a begging bowl in its hand. Pakistan has been reprimanded by the USA a number of times. Pakistan has also been completely isolated in the international sphere.
Warmongering against India by Pak PM and his ministers is nothing but an act of frustration. An economically bankrupt country like Pakistan would be fully destroyed and finished if it really goes for a war against India. These “Geedad Bhapkies” coward threats are nothing but frustration against India.
Responding to Pakistan’s threat and the assembly of extra force and arms and ammunition at the LOC, Indian Army chief Vipin Rawat warned Pakistan of strongest possible retaliatory action if need be. He added that India is fully prepared for any eventuality.
Meanwhile, the Indian film industry and the music companies in India have strongly condemned Indian singer Mikka’s participation in a ceremonial function in Pakistan and for performing there. Mikka has been banned by them and would not be given the opportunity to record his songs by these music companies in Bollywood.
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Thailand: Polls open for first election since 2014 military coup
Polls opened on Sunday for Thailand’s first election since a 2014 military coup, a vote that is being seen as a contest between the country’s junta leader who wants to stay on as elected leader and a “democratic front” of anti-junta parties.
About 51.4 million people are eligible to vote in the election, which analysts say is likely to be inconclusive and could usher in a new phase of political instability.
More than 93,000 polling stations in 77 provinces will be open until 5 pm.
The election commission has said that the first unofficial results will be available three hours after voting ends.
Pakistan misguides the entire world by banning Jamait Ul Dava. Gives free hand to Army n protects Azhar n Hafeez Sayeed.
A lier PM of a coward nation
The so called decision of the Pakistan government to ban the terror organisation Jamaat UL Dawa and one more led by international terrorist Hafiz Sayeed responsible for the Mumbai attack that killed 161 innocents is nothing but just a cover up to show the world countries that the new political dispensation in Pakistan is serious to curb terrorism n terror sanctuaries on its soil. The government of India n the US government after capturing Headley has delivered Pakistan enough proofs but inspite all this Hafiz Sayeed n Masood Azhar are roaming freely in Pakistan n delivering hate speeches issuing venemous statements against India including engineering deadliest fidayeen attacks like Pulwama etc.
While on the one hand after so much of international pressure and insult of Pakistan in UN and amongst the various nations of the globe not only is the coward Pakistan n its PM Imran Khan is asking for evidence shamelessly but has also given free hand to Pakistan Army to carry on misadventures aganst India. The Laskare Tayyebba n Jamaat Ul Dawa chief Hafeez Sayeed runs three hundred madrasas in Pakistan and generates funds in crores from gulf countries of the world which are literary the terror factories in the making.
The open statements of cowards Jaish E Mohammed chief Azhar Masood n LET head Hafiz Sayeed to destroy India to the core come what may are ample proofs of Pakistan Army’s and ISI’s complete patronage and blessings to these hard core terrorists n the terror sanctuaries flourishing on the Pakistan soil.
The entire world knows unambiguously that after the occurance of the tragic n most despicable Pulwama attack which martytred more than 40 troopers of CRPF, it was the Pakistan headquartered Jaish E Mohammed terror outfit which took the responsibility for this deadliest blast. Then where does the Question of giving proof to Pakistan is concerned ?
But instead of officially banning of the hard core terror organisations like LET n JEM n putting their chiefs on trial n detention the Pakistan premier diplomatically announces ban on just Jamait Ul Dawa which was the US demand since long and instead gives both these hardcore terrorists protection with special intructions of free hand to Pak Army to continue n carry the misadventures against India which unambiguously indicate that it will continue to sneak in terrorists in side Indian soil, carry on its anti India misadventures and continue to breach border pact despite 1800 previous LOC violations. Pakistan Army, ISI and its sponsored terror outfits n their chiefs Masood Azhar n Hafiz Sayeed are badly rattled n disturbed as the Indian Army has brutally killed Azhar Masood’s terrorist nephew n about 248 hard core home grown n Pak sponsored militants during the last three, four years and the trend is continued unabatedly.
There are still 57 terrorists left in South Kashmir who have shifted to their clandestine safe hide outs due to Army’s reprisals. The massive flushing out of terrorists’ operation of Indian Army n CRPF has created a huge terror n fear psychosis in the minds of the DEHSHATGARDS. Their days seemed to be numbered.
The government has withdrawn security cover earlier given to the Hurriyat leaders who are the Pak proxies. The Indian army n the J&K police have now established tremendous cordination n are doing their best to make Kashmir terror free. The recent statement of the Kashmir Chinab Corps chief Lt general KS Dhillon warning mothers to mend their sons prohibiting them not to pick guns but instead surrender failing which they’ll be eliminated speaks of the clear fact that now the India army in Kashmir is in no mood to relent.
Meanwhile Pakistan has been totally isolated in the United Nations. The UN today passed a resolution strongly condemning the Pulwama attack n the incessant terror killings in Kashmir at the behest of Pakistan. The resolution warned pak n its various terror outfits to give up their terror oriented activities. Even China stood with India for the first time in signing the resolution.
The countries like France, US, Argentina, UK, Germany n the Europeon Union have already assured India of their full fledged n outright support in countering terrorism worldwide n against Pakistan. They are bringing resolution in UN to include Azhar Masood in the UN terrorists list n to declare Pakistan a terror state.
Pak badly frustrated after US, France and United Kingdom come to India’s rescue against the terror sponsoring nation PAK
India has won diplomatically at the global level against Pakistan. The three countries of the world, super power United States of America, France and England have credibly stood in favour of India and against Pakistan by supporting India’s anti Pakistan stance and move a resolution in the United Nation’s demanding declaration of brutal n obnoxious Jaish chief as international terrorist in the UN list n pronouncing Pak a terrorist state responsible for engineering umpteen despicable murderous attacks in the Indian soil on several ocassions. This is a huge setback to coward Pakistan n its cricketeer turned flamboyant PM Imran Khan.
This is the right, opportune and most apt time for the world communities especially the western nations n the Europeon union to come forward to help n support India in their fight against global terrorism.
The entire world n humanity has already suffered tremendously at the hands of these divisive, reactionery n murdurous forces who’ve wrecked havoc in the entire global scenerio and India seems to be worst victim of this despicable murdurous n destructive trend at the hands of Pakistan who’d since decades been harbouring, aiding and abetting the terror sanctuaries, killing unfinite number of people within n outside Pakistan despite warnings from US n the peace loving countries.
It’s really shocking that even the United Nations have not been successful in its efforts to declare Pakistan as a hardcore terrorist state despite it’s unambiguous involvement in the US twin Tower attack, Mumbai attack, Pathan Kot attack and hundreds of other misadventures in strife torn Kashmir resulting in the most abominable unprovoked killings of innocent civilians n the army troopers making thousands of children fatherless n mothers widow.
There have been about 1800 or more cross border violations by Pakistan of the Indo Pak peace accord and shockingly over 80 thousand civilians, troopers n extremists have been killed in Kashmir during the last three decades.
There have been several instances of decapitating the heads of Indian Army soldiers at the LOC and Pak sponsored terror blasts in various parts of Kashmir n India.
The Pakistan Army, its ISI n the political dispensation are in league to ensure that India is destabilised from all angles having lost all wars fought with India till date.
The Chinese government is the one that is fully backing bankrupt Pakistan against India n had till date opposed the India’s entry into the elite Nucleur suppliers group as well as India’s every initiative to declare Azar Mehmood as the International terrorist in the UN list.
Entire world knows that the major culprit of 1992/ 94 Mumbai Bomb Blast mastermind Davood Ibrahim is in Karachi being protected by the ISI.
Who does not know that LET chief n mastermind of twin tower attack in US n Mumbai that killed about 6000 innocents obnoxious Hafiz is in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Are people n politicians of the world not aware that Jaish E Mohammed’s chief Azar Masood the mastermind of Pulwama attack n several other attacks in Kashmir lives is Bhawalpur, Rawal Pindi in Pakistan under full police protection.
Who does not know that Burhan Wani killed by Indian Army was the LET n Jaish’s proxy who killed hundreds of innocents in Kashmir and on who’s honour the govt of Pakistan released a postage stamp giving him an honourable status of a martyr.
Is it not true that after the dastardly killing of 41 CRPF troopers in Pulwama, Kashmir the Jaish chief Azhar Masood himself claimed the responsibility of the Avantipora massacre.
There are hundreds of well established proofs with America n India n the UN is still not able to declare Pak as the terrorist state n catch hold of these two dreaded terrorists masterminding terror operations n killing myriad number of innocents worldwide .
Time has arrived when all the peace loving countries of the world should sideline China n Pakistan in the global scenerio and apply sanctions against it including carrying out of flushing operations to arrest Hafiz Sayeed n Azhar Masood out of the Pak territory dead or alive. This is the only n most relevant solution to give a formidable stop to terrorism in Asia n the world. What’s your take friends?
Kulbhushan Jadhav case: India-Pakistan set to face-off in ICJ
India and Pakistan are set for a showdown at the International Court of Justice which will commence on Monday a four-day public hearing in the case of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage.
India moved the ICJ in May in 2017 against the “farcical trial” by the military court of Pakistan against 48-year-old Jadhav. Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. India first approached the ICJ on May 8, 2017 for the “egregious violation” of the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 by Pakistan by repeatedly denying it consular access to Jadhav.
A 10-member bench of the ICJ, which was set up after World War II to resolve international disputes, on May 18, 2017 had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.The ICJ has set a timetable for the public hearing in the high-profile case from Febraury 18 to 21 at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands. While India will argue first on February 18, Pakistan will get its chance to make submissions on February 19. Then India will reply on February 20 while Islamabad will make its closing submissions on February 21.
It is expected that the ICJ’s decision may be delivered by the summer of 2019.While maintaining that India remains committed to make all possible efforts to secure and protect the rights of Jadhav, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar did not make public New Delhi would take at The Hague.”India will present its case before the court. Since the matter is sub judice it is not appropriate for me to state our position in public. Whatever we have to do, we will do at the court,” Kumar said last week in New Delhi in response to a question.
Pakistan’s Attorney General Anwar Mansoor would lead the Pakistani delegation at the ICJ while Director General South Asia Mohammad Faisal would lead the Foreign Office side.Ahead of the hearing, a senior Pakistani official said that his country is committed to implement the decision of the ICJ in the Jadhav case.”We are fully prepared with our strongest evidence being the valid Indian passport recovered from Commander Jadhav with a Muslim name,” the official said.
Both India and Pakistan have already submitted their detailed pleas and responses in the world court.Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran.However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy. Jadhav’s sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India.
Pakistan had rejected India’s plea for consular access to Jadhav at the ICJ, claiming that New Delhi wants the access to get the information gathered by its “spy”.However, Pakistan facilitated a meeting of Jadhav with his mother and wife in Islamabad on December 25, 2017.The hearings at the ICJ is taking place four days after one of the worst terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 41 CRPF soldiers. The terror attack happened when a suicide bomber of Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) blew up an explosive-laden vehicle near a convoy of CRPF buses in Pulwama district on Thursday.
Pak’s terror support to be discussed on Saudi prince Salman’s arrival in India
Pakistan’s support to terror and its involvement in Pulwama attack last week will the focus of discussion as Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman visits India.
He will be on a two-day India visit starting on February 19 and ending on February 20.
Remember Riyadh bailed out Islamabad last year financially. Riyadh can tighten the purse strings for Islamabad if it doesn’t rein in terror. The Prince will be coming to Delhi after his visit to Pakistan.
During his visit, he will be calling on President Ram Nath Kovind and have bilateral talks with Prime Minister Modi.
This will be Mohammad bin Salman’s second meet with PM Modi in a span of three months. They last met on November 29 in Argentina on the sidelines of G20 summit.
“One the issues which could come up for discussion are trade and investment, defense, security including counter-terrorism is another. Renewable energy which is something that is coming up as an important area of cooperation,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in his weekly briefing last week.
Modi had also visited Riyadh in April of 2016. During the visit, Salman had honoured the PM with “Sash of King Abdulaziz”, the highest civilian decoration awarded by the West Asian country.
Saudi Arabia is the fourth largest trading partner of India after China, US, and Japan. India imports 17 per cent of its crude oil requirement from the kingdom. The bilateral trade between India and Saudi Arabia stood at $27.48 billion in FY 2017-18, a year on year increase of 9.56 per cent.
Raveesh Kumar said, “The objective is to consolidate the strategic partnership which we have with the country.”
The crown prince is the second most important person, after the king and designated successor, in one of the largest oil producer nations of the world.
In April 2018, Saudi Aramco, the largest company in the world by revenue, signed an MoU with an Indian consortium (IOC, HPCL & BPCL) to acquire 50 per cent stake in India’s largest refinery project ‘Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Limited’ at $ 44 billion.
A 2.7 million strong Indian community is in Saudi Arabia. Haj pilgrimage is an important component of bilateral relations.
In 2018, Riyadh increased the Indian Hajj Quota by 5,000, enabling 1,75,025 Indian to perform Hajj last year.
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