The number of civilian casualties from terrorist-related violence increased almost five times to 52 in 2016-17 from ten in 2015-16.
Having exhausted all domestic means in his quest for justice, Qalandar Khatana now wants the UN to look into allegations of gross human rights violations in J&K.
A top army official said today that the assaults were carried out recently as Pakistani posts were supporting infiltration inside India.
If only some way could be found to target the BATs specifically, then some kind of a deterrent pressure could be built. As of now, the poor jawans who get killed are merely collateral damage.
The recent beheading of two Indian soldiers deserves a hard response, but one that goes beyond purely tactical gains.
When Turtuk was recaptured from Pakistan in the 1971 war, hundreds of families were torn apart, their lives forever mired in border disputes.
After months of recriminations over clashes in Kashmir, India is set to participate in the meeting of Permanent Indus Commission on Pakistan’s invitation in Lahore this month.
The residents of the breathtaking Neelum Valley only want peace, so that they can go on with their lives and livelihoods without constant fear.
In his zeal to harvest political capital from the Indian army’s recent action targeting terrorists along the Line of Control in Kashmir, Modi has conveniently forgotten that the Israeli army’s ‘valour’ has been against people fighting foreign occupation.
Parrikar’s assertion conveniently glosses over the fact that earlier governments consciously chose to operate under the umbrella of plausible deniability, former ministers and officials familiar with some of those operations told The Wire.
As the political debate over ‘surgical strikes’ degenerates into ‘mine was bigger than yours’, everyone needs to remember that some of the acts claimed are grave and indefensible by their very nature and are illegal under the laws of war – even if described as retaliation for a similar act by the Pakistani side.
Most villagers cannot afford to start a fresh life away from the zero line, and bear the brunt of hostilities between India and Pakistan.
These are indeed tricky times for the subcontinent in which excessive or incorrect claims can both be dangerous. They could raise expectations that could later force the hand of political leaders to act less rationally or even irrationally.
The government can easily be more forthcoming about the surgical strikes. At a minimum, it should make public the information that Pakistan already has with it.
India’s close-mouthed approach is allowing Rawalpindi to save face by denying the strikes altogether, saving itself from having to explain India’s ingress into its territory.
The US State Department spokesperson John Kirby talks about the ‘surgical strikes,’ the steps India and Pakistan have taken to strengthen cooperation on fighting terrorism and the tensions between the two countries.
“During these counter terrorist operations, significant casualties have been caused to the terrorists and those who are trying to support them,” the DGMO said.
Militarily engaging a nuclear Pakistan might bring war to the country’s mainland: are we prepared to pay that price?
The Indian Army stopped two infiltration attempts from across the border in Kashmir on Tuesday with security personnel killing ten terrorists.
Only a combination of Indian coercive and non-violent capabilities, and a willingness to bargain, can motivate Pakistan to remove the threat of violence. And just as threat of force alone will not work for India, terrorism won’t get Pakistan what it wants from India.
India “strong[ly] protests against the continued infiltration from Pakistan of trained terrorists with instructions to carry out attacks”, which is “contrary to assurances given by the Pakistani leaders at the highest level”, Jaishankar, India’s foreign secretary conveyed to Basit, Pakistan’s high commissioner.
The Kargil War was one of the few instances of direct, conventional warfare between two democracies, since Pakistan had a democratically elected government at the time.
Kashmir has 20,000 widows and half-widows; women whose husbands were killed either by militants, state security forces or in the crossfire.
A new study on the communities living along the Line of Control brings to light the issues plaguing them, and makes a case for their inclusion in peace negotiations.
New Delhi: India can be called “more Islamic than Pakistan” as more Muslims live here than that country, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today told the chief of Pakistan Rangers who called on him to discuss ways to keep the border peaceful. During the interaction, Singh said India wants peace […]
Instead of articulating “core concerns” in a manner calculated to be unacceptable to the other side, the two countries should adopt strategies and road maps that make it possible to address each other’s concerns.
As India-Pakistan talks fall through and uncertainty grips the LoC, fear has once again gripped the district.