After Defense Minister AK Antony diverged from the Indian Army’s statement on the killings on Tuesday, the Ministry of External Affairs also now seems to have mixed up priorities between domestic politics and international pressure.
Six Indian Army soldiers were killed when an avalanche hit their movement early Sunday morning in Sub Sector Hanif, Turtuk. One soldier is still missing.
A drone carried out the missile attack in North Waziristan Tuesday night, reported Dawn. Three of the dead were foreign nationals, said sources. The attack took place on a three-room compound in Kherwana village on the outskirts of Miramshah.
The news of Brigadier Sarfraz Ali assuming command of the 111 Brigade came amid a showdown between the political leadership and the powerful military. The 111 Brigade is has been frequently involved in military coup d’etats, The News International reported.
The MoU on conduct of mutual exercises and training courses between the militaries of Pakistan, Turkey and Afghanistan was signed by Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani from Pakistan, General Necdet Ozal from Turkey and General Shah Muhammad Kairimi from Afghanistan.
Pakistan has been an unreliable ally of the US in the war against terror and failed “on occasion” when forced to choose between Washington and the Al Qaeda, says US Vice President Joe Biden.
Defense Secretary Shashikant Sharma Monday visited the Line of Control (LOC) dividing Indian and Pakistani Kashmir and was briefed about the recent ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts from across the other side, a defense official said.
Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani flew into Karachi Thursday to get a detailed briefing on the situation in the violence-hit port city where 300 people have died in the past few weeks.
Pakistani troops resorted to firing and violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir five times in June and July, Defense Minister Arackaparambil Kurian Antony said Wednesday.
“We recently received a written request from the government of Pakistan to reduce the number of US military personnel here, and we have nearly completed that reduction,” Vice Admiral Michael LeFever, chief of the Office of the Defense Representative-Pakistan, was quoted as saying by Xinhua.