A recent intelligence alert has warned of terror attacks by Laskhar e Toiba in Jammu and Kashmir in the coming days, putting the sputtering dialogue between India and Pakistan under pressure.
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.
Pakistan Tuesday successfully test-fired a newly developed short-range, surface-to-surface nuclear capable missile, the army said.
President Barack Obama has placed the cape of a world power on India and held out the promise of global leadership, complete with matching veto.
The Indian and Pakistani armies are to hold virtually simultaneous exercises on both sides of the International Border.
The Indian Army has catered for the contingency by earmarking the 18 Infantry Division (RAPID) of the X Corps for deployment if the need arises. But there are problems with geopolitics, logistics, finance and Indian Army strength levels.
“It’s too early to conclusively say the Taliban have changed their strategy and expanded the conflict to PoK. But while one attack doesn’t necessarily make a strategy, it (the frontline) has definitely been extended, and in such a way as to strike at the Pakistan Army out of the existing area of conflict.”
The operational capability of the Pakistan Army in the face of Taliban challenges in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) has much to do with the command authority of its officer cadre. But judging from recent events and the perception of the integrity of the officer cadre, especially at senior levels, the Pakistan Army fails to encourage confidence in its abilities to effectively combat the Taliban.
Pakistani forces fired seven to ten rounds of small arms gunfire in the Poonch-Rajouri area near Saujian and Kopra at 1045 hrs today. No casualties are reported.
Indian security officials had earlier refused to render any assessment on the sincerity of the Pakistan Army’s operations against the Taliban. But over the past few days, senior security officers at Raisina Hill and elsewhere have dismissed the operations as a ‘fraud on the world’.
Observers in the Indian security establishment are concerned the current operations being conducted by the Pakistan Army may lead to a Pashtun-versus-Punjabi ethnic conflict.