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Kargil, Pulwama showed India won’t hesitate to strike back: Parthasarathy

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New Delhi, July 14 The Kargil conflict 20 years ago established to Pakistan that even if it sent its regular military across the Line of Control they would be defeated, and the surgical strikes post Pulwama have made it very clear to Islamabad that India will not hesitate to strike back across the LoC if provoked, says former diplomat G. Parthasarathy, who was the High Commissioner to Pakistan at the time of Kargil.

Speaking to IANS, Parthasarathy said that the Simla Agreement of 1972 is “premised on the sanctity” of the Line of Control, and if Pakistan violates it then they will face the consequences of the action.

Speaking of the role of the international community at the time of the conflict, the former diplomat said there was a “fair amount of concern” from the international community over the Kargil war, but no word from China, Pakistan’s all-weather ally.

“I would say quite obviously the Chinese cooperation with them (Pakistan), particularly militarily, continued through Kargil. On Kargil itself, China did not make any comments,” the diplomat said.

According to Parthasarathy, the attitude of the Pakistan Army has not changed over the years. “And knowing them, they will try” another misadventure.

“There is nothing to suggest as yet that anything has changed. I do not think that individual incidents will make it (the Pakistan Army) change. Their ambitions and sentiments go back to the defeat of the 1971 War of Bangladesh and their failure of the Kargil intrusion, which in both cases have reduced them in the eyes of their own people and the world,” he said.

Speaking of the current Imran Khan government, Parthasarathy said that it is referred to within Pakistan as “a selected government and not an elected government”, which he said suggests that it has been selected to rule the country by the army. “And if that is how the people of Pakistan considers them then obviously the outside world thinks likewise”, he said.

On the current response of the international community, he said that dozens of member countries of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) have called on Pakistan to desist from terrorism. “By and large the international community is certainly more responsive to our assertions on Pakistan’s participation in terrorism.”

“The Kargil conflict brought home many hard truths for us. Firstly, the Pakistan Army, which rules the country, is not going to forget its 1971 humiliation. It will try and take some form of revenge, whenever it can. Enmity towards India is essential for its very existence and for it to continue as de facto ruler of the country.”

During the Kargil conflict, India continued to issue visas to Pakistanis liberally, with the approval of then Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee. The cross-border Lahore Bus Service and Samjhauta Express train too functioned normally, carrying passengers to and from Pakistan. “While Pakistanis were being misled by screams of imminent victory and azadi for Kashmiris, calm and determined Indians were going about their normal lives,” he said.

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New Delhi, May 29 : An earthquake, measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale, jolted the national capital and its surrounding regions on Friday evening.

According to the National Centre for Seismology, the earthquake, with a depth of 3.3-kilometre, occurred at 9.08 pm. It’s epicentre was 16 km east-southeast of Haryana’s Rohtak district.

No casualties or damage to properties have been reported so far.

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Famous astrologer Bejan Daruwalla dies at 89

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani tweeted on his Twitter account, “Saddened by the demise of renowned astrologer Shri Bejan Daruwalla. I pray for the departed soul, my condolences. Om Shanti….”

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Gandhinagar, May 29 : Famous astrologer Bejan Daruwalla breathed his last on Friday in an Ahmedabad hospital. Daruwalla, 89, was admitted in the private hospital following complaints of pneumonia like symptoms.

Daruwalla was admitted to the hospital about a week ago following complaints of breathlessness and pneumonia like symptoms. His condition deteriorated during the past couple of days and he was kept on ventilator since the last two days. He died at 5.13 p.m. on Friday.

Daruwalla is survived by two sons Nastur and Fardun and daughter Nazreen. Daruwalla was a popular astrologer and had an affinity with celebrities and he himself was also considered to be one. His astrological portal was called ‘GaneshaSpeaks’.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani tweeted on his Twitter account, “Saddened by the demise of renowned astrologer Shri Bejan Daruwalla. I pray for the departed soul, my condolences. Om Shanti….”

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Indian Army officer to be honoured with UN Gender Advocate Award

The officer also commanded the UN Peacekeepers Day Parade organised at South Sudan, where she commanded twelve contingents of United Nations Police, Military and Civilians.

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New Delhi, May 29 : An Indian Army officer Major Suman Gawani is being awarded the prestigious United Nations Military Gender Advocate award later on Friday. She served as a women peacekeeper with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in 2019.

She will receive the award from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres during an online ceremony being organised at the UN Headquarters, New York on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

Major Suman will be receiving this award along with a Brazilian Naval Officer Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo.

She served as a military observer in South Sudan from November 2018 to December 2019. While at the mission, she was the principal focal point of contact for gender issues for military observers in the mission.

The officer encouraged participation in joint military patrols to maintain gender balance, irrespective of the hardships under extreme field conditions.

She visited various mission team sites across South Sudan to integrate gender perspective into the planning and military activity in the mission.

The officer was selected to attend specialised training on Conflict Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) at Nairobi and participated in various UN forums to demonstrate how a gender perspective can help in protecting civilians, especially from conflict related sexual violence.

Apart from supporting the United Nations Mission in South Sudan initiatives, she also trained the South Sudan government forces on Conflict Related Sexual Violence related aspects.

The officer also commanded the UN Peacekeepers Day Parade organised at South Sudan, where she commanded twelve contingents of United Nations Police, Military and Civilians.

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