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LeT top leadership in Kashmir Valley wiped out

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Srinagar, Nov 19: The Army said on Sunday that the top leadership of the Pakistan-backed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the Kashmir Valley has been wiped out with the killing of six militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Lt General J.S. Sandhu, who heads the Srinagar-headquartered 15 Corps, told reporters: “With the elimination of six of its terrorist commanders yesterday (Saturday), the top leadership of LeT in the Valley has been wiped out.”

Giving details about Saturday’s operation, he said: “Hajin was an area of concern for us. Terrorists had killed some people in the area.

“We inducted Special Forces into the area. Good information started pouring in. We were keeping Chandegeer village on our radar.

“These terrorists had been staying there in a house for two to three days.”

The General identified one of the terrorists killed as Osama Jungvi or Owaid, a nephew of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and probably the son of Zakiur Rehman Makki.

Six Pakistani militants including Owaid and two other top commanders of LeT, Zargar and Mehmood, were killed on Saturday. An IAF commando was also killed in the gunfight.

“We look forward to continue the operations and restore peace in the Valley very soon,” the General added.

“We are working on two lines,” he added. “One is counter terrorism and the second is that we want the local terrorists to return.

“We pulled out and saved an injured militant in Kulgam and saved his life. The local terrorists must realize whether they are ‘Mujahids’ (Islamic fighters) or proxies of Pakistan.”

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police S.P. Vaid refuted the claims of the Islamic State that claimed that the Zakura, Srinagar, attack on Friday in which a police officer and a militant were killed was the first IS attack in Kashmir.

Asked to comment, he said: “No, it is yet to be verified. I don’t think ISIS has any presence here.”

Vaid complimented the Army, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Police and intelligence agencies for Saturday’s killings of militants.

“Hajin was witness to terror for the last year or so. Fortunately, yesterday’s operation has cleaned up the area and people will live free of terror.”

A senior CRPF officer added: “The synergy among the security forces has been excellent and this is significantly responsible for the successes we have been getting.

“A large number of boys about to join militancy have been weaned away. With the surrender of footballer Majid Khan, we are entering a field where lot of local boys are willing to come back.

“Many boys willing to come back do not know the ways and means. We have opened helpline numbers so that contact can be established with us by those who want to come back.”

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Karnataka CM briefs President on Rescue operations in Kodagu, Modi assures help

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Kodagu (Karnataka), Aug 19 :Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Sunday briefed President Ram Nath Kovind on the rescue operations in flood-hit Kodagu district where more than 3,500 people have been rescued and e six people were killed even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday gave assurance of providing help to tackle the flood situation in various parts of the state.

 

“The Chief Minister spoke to the President and informed him that the Indian Army, Navy and other state and central agencies have rescued more than 3,500 people so far,” an official statement said as hundreds are marooned in villages and towns due to heavy rains.

The Chief Minister, for a second consecutive day, held an aerial survey and visited the towns and villages of the coffee-growing district, which has been the worst-hit in the state due to south-west monsoon rains.

Operations are on to rescue those stranded at various places, it added.

As many as 317 people were rescued and shifted to safer places in the district on Saturday and rescue operations were on around Makkandor and other areas of the district on Sunday, said officials, adding that the rescued included a two-month-old infant.

Modi, in a tweet, said he spoke to Kumaraswamy regarding the flood situation in parts of the state. “Extended all possible support in the rescue and relief operations. I pray for the safety and well-being of those in the flood affected areas,” he tweeted.

 

 

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UAE businessman donates Rs 12.5 crore for Kerala flood relief

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 Abu Dhabi, Aug 19 :A United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based businessman has announced a 2.6 million dirhams ($707,837) donation towards relief operations in the flood-hit Indian state of Kerala.

According to K.P. Hussain, chairman of Fathima Healthcare Group, about half of the amount will directly go to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, while the rest will be allocated for medical relief aid, reports Khaleej Times.

Hussain said that the group has coordinated with the state’s health secretary to send volunteers from its medical faculty, which includes doctors and paramedics, to relief camps.

Other UAE businessmen had also earlier pledged donation to help in flood relief operations.

As of Sunday, the toll from the torrential rains and the subsequent floods that has ravaged Kerala since August 9 stood at 370.

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Punjab CM Amarinder Singh objects to Sidhu’s controversial hug with Pakistan Army Chief

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August 19: Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh raised objection  about the hugging episode of Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Punjab minister with Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Pakistan at the searing in ceremony of Imran Khan as Pakistan Prime Minister, saying, ” Everyday our jawans are getting martyred” .

“As far as hugging the Pakistan Army Chief is concerned I am not in its favour. It was wrong for him to have shown the affection towards the Pakistan Army Chief,” Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh said.

“To say that ‘I don’t know General Bajwa’…it is written on their uniform. That’s wrong for him (Sidhu) to have shown the affections he did for the Pakistan Army Chief, Singh added.

“Everyday our jawans are getting martyred. To hug their Chief General Bajwa…I am against this. The fact is that the man should understand that our soldiers are being killed everyday,” Punjab Chief Minister said.

“My own regiment lost 1 Major & 2 jawans a few months ago & everyday somebody is being shot & whether the man who pulled the trigger is to blame or the man who gives the order which is the chief, and the chief is General Bajwa,” He said.

“Attending the swearing-in ceremony is concerned, he went there in his personal capacity so it has nothing to do with us, he added.

When asked about Sidhu sitting next to President of PoK Masood Khan, Amarinder Singh said, “About him being seated next to the PoK President, maybe he (Sidhu) didn’t know who he was.”

 

Clarifying on the  controversies surrounding his hug with Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and sitting beside President of PoK Masood Khan, Navjot Singh Sidhu said  it was a gesture after Bajwa, who also belongs from the same culture, revealed that “Islamabad  will open  up Kartarpur border on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th Prakash Parv.”

Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Punjab minister who travelled to Pakistan to attend his ‘friend’ Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony  as Pakistan Prime Minister

“If someone (Pakistan Army Chief General Bajwa) comes to me and says that we belong to the same culture and we will open Kartarpur border on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th Prakash Parv, what else I could do?, ” Navjot Singh Sidhu said  on hugging Bajwa at Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony in Islamabad.

Speaking about another controversy regarding sitting beside President of PoK Masood Khan, Navjot Singh Sidhu said, “If you’re invited as a guest of honour somewhere, you sit wherever you are asked to. I was sitting somewhere else but they asked me to sit there.”

Sidhu was sitting beside President of PoK Masood Khan in the front row at Pakistan  PM Imran Khan’s oath ceremony in Islamabad.

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