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Post 370: Pak missions in Dhaka, Kathmandu new dens of ISI operations

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New Delhi, 19 Oct Intelligence agencies have gathered sufficient evidence against two key Pakistan Army officials posted in Dhaka and Kathmandu of ‘misusing diplomatic channels’ in facilitating the smuggling of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) and fuelling anti-India activities after New Delhi revoked Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

The role of the Pakistan Ambassador to Nepal, Mazhar Javed, is also under the scanner for fomenting anti-India sentiments in key Nepalese groups influential in Kathmandu.

A top secret report of the Intelligence Bureau reviewed by IANS reveals that Mazhar Javed held a high-level meeting on September 27 at the embassy premises in Maharajganj, Kathmandu, wherein top 30 human rights activist, intellectuals and diplomats were invited.

The report further says that during the meeting, Mazhar Javed tried to provoke the Nepalese lobby by saying that the Indian establishment is abusing human rights by torturing the people of the Valley.

On October 3, Mazhar Javed wrote an article in a prominent Nepali daily, ‘Nagarik’, distorting the facts by alleging that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was alarming.

‘Nagarik’ is owned by Nepal Republic Media Private Limited. The report says that Mazhar Javed, said to be close to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, has almost turned the embassy premises into a counter-intelligence den by sheltering the sleuths of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s premiere intelligence network.

According to a report, the defence attache of the Pakistan embassy, Colonel Shafqat Nawaz, actually represents the ISI and had been a key person in organising smuggling of FICN through well-established links of local gangsters having linkages with the D-Company.

Shafqat Nawaz is also instrumental in funding different ISI modules active in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of India. His role had come to light during the seizure of high quality FICN notes worth over Rs 7.67 crore from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport in May 2019.

A D-Company operator in Nepal, Yusuf Ansari, who frequented the Pakistan embassy in Kathmandu, was arrested by the Nepal Police in this connection.

A few months later in August, Ansari’s proteges were arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police on charges of smuggling high quality FICN, reportedly printed at the state-owned Security Printing Press in Karachi.

The Indian agencies have also gathered sufficient inputs on the role of the Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka.

A reliable source said that the defence advisor at the Pakistan High Commission, Brigadier Kamran Nazir Malik, has held secret meetings with jehadi leaders in a hotel located in the posh Gulshan area of Dhaka.

Besides terror activities, Kamran Nazir Malik was also involved in patronising the smuggling of FICN.

On September 25, a parcel carrying FICN worth around Rs 50 lakh was seized by the Dhaka Police. During investigation, it was found that a Dubai-based ISI agent, Salman Shera, was shipping such parcels to various locations in Bangladesh.

Earlier in 2015, on a report of the Dhaka Police, one High Commission attache, Mazhar Khan, was expelled from Bangladesh on charges of sheltering a big FICN syndicate.

On the basis of the said IB report, the Ministry of Home Affairs has alerted the border police (Sashastra Seema Bal) on the Indo-Nepal border and the Border Security Force (BSF) deployed on the Indo-Bangladesh border.

Other federal law enforcement agencies have also been apprised of the developments across the border, especially after the abrogation of Article 370 in August.

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India, China to hold 9th round of talks to resolve border dispute

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Indian and Chinese militaries will hold a ninth round of talks aimed at resolving the border disputes in Eastern Ladakh after a deadlock prevailed since the last negotiations in November 2020, sources said.

The latest “Corps Commander level meet is likely to take place in the next few days, probably in a day or two”, the sources, adding contours of the dialogue were being worked out and some changes are expected.

A Ministry of External Affairs representative is likely to be part of the dialogue.

The eight round had taken place on November 6, 2020.

Though the talks ended in a deadlock, both countries agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels, and also to take forward the discussions, push for the settlement of other outstanding issues, so as to jointly maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas.

Earlier this month, Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane had said that the force is ready for a long haul along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), while hoping for an amicable solution in its nine-month-long conflict with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

“We are prepared to hold our ground where we are for as long as it takes to achieve our national goals and interest,” he had said.

On August 30, 2020, India had occupied critical mountain heights on the southern bank of the Pangong Lake like Rechin La, Rezang La, Mukpari, and Tabletop that were unmanned till now.

India has also made some deployments near Blacktop also after the Chinese tried to make a provocative military move.

Now, dominance at these 13 peaks allow India to dominate Spangur Gap under the Chinese control and also the Moldo garrison on the Chinese side.

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India reports 14K new Covid-19 cases, 152 deaths

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 With 14,256 new coronavirus infections reported in the last 24 hours, India on Saturday continued with its low streak of single-day cases, increasing the overall tally to 1,06,39,684, the health officials said.

.For the past 16 days, the country has been recording less than 20,000 daily new infections even as the toll remained below 300-mark for just short of a month.

On January 19, India had reported 10,064 new coronavirus infections, the lowest single-day spike in seven months. The country had recorded over 10,000 cases on June 6 last year.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday said that with 152 fresh deaths, the overall toll in India stood at 1,53,184.

As per the Ministry’s data, 10,300,838 people have recovered so far and currently there are 1,85,662 active cases.

The recovery rate stands at 96.82 per cent, while the fatality rate at 1.44 per cent.

About 84 per cent of the daily new cases are reported from eight states — Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh.

The nationwide immunisation drive began across the country on January 16, with approval of two Covid vaccines in the country. As many as 12,72,097 beneficiaries have received the Covid vaccine jabs so far.

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SC comes to the rescue of DU law student, gives her shot at career in law

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The past two years have been tumultuous for law student Ankita Meena. Amid several legal adversities, she continued to put a brave face and cleared all the hurdles in finishing her law studies at Delhi University.

In second year, she was not allowed to write her exams, as she missed classes due to the advanced stage of her pregnancy. Her miseries were quadrupled after her results for fourth, fifth and sixth semesters were also withheld. Yet she did not give up and continued the battle in the top court, which reached its finality on Friday. The Supreme Court has now directed the Delhi University to declare the fifth semester results, which would allow her to have a shot at a career in law.

On Friday, a bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian said: “The IA (intervention application) and the SLP (special leave petition) are disposed of, directing the university to declare the fifth semester supplementary examination results of the petitioner and issue the provisional degree along with necessary certificates, provided she had passed the examinations, subject to the petitioner clearing the other formalities.”

Meena joined the three-year LLB course at Law Centre II, Faculty of Law, Delhi University, in August 2016. By the time she joined the course, she was already married for about five months. She completed the first three semesters without any hindrance. However, she fell short of the required attendance mark during the fourth semester, due to two difficulties: One, she gave birth to a baby in February 2018; and second, the teachers’ association went on strike in middle of March, hence classes were impacted.

In May 2018, when she was in second year, the top court declined to give her permission to write her exams as she had missed her classes due to her pregnancy. The court noted that it was “very uncomfortable” to pass an order at 1 pm on her plea to sit in the exam scheduled an hour later.

In October 2018, the top court permitted her to attend classes at her own risk on completion of the required formalities.

In February 2019, the court directed the university to permit her to attend the classes for sixth semester as per its October 2018 order. On July 5, 2019, the Supreme Court directed the university to permit her to appear in the fifth semester supplementary examination scheduled the next day.

In July 2020, the apex court directed that her results for fourth and sixth semesters be declared. Following these orders, Meena appeared for fourth, fifth and sixth semester exams.

The university had declared the results of the fourth and fifth semester examinations, but did not declare the results for the fifth semester supplementary examination. The top court noted that Meena has completed the course in entirety and the results of all the semester examinations except the fifth semester supplementary examination have already been declared.

Directing the university to declare the fifth semester results, the top court said: “This order is passed under the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case.”

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