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Resurgence of Kashmir militancy

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By K.N. Pandita

Up-swell in Kashmir militancy is neither sudden nor unexpected. Hindsight shows that intermittent warnings had been flowing from civilian as well as military sources for some time.  The Prime Minister and the Home Minister both, too, have been concerned about continuance of terror structure along the LoC in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Only recently, GOC-in-C Northern Command, Lt. Gen. Parnaik said that 300 to 400 trained and armed jihadis were concentrated in secret and ever-shifting terrorist training camps in PoK. e HeH He also disclosed that these jihadis had acquired very advanced communication equipment and sophisticated weaponry.   Continue Reading…

New phase in Afghan peace efforts: Kashmir angle

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By K.N. Pandita

For some time in recent past, warring sides in Afghanistan have been in touch but without a substantial roadmap for conducting peace talks. Belated realization in the EU and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has come after re-assessment of ground situation in Afghanistan by some insightful non-state observers. Despite twelve years of hard fighting, a sizable portion of Afghan territory remains in the control of Taliban. Reliable statistics show 25 per cent increase in year to year Taliban attacks on NATO formations. Recent bombing in the heart of the capital close to High Court left 17 killed and many wounded. Continue Reading…