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Why NSA talks were sabotaged

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By K.N. Pandita

National Security Agency level talks between India and Pakistan stand aborted. The idea of talks was floated during the meeting of two Prime Ministers on the sidelines of Ufa meet.

Pakistan called the talks off just twenty-four hours before it would have begun. Its narrative focused on the agenda of the talks.

Leader of the opposition (Congress) in the Rajya Sabha criticized External Affairs Ministry for not formally finalizing the agenda of the proposed meet between the security chiefs. We think the agenda was well known and did not need reiteration.   Continue Reading…

Letter to the editor – Pakistani captive

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Editor D.E

Dear Sir

Mystery is deepening about Pakistani captive Naveed. Information trickling down from sources suggests that he has been making sensational revelation of Pakistan’s terror machine. Details of these revelations may or may not come in the media; that is not really important because Pakistan’s anti-India mission is well known.   Continue Reading…

Row over inviting the Speaker

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By K.N. Pandita

Pakistan’s National Assembly speaker declined to extend invitation to the Speaker of J&K Legislative Assembly for participation in the 61st meet of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Union in Islamabad from 30 September to 8 Oct.

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz said his country would never invite a Jammu and Kashmir Speaker as the legislature “does not enjoy legitimate status”. Continue Reading…

Who cares for the nation?

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By K.N. Pandita

As the Independence Day draws near, our foes are getting activated to strike wherever they can. “Inflicting a thousand cuts” has become the gospel for them.

Recent weeks witnessed many gun battles between security forces and the terrorists in Sopore, Srinagar, Pulwama, Udhampur and some more places in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistani Rangers open unprovoked firing and shelling of border posts and villages along the LoC. Several attacks have been made across the international border like Gurdaspur and Kathua. Continue Reading…

Beyond AIIMS’ narrative

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By K.N. Pandita

State Government’s handling of Jammu AIIMS issue is a sordid story of coalition partner BJP’s capitulation to lust for power. Looking in retrospect, many Kashmir observers were of opinion that so-called coalition between the two parties, that are poles apart with regard to their ideology and vision, would not augur well for a state that is faced with grave challenges of militancy and the hurricane of radicalization. Continue Reading…