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5 Elite Para-SF Commandos Of Indian Army Killed In Hand-To-Hand Combat With Militants

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A total of five Indian soldiers from the elite Para-SF or the para commandos have been killed when foiling infiltration attempt into Jammu and Kashmir. This is a massive setback for the Para-SF, one of India’s elite commando units.

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According to reports, five Para-SF commandos of the Indian Army were killed over the weekend along the Line of Control in Kashmir after an extraordinary fight with the terrorists who had infiltrated into India, the Indian Army said on Monday.

The encounter took place in the Keran sector on Sunday with all five terrorists killed. The bodies of the Para-SF commandos and the terrorists were found barely two to three metres from each other, an Indian Army officer said.

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In a statement on Monday, the army said all five terrorists were killed in “an intense hand-to-hand battle.” “The Indian Army launched an audacious operation at the LoC and attacked militants in a close-quarter battle in heavy snow, neutralising the entire infiltrating batch of five.

Four soldiers under the command of a junior commissioned officer (JCO) from the very elite Para-SF units were airdropped near the LoC after intelligence on the militants was received,” the statement said.

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While three of the commandos died during the encounter two others died as they were being airlifted to a military hospital. The operation to catch the militants began on 1 April when patrolling troops reported footprints near the LoC fence that was covered under the snow, the officer cited above said.

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The Indian soldiers were promptly deployed but harsh terrain and inclement weather prevented any engagement. That’s when the commandos from 4 Para (SF) were called in to take over the operation, he said.

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Based on data from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), the Para-SF were shuttled to the nearest battalion headquarters by air as the location was cut off due to heavy snow in the area.

In the early hours of Sunday, the commandos began following the footprints. The commandos divided into two groups with one of them not recognising that they were on a cornice.

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“The complete snow block dropped taking the squad leader and the two commandos down all the way to the channel where the militants were sitting… It led to a close-quarter battle at virtually point-blank range,” the officer said.

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The ParaSF commandos in the second group rushed to provide assistance to the first group who were locked in a hand-to-hand combat with the terrorists. In the ensuing combat, the ParaSF commandos were victorious in killing all the infiltrators, the officer added.

The Indian Army’s wing of Special Force commandos called Para SF was created in 1966 during the Indo-Pakistan War (1965). They came in existence under a maverick military endeavour undertaken by Major Megh Singh who constituted a small group of lethal soldiers to operate behind enemy lines and thwart enemy defences.

The team was initially called the ‘Meghdoot Force’ owing to the ad-hoc nature of the operation under Major Megh Singh. This group was disbanded and joined with the Parachute Regiment, which became the first special operations unit.

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The Indian Army’s wing of Special Force commandos called Para SF was created in 1966 during the Indo-Pakistan War (1965). They came in existence under a maverick military endeavour undertaken by Major Megh Singh who constituted a small group of lethal soldiers to operate behind enemy lines and thwart enemy defences.

The team was initially called the ‘Meghdoot Force’ owing to the ad-hoc nature of the operation under Major Megh Singh. This group was disbanded and joined with the Parachute Regiment, which became the first special operations unit.

With Inputs From – LiveMint, ANI

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Pakistan Undoubtedly The Biggest Beneficiary Of India-China Military Stand-Off – Experts

India-China military standoff.: Exploiting India’s vulnerabilities is an essential element of China’s “contain India” policy”. Experts believe that Pakistan has been undoubtedly the largest beneficiary of the indo-Sino conflict.

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India-China military stand-off has tremendously benefitted Pakistan according to experts. Pakistan recently signed a $2.4 billion deal with China for a massive hydropower project in Pakistan-administered-Kashmir which shows how three nations (India, Pakistan and  China) are striving to out-do each other in the highly-contested region.

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Experts have claimed that China is prioritizing dam and hydropower construction projects in Pakistan-controlled-Kashmir over other BRI corridor projects to spite New Delhi.

Amid the flaring tensions between India and China that led to a bloody clash between the troops of two neighbouring countries on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) leaving 20 Indian troops dead and an unknown number of Chinese casualties, Islamabad has been surprisingly silent on the issue, given the close ties between China and Pakistan.

The hydropower project marks the largest power sector investment by an independent power producer under China’s multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

India has opposed the CPEC project stating that carrying out of such projects in territories under Pakistan’s illegal occupation was illegal. “Our position is consistent and clear that entire territory of the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been, are and will continue to be integral and inalienable part of India,” said the Ministry of External Affairs said in New Delhi.

“We have consistently conveyed our protests and shared concerns with both Pakistan and China on all such projects in the Indian territories under Pakistan’s illegal occupation,” it said.

Border and Road Initiative (BRI) launched the CPEC programme in 2015 intending to connect Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Gulf region, Africa and Europe with a network of land and sea routes. The program was launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

After completion of key projects in the first phase, “the second phase will focus on the development of Special Economic Zones (SEZ), strengthening trade and cultural ties through joint ventures and exchange of delegations,” said Yao Jing, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan.

“Exploiting India’s vulnerabilities is an essential element of China’s “contain India” policy,” said Mohan Malik, a professor of strategic studies at the National Defense College UAE. He added that Pakistan is undoubtedly the largest beneficiary of the China-India military face-off. “The looming threat of a two-front war with China and Pakistan is New Delhi’s worst-case scenario,” he said.

According to NAR, it was revealed in an audit report by the power division of Pakistan that two Chinese companies had inflated the costs of power projects in the corridor by $3 billion. The revelation has made it easy for Pakistan to ask China to delay repayment schedules for corridor power project loans.

Malik said that Islamabad could take advantage of the crisis to renegotiate unfavourable loan terms regarding financially unviable projects.

Last week, Pakistan’s Stock Exchange in Karachi was attacked by four gunmen. The attack was orchestrated by Balochistan Liberation Army, which has been demanding for separation of the largest of Pakistan’s four provinces for decades now.

Incidentally, Chinese companies have a 40% stake in the Stock Exchange. However, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was quick to blame India for the attack. “By blaming India for [the] stock exchange attack, Pakistan has tried to gain the sympathies of China,” said James Dorsey, a senior fellow at the RSIS at Singapore. Dorsey added that Pakistan is trying to exploit Indo-China border tensions for its own financial benefit.

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Has Top Separatist Leader SAS Geelani Laid Down His Arms Or Making Last Attempt On Kashmir?

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Syed Ali Shah Geelani (SAS Geelani) recently announced his resignation from the Hurriyat Conference. Geelani has been vehemently pitching for complete independence of Jammu and Kashmir or a merger with Pakistan and refusing to negotiate with New Delhi.

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In an audio message, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, said, “In view of the present situation, I resign from All Parties Hurriyat Conference. I have informed all the constituents of the Hurriyat about the decision.”

According to reports in HindustanTimes, Syed Ali Shah Geelani – the former Hurriyat boss and seen by many as an icon of resistance in Kashmir had been upset about his weakening grip over his grouping’s faction in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK).

90+-year-old Geelani, the most prominent pro-Pakistan leader in Jammu and Kashmir had been chairman of Hurriyat Conference since its inception in 2003. He has been politically inactive especially since the abrogation of Article 370 by Modi-Government.

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HT report claims that Pakistani intelligence agency – ISI had been promoting lesser-known leaders which ignited differences with Pakistan. Geelani had nominated Abdullah Gilani to the top post who is the brother SAR Gilani – acquitted in the 2001 Parliament attack case in New Delhi.

However, Pakistan declined Geelani’s nomination and preferred Mohammad Hussain Khateeb. Mustafa Mohammad Hussain Khateeb as per Pakistan’s media was unanimously elected as the interim convener of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

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HT claims that Geelani had been deeply offended that representatives of the PaK chapter had been sending their relatives to the PaK assembly over the last two years, were indisciplined, engaged in widespread corruption and loot.

As per reports, Pakistan wanted to expel the old horse and bring in younger members to assume a leadership role so that they are more competitive in battling India. Pakistan agencies had been frustrated with Geelani for his incompetence in inciting people to hit streets after New Delhi revoked Article 370 last year.

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In this letter, Geelani had stated – “The activities of these representatives were limited now to seeking access to assemblies and ministries for joining the government there. Some members were expelled while others started holding their own meetings. These activities were endorsed by you by holding a meeting here to ratify their decisions.”

“I sent messages to you through various means so that the next course of action could be decided but all my efforts went in vain. Now that the sword of accountability is hanging over your heads for the financial and other irregularities, you thought of calling the advisory committee meeting,” he alleged.

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“The lack of discipline and other deficiencies were ignored and you did not allow a robust accountability system to be established over the years but today, you have crossed all limits and indulged in rebellion against the leadership,” he added.

Kashmiri experts talking to EurAsian Times says that people are still with Geelani and he holds a massive sway in the valley. The only way to resolve the Kashmir issue is through dialogue and it would be interesting to see of Geelani lays his arms down (to Pakistan) or decides to go down in the history as the saviour of Kashmir (by initiating an earnest dialogue with India).

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Syed Ali Shah Geelani: Top Separatist Leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani No More With Hurriyat Conference

The separatists in Kashmir, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani according to experts, are remote-controlled by Pakistan for anti-India activities mainly in the volatile Kashmir Valley.

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Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the senior Hurriyat Conference leader has resigned from the All Party Hurriyat Conference, reported news agency ANI on Monday, 29 June.

According to The Tribune, in an audio message, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, said, “In view of the present situation, I resign from All Parties Hurriyat Conference. I have informed all the constituents of the Hurriyat about the decision.”

 

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Last year, Syed Ali Shah Geelani was reprimanded by Pakistan for his remarks on the condition of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province of China.  Geelani’s remarks did not go down well Pakistan — a country that many experts believe controls the separatist organisations in Jammu and Kashmir.

Geelani had stated in his statement: China was “not behaving well” with Uighur Muslims and that they had been forced into camps forcibly.

The separatists in Kashmir, as experts have suggested, are remote-controlled by Pakistan for anti-India activities mainly in the volatile Kashmir Valley. While China has always been silent on overt Pakistani support to separatists, Geelani’s comments on Uighur Muslims drew angry reactions from Beijing.

Experts talking to EurAsian Times states that it is a chain reaction – China will rebuke Pakistan and Islamabad will reprimand the old-horse – Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

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