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Riyaz Naikoo Reportedly Killed In Pulwama Encounter; Naikoo Was Kashmir’s Most Wanted Militant

Riyaz Naikoo was a close ally of Burhan Wani but not as close as Zakir Musa, said a senior police officer. “However he had a powerful influence in the group owing to his seniority.

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Riyaz Naikoo has been killed in Pulwama encounter as per latest reports. Naikoo was believed to be trapped in Pulwama after a terrorist was killed in a gun battle with Indian forces Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

The Indian security forces on Wednesday trapped a top terrorist after an overnight operation in Jammu and Kashmir’s Awantipora. The notorious militant has been identified as Riyaz Naikoo.

Naikoo carries a reward of  Rs 12 lakh on his head. If Riyaz Naikoo is arrested or eliminated in the ensuing encounter, it will be a big blow to the local terror groups active in the area, especially Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen, said experts.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police took to Twitter and said, “Contact established in the third operation at Beighpora in Awantipur. Top terrorist commander is trapped.’’ Exchange of fire is on and more details will follow, it added.

Earlier, as ET reported, the counter-insurgency operation is still underway in Sharsali village in Awantipora where the terrorist was gunned down, police said. Two operations are underway in Pulwama district from late Tuesday night after receiving intelligence about the presence of militants in the area.

One of the search operations is currently being conducted in Beighpora Gulzapora, the native village of HM’s chief Riyaz Naikoo, who is the most wanted militant in Jammu and Kashmir. However, it’s not clear whether Naikoo is trapped in the cordon.

Riyaz Naikoo and Jaish-e-Muhammad

Riyaz Naikoo, a former mathematics teacher is the present head of Hizbul Mujahideen in Jammu and Kashmir Valley. Naikoo is categorised as A++ Militant in the Indian security force’s list of Top Militant Commanders in Valley. Naikoo carries a bounty of 1.2 Million for any information leading to the arrest which is a lucrative amount for a turmoil hit Kashmir.

Naikoo has been a strong advocator of Pakistan in the Kashmir region and has been involved in several murder cases, including the murder of policemen. Riyaz Naikoo has also released many videos threatening informers and local policemen to stay away from anti-militancy operations and is believed to be backed by a massive network of Over Ground Worker.

Who is Riyaz Naikoo?

Riyaz Naikoo was born to Asadullah and Zeba in Beighpora village of Awantipora in district Pulwama in April 1985. Asadullah and Zeba are farmers and also own a small tailoring shop in Beighpora village. Naikoo studied at the government school in the neighbouring village of Gulzarpora, and then at the Higher Secondary School in Noorpora—home to the family of killed militant Zakir Musa.

“Riyaz wanted to become an engineer but he decided to do his graduation in science with Mathematics as his major subject,” said his father”. In 12th class, Riyaz scored 464 marks out of 600. He was always the quiet type of person and everyone in the village praised him for his calmness. He was regular at praying and reading the Quran and at a very young age even was called upon by village elders to mitigate local disputes. After his graduation, he began teaching Maths at a private school.”

In 2010, Tufail Ahmad Mattoo was killed when a tear gas shell—fired by policemen to quell a protest against the encounter of three civilians in Machil—struck him as he played cricket in Srinagar’s Gani memorial stadium.

Mattoo’s death triggered a fresh cycle of unrest; scores of youth were arrested by the police and Naikoo was one of them. When he was released from prison in 2012, something had changed inside the young maths teacher.

That summer, Naikoo asked his father for Rs 7,000 to apply for admission in a post-graduate university in Bhopal. On 21 May 2012, Asadullah recalled, the family brought home a chicken for dinner and left for evening prayers. “Following the prayers, I couldn’t spot him,” Asadullah said. “I thought he must have gone to meet his cousins but he didn’t return.” The family tried to call him, but his phone was switched off. On 6 June, the police told Asadullah his son had joined the Hizbul Mujahideen.

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Riyaz Naikoo and Zakir Musa

Burhan Wani, Hizbul Mujahideen’s most charismatic militant was only 21 when he was killed by the Indian security forces in Bumdoora village in Kokernag area of South Kashmir in 2016. He was succeeded by Zakir Rashid Bhat (Musa), who was also 21 when he took command of operations in the south.

Yet, in a video released after Wani’s death, Zakir Musa—struck an off-key note. “Nationalism and democracy are not permissible in Islam,” Musa, said. “When we pick up stones or guns, it should not be with this intention that we are fighting for Kashmir. The sole motive should be for the supremacy of Islam so that Shariah is established here.”

The call for Shariah surprised many in the valley. Kashmir’s insurgency had long described itself as an armed movement for independence, with some groups—the Hizb included—calling for a merger of Kashmir with Pakistan. Musa’s call for merging Kashmir with a global Islamic caliphate was new.

Musa’s axis was also obvious in an audio clip released in May 2017, in which he warned to cut the heads of Hurriyat leaders and hang them at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk if they came in his way of establishing Islamic rule in Kashmir. When the Hizbul refused to support the statement, Musa announced he was cutting ties with them and formed Ansar Ghawzat-Ul-Hind.

“In South Kashmir, Zakir Musa started losing popularity since Naikoo took command,” said a senior intelligence officer, requesting anonymity. “While Musa is partly responsible for the loss of his popularity in the South, Naikoo’s authority and ability to gel people together worked in his favour.

“Naikoo was a close ally of Burhan Wani but not as close as Zakir Musa, said a senior police officer. “However he had a powerful influence in the group owing to his seniority. After Musa’s desertion, Naikoo and his deputy commander Kachroo stuck together.”

Apart from planning the online resignations of J&K Cops, Riyaz Naikoo was also behind “abduction day”, when eleven family members of six policemen were kidnapped by militants in South Kashmir. All the captives were ultimately released, but only after Naikoo’s father was let off from police custody, a strategy seen as a psychological victory for the Hizbul and Riyaz Naikoo.

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NSA Ajit Doval Behind Chinese Army Withdrawal & Diffusing India-China Border Tensions

Ajit Doval, India’s fifth National Security Advisor, is popular amongst Indians and is often referred to as the Indian James Bond. Besides India-China tensions, Doval played a key role during Doklam 2017, India-Pakistan crisis of 2019 and containing militancy in the north-east.

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Ajit Doval – The Indian National Security Advisor’s intense negotiations with the Chinese camp has somewhat diffused the India-China border tensions. The Chinese Army moved back a few kilometres in the now infamous Galwan Valley after talks led by Ajit Doval.

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According to a report published by HT, Indian NSA Ajit Doval spoke with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi via video call on Sunday, as a result of which tensions between India and China seem to have simmered down.

NSA Ajit Doval (and not the Indian Foreign Minister) and the Chinese foreign minister Wang’s conversation is learnt to have focused on “full and enduring restoration of peace and tranquillity” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The two sides also spoke about working together to avoid such incidents in future, a top government official said.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Doval and minister Wang – two Special Representatives on the boundary issue – had “a frank and in-depth exchange of views on the recent developments in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas.’’

jit Doval and Wang Yi agreed that both sides should take guidance from the consensus of the leaders and that upholding peace and tranquillity is essential for the further development of India-China ties.

India and China also agreed to respect the LAC and not take any unilateral action to try and change the status quo of the region.  The talks did have a positive impact, much of which was seen today morning.

As EurAsian Times reported earlier today, PLA troops moved back tents, vehicles, soldiers by 1-2 kilometres from where disengagement was agreed upon by at Corps Commander level talks.

Doval, India’s fifth National Security Advisor, is popular amongst Indians and is often referred to as the Indian James Bond. Doval played a key role during Doklam 2017, India-Pakistan crisis of 2019 and containing militancy in the north-east.


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On Dalai Lama’s 85th Birthday, Is It Time For India To Reset ‘One China’ Policy?

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As the Tibetan leader Dalai Lama celebrates his 85th birthday, there is a debate amongst experts whether India should reset its ‘One China’ policy. The discussions began after a host of Indian politicians sent wishes to His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama in the midst of the feud with China. 

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The ‘One China’ policy is the diplomatic acknowledgement of China’s position that there is only one Chinese government. Under the policy, countries recognise and have formal ties with China rather Taiwan and consider disputed territories such as Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong an inseparable part of China.

For years, India has maintained a low profile when it comes to Tibetan politics and gone at lengths to ensure that the ‘One China’ policy is not violated. In 2018, the Government of India ordered its officials to stay away from a rally marking 60 years of Dalai Lama in India.

Tibet has been a bone of contention between New Delhi and Beijing since 1959 when Dalai Lama escaped to Assam after a failed revolt against the Chinese. After India gave him refuge and allowed an exiled Tibetan government to operate from Dharamsala, China has viewed India with suspicion and blamed New Delhi for supporting anti-China activities.

According to experts at EurAsian Times, the fact that Indian politicians today extended wishes to Dalai Lama mark a major departure from India’s policy from two years ago.

Birthday greetings were sent by Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Pema Khandu, chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, RK Mathur, the lieutenant governor of Ladakh.

India should make Tibet a Key Issue

Speaking to Economic Times, Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said that India should make Tibet one of the key issues in Sino-India policies. Similar views are shared by Indian experts who believe it is time India re-assessed its ‘one China’ policy.

The 51-year old spoke about the strategic significance of Tibet — historically, geopolitically, culturally and ecologically as Tibet is the water tower of Asia and stressed on the importance of Tibet in being part of Indian policies with regards to China.

India is home to the largest Tibetan population in exile and has always found support from the community whenever New Delhi has clashed with Beijing.

Recently, Indian-Americans, Tibetan-Americans and Taiwanese-Americans took to the streets in New York to protest against increased Chinese aggression in the midst of a global pandemic. The group held placards of “Boycott China” and “Stop Chinese Abuse” as they shouted slogans against the country.

India is not the only country at the receiving end of Chinese aggression. Beijing has also clashed with Bhutan, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan and the United States.

The Sino-Indian dispute in Ladakh seems to have cooled down after both countries retreated and established a 4-kilometre no-man zone earlier today. The dispute with China in Ladakh has been going on since the first week of June and so far has resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers and unconfirmed numbers on the Chinese side.

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India-China Border Update: Chinese PLA Troops Moves Back Few Km In Galwan Valley – Reports

India-China Border News: Twenty Indian soldiers were killed violent face-off in Galwan valley on June 15-16 after an attempt by the Chinese troops to unilaterally change the status quo during the de-escalation.

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The latest news coming from India-China Border is that the Chinese PLA troops have moved back tents, vehicles and soldiers by 1-2 kilometres from locations where disengagement was agreed upon at Corps Commander-level talks, ANI quoted Indian Army sources.

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Chinese heavy armoured vehicles are still present in the depth areas in the Galwan river area.  The Indian Army is monitoring the situation with caution, Army sources informed.

The third round of Corps Commander-level meeting between armies of India and China went on for 12 hours, said Army sources on July 1. The first two rounds had taken place in Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

In the second round of Corps Commander-level talks held on June 22, both sides reached a mutual consensus to disengage in the Eastern Ladakh sector, Army sources said. The military commanders from both countries had met initially on June 6 and agreed to disengage at multiple locations. India had asked the Chinese side to return to pre-May 4 military positions along the LAC.

Twenty Indian soldiers were killed violent face-off in Galwan valley on June 15-16 after an attempt by the Chinese troops to unilaterally change the status quo during the de-escalation. Indian intercepts revealed that the Chinese side suffered 43 casualties including dead and seriously injured in the face-off.

Earlier, Chinese state media stated that India wants to compete with China militarily and economically to reinforce its reputation as a global leader. The article claimed that anti-China posture has become one of the main means for certain individuals to forge social consensus and once pluralistic secular Indian society is being turned into one dominated by Hinduism.

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