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US watching Kashmir election process, no major complaints Nov 22, 5:05 pm
Washington, Nov. 22 (ANI): American officials are keenly watching the political drama unfolding in Jammu and Kashmir, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party is running to claim the coveted prize of winning India's only Muslim-majority state. They are aware that if the BJP successfully completes its most ambitious and audacious project or comes close to the prize, the signal that it is the new national party would be unmistakable. US diplomats have learnt a quick lesson after the national elections where their analysis was a little behind the curve. But Kashmir also arouses worry in Washington -- it is seen as a "flash point" between India and Pakistan, an ever-simmering flame that can spark a confrontation. Pakistani visitors never fail to whip up exactly those sentiments among Americans with exaggerated accounts of alleged Indian army excesses and the desire among Kashmiris for "azadi." It so happens that Gen. Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's army chief, is currently on a six-day visit to the US, meeting officials at the Pentagon and the State Department. He has blamed India for the current spate of LOC firings, saying that his attention is being forcibly diverted from fighting terrorists on his eastern border. But blaming India for Pakistan's self-inflicted wounds doesn't sell as well in Washington as it used to. The constant misinformation campaign on Kashmir - best exemplified by the unmasking of ISI-fronted Kashmiri American Council and ISI-funded Ghulam Nabi Fai in 2011 - has taken a heavy toll on the credibility of Pakistani claims. US officials can see that the BJP is looming large on Kashmir this time with an effective strategy of making inroads over the past two years. But they are worried about BJP's stated desire to "debate," if not abolish Article 370, which gives the state a special status. Even though BJP leaders are trying hard to keep the 370 issue away from headlines this campaign season, the pot has been stirred. The first phase of voting for the 87-member State Assembly begins Nov. 25 and political dynamics are fluid to pin down. Only two things are sure: that the BJP won't join the Congress in a coalition and that the two main regional rivals, the National Conference and the PDP won't join each other. All other combinations are possible, especially with smaller parties, many of which were created recently, playing an important. They will be crucial in BJP's attempt to get the magic number of 44 since no matter how hard it tries; its appeal among Muslims in the valley is low. US analysts say that parties like the Kashmir Development Front, which has several former bureaucrats and academics, may be appealing to voters. KDF was created by Farooq Renzu Shah, who left the Congress Party saying he was disillusioned. Renzu, a bureaucrat who helped rebuild damaged shrines and big bridges when he was in government, is popular among the people. US officials say they see no major problems in the execution of the elections and the theme of development in Kashmir is just what the doctor ordered. They don't see the streets erupting if the BJP forms the government. The meeting between Modi and former separatist leader, Sajjad Lone, was seen as an especially interesting development. Vijay Sazawal, a Kashmir expert who is consulted widely by Washington opinion makers, said the mood in the valley and elsewhere has noticeably changed, mostly in favor of the BJP. He cited two factors - the apology by the Indian army for the shooting of a teenager and a young man on Nov. 3 and the sentencing by a military court of five soldiers, including two officers, to life imprisonment for the staged killing of three Kashmiri civilians in the Machil sector in 2010. The rare developments have been welcomed by Kashmiris whose wounds are deep and feelings raw. "It has helped greatly and the apology came after direct orders of the PMO not to fudge the issue. The people are happy that the army has been punished. People tell me that none of Modi's posters has been torn or defaced in the valley," says Sazawal, who regularly talks to people on the ground. He marveled at the strategic insights of BJP managers - Amit Shah and Ram Madhav - in making the right moves and saying the right things. He cited BJP's state unit vice-president, Ramesh Arora's declaration that Sufi Islam would prosper under BJP. This is clever messaging to those Muslims who are tired of terrorism and want the peaceful version of their religion to return home. The US government, struggling to contain the extreme strains of Islam as exemplified by ISIS, can hardly quarrel with promotion of Sufi Islam. Pakistan, the other player in the "dispute" doesn't raise confidence levels when it comes to dealing with or "managing" Wahabism, which it and Saudis have injected into India.
New York, Nov 22 (ANI): United States President Barack Obama has decided to authorize a more expansive role of the U.S. army in Afghanistan in 2015 as opposed to the original plans.
3 GNLA militants killed in Assam Nov 21, 3:05 pm
Goalpara (Assam), Nov. 21 (ANI): Three militants belonging to the banned organisation Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) were shot dead by security forces here on Thursday night in the Goalpara district of Assam.
London, Nov 21 (ANI): Using the latest 3D imaging technology, a team of archaeologists have revealed that each of the figures in the famous terracotta army in China that is composed of 7,000 soldiers is modeled on an individual, real soldier.
'Insecure' Sharif speaking language of Pak Army: Praful Bakshi Nov 20, 7:33 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 20 (ANI): Wing Commander (Retd.) Praful Bakshi on Thursday dubbed Nawaz Sharif's remark on the Kashmir issue as a 'weak stand of a helpless Prime Minister', adding that the latter is now speaking a language which his country's army wants to hear.
Pak army chief blames India's 'ceasefire violations' for hurting counter-terrorism operations Nov 19, 2:56 pm
Karachi, Nov 19 (ANI): Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has said that the country's operation against terrorists in the tribal area was affected by Indian troops' ceasefire violation at the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary (WB), said reports.
An honourable closure to the Machil incident Nov 18, 11:59 am
By Jaibans Singh
Ex army chief says Britain may need to send ground troops to fight IS in Iraq, Syria Nov 17, 1:37 pm
London, Nov 17 (ANI): A former army chief of Britain has said that the country may need to send ground troops to fight Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria.
IS has at least 200,000-strong army, says top Kurdish official Nov 16, 1:36 pm
London, Nov 16 (ANI): A senior Kurdish leader has reportedly said that the Islamic State (IS) has an army of at least 200,000 fighters, far larger than the previous estimates made by the Central Investigative Agency (CIA).
Pak army spurns Pentagon's `baseless, malicious` report accusing Islamabad of waging `proxy wars` Nov 16, 11:56 am
Karachi, Nov 16 (ANI): The Pakistan army has reportedly termed a report released by the U.S. Defence Department, accusing Pakistan of using "proxy forces to hedge against the loss of influence in Afghanistan and to counter India's superior military," as "baseless, malicious, demoralising and contrary to ground realities."
Chandigarh, Nov. 15 (ANI): Lieutenant General (Retired) P.N. Hoon on Saturday termed the report filed by the Border Security Force (BSF), regarding the Chinese army providing training to the Pakistani forces as a 'very serious' matter.
New York, Nov 14 (ANI): United States Army General Martin Dempsey has said that the U.S. would not rule out sending small number of forces to Mosul to fight alongside Iraqi troops against Islamic State (IS) militants.
Macchil fake encounter case: Army punishes anyone who doesn't go by procedure, says Parrikar Nov 14, 12:50 pm
Vasco (Goa), Nov. 14 (ANI): Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said here on Friday that the punishment awarded to those found guilty in the Macchil fake encounter case, shows that the army punishes anyone who doesn't follow procedure.
Militant hideout busted in Rajouri Nov 14, 9:42 am
Rajouri (Jammu and Kashmir), Nov. 14 (ANI): Army busted a militant hideout in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district recovering arms, ammunition and explosive material.
Machil fake encounter verdict proves Army doesn't condone indiscipline: Lt. Gen (retd.) Kadyan Nov 13, 6:55 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 13 (ANI): Former deputy chief of army staff Lieutenant General (retired) Raj Kadyan on Thursday stated that the punishment awarded to those found guilty in the Machil fake encounter case has only reaffirmed that the Army doesn't pardon any indiscipline among its members.
New Delhi, Nov. 13 (ANI): The confirmation of life sentence of five and not seven persons, as earlier reported by the Ministry of Defence sources, is yet to be done by appropriate authorities, as per Army sources.
New Delhi, Nov. 13 (ANI): In continuation of the series of joint exercises between India and China, the exercise 'Hand-in-Hand 2014' is all set to commence at Pune's Aundh Camp on November 16.
New Delhi, Nov. 13 (ANI): The army on Thursday convicted seven men, including two officers and five soldiers, for their involvement in the 2010 Machil fake encounter case in which three youths were killed after being lured for jobs in Jammu and Kashmir, according to Ministry of Defence (MOD) sources.
Six hurt after rampage at army recruitment rally in Gwalior Nov 13, 8:04 am
Gwalior, Nov. 13 (ANI): At least six people were injured in a rampage that broke out after an army recruitment camp was cancelled.
Ankara, Nov 12 (ANI): The Turkish army has reportedly banned popular HBO TV series "Game of Thrones" in military academies to keep students away from violence and pornography.
Pakistan Army violates ceasefire again in Baramulla District Nov 11, 2:10 pm
Srinagar, Nov.11 (ANI): The Indian Army on Tuesday confirmed that the Pakistan Army had violated the ceasefire again and fired at Indian positions along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla District.
Indian defence team meets Sri Lanka army chief Nov 11, 11:52 am
Colombo, Nov.11 (ANI): A 20-member military delegation of the Army War College of India is currently visiting Sri Lanka on a familiarization tour, the Sri Lankan Army said.
Johannesburg, No 10 (ANI): The Sudanese army has denied reports that its troops committed mass rape in the war-prone Darfur region.
Eligible bachelor Prince Harry in search of 'army wife' Nov 9, 12:47 pm
London, Nov 9 (ANI): Prince Harry has expressed that he wants to marry someone he loves, but who can also put up with his duties as an army officer as well as a royal.
Two killed as Pak troops violate ceasefire in Uri sector Nov 9, 9:47 am
Baramulla (Jammu and Kashmir), Nov. 9 (ANI): An Army jawan and a 17-year old girl were killed after Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kamalkote area of Uri Sector in Jammu and Kashmir.
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