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Army Chief to visit Jammu and Kashmir today: Sources  Nov 25, 12:49 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 25 (ANI): Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag will undertake a one-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday to review the security situation in the state where Assembly polls are currently underway, according to sources.
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.
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.
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.
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.
India, UK natural partners, says Defence Secretary Fallon  Oct 31, 1:39 pm
New Delhi, Oct.31 (ANI): Visiting British Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon MP, his Indian counterpart Arun Jaitley and Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh attended a flagship event on Thursday evening to commemorate the centenary of the First World War (WW1) that saw the participation of over a million Indian volunteers.
Indian experts lash out at Pak army chief's Kashmir comment  Oct 19, 11:03 am
New Delhi, Oct.19 (ANI): Indian experts have lashed out at Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif for raking up the Kashmir issue, and saying that the resolution was imperative for establishment of sustainable peace in the region.
Army Chief tells commanders to assess security situation  Oct 18, 7:56 pm
New Delhi, Oct. 18 (ANI): Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh Suhag, on Saturday advised the commanders to continuously assess the situation in the sub-continent with respect to the force and security transition taking place and its resultant effect on the nation's security.
Pak must mend its ways if it wants to coexist with its neighbors: BJP  Oct 18, 6:16 pm
New Delhi, Oct.18 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday reacted sharply to comments made by Pakistani Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on Kashmir, saying Islamabad must mend its ways if it wants to coexist with its neighbours
Pak Army Chief says important to resolve Kashmir issue to ensure peace  Oct 18, 3:38 pm
Islamabad, Oct 17 (ANI): Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has said that it is important to resolve the Kashmir issue to ensure peace in the region.
Army Chief takes 'Swachh Bharat' pledge, Navy Chief wields broom  Oct 2, 5:08 pm
New Delhi, Oct 2 (ANI): Chief of Army Staff Gen. Dalbir Singh and Indian Army personnel took a pledge on Thursday for a 'Swachh Bharat' following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official launch of the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' earlier in the day.
Pak army chief visits Northern Light Infantry Regiment in Gilgit  Sep 25, 12:20 pm
Gilgit (Pakistan), Sept.25 (ANI): Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, visited the Northern Light Infantry (NLI) Regimental Centre in Gilgit on Wednesday and interacted with its officers and soldiers.
Is new Pak ISI chief at odds with Sharif?  Sep 23, 12:10 pm
Islamabad, Sep 23 (ANI): Pakistan's newly appointed Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief is reportedly at odds with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Sharif appoints 2 lawyers close to Musharraf to top government positions: Report  Sep 19, 6:30 am
Karachi, Sep 19 (ANI): The ruling Nawaz Sharif government is under scrutiny again for appointing two lawyers close to former President and retired army chief General Pervez Musharraf to two top posts within the government's legal team, a report said.
Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag confirms evacuation of 49832 people this morning  Sep 10, 8:06 pm
Srinagar, Sept. 10 (ANI): Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag confirmed here on Wednesday that in the morning 49832 people were evacuated from flood hit areas.
Sukna land scam verdict needs a re-look: V K Singh   Sep 6, 7:00 pm
New Delhi, Sept. 6 (ANI): Asserting that the verdict of Armed Forces Tribunal in the Sukna land scam in West Bengal has pointed fingers at individuals rather than focusing on issues, Union Minister and former army chief General (retd.) V K Singh on Saturday said that it needs a re-look.
Pak President calls for joint session of Parliament; Sharif meets Army Chief  Sep 2, 10:58 am
Islamabad, Sep 02(ANI): As protests between security forces and protestors aggravate in the high security red zone of the city , The President of Pakistan called for a joint session of parliament today.
Army's role in keeping political crisis in Pak alive cannot be ruled out: Ex-Deputy Army Chief Kadyan  Sep 2, 9:02 am
New Delhi, Sept.2 (ANI): Even as the political crisis in Pakistan remains at fever pitch with both the PML-N led government and the protesting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek refusing to budge from their respective positions, a former deputy chief of Indian Army, Lt. Gen. Raj Kadyan (Retired), continues to maintain that there is no clarity on the current situation prevailing in that country, and does not the rule the role of the Pakistan Army in keeping the crisis alive for its own self interests.
Pak PM, Army chief hold meeting at PM House amid political turmoil  Sep 1, 3:03 pm
Islamabad, Sep 01 (ANI): A meeting was held between Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif at the PM House on Monday to discuss a viable strategy to resolve the ongoing political crisis, which has worsened following clashes between protesters and the police.
Police, protestors battle in Islamabad as Pak army chief meets corps commanders  Aug 31, 9:43 pm
Islamabad, Aug 31 (ANI): Protestors led by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri clashed with the police as they marched to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's residence, demanding his resignation.
Pak govt asked military to play role of 'facilitator' not 'mediator', claims Nisar  Aug 30, 11:01 am
Karachi, Aug 30 (ANI): Pakistani interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan agreed to the military's claim that the government had requested the army chief to play the role of a 'facilitator' in the ongoing political crisis but ruled out any 'mediatory' or 'guarantor' role.
Nawaz Sharif blames PTI, PAT for talks with Pak army  Aug 29, 9:16 pm
Islamabad, Aug. 29 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today told the Pakistan parliament that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Tahirul Qadri had requested meeting with Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif so that the army could play the role of the negotiator in the ongoing political crisis in the country.
Nawaz Sharif meets Pak army chief to discuss political situation  Aug 28, 9:24 pm
Islamabad, Aug. 28 (ANI): Meeting for the second time in three days, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with the Pakistan chief of army General Raheel Sharif to discuss the political situation in the country.
100-yr-old letter exposes tension between Churchill and Lord Kitchener   Aug 27, 4:26 pm
London, August 27 (ANI): A rare letter sent by Army Chief Lord Kitchener to Winston Churchill, begging for more ammunition, has hinted at tension in Britain's leadership during the First World War.
Pak PM, army chief set to resolve ongoing political turmoil 'expeditiously'  Aug 26, 6:36 pm
Islamabad, Aug 26 (ANI): In the wake of the ongoing political protests in Pakistan, the country's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday met with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif at the Prime Minister House to discuss and find a solution to put an end to the political turmoil plaguing the nation.
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