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26/11 Mumbai Attacks Carried out by group based in Pakistan: EX-Pakistan NSA

Former Pakistan National Security Advisor (NSA) Mahmud Ali Durrani on Monday admitted that a terrorist group from his country carried out the 2008 Mumbai terror attack and hoped Islamabad will act against detained LeT founder Haafiz Saeed, the mastermind.

Durrani’s admission at the 19th Asian Security Conference held at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses here is the first by any high-ranking Pakistani official that confirms India’s stand that the Lashkar-e-Taiba plotted and executed the carnage nine years ago.

“I hate to admit that the 26/11 Mumbai attack carried out by a terror group based in Pakistan on November 26, 2023 is a classic trans-border terrorist event,” said Durrani, who was the NSA when 10 Pakistani terrorists sailed into Mumbai and committed mayhem over three days.

But he insisted that the Pakistan government had no role in the mayhem masterminded by Saeed and LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, who got bail in 2016 after years of alleged sluggish trial in Pakistan.

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Pakistan’s failure to conclude the trial in the case has been one of the major strains in bilateral relations. New Delhi has maintained that it has shared evidence to prove that the 10 attackers were trained at a Lashkar camp in Pakistan.

Durrani said as the then top security official in Pakistan, he had offered assistance to India in probing the Pakistani link into the strike but “unfortunately mistrust overruled common sense” at that time.

“I called my counterpart in India (Shivshankar Menon) and said if you allow we will send two people for investigation to sit with you in Mumbai. But because of mistrust it was not allowed,” he said.

Durrani also hit out at Saeed a terrorist commander who carries a $10 million-reward announced by the US. “Hafiz Saeed  has no utility. I hope they (Pakistan government) will punish (him).”

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Saeed was put under house arrest on January 30. The Lashkar founder, who now runs a banned Jamaat-ud-Daawa charity, was detained after the Mumbai terror attack in November 2008 but was freed by a court in 2009.

The Mumbai mayhem left 166 Indians and foreigners dead. While nine of the Pakistani terrorists were killed, one, Ajmal Kasab, was caught, tried and hanged. Pakistan has also listed the Lashkar founder under the country’s Anti-Terrorism Act a tacit acknowledgment of his links to terrorism.


Indus Water Treaty: India to Participate in the PIC Meet at Lahore

India to participate in bilateral talks with it’s bordering country Pakistan in Lahore. The Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) meeting would be scheduled in the month of March.

The IWT meeting’s agenda would be the implementation of the Indus Waters Treaty. Indian Government has called off by IWT in September due to the Uri terrorist attacks. The latest development suggests a change in India’s approach towards its Rival country.

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It is reportedly known that World Bank Officials have mediated for the talks between the two nations. After two months of mediation by the world bank, India changed its decision and given their consent for the meeting.

Officials had talks with Pakistan and made them to sent the Invitation of the IWT to India. The Indus water treaty is one of the old and fruitful International conflict resolution agreements. The treaty was made in the year 1960 Which resolved the water sharing issues between the two countries. Everything was fine between India and Pakistan in the distribution of the water until last year September.

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According to the IWT, the Permanent Indus Commission meet must be organized Annually by the two nations alternatively. The agenda of the meeting will be decided by the hosts.The PIC constitues of officials from both India and Pakistan

India reviewed the Indus water treaty after the Uri terrorist attacks and hinted to block the water flow into the neighbor nation.It is a known fact that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif shared a good relation, but it was before the terrorist attacks and surgical strikes done by the Indian Army.

If everything goes fine in the Lahore Meet, it is expected there would be change in the two rival countries approach towards each other. World Bank should be credited for making this possible.

Kuwait Bans Pakistan and Four Other Muslim Majority Countries

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Kuwait Government had banned the entry of immigrants from five countries. The list of barred countries includes Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. With the fear of Terrorists entering into the country opted for this decision.

The Govt of Kuwait had asked people from these list of countries not to apply for Visas. Recently American President Donald Trump had issued an executive order of banning Seven Islamic countries.

When questioned by the Media, Pakistan’s Ambassador in Kuwait Ghulam Dastagir has denied the reports of a visa ban.

Pakistan Could be Included in the Trump’s Immigration Ban list

In the year 2011 Kuwait had issued an order suspending permits for all Syrians in 2011. During the Mid 2016, the Arab Country had conducted several raids inside and outside the nation thus by preventing three terrorist plots by the ISIS. Many militants and supporters were put in prison.

According to a survey conducted in 2016, Kuwait got listed in the worst nation for expatriates.The Gulf Cooperation Council and Iran had their own Conflicts.Being a member of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Kuwait was embroiled in-between.

Kuwait had advised all the travelers of the nation that “Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region. These include references to attacks on Western interests, including residential compounds, military, oil, transport and aviation interests, as well as crowded places, including hotels.”

Being the large base of US Military, Kuwait now become the first country to Indirectly support the decision of the New President of United States Of America.

Pakistan Could be Included in the Trump’s Immigration Ban list

American President Donald Trump has started to fulfill the promises which he had given in the election campaign. One of such election promise was the prevention of terrorists entering into the USA. Trump had passed an order to ban the immigrants, passengers from 7 Muslim Majority countries.

This decision of immediate ban had taken everybody by surprise,even some of the government officials were shocked.The temporary ban would stop over 200 million people from entering the United States. Although this is temporary, it can be said as the first step towards the permanent barring.

The seven countries on which the ban was imposed include Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, and Somalia.

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  • Bans citizens of 7 countries
  • Orders review of countries to be added to the ban
  • Suspends the US refugee program
  • Calls for new immigration screening procedures
  • Bans Syrian refugees

According to the sources from the white house, soon we may see Pakistan included in the list of countries from where immigration was banned.

A White House Official had stated that the seven countries listing was based on the situations and terrorist activities taking place in their country.So basing on that any country that’s facing terrorist activities inside their land would be added to the list.

As far as now Pakistan, Afghanistan immigrants were under severe wetting as security checkups have tightened.

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The White House Officials are saying that the controversial decision was taken after a lot of thinking in different aspects and there’s no chance of backing away. We might See more Strict Immigration rules shortly. The Inclusion of India’s All time rival Country Pakistan can be expected as it comes under the same category of the other seven countries.

A New York Judge has issued an emergency stay on president’s decision temporarily on the removal of individuals. Even though many were opposing this decision by Trump, the US President was not ready to withdraw his action.

Indian Army Celebrates Vijay Diwas and Pays Homage to 1971 Indo-Pak War Brave Hearts

Indian Army is today celebrating the 45th anniversary of Vijay Diwas. Vijay Diwas has memorialized every December 16 in India, as it marks Indian Military win over Pakistan in 1971 during the Indo-Pak war. Many brave hearts in Indian Army died in the Indo-Pakistan war which is said to be the biggest war after World War II.

The end of the war resulted in the one-sided and total surrender of the Pakistan Army and subsequent secession of East Pakistan into Bangladesh.

To remember the memories and paying tributes to the brave Jawans who sacrificed their lives for the nation, Indian Army is today celebrating Vijay Diwas in Jammu.

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Army Representative Colonel SD Goswami said that the 44th Anniversary of the event was celebrated with traditional enthusiasm at the Northern Command Headquarters. “A huge number of VIPs, ex-servicemen and service personnel take part in the celebrations. Now, December 16 is celebrated as Vijay Diwas to remember India’s victory over Pakistan,” he added.

On December 16, 1971, the Chief of Pakistan Army forces, General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi along with 93000 crowds surrendered to the similar forces consists of Indian Army and MuktiBahini, led by General Jagjit Singh Aurora in Dhaka after their defeat in the war. This is said to be the largest military surrender after World War II.

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Speaker from Indian Army said, “This historic Victory shows a unique and incomparable feat wherein our forces fought altruistically for a noble cause - the liberation of the people of former East Pakistan and the birth of Bangladesh.”

The Northern Command celebrated the event with a headdress placing at Dhurva Shahid Smarak by Lt Gen NPS Hira.After the war, Pakistan reported having lost half its Navy, a quarter of its Air Force and a one-third of its Army. The war exposed the nation of more than half of its population.

At that time, Bangladesh was founded, and the 10 million migrants returned to their motherland with shouts of ‘Joy Indira Gandhi, Joy Bangladesh.’ At that point, A.B. Vajpayee praised Indira Gandhi and called her as Durga.

However, today is a memorable day for Indian Army, and it was their biggest victory ever in the history.