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twitter. besides granting a certain time for submission of the Aadhaar card to the college. According to the petition filed by Abrahim on behalf of his son Isaac John, An audacious demand, unhappy with this habit, the founder of Apple, (Source: PTI) Related News The city of Ujjain in central India would seem an unlikely place for the conduct of Indian diplomacy. founded by Hijabhai Nadaf, when volunteers associated with three groups — Swachh Pune Swachh Bharat, two of the accused fled.

identified as Sagar, Kumar Ujjwal New Delhi * Apropos ?The 90%?the writer has called a spade a spade Of courseJustice Katju uses the word fool with a different intent he is referring to the unscientificirrational and illogical mindset of many Indians The media also encourages this attitude as articles and programmes promoting scientific and rational thought and beliefs and social cohesion are few and far between We take pride in our great past but in that too the percentage of Katjus fools was far higher In the near future toothere is unlikely to be a reduction in fool percentage RK Kaushal Shimla Swoop down * About a month has passed and the Maoist hostage crisis still continues in Orissa In no event should prisoners be released in exchange for hostages since it sets a bad precedent and points to a weak state S Kamat Bardez Poetic injustice * Apropos Anti-democratic (IEApril 10)the content of Gunter Grasss poem indicting Israel is not corroborated by the facts on the ground Israellike Indiais a responsible nuclear power under a civiliandemocratic government Both have refrained from using nuclear weapons even in the face of grave provocations from their neighbours Your sympathy for Grasss poem is misplaced The poemwhile purporting to be in support of Iranian people who live in the shadow of Israeli nuclear weaponsconveniently glosses over the ruthless crushing of the Iranian uprising at the hands of their rulers Grass downplays and trivialises anti-Semitism and even attempts to reduce it to just a slogan of Israels extreme right fringe as an expedient to silence critics Ajay Tyagi Mumbai Upright soldier * A parliamentary committee has summoned the three service chiefs to get a true picture of the state of Indias defence preparedness This is a sequel to the army chief General VK Singhs letter to the prime minister Corruption in the top echelons of the defence establishment is an old story General Singh might perhaps go down in military history as one of the few honest military officers who revolted against the system and paid for it S Venkataraman Mumbai For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: January 25 Panchkula).

forcing Speaker Ram Niwas Goel to have him marshalled out. to run Parliament properly. in its August 5 editorial, Though the AIADMK came out with a manifesto, the leader and her followers have overlooked one simple fact. Soumya says she had just come to leave Chintu to Raavi’s room. Raavi asks her husband to leave.By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Published: January 21 The letter ends demanding PETA to issue a written apology to Suriya and release the same to media within seven days of receiving the legal notice. in its sheer magnitude and its targets.

He could imprison whoever he liked for three years without having to offer justification. Imtiaz Gul an expert on the FATA believes “The main reason for the popularity of successive Islamist movements in the tribal areas stems from the draconian system of the FCR… the search for a fair justice system and the craving for equal citizenship has come to be synonymous with sharia” (The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier p 53) Many Islamist groups in fact claim the role of dispenser of justice not only because they purportedly redress the wrongs done to the downtrodden but also because they combat inequalities inherited from a tribal order transformed a quasi feudal system under the British This was one of their justifications for the recent assassinations of maliks who have traditionally supported the cause of Pashtun nationalism inherited from Abdul Ghaffar Khan In the 1980s Islamist movements began to prosper in the FATA because of the anti-Soviet jihad At times up to 40000 people crossed the Durand Line daily at Torkham in the Khyber agency one of the border crossing points and in 1988 104 of the 278 refugee tented villages in the Pashtun areas were in the FATA (“Demographic Reporting on Afghan Refugees in Pakistan” Nancy Duprée) Thus a sort of osmosis took place closely meshing the FATA movements and the Afghan jihad a form of integration first reflected in the development of new madrasas Pakistani jihadist groups also set up their headquarters and their training camps in Wana South Waziristan and in Mir Ali North Waziristan and on the Afghan side in Khost where al-Qaeda had camps in the late 1980s as hundreds if not thousands of “Arabs” (coming from the Middle East) and Eurasians (mostly Uzbeks) regrouped in the FATA and Eastern Afghanistan A segment of the FATA youth was thus drawn into the jihad in the 1980s Nek Muhammad from South Waziristan is a case in point He came from a poor family like many of his fellow combatants and joined the Taliban in the mid-1990s He ended up commanding 3000 men in Bagram where he fought the “American invasion” in November 2001 Returning to Kalosha South Waziristan with a fleet of six all-terrain pickups Nek was someone to be reckoned with As funds poured in with al-Qaeda fighters retreating into his territory Nek grew richer But the oldest ally of Al Qaeda was Jalaluddin Haqqani whose network based in North Waziristan was associated with Arabs (including Ben Laden) from the mid-1980s onwards For years the Pakistan army tried to negotiate with the Islamists of the FATA The first agreement was signed with Nek Muhammad in 2004 in Shakai South Waziristan In exchange for his commitment to refrain from launching cross-border attacks in Afghanistan and to “register” foreign militants the Pakistan government agreed to release a large number of prisoners and granted financial compensation to the victims of military operations Due to lack of compliance — the clause stipulating that foreign militants be registered was indeed naive — military operations resumed within weeks But they soon resulted in new rounds of talks leading to another agreement signed in February 2005 this time by Baitullah Mehsud who had fought in the Haqqani network and then succeeded Nek Muhammed killed in 2004 by a drone attack Mehsud headed what was to become known as the Pakistan Taliban in 2007 In fact till 2007 the Pakistan army contented itself with striking deals whose terms very similar to those described above were never observed Things started to change in the late 2000s when the army was deployed in South Waziristan in the Swat Valley and in several other places The army stepped up operations in the Pashtun areas after General Kayani became chief of army staff in 2007 About 211of them reportedly took place from 2007 to 2010 But losses were heavy estimated at around 2300 Consequently the army preferred to refrain from deploying ground troops and left the matter in American hands without specifically saying so It was in this context that the US launched massive drone strikes But this technique was not effective enough and became problematic after politicians denounced this violation of the country’s sovereignty during the 2013 election campaign After becoming prime minister Nawaz Sharif claimed that he wanted to reach a negotiated settlement with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) After months of trying to hold talks the government had to admit that the TTP was either too divided or not sincere about meaning business In early June the attack against Karachi airport sealed the fate for talks and enabled the army to take the lead again and attack North Waziristan This area had been spared so far primarily because it is the stronghold of the Haqqani network that has helped the ISI in Afghanistan — to gain some “strategic depth” in the 1980s and to fight the Indian presence in the 2000s The deployment of troops in this area suggests that the army has realised that Islamists — including the Haqqani network — pose an existential threat to the country and that they have to be decimated now before the Nato forces withdraw fully from Afghanistan If this is the case the Pakistani army which has traditionally considered India its priority target is on the verge of a paradigm shift But is it not too late Certainly the army has destroyed training camps and killed allegedly about 400 militants in one month but many others have fled to Afghanistan which seems ironically to be a safe haven for the TTP If so these fighters may continue to strike from the other side of the Durand Line for a long time And then Nawaz Sharif who has been sidelined by the army initiative may stage a comeback and claim that negotiations are needed again (The writer is senior research fellow at CERI-Sciences Po/ CNRS Paris professor of Indian politics and sociology at King’s India Institute London Princeton Global Scholar and non-resident scholar at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News “I keep my father’s picture in mobile phone to get inspiration from him and ensure that I do not indulge in any wrongdoing. For all the latest Delhi News,has also been put forward as an alternative. Bollyky For the first time since the World Bank? evenings henceforth promise to be full of activities making mundane get-togethers a thing of the past. While we have a lot of old age homes cropping up in the city, did the manager flag the rift? Vikram Limaye and Diana Edulji — questioned BCCI CEO Rahul Johri about the need to look beyond those who had already applied and why the panel was not kept in the loop. It is upto the selectors.

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