Rahul Gandhi To Contest From Two Parliamentary Constituency’s

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Rahul Gandhi To Contest From Two Parliamentary Constituency’s

 

Congress Today announced that party president Rahul Gandhi will contest from Wayanad parliamentary constituency in Kerala along with Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.

 

 

 

The announcement was made by senior party leader AK Antony at a press conference. 

Twenty Employees Suspended By Election Commission Of India In J&K For Violation Of  Model Code Of Conduct

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Twenty Employees Suspended By Election Commission Of India In J&K For Violation Of  Model Code Of Conduct

 

In an unprecedented action, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has suspended or attached 20 employees in J&K for allegedly campaigning for political parties and other model code of conduct (MCC) violations.

The district election officers have acted against the government employees after announcement of the schedule for LokSabha polls on March 10.

 

 

 

A report prepared by the chief electoral officer J&K this evening said that six employees have been suspended for violating the MCC.

Those suspended include chief medical officer and block medical officer of Bandipora who had attended a workers meeting of National Conference.

The authorities today placed the principal of girls higher secondary school KothiBagh Srinagar under suspension for “derailing election process.”

Four teachers were also placed under suspension in Bandipora district for allegedly campaigning for political parties.

The report states that 107 complaints relating to MCC violations have been received by the district election officers and the CEO.

While 50 complaints have been disposed of, reports of 57 are awaited, the document states.

Revealing category-wise details of the complaints, the report states that 42 are relating to violation of transfer policy, 49 pertain to violation of MCC provisions like tenders and approvals, and 16 are about campaigning by government employees.

Of these 107 complaints, 21 are political and 86 non-political.

The report also states that Rs 16.48 lakh cash has also been seized in the state post imposition of the MCC.

Chief electoral officer Shailendra Kumar said there would be no leniency with government employees found involved in electioneering.

“Action would be taken against the employees if they indulge in electioneering or create hurdles in election related processes,” he said.

The CEO also appealed to political parties and government employees to follow the MCC in letter and spirit.

The MCC prohibits employees from indulging in any mode of canvassing for political parties.

As already reported DC Kathua was last week shifted on the directions of Election Commission of India. He was shunted out after various quarters raised questions over modification of his transfer order.

Two Labourers Die After Falling From Under-Construction Shopping Complex In Anantnag Area Of South Kashmir

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Two Labourers Die After Falling From Under-Construction Shopping Complex In Anantnag Area Of South Kashmir

 

Two labourers died after falling from an under-construction building at Ashajipora area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday.

A police officer told GNS that today late in the afternoon three labourers fell while working on the under construction shopping complex of Dr. Azad at Ashajipora.

 

 

 

In the incident, the labourers suffered serious injuries and were shifted to District Hospital Anantnag for treatment. However, two of them succumbed to their injuries.

The deceased have been identified as Farooq Ahmad Bhat son of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat of Deetho and Mohammad Ishaq Wagay son of Bashir Ahmad Wagay of Brah Anantnag.

The police officer said that the condition of the third one labourer is also stated to be critical and has been referred to Srinagar hospital from Anantnag

The officer said that police has taken cognizance into the incident and further investigations have been initiated.

Nine Policemen Killed As Taliban Militants Stormed Their Checkpoint

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Nine Policemen Killed As Taliban Militants Stormed Their Checkpoint

Nine Afghan policemen were killed when Taliban fighters stormed their checkpoints and launched a follow-up ambush in the eastern Afghanistan city of Ghazni, officials said Saturday.

The assault began early Friday when the Taliban attacked two adjacent checkpoints, Ghazni police spokesman Ahmad Khan Seerat told AFP.

 

 

 

 

The Taliban then ambushed a group of police rushing to the scene, killing the head of the local police, Seerat added.

In all, nine officers were killed and six were wounded, he said. The toll was confirmed by Arif Noori, spokesman for the Ghazni governor.

In August, Taliban fighters briefly held the city of Ghazni before they were pushed out by US air strikes and Afghan forces.

Friday’s attack highlights the ongoing fragility of Afghanistan’s security and the risks faced by local security forces as they man vulnerable checkpoints.

President Ashraf Ghani in January said 45,000 security forces have been killed since he took office in September 2014.

On its Twitter account, the Taliban claimed to have killed 12 “soldiers,” though the group frequently exaggerates numbers.

Meanwhile in Zabul in southern Afghanistan late Friday, Gul Islam Seyal, spokesman for the local governor, told AFP that four police were killed and two wounded after a “Taliban infiltrator” opened fire at a checkpoint.

The attacks come as the United States seeks to broker a peace accord with the Taliban and the Kabul government, more than 17 years since the US-led invasion that ousted the fighters.

Exchange Of Firing Between Militants And Government Forces In Kokernag Anantnag

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Exchange Of Firing Between Militants And Government Forces In Kokernag Anantnag

 

Militants on Saturday exchanged fire with the government forces in Tangpawa village of Kokernag in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

 

 

 

Quoting reports, news agency GNS reported that a joint team of army’s 19RR and SOG Anantnag launched cordon and search operation in Tangpwa following “credible” input about the presence of militants in the area.

As the joint team of forces approached the suspected spot the hiding militants fired upon the forces, triggering a brief exchange of fire.

A senior police officer said a brief contact was established between militants and the forces.

He said that the cordon has been tightened around the suspected spot and searches are on.

Anantnag Working Journalists Association Elects New Body

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Anantnag Working Journalists Association Elects New Body

 

KNS’s Bureau Chief South Kashmir, Tassaduq Rasheed is New President

Anantnag Working Journalists Association on Friday conducted elections in which Kashmir News Service (KNS) Bureau Chief South Kashmir, Tassaduq Rashid was elected as President of the association.

Tassaduq had two rivals including Zahoor Rizvi and Sameer Rehmani in the elections that were conducted through secret ballot.

Fida Hussain, another scribe was elected as General Secretary in the elections. His rival was renowned journalist Shahid Wani who secured 13 votes.

 

 

 

 

At least 44 members took part in the election process who casted ballots today to elect their representative.

The elections were conducted under the observation of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Anantnag Khalid Jehangir and Tehsildar Ali Muhammad. (KNS)

Rupee Rises 15 Paise To 69.15 Against US Dollar In Early Trade

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Rupee Rises 15 Paise To 69.15 Against US Dollar In Early Trade

 

The rupee appreciated by 15 paise to 69.15 against the US dollar in opening trade Friday, driven by sustained foreign fund inflows and higher opening in the domestic equity market.

At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (forex), the domestic unit opened strong at 69.20 then gained further momentum and was trading at 69.15, higher by 15 paise over its previous close.

On Thursday, the rupee slumped 42 paise to end at 69.30 against the US dollar.

 

 

Forex traders said, the weakening of the US dollar against some currencies overseas supported the local unit, however rising crude oil prices capped the gains.

The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, was marginally up by 0.01 per cent at 97.21.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, was trading 0.55 per cent up at USD 68.19 per barrel.

Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought equities worth a net Rs 3,594.51 crore Thursday, provisional data showed.

Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex was trading with gains of 72.81 points, or 0.19 per cent, at 38,618.53 in early trade Friday.

Budgam Gunfight Update: Two Jaish-E-Mohammad Militants Killed While Five Armymen Injured, Search Operation Continues

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Budgam Gunfight Update: Two Jaish-E-Mohammad Militants Killed While Five Armymen Injured, Search Operation Continues

 

Second militant body has been recovered from the encounter site at Sutsoo Kalan area of Chatergam in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

A senior Police officer told GNS that we have recovered also second militant body from encounter site along with one M4 rifle and a INSAS.

 

 

 

 

However the officer declined to reveal the identity of the slain militants.

Earlier a senior Police officer told that one militant has been killed and five Armymen injured in Sutsoo Kalan.

The officer further said that firing has stopped as off now but searches are going on.

Here’s How Smartphones Damage Your Productivity And Health

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Here’s How Smartphones Damage Your Productivity And Health

 

Technoference, or the distractions caused due to mobile phones or smartphones, is a term that many of us may not be familiar with but still, we are all victims of it.  

In a country like India which has the second largest number of mobile phone users in the world, it is especially important to note the ill effects of our increasing dependence on smartphones.

Technoference is making people unhealthy in many different ways.   It wouldn t be wrong to say that most of us have become addicted to our mobile phones.  

Now, an Australian research published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry claims that excessive use of mobile phones is making people not just lose sleep but also become less productive.      

 

 

 

 

The study also noted that mobile phones are making us take more risks while driving and that they are causing more aches and pains.   You could partially or completely blame the following health conditions on your excessive use of mobile phones.

Eye problems: Doctors have noted an increase in eye conditions like presbyopia (age-related long-sightedness caused due loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye) even among their younger patients.  

Dry eyes syndrome, irritation and redness are some of the other common problems. It is worse to use your mobile phones in the dark as it strains your eyes even further.     Infections: As shocking as it may sound, you could also blame skin infections like acne on your mobile phones.

Your mobile phones carry a number of germs on them. This is especially true in the case of those who use their mobile phones in their toilet.   The germs, oil and dirt on your phones could cause a number of infections when It coems in contact with your hands and face.   Radiation-related problems: There have been conflicting reports on the effects of mobile phone radiation on health. There are ongoing research studies being carried out on the possible link between cancer and mobile phone use.

According to the World Health Organisation, there is tissue heating which means that the energy radiated by the frequencies of mobile phones is absorbed by the skin and other superficial tissues which results in negligible temperature rise in the brain or any other organs of the body.  

It also says that to date, research does not suggest any consistent evidence of adverse health effects from exposure to radiofrequency fields at levels below those that cause tissue heating.    

The long-term effects, however, need more research because many cancers are not detectable until many years after the interactions that led to the tumour, and since mobile phones were not widely used until the early 1990s, epidemiological studies at present can only assess those cancers that become evident within shorter time periods, according to WHO.

Shopian Gunfight Update: Three Militants Killed During Encounter In Keller Shopian Area Of South Kashmir

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Shopian Gunfight Update: Three Militants Killed During Encounter In Keller Shopian Area Of South Kashmir

 

Three militants were killed in a gunfight with government forces on Thursday in the pre-dawn hours in Yarwan area of Keller, south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

A Police official said that three militants have been killed while the operation was still on.

 

 

 

The gunfight ensued in the village after government forces, following inputs about presence of militants in the village, laid a siege and started door-to-door search operation.

“As the searches intensified, the hiding militants fired at forces triggering a gunfight,” he said.

The slain militants have been identified as Aaqib Ahmad, a resident of Bhatnoora Lassipora Pulwama, Basharat Ahmad, a resident of Wasoora Pulwama and Sajad Khanday, a resident of Bamnoo Keller.

South Kashmir’s Pulwama Recruiting Ground For Jaish-e-Mohammad And Lashkar-e-Toiba: Government Report

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South Kashmir’s Pulwama Recruiting Ground For Jaish-e-Mohammad And Lashkar-e-Toiba: Government Report

 

Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e- Mohammed (JeM) recruited the most number of locals from Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama both in 2018 and in 2019, according to a report prepared by security agencies and shared with the Prime Minister’s office, among others.

Forty Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men were killed in Pulwama on February 14 when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a bus carrying the paramilitary troopers. JeM claimed responsibility for the attack.

 

Describing the attack, the report, a copy of which has been accessed by New Delhi based Hindustan Times, says the “modus operandi is akin to Syria and Afghanistan.” The main militants behind the Pulwama attack – Pakistani nationals Rashid Ghazi alias Kamran and Farhad Butt – were killed in counter-insurgency operations on February 17 in Pulwama, HT quotes the report.

About 63 locals were recruited from Pulwama in 2018 and two more this year. Shopian district was a distant second, with 46 locals joining militant groups in 2018, but none this year.

The report says that the maximum number of militants killed in 2019 belonged to the JeM – 15 militants. In comparison, 10 militants each of the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and the LeT were killed in counter-insurgency operations this year. Last year, the JeM recruited about 33 locals from the Kashmir valley. In contrast HM and LeT recruited 79 and 66 local youth in 2018.

Strong Banking Sector Indispensable For Maintaining Momentum Of Economic Growth: JK Bank Chairman

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Strong Banking Sector Indispensable For Maintaining Momentum Of Economic Growth: JK Bank Chairman

 

J&K Branch of the NIRC of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India organized a seminar on Statutory Audit of Banks and Usage of Commands in FINACLE-7 Software which was presided over by the Chairman & CEO of J&K Bank Parvez Ahmed as Chief Guest on the occasion and senior Chartered Accountant Niranjan Joshi as the Guest Speaker & Key resource on Statutory Audit of Banks.

“It is my strong belief that to maintain the momentum of economic growth in India, it is of utmost importance to ensure that banking sector stays healthy, safe and sound. For safe and sound banking sector, one of the most important factors is reliable financial information supported by quality bank audits. The present scenario requires special and added attention of bank auditors who are entrusted with the responsibility of bank audits as their professional duty.” said Parvez Ahmed in his opening remarks on the occasion.

“In today’s times, banks are exposed to number of audits such as statutory audits for which this seminar is meant for, concurrent audit IT audit, credit / legal / stock audits. Not only this, the regulator (RBI) also conducts risk based audit and these audits are the backbone of the public trust reposed in the banking sector by millions of customers. As such, bank audit is of paramount importance for the banking sector and banking regulator, as well as auditors and for our nation as a whole. Maintaining audit quality in bank audits is of great significance and for this there are huge expectations from the Chartered Accountants in their role of auditors. Let’s keep the tradition of societal trust intact”, added the Chairman and CEO JK Bank.

 

 

 

 

Urging the Chartered Accounts of J&K to undertake capacity building of young entrepreneurs on a voluntary & proactive basis to develop the state economy he also underscored that though implementation of regulatory guidelines in letter and spirit should be the critical area but the context in which audit is being conducted should be kept in mind especially in the fragile environment of our state where at times we need to have mentoring and handholding approach. He added that maintaining audit quality in bank requires besides normal audit skills, a balanced mind set, a pragmatic approach to business and a holistic vision to discharge attest function in larger interest of economy He appreciated the efforts of J&K Branch of ICAI for Conducting the Seminar and stressed upon the need to have more such sessions for brainstorming on such issues.

Earlier CA. Niranjan Joshi made a detailed technical presentation on Statutory Audit of Banks wherein he also addressed the queries of the members on the subject matter. It was followed by a session on Usage of Commands in FINACLE-7 Software by a team of technical experts of the bank lead by Mohammad Muzaffar Wani, Assistant Vice President. A live hands on session about various Commands of FINACLE-7 Software that were relevant from the point of view of Statutory Audit of Banks were also demonstrated.

CA. Shalay Razdan, Chairman of the branch earlier welcomed & introduced the Chief Guest and the guest faculties and delivered the inaugural address. CA.Nakul Saraf, Secretary of the Branch conducted the proceedings of the seminar and CA.Vinay Jamwal, Treasurer of the branch presented the formal vote of thanks. JKCASA Chairman of the branch CA. Arvind Jamwal along with a large number of chartered accountants & senior officials of J&K Bank were also present at the occasion.

Baramulla Youth Injured In An Accident Succumbs To His Injuries

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Baramulla Youth Injured In An Accident Succumbs To His Injuries

 

A 21 year old youth of old town area of Baramulla who was injured critically in a road mishap earlier this day succumbed to his injuries this evening.

 

 

 

Reports reaching that 21 year old identified as Taneem Ahmed Najar son of Ghulam Nabi Najar resident of Banglow Bagh Baramulla was critically injured at Sangrama Chowk on Monday after he was hit by speedy four wheeler vehicle.

However, he was rushed to local hospital where doctors referred him Srinagar medical institute where he succumbed to his injuries.

Two Injured As Armed Robbers Looted Petrol Pump In Kathua In J&K

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Two Injured As Armed Robbers Looted Petrol Pump In Kathua In J&K

 

Two persons were injured after they were shot at by robbers who looted cash from a filling station on Jammu-Pathankot highway in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said Monday.

 

 

 

Three bike-borne masked robbers reached a petrol pump at Seswan in Chadwal area of Rajbagh Saturday night and shot at and injured two workers before fleeing with “unspecified amount” of cash, a police official said.

He said the injured, Hans Raj of Mahanpur and Parkash Singh of Gujjroo, were rushed to hospital.

A case was registered in connection with the robbery and efforts are on to nab the accused, the official said

HADITH FOR THE DAY

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HADITH FOR THE DAY

BY

TAWHEED WANI

 

Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “No man must not be alone with a woman except in the presence of her (Mahram). No woman should travel except in company of a (Mahram).” A man said: “O Messenger of Allah! I have been enrolled for such and such expedition, and my wife left for Hajj.” He (PBUH) said to him, “Go and perform Hajj with your wife.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Forest Land Encroachment Made Unsuccessful By The Efforts Of Division Forest Officer Anantnag Feroz Ahmad

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Forest Land Encroachment Made Unsuccessful By The Efforts Of Division Forest Officer Anantnag Feroz Ahmad

 

DFO Anantnag Feroz Ahmad Chakat {IFS} has done a legendary job by making possible the construction work of guard hut at Titanic view Forest Range Qazigund. This is first time in the recent history of Forest Division Anantnag that any DFO has made efforts of Forest encroachment unsuccessful.

 

 

 

 

The higher authorities of CRPF were taken into confidence and the construction work was made possible. FCR Kuthar was directed to look into the matter along with staff of Forest Range Qazigund.

The issue was amicably solved with CRPF by virtue of great leadership qualities of DFO Feroz Ah. He personally took pains in the matter and subsided it within no time.

A learned and dedicated professional officer deserves the high regard and appreciation by higher ups.

Jamaat-e-Islami Run Private School Principal Mubashir Hussain Of Awneera Shopian Booked Under PSA

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Jamaat-e-Islami Run Private School Principal Mubashir Hussain Of Awneera Shopian Booked Under PSA

 

The principal of a Jamaat-e-Islami run private school was booked under Public Saftety Act in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday.

 

 

 

Reports said Mubashir Hussain, principal Shah-e-Hamdan institute was booked under PSA and sent to a jail in Kathua district of Jammu.

Hussain, a resident of Awneera village of the district, according to reports, was detained a few week ago during a crackdown launched on the party.

Properties, Bank Accounts Of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front To Be Seized By J&K Government

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Properties, Bank Accounts Of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front To Be Seized By J&K Government

 

The Government of India has empowered the J&K Government to prohibit the use of spaces and funds by the Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front.

In a notification issued the Home Ministry, the state government has been authorized to take action against the organization under section 7 and 8 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967.

The notification empowers the government to seize the offices and other properties of JKLF besides its bank accounts.

 

 

 

 

While section 7 of the law empowers the government to prohibit the use of funds by an unlawful association, the section 8 defines the powers to ban the use of locations for holding activities of such an organization.

HADITH FOR THE DAY

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HADITH FOR THE DAY

BY

UMER KASHMIRI

 

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “When one of you leads the Salat, he should not prolong it because the congregation includes those who are feeble, ill or old”. One version adds: “those who have to attend to work”) While offering prayers alone, you may pray as long as you like”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Mehbooba Mufti To Fight Lok Sabha Elections From Anantnag Parliamentary Seat

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Mehbooba Mufti To Fight Lok Sabha Elections From Anantnag Parliamentary Seat

 

 

 

 

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said she will contest from Anantnag parliamentary constituency in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, Mehbooba said her party won’t field any candidate from Jammu to “strengthen’ the secular vote.

 

 

 

 

The former chief minister said the decision was taken to prevent division of ‘secular’ votes in the Jammu region.

She also announced that Agha Mohsin would be the party’s candidate for Srinagar parliamentary seat.

 

 

 

 

The party has already announced Mian Qayoom as their candidate for Baramulla constituency.

Assembly Elections In Jammu And Kashmir After Parliamentary Polls Or In October???

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Assembly Elections In Jammu And Kashmir After Parliamentary Polls Or In October???

 

 

 

 

The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections were  deferred due to Security concerns.

 

 

 

 

Sources told that State elections may be held after the Parliamentary polls in J&K but can be delayed further till October also.

 

 

 

 

Sources told the newly Appointed Observors will have series of metting with various stakeholders and then will update Election Commission of India, which will be the final decision making Authority.

Pakistan Day: Imran Welcomes Modi’s Greeting, Again Pitches For Dialogue On Kashmir And Other Issues

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Pakistan Day: Imran Welcomes Modi’s Greeting, Again Pitches For Dialogue On Kashmir And Other Issues

 

 

 

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan ahead of Pakistan Day as both countries emphasised peace and prosperity for the region.

Pakistan PM Imran Khan tweeted the greetings message received from Modi. The message read: “I extend my greetings and best wishes to the people of Pakistan on the National Day of Pakistan. It is time that ppl of Sub-continent work together for a democratic, peaceful, progressive & prosperous region, in an atmosphere free of terror and violence (SIC).”

PM Khan responded by welcoming Modi’s message and underscoring that it was time to begin a comprehensive dialogue on all outstanding issues, including Kashmir, and forging a new relationship based on peace and prosperity “for all our people”.

“I welcome PM Modi’s message to our people. As we celebrate Pakistan Day I  believe it is time to begin a comprehensive dialogue with India to address & resolve all issues, esp the central issue of Kashmir, & forge a new relationship based on peace & prosperity for all our people.(SIC),” Khan tweeted.

The goodwill messages came against the backdrop of recent escalation of tensions between the two countries following an attack on Indian security forces in Pulwama district. The events in the last week of February took the two arch-rival neighbours closer to war than any of the standoffs between them over the past decade. In an act of aggression, the Indian Air Force violated Pakistan’s airspace on Feb 26 and Pakistan demonstrated its will and capacity to respond by hitting an open space in held Kashmir a day later. India reportedly had also planned a missile attack on Pakistan, but international intervention prevented the situation from getting out of control.

 

 

 

 

 

Both sides later took a number of de-escalatory steps, including the return of high commissioners to their respective missions and initiation of negotiations on a bilateral agreement which would govern the operations of the planned Kartarpur corridor. The corridor would provide Indian Sikh pilgrims visa-free access to Kartarpur temple in Pakistan’s Narowal district.