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No direct role of Army in elections: Senior Pakistani official

Islamabad, July 19 (IANS) Pakistani Army will have no direct role in the country's July 25 general elections and will work on the Election Commission's directives to conduct peaceful polls, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday. Asif Ghafoor, Director General of the Army's media wing ISPR, rejected reports that the Army will work independently during the elections a...

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'Sanjay Gandhi was made of sterner stuff'

I cant claim that I was close to the entire Gandhi family, but there was a time when Sanjay, Indira Gandhis younger son, was a good friend. In fact, he even tried to teach me to fly a plane, without success but with considerable daredevilry. I first got to know Sanjay as my sister Shobha's friend. It was the early 1960s, Daddy was army chief and we were living in Army House on what was s...

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Parrikar slams Congress for 'doubting' surgical strikes

Panaji, July 16 (IANS) Slamming the opposition for spreading scepticism and negativity, former Defence Minister and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday asked if the Congress would have believed in the surgical strikes if the Army had taken its President Rahul Gandhi along on the mission. I am not speaking about the surgical strikes in a political manner. What do the opposition...

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Pakistan mourns loss of 132 lives in savage poll bombing

Islamabad, July 14 (IANS) A number of bombings on political rallies over the past one week have shattered peace in Pakistan ahead of the July 25 polls, with the latest in the string being a devastating suicide attack in Balochistan on Friday that killed at least 132 people. Amid intensified election campaigning, attacks in different areas of the country have stoked fear of more violence....

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Pakistan Army chief confirms death penalty of 12 terrorists

Islamabad, July 13 (IANS) Pakistan's Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday confirmed the death sentence of another 12 hardcore terrorists, involved in heinous offences related to attacking the armed forces, law enforcement personnel, destruction of educational institutions and killing of innocent civilians, the military said. An Army statement said the convicts were also involve...

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Army chief visits Mamun military station

New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday visited Mamun Military Station in Pathankot to review the operational preparedness and interacted with the troops. Western Army Command chief Lt. General Surinder Singh accompanied General Rawat. The two were received by General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Rising Star Corps Lt. General Y.V.K. Mohan and Commander of Pathank...

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Pakistan, US to work towards peace in Afghanistan

Islamabad, July 4 (IANS) Pakistan and the US have agreed to remain engaged for peace in Afghanistan, a media report said on Wednesday. The agreement came during a meeting between US Deputy Assistant Secretary at the State Department's Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Ambassador Alice Wells and Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa here on Tuesday, reports Dawn news. Both reaffirmed...

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Have not seen a single movie in 30 years: Army Chief tells kids

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Tuesday told school students from Chhattisgarh that he has not seen a single movie in the past 30 years. Asked by Shriom Kashyap, a class 8 student from the Delhi Public School, Raipur, about his views on the patriotic Hindi film movies, he said: I, in the past 30 years, never got time to watch a movie and to sit at a plac...

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Ideological conflict with Maoists creating problems: Army chief

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) Asserting that Maoists were trying to take people back in time, the Indian Army chief, General Bipin Rawat said on Tuesday that the ideological conflict was creating problems vis-a-vis the Maoists in the country. Maoists have their own ideology. They don't believe in democracy. They are anti-development. They feel the government is taking away what was rightfully...

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Education in shatters causes stone-pelting in Kashmir: Army Chief

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Tuesday said that decades of militancy has shattered the education system in Jammu and Kashmir and this is one of factors behind stone-pelting protests in the state. The Army chief was interacting with students from Chhattisgarh who were on a trip to Delhi. One of the them asked him why there were frequent stone-pe...

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Pakistan Army chief approves death of 12 militants

Islamabad, July 3 (IANS) Pakistan Army chief on approved death sentence of 12 hardcore militants involved in separate incidents of terrorism in the country, official reports said on Monday. The Inter-Services Public Relations, army's media wing, said in a statement that Pakistani Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa also confirmed imprisonment of another six militants involved in deteriorat...

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Army chief asks J&K students to join Indian armed forces

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) Army chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat on Friday met a group of Kashmiri students and exhorted them to join the Indian Army and serve the nation. The group of 25 students, comprising 20 boys and five girls, and accompanied by five teachers from Jammu and Kashmir has been on a National Integration Tour sponsored by the government. Rawat shared his experiences with...

19 days ago
Army chief asks J&K students to join Indian armed forces

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday met a group of Kashmiri students and exhorted them to join the Indian Army and serve the nation, an official statement said. The group of 25 students, comprising 20 boys and five girls, and accompanied by five teachers from Jammu and Kashmir has been on a National Integration Tour sponsored by the government. Gene...

20 days ago
I do better when I tell true stories: Meghna Gulzar

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) Meghna Gulzar feels real life has more heroes than the fictional world, and likes tracing their journeys through her cinematic endeavours. The filmmaker, who is working on a biopic on Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, says telling a true story is challenging -- and feels she does a better job with them. My stories have become stronger in terms of the content, and I t...

21 days ago
Army to provide security for Pakistan's general elections

Islamabad, June 27 (IANS) Pakistan's Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday directed the armed forces to take over security duties for the country's July 25 general elections, the Army's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. According to a statement from the ISPR, the directive was issued at a Corps Commanders' Conference held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, ...

21 days ago
Army must conquer cyberspace to counter terror: Army chief

New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) The Indian armed forces and security establishment must learn to exploit cyberspace to our advantage if the scourge of terrorism has to be defeated, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said here on Wednesday. In his keynote address at a two-day conference on cyber warfare and security, Gen Rawat said: Cyber is not just important for in conventional warfare domain but...

21 days ago
Army chief slams UN report on Kashmir, calls it motivated

New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday termed a UN report on alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir as motivated and said there was no need to be concerned about it as the Army's record was absolutely above board. I don't think we need to speak about the human rights record of the Indian Army. It is well known to all of you, it is well known t...

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Sitharaman reviews security in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar, June 25 (IANS) Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday visited the Kashmir Valley to review the security situation. Accompanied by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, she was received by Lt. General Ranbir Singh, the Northern Army Commander and Lt. General A.K. Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander. The Raksha Mantri was briefed about the security and administrative arrange...

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Army chief reviews security in Valley

Srinagar, June 23 (IANS) Army chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat on Saturday reviewed security in the Kashmir Valley, on his first visit after Governor's rule was imposed in the state, a defence official said. The army chief visited the Kashmir Valley today (Saturday) to review the prevailing security situation along the Line of Control (LoC) and also in the hinterland, said Defence Ministry spokes...

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Haven't quit politics, says Musharraf

Islamabad, June 23 (IANS) A day after resigning as the chairman of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), former President Pervez Musharraf said that he has not quit politics. Musharraf, in a video message, said he had been planning to contest the upcoming general elections but wanted certain assurances, including that of not being arrested, the removal of lifetime disqualification and h...

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