Recent Wave of Targeted Killings Aims to Disrupt Kashmir’s Integration With India

NEW DELHI—Eleven civilians have lost their lives in a fresh wave of targeted killings in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir since Oct. 5, causing the Indian administration and military to go on high alert in a region that shares a border with Pakistan.

The targeted killings of seven unsuspecting individuals from the Hindu minority community and four of the majority Muslim community include people from within Kashmir and also five migrant workers from other parts of India. They were carried out by young men, including first-time shooters in mostly a hit-and-run style.

Experts said the fresh wave of killings is suspected to be the work of a new local militant group called The Resistance Front (TRF), which is backed by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). It is said to be unique in several ways and is aimed at creating a narrative war supporting further unrest, violence, and alienation and at leading to Muslim exclusivity for the region.

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Why Islamic State could spoil the Chinese party in Afghanistan

New Delhi, Oct 23: The Islamic State has been looking to make Afghanistan its stronghold. It even launched the Islamic State Khorasan Province and has so far shown that it can be very lethal.

While it has carried out a series of attacks in the past years, since the Taliban took over it carried out three strikes which are deadly in nature. This month alone saw two high profile attacks against the Shiite Muslims who had gathered for Friday prayers in the cities of Kunduz and Kandahar. Prior to this the ISKP had carried out a lethal suicide attack at the Kabul airport just days after the US withdrew in August.

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With focus on Demchok, Hot Springs, India-China to hold WMCC this month

New Delhi, Oct 21: After the last round of military commander level talks failed, India and China will hold another meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on the border affairs this month.

The WMCC meeting would focus on resolving issue after the last round of military commander level talks held last week hit a deadlock. While the dates are yet to be finalised, the talks would focus on disengagement at Demchok and the Depsang Bulge.

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Failure to demonstrate action: Why Pakistan remains in the FATF Grey List

New Delhi, Oct 22: Pakistan has failed to demonstrate that it has taken action against the UN-designated terrorists as a result of which it will continue to remain in the Grey List of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

The FATF noted that Pakistan needs to further demonstrate that action is being taken against the likes of Lashkar-e-Tayiba chief, Hafiz Saeed and Jaish-e-Mohammad boss, Masood Azhar.

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India expressed readiness to provide humanitarian aid to Afghans says Taliban

New Delhi, Oct 21: The Indian representatives who came face to face with a delegation of the Taliban in Moscow were told that New Delhi had provided humanitarian aid to Afghans.

The Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary (Pakistan-Afghanist-Iran Division) J P Singh while the Taliban team was led by Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi. The two sides met on the sidelines of the Moscow Format meet on Afghanistan which was convened by Russia.

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All in a day: Four terrorists responsible for migrant worker killings in J&K gunned down

New Delhi, Oct 21: Sending out a strong message against civilian killings in Jammu and Kashmir, the security agencies have gunned down four terrorists in two separate encounters.

These terrorists were responsible for the killing of migrant workers, the police said. In the gun battle at Shopian two terrorists and a Sepoy Karanveer Singh were killed. In another encounter at Kulgam, two terrorists were killed.

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15 terrorists involved in killing of non-locals gunned down in J&K so far

New Delhi, Oct 20: The Jammu and Kashmir has killed 15 terrorists since the killing of civilians in the Valley. The police said that the 15 terrorists were killed in 9 encounters.

The police said that following the killing of civilians, 3 out of the 5 terrorists of Srinagar city were killed in less than 24 hours.

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Just a matter of time for 9 day encounter in Rajouri-Poonch jungles to end 

New Delhi, Oct 20: While the encounter between the terrorists and Indian Army continues in the forests of the Rajouri-Poonch sector, the forces are now going in for the final kill. 

The Indian Army has inflicted a lot of damage on the terrorists and sources say that the encounter is likely to end soon with all terrorists being killed. While it was said that the Army gunned down 6 of the 9-10 Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorists, the same is yet to be officially confirmed. 

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Agencies adopt multiple strategies to stop killing of non-Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir 

New Delhi, Oct 20: With the number of civilian killings going up in Jammu and Kashmir the security agencies have adapted multiple strategies to counter the threat.

The state police have strengthened the security grid, while also identifying the groups behind the killings. Protection has been enhanced for non-locals and many have been shifted to shelter camps.

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Indian reps to come face-to-face with Taliban leadership at Moscow today 

New Delhi, Oct 20: The Indian representatives will come face to face with a delegation of the Taliban today during the talks to be held in Moscow. These talks comes a day after the US pulled out of a meeting of the extended troika which was hosted by Moscow on Tuesday. The special representatives from China, Russia and Pakistan took part in the meeting. 

The meeting would bring India face-to-face with the Taliban leadership who have also been invited for the talks. The Taliban had recently taken over Afghanistan following the withdrawal by the US troops. 

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