Islamic State and India: Evaluating the threat of ISIS 

India Research Forum organised a seminar on 11th February, 2022 on India’s internal security challenges. Session 2 decodes the Threat of Islamic Terrorism and India watch the above video to be part of the discussion.

LAC, Ukraine on table during Wang Yi’s meeting with Jaishankar, Doval

Wang Yi

New Delhi, Mar 24: China’s foreign minister Wang Yi will meet with External Affairs Minister, Dr. S Jaishankar and National Security Adviser, Ajit Doval on March 25 and discuss the way forward on the LAC issue.

Sources tell OneIndia that a meeting between Yi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being worked out. He will be in India on a day long visit before he flies to Kathmandu.

NSA Doval is his counterpart in the Special Representative Dialogue on boundary resolution.

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Why India abstained on the UNSC resolution on Russia

New Delhi, Feb 26: In the UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine India abstained on the vote on the draft resolution.

T S Tirumurti, Ambassador of India to the United Nations said that India is deeply disturbed by the recent developments in Ukraine. We urge that all efforts are made for the immediate cessation of violence and hostilities, he said. No solution can be arrived at, at the cost of human lives, he further added.

We are deeply concerned about the welfare and security of the Indian community, including a large number of Indian students, he said. The contemporary global order has been built on the UN Charter, international law and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states, Tirumurti also added.

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AK-203 rifles to be made in India as deal with Russia inked 

New Delhi, Dec 06: India and Russia have inked a deal for the procurement of AK-203 assault rifles. Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh and his Russian counterpart General Sergey Shoigu signed a contract for the procurement of over 5 lakh AK-203 assault rifles through the Indo-Russia Rifles Put Ltd and the agreement on military-technical cooperation from 2021-2031. 

This agreement comes on the backdrop of the government of India approving the plan for the production of over five lakh AK-203 assault rifles at Korwa, Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. This would be a big boost to self-reliance in defence. 

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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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India accepts Russia’s invite for Afghan talks: Taliban leadership to be present

New Delhi, Oct 15: India has accepted an invitation from Russia to join the Afghanistan talks to be held in Moscow next week.

This 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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Afghanistan to be India’s prime focus at SCO, Quad

New Delhi, Sep 16: The key focus of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting would be on the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and evolving situation in the country.

New Delhi has flagged concerns following the Taliban takeover and said that it poses a massive challenge in the region. The SCO meeting will be held this week in Dushanbe, Tajikistan this week.

During the meet, India would also raise concerns about the role being played by Pakistan in Kabul.

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Lashkar terrorist from Pakistan sentenced to 7 years in jail for plotting attacks in India

New Delhi, Sep 11: A Special court of the National Investigation Agency has convicted a Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorist of Pakistan origin after he was held guilty of planning terror attacks in India.

Mohammad Amir was convicted and sentenced under sections 120B and 121A of the IPC, sections 18 and 20 of UA(P) Act, section 25(1A) of Arms Act, section 5 of Explosive Substances Act, section 14 of Foreigners Act and section 6( 1A) of Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act. He was sentenced to 7 years rigorous imprisonment.

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Can India trust Taliban on its no interference in Kashmir assurance

New Delhi, Sep 02: India would assess the statement made by the Al-Qaeda on Kashmir especially in the wake of the Taliban taking over Afghanistan. The statement by the Al-Qaeda does not restrict itself to Kashmir alone, but also makes a mention of liberating Somalia, Yemen, Palestine, Levant and Maghreb.

While the relationship between the Taliban and Al-Qaeda dates back to the 1980s, the world would keep a close watch on whether the former would keep up its commitment not to let Afghan soil be used for any terrorist activity.

The Taliban has been critical of the Islamic State, when it began operating on Afghan soil. However it has remained mum on the Al-Qaeda and this security watchers say is due to the strong bond that Mullah Omar shared with Osama bin Laden.

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What are India’s immediate priorities in Afghanistan

New Delhi, Aug 31: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set up a high level group in view of the ongoing developments in Afghanistan. The high level group comprises National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar and other senior officials.

The top focus of the group would be India’s immediate priorities in Afghanistan. The immediate priority for India would be the evacuation of its nationals, many of who are still stranded in Afghansitan, which was taken over by Pakistan.

Another major priority would be to ensure that the Afghan soil is not used against India for any terror attacks. This is crucial in the backdrop of the meeting that the leaders of the Jaish-e-Mohammad had with the Taliban.

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