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Pakistan's campaign on Kashmir at the UN has fallen flat and Islamabad has been isolated in a world focused on the horrors of terror.

 

The timing could not have been better. With India warning of giving a "befitting reply" to Pakistan for its sponsored terror attack on an Indian Army camp that led to the death of 18 soldiers, the country signed a massive 7.87-billion euro deal to purchase state-of-the-art  Rafale fighter jets from France.

 
India will not hold a dialogue with a Pakistan run by a “warmachine” that holds the gun of terrorism and glorifies terrorists, M J Akbar, India's Minister of State for External Affairs said Wednesday in a strong riposte to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's attacks on New Delhi while raising the Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly.  
 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was under intense pressure to retaliate as the killing of 18 Indian army soldiers in a pre-dawn raid by Pakistan-backed terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir has built a strong public opinion in favour of giving a "befitting reply" to Islamabad.

 

The fidayeen attack in Uri has, once again, highlighted the need to immediately adopt an active and a sustained strategy to eliminate terrorism from J&K. The strategy should include an integrated approach at all levels — administration, political, social, religious, psychological, diplomatic and military. A broad outline of the important features of the proposed strategy are discussed below.

 
The administrative block of an Indian Army camp in the Uri district of Jammu and Kashmir was attacked by 4 militants in the early hours of today's morning, killing 17 soldiers and injuring more than 20. This dawn raid was the biggest attack in terms of the fatalities and casualties caused to the Indian Army in 26 years, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.
 

Demanding that the Security Council find ways to reverse the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, India has accused the UN committee on Taliban of allowing the terrorist organisation's leader Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada to escape responsibility for his group's deeds.

 

The LEMOA between India and the US has benefits for both countries. But there are several questions too. Leaders need to reflect if this is an opportune time for the country to move away from its long-held strategic autonomy.

 

The massive explosion reported from North Korea this morning is in all probability a nuclear test. This has been confirmed by the Japanese government and so has the regime in Pyongyang confirmed the same, writes C. Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.

 


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