RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat compared volunteers with ‘general society’, not Indian Army, says RSS

On Monday, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said that its chief Mohan Bhagwat did not disregard the army or comment on its preparation in the course of a speech given a day earlier in Bihar’s Mirpur. The RSS clarified in a statement by spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya that Bhagwat said if the nation’s law calls for raising an armed force, the preparation time for ordinary citizens would be six months, but volunteers of the RSS would take a shorter time to be ready, because of the army-like discipline they follow.

“This was no way a comparison between the Indian army and the Sangh swayamsevaks but it was a comparison between general society and swayamsevaks. Both are to be trained by the Indian Army only,” the statement said. The 67-year-old chief had reportedly said that the RSS has the ability to make an “army” to battle for the nation within three days if such a situation ascends, whereas the army would take 6-7 months to prepare. However, Vaidya said that the RSS chief did not question the army’s capability nor was he portraying a comparison between the army and the swayamsevaks.

He added Bhagwat was stating to the time that the army would take to groom ordinary citizens facing swayamsevaks. Bhagwat was heard saying in a video clip posted by RSS on its Twitter handle that the Sangh is not a military or paramilitary organization, but a family organization.

Army kills 7 Pakistani soldiers in ‘Retaliatory action’, injures 4 along LoC

In a strong retaliation attack, Indian Army killed today seven Pakistani soldiers and wounded four in areas along the Line of Control (LoC) for the killing of an Indian soldier in Pakistan firing on Saturday. The Army’s act took place in the leading areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. The reply came following an Indian soldier was killed in Pakistani firing along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Saturday.

On the other hand, the Pakistan army said in a statement that four of its soldiers were killed along the LoC in the Jandrot, Kohli sector. The army, on the other side, killed six Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) terrorists. The Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid said that “We have recovered five bodies from the spot. I think six have died, one body is being searched. They belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed and information was that they are suicide attackers”. “Since past few days, we were getting inputs about possible attempts to infiltrate from Uri sector. So, ambushes were laid out in that area by Army, J&K police & CRPF. In the morning, exchange of fire took place in one of the ambushes,” added Vaid.

While addressing Army members at an event of the 70th Army Day, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat cautioned Pakistan not to force India to step up its military attacking. “Pakistan Army has been continuously trying to help terrorists sneak into India along LoC in J&K. We are using our might to teach them a lesson. If we are forced, then we may resort to other action by stepping up military offensive,” Rawat said. General Rawat also talked about Pakistan’s continuous ceasefire violations. He said that “Ceasefire violations by Pakistan happen frequently, to which we respond effectively. We will take even stronger steps against our enemies if we are compelled to do so”. Rawat added that anti-India activities will not be allowed.

As per the data compiled by the Union Home ministry, Pakistani forces have violated ceasefire 724 times along the IB and the LoC till October in comparison to 449 times in 2016. “We will call their bluff. If given the task, we will not say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons,” said General Rawat. He also added that quarrels along Line of Actual Control in the nation’s northern border with China are continuing, with steady transgressions happening. The Army chief said terrorism has been limited in the Eastern front. “Our intelligence based and people-friendly operations in the north-east have managed to limit terrorism to a large extent,” the Army chief said.

Lashkar Commander Junaid Mattoo Has Been Reportedly Killed in a Gun Battle

Two terrorists including Lashkar’s Junaid Matto have been killed in the Kulgam encounter by Indian Army, SoG and the CRPF, news agency ANI has reported. They were among the three terrorists who were trapped inside a house in a village in south Kashmir’s Bijbehara area and were challenged by the security forces on Friday morning.

According to the police, A gunbattle had broken out between security forces and three terrorists of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba. The gun battle started at about 10 am in Arwani village after security forces, including army personnel, cordoned off the houses in Malik Mohalla following an intelligence tip-off that three Lashkar-e- Taiba militants were present inside, officials said. When the forces closed in, the militants opened fire triggering an encounter, said police.

“The terrorists opened fire at the security forces after being asked to surrender. In the gunfight, two of the terrorists have been killed. One of them is reportedly identified as Lahskar commander Junaid Mattoo,” CRPF deputy inspector general M. Dinakaran told IANS.

Mattoo, who carries a bounty of Rs. 10 lakh on his head, was involved in a day light attack last year on a police van in which three policemen, including an officer, were killed. His involvement is also suspected in the killing of a policeman in Kulgam on Thursday afternoon.

Reports from the area said the security forces used improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to blast the two houses where the militants had been hiding.

A civilian identified as Muhammad Ashraf Khar, 22, was killed in clashes between the security forces and a stone pelting mob which gathered near the encounter site. Twelve protesting civilians were injured in these clashes.

Chatter from the terror group had suggested that besides Mattoo, the Lashkar militants are believed to be one Azad Malik and a Pakistani national.


13 Militants Killed in 96 Hours in Kashmir, Indian Army

On Saturday, The Indian Army had  said that it has foiled five infiltration attempts in the past three days. Army officials said that in the last 96 hours 13 militants had been killed along the Line of Control (LoC).

Six militants were killed on Friday in The latest encounter occurred between the Indian Army and militants by the Army in the Uri sector. Defence spokesman of Northern Command said that The sinister designs of Pakistan Army to push-in multiple groups of the armed intruders across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir will  continues to be defeated by proactive operations which is  being carried out on the border,” Starting from the end of winter season thaw that ends in March-April, infiltration usually went up and most of the  peaks in the period between May and July. That is only when Pakistan defence forces try and push most of the armed infiltrators across the LoC.

According to a defence spokesperson report several attempts had been made by the Pakistan Army to push armed infiltrators across the LoC but were foiled by the troops at Machhil and the Naugam sectors in the Kupwara district, Gurez in the Bandipora district and Uri in the Baramulla which result in the death  of seven militants. The number of killed infiltrators after the Friday’s encounter reaches 13.

Since then, the operations in Uri and Gurez sectors have further progressed. Five armed unknown persons have also been killed in the  Uri so far and one intruder has been killed in the Gurez sector which is close to the LoC, he added.

The spokesman said the explosives, inflammable material, arms and ammunition recovered from the armed intruders indicate Pakistan’s designs to orchestrate high profile terror incidents targeting innocent civilian population and security forces during the holy month of Ramazan.

On Friday, The defence spokesperson added to his speech that all the five infiltration bids were aided by the Pakistani forces who provide them very active support, including all cover fire using the heavy calibre artillery, the Army’s Northern Command had said in a statement. According to the Army, this  has successfully thwart seven penetration attempts in less than a fortnight in the north Kashmir which causes three of the attempts  to submerge  in the Uri sector alone.

After  May 1 incident Indian army has been specially cautious , when the Pakistan Border Action Teams (BAT) penetrated into the Indian side and shamelessly beheaded two Indian soldiers. In the reply of this  attack Indian army On May 26, killed two Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) members who tried to enter  into the Uri sector in the Baramulla district to take out an attack on the soldiers.

Next day  In the same sector Six more militants were killed when they attempted to sneak into the valley across the border side.

Friday’s attack in Uri has increased the number of infiltration attempts foiled by the Indian Army to 23 and the total number of militants killed on the LoC to 39.

7 Pakistan Soldier Killed in Cross Firing by Indian Army

Indian army responded to Pakistan’s continuous violation of ceasefire along the Line of Control by killing 5 soldiers of Pak Army. Earlier a General Reserve Engineer Force was killed and two civilians were injured in the violation of ceasefire by Pakistan in Poonch, Pakistan continued provocation, as it violated ceasefire in Naushera and Krishna Ghati sector in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday morning.

India gave the befitting reply to Pakistan’s army by killing 5 soldiers and injuring six soldiers in a firing. Pakistan on Thursday summoned the India’s deputy High Commissioner JP Singh and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LOC by Indian soldiers as Pakistan allegedly saying that this firing, in Battal sector, this morning, killed 2 civilians and injured 4 others.

Senior Pakistan official Dr. Mohmmad Faisal, director General (SAARC and SA) said that, “The deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed condemn-able and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws.”

Today in the morning, Pakistani army initiated the firing of small arms,82mm and 120 mm mortars along the LOC in Naushera sector and Krishna Ghati sector. Commenting on the violation of ceasefire Defence Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta said, ” Pakistan initiated indiscriminate firing and shelling on our positions on the LOC in Rajouri district’s Naushera and Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch.”

Surgical Strike Part 2: Indian Army Troops Destroyed Pakistan Posts At LOC

In a response to the recent infiltration bids by the Pakistan side of the Line of Control (LOC), the Indian Army released a video of finishing Pakistani posts to all intents and purposes to send a tough message to the militants who tries to cross the border and kill innocent people of our country. The Major General Ashok Narula said that the step was taken for proactive counter-terrorism operations in order to maintain peace and stability in Jammu and Kashmir. After surgical strikes in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) last year, it is another big response by India to the Pakistan and its all terror outfits that India is no longer going to take the issue of terrorism for granted.

While briefing the media on Tuesday, Major Gen Ashok Narula said that the infiltration activities in the Jammu and Kashmir effects influence negatively the youth of the state, so it needs to be curbed. The Army spokesperson Major Gen Ashok Narula said “bring down the number of terrorists in Kashmir so that local youth are not encouraged to take up arms. The Pakistani army has been providing full support to infiltrators by engaging our forward troops from their weapon emplacements and pillboxes closer to the Line of Control. At times they have not even hesitated to target villages in the proximity of the Line of Control”. Major Gen Narula also revealed that the posts of Pakistan damaged shown in the video are of Naushera sector. When Major Gen was asked about the specific date of this attack, Narula replied that the posts were targeted “recent, very recent”.

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While talking about the usual pattern of increased militant activities in summer, Major Gen Narula said, “Infiltrations are likely to increase with the melting of snow and opening of passes. Operations like Naugam where four terrorists were neutralized on 20-21 May are the instances. This calls for even more pro-active counter-terrorism operations.” Kashmir has been on the rise in its terror activities since the death of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani last July, with more than 100 civilians killed in street protests and clashes with security personnel.

A video has been released by the Indian Army on Tuesday showing that the Indian Army had attacked the Pakistani posts with weaponry fire. Recently on May 21, the Indian Army foil prevented from an infiltration attack in the Nougam sector of North Kashmir by killing four terrorists. However, two Jawans were martyred in the attack as well. On May 1, the Pakistani Border Action team came into the Indian Territory and surprisingly attacked an Indian Army patrol. They killed two Indian Jawans and also mutilated their bodies to hell. After that incident, whole countrymen were eagerly waiting for Indian Army to take the revenge of the Indian martyrs from the Pakistan. The Indian Army has sent a stern message again to the Pakistan that we will reply like this in future as well if they will not take any lesson from it and keep on promoting terror practices.

Indian Govt Is Buying Seven Weapon System, World's Fifth Largest Military Spender

According to the figures revealed by the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (Sipri) on Monday, India’s military expenditure has been increased by 8.5% in 2016, building it as the world’s fifth largest spender at $55.9 billion. The reports said that the US still remains at the top with world’s largest military spender recording the growth of 1.7 percent between 2015 and 2016 to $611 billion. Some other countries like China, Japan, Australia and South Korea also able to come into the list of the top 15 spenders.

In April, India has signed billion-dollar deals for the execution of two contracts to buy advanced medium range surface to air systems from Israel and 155mm/52-calibre tacked self-proclaimed artillery guns from South Korea. China came second on the list as they are spending $215 billion, which is an increase of 2.4 percent. The SIPRI report also said that the growth rate was “much lower” than the last some years. Coming to a country with a third largest spender, Russia increased its expenses by 5.9 percent to $69.2 billion and becomes the third largest spender in the list. Saudi Arabia came in the fourth position in 2016, was at number 3 position in 2015. Shockingly, it’s spending decreased by 30 percent in 2016 to $63.7 billion, in spite of the fact that it was constantly involved in regional wars.

Talking about India’s border-sharing country Pakistan, they were not even able to get a place in the top 15 spenders. Pakistan spent just $9.93 billion. The report also said that the 2016 figures of US remained 20% lower than its max out performance in 2010. “The growth in US military expenditure in 2016 may signal the end of a trend of decreases in spending, which resulted from the economic crisis and the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq,” the report said. The director of the SIPRI Arms and Military expenditure (AMEX) programme, Aude Fleurant, said that “Despite continuing legal restraints on the overall US budget, increases in military spending were agreed upon by congress. Future spending platforms remain uncertain due to the changing political situation in the US.”

The Military expenditure in Western Europe rose for the second consecutive year and it was up by 2.6 percent. On the other hand, economic problems and failing oil revenue led to oil-shock price has forced many oil-exporting countries to reduce military spending. Talking about last year’s global military spending, it was accounted for 2.2 percent of the global GDP. The military spending as a share of GDP, was lowest in the Americas with an average of 1.3 percent, whereas highest in the Middle East with an average of 6.0 percent.

Talking about the big weapons and systems where India has contracted for or will soon place an order for are MRSAM systems, M777 ultra-light howitzers, 155mm/52-calibre tracked self-propelled guns, Anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), Rafale fighter jets, Attack and heavy-lift helicopters and Minesweepers. There is no doubt that India is spending its money wisely on the military, weapons, and systems. It is one of the biggest reasons why India became world’s fifth-largest military spender.