India, Pak agree to halt cross-border firing: NC, PDP & Hurriyat all welcome move
Thursday, 25 February 2021 Mainstream politicians in J&K, as well as the separatist All Parties Hurriyat Conference, have all lauded the mutual agreement between India and Pakistan to defuse tensions in Kashmir Valley with a pledge to halt cross-border firing.
Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and chief of J and K National Conference Farooq Abdullah reacted on India and Pakistan agreeing to stop cross-border firing in Kashmir. Welcoming the decision, he said that it is a big step and both the Prime Ministers will try to solve the issues. India and...
While speaking to ANI, 15 Corps (Srinagar) Commander Lt Gen DP Pandey said that Pakistan Army used ceasefire violations to assist infiltrations but it is now reduced after the agreement between India and Pakistan. He also emphasised that current terrorist attacks have not been led by Pakistan but it is instigating local terrorists in Kashmir valley. "Ceasefire was announced about 2 months back and both sides (India and Pakistan) are adhering to norms, but we shouldn't draw too many conclusions. In about another month or two, we'll get to see the impact of this ceasefire in Kashmir. The numbers of (terror) incidents are on decline, they're virtually half, as compared to last year. Pakistan Army used ceasefire violations primarily to assist infiltrations; currently what we observe is adherence and reduction," said Lt Gen DP Pandey. He further said, "Pakistan's objective in terms of facilitating terrorism in Kashmir hasn't changed, but their intent to indigenize it has changed. For last few years, Pakistan terrorists aren't leading attacks, but primarily instigating local terrorists."
In a bid to provide a platform to youngsters, 'The Kashmir Fashion Show' was organised on March 30 at the Sheri Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar. "Our brothers and sisters have the capacity and talent to work in the fashion industry or film industry and there nothing wrong with the platform. This show is a small effort to give them a stage to showcase their talents," the organiser of the event, Momin Mir said. "Fashion is not every time bad. It's all about clothes and a presentation of it," said a contemporary style designer, Ousheeba. "There is a stereotype that females should not do modelling and it is not for them. To break shackles, this program has been organised," participant, Sara told ANI. The auditions for the fashion show were held in districts of the Kashmir Valley to find the talent. A total of 22 candidates were shortlisted for main event. The costumes were designed by local fashion designers.
The Para Special Forces unit is a special operations unit of the Indian Army. Also known as Elite Forces, it is among the oldest airborne units in the world. Their role involves occupying large areas behind enemy lines they operate in small assault teams, which work individually behind enemy lines. These forces are trained to face inclement weather, deep snow, and all kinds of rescue operations. The unit specializes in various roles including hostage rescue, counter-terrorism, unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, foreign internal defence, counter-proliferation, counter-insurgency. "These are specialised troops with very few numbers. They are deployed wherever the Indian Army is there for special task. Out here it is mainly also for ceasefire violations. Fortunately there will now be a ceasefire, so we are happy. But we have to be ready in case there is any violations by the enemy, we are always ready to respond to it," said Col Karan Bhatia, Commanding officer Para.