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Pervez Musharraf Welcomes The Action Being Taken Against The Jaish-e-Mohammad

New Delhi: Former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf has said that the Masood Azhar-led Jaish-e-Mohammad was instrumental in carrying out attacks on Indian soil during his tenure as head of the state. Musharraf welcomed the action being taken against the Jaish-e-Mohammad.

He said that it was the same organisation that had carried out two assassination attempts on him when he was president of Pakistan. A 2-minute clip of the interview was put out on Twitter on Malik’s handle on March 5, 2019.

“This is a good move. I have always said that the JeM is a terrorist organisation and they only had carried out a suicide attack in an attempt to assassinate me. Action should be taken against them. I am happy the government is taking a tough stand against them,” he said. During his tenure as president, Musharraf had survived two assassination attempts.

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Congress Seeks Registration Of FIR Against Narendra Modi For Corruption In Rafale Fighter Jet Deal

New Delhi: With party president Rahul Gandhi claiming that there “is now enough evidence” to prosecute him, the Congress has sought registration of an FIR against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “corruption” in the Rafale fighter jet deal.

Leading the party’s charge, Gandhi alleged “the trail of corruption” in the Rafale fighter jet deal “begins and ends with” Modi. He also alleged “destruction of evidence” and “obvious cover-up” after the government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that crucial files pertaining to the fighter jet deal with French firm Dassault Aviation were “stolen” from the Defence Ministry.

“There is now enough evidence to prosecute the PM in the Rafale Scam. The trail of corruption begins & ends with him. That crucial Rafale files incriminating him are now reported ‘stolen’ by the Govt, is destruction of evidence & an obvious coverup,” he said on Twitter, using the hashtag “FIRagainstCorruptModi”.

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The Army Says, Jaish Terrorist And Key-Conspirator Of Pulwama Attack Killed In An Encounter

New Delhi: The Army has said that a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist who was a key-conspirator of the Pulwama terror attack was killed in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Tral. Three Jaish terrorists were killed in the Tral encounter.

“Jaish commander Mudassar Khan was among the terrorists killed in the encounter. He was the main conspirator of the Pulwama terror attack,” said Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps .

The Army said 18 terrorists have been killed in the last 21 days. Reportedly Mudassar Khan has been identified as the brain behind the Pulwama terror sucide attack that killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel on February 14.

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BJP Top Brass Begins Discussing Election Preparedness And Strategies A Day After LS Sabha Poll Announced

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) brass began discussing their election preparedness and strategies a day after Lok Sabha poll dates were announced, with party chief Amit Shah meeting office bearers and Home minister Rajnath Singh holding talks with members of the manifesto committee.

The Lok Sabha polls will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19 while counting of votes in 543 constituencies will be taken up on May 23.

The BJP manifesto committee, headed by Singh, met at his residence with defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Union ministers Radha Mohan Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, general secretary Bhupendra Yadav and other members attending. The 20-member manifesto committee had set up 15 sub-committees to work on the 2019 “Sankalp Patra”, or manifesto.

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PM Modi Speaks On Phone With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan And UAE Crown Prince

New Delhi: Saudi Arabia’s deputy foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir made a six-hour-long visit to New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who also spoke on the phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and United Arab Emirate’s crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.

The flurry of contacts sparked speculation about influential players in the Islamic world interceding on behalf of Islamabad with New Delhi to reduce tensions following the Pulwama terror attack, claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed.

There were no discussions on possible mediation in the contacts on Monday, officials said. External affairs ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar had said on Saturday there has been “no offer of mediation from any country”, including Saudi Arabia, and India is also not interested in mediation.