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Countries Backing India on Kashmir will be hit by a missile: Pak Minister

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A Pakistan minister has courted controversy by saying that any country that will support India over the Kashmir issue will be hit by a missile by Pakistan and considered as an “enemy” of Islamabad.

“If tensions with India rise on Kashmir, Pakistan will be compelled to go to war. Those countries backing India and not Pakistan (over Kashmir) will be considered our enemy and a missile will be fired at India and those nations supporting it,” Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur said at an event on Tuesday.

Pakistan-based journalist Naila Inayat tweeted a part of the video in which the minister is seen making the inflammatory remarks.

The Pak leader’s rhetoric on Kashmir issue comes at a time when Pakistan has been snubbed globally over the matter. Islamabad has unilaterally downgraded bilateral ties after it cried foul over New Delhi’s move to abrogate Article 370 that granted special powers to Jammu and Kashmir.

India has maintained that the decision is its internal matter, a stance which has been supported by several countries, including the SAARC nations and the Arab World.

In his maiden address at the UN General Assembly in New York in September, Prime Minister Imran Khan had devoted his 50-minute speech on Kashmir and resorted to anti-India rant. Even at that time, Khan raked up the dire consequences in the event of a nuclear war with India.

“If a conventional war starts between the two countries anything could happen. A country seven times smaller than its neighbor what will it do — either surrender or fight for its freedom,” he had said.

“My belief is we will fight and when a nuclear-armed country fights till the end it will consequence far beyond the borders. I am warning you. It’s not a threat but worry about where are we heading. If this goes wrong you hope for the best but prepare for the worst,” he had added.

The cricketer-turned-politician also admitted that Pakistan has failed in its attempt to internationalize the Kashmir issue, saying he is disappointed with the world community over the matter.

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2 Naxals killed in an encounter with police in Dantewada

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Two Naxals were killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Tuesday, police said.

The skirmish took place in a forest near Munga village around 11.30 am when a team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on a counter-insurgency operation, a senior police

When the patrolling team was advancing through the forest of Munga, located around 400 km from here, and the gun-battle broke out between two sides, a senior official added.

After the exchange of fire stopped, bodies of two ultras were recovered from the spot, the official said.

Some firearms and explosives were also recovered, and a search operation was underway in the area, the official said.

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PM reviews the pollution situation in north India

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With the air quality in Delhi and surrounding areas hovering in the “severe” and “very poor” categories, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the pollution situation in northern India.

“PM Narendra Modi chaired a meeting in which the situation arising due to pollution in various parts of northern India was discussed,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.

The prime minister also reviewed the situation arising due to cyclone conditions in parts of western India.

The meet on pollution comes after back-to-back review meetings held by P K Mishra, the principal secretary to the prime minister, with top officials of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana on Sunday and Monday.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi’s air quality index dropped from 365 at 9.45 am to 331 at 3.45 pm on Tuesday.

In the National Capital Region, Greater Noida (348), Noida (358), Ghaziabad (351), Faridabad (311) and Gurgaon (328) also recorded improvement in air quality.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered ‘good’, 51-100 ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 ‘moderate’, 201-300 ‘poor’, 301-400 ‘very poor’ and 401-500 ‘severe’. An AQI above 500 falls in the ‘severe plus’ category.

The prime minister’s review of preparedness for cyclone ‘Maha’ comes a day after the National Crisis Management Committee, the apex body to respond to emergency situations, reviewed preparedness in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Daman and Diu ahead of the cyclone’s landfall between Dwarka and Diu on November 6 night.

The district authorities have been put on alert and all fishing activities have been suspended. The Daman and Diu administration also apprised the committee of their preparedness and evacuation plans.

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Final arguments on ED’s plea to cancel Vadra’s anticipatory bail on Nov 25

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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday said it would hear on November 25 final arguments on a plea filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) challenging the anticipatory bail granted to Robert Vadra in a money laundering case.

Justice Chander Shekhar listed the matter for further hearing after the ED’s counsel informed the bench that Solicitor General Tushar Mehta was busy in the Supreme Court.

The probe agency had earlier told the court that it wanted custodial interrogation of Vadra because the “money chain” in the case filed under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) was allegedly directly linked to him.

Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, was not cooperating with investigators, the ED had claimed.

Vadra is facing allegations of money-laundering in the purchase of a London-based property — at 12, Bryanston Square — estimated to be worth 1.9 million pounds (over Rs 17 crore).

Vadra has opposed the ED’s plea, saying there was not a single instance of his non-cooperation in the investigation and there was no risk of him tampering with any evidence as the agency had already seized from him every document pertaining to the case.

The ED was conducting a “fishing and roving inquiry” and has no material to support the allegations made against him, he has claimed.

The probe agency sought the cancellation of Vadra’s anticipatory bail on the ground that it requires his custody as he was not cooperating in the investigation.

On the possibility of flight risk, Vadra said in his reply, “The conduct of the respondent (Vadra) in returning to India from abroad voluntarily upon reading press reports that ED was investigating him made it abundantly clear that Vadra had no intention whatsoever of fleeing the country and was determined to stay in India and clear the name.”

No specific allegation has been made by the agency to suggest that Vadra has in any way attempted to or actually succeeded in tampering with any evidence or witness, the reply said.

“Vadra has no properties outside India whatsoever nor does he have any beneficial ownership of any property outside India,” the reply stated.

It has added that Vadra has never received any ‘kickback’ for any ‘deal’ and any allegation of this nature is completely false.

Vadra’s lawyers have alleged that the sole purpose of the ED is to cause prejudice against him in the mind of the court and the public.

While granting anticipatory bail to Vadra, the trial court had on April 1 directed him to not leave the country without prior permission and also to join the probe as and when called by the investigating officer.

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