While the more senior officer, Lieutenant General Javed Iqbal (retd), was awarded 14 years’ rigorous imprisonment, Brigadier Raja Rizwan (retd) and Dr Wasim Akram, who the ISPR described as an employee of a “sensitive organisation” were handed the death sentence.
The growing hold of Wahhabism in Maldives, an idyllic tourist destination in the Indian Ocean, has been a worry for the country and the region as a whole. The Islamic nation, with a tiny population of 4,50,000, has been alarmed by how easily its youth have fallen prey to ISIS recruiters online.
Malik said the UN listing of Azhar as a global terrorist would have a positive impact in curbing militancy in the Valley as Pakistan has already started taking action against Azhar by placing a freeze on his assets and restraining his movements.
The role of Tamil Nadu towheed groups in spreading their version of a “pure Islam” among Sri Lankan Muslims has come under the scanner after the Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people.
Drawing a parallel between his own stint as Defence Minister in the P V Narasimha Rao government and that by Yashwantrao Chavan after the 1962 war with China, he says it had always fallen upon the "Sahayadri (the Western Ghats) to defend the Himalayas".
Sri Lanka bomb blasts: No group has officially claimed responsibility for the attack. But a nationwide alert sent by police on April 11 specified that NJT was preparing to carry out attacks on churches and the Indian High Commission.
The Indian Express has learnt from two sources, one Indian and another Sri Lankan, that earlier this month, India passed on specific intelligence to Sri Lankan authorities that a terrorist attack was imminent there.
India last week suspended the cross-LoC trade, alleging misuse of the facility by individuals linked to terrorist groups. How and when did this trade start, and what was it intended to achieve for India and Pakistan?
A three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and multiple award-winning journalist Rukmini Callimachi and currently foreign correspondent with The New York Times, draws on her experience covering ISIS to explain how far the loss of territory will restrict the group, but stresses that it continues to exist.
A 1267 listing of Masood Azhar would not have changed anything. Pakistan has to change in fundamental ways to stop using terror groups as instruments towards achieving its strategic objectives in India or Afghanistan.