02012018-TTC-01.qxd 1/2/2018 1:20 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, january 2, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 2 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Valley gunfight ends, 36 hrs on New Year high 1 hurt in clash at militants’ funeral Suhail A Shah Women constables of Punjab Police dance during a New Year party organised at the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) complex in Jalandhar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Anantnag, January 1 The gunfight following the fidayeen attack on the Pulwama CRPF camp came to an end today after more than 36 hours with the killing of the third militant, a foreigner. This, as the bodies of militants Manzoor Ahmad Baba and Fardeen Ahmad Khanday, both from Pulwama district, who were slain yesterday, were buried amid clashes in which a youth sustained bullet injuries. CRPF spokesperson Rajesh Yadav said: “It’s over now. Mopping-up operations are underway.” In Srinagar, Special Director General SN Srivastava said: “The two terrorists killed yesterday were locals. The one killed today was a foreigner. A search is still on. We want to doublecheck before calling off the operation.” The fidayeen attack on Sunday was the third in 2017. The two local militants were buried in Drubgam and Hayena amid a sea of mourners and a complete shutdown in Pulwama and Shopian districts. In Drubgam, a youth sustained bullet injuries on the face and shoulder after the forces reportedly opened fire on protesters. Pulwama SSP Chaudhary Muhammad Aslam said they were trying to ascertain the facts. “An Army vehicle was heavily stoned near Drubgam. The police are trying to find out the details,” he said. Meanwhile, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen D Anbu visited the units in north Kashmir to review the security situation. “He interacted with troops and conveyed his New Year greetings. He complimented them for their determination and alertness,” an Army official said. India, Pak NSAs Pak gave US nothing but Pak plans takeover ‘met in Thailand’ ‘lies and deceit’: Trump of Saeed’s charities Gokhale new Foreign Secy Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 1 The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet today approved senior diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale to be appointed as the next Foreign Secretary, replacing S Jaishankar. Gokhale, who served as ambassador to China before his current assignment of Secretary, Economic Relations, has been appointed for a fixed term of two years. A 1981-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, Gokhale is currently the seniormost diplomat after Jaishankar. He will take charge upon completion of Jaishankar’s tenure on January 28. continued on page 11 Islamabad, January 1 National security advisers of India and Pakistan held a “secret” meeting in Thailand where the tone and tenor of India’s NSA Ajit Doval was “friendly and positive”, a senior Pakistani official said today. A Pakistan national security division official said the meeting between Pakistan NSA Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua (retd) and Doval took place on December 27 in Thailand, The Dawn reported. “The meeting was good. Doval's tone and tenor was friendly and positive,” the official disclosed. He was told that the meeting was “useful”. The report also quoted the official as saying that the interaction might help in restarting some sort of engagement at the diplomatic level as well. However, there was no word, officially or unofficially, from the Indian side. The meeting, which appeared to be pre-decided, came two days after death- ‘In return for $33-bn aid, provided safe haven to terrorists’ Ajit Doval Nasser K Janjua row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav met with his family on December 25 in Islamabad. The Jadhav-family meeting became the latest flashpoint in the already strained IndoPak relations with Pakistan terming its decision to allow Jadhav’s family to travel to Pakistan to meet him a humanitarian gesture and India accusing it of violating mutual understandings. It was not the first meeting between the two NSAs in a third country. In December 2015, the two NSAs, along with the foreign secretaries, had met in Bangkok, which was not revealed till after the meeting. — PTI Edit: Our pixilated Pak policy HC: Registration number of travel agents in advts a must Washington, January 1 In a scathing attack, President Donald Trump today accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but “lies and deceit” in return for $33 billion aid and said Islamabad has provided “safe haven” to terrorists. “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,” Trump said in a strongly worded tweet. “They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” Trump said in his first tweet of the year. This is the strongest attack that has come from the US President. His remarks came days after the New York Times reported that the US is considering withholding $225 US ENVOY SUMMONED The Pakistan Foreign Office summoned US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale on Monday night and lodged its protest against US President Donald Trump’s tweet. Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua reportedly sought an explanation from the ambassador over the tweet. million in aid to Pakistan, reflecting its dissatisfaction with the latter’s reluctance in the war against terror. In November, the US had strongly condemned release of the Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed by Pakistan and had demanded his immediate re-arrest and prosecution, warning that there would be “repercussions” for bilateral ties if Islamabad fails to take “decisive action” against the JuD chief. In his new South Asia Policy in August, Trump had called for tougher measures against Pakistan if it fails to cooperate with the US. “We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organisations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond. Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbour criminals and terrorists,” Trump had said. Noting that in the past Pakistan had been a valued partner, Trump had accused it of providing shelter to organisations that try every single day to kill Americans. — PTI Islamabad, January 1 Pakistan’s government plans to seize control of charities and financial assets linked to Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed, who Washington has designated a terrorist, according to officials and documents. Pakistan’s civilian government detailed its plans in a secret order to provincial and federal government departments on December 19. Marked “secret”, the document from the finance ministry directed law enforcement and governments in Pakistan’s five provinces to submit an action plan by December 28 for a “takeover” of Saeed’s two charities, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation. The United States has labelled JuD and FIF “terrorist fronts” for Lashkar-e-Toiba, a group Saeed founded in 1987 and which Washington and India blame for the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people. Saeed has repeatedly denied involvement in the attacks and Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 1 To protect gullible people looking for greener pastures abroad, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it mandatory for travel agents to mention their registration number in advertisements. Justice AB Chaudhari has directed Punjab, Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh to make it compulsory for the agents to mention their registration number in any advertisement issued by them, whether in the electronic or print media, besides other insertions in newspapers or pamphlets, on walls or vehicles. Justice Chaudhari also made it clear that the publisher would have to verify and retain the registration certificate’s copy. Taking cognisance of advertisements by travel agents on TV, autorickshaws, walls and other sites to lure susceptible people, Justice Chaudhari had earlier asked the Directors General of Police in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to ascertain if the advertisers were registered or not. Justice Chaudhari has already asked Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to initiate action against TV channels and advertisers in case the advertisements broadcast are not by registered agents. On a previous date of hearing, the Judge had directed the states to issue immediate instructions to district magistrates to publish “a list of registered agents and to warn the citizens not to go to unauthorised agents”. The list was required to be made public on a regular basis through television, radio, newspapers and other modes of communication. Justice Chaudhari had observed that travel agents, not registered or licensed by the government, were taking money and sending people abroad and gullible citizens were falling into their trap. It all began with Ramandeep Singh alia Babbu applying for a regular bail in a case of cheating and other offences registered at the Navi Baradari police station in Jalandhar district. The Bench was told the petitioner was arrested on February 15, 2017, and was in jail since then. “It is seen that the money was actually received by the co-accused, who was granted bail by the trial court. I am, therefore, inclined to grant bail to the petitioner...,” Justice Chaudhari had noted. Foggy start to New Year; air, rail services hit Delhi got off to a misty start on New Year as a thick blanket of fog descended on the national capital, forcing delay of 400 trains. Over 300 flights were delayed and eight cancelled as dense fog severely hampered visibility at the Indira Gandhi BANS DONATIONS’ COLLECTION TO JuD Financial regulatory body Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan has banned Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falahe-Insaniat Foundation from collecting donations. Noncompliance could result in a hefty monetary fine. PTI a Pakistani court saw insufficient evidence to convict him. The December 19 document, which refers to “Financial Action Task Force (FATF) issues”, names only Saeed’s two charities and “actions to be taken” against them. continued on page 11 No subscription from today for 8% govt bonds Pigeons fly at historical Jama Masjid courtyard during a foggy morning, in Delhi on Monday. PTI Publisher will have to verify, retain certificate’s copy Saurabh Malik Hafiz Saeed International Airport here. The mercury dipped to a minimum of 5.7 degrees Celsius. The weatherman has predicted similar conditions for Tuesday, with a possibility of dense fog in the morning and early evening hours. New Delhi, January 1 The finance ministry today said it would close subscription to 8 per cent Government Savings (Taxable) Bonds, 2003, with effect from tomorrow. In 2003, the government came out with bonds offering 8 per cent interest to encourage retail investors to invest. The bond was open for subscription since April 21, 2003, and had a fixed tenure of six years. There was no upper limit for investment. “The Government of India announced here today that 8% GoI Savings (Taxable) Bonds, 2003, shall cease for subscription with effect from the close of banking business on January 2, 2018,” the finance ministry said. The decision to discontinue the bond comes in the backdrop of declining interest rate in other savings instruments, especially the Post Office small savings schemes. Last week, the finance ministry had reduced interest rate on small savings schemes by 0.2 per cent. — PTI A deplorable act: PC Page 7
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