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This is the end of the 400-meter-long secret tunnel which connects India-Pakistan and was recently unearthed in Jammu & Kashmir. PHOTO:

JAMMU: Indian authorities on Saturday discovered a 400-metre long tunnel, running between India and Pakistan, along the International Border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, reported Press Trust of India.

“We have discovered a tunnel running between Pakistan and India in Samba district,” the report quoted Superintendent of Police (SSP) Samba Israr Khan as saying.

The SSP was further quoted as saying that the tunnel was detected after an area caved-in at two or three places due to rains near the Border Security Force’s (BSF) Chillayari Border Out Post (BOP). He added that the tunnel, with a dimension of 3×3 foot, was running between Chillayari BOP and Pakistan’s Numberiyal BOP.

Dug at a depth of 25 foot below the ground level, it was 400 meters long on the Indian side, the SSP said adding “we are confirming whether the tunnel is operational or not.”

The tunnel, which seemed to be freshly constructed, had air supply through a 2 inch pipe, he said adding “we are looking into all aspects.”

Commenting on Pakistan facing a lot of pressure from the militants to infiltrate them into the Indian Territory, the SSP said, “Since it is difficult to push in militants to the Indian side, they decided to set up a tunnel to facilitate infiltration.”

Spies were also providing bogus information regarding Mujahideen camps and their activities to their Indian handlers.

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South Waziristan: Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has said that the Pakistan Army doesn’t want to fight with its own people but it was compelled to launch operation against terrorists in Waziristan.

Addressing  a ceremony during the inauguration of Cadet College, Kayani the college would be built with the cost of 500 million.

He said that infrastructure would be built in South and North Waziristan. Besides, a third rout would open through the are for trade with Afghanistan.

Kayani said army has started as many as 121 uplift projects in Malakand Division and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

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Islamabad: Pakistan is expected to reopen the Nato supply line anytime now, as the US has ready to apologise to Pakistan in 48 hours over the Salala incident.

Pakistan’s top civil and military leadership held a late night meeting on Friday to discuss the current situation between the two countries.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani along with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar were present in the meeting at the presidency.

According to sources, Khar briefed them about her visit to Kabul and the participants were told that US high officials would tender an apology soon.

The Nato would reconstruct the destroyed patches in Karachi-Torkham (Khyber Agency) highway and so, the supply is expected to be restored by Monday.

The supply lines for goods shipped to the Pakistani port of Karachi and trucked to Afghanistan have been vital for US-led forces in their involvement in the landlocked country.

During her visit to Kabul on Thursday, Khar rejected reports that Pakistan was haggling with the US over transportation fees for the supplies. “Pakistan still wants an unconditional apology and the reassurance that a Salala-type incident does not happen again.”

“The US administration would do well to apologise for its mistakes in the firing incident,” she said, adding that this would also help in the reopening of the ground lines of communication.

She added, “The national security of the US will be better served with a positive relationship with Pakistan.”

The strategic supply routes were closed after a US air strike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last year.

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Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani (R) and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shameem Wynne.

ISLAMABAD, June 15: In the strongest response yet to American strong-arm tactics, the Pakistan military on Friday said it would not accept any pressure to abandon the stance taken in negotiations with the United States.

“We will accept no pressure for standing up for our principles,” said Gen Khalid Shameem Wynne, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), at a graduation ceremony of National Security and War Course at the National Defence University.

The comments came amid intensifying tensions between Islamabad and Washington. While US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta’s ridiculing of Pakistani security forces in India and the remarks on presence of safe havens in tribal areas wasn’t helpful, what incensed the military top brass was his backing for restrictions on military aid for Pakistan.

Secretary Panetta had said that “We (US) are reaching the limits of our patience here” for what is said to be Pakistan’s tolerance for Haqqani network and other militant groups running insurgency from sanctuaries in tribal areas.

But Gen Wynne categorically denied this allegation in his speech at the defence university. “We are combating wholeheartedly the menace of extremism and terrorism so as to banish them from our society. The people and the armed forces of Pakistan have taken up this challenge and our soldiers as well as innocent civilians are sacrificing their lives for this cause. We seek nothing beyond secure frontiers and pose no threat to any country,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff committee underscored.

The general used the occasion to remind the Americans that there could be no peace without a resolution of the Kashmir issue.

“I must also point out that as long as regional disputes, especially Kashmir, remain unresolved, stability will remain a distant dream. We must therefore continue for a just solution of the Kashmir dispute as it is only fair to all the people who dwell in this region.”

Talks on a new transit agreement for Nato supplies, meanwhile, have been suspended since last week. Both Pakistan and the US have separately said that the negotiations stalled because of bigger issues in relationship and not just because of differences over transit fee.

Diplomatic sources in the United States now blame Pakistan for blocking the Nato supply route deal by raising afresh the apology issue, claiming that all issues had been settled during and after the Chicago summit.

The downward trajectory in bilateral relationship, which started in January last year, when CIA operative Raymond Davis shot dead two young men in Lahore, aggravated with the Osama bin Laden denouement and then the Salala border post attacks in which 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed.

The US disregard of demands for an apology over the Salala incident and cessation of drone attacks has made matters worse.

The Americans, on the other side, are frustrated with Pakistan’s perceived failure to act against the Haqqani network and other Taliban-affiliated terror groups based in the tribal areas. Conviction of Dr Shakeel Afridi, who helped CIA hunt Osama bin Laden, has added to the fury in Washington. The government’s clarification that Dr Afridi had been sentenced to 33 years for collaborating with the outlawed Lashkar-i-Islam failed to pacify US leaders.

In the backdrop of a rift with Pakistan, the US has encouraged India to play a bigger role in Afghanistan and has also launched a trilateral mechanism involving Kabul.

Although the agenda is limited to development, unlike the trilateral process with Islamabad that covers peace and security, the new arrangement is set to anger the Pakistani military, which has been sceptical of Indian involvement in Afghanistan.

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Islamabad: The memo sent to US, seeking support against the military takeover in Pakistan in the aftermath of Abbottabad operation was real and was written by former ambassador Husain Haqqani, according to the report presented by the judicial commission formed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

A nine-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was constituted on Monday after the commission on the memogate scandal, submitted its report on June 11,2012.

The report was read in the court room where the bench ordered that report be made public and also summoned Mr Haqqani before it put off the hearing for two weeks.

According to the report Haqqani sought US support through the memo and wanted to head new security team.

The report also stated that Haqqani was not loyal to Pakistan as he had left the country and living abroad.

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LAHORE – Nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has said Pakistan is capable of shooting down US drones with Hamza Missile.

“Drones are allowed to kill Pakistanis for dollars and the US pilotless aircraft can be struck down with Hamza Missile,” he said while addressing the Lahore Bar Association (LBA) at Aiwan-e-Adl on Wednesday. “It is a responsibility of the armed forces to counter such strikes as they have taken oath to defend the country at any cost,” he asserted.

Dr Khan took a swipe at the rulers for their failure to cater to challenges facing the nation. “A nuclear state can fix problems such as energy crisis, unemployment and lawlessness provided the rulers show sincerity.”

The scientist rapped politicians for, what he called, their gimmicks to win public support, saying that “all the sectors concerned have been playing tricks to fool the masses. The government and friendly opposition, as the critics say, have joined hands to damage the country.”

Criticising the judiciary, Dr Khan said: “Why did the apex court give ambiguous verdicts and why no action was taken against those who defied the court orders? He said the court has been losing its sanctity by issuing such orders. He went on: “The Supreme Court should give explicit verdicts and the educated class and lawyers should join hands to defeat the proponents of kleptocracy.”

Dr Khan urged the youth to come forward and play their role to knock out corruption. He deemed Lahore as a herald of change, saying that the city witnessed the historic movements including the Pakistan Movement, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s struggle against dictator, fight for the restoration of judiciary.

He called upon the Lahoriites to once again play their part in putting the country on right track.

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Armed militants attacked Salala checkpost in the early hours of Tuesday killing four security personnel deployed at the post, according to Geo News.
Security forces retaliated with heavy firing which resulted in the death of at least 20 insurgents.
It is pertinent to mention here that the US-Pakistan relations free fell after a US helicopter killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers at Salala checkpost.

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