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Downsizing Army: India to send 150,000 soldiers home in next five years

The Indian government appears to be displeased with the performance of its troops as it decides to cut over 150,000 troops over the next four to five years. According to a report on an Indian news website, the exceeding size of cadre is responsible for the unimpressive performance of the troops due to which the decision of massive reconstruction was taken by the Indian government. Few of the military’s departments will also be merged in the light of government’s decision. Military secretary Lt Gen JS Sandhu is…

Civilian martyred in cross-border firing by Indian forces: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: A civilian was martyred and three others sustained gunshot injuries in cross-border firing by Indian army at Nakyal sector along the Line of Control (LoC), the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Saturday. The military’s media wing said Indian army continues to terrorize civilian population along the LoC. The deceased has been identified as Mohammad Farooq. The injured were shifted to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Nakyal. The Pakistan security forces conducted retaliatory firing…

Kashmir police register FIR against Indian army over civilians killing

SRINAGAR: Police in India-held Kashmir (IHK) registered an FIR against the Indian army, charging it with murder, attempt to murder and endangering life, over the killing of two civilians in the IHK's Shopian district on Saturday, Indian media reported. Two Kashmiri youths, who have been identified as Javid Bhat and Suhail Lone, were killed when army opened fire on protesters in the IHK's southern district of Shopian. During the incident, another youth also sustained injuries whose condition is said to be critical and…

Indian troops martyr five youth in occupied Kashmir

SRINAGAR: In a recent act of state terrorism, at least five Kashmiris were martyred in a joint operation conducted by Indian Army and Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) on Monday. The brutal killings took place in Uri sector of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. In a similar operation on Dec 11, the Indian troops killed at least three people including a woman in Handwara area of India-occupied Kashmir’s Kupwara district. On Nov 5 2017 in Burmulla again, Indian troops martyred two youth. The youth were killed in…

India steps up China border patrols, vows to handle ‘assertiveness’

NEW DELHI: India will handle China's growing assertiveness and has stepped up patrols on their disputed border to head off more standoffs, the country's top army officer declared Friday. The nuclear-armed neighbours have in the past gone to war over their border and last year were involved in a showdown over a Himalayan plateau claimed by China and Bhutan which is an ally of India. Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat said a military hotline was being set up between the two sides but insisted his troops are ready for…

Three civilians killed in Indian forces firing in occupied Kashmir

SRINAGAR: At least three civilians were killed and dozens other were injured on Saturday when Indian troops opened fire on peaceful protesters in Pulwama district of India-occupied Kashmir region. The Indian occupation forces fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells to disperse the enraged protesters, who took to the roads to protest against the killings of two Kashmiri youth during a search operation in Litter area of Pulwama district. According to local Kashmiri media, the protesters raised high-pitched anti-India…

Three Indian soldiers killed in retaliatory firing across LoC: ISPR

ISLAMABAD: Three Indian soldiers were killed in retaliatory firing by Pakistan Army along the Line of Control (LoC) as unprovoked shelling from Indian side killed two children, an ISPR statement said on Wednesday. According to Pakistan Army’s media wing, the Indian forces across the LoC targeted the civilian population in the Rawalakot and Chirikot sectors after resorting to unprovoked firing and shelling. "Mortar rounds hit a house of a civilian – Sakhi Kayani – claiming lives of his two children," the ISPR statement…

Over 100 Indian army officers move court over discrimination in promotions

NEW DELHI: Indian armed forces faces an awkward situation as more than 100 lieutenant colonels and majors of the Army have moved the Supreme Court over alleged "discrimination and injustice" in promotion of officers of the services corps. According to their petition, "This act of Army and Union government (discrimination in promotion) has created tremendous injustice to the petitioners and others which is detrimental to the morale of the officers and, in turn, to the defence of the country," they said. "The petitioners…

Indian Army seeks robotic help in Occupied Kashmir to fight ‘violence’

SRINAGAR: Seemingly after its failure to tackle protest led by oppressed citizens in Occupied Kashmir, the Indian Army is planning to deploy indigenously built robots, capable of delivering ammunition at intended locations. The Indian Army has floated a proposal projecting a requirement of 544 robots has been approved by the defence ministry, paving the way for the indigenous development of such machines. The army’s proposal for adopting robotic security and surveillance stresses that the “footprint of terror has…

WATCH: Ex-Indian army officer called ‘Pakistani’, beaten up in Bangalore

BENGALURU: A retired Indian army officer and his sons were beaten up in public by residents of the area and some unidentified ‘thugs’ over a so-called property dispute. According to Hindustan Times, 70-year-old retired Army Colonel R.S. Uppal in Bengaluru has written an emotional appeal to the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee seeking its intervention to protect his family after his wife and sons were allegedly assaulted. On Wednesday, the letter, addressed to general secretary of the committee Manjinder Singh…