Jaish ready­ing squad to target PM, Do­val: In­tel

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New Delhi: Jaish-e-Muhammed is ready­ing a squad to target PM Naren­dra Modi and NSA Ajit Do­val in re­tal­i­a­tion to the de­fang­ing of Ar­ti­cle 370 in J&K, sources in the in­tel­li­gence es­tab­lish­ment said. A ma­jor in Pak­istan’s no­to­ri­ous spy agency, ISI, is col­lab­o­rat­ing with the JeM brass for the “sen­sa­tional at­tack”, they added.

An in­put in this re­gard was con­veyed by a

for­eign in­tel­li­gence agency which in­ter­cepted com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween Pak­istan-based JeM op­er­a­tive Shamsher Wani and his han­dler in the form of a hand­writ­ten note, an of­fi­cer said. The in­put, ac­cessed by TOI, spoke about plans for a big ter­ror at­tack in Septem­ber. Ac­cord­ingly, an alert has been is­sued to po­lice in 30 “vul­ner­a­ble” cities in­clud­ing Jammu, Amritsar, Pathankot, Jaipur, Gand­hi­na­gar, Kan­pur and Luc­know.

For­eign sec­re­tary Vi­jay Gokhale said com­merce and in­dus­try min­is­ter Piyush Goyal had flown down to New York for fur­ther dis­cus­sions with US trade rep­re­sen­ta­tive Robert Lighthizer. The min­is­ter and Lighthizer ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the talks and said there was “sin­cere ef­fort” from both sides. “We ex­pect it to be a fair and rea­son­able deal... It is mat­ter of ne­go­ti­at­ing,” Gokhale said while re­fus­ing to share de­tails.

He said given that the is­sues were “com­plex”, in­volv­ing in­dus­try and jobs, there was a need for “rec­on­cil­ing” and “give and take” on both sides. He said In­dia wanted ac­cess to US mar­kets for its ex­porters and firms and pointed out that there was a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in US ex­ports to In­dia and its trade deficit had also nar­rowed.

An agree­ment on trade will help re­move a ma­jor ir­ri­tant that cast a shadow of dis­trust over bi­lat­eral ties and had threat­ened to un­der­mine a part­ner­ship con­sid­ered cru­cial for In­dia for geo-strate­gic rea­sons. The res­o­lu­tion of dif­fer­ences pointed to New Delhi’s de­sire not to let the dis­putes over tar­iffs and en­try bar­ri­ers come in the way of a broader al­liance with the US. The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, not known for tak­ing the ex­tra step on trade is­sues, was, ob­vi­ously, also ready to play ball.

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