Jaish readying squad to target PM, Doval: Intel
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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