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India Pakistan begin peace talks in Pathankot, serious allegations on both sides

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Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry at a previous meeting. Credit: Reuters

Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry at a previous meeting. Credit: Reuters

NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — For the first time since their postponed January meeting, the Indian and Pakistan foreign secretaries sat down Tuesday to discuss a peace process between the two nations, talks that have been stalled after New Delhi awaited Pakistani action on the terror attack against an Indian Air Force base at Pathankot earlier this year.

Pakistan’s foreign secretary, Aizaz Chaudhury, ignored traditional protocol during the talks by releasing a statement while talks were still ongoing. India responded by saying they expect firm action against Masood Azhar, the chief of terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which attacked the Pathankot air force base in January.

India’s foreign secretary, S. Jaishankar, said Chaudhury “clearly conveyed that Pakistan cannot be in denial on the impact of terrorism on the bilateral relationship,” in a statement released Tuesday. Additionally, he stressed that India recently moved to have Azhar declared a terrorist by a United Nations sanctions committee. The move was blocked by China via the veto process, allegedly at the command of the Pakistan government.

Indian Foreign secretary S Jaishankar with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry.

Indian Foreign secretary S Jaishankar with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry.

India also focused its agenda on rebutting Pakistani claims that a former naval officer who was arrested in Balochistan was an agent of the country’s Research and Analysis Wing, the primary foreign intelligence agency of India. Islamabad has said that Kulbushan Jhadav, who was arrested by Pakistani officials on the allegations of being an Indian spy, has confessed to instigating the separatist movement in the province of Balochistan.

Jaishankar reportedly asked Pakistani officials why they believe an organized intelligence agency would disperse a spy into a nation without a valid passport or visa — when arrested, Jhadav was found with a valid Indian passport issued in a fake name and with a visa for Iran, according to Pakistani officials.

 

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Diya TV is home to the South Asian Bar Association virtual conference this weekend, which got kicked off by perhaps the two most powerful Indian American lawyers in the nation: Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan & Circuit Judge Neomi Rao, both of whom serve in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, considered the second most powerful court in the nation to only the Supreme Court. We’ll update you on their conversation and preview this weekend’s virtual gala featuring Stacy Abrams, Preet Bharara, Vanita Gupta, Ajit Pai and many others.

Meanwhile, Judges Srinivasan and Rao may get another Indian American colleague, as President Trump nominated Vijay Shanker to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Democratic Party announced they will be conducting their convention virtually from Milwaukee.

Indian American Jeremy Cooney is leading in the race for New York State’s 56th Senate District, with absentee ballots still to be factored in.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Satellite images show larger Chinese presence at Indian border

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LADAKH, India (Diya TV)  — While the ongoing fracas between India and China has not led to all-out war yet, satellite images indicate China is sending a larger group of troops and building infrastructure in Galwan Valley, site of that vicious clash that killed 20 Indian troops, and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers. It was the first loss of life in battle for the Chinese in more than 40 years. U.S. intelligence decreed China instigated the battle and India says China has been staffing up in the area since May. Following the release of the satellite images, China says India is to blame.

The U.S. is regressing in its battle against COVID-19, setting a new single day record for coronavirus cases at more than 37,000. The virus has infected nearly 10 million people globally, a quarter of that total in the U.S. The death toll now stands at 125,000 in the United States, with Florida, Texas, Arizona and California seeing major increases.

Pakistani-American Qasim Rashid advanced in the Democratic primary in Virginia’s First Congressional District. ​He’ll take on longtime incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Wittman in the fall.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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As critics fume, Modi says India was not breached by China

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV)  — During an all-party political leaders meeting, Indian Prime Minister Modi told the group China did not breach Indian territory in Ladakh, nor was any Indian Army border post captured. Modi emphasized India will protect Galwan Valley, the region where the clash killing 20 Indian soldiers and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers took place. But Modi’s critics say the situation was an intelligence failure and many want Modi to strike back with force. Meanwhile, in a statement, the Chinese Government pinned the conflict on India and is laying claim to the entire valley region.

India was elected as a Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council for a 2-year term starting next year, receiving 184 out of 192 valid votes.

And in a wild Friday night surprise, the Justice Department said Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York would be stepping down, to be replaced by Jay Clayton, the current Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. But in a statement, Berman said he’s not leaving until Congress confirms someone & his investigations, including into folks allied with President Trump, will continue.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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