Former Indian and Pakistani intelligence officials have called for greater contact between the Inter Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) to prevent regional crisis and push forward new thinking on the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir
It is said that, what covert services can achieve is not at times even conceivable in political or diplomatic channels. RAW & ISI help to guard against panic reactions. The two services are also capable of preventing another incident of the kind which occurred in Mumbai in November, 2008.
More about Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)
Research and Analysis Wing (RAW or R&AW) was formed in 1968; It is the primary external intelligence agency of India.
Its creation was necessitated post the Sino-Indian War 1962 and Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 which posed various gaps in intelligence gathering undertaken by Intelligence Bureau (which then handled both internal and external intelligence).
The primary function of RAW is collection of external intelligence and counter-terrorism. In addition, it is responsible for obtaining and analyzing information about foreign governments, corporations and persons to advise Indian policymakers.
R&AW is an effective and one of the primary instrument of India’s national power. It is also involved in the security of India’s nuclear programme.
Its significance in guarding India’s strategic interests with its neighbouring countries and especially with Pakistan?
India, Pak DGMOs to meet on Dec. 24, 2013
The Director-General Military Operations (DGMO) of Pakistan has invited his Indian counterpart for a meeting to strengthen the mechanism to ensure ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC)
This would reduce tensions on the LoC, which had seen repeated violations.
Significance of the DGMOs meet? Reasons for ceasefire violations?
What are the other measures taken by the two countries to reduce tensions on the LoC ((say by improving trade, celebrating festivals, integrated check posts etc)? What are your views, how can this issue be solved?
Pakistan military’s role in establishing friendly relations with India. Role of U.S in pacifying Indo-Pak relations.
India, Pakistan resolve to protect Line of Control truce
The Directors-General of Military Operations (DGMO) s of India and Pakistan have reiterated the resolve and commitment of both sides to continue efforts for ensuring ceasefire, peace and tranquility on the Line of Control (LoC).
At the meeting, the first between the DGMOs in 14 years, the two sides have resolved to work towards improved communications between the two by re-energising the existing mechanisms including their hotline contact. Consensus was developed to make hotline Contact between the two DGMOs more effective and result oriented.
The talks between the two military officials, held at Wagah in Pakistan, came at the end of a year of extraordinary tensions along the LoC threatening the 10-year-old ceasefire. The last DGMOs meeting was in 1999 after the Kargil war. Consensus was developed to make hotline contact between the two DGMOs more effective and result oriented.
The two sides will also hold two Brigade Commander-level flag meetings in the near future, most likely at Uri and Poonch on the LoC.
The two sides also agreed to inform each other if any innocent civilian inadvertently crosses LoC to ensure his or her early return.
Also there were discussions to check on infiltration, since in 2013 alone there have been 267 attempted infiltrations of the LoC. In January, 2013 two Indian soldiers were killed, one of whom was beheaded. In August, an ambush from the Pakistani side killed five soldiers in the Poonch area.
There were also discussions regarding issues concerning the 15 brigades deployed by the Indian Army on its side of the border. India had earlier refused to get drawn into Pakistan’s attempts to include international third parties in the meeting and to discuss a greater role for United Nations observers in ensuring peace along the border or LoC.
To know more about DGMOs, LoC and Border issues between India and Pakistan refer our ‘Insights Current Events Analysis Magazine’ (OCTOBER, 2013)
What do you understand by hotline? Significance of hotline.
Why was the DGMO meeting also these years (nearly for 14 years)? With the DGMO meeting convened recently, what are the future prospects for both India and Pakistan?
Importance of LoC. Border issues between the two countries?
Stringent checks on India-Nepal border
After the launch of the “return and rehabilitation scheme” by the Jammu & Kashmir government in 2010, there has been a spurt in the number of people returning from Pakistan via the Nepal border. The defence authorities, however, are worried that terrorists may cross over along with former militants, using the Sunauli border in Uttar Pradesh to cross over from Nepal. The authorities are, therefore, pressing for stringent checks at the India-Nepal border.