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Taliban threaten to target Indians to avenge Kasab's hanging

Following the threat from Taliban, security measures at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, which are already very extensive, had been further tightened after the Taliban threat

Islamabad: Pakistani Taliban on Thursday threatened to target Indians "anywhere" in retaliation for the execution of Ajmal Kasab and demanded that India should return the body of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks to his family, reports PTI.
In calls made to journalists in northwest Pakistan, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan said his group would target Indians and Indian interests "anywhere" to avenge the hanging of Kasab.
Ihsan further said Indian authorities should hand over Kasab's body to his family or to the Taliban.
He warned the Taliban would "capture Indians" and "not return their bodies" if Kasab's body was not handed over.
25-year-old Kasab, who belonged to Pakistan's most populous province of Punjab, was executed in a Pune jail in the western Indian state of Maharashtra on Wednesday.
His body was buried within the prison.
The Pakistan government reacted cautiously to the hanging, with the Foreign Office spokesman saying Islamabad was against all forms of terrorism and would cooperate with countries in the region to tackle the menace.
Kasab was the only surviving member of a 10-member team of LeT terrorists who killed 166 people during a three-day rampage in Mumbai nearly four years ago.
Diplomatic sources said security measures at the Indian High Commission, which are already very extensive, had been further tightened after the Taliban threat. 
Indian diplomats in Pakistan have faced threats in the past too.
In 2010, two deserters from a paramilitary force arrested for terror links had revealed that militants aligned with the Pakistani Taliban had plans to abduct Indian diplomats and target foreign missions.
The men had revealed that militant groups had plans to kidnap Indian diplomats, including the High Commissioner, to exchange them for militant commanders being held by Pakistani authorities.
At that time too, security had been tightened for Indian diplomats and their families.
on Wednesday, an unnamed LeT commander was quoted by media as saying that the group regarded Kasab as a hero who would inspire more terror attacks.
Ihsan was quoted by the Pakistani media on Wednesday as saying that the Taliban were shocked by Kasab's hanging.


SC issues notice to two companies on Subramanian Swamy's plea

The apex court, however, refused to issue notice to Finance Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram who allegedly has majority stake in the companies

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notices to Chennai-based Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Ltd and its offshore sister concern on a plea of Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against them for filing a defamation suit in Singapore against him, reports PTI.


"We will issue notices to two companies to seek their responses... returnable within 12 weeks," a bench of justices GS Singhvi and KS Radhakrishnan said, moments after Swamy rose to advance his arguments on his contempt petition.


The bench, however, refused to issue notice to Finance Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram who allegedly has majority stake in the companies.


Swamy filed contempt plea against the companies, including Advantage Strategic Singapore, which had had filed the defamation suit against the Swamy for allegedly defaming them in judicial proceedings related to 2G spectrum allocation scam case.


He said the companies had intentionally filed suits abroad to harass him and to make him run around the world.


26/11 NSG commando claims non-payment of financial benefits

Surender Singh, the former commando of the NSG told a press conference that he has so far received just Rs4 lakh, including Rs2.5 lakh from the Government as financial benefits. However, the government rejected his claim saying that he has been paid Rs31 lakh

New Delhi: A former commando from the National Security Guard (NSG), who fought terrorists in the 26/11 attack and was invalidated from service after he became medically unfit, on Thursday claimed he has not got any financial benefits or pension and the money "gifted" to him and his colleagues, reports PTI.


Flanked by activist-politician Arvind Kejriwal and his associates, 34-year-old former NSG commando Surender Singh told a press conference that he has so far received just Rs4 lakh, including Rs2.5 lakh from the Government of India, as financial benefits.


However, the government rejected his claim with Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari saying that the commando has been paid Rs31 lakh in the form of ex-gratia payment by the Governments of India and Maharashtra.


Interestingly, the Government's rejection first came on the Twitter handle of Press Information Bureau (PIB) even as the press conference was on.


Narrating his story, Singh said he was severely injured in the operation to flush out terrorists from the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai and was invalidated from service in October, 2011.


Since last year, he alleged, he has not received "even a single paise" from the government.


Singh claimed that NSG commandos, who were injured in the 26/11 operation, received a "number of gifts in the form of cheques" but the force had not dispersed them to the people concerned.


"When I asked officials what happened to the money, they said the Home Ministry decided that no gifts or donations will be received by the NSG. But they did not show me the records to prove that those money have been returned," Singh said.


He also demanded that an enquiry be launched into the matter and the government clarify what it did with the money gifted by several firms and individuals.


He also distributed copies of a reply received under the Right to Information (RTI) which said he received around Rs2.5 lakh as financial benefits from the Government of India.


Presenting an order from the Government which said Singh was not eligible to get pension as he has put in only 14 years and three months of service as against the mandatory 15 years, Kejriwal claimed there are several clauses in the law under which a commando can be given concessions so that he gets his pension.


"Is this the way to treat our commandos who sacrifice their lives for the nation? Does he deserve just Rs4 lakh? The government should say what happened to the cheques that were gifted to the NSG?" he asked.


The Government was swift in rejecting the allegations when it took to twitter and said: "The government has given Nk (Naik) Surender Singh all his dues."


Press Information Bureau's twitter handle said: "(The government has) informed Singh on November 16 through telephone that war injury pension has been sanctioned and bankers were also informed."


"Surender Singh is getting war injury pension of Rs25,254 per month. Rs31 lakh retirement emoluments is paid to Surender Singh," it said.


Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the commandos were drawn from different forces. "I will inquire into it," he told reporters when asked about the allegations.


Tewari said he has been paid Rs31 lakh and that he also received Rs25,000 which is not in the form of a war injury pension.


"....if at all anything which needs to be done in order to preserve and protect the honour of those people who on daily basis risk their lives for the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the the country, this government will never be found wanting," Tewari said.


However, Singh rejected the claims and said he has not received any money from the government.


"You can check my bank account. I have not got any money. The government is lying," he said.


Singh said he received roughly around Rs4 lakh as rewards from various sources, including Rs1 lakh each from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. "In that money, I spent over Rs1 lakh on medical expenses. I have a family to run," he said.


Later, Kejriwal tweeted: "Govt shamelessly misleading the nation. 31 lakhs given to 11 injured, not to Surinder Singh. Out of 31 lakhs, surinder got jst 2.5 lakh."


"Can govt prove that surinder getting Rs25 thousand per month? If it is not proved, who wud resign in govt for misleading nation?" he asked.


"Govt says that surinder informed of pension on "phone" on 16 Nov. Interesting. Pensions informed on phone? Since when? No papers needed?" he asked.


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