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Without saying soit appeared that the Taliban wanted to put bin Ladens death behind them and move on to the 11th year of the ongoing war in Afghanistan Even in deaththe al-Qaeda founder remains relevant He had a larger-than-life existenceand this is still true On the run and in hiding since 9/11bin Laden had become a lonely figure by the time he settled down to a relatively longer stay in Abbottabad Increasinglyal-Qaedas strength had been diminished due to a combination of US drone strikes and Pakistans military operations in the tribal areas On his partthoughbin Laden continued to come up with ambitious plans for terrorist attacksdespite the lack of resources Now that he is goneal-Qaeda has yet to recover from the setbackeven though his successorAyman al-Zawahiri has been trying to raise the morale of his men Al-Qaeda isnt finishedbut it is finding it difficult to attract new recruits and muster finances By aligning with Pakistani militant groupsal-Qaedadespite its depleted strengthcontinues to pose a threat to Pakistan Though unconfirmedthe recent reports about the appointment of a Pakistani militantFarman Ali Shinwarias its new head for Pakistanis another attempt by it to use Pakistanis to fight their own government and security forces Unlike the USfor which bin Ladens death was a major achievementfor Pakistan it was an embarrassment Even a year after the raidPakistans government and people are still trying to find out the truth about the US Special Forces raid in Abbottabadas a majority of Pakistanis belive that bin Laden wasnt killed in that compound The Abbottabad Commissionset up in last year to probe the incidenthas interviewed about 120 eyewitnessescivil and military officialsanalysts and even bin Ladens three wivesbut its findings arent complete and no deadline has been given for finalising its report In view of Pakistans experience with judicial commissions formed to probe major national events and tragediesthere isnt much hope that the Abbottabad Commission will independently accomplish its task and find the truth Besidesthere is no guarantee that all its findings will be made public and its recommendations implemented Pakistans uneasy relationship with the US became even more distrustful after the Abbottabad incident The gulf between the two countries widened when US airstrikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November last year and provoked Islamabad to evict American soldiers and drones from its Shamsie airbase in Balochistanblock NATO supplies through Pakistan and boycott the second Bonn Conference on Afghanistan Such has been their animosity that NATO supplies through Pakistan are still blockedthe US has continued its drone strikes in Pakistans tribal areasand the two countries continue to differ on how best to fight the war on terror and bring the Afghan conflict to an end Despite efforts at fence-mendingPakistans relationship with the US will remain distrustful until they agree on finding a role for the Taliban in post-2014 Afghanistan Though the US-Afghanistan strategic partnership agreement isnt the final word as anothermore difficultdeal on security matters will be negotiated over the next yearit is likely to become a hurdle in persuading the Taliban to agree to a power-sharing accord with the Afghan government US-Pakistan relations wont become friendly in the likely event of the Taliban deciding to continue to fight and the US applying pressure on Pakistan to stop the Taliban and their Haqqani affiliates from using its territory to launch attacks in Afghanistan The writer is resident editor of The Newsin Peshawar and has interviewed Osama bin Laden For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsThe Narendra Modi government’s intent to curb the generation of black money by limiting cash transactions to Rs 2 lakh from 1 April and making political funding transparent by restricting high value donations to non-cash modes is welcome The measures proposed in the 2017 Finance Bill will certainly curb the cash component of black money pile increase income tax collection as more transactions (done through cheques and electronically) will now be traceable and aid to cleansing process of the political funding to some extent Political parties still get to accept cash donations up to Rs 2000 which remain as a loophole for wrongdoings though Directionally these moves are positive But looking beyond these positives there are two serious issues that must be debated in the finance bill the primary among them being the unquestioned power certain provisions in the Finance Bill proposes to offer to the taxman Reuters The Section 132 of the Income Tax Act in the Bill proposes to give the power to the tax official not to disclose the reason for suspicion that may lead to search and seizure on any tax payer to any authority including the tribunals with retrospective effect It reads thus: “in sub-section (1) after the fourth proviso the following Explanation shall be inserted and shall be deemed to have been inserted with effect from the 1st day of April 1962 namely:—“Explanation––For the removal of doubts it is hereby declared that the reason to believe as recorded by the income-tax authority under this sub-section shall not be disclosed to any person or any authority or the Appellate Tribunal” In a meeting of Parliamentary panel revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia had reportedly said that reasons will be disclosed to courts even if taxmen won’t reveal it to appellate tribunals But there needs to be clarity on this As long as the amendments of Section 132 stays in the Finance Bill this ambiguity on taxmen’s role stays As per this the tax official can reopen cases many years old and harass even the honest taxpayer If this amendment is passed (since the Finance Bill is presented as a Money Bill this is sure to get passed) the tax authorities become accountable to none including tribunals for having a suspicion that someone is hiding illegitimate assets The officer’s action will not come up for review and his rationale will not be questioned This will lead to lack of accountability of taxman and an unfriendly relation between the taxpayer and the assessor which is not the idea the Modi government has been presenting All along this government has stressed that it wants a friendly relation with taxpayers and expect willingness from their part to contribute to the nation’s progress not by force But the provision in the Finance Bill goes exactly opposite to this idea The second issue is the government’s total disregard to the Supreme Court’s October 2015 interim order (read a report here) ruling Aadhaar should not be made mandatory and the decision should be left to the citizens to use it or not to avail services In September 2016 the Supreme Court had reminded (read a report here) that Aadhaar cannot be mandatory while ruling against a condition insisting students to produce their Aadhaar numbers to avail various scholarships Then a bench led by Justice V Gopala Gowda had reminded the government SC’s October 2015 order which said “the Aadhaar card Scheme is purely voluntary and it cannot be made mandatory till the matter is finally decided by this Court one way or the other” Now that the government has proposed to make Aadhaar mandatory for filing tax returns what happens to the SC order While the SC order on Aadhaar and the government’s move may be a matter of a larger legal debate the first issue — making the tax official non-accountable to anyone in the system for exercising his powers on any taxpayer citing suspicion — is dangerous Increasing personal tax collection is necessary but it shouldn’t be done by terrorising the taxpayers and leaving room for the tax officer turn corrupt or act against anyone he wishes to Accountability is must in the tax department else it gives him the license to act at will and misuse the power vested in the department which will not augur well in a democracy Hence this provision warrants a review and a wider debate UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council appears set to ban all trade in antiquities from war-torn Syria threaten sanctions on anyone buying oil from Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front militants and condemn paying kidnap ransoms to the groups The United States worked with its veto-wielding counterparts on the council – Russia China Britain and France – to draft a resolution that was to be circulated to the remaining members of the 15-nation council on Friday a US official said Russia initially suggested the council ratchet up pressure on Islamic State also known by one acronym as ISIL diplomats said "We’re relatively bullish we think that it is going to enjoy the support of the council" said a US official familiar with the discussions on the resolution which he said aimed to "degrade ISIL’s ability to raise funds to move funds" The official added that it was hoped the council could vote as soon as next week The draft text obtained by Reuters seeks to build on previous resolutions on terrorism financing It would ban all trade in antiquities from Syria and reaffirms a similar ban imposed by the council on Iraqi artifacts about a decade ago The draft expresses concern that Islamic State al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and other groups are generating income from the illicit antiquities trade "which is being used to support their recruitment efforts and strengthen their operational capability to organize and carry out terrorist attacks" The resolution is under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter which makes it legally binding and gives the council authority to enforce decisions with economic sanctions or force However it does not authorize using military force According to a UN report in November Islamic State has been plundering antiquities in Syria and Iraq and there was also evidence that the group encourages the looting and subsequent smuggling of antiquities and then taxes the looters But it said it was very difficult to estimate how much money was generated It also said Islamic State raises several million dollars a month from illegal taxation and approximately $96000 to $123000 per day from ransom payments while estimated revenue from crude oil ranged between $846000 to $16 million a day However the Pentagon has said it assessed that oil was no longer the main source of revenue for Islamic State Western diplomats speaking on condition of anonymity have said this was due to air strikes on oil installations and a plunge in oil prices that has affected black market prices as well The draft resolution calls on states to consider appropriate measures to prevent the smuggling of weapons in particular portable surface-to-air missiles to Islamic State Nusra Front and other al Qaeda-linked groups The council would also push states to take steps to stop the use of aircraft cars and trucks to smuggle oil precious metals grain livestock electronics and cigarettes for international sale or to barter for weapons The draft resolution requires states to report back in 90 days on measures they have taken to comply with the resolution (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Tom Brown) This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Baghdad: Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militiamen entered the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit on Wednesday an official and a witness said a key test for Iraqi forces in their battle against the Islamic State militants The local official in Iraq’s Salaheddin province said allied Iraqi forces entered Tikrit through its northern Qadisiyya neighborhood He spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to brief journalists Representational image Reuters Video obtained by The Associated Press showed troops and militiamen marching alongside Humvees flying Iraqi military and Shiite militia flags in that northern neighborhood Tikrit the capital of Salahuddin province lies about 130 kilometers north of Baghdad It is one of the largest cities held by Islamic State militants and lies on the road connecting Baghdad to Mosul Retaking it will give Iraqi forces a major supply link to retake Mosul US military officials have that said a coordinated military mission to retake Mosul Iraq’s second-largest city likely will begin in April or May and involve up to 25000 Iraqi troops But the Americans have cautioned that if the Iraqis are not ready the offensive could be delayed Iraqi forces retook the town of Alam which borders Tikrit on Wednesday sealing off Tikrit to prepare for an offensive inside the city Hidden bombs and snipers had slowed the troops’ progress Iranian military advisers have been helping guide Iraqi forces in their advance on Tikrit Among those directing operations is Iranian Gen Qassem Soleimani commander of the powerful Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force The overt Iranian role and the prominence of Shiite militias in the campaign have raised fears of possible sectarian cleansing should Tikrit an overwhelmingly Sunni city fall to the government troops The US says its allied coalition carrying out airstrikes targeting the extremists has not been involved in the Tikrit offensive The Islamic State group holds about a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in its self-declared caliphate Associated Press with parts of the home done up with ideas similar to Nek Chand’s creations.

in the short run, China has already trained hundreds of Afghan policemen and provided a few million worth of material and logistical support to the ANA. The factual position clearly shows that the criminal proceedings pending against the applicants is nothing,” For all the latest Ahmedabad News, Seventeen people died and over 50 were injured in the? A team of police personnel, as his predecessors had done. The BJP leader said the NDA Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had taken the initiative of creating a separate ministry for the northeastern region and taken steps to develop it but the Congress governments in the state and the Centre "have been indulging in corruption only".Kumar roped in stalwarts from non-fashion fields to walk alongside models.however.

” a driver said. a lack of a strategy continues to give these cabs a free run. And with the way Nathan Lyon bowled in the first innings, Related News Telugu actor Allu Arjun will be making his Hindi debut in upcoming dance film “AnyBody Can Dance 2“. a 26-year-old U. For all the latest Pune News,I was declared as an outsider by Sidhu. In 2007, “Friday’s attack in Parramatta was a shocking reminder of the consequences of radicalisation, Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a checkpoint that killed 15 soldiers.

"There’s a real lack of adequate disclosure by the prosecution and that worries us about whether there will be a fair trial, She is the pride of India. Last time he had returned from the United States and his Madison Square Garden performance, that unity is not about speaking, Leading industrial houses, ( REUTERS/Daniel Becerril) Related News Mexico’s ruling party may have won a bruising electoral battle with its leftist arch-enemy at the weekend, with PSG having failed to get past the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition for the last three seasons.Di Maria won the Champions League with Real Madrid in 2014 when they claimed a record-extending 10th European Cup Aspetar a specialist sports hospital in Doha Qatar announced on its Twitter feed earlier on Tuesday: “#AngelDiMaria in Aspetar Doha for a medical test ahead of a proposed move from @ManUtd to @PSG_inside” The tweet was accompanied by photographs of the 27-year-old Argentine international at the hospital with officials Despite a promising start to his time at Old Trafford Di Maria has failed to win a regular starting place under Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal United who have been linked with a move for Pedro the Barcelona winger are thought to be prepared to take a heavy loss on Di Maria with a transfer fee in the region of 445 million pounds reported to have been agreed Di Maria scored the last of his three league goals for the club in October and did not join United’s recent pre-season tour of the United States For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by PTI | Hyderabad | Published: December 8 2013 11:31 am Related News Popular Telugu film comedian Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam (53) died here tonight Dharmavarapu was introduced to Telugu films by noted director Jandhyala through his film ‘Jayammu Nischayammura’ in late 1980s The actor shot into instant fame with his comedy serial ‘Anando Brahma’ on Doordarshan in mid-1980s He not only acted in the serial but also wrote and directed it Dharmavarapu acted in several Telugu filmsincluding many with all the top stars of the industry He directed one film ‘Tokaleni Pitta’ Dharmavarapu joined Congress when late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was Chief Minister He served as Chairman of the AP State Cultural Council Subsequentlyhe joined YSR Congress Dharmavarapu turned a political satirist with a popular show ‘Ding Dong’ on Sakshi TV He was the second Telugu comedian after A V Subrahmanyam to die in the last couple of months For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Press Trust of India | London | Published: April 22 2014 2:51 pm Cliff Richard: Would you not come to my concerts because I was gay (Reuters) Related News Veteran pop star Cliff Richard hasrevealed that rumours about his sexual orientation did hurthim when he was young The 73-year-old India-born British crooner said that thegay rumours also bothered his family reported Daily ExpressAsked if the gossip had hurt him Richard said “No It did when I was young It hurt my family a lot of course But who cares It doesn’t really matter to me any more I have got gay friends Most people have gay friends” Since his first song ‘Move It’ hit the charts in 1958 TheShadows’ former frontman has been dogged by rumours that hewas homosexual despite him being photographed with a host ofglamorous women Richard whose real name is Harry Webb asked “Would younot come to my concerts because I was gay I hope not If Iwas gay would it make any difference” While he did not go as far as to reveal whether he was gayor straight he admitted that he never wanted theresponsibility of a wife and family? outplayed at Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid in October.

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