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N-arms control regime may end in 2026, Russia warns US

LONDON: Russia told the United States on Monday that the last remaining pillar of bilateral nuclear arms control could expire in 2026 without a replacement due to what it said were US efforts to inflict “strategic defeat” on Moscow in Ukraine.

Both Russia and the United States still have vast arsenals of nuclear weapons which are currently partially limited by the 2011 New START Treaty, which in 2021 was extended until 2026.

What comes after Feb 4, 2026, however, is unclear, though Washington has indicated it wants to reach a follow-on agreement with Russia.

Possible scenario

Asked if Moscow could envisage there being no nuclear arms control treaty after 2026, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the RIA state new agency: “This is quite a possible scenario.”

Ryabkov, Russia’s top arms control diplomat, said the United States had in recent years ignored Russia’s interests and dismantled most of the architecture of arms control.

The two countries, which account for 90pc of the world’s nuclear warheads, called off talks on the START treaty last year

“New START may well fall victim to this,” Ryabkov told RIA. “We are ready for such a scenario.”

His remarks constitute a warning to Washington that its continued military support for Ukraine could scupper the final major post-Cold War bilateral arms control treaty with Russia.

The United States has supplied more than $27 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since Russia invaded the country on Feb 24, including over 1,600 Stinger anti-aircraft rocket systems, 8,500 Javelin anti-tank missile systems and over one million 155mm artillery rounds.

VILLAGE DEFENCE GUARD (VDG) KILLS HIS WIFE IN SURANKOTE POONCH, IOJK

Indian government in an unprecedented and hastily planned move has formed an armed force (VDG) on illegal bases, the decision had already drawn a lot of criticism at domestic and international level. Kashmiris are fearful of Indian government’s decision to form VDG’s and arming them with fire arms without any regulations and proper/ regular training.

The latest incident has sent a wave in the region and people believe that such incidents would increase where trigger happy novices would indiscriminately use fire arms against innocent people.

Over 5,000 members of the VDGs, majority of them Hindus have been given rifles and more queuing up to get arms in various districts of Jammu region in the last few days. It is pertinent to mention that the past record of VDC guards (approx. x 28000 strength) also augment the worries of masses, still a huge number of cases (200 FIRs related to the cases of murder, rape, rioting and drugs registered against the VDC guards) are pending.

“Genocide in Kashmir: India’s Inhuman Tactics Have Failed & Will Not Succeed in Dominating Kashmiri People”.

Amid the Republic Day celebrations, Indian occupational forces reinforced security across Jammu and Kashmir. Sanitization and area domination exercises were carried out by police, CRPF staff, and other security personnel as random vehicle checks were conducted at various places. In IlOJK, innocent civilians and educated youth are being violently murdered by Indian forces during fake encounters, and cordon-and-search operations. Targeted killings of Kashmiri youth can be categorized as genocide. The liberation struggle by Kashmiris will never be forgotten, especially with Burhan Wani as its shining star. India’s inhumane tactics used to dominate the Kashmiri people, such as murdering, torturing, forced disappearances, and detentions, have historically been unsuccessful and will not succeed in the future.

 More than 609 innocent Kashmiris have so far been martyred by the Indian occupation forces in staged encounters, since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 05 August 2019. The intensified killing spree in IIOJK is a clear manifestation of India using state terrorism as a policy tool against the Kashmiris. Indian Occupation Forces have stepped up extra-judicial killings of Kashmiris, particularly targeting Kashmiri youth, following the malafide conviction and sentencing of Hurriyat leader Mr. Yasin Malik in a grossly suspicious and contrived case.

Indian Occupation Forces continue to operate with complete impunity under draconian laws such as Public Safety Act (PSA), Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). APHC leader Molvi Bashir Irfani in a statement in Srinagar said that the word “democracy” is a mask on the true face of India behind which it is hiding its cruel imperialist face to deceive the world. Extra-judicial killings of young men, including teenage boys, and refusal to return the human remains of those martyred are completely unlawful and reflect the moral bankruptcy of the Indian Occupation Forces. The gross and systematic HRVs perpetrated by the Indian Occupation Forces in IIOJK warrant investigation by the UN Commission of inquiry as recommended by the OHCHR in its reports for 2018 and 2019.

“Indian Security Forces Bust Terror Recruitment Module in J&K – Is This a Part of BJP’s Plan to Disrupt Rahul Gandhi’s Yatra?”

Indian security forces have reportedly broken up a terrorist recruitment module in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, successfully rescuing five youths, including two juveniles. It is being suggested that the recent terror attacks in the area could be a BJP-planned attempt to disrupt Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra in IIOJ&K. In response, the Indian state-sponsored media has been quick to blame Pakistan and has condemned the offered peace initiative from Pakistan’s Prime Minister. Additionally, the Indian media has become a spokesperson for the BJP, criticizing PDP and MC for their remarks calling for the Indian government to stop human rights violations and cease the demolition of Muslim homes and properties in IIOJK.

Pakistan appears to have recognized that they cannot win on the battlefield, hence resorting to the tactic of proxies, according to General Bakshi, “The new strategy of Pakistan is now evident.”

They use booby traps to attack & inflict maximum damage. Senior CRPF officials have gathered evidence from the site of twin blasts in Jammu’s Baramulla area.”

450,000 Diaspora Sikhs Vote for Self-Determination: Is India Ready to Accept Referendum Results?

In spite of fierce opposition and hindrance from the Indian government, voting for the ‘Khalistan Referendum’ in Ontario, Canada was held successfully. A sizeable Sikh population took part in the ballot to demonstrate their solidarity with those facing injustices in Indian-controlled Punjab. Sikhs have requested to establish the referendum with democratic channels.

The leader of SFJ, Pannun, declared that the following session of the Khalistan Referendum will be held in Melbourne, Australia on 29 January in recognition of a would-be separate Sikh nation-state. The current global Khalistan Referendum was called the “final battle” to overturn the tyrannical Hindu-brahminical systems of India, held accountable for the massacre of Sikhs, and free Punjab. Advance voting commenced on 31 October 2021 in London, UK and in the past two months voting has happened across the UK, Geneva and in eight cities in Italy.

To date, an estimated 450,000 Sikhs living outside of India have participated in the Khalistan Referendum, comprising nearly 25% of the entire global Sikh population. This offers a unique opportunity for the diaspora community to speak out on Sikh affairs.

President Council of Khalistan Dr. Bakhsish Singh Sandhu believes that if India is truly a democracy it must acknowledge the results of the referendum.

He commented that “the government of India has consistently sought to criminalize the political expression of Sikhs, characterizing peaceful opposition as militancy, insurgency and terrorism”.

The voting process is an important step towards transitioning from a culture of genocide to self-determination.