BEIJING: China on Thursday sent out a signal that it would object to any discussion about Pakistan's role in sheltering terrorists during the upcoming BRICS summit+ , which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi+ . China is worried Modi may raise the issue at the meeting because he did so at the Goa summit of BRICS last year while describing Pakistan as the "mother-ship of terrorism".
"We also noticed that India, when it comes to Pakistan's counter-terrorism, has some concerns. I don't think this is an appropriate topic to be discussed at BRICS summit," Hua Chunying, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, said at a briefing. She also indicated that raising the topic might affect the success of the summit because Chinese leaders may be forced to defend its close ally, Pakistan.
"The world is paying great attention to the BRICS summit. I hope relevant parties can work with China to ensure the success of the summit and make due contributions," Hua said. She meant the five members of BRICS including India when she mentioned "relevant parties".
This time the BRICS summit is taking place on September 3 in Xiamen in China, which regards Pakistan as an "all-weather friend". India is in a stronger position to raise the issue because US president Donald Trump recently accused Pakistan of sheltering terrorists and threatened to withdraw financial aid if Islamabad refuses to mend its ways. There are chances Chinese leaders might come to Pakistan's defence+ at the summit.
One of the main objectives of BRICS is to enhance cooperation between the five member countries in fighting against terrorism. But it is difficult for India to join hands in any meaningful manner unless Beijing adopts a different attitude on this issue when it comes to the role of Pakistan.
Hua said, "Pakistan is at forefront of counter terror efforts and has made sacrifices for this. The international community should recognize their contributions and sacrifices made by Pakistan."
She added, "China is willing to work with Pakistan and other countries to enhance our cooperation in counterterrorism. This serves the common interest of all parties."
China routinely refers to "sacrifices" made by Pakistan in battling terrorism but refuses to discuss flawed policies of Pakistani military and government that results in bloodshed across the country.
In an interesting twist, the hawkish Global Times indirectly blamed Islam for terrorism, and said India is mostly free from terrorism because it is largely a Hindu nation. Terrorism exists in an "arc" of Asian countries including Pakistan and Philippines with significant Muslim presence, it said.
"There are tensions at various degrees at various junctions in this arc where it encounters other religions and ethnicity but a dent exists in the Indian portion of this arc," the paper said.
With the post of CAG, Rajiv Mehrishi has now held three positions of utmost importance in the Indian bureaucracy — economic affairs secretary, home secretary and now the new auditor general.
Outgoing Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi will be the next Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) as the Centre on Thursday announced a reshuffle of 17 senior bureaucrats.
The Centre also filled up a vacancy in the Election Commission with the appointment of former information and broadcasting secretary Sunil Arora as election commissioner. Rajiv Kumar was appointed secretary in department of financial services (DFS), while Anita Karwal was named CBSE chairperson.
Along with Mehrishi, who retired on Thursday, the government’s audit watchdog also got a new deputy CAG, IA&AS officer Ranjan Kumar Ghose.
With the post of CAG, Mehrishi has now held three positions of utmost importance in the Indian bureaucracy — economic affairs secretary, home secretary and now the new auditor general. His appointment also put to rest speculations of him taking over the governor’s post from NN Vohra.
Mehrishi will assume charge on September 24 after the incumbent CAG retires. He will be the second Union home secretary after TN Chaturvedi to become the CAG — a constitutional post.
Two years ago on August 31, 2015, the day he was to superannuate as Union finance secretary, Mehrishi, was appointed as the next home secretary that gave him two more years in service.
On Thursday, two years later, the government decided to appoint him as the CAG after he retired as home secretary. This will give the 62-year-old a tenure till he attains the age of 65.0
There was also a vacancy in the poll panel after Nasim Zaidi retired as chief election commissioner (CEC) in July. As on date, Achal Kumar Joti is the CEC, while OP Rawat is the other election commissioner.
The government also made a few more bureaucratic appointments on Thursday. Dr Asha Ram Sihag, secretary (coordination) in the Cabinet Secretariat will be new secretary in department of heavy industries.
Rajiv Kumar, establishment officer and special secretary in ministry of personnel, will be new secretary in department of financial services. Pradip Kumar Tripathi, a J&K cadre IAS officer of 1987 batch, will be next establishment officer and additional secretary in the department of personnel.
The momentum towards a reshuffle in the Union Cabinet seems to be reaching critical mass with Union Minister for Skill Development Rajiv Pratap Rudy offering to quit, along with Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Faggan Singh Kulaste.
Several other resignations like those of Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti are in the pipeline.
The newly appointed chief of the Uttar Pradesh unit of the BJP and Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Mahendra Pandey, has also offered to step down.
Ms. Bharti has been asked to quit ostensibly on the grounds of failing health.
Birendra Singh and Sudarshan Bhagat are also on the list of those asked to resign. This points to a largescale rejig, with the reshuffle likely to take place on Saturday.
Those expected to be sworn is as Ministers include BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav, and Karnataka leaders Prahlad Joshi and Suresh Angadi.
Janata Dal (United) MPs R.C.P. Singh and Santosh Kumar are also expected to join the government.
Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha and AIADMK MP M. Thambidurai met BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday but there appears to be no confirmation about whether or not the AIADMK will join the government.
Through the day, Mr. Shah met several Ministers, some of whom figure in the list of those being asked to resign.
Mr. Shah later met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the latter’s official 7, Lok Kalyan Marg residence. The resignations of Ministers were reportedly handed over to Mr. Shah.
Sources say that Mr. Modi may club the infrastructure ministries together and also move some party seniors to Raj Bhavans.
At least seven gubernatorial positions are vacant at the moment. Roads and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari is tipped to get charge of the Railway Ministry as current Minister Suresh Prabhu had offered to step down.
President Ramnath Kovind is to visit Tirupati on Friday and Prime Minister Modi will leave for China for the BRICS meet on Sunday morning. The reshuffle therefore could take place on Saturday.
Senior IAS officer Rajiv Gauba took charge as the new Union Home Secretary on Thursday for a fixed two-year tenure. Gauba, who succeeded Rajiv Mehrishi, is a 1982-batch IAS officer of the Jharkhand cadre. The 58-year-old bureaucrat was appointed as the home secretary about two months ago and has been serving as Officer on Special Duty in the Home Ministry since then. As the Union Home Secretary, Gauba would be dealing with issues like internal security, militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast, Maoist problems in the central and east India besides other issues. In his previous stint as additional secretary in Home Ministry, Gauba looked after the Left-Wing Extremism division.
Born in Punjab in 1958, Gauba graduated in Physics from Patna University. He served in Jharkhand as the chief secretary for 15 months before joining the central government last year. He has previously worked in the central government’s ministries of home, defence, finance and environment and forests in different positions. In the past, Gauba has also represented India on the board of International Monetary Fund for four years.
Gauba served as Urban Development Secretary before being replaced by former Additional secretary Durga Shanker Mishra during the bureaucratic reshuffle in June. Gauba’s name was confirmed after government ordered a major bureaucratic reshuffle involving appointment of secretaries in 16 ministries. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also changed portfolios of a few secretaries in this rejig.
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