Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (Jamaat ul-Ahrar), the group
that claimed responsibility for the suicide attack at a Pakistani check post
near the Wagah border that killed 61 people, has threatened attacks on India
next. In a telephone interview to agency Reuters, the spokesperson of the
group Ehsanullah Ehsan (assumed name) said. “I have already conveyed it to
Modi... that if our suicide bombers can carry out attacks.
On this side of the border, they can easily do it on
other side of the border in India,” he told Reuters by telephone from an
“I told him that his hands are red with the blood of
Kashmiri mujahideen (fighters) and innocent people of Gujarat for which he
would have to pay the price.”
Ehsan was probably referring to an earlier message on his
twitter account, which said, “You (Modi) are the killer of hundreds of
Muslims. We wl (will) take the revenge of innocent people of Kashmir and
Gugrat” (sic).” The message has since been deleted, but sources said PM Modi
has been briefed about the threat since, and security agencies are taking
the threat “very seriously”.
Decks have been cleared for a possible global trade deal
after India and the U.S agreed on the way forward to break the logjam in
global trade negotiations. With the agreement in place, India is all set to
move its proposal on food security before the WTO’s General Council at its
next meeting scheduled for early December.
This proposal will seek to make open-ended the interim
protection of a ‘peace clause’ that was agreed to at the Bali Ministerial
The clause safeguards support prices for farmers against
the WTO’s limits on agricultural subsidies. India was in danger of breaching
these subsidy caps.
India wants to make sure that this protection would be
available in perpetuity, should a permanent solution to the problem of the
WTO agriculture subsidy caps not be found. Whether the Bali Declaration
provides that the ‘peace clause’ could be available beyond 2017 was open to
Announcing that an agreement had been reached with the
U.S, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman said on
Thursday that the U.S had agreed that India’s right to protect its right to
food security cannot be denied by the WTO, paving the way for removing the
imperfections in the Bali Ministerial package.
U.S Trade Representative Michael Froman also released a
statement which said the agreement with India reflected shared
understandings regarding the WTO’s work on food security.
Sources on the Indian side indicated that the resolution
was possible after an understanding was reached with the U.S that India’s
subsidies are not trade-distorting and aimed at achieving food security.
India, on the other hand, was able to reassure the U.S that it was not
opposed to trade facilitation and in fact was on course to implement it.