France is one of India’s closest ally and a joint partner from ocean bed mapping to space and nuclear security. It has offered total transfer of technology for development of twin engine advanced multi-role combat aircraft (AMCA) project.
Ahead of French foreign minister Catherine Colonna’s first visit to the country next Wednesday, France is co-sponsoring a proposal with India to declare Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, Mohiuddin Aurangzeb Alamgir and Ali Kashif Jan, globally designated terrorists by the UNSC 1267 sanctions Committee. Making her first trip as minister, Colonna will be in Delhi on September 14-15 and meet the top leadership of the country.
According to officials familiar with the matter, Aurangzeb Alamgir alias Mujahid Bhai and Ali Kashif Jan alias Jan Ali Kashif were designated terrorists under the UAPA, 1967 by the ministry of home affairs on April 12. Alamgir, resident of Bahawalpur in Pakistan was the key conspirator, fund raiser and infiltration commander responsible for the 2019 Pulwama terror strike in which 40 CRPF men were killed by a JeM suicide bomber. Alamgir is also responsible for infiltrating Afghan terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir as well as coordinating terror attacks in the Valley, the officials said.
Ali Kashif Jan, resident of Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, is operational commander and part of the core planning committee of the Bahawalpur based JeM group run by the Masood Azhar Alvi family enterprise, the officials added. Jan was the handler of the terrorists involved in the 2016 Pathankot Air Force Station attack and is a prime accused in many cases under investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). One of the key commanders of JeM, Jan operates from the Sialkot sector across the Line of Control in Jammu and launches infiltrators under covering fire from the Pakistan Army into India.