Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Oct 2017 12:06:18

PAKISTAN is yet again trying to hoodwink the US by expressing its willingness to launch joint operations with the US to destroy the Haqqani Network, if it provides evidence about the presence of safe havens of the terror outfit in the country. Pakistan has tried this trick on many occasions earlier also and continued supporting terrorists operating on its soil. It is utterly foolish on the part of Pakistan to demand evidence, when it is present aplenty everywhere. The audacious stand taken by Pakistan is shocking to the core. Because, the US administration had recently slapped Pakistan in the face by closing down operations of its Habib Bank in the US for supporting terror outfits. The action was taken on the basis of solid evidence against the bank. The world’s most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden, who was killed by the US Navy Seals, was also given shelter by Pakistan. Going by Pakistan’s past record, the US would hopefully won’t buy the ‘evidence’ theory. If Pakistan fails to mend its ways, the US must go ahead with launching its anti-terror operations.


THE growing Indian economy and rising demand for rapid transportation, the country’s biggest transporter, the Railways needs to upgrade its technology. In the Government at the Centre there is a realisation that much obsolescence has set in the system and it is time that upgradation is undertaken post-haste. Since most modern technology is available in several parts of the world, the Government has done well to rope in the services of experts from countries like Germany, Japan, France and even China. While Japan is collaborating in executing the bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, the latest to join in the upgradation process is Germany. With the Railway Ministry signing a ‘joint declaration of intent’ with Germany to carry out a feasibility study for increasing train speed to 200 kms on the route between Kazhipet in Andhra Pradesh and Chennai, a step seems to have been taken in the direction of introducing high speed train services in the country. This is the need of the hour for the growing economy of the country.