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    Police await Centre’s nod to prosecute Brigadier

    Charges of abduction, murder invoked against the Army officer
    Ishfaq Tantry
    Tribune News Service
    Srinagar, November 25
    The Jammu and Kashmir Police have invoked charges of abduction, murder and disappearance of evidence against a brigadier-level officer of the Army, accused of the custodial death of a chemist from the Rawalpora locality of Srinagar in 2002.
    In its status report, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the police has told the Jammu and Kashmir High Court that the investigation into the 14-year-old case had been completed and the Central government nod for prosecution of accused Brigadier Kishore Malhotra was awaited.
    Brigadier Malhotra was a Major in the 35 Rashtriya Rifles in 2002 when the incident happened.
    The officer was subjected to four days of sustained ‘custodial interrogation’ by the SIT between October 6 and 9 this year, the report accessed by The Tribune has further revealed.
    On November 23, a single bench of the High Court, while hearing a petition in the case, asked the police to file the latest status report about the investigation by Tuesday and ‘also report that the charge sheet has been filed’.
    Manzoor Ahmad Dar, a resident of Rawalpora locality on the outskirts of Srinagar, was arrested by the Army on January 19, 2002. His wife Jana, in her testimonies before the courts, has maintained that an Army contingent led by Kishore Malhotra, then a Major with the 35 Rashtriya Rifles, had raided their house in the dead of the night.
    Later, a judicial inquiry by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Budgam, had also ‘substantiated’ that Manzoor was ‘picked up by armed forces personnel of the 35 Rashtriya Riffles during the intervening night of 18/19 January 2002’.
    “The custodial disappearance has occurred near about 14 years ago, which clearly indicates that the disappeared person could have died in custody of the 35 RR and accordingly, Section 302 of the RPC (murder) is invoked,” the SIT submitted in its status report, adding that offence under Section 364 (abduction) is already established against the accused Army officer.
    “On the direction of the apex court and the High Court of J&K, accused Major Kishore Malhotra, now Brigadier, appeared before the SIT on October 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2015. During custodial questioning, the accused did not admit to the custody of the victim, nor lead to the recovery of the body (of Manzoor). Accordingly, offence under 201 of the RPC is invoked,” it added.
    Stating that since direction of the Supreme Court was not to arrest the accused Brigadier during questioning, the SIT has further told the High Court that the “investigation of the case stands closed and charges under Section 364 (abduction), 302 (murder) and 201 (disappearance of evidence) of the RPC invoked.”
    It added that the case file along with the records had been sent to the government for accord of sanction to prosecute the accused Brigadier.

    The 2002 custodial disappearance case

    Manzoor Ahmad Dar, a resident of Rawalpora locality on the outskirts of Srinagar, was arrested by the Army on January 19, 2002. His wife Jana, in her testimonies before the courts, has maintained that an Army contingent led by Kishore Malhotra, then a Major with the 35 Rashtriya Rifles, had raided their house in the dead of the night
    In its status report, a Special Investigation Team of the police has told the J&K High Court that the probe into the 14-year-old case had been completed and the Centre’s nod for prosecution of Brigadier Malhotra was awaited


    Wars old and new

    Lt Gen VR Raghavan (retd)

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    The latest wars are now merely instruments of politics
    LAST year the world commemorated the hundred years after the First World War, which lasted four years and was fought on a scale with armament systems and economic effort only possible for industrial nations. It was thus called the World War, or Great War and more appropriately the First Industrial War. The character of war has changed immensely since. A new geopolitical era has begun with the asymmetric use of technology to strike at major military powers. An alternative view of history interprets the century from 1914 as the period of a Long War. This Long War included the First and Second World wars, the Cold War, post-Cold War and other wars to date. This view sees the 1914-2014 years as a continuum of military campaigns for ascendancy amongst ideologies of capitalism, communism, socialism and of religious identity.
    There have been many military campaigns in the last 40 years, led by developed nations with the most modern technology and kinetic power. Such operations have led to regime change, and scattering of the adversary military. These operations were followed by long occupation in which the populace remained sullen at best and hostile at worst. The occupation resulted in the rise of armed groups and militias with local and foreign support, making the occupation increasingly costly in human terms leading to the loss of support of the home population in countries which waged these campaigns. The political cost of foreign interventions have become untenable in all countries, notwithstanding the successes of their militaries. ‘Putting boots on the ground’ is no longer a choice either for Presidents Obama, Putin, Hollande or Chancellor Merkel. The haunting images of people risking all in migrating over the seas in rubber boats and braving barbed wire barricades, are evidence of the failure of the purpose for which such wars were waged. No decisive outcomes were obtained by the wars of shock and awe.
    The last few years have seen the emergence of a discourse on ‘new wars’ as opposed to the conventional ‘old wars’. The premise of the new war discourse is that such wars need a different strategic approach. While such conflicts were present in the past, the scope and capacity of such wars is now substantial. These have been termed as wars of the era of globalisation. The differences between old and new wars are in the varied actors, indeterminate goals, methods and the economic basis of such wars. New wars are fought by different combinations of states and non-state actors. These include regular armed forces, militias, mercenaries, private security contractors, jihadists, paramilitaries and warlords. While old wars were conducted for ideological or geo-political goals, new wars are fought for ethnic, religious or tribal identities. The goal is to gain the power of the state rather than implement particular policies. The decisive battle which defined old wars is replaced by control of territory through political means and by population displacement. As for finance, new wars are backed through diaspora support, smuggling of raw material like oil, and through clandestine state-based support through money and weapons transfers, etc. While old wars were centralising and autarchic, new wars are an open, globalised and decentralised phenomenon. These differences change the character of war, wherein while conventional war led to all-out efforts to win and end the war, new wars extend in territory and duration, and tend to persist and recur as either side(s) gain in political and economic terms.
    New wars have thus become instruments of politics instead of policy. Since political interests of the warring group/s become salient, they deliberately violate the rules and norms of war. The inner tendency of such wars has been termed as not war without limits, but war without end. And so, such wars have a self-perpetuating interest, in which enemies become useful towards sustaining the conflict.
    The response to new wars from the developed world, whose militaries fought but gained no traction from it went through many phases. There was intense public scrutiny and debate, in which legislators and senior military leaders often disagreed with policies. There was widespread media critique, which in some cases, led to coverups and disinformation that eroded the credibility of governments. Later, there were surges in military numbers and also changes in military commanders to hasten the end of conflict. Finally, it led to a military pullback, resulting in leaving the countries, regions and populations to the mercy of the new actors of new wars. Major military powers are experiencing ever greater constraints on their freedom to use force in areas of societal support, parliamentary consent, and ever greater legal challenge.
    The military response to new wars from developed countries is limited to air strikes and UAV strikes. These have been derisively termed as ‘gesture politics’, a way of looking tough, more often timed with domestic crises. The US military strategy against the IS has been described as a fourfold concept: degrade, defeat, of limited air attacks and of military aid. Degrading of forces is a vague concept and the adversary force can recover; defeat is not easy to determine as per new parameters; air attacks have limited impact; and as for military aid, it has failed to generate success anywhere. It is no wonder that a force like the IS or other militias in Middle East and Afghanistan continue to expand their territorial control.
    Future wars will see a simultaneous unfolding of overt and covert armed action, cyber attacks on non-military targets, international financial and economic pressures by a combination of countries, and attacks by unidentified armed groups. ‘Hybrid war’ captures this landscape vividly. An example of this is the Israeli experience in Gaza and Lebanon, which has blurred the difference between front lines and rear areas. This made every place, whether in towns and villages, or in open spaces, a combat zone. Israeli forces incurred more casualties than anticipated. The conclusions drawn from it was that combined arms firepower and manoeuvre with responsive air, artillery and UAV systems were critical for success, in addition to heavy forces with tanks and infantry. Ukraine has, of late, been subjected to this hybrid form of warfare. Russian military units without insignias allegedly operated as guerrilla forces inside Ukraine, and were able to take over good amount of territory. The offensive could only be halted when the full weight of regular conventional forces were employed.
    New wars add complexity to the conventional war environment. These neither obviate the need for a full-scale conventional response, nor can these be won decisively. The paradox of modern military power being unable to obtain a decisive outcome from wars is likely to remain the defining feature of our times. The price in tragic and colossal terms will continue to be borne by the helpless populations in the war zones.


    Veterans to move SC over govt’s ‘flawed’ OROP orders

    Allege there are seven serious anomalies in notification
    Tribune News Service
    Chandigarh, November 22
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    Rejecting the government notification for implementing one rank, one pension (OROP) formula for the armed forces on the grounds that it was unfair and full of flaws, the United Front of Ex-servicemen has decided to take their battle to the Supreme Court.
    Revealing that they would be filing a petition before the apex court within few days, Major General Satbir Singh (retd), the front’s adviser today claimed that several top lawyers have agreed to take up their cause without charging any fee. Terming the notification a “betrayal”, he said there were seven serious flaws in the order which was contrary to the defined and accepted definition of the OROP. The formula that was devised by the Defence Minister and acceptable to the veterans was later subverted by the Ministry of Finance and the Prime Minister’s Office, he added.
    Non-inclusion of future pre-mature retirees in the ambit of OROP, revision of pension once in five years instead of every year, fixation of pension at the average of the minimum and maximum of the pay scale instead of the maximum, fixing 2013 calendar year instead of the financial year for implementation and appointing a one-man judicial commission with inclusion of stake holders to address anomalies are among the flaws in the government order, Major General Satbir said. “These flaws would lead to veterans losing one increment, seniors getting lesser pension and result in one rank many pensions,” he added.
    Stating that they were not agitating for money, but for ethos, dignity and equality, he said the government notification was not fair and not acceptable, and the veterans’ fight for their rights would continue.


    सैनिक स्कूल में दाखिला: परीक्षा की तिथि घोषित, देखें

    अमर उजाला, पटियाला(पंजाब)Updated @ 6:15 PM IST
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    देश के सैनिक स्कूलों में छठी व नौंवी क्लास में दाखिले के लिए परीक्षा 3 जनवरी को कराई जाएगी। अकादमिक सेशन 2016-17 में दाखिले के लिए होने वाली इस परीक्षा के लिए पंजाब के पांच जिलों में परीक्षा केंद्र स्थापित किए जाएंगे।

    इन सैनिक स्कूलों का प्राथमिक उद्देश्य बच्चों को अकादमिक, शारीरिक व मानसिक पक्ष से तैयार करके नेशनल डिफेंस एकेडमी, आर्मी और नेवी एकेडमी में दाखिल होने के सक्षम बनाना है।

    यह रिहायशी पब्लिक स्कूल हैं, जिनमें विद्यार्थियों को 12वीं तक की शिक्षा दी जाती है। दाखिला परीक्षा पटियाला के अलावा अमृतसर, लुधियाना, फरीदकोट और कपूरथला के परीक्षा केंद्रों में ली जाएगी।

    छठी क्लास में दाखिला लेने के इच्छुक उम्मीदवारों की गणित ज्ञान परीक्षा, भाषा योग्यता परीक्षा और बुद्धि परीक्षा होगी। इसके लिए कुल 300 अंक होंगे, जबकि नौंवी के उम्मीदवारों के लिए गणित, साइंस, इंग्लिश और सोशल स्टडीज की परीक्षाएं होंगी। इनके कुल 450 अंक होंगे।


    New LeT commander from Pakistan, has already entered Valley: Police

    olice sources said they were trying to establish whether Musa is the same commander Salahudin, who was operational chief of Lashkar in early 2000 – See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/new-let-commander-from-pakistan-has-already-entered-valley-police/#sthash.7YVPzmkZ.dpuf
    LeT new operational commander Abu Musa is a Pakistani national and has recently sneaked into the Valley, police sources have said.
    Two days ago, Lashkar named Abu Musa alias Hafiz as its new operational commander for Kashmir and directed all LeT members operating in the Valley to follow his orders.
    The new commander was named 10 days after the killing of Abdul Rehman alias Qasim, who was killed in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
    Police sources said Musa has recently sneaked into the Valley and is reportedly in north Kashmir now. They added that a group of LeT members had moved to north Kashmir to bring Musa to the southern part of the Valley, where the terror group has a good presence. Officials, however, could not confirm if Musa had already been shifted.
    Earlier, there were reports that Qasim’s deputy Dujhanna, who is already operating in south Kashmir, will take over as LeT commander, considering his experience and network base. But LeT has chosen to elevate Musa instead. The new commander, police sources said, has earlier served in the Valley. He goes by the nom-de-guerre, Mir Faisel and Salahudin, they added. Police sources said that they were trying to establish whether Musa is the same militant commander Salahudin, who was operational chief of Lashkar in early 2000, and operated from the forests of Bandipore. Salahudin was one of the top wanted militants at the time and reportedly crossed over to PoK after massive searches was launched against him. “We are trying to gather more details about the new LeT commander. We have already got some inputs,” said a top police officer.


    ‘Let veterans prove OROP stir is not political’

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    Medals are a recognition of the sacrifice done by the armed forces for the nation. Burning and returning them is an insult to the nation and the defence forces. MANOHAR PARRIKAR, defence minister
    Terming war veterans’ attempt of burning their medals as an insult to the nation and armed forces, defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said the onus lies on the protesting exservice personnel to prove that there was no political motive behind their One Rank, One Pension (OROP) stir.
    “If I say something, it will become an allegation. Let them prove that it is not political,” he said when asked if he saw a political link attached to the continuing agitation despite the government’s notification on the OROP scheme. “Medals are a recognition of the sacrifice done by the armed forces for the nation. Burning and returning them is an insult to the nation and the defence forces,” Parrikar said. He added “Medals have nothing to do with service conditions whereas OROP is about service conditions. It does not say you are entitled for medals, it talks about service conditions like your pay and entitlement.”Stating that the BJP had fulfilled its electoral promise of implementing the OROP, Parrikar asked the ex-servicemen to approach a judicial body if they had any grievances.
    “Let them put the demands before the judicial committee, they will address it,” he said.
    Earlier in the day, the minister unveiled the first phase of the commissioning of Boeing P-8I Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft fleet at the Naval Air Station ‘INS Rajali’ here, about 85 kms from Chennai.

    The first phase was marked by the induction of the eight P-8I planes along with the completion of aircraft equipment testing, trials and crew training for all the eight aircraft. In the next phase, four more such aircraft would be inducted ,making it a fleet of 12 high-tech surveillance planes. Dignitaries from the field of defence were in attendance during the event.


    No more concessions on OROP: Parrikar

    Tribune News Service
    New Delhi, November 9
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    Even as ex-servicemen have expressed their dissatisfaction over the terms of the ‘one rank, one pension’ (OROP) scheme, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today ruled out any more concessions on OROP.
    Parrikar said “This is democracy. Everyone has the right to demand. But the maximum… their main demand for same pension for same rank has been given. Rest is everything that we had declared (on September 5). Out of that, the confusion about VRS has been removed,” Parrikar said on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi. VRS is known as pre-mature retirement (PMR) in the forces.
    The minister said the “basic core issue” had been addressed and if there was a problem, the judicial commission would look into that. He was replying to questions on veterans being unhappy with the OROP notification issued by the government on Saturday.
    Meanwhile, Air Force Chief Arup Raha said the government had given directions on the OROP issue and everyone should accept it.
    He said if anomalies were still persisting, these could be sorted out in due course of time. The notification does not include the demands for an annual equalisation of revised pension, for pegging the pension to the maximum of the current pensioners, and for appointing an expert commission with serving military personnel and ex-servicemen representatives.
    Ex-servicemen, who have been protesting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi since June, rejected the notification. Maj Gen Satbir Singh (Retd), Chairman of Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement spearheading the protest, had said, “The notification will not be acceptable to the rank and file. It is not one rank, one pension but one, rank, five pensions”.


    Indian Army, PLA commit to peace on LAC in Ladakh

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    The Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China Saturday held a meeting along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Chushul Sector of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir to ensure peace on borders.

    “A Ceremonial Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) on the occasion of ‘Diwali Festival’ was conducted at Indian BPM hut in Chushul Sector of Eastern Ladakh and at Dulat Beg Oldie (DBO) in eastern Ladakh. The Indian delegation was led by Brigadier R S Raman in Chushul and by Colonel B S Uppal in DBO. The Chinese delegation was led by Colonel Cao Guasheng in Chushul and by Colonel Song Zhang Li in DBO,” defence spokesperson S D Goswami said in a statement.

    He said both the delegations interacted in a free, congenial and cordial environment and parted amidst feeling of friendship and commitment towards enhancing the existing cordial relations and maintaining peace along the LAC.

    “Both sides also sought to build on the mutual feeling to uphold the treaties and agreements signed between the Governments of the two sides to maintain peace and tranquillity along the LAC,” the defence spokesman said.

    He added that both the sides also sought to build on the mutual feeling to uphold the treaties and agreements signed between the governments of the two sides to maintain peace and tranquillity along the LAC.

    Indian and Chinese troops, last year, locked in a three-week long stand-off in the Chumar and Demchok areas of eastern Ladakh, which was resolved by way of an understanding reached between the two sides to carry out disengagement and redeployment of border troops to restore the “status quo ante.”


    ਇੱਕ ਰੈਂਕ-ਇੱਕ ਪੈਨਸ਼ਨ ਦੀ ਚੁਣੌਤੀ

    ਕੇਂਦਰ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਸਾਬਕਾ ਫ਼ੌਜੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ‘ਇੱਕ ਰੈਂਕ-ਇੱਕ ਪੈਨਸ਼ਨ’ ਦੇ ਫਾਰਮੂਲੇ ਤਹਿਤ ਪੈਨਸ਼ਨ ਦੇਣ ਸਬੰਧੀ ਨੋਟੀਫਿਕੇਸ਼ਨ ਭਾਵੇਂ ਜਾਰੀ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ, ਪਰ ਇੰਡੀਅਨ ਐਕਸ ਸਰਵਿਸਮੈੱਨ ਮੂਵਮੈਂਟ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਰੱਦ ਕਰਨ ਕਰਕੇ ਰੇੜਕਾ ਹਾਲੇ ਵੀ ਬਰਕਰਾਰ ਜਾਪਦਾ ਹੈ। ਸਾਬਕਾ ਫ਼ੌਜੀਆਂ ਵੱਲੋਂ ‘ਇੱਕ ਰੈਂਕ-ਇੱਕ ਪੈਨਸ਼ਨ’ ਦੀ ਮੰਗ ਲਗਪਗ ਚਾਰ ਦਹਾਕਿਆਂ ਤੋਂ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ। ਇਸ ਸਮੇਂ ਦੌਰਾਨ ਵੱਖ-ਵੱਖ ਸਰਕਾਰਾਂ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਇਸ ਮੰਗ ਦੀ ਪੂਰਤੀ ਲਈ ਸਮੇਂ ਸਮੇਂ ਕੀਤੇ ਵਾਅਦਿਆਂ ਉੱਤੇ ਅਮਲ ਨਾ ਹੋਣ ਕਾਰਨ ਸਾਬਕਾ ਫ਼ੌਜੀਆਂ ਨੇ ਆਰ-ਪਾਰ ਦੀ ਲੜਾਈ ਲੜਨ ਵਜੋਂ ਮੁਲਕ ਦੀ ਰਾਜਧਾਨੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਜੰਤਰ-ਮੰਤਰ ’ਤੇ ਅਣਮਿੱਥੇ ਸਮੇਂ ਦਾ ਧਰਨਾ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਸੀ। ਇਸ ਧਰਨੇ ਨੇ ਨਾ ਕੇਵਲ ਸਾਬਕਾ ਫ਼ੌਜੀਆਂ ਦੀ ਇਸ ਮੰਗ ਵੱਲ ਸਮੁੱਚੇ ਦੇਸ਼ ਵਾਸੀਆਂ ਦਾ ਧਿਆਨ ਖਿੱਚਿਆ ਸਗੋਂ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਇਹ ਵੀ ਅਹਿਸਾਸ ਕਰਵਾਇਆ ਕਿ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦੇਸ਼ ਦੀ ਰੱਖਿਆ ਲਈ ਹਰ ਕੁਰਬਾਨੀ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲੇ ਸੈਨਿਕਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਵੀ ਬੇਇਨਸਾਫ਼ੀ ਕਰ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ। ਇਸ ਧਰਨੇ ਸਦਕਾ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਾਬਕਾ ਫ਼ੌਜੀਆਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਮੰਗਾਂ ਦੇ ਹੱਕ ਵਿੱਚ ਪੈਦਾ ਹੋਏ ਵੱਡੇ ਉਭਾਰ ਅਤੇ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਪ੍ਰਤੀ ਰੋਸ ਦੇ ਮੱਦੇਨਜ਼ਰ ਕੇਂਦਰ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਨੇ 5 ਸਤੰਬਰ ਨੂੰ ਸਾਬਕਾ ਫ਼ੌਜੀਆਂ ਦੀ ਇੱਕ ਰੈਂਕ ਇੱਕ ਪੈਨਸ਼ਨ ਦੀ ਮਹੱਤਵਪੂਰਨ ਮੰਗ ਸਵੀਕਾਰ ਕਰ ਲੈਣ ਦਾ ਐਲਾਨ ਤਾਂ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਸੀ, ਪਰ ਨੋਟੀਫ਼ਿਕੇਸ਼ਨ ਜਾਰੀ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਕੁਝ ਸਮਾਂ ਮੰਗਿਆ ਸੀ। ਰੱਖਿਆ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਮਨੋਹਰ ਪਰੀਕਰ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਕੀਤੇ ਗਏ ਐਲਾਨ ਨਾਲ ਭਾਵੇਂ ਯੂਨਾਈਟਿਡ ਫਰੰਟ ਆਫ਼ ਐਕਸ ਸਰਵਿਸਮੈੱਨ ਨੇ ਧਰਨਾ ਤਾਂ ਖ਼ਤਮ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਸੀ, ਪਰ ਕੁਝ ਮੁੱਦਿਆਂ ’ਤੇ ਸਹਿਮਤੀ ਨਾ ਹੋਣ ਕਰਕੇ ਦਵੰਦ ਬਰਕਰਾਰ ਰਿਹਾ ਸੀ। ਮਗਰੋਂ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਸਪਸ਼ਟੀਕਰਨ ਦੇਣ ਅਤੇ ਰਹਿ ਗਈਆਂ ਊਣਤਾਈਆਂ ਨੋਟੀਫ਼ਿਕੇਸ਼ਨ ਜਾਰੀ ਕਰਨ ਸਮੇਂ ਖ਼ਤਮ ਕਰਨ ਦੇ ਦਿਵਾਏ ਗਏ ਵਿਸ਼ਵਾਸ ਤਹਿਤ ਸਾਬਕਾ ਫ਼ੌਜੀਆਂ ਨੇ ਆਪਣਾ ਅੰਦੋਲਨ ਵਾਪਸ ਲੈ ਲਿਆ ਸੀ।
    ਦੋ ਮਹੀਨਿਆਂ ਮਗਰੋਂ ਕੇਂਦਰ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਸਾਬਕਾ ਫ਼ੌਜੀਆਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਮੰਗਾਂ ਸਬੰਧੀ ਨੋਟੀਫ਼ਿਕੇਸ਼ਨ ਜਾਰੀ ਕਰਨ ਨਾਲ ਵੀ ਸਾਬਕਾ ਫ਼ੌਜੀ ਸੰਤੁਸ਼ਟ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੋਏ ਜਾਪਦੇ। ਜੰਤਰ ਮੰਤਰ ਵਿਖੇ ਧਰਨਾ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲੀ ਸਾਬਕਾ ਫ਼ੌਜੀਆਂ ਦੀ ਜਥੇਬੰਦੀ ਇੰਡੀਅਨ ਐਕਸ ਸਰਵਿਸਮੈੱਨ ਮੂਵਮੈਂਟ ਨੇ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਜਾਰੀ ਕੀਤੇ ਗਏ ਨੋਟੀਫ਼ਿਕੇਸ਼ਨ ਨੂੰ ਰੱਦ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਹੈ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਨੋਟੀਫ਼ਿਕੇਸ਼ਨ ਵਿੱਚ ਪੈਨਸ਼ਨ ਦਾ ਆਧਾਰ ਕੈਲੰਡਰ ਸਾਲ 2013 ਦੀ ਥਾਂ ਵਿੱਤੀ ਸਾਲ 2013 ਹੋਣਾ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਹੈ। ਜਾਰੀ ਕੀਤੇ ਗਏ ਹੁਕਮਾਂ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਇੱਕ ਰੈਂਕ-ਇੱਕ ਪੈਨਸ਼ਨ ਦੀ ਥਾਂ ਪੰਜ ਪੈਨਸ਼ਨ ਵਾਲੀ ਸਥਿਤੀ ਬਣ ਗਈ ਹੈ। ਸਾਬਕਾ ਫ਼ੌਜੀਆਂ ਨੇ ਇਹ ਹੁਕਮ ਪਹਿਲੀ ਜੁਲਾਈ 2014 ਤੋਂ ਲਾਗੂ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਥਾਂ ਇੱਕ ਅਪਰੈਲ ਤੋਂ ਲਾਗੂ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਕਿਹਾ ਹੈ। ਦੂਜੇ ਪਾਸੇ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦਾ ਦਾਅਵਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਜਾਰੀ ਕੀਤੇ ਗਏ ਨੋਟੀਫ਼ਿਕੇਸ਼ਨ ਨਾਲ 25 ਲੱਖ ਤੋਂ ਵੱਧ ਸੈਨਿਕਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਮਰਹੂਮ ਜਾਂ ਸ਼ਹੀਦ ਸੈਨਿਕਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਪਤਨੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਲਾਭ ਮਿਲੇਗਾ ਅਤੇ ਭਵਿੱਖ ਵਿੱਚ ਹਰ ਪੰਜ ਸਾਲ ਬਾਅਦ ਪੈਨਸ਼ਨ ਨਿਰਧਾਰਿਤ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ। ਨੋਟੀਫ਼ਿਕੇਸ਼ਨ ਤਹਿਤ ਸਵੈ-ਇੱਛਾ ਨਾਲ ਪੈਨਸ਼ਨ ਲੈਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਫ਼ੌਜੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਇੱਕ ਰੈਂਕ-ਇੱਕ ਪੈਨਸ਼ਨ ਦਾ ਲਾਭ ਨਾ ਮਿਲਣਾ ਵੀ ਇੱਕ ਵਿਵਾਦਤ ਮੁੱਦਾ ਮੰਨਿਆ ਜਾ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ। ਇਸ ਤੋਂ ਇਲਾਵਾ ਨਵਾਂ ਪੈਨਸ਼ਨ ਫਾਰਮੂਲਾ ਵੀ ਵਿਵਾਦਾਂ ਦੇ ਘੇਰੇ ਵਿੱਚ ਹੈ।
    ਰੱਖਿਆ ਮੰਤਰਾਲੇ ਨੇ ਭਾਵੇਂ ਜਾਰੀ ਕੀਤੇ ਗਏ ਨੋਟੀਫ਼ਿਕੇਸ਼ਨ ਨੂੰ ਹਾਂ-ਪੱਖੀ ਤਰੀਕੇ ਨਾਲ ਲਾਗੂ ਕਰਨ ਦਾ ਵਿਸ਼ਵਾਸ ਦਿਵਾਇਆ ਹੈ, ਪਰ ਸਾਬਕਾ ਫ਼ੌਜੀ ਇਸ ਤੋਂ ਸੰਤੁਸ਼ਟ ਨਹੀਂ ਜਾਪਦੇ। 5 ਸਤੰਬਰ ਨੂੰ ਸਾਬਕਾ ਫ਼ੌਜੀਆਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਮੰਗਾਂ ਪ੍ਰਵਾਨ ਕਰਨ ਦਾ ਐਲਾਨ ਅਤੇ ਹੁਣ ਦੋ ਮਹੀਨਿਆਂ ਦੀ ਸੋਚ ਵਿਚਾਰ ਮਗਰੋਂ 7 ਨਵੰਬਰ ਨੂੰ ਇਸ ਸਬੰਧੀ ਜਾਰੀ ਕੀਤੇ ਗਏ ਨੋਟੀਫ਼ਿਕੇਸ਼ਨ ਨਾਲ ਵੀ ਜੇ ਸਾਬਕਾ ਫ਼ੌਜੀ ਸੰਤੁਸ਼ਟ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੋਏ ਤਾਂ ਇਹ ਕੇਂਦਰ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਅਤੇ ਰੱਖਿਆ ਮੰਤਰਾਲੇ ਦੀ ਅਸਫਲਤਾ ਹੀ ਮੰਨੀ ਜਾ ਸਕਦੀ ਹੈ। ਜੇ ਇਸ ਸਥਿਤੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਾਬਕਾ ਫ਼ੌਜੀ ਮੁੜ ਸੰਘਰਸ਼ ਦਾ ਰਾਹ ਅਖ਼ਤਿਆਰ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਨ ਤਾਂ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਇਸ ਜ਼ਿੰਮੇਵਾਰੀ ਤੋਂ ਭੱਜ ਨਹੀਂ ਸਕਦੀ। ਸਾਬਕਾ ਫ਼ੌਜੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਉਹ ਆਪਣੀਆਂ ਮੰਗਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਸਬੰਧਿਤ ਵਿਵਾਦਮਈ ਮੁੱਦਿਆਂ ਬਾਰੇ ਆਪਣਾ ਪੱਖ ਤਰਕ ਨਾਲ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਅਤੇ ਰੱਖਿਆ ਮੰਤਰਾਲੇ ਸਾਹਮਣੇ ਪੇਸ਼ ਕਰਨ ਤਾਂ ਜੋ ਢੁਕਵਾਂ ਹੱਲ ਨਿਕਲ ਸਕੇ।