Actor and winner of big boss who defied odds, Sidharth Shukla, dies at 40

Actor Sidharth Shukla dies at the age of 40: Sidharth Shukla passed away on Thursday at the age of 40. Sidharth was the winner of Bigg Boss 13 and had appeared in popular tv shows such as Balika Vadhu and Dil Se Dil Tak.

When it comes to his profession, actor Sidharth Shukla had always beaten the odds.

For many in the television and film industries, going on Bigg Boss is a last-ditch — and sometimes failed — attempt to stave off irrelevance. Shukla, who won the show’s 13th season in 2019, became a household name and became an actual reality TV star.

TV celebrity.

The TV celebrity died of a suspected heart attack early Thursday. He was 40 years old at the time. The actual reason for his death is still unknown. Shukla initially rose to prominence on television with Shivraj Shekhar, a District Collector, in the program Balika Vadhu (2012).

Shukla portrayed the character for three years, receiving acclaim and many accolades. Soon after, he was roped into co-star in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014), again earning praise.

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Police officers said: “The family called an ambulance and rushed to the Dr. RN Cooper hospital. They reached the hospital around 9.45 am, and he was declared dead before admission.”

Dr. R Sukhdev, head of the forensic department, confirmed that Shukla was dead on Thursday morning. The post-mortem of Siddharta Shukla was conducted in the afternoon.

Before the autopsy, doctors and the police found no external injury on his body. Dr. Sailesh Mohite, dean at Dr. RN Cooper hospital, declined to comment on the autopsy findings.

When Sidharth Shukla said his life has changed after Bigg Boss 13: ‘People loved me for the real Sidharth’ “His mother was present in the house at that time. He complained of uneasiness, and after drinking water, he went back to sleep,” said an officer.

However, after waking up in the morning, Shukla again experienced chest pain. His sister, who was present in the house, called their family doctor. “The doctor was on his way to personally inspect his health. While drinking water Shukla suddenly collapsed and fell unconscious. He passed away before the doctor could reach,” added another officer.

Born and brought up in Mumbai, Shukla started as a model by scoring a runners-up position in the Gladrags Manhunt and Mega model contest and later appeared in TV ad campaigns for Bajaj and ICICI Bank, among others. Soon after, he made his TV debut with Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na, following it up with a string of TV dramas, including crime drama CID and horror show Aahat. He also won Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2016.

Shukla was also a successful TV host with Savdhaan India and India’s Got Talent 6. His death left the TV and film industry in shock.

Tweet of Salman khan

Actor Salman Khan, who had awarded him the trophy in Bigg Boss, tweeted: “Gone too soon Siddharth.. u shall be missed…”.

TV comic and host Kapil Sharma tweeted: “Oh god, it’s shocking n heartbreaking, my condolences to the family n prayers for the departed soul.”

Several TV and film fraternity members, like Rajkummar Rao, arrived at Shukla’s residence in Mumbai to pay their last respects. Many other tv and film industries celebrities come to his home for condolence.

 

 

Taliban’s TTP conundrum and Pakistan’s strategic weariness

The Kabul airport attack, which claimed over 100 lives, demonstrated that IS-K would continue to cause fear and turmoil in Afghanistan.

However, the bad news for Pakistan is the overlap and operational cooperation between the IS-K and the TTP, which is a fact, not a rumor.

Kabul Airport Attack

Reassurances from the Afghan Taliban about foreign militancy have swayed China, Iran, and Russia in its favor.

Pakistan’s policymakers have a growing sense that the Taliban may not be willing or capable of confronting the TTP.

Despite numerous similarities with the Taliban on other topics, Pakistan’s natural split on the TTP problem is rising beneath the surface, which might play out differently.

Islamabad is facing a resurgent TTP militancy in its border region which it had secured. After considerable sacrifices in blood and treasure over the last decade yet losing young soldiers and officers regularly. Given its animosity with the Taliban and IS-K’s attack on Kabul Airport, splintering IS-K. Militants may join the TTP as an alternative for survival in Taliban-led Afghanistan, offering a worse prospect.

The thinly-veiled weariness stems from many factors. One of which is – contrary to the Western perception of Pakistan’s complete leverage on the Taliban. Islamabad has lost substantial influence on them after the Taliban’s takeover of the Afghan state and government.

Against this backdrop, in all public pronouncements, the Taliban have stopped assuring any action against the TTP is accepting the statements’ platitudes, i.e., “no foreigner will be allowed to use Afghan soil.”

One of the spokesmen who used to sit in Doha talks, Shahabuddin Dilawar, speaking to an Afghan journalist, was blunt, “TTP is Pakistan’s problem, not ours (Taliban/Afghanistan’s).”

Commander Khalil Haqqani

Another commander Khalil Haqqani was also non-committal and diplomatic. To appease the TTP, conversely advising Pakistan.”We want peace between Muslims. Muslims countries should also review repressive policies”.

The report of Taliban Chief Akhunzada Haibatullah constituting a three-member team to speak to the TTP was also contradicted by one of their spokesperson, Zabiullah Mujahid.

Since the TTP has emerged as a capable proxy adversary, Islamabad’s core. National security concern in Afghanistan is the TTP’s sanctuary. Presumably, Pakistan may have secured some private assurances from the Taliban leadership regarding the TTP issue. But these assurances may not mean much if not backed by kinetic action.

The Taliban’s response so far is nothing but lukewarm. It should be seen against some complex realities that potentially limit the Taliban’s ability to muster the necessary will to come hard on the TTP. And this is bad news for Pakistan. Here is why.

Ethnic affinity

First, the Taliban share a close ethnic affinity with the TTP. One brother/cousin fights in the ranks of the Taliban, the other has joined the TTP. Second, they share a common narrative/ideology: “if the Afghan Taliban seek and fight for Islamic Sharia in Afghanistan. The TTP also has every right to fight for the Islamic system in Pakistan” Third, the border region’s geography provides enough. justification for plausible deniability of the TTP operating conceivably right under the nose of the Taliban. Lastly, Pakistan cannot dictate the Afghan Taliban now well entrenched in Kabul.

In contrast, the Taliban may ironically have no issue closing down a largely secular Baloch sanctuary in Afghanistan and – even if needed – kinetically deter the BLA fighters operating out of Kandahar.

Precautions

Thus, Islamabad must acknowledge that there may be a huge gap between the Taliban’s calculus and Pakistan’s aspiration insofar as action against the TTP is concerned. Moreover, as a precaution, Pakistan needs to operate on the presumption that the Taliban may deliver on their other commitments (Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and Uyghur militants) due to the massive leverage of America, Iran, Russian, and China to bear, but not on the TTP. (Even this delivery may not perfectly materialize as there is an almost certain probability that the lower or mid-level Taliban soldiers may tend to harbor elements of Uyghurs, Al-Qaeda, and other affiliated groups).

Therefore, the lesson of evolving geopolitics warrants some hedging strategy – that should be minimally, and theoretically. Part of Pakistan’s national security thinking on Taliban-led Afghanistan.

One message of the Afghan Taliban when they say the TTP is Pakistan’s headache tacitly suggests. Islamabad should take action on its own. And here, we need to look hard at President Erdogan’s strategy of dealing with. Turkey-focused militants based in Syria to learn some lessons. It was the SDF in Idlib, Syria which threatened the security of Turkey during the Trump administration.

According to Turkey

According to Turkey, SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) had ties with PKK (Kurdish Workers Party) and was in bed with Chechens and other extremist militants but considered an ally by the West against ISIS. Two narratives emerged in the country. First, since all Kurds were cousins, Ankara could not win the war, inflaming its Kurdish population. Second, as “the group is a Muslim entity, we cannot fight them as well.”

Strategically, President Erdogan had two choices: fight the group within its borders or go after them into Syria. He chose the secondary course. Under “Operation Peace Spring,” the Turkish Army went into Syria and secured two districts as enclaves to neutralize the threat.

Optional experience

Taking a cue from Erdogan’s operational experience. Pakistan Army has robust strategic and intelligence capabilities to go after the TTP into Kunar, Afghanistan. It can take out its two leaders, namely Wali Masood and recently released Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, and install a pliant leader of the group. That leader then can take the oath of allegiance (bait) to the Taliban’s Supreme Leader Akhunzada Haibatullah as their Khalifa. In such a scenario, the Taliban can deter the TTP from launching attacks against Pakistan, expelling from its sanctuary.

However, for this strategy, the essential ingredient needed is a political will of Erdogan level. The challenge is that since Prime Minister Imran Khan is an ideological pacifist politician, he may never approve of such a strategy, and the Army will be left fighting the TTP inside towns and cities.

Role of Russia

Another example is Russia playing a smartly hedging its bets in Afghanistan. while supporting the Afghan Taliban, Moscow has dispatched support (weaponry) to Taliban opposition, e.g. Ahmad Massod in Panjshir Valley copying the Libyan toolkit – just in case the Taliban do not listen to Moscow. Islamabad may not emulate Russia’s strategy in letter and spirit. Yet it may think of another hedge to alter the Taliban’s calculus. To be a step ahead in overcoming their potential intransigence or limitations.

Difficulties for security forces

Using Afghanistan as a forward basis, the TTP would continue to keep its assets and sleeper cells .in the population centers in Pakistan, making it difficult for security forces to target them. Already at the cost of enormous price, the Army hardened the erstwhile FATA after evicting militant strongholds. As such, the gains should not be lost in the context of the Afghan Taliban potentially failing to evict the TTP.

The Taliban having replaced the hostile Ghani govt in Kabul is the best geopolitical win. Nevertheless, the security of Pakistan is non-negotiable.

So taking the Taliban’s quest to present itself as a stabilizing force on the face value and not strategizing. For a worse case (that is, planning for across-the-border kinetic action against the TTP). Pakistan is setting itself up in a false bubble of naive expectations.

In a nutshell, Islamabad should seriously consider going after the TTP in Kunar. Wiping the top leadership making it easy for the Afghan Taliban to contain. But to achieve this goal, we need Erdogan’s will, a rare commodity in Pakistan.

 

Missile Defense Intercepted a rocket fired at Kabul Airport

A security official who worked in the administration to topple two weeks ago to the Taliban said the rockets fired from a car in north Kabul.

Kabul, Afghanistan: 

As the US hurried to finish its exit from Afghanistan, rockets soared through the Afghan capital on Monday.

The evacuation of people is nearly complete, and terror threat concerns are at an all-time high.

 

President Joe Biden has set a Tuesday deadline for the withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan. Bringing an end to his country’s most extended military battle, which began in retribution for the September 11 attacks.

Furthermore, The Taliban, a fundamentalist Islamist organization that was overthrew in 2001. But recently reclaimed control. Sparked a mass departure of scared individuals onboard US-led evacuation aircraft.

Passengers Kabul

Moreover, Those flights, which carried over 114,000 passengers out of Kabul Airport. It will end on Tuesday when the thousands of American troops leave.

However, US soldiers are now primarily focused on securely transporting themselves. And American officials out of the country.

 

After carrying out a suicide bomb assault at the airport late last week that killed more than 100 people, including 13. US personnel. The ISIS organization, rivals of the Taliban, represent the greatest threat to the pullout.

Biden about Afghanistan

Biden had warned that additional assaults were expected.  And the US claimed it had carried out an airstrike in Kabul on an explosives-laden truck on Sunday night.

According to AFP journalists in the city, that is following. Monday morning, the sound of rockets flying across Kabul.

Witnesses and security sources claim that many rockets fired has launched at the airport.

 

Near the airport, smoke was rising.

Residents reported hearing the airport’s. Missile defense system and seeing debris fall onto the street, indicating one rocket fired had intercepted.

 

According to a security officer who worked in the previous administration. In emphasis The Taliban overthrew, the rockets were fired from a vehicle in the north.

 Potential loss of innocent life

A Taliban spokesperson confirmed the attack on Sunday. Claiming that a suspected second strike had damaged a neighboring house, a car bomb aimed at the airport.

 

Moreover, in the conflict, the US has accused of killing numerous people in airstrikes. Contributing to a loss of local support, which was a possibility again on Sunday.

 

“We are aware of allegations of civilian deaths. As a result of our attack on a vehicle in Kabul today,” said Captain Bill Urban of the United States Marine Corps.

According to Urban’s

ACCORDING TO URBAN, the US military was examining if people have killed. Who noted that the vehicle’s destruction resulted in “strong” explosions. Furthermore,

“Any potential loss of innocent life would deeply sadden us,” he said.

In present years, Some of the worst assaults in Afghanistan and Pakistan have carried out in ISIS’ Afghanistan-Pakistan chapter.

Hence, Civilians are slaughtering in mosques, public places, schools, and even hospitals.

ISIS and the Taliban are both extreme Sunni Islamists, but they are fierce enemies, as well, claiming to be the real flag-bearers of jihad.

Suicide Attack

Furthermore, Last week’s suicide attack at the airport resulted in the US military’s most tremendous single-day death toll in Afghanistan since 2011.

Consequently, The threat posed by ISIS has driven the US military and the Taliban to work together to ensure airport security in ways. That was inconceivable only a few weeks ago.

Taliban militants took Afghans off buses to the main passenger terminal on Saturday. Somehow, where they will hand over to US forces for evacuation.

Taliban leader

Which was to terminate the US military compare to their previous reign of terror. Because the Taliban provided a haven to Al-Qaeda, the Taliban have pledged a gentler kind of leadership.

Moreover, Many Afghans, thus, are concerned about a repetition of the Taliban’s harsh interpretation of Islamic law. As well as deadly retaliation for cooperating with foreign troops. Western missions, or the former US-backed administration.
In contrast, Thousands of at-risk Afghans have been unable to board evacuation planes, according to Western allies.

As On Sunday, the Taliban said that it’s the supreme leader. Hibatullah Akhundzada was in southern Afghanistan and would be making a public appearance.