Oct 202017

ISLAMABAD: The investment of trillions of rupees in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)- affiliated projects will bring prosperity to Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), Raja Nisar Ahmed Khan, the acting Prime Minister of AJK, said on Friday. The economic development in AJK was the aim of the incumbent government while moral and diplomatic struggle for the innocent Kashmiris living under the Indian occupation would continue until their liberation, Raja Nisar told Radio Pakistan. ‘AJK focusing on quality education’ Regarding the Kashmir conflict, the AJK PM said the governments of Pakistan and AJK were making efforts to highlight the issue at the international level. He also urged the Kashmiri youth to highlight the issue through social media. Nisar went on to suggest that China could help provide vocational training to the Kashmiris. “Welfare of people, development, quality education and raising voice for the Kashmir liberation struggle are the priorities of the government,” he said. The post CPEC to bring prosperity to Pakistan, AJK: Raja Nisar appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Oct 122017

The Foreign Office raised on Thursday Pakistan’s concerns on India’s ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary with UN Security Council’s five permanent members. The UN Security Council permanent members include China, France, Russia, UK and US. According to a statement, the heads of P5 states were briefed by Janjua as well as the DGMO Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza in Islamabad on the surge in violations from the Indian side, particularly in the past two months. The foreign secretary underscored the need to stop the unprecedented escalation by the Indian army at the LoC. She said that the ceasefire violations in populated areas has led to the martyrdom of 45 civilians as well serious injuries to 155 in this year alone. The victims include a large number of women and children, she added. The foreign secretary said the violations were taking place in complete disregard to the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding and of International Law. Indian regime’s actions, Janjua said, were a serious threat to the maintenance of regional peace. India admits ceasefire violations under ‘Operation Arjun’ “While emphasizing the important role of the United Nations Military Observers Group (UNMOGIP) which has the mandate for maintaining peace and tranquility at the LoC and the Working Boundary,” the communique read.  “However, India is not cooperative and limits their access. ” Pakistan, it said, maintains India should permit UNMOGIP to play its mandated role in line with the UNSC resolutions to ensure peace. She said that the situation has been aggravated by [Read More…]

Sep 242017

Indian forces martyred three more civilians under the garb of search operation in Uri, Baramulla district of held Kashmir, Express News reported. Indian troops cordoned off the village of Kalgi and began searching the houses there. Indian forces claimed that they were fired upon, and while responding, they gunned down three people. Grenade attack on minister kills three in India-occupied Kashmir They went on to add that the three people were foreigners and that the forces had been searching the area on a tip-off. Indian security forces often open fire at civilians under the garb of search operations in held Kashmir. Pakistan has been urging international community, the United Nations and human rights organisations to bring the state terrorism in Kashmir to a halt. The post Indian forces martyr three more Kashmiris during search operation appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 282017

MUZAFFARABAD: Focus on legal points or I will give you two slaps across the face. These ‘colourful’ words that Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Farooq Haider Khan directed at former AJK premier Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan in the speaker’s chambers here on Monday during a hearing on six references filed against PM Haider. Former premier Attique did not turn the other cheek at Haider’s comment but rather offered to double up on slaps, saying that he would give the incumbent PM four across the face. Party workers from both sides and other people present in the chamber then had to intervene to defuse the situation. PTI’s PM candidate Sheikh Rashid is a eunuch: AJK PM Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Assembly Speaker Shah Ghulam Qadir on Monday rejected all six references filed by two opposition parties – All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference (AJKMC) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) – seeking Haider’s disqualification for his controversial remarks regarding the future of Jammu and Kashmir in a press conference in Islamabad on July 29, which was a day after the disqualification of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The references were filed by former AJK PM and AJKMC President Attique, Pakistan PPP leader Chaudhry Muhammad Yaseen, and others. Yaseen is also the leader of the Opposition in the AJK Legislative Assembly. AJK premier slams US decision to ban HuM Speaker Shah Ghulam Qadir, who was hearing the references against PM Haider, gave a [Read More…]

Aug 282017

A day after Indian troops violated ceasefire violations near the Line of Control (LoC), Commander Rawalpindi Corps Lt-Gen Nadeem Raza visited in Hot Spring and Puna sectors on Monday, the military’s media wing said. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Gen Raza appreciated effective response given by the Pakistan Army to Indian ceasefire violations, saying such response shall continue to protect our Kashmir brothers. Indian troops kill three youth in occupied Kashmir Earlier, Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh was summoned by South Asia and SAARC Director General Mohammad Faisal to lodge a strong protest against ceasefire violations by Indian forces in Rawalakot Sector which resulted in the deaths of three civilians including a woman. The post Commander Rawalpindi Corps visits Hot Spring, Puna sectors along LoC appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jun 272017

The US Department of State on Monday declared Syed Salahuddin, the supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (HuM), a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist”, hours before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with President Trump. Clashes hit held Kashmir on Eid The US government has — under Section 1[b] of Executive Order [E O] 13224 that “imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States” — prohibited all Americans from engaging in transactions with Salahuddin while “all of Salahuddin’s properties and interests in properties subject to US jurisdiction are blocked,” according to a statement released by the US Department of State. India not sincere in talks: AJK president Salahuddin is reverentially known as “Pir Sahib” among the ranks of freedom fighters in Indian-occupied Kashmir. HuM is the largest indigenous separatist group fighting against Indian-rule in the Himalayan territory since an armed insurrection broke out in 1989. Several armed rebel groups are fighting against Indian rule, with tens of thousands of people, most of them civilians, killed in the nearly three decades-old conflict. The post US declares HuM chief Syed Salahuddin ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

May 112017
Spontaneous protests wrong-foot police, loosening India’s grip on Kashmir

PULWAMA: Images of students confronting police on campuses have come to symbolise Kashmiri protests against Indian rule as much as gun-toting militants in fatigues, in what security officials and separatist leaders say is a dangerous new phase of the conflict. The sharp rise in violence in recent weeks is more spontaneous than before, complicating the task of Indian security forces trained largely in counter-insurgency and poorly equipped to contain broader unrest. A political stalemate in India’s only Muslim-majority state is a further hurdle to resolving the long-running Kashmir dispute, as is rising Hindu nationalism in some parts of India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014. Video of Kashmiri youth tied to Indian forces army jeep goes viral “We can ensure that militant numbers remain relatively low and we have stopped the weapons flow. The bigger challenge is how to control protesters, how to engage with them,” said one senior army official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorised to speak to media. When security forces entered a college last month in Pulwama, 30 km south of Indian-held Kashmir’s summer capital of Srinagar, hundreds of students threw stones at their vehicles before fighting pitched battles inside college corridors and bathrooms. Within days, widespread protests forced most colleges and secondary schools in Indian-held Kashmir to close. Teenaged girls took to the streets for the first time in years. At least 100 protesters were wounded. “Every student is trying to say that we want nothing to [Read More…]

Apr 082017

A polling station in Indian-occupied Kashmir was set ablaze on Friday two days before the scheduled parliamentary by-poll in the disputed region. Indian police said the building designated as the polling station was torched in Yarigund village of Budgam district by ‘miscreants’, Hindustan Times reported. The incident comes in the wake of freedom fighter’s call for boycotting the elections in the occupied valley. Three killed during 15-hour firefight in Indian-occupied Kashmir Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference Syed Ali Geelani urged people to completely boycott the ‘so-called parliamentary by-elections’ in the valley. Geelani reiterated, in a statement issued in Srinagar, that the joint resistance leadership’s call for shutdown and anti-elections rallies in the central Indian-held Kashmir’s areas on Sunday, and in southern Kashmir on Wednesday. He said that on the one side, the puppet authorities were brutally killing people and hundreds of Hurriyet leaders and activists had been sent to detention centres; on the other side, the pro-India politicians were busy staging election drama in the occupied territory. Indian-occupied Kashmir observes shutdown to protest civilian killings “We are passing through a crucial phase. It is a trial and it is pre-requisite to follow the mission with the same spirit as was witnessed during the people’s uprising in 2016,” Geelani said. “Whosoever participates in the sham elections provides an opportunity to Indian rulers to mislead the international community. They (Indian rulers) are exploiting the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he added. The post Geelani calls for complete boycott of Indian by-elections [Read More…]

Feb 022017

RAWALPINDI: With heavy snow restricting access to the remote Leepa Valley, Pakistan Army said on Thursday they had airlifted supplies to people stranded in the valley. In a statement released by the military’s media wing, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), military helicopters were provided to carry out relief operations in the remote valley of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The service was started after a blaze, ostensibly due to short circuit on Sunday, had reduced the main market in Leepa Valley to ashes. According to reports, a fire broke out in the market at around 1am on Sunday and quickly 88 shops, six houses, three jeeps and a number of motorcycles were damaged in the blaze. A government food depot, located nearby, with 1,400 bags of wheat and flour, was burnt to ashes in the fire. Owing to the gravity of the situation, compounded by intermittent snowfall, army troops along with civil administration quickly responded to the situation. The military said they helped bring the fire under control by dawn and also helped to prevent further loss of life and property. Thereafter, troops helped provide relief items to locals. A total of 150 soldiers participated in the relief and rescue operations. Published in The Express Tribune, February 3rd, 2017. The post Inaccessible: Army airlifts supplies to Leepa Valley appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Nov 062016

The Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has condemned Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir. In a statement issued from Nankana Sahib, the committee urged the United Nations (UN) to play its due role in granting Kashmiris their right to self-determination, Radio Pakistan reported on Sunday. Kashmiris’ freedom struggle will soon reap fruit and India cannot suppress their movement through use of power, it added. Education suffers in cross-LoC shelling in Kashmir The committee said freedom is the fundamental right of the followers of every religion, adding those struggling for their rights were not terrorists. The disputed region has suffered its deadliest violence in the last six years — with at least 90 people killed in street protests triggered by the extrajudicial killing of a popular separatist leader, Burhan Wani, by Indian forces in July. The post Pakistani Sikhs condemn atrocities in Indian-occupied Kashmir appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

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