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Pakistani PM urges UN action on Kashmir

Reiterating Islamabad’s demand for international intervention in Indian-administered Kashmir, Pakistani prime minister on Tuesday appealed to the “world’s conscience” to act against the “illegal annexation” of the valley with New Delhi.

On the World Human Rights Day, Khan condemned the “gross” human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, especially after New Delhi’s controversial revocation of the valley’s long-standing special rights last August, which sparked worldwide criticism.

Human Rights Day has been observed every year on Dec. 10 since 1948, when nations in the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“On Human Rights day we must appeal to the world’s conscience, to upholders of international law & to the UNSC [UN Security Council] to act against the illegal annexation of IOJK [Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir] by the Indian Occupation govt.,” Khan said on twitter.

Condemning the Indian government’s “siege” of Kashmir, he demanded “an end to the gross abuse & atrocities being inflicted on Kashmiri men, women & children by Indian Occupation forces in violation of all Int Humanitarian & Human Rights Laws.”

“We salute & stand resolutely with the brave Kashmiris struggling for their right of self determination,” Khan added.

Meanwhile, the day is being observed as a “black day” by several groups in the Indian and Pakistani sides of Kashmir, against New Delhi’s controversial move.

Long-fraught ties between the two nuclear rivals have plummeted to a new low following the India move of scrapping the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, which is divided between the two neighbors in parts with both claiming it in full.

Many fear this step was an attempt to change the demography of the Muslim-majority state.

Since partition in 1947, the two countries have fought three wars — in 1948, 1965 and 1971 — two of them over Kashmir, in addition to a three-week long Kargil skirmish in 1999.

Some Kashmiri groups in Jammu and Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for independence, or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.

According to several human rights organizations, thousands of people have reportedly been killed in the conflict in the region since 1989.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan Declares Holy War Over Kashmir

New Delhi (Sputnik): After his campaign on behalf of Kashmiris at the United Nations National Assembly and with world leaders, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan returned to Islamabad on Sunday (29 September) to a rousing welcome by his cabinet and party colleagues, as well as a large number of party workers.

On his arrival, Khan alleged there were eight million Kashmiris in Indian-occupied territory being held as hostage by Indian troops. He encouraged his countrymen not to get disappointed, as the people of Kashmir are looking to them and he has promised to be their ambassador.

“Whether or not the world stands with the Kashmiris, Pakistan will stand with them. This is a holy war (jihad). We are with them (Kashmiris), because we want to please the Almighty (Allah),” said Khan. “I will unmask the RSS government of Narendra Modi at all forums.”

In the Pakistani Prime Minister’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly, which far exceeded his allotted time, he demanded that India must lift the “inhuman curfew” in Kashmir and release all “political prisoners”. He warned that if there is a face-off between the two nuclear-capable South Asian neighbours, it would have consequences reaching far beyond their borders.

Pakistan, which claims to be a stakeholder in Kashmir, was incensed at India’s decision to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special quasi-autonomous status by amending Article 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution.

India revoked the special status with a Presidential decree on 5 August and partitioned the restive state into two federally-administered territories in a move which was later ratified by the nation’s parliament.

India and Pakistan have been at loggerheads over Kashmir since they attained freedom from British colonial rule in 1947. Both countries rule part of Kashmir, while claiming the entire territory. They have also fought three wars since independence; two were over Kashmir.

Indian leaders have been asserting that the entirety of Jammu and Kashmir, including the Pakistan-occupied portion of Kashmir, is part of the country and the unfinished agenda now is to integrate the occupied territory with the rest of Indian Republic.

“Pak-occupied Kashmir belongs to India. It is under illegal occupation by Pakistan. We have expressed our bipartisan commitment to resolve that contentious issue and get the occupied Kashmir rid of Pakistan,” asserted India’s ruling nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party’s General Secretary Ram Madhav, in an interview last week.

26 Dead, 300 Injured As Strong Earthquake Jolts Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir

The death toll mounted to 26 in a powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake that jolted Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and several cities. At least 300 people were injured.

The epicentre of the earthquake was near New Mirpur in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), which was severely affected by the quake. The depth of the quake, which occurred at 4.02 pm (local time), was at 10 kilometres, according to the US Geological Survey.

According to the Home Department, 26 people were killed and over 300 injured in Mirpur and surrounding areas due to the powerful quake.

Pakistan Meteorological Department’s earthquake centre said the 5.8-magnitude earthquake was located near the mountainous city of Jehlum in Punjab province. However, Minister for Science Fawad Chaudhry said that the intensity of the quake was 7.1.

Some houses collapsed in Mirpur following the earthquake, Deputy Commissioner Raja Qaiser said. Parts of a mosque also collapsed in the area. Emergency has been declared in hospitals across PoK.

TV channels showed the footage of heavily damaged roads in Mirpur, with many vehicles overturned. Several cars fell into the deep cracks on the roads. The building of the state-run Broadcasting House in Mirpur was badly damaged.

The quake was powerful and created panic as people ran out of the building, eyewitnesses said.

Several cities including Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Skardu, Kohat, Charsadda, Kasur, Faisalabad, Gujrat, Sialkot, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Chitral, Malakand, Multan, Shangla, Okara, Nowshera, Attock and Jhang felt the tremor.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly session, expressed grief over the loss of human life. He directed all the concerned departments to provide immediate assistance to the quake-hit areas. President Arif Alvi also expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives.

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa directed “immediate rescue operation in aid of civil administration” for victims of the earthquake in PoK. Army troops with aviation and medical support teams have been dispatched, the media wing of the army tweeted.

“Pakistan Army aviation helicopters have completed an aerial survey for damage assessment in Mirpur, Jarikas and Jatlan areas. Army teams have reached earthquake-hit areas of Mirpur, Jatlan and Jarikas. Rescue efforts initiated,” state-run PTV tweeted.

Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal, chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority, said that most of the damage was done in Mirpur and Jhelum.

He said all departments, including NDMA, Pakistan Army, and State Disaster Management have started rescue operation in quake-affected areas.

Afzal said Mangla to Jatalan road and three bridges were damaged in the quake. “We have enough resources to cope with the disaster,” he said.

He said the exact magnitude of disaster will be known by Wednesday.

Pakistan’s major water reservoir Mangla Dam located near Mirpur remained safe, officials said. Mangla dam powerhouse has been closed, cutting off 900 MW power supply to the national grid, they said.

However, the Upper Jhelum canal was damaged and water inundated various villages. The breach in the Upper Jhelum Canal was fixed due to the timely intervention of officials, PoK Information Minister Mushtaq Minhas said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief at the loss of lives and damage to property due to the earthquake.

Kashmiris postpone LoC march till Imran’s speech at UNGA

MUZAFFARABAD: A committee comprising heads of political and religious parties of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) has decided to postpone a proposed march towards the Line of Control (LoC) until Prime Minister Imran Khan’s address at the United Nations General Assembly on Sept 27.

A meeting of the committee presided over by AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider was held at Kashmir House in Islamabad on Saturday.

On Aug 9, four days after India scrapped special status of occupied Kashmir through a rushed presidential order and put the whole territory under a lockdown, a multiparty meeting was convened by Mr Haider to discuss the situation and come up with a unanimous course of action.

As a wide understanding at the meeting was to stage a march towards the LoC, the AJK prime minister was mandated by the participants to set modalities and fix a date for it. However, no progress could be made on the matter due to Mr Haider’s month-long foreign tour.

On his return on Sept 11, a general meeting of some heads and representatives of political and religious parties was held, but a decision on the matter was again deferred till Prime Minister Imran Khan’s address to a rally in Muzaffarabad on Friday.

At Friday’s rally, Mr Haider spoke about the very demand and desire in AJK to “trample down the LoC”.

Responding to it, Prime Minister Imran Khan said he knew that majority of youths in AJK wanted to stage a march on the LoC out of passion and commitment.

However, he urged them to defer a march until he fought their case at the UN General Assembly.

War Not Option To Deal With Kashmir Issue, Says Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that war is not an option to deal with the Kashmir issue amidst fresh Indo-Pak tensions over New Delhi revoking Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.

His remarks came at a time when Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been repeatedly threatening the possibility of a nuclear war with India over Kashmir after his efforts to internationalise the matter failed to gain any traction.

Asserting that abrogation of Article 370 was its internal matter, India has strongly criticised Pakistan for making “irresponsible statements” and provocative anti-India rhetoric over issues internal to it.

In an interview to BBC Urdu published on Saturday, Qureshi said Pakistan never followed an aggressive policy and always preferred peace, adding that the current government of Pakistan has repeatedly offered India to start talks because the two nuclear-armed neighbours cannot take the risk of going on a war.

War was not an option to deal with the issue of Kashmir, the Pakistani foreign minister emphasised.

He reiterated that Kashmir is an international issue and not just a bilateral affair between Pakistan and India.

Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories.

In an opinion piece in The New York Times on Thursday, Prime Minister Khan again warned that if the world does nothing to stop India’s decision on Kashmir, the two nuclear-armed countries will get ever closer to a “direct military confrontation”.

Khan said when he was elected prime minister last August, one of his foremost priorities was to work for lasting and just peace in South Asia.

But he says that all his efforts to start a dialogue for peace were rebuffed by India.

India has not been engaging with Pakistan since an attack on the Air Force base at Pathankot in January of 2016 by Pakistan-based terrorists, maintaining that talks and terror cannot go together.

Earlier this year, tensions flared up between India and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14.

Amid mounting outrage, the Indian Air Force carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting the biggest JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26.

Imran Khan Accuses Modi of Nazi-Like Ideology, Offers Recipe for Peace in Kashmir

In a New York Times op-ed, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan alleges that his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi is adopting the Nazi agenda of exterminating undesirable ethnicities and religions. Still, the Pakistan PM continues to call for peace and negotiation in a bid to avoid nuclear confrontation.

In an opinion editorial published by The New York Times, Khan commented on Kashmir and offered a solution to achieving peace between the two nuclear-armed nations.

According to the Pakistani prime minister, he has called for peace with India since day one of his tenure beginning in 2018. He has repeatedly written to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling for dialogue, but his offers do not receive a reply. Khan’s administration initially assumed that Modi was ramping up his anti-Pakistani rhetoric in view of the upcoming May elections. But as of now, Khan adopted a different view of Modi as a consecutive follower of Nazi ideology.

In the article, the Pakistani prime minister claims that PM Modi and a number of his ministers are members of Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS), which he calls a “Hindu supremacist group,” whose leaders openly express their admiration for Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. He quotes M.S. Golwalkar, a founding father of the group, whom Modi allegedly admires, calling for India to take Nazi Germany’s purge of Jews as a ‘final solution’ to the adminstration’s concerns.

Khan says that Modi’s first term was marked by the “lynching of Muslims, Christians and Dalits by extremist Hindu mobs,” as well as “increased state violence against Kashmiris.”

After a February suicide bombing carried out by a “young Kashmiri” against Indian forces, Delhi blamed officials in Islamabad for the attack and sent fighter jets to bomb what were alleged to be terrorist camps in Pakistan. Pakistan retaliated by bombing Indian assets in Kashmir, which resulted in a dogfight. One Indian jet was taken down and its pilot was captured. Still, writes Khan, Pakistan continued attempts to initiate dialogue and work for peace, and even released the pilot without preconditions, but these calls fell on deaf ears, as India kept “lobbying to get Pakistan placed on the ‘blacklist’ at the intergovernmental Financial Action Task Force.”

On 5 August, Modi revoked Kashmir’s special status, which, according to Khan, violates the Indian Constitution, the United Nations Security Council resolutions on Kashmir, and the Shimla Agreement between India and Pakistan.

Modi justified the move by claiming that Jammu and Kashmir’s special status stripped Kashmiris of freedoms and benefits enjoyed by the rest of India. However, the Swarna Bharat Party’s (SBP) Sanjeev Sabhlok wrote in his blog that the Indian Prime Minister skipped essential steps required by the Constitution. The move is now being challenged in Indian courts.

The status removal in Kashmir was accompanied by a curfew which included cuts to phone lines and Internet access, followed by a “purge” in which thousands of Kashmiris were reportedly imprisoned by Indian authorities.

Khan has called on the international community to take action against India as a means of avoiding a nuclear standoff.

“If the world does nothing to stop the Indian assault on Kashmir and its people, there will be consequences for the whole world, as two nuclear-armed states get ever closer to a direct military confrontation,” Khan writes, adding that India made “not-so-veiled nuclear threats towards Pakistan,” saying that the no-first-use policy “depends on circumstances.”

“World War II happened because of appeasement at Munich. A similar threat looms over the world again, but this time under the nuclear shadow,” he warned.

Khan noted that a nuclear conflict is not the only option, suggesting that the situation can be defused via dialogue and negotiations. 

“On Kashmir, the dialogue must include all stakeholders, especially the Kashmiris. We have already prepared multiple options that can be worked on while honoring the right to self-determination the Kashmiris were promised by the Security Council resolutions and India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru,” he writes.

A dialogue can only commence, however, after “India reverses its illegal annexation of Kashmir, ends the curfew and lockdown, and withdraws its troops to the barracks,” Khan wrote.

Khan leads Pakistanis in pro-Kashmir rallies

ISLAMABAD • Thousands rallied across Pakistan yesterday in mass demonstrations against New Delhi’s actions in its state of Jammu and Kashmir, with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan leading the most ambitious public protests targeting India in years.

The protests come weeks ahead of Mr Khan’s scheduled trip to the United Nations General Assembly, where he has vowed to act as an ambassador for the people of Kashmir, after New Delhi stripped its portion of the Himalayan territory of its autonomy earlier this month.

Tensions soared between the nuclear-armed rivals since India launched a sweeping crackdown in Kashmir, which included cutting phone and Internet access and placing restrictions on movement and arresting thousands.

Thousands gathered in Islamabad in front of the Prime Minister’s secretariat, where Mr Khan vowed to continue fighting for Kashmir until it was “liberated”.

“We will stand with Kashmir until our last breath,” said Mr Khan, as he launched into a blistering attack on the Indian government, comparing his counterpart Narendra Modi’s administration to Nazi Germany.

Ahead of his speech, sirens rang out around the country, followed by broadcasts of the national anthems of Pakistan and Kashmir. Traffic ground to a halt for several minutes in solidarity with the rallies. Thousands more rallied in Lahore and Karachi – Pakistan’s biggest cities – where large crowds waved flags and chanted pro-Kashmir slogans.

The demonstrations were the first in what will be weekly rallies held nationwide until Mr Khan leaves for the UN late next month.

In the weeks since Mr Modi issued the executive order stripping Kashmir of its autonomy, Mr Khan has launched a diplomatic offensive, vowing to fight India “until the end” if attacked and making occasional references to the possible outbreak of nuclear conflict.

Yesterday’s protests came as The New York Times published an op-ed by Mr Khan, where he warned of rising hostilities between the countries.

“World War II happened because of appeasement at Munich. A similar threat looms over the world again, but this time under the nuclear shadow,” he wrote.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since independence and has been the spark for two major wars and countless skirmishes between the rivals.

Earlier this week during a summit in France, US President Donald Trump said there was no need for him to intervene in the row between Pakistan and India sparked by Kashmir, saying Mr Modi had the situation “under control”.

The comments were made weeks after Mr Trump had personally offered to mediate in the Kashmir conflict during Mr Khan’s visit to the White House last month.

Pakistan considering closing air space to India, says minister

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering a complete closure of air space to India and blocking Indian land trade to Afghanistan via Pakistan, the minister for science and technology said on Twitter.

“PM is considering a complete closure of Air Space to India, a complete ban on use of Pakistan Land routes for Indian trade to Afghanistan was also suggested in Cabinet meeting, legal formalities for these decisions are under consideration… #Modi has started we’ll finish!,” Fawad Chaudhry wrote.

The tweet gave no more details on why Pakistan would be considering the moves against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government now.

Officials were not immediately available for comment.

Pakistan had reopened its airspace in mid-July after a nearly four month closure imposed in February after an attack by a Pakistan-based militant group in Indian-controlled Kashmir led to clashes between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Each country carried out air strikes on the other’s territory and warplanes fought a dogfight above the disputed Kashmir region in which an Indian fighter jet was shot down.

The months of restrictions forced long detours that cost airlines millions of dollars.

Modi’s surprise move this month to withdraw the special privileges of Muslim-majority Kashmir has also increased tension with Pakistan.

PM Modi awarded UAE honour, Imran Khan awarded 5-star Uber rating: Pak PM mocked for driving Saudi Prince

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with Order of Zayed, UAE’s highest civilian award by Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Saturday. The award on PM Modi is being compared with the incident when Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan chauffeured for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman when the latter visited the country.

While PM Modi was conferred with the UAE’s highest civilian award on Saturday, the incident where Pakistani prime minister broke protocol and personally drove Mohammad Bin Salman in a Mercedes Benz to his official residence happened just after the Pulwama terror attack in February.

The February incident came to the fore yet again when a Pakistani MP brought it up in Parliament. She said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had promised to make Pakistan better than any other country but now, she said, “he has become a driver of the Uber company and asks for five-star on every ride”.

As the Pakistani Parliamentarian’s statement surfaced on social media, Twitterati started poking fun at Imran Khan for driving the crown prince by saying that while PM Modi got the highest civilian award, the Pak PM received the “best driver of UAE prince award”.

Recently former Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar had slammed Imran Khan for making Pakistan a global laughing stock with his knowledge of history and geography on World War II. Speaking in the Pakistan Parliament, Hina Rabbani Khar said that the prime minister completely distorted both history and geography.

“The PM went on at length to explain how Germany and Japan are neighbours and post World War II, in which they were in the same team, that’s what history tells us and Japan is in East Asia and Germany is in Europe but the PM says that they are neighbours. PM says they were adversaries. He is our prime minister. You make Pakistan a global laughing stock,” Hina Rabbani Khar said.

No point talking to India: Imran Khan vents frustration to foreign media

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said he is no longer interested in dialogue with India.

In an interview to The New York Times, a day after he had a telephonic conversation with US President Donald Trump, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan complained about what he described as “repeated rebuffs from Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his appeals for communication” — both before and after the Indian government’s move to abrogate provisions of Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir.

Saying there was no point in talking to India anymore, Imran Khan said, “All the overtures that I was making for peace and dialogue, I think they took it for appeasement. There is nothing more that we can do.”

Besides saying that there was no point in speaking to India, the Pakistan Prime Minister also expressed his concerns over rising tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

In response to New Delhi revoking special status for Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month, Pakistan said it would take the Kashmir dispute with India to International Court of Justice and the United Nations.

A closed-door meeting on Kashmir was held by the United Nations Security Council. The UNSC meet, however, ended without any outcome or statement from the powerful 15-nation UN organ, dealing a huge snub to Pakistan and its all-weather ally China in their attempts to internationalise the issue, which an overwhelming majority stressed is a bilateral matter between New Delhi and Islamabad.