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Islamabad, Apr 23: Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday called for a meaningful dialogue between India and Pakistan.
Bajwa while addressing a passing-out parade of cadets said, “That only through comprehensive and meaningful dialogue a solution could be found for the disputes between the two countries”, as quoted by European think-tank European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS).
This comes after Indian army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s statement of April 15 saying that peace is the only solution to improve the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and it could be ensured through a dialogue between India and Pakistan.
Pakistan has extended its support to China’s projects including One Belt and One Road and China Pakistan Economic Corridor which pose a threat to the internal security of India as well as to its foreign trade relations. This has constantly impacted the Indo-Pakistan relations in a negative manner.
Recently, Pakistan allowed 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed to contest elections. Saeed is the co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the chief of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah (JuD) both of which are United Nations-designated terror organisations.
In the past there have been a row of incidents where important diplomatic meetings have been followed by terror attack by Pakistan.
Instantly, in 1999 then Prime Minster Atal Bihari Vajpayee took a ride in Delhi -Lahore Bus. Three months after that Kargil war broke out.
In 2001 the Indian Parliament was attacked which left 14 people dead. Post the attack both the countries deployed heavy military across the border and was followed by a standoff until October 2002.
Later in 2004 Vajpayee and the then Pakistan President Parvez Musharraf held direct talks at the 12th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Islamabad.
A period of relative peace between the countries was observed which got massively disturbed in 2008 by an attack by members of Lashkar-e-Taibah on the Mumbai Taj hotel which led to the death of 164 people. Ajmal Kasab was later held captive by the Indian police.
In the wake of the attacks India ceased communication with Pakistan.
As current Prime Minster Narendra Modi took to the office in 2014, he invited the ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his swearing-in ceremony. Then a year later Prime Minister Modi made a surprise stop-over in Lahore on his way from Kabul to wish the Pakistani Prime Minister on his birthday.
Soon after, Western Air Command of the Indian Air Force in Pathankot got attacked by militants of the Pakistani based Jaish-e-Muhammed followed by the Uri attack leading to the death of 17 Indian soldiers.
If General Bajwa truly means his words he will have to halt Pakistan’s militant activities in Kashmir and curtail the movement of Taliban militant group in Afghanistan.


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Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech clear call for Hindu Rashtra: PDP

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday termed the BJP President Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech an open call for a Hindu Rashtra and said that the Saffron party chief has challenged the very idea of India.

Shah while addressing a rally at West Bengal said that Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh need not be afraid in India because the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been brought to grant them citizenship. He also termed Muslims as infiltrators and stated that time for their deportation has come.

“This is nothing but an open call for a Hindu Rashtra. Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in itself is laying foundations of a Hindu Rashtra and exclusion of Muslims and Christians. What Amit Shah has said is communal poison and this is a moment of challenge for right thinking Indians who still believe in Idea of India as we have always been made to believe,” said senior PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar.

 

He added that the statement of BJP President has sent a very negative message to the communities other than the country’s majority community. Such remarks, said Akhtar, aren’t being taken positively in the states like Jammu and Kashmir which have Muslim majority character and other states with sizeable Muslim and Christian population like Kerala, West Bengal, UP and Bihar and northeast states.

“What Amit Shah has said negates the essence, letter, and spirit of the constitution of India which is a covenant of all communities, all classes, and all people of the county to live together,” Akhtar said.

The PDP leader said that the BJP is setting up a dangerous game for electoral gains in the country and is playing a communal hatred card as last resort to win elections. “Unfortunately, BJP has only one goal and that is to win elections at whatever cost. The real issues facing the country including the problems of Jammu and Kashmir which are of a major nature besides joblessness, agrarian crises have been thrown in cold storage,” Akhtar said.

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Beware of activists impacting K-movement: Geelani to Youth

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Srinagar, Jan 23: When young blood is so enthusiastic to achieve their goal, no power on earth can force them to subjugation; this was stated by Hurriyat (g) Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, in a telephonic address to the mourners of the slain  Dr Shams-ul-Haq at Soghan Shopian on Wednesday.

Quoting Geelani, the spokesman in a statement said that Hurriyat (g) chairman reiterated his pledge to take the movement to its logical end and will never allow anybody to barter the precious blood of “martyrs”.

“We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safeguard their sacrifices and should desist from such activities which prove detrimental for our movement,” he said.

 

He said that deceitful slogans of development, prosperity or material gains can never be a substitute for freedom. Politicians have turned into political leeches, sucking every drop of our blood to satisfy their “masters” in Delhi.

The separatist leader said that our movement has become so precious that no perk and privilege can compel us for any compromise.

Stressing upon people in general and youth in particular, Hurriyat (g) chairman said that we need to strengthen our faith and protect our civil, social, religious and human liberties, avoid miss deeds and nourish the Islamic culture in our homes and society without indulging in sectarian hatred and social evils.

 

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Forces ‘torture’ compels youth to join militancy: Yasin Malik

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning the ongoing “killings” in Kashmir on Wednesday said that killing of more than half a dozen Kashmiris at Budgam and Shopian during last two days and assault on a civilian at Haba-Kadal are “exhibition of colonial mindset of government forces who only know to kill, injured and humiliate humans at will”.

The party spokesman said that killing of many more youth at Budgam and Shopian namely Syed Rubaan, Zahid Ahmad, Shams-Ul-Haq, Tawseef Ahmad, Sabzar Ahmad, Amir Ahmad Butt, as part of unabated killings, JKLF chairman said that first government forces “torture, torment, humiliate Kashmiri youth and leave no place for them to pursue a peaceful path and then eliminate them in CASO’s and crackdowns”.

Citing the example of a young Syed Ruban of Nazneenpora Shopian, Malik said that one of his relatives had joined militancy, and then the army, SOG and police started raiding his house, arresting him, torturing and humiliating this gentle soul on daily basis.

 

On June 19, 2018, his residence was raided during night hours and he along with his brother Syed Tajamul was severely tortured and this humiliating torture became a turning point for him as he left his

Meanwhile, JKLF chairman has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of youthful Abdul Rashid Shigan of Batamaloo presently at HMT who passed away recently.

 

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