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.
No one can stop AIP now: Rasheed
Srinagar, May 23: Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) President and Party’s candidate for Baramulla Parliamentary constituency Er Rasheed has said that results are much encouraging for AIP and no one on earth can stop the party from becoming alternative to NC, PDP and other regional parties.
In a statement issued today, Rasheed said that the spirit of democracy needs to be respected and all those who have won the elections deserve congratulations. However, AIP has proved all political analysis wrong and has shown excellent performance by improving its performance beyond imagination. Those who used to accuse AIP of dividing votes should realize that party was not there to divide votes but to give a befitting fight despite all compulsions and the results have proved all those forces wrong who claimed to be lone warriors of Kashmiris.
Rasheed while thanking AIP cadres said that party is thankful to every single voter and party colleagues who voted and worked for an ideology and have laid a strong foundation stone for the future. AIP promises to follow its pro-people agenda with consistency and sincerity. One should not forget that AIP decided at the eleventh hour to contest the elections and without a proper cadre the party volunteers succeeded in sending a deep message to the masses that AIP has the potential to replace those who have given Kashmiris nothing except disappointments and false promises.
Rasheed reiterated his appeal to sincere political workers to join AIP and become part of a change which will not only ensure leadership that represents sentiments, sacrifices and aspiration of masses but will also give them best and corruption-free governance.
Moulvi Yousuf Shah (RA) put in all-out efforts to highlight Kashmir issue globally: Mirwaiz
Srinagar, May 23: The 52nd death anniversary of Mahajar-e-Millat Mirwaiz Moulvi Yousuf Shah (RA) was observed on both sides of the divide in Kashmir with full respect and honor.
Paying rich tributes to the martyrs of battle of Badr and to highlight the role and great contribution of Muhajir-e-Milat (RA) on social, moral, educational and religious and political front, Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Umar Farooq while addressing the gathering at the historic Aali Masjid at Eidgah here, shed light on the life and religious political contribution of late Mirwaiz.
While paying rich tributes to him for his commitment to the people’s political movement as a pioneer in creating awareness among them regarding their political rights for which he was exiled, Mirwaiz paid homage to the great leader for his great contribution in the spread of religious teachings and social justice among the people of the state. He said that Mujahir-e-Milat put in all-out efforts during his lifetime to highlight the Kashmir issue globally and to pitch for Kashmiri’s.
Mirwaiz said that the translation and commentary of holy Quran in Kashmiri language by the late Mirwaiz helped put Kashmir on the global Islamic map and earned him great respect in Islamic world.
Mirwaiz also paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the battle of Badr stating that the great companions of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) despite being less in number fought against the enemy to keep the Islamic flag high and that their priceless sacrifices will always be remembered till the day of judgment.
Those who spoke on the occasion include Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, Moulana Showkat Hussain Keng, Moulana Khursheed Ahmed Qanoongo, and Moulana Syedur Rehman Shams. The speakers paid rich tributes to Mujahir-e-Milat and vowed to take his mission to its logical conclusion.
Ganai interacts with KCCI delegation, others
Srinagar, May 23: As part of the weekly outreach programme, Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmed Ganai Thursday interacted with a number of delegations and individuals at J&K Governor’s Grievance Cell at Church Lane, Sonawar in Srinagar.
More than 22 delegations and scores of individuals from various parts of the Valley projected a number of issues on the occasion and sought their immediate redressal.
The delegations which met the Advisor during the day-long interaction include Amarnath Yatra Baltal Traders, delegation of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry, College Contractual Teachers, General line Teachers Forum and Academic Arrangement Teachers besides delegations from Umar Colony Lal Bazar, Nowgam Anantnag and Pahoo Pulwama among others.
The Advisor gave a patient hearing to the deputations and individuals and said that all the genuine issues put forth during the public hearing will be looked into.