Dr. Zahid Anwar Khan (IR Expert):
The steps taken by Pakistan towards Kashmir issue are in right direction. Pakistan has not only exposed the Indian fascism but also the ideology of RSS and BJP in front of the world. The world is completely unaware of what is happening in the Held valley as the entire valley is under curfew. Diplomatically, Pakistan is extending all its support to Kashmiri brethren. The nation, political parties, government and military leadership are on the same page and demand the solution to Kashmir issue according to UN Charter. The international community must have to intervene into the issue as the increased escalation between two nuclear states will affect the entire world.
Dr. Mansoor Akbar Kundi (IR Expert):
Even though Jinnah had clearly said a number of things in his speeches which reflected what Pakistan would be like, but we have not been able to fulfill his vision as yet. Jinnah termed Kashmir as jugular vein of Pakistan and he was concerned about it. What India is doing in Held Kashmir is totally against international norms. The United Nations Security Council's resolutions remained unimplemented. The Kashmir issue has been a major bone of contention from the day of independence, resulted in three wars, numerous conflicts between India and Pakistan and severely rigid diplomacy. Pakistan is also seeking international attention to raise the Kashmir issue globally and expose Indian atrocities and human rights violations in Kashmir.
Ali Raza Syed (Hurriyet Leader):
The way Pakistan is highlighting Kashmir issue in the current circumstances has resulted in reaction from international community. Pakistan conveyed a strong message to the Kashmiris that they are not alone in this time and Pakistan will continue its moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiri people. International community has expressed concerns over Indian atrocities and blocking all modes of communications in the Held valley. It is the Indian narrative that Kashmir is its internal issue, has been rejected by the world. Kashmiris have given their decision as the bodies of Kashmiri martyrs are buried with Pakistani flag on their bodies. Kashmiris should be given their just right to self-determination in accordance with UN resolutions. Pakistan should send envoys to all capitals to highlight Indian human rights violations in Held Kashmir. The international organizations must send fact finding missions in the valley to investigate about Indian atrocities. It is fact that India wants Kashmir not the Kashmiris. The diplomatic efforts of Pakistan need to be enhanced to sensitize the international community about the situation in the occupied valley. Indian attempts to label the legitimate Kashmir struggle as terrorism cannot deter the valiant people of IoK from their demand of exercising their right to self-determination in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions.
Ikramullah Bhatti (Defense Analyst):
The Joint statement of UNHCR against continues curfew and human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir committed by India is motivating for Kashmiris and Muslim Ummah. It is a good opportunity for Pakistan to highlight Indian atrocities in Held Kashmir and Pakistan should take full advantage of it through effective diplomacy. It will definitely mount pressure on India to review its decision of revoking Article 370 and imposition of curfew in occupied Kashmir. China, Russia, United States and Great Britain being the major stakeholder needs to play a mediation role in resolving Kashmir issue as per Kashmiris will. The Kashmiri martyrs who have risen against the forces of repression and their sacrifices would not go in vain.
Syed Yousaf Naseem (Hurriyet Leader):
The unprecedented communications blackout imposed in Occupied Kashmir could make the situation worse. Kashmiris are coming out of their houses despite of the strict curfew. The Kashmiris are determined to get their right of plebiscite. India had deployed hundreds of thousands of troops in occupied Kashmir, unleashing a reign of terror along with employing the most brutal violence to deny the Kashmiris their right to self-determination. There is need of concerted effort for uniform and non-discriminatory implementation of the relevant UN resolutions. India is committing genocide in occupied Kashmir which is being condemned far and wide.
Dr. Amna Mehmood (IR Expert):
It is an achievement and success of Pakistan that 58 countries have condemned Indian human rights violations in Held Kashmir. International community is raising voices against Indian atrocities on innocent and unarmed Kashmiris. Pakistan should continue its diplomatic support and it should be maximized. We should send our envoys to different countries to expose cruel Indian face in front of the world. I am expecting other countries to support the stance of Pakistan and urge India to give the Kashmiris their right to self-determination.
US-Taliban peace talks cancelled; What would be the next?
Rahimullah Yousafzai (Expert on Afghan Affairs):
Although the United States has backed out from ongoing US-Afghan Taliban peace process but it would be temporary. The US wants almost fifteen months to sort out certain issues in Afghanistan. The United States wants some concessions from Taliban i.e. ceasefire and direct talks with Afghan government whereas Taliban wants immediate withdrawal of NATO forces from war-torn country. The peace talks must have resumed as United States cannot fight for long with 14000 troops in Afghanistan. Pakistan has justified reasons for not been active in US-Taliban dialogue as it could not devote much attention to Afghan situation because of increasing tensions with India at Eastern border.
The 71st death anniversary of father of nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah observed.
Dr. Fakhar-ul-Islam (IR Expert):
Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a romanticist both in personal and political life. Jinnah joined the Lincoln's Inn in 1893 to become the youngest Indian to be called to the Bar. Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah played a big role to get the Muslim people freedom. He was the only Muslim to stand up and rally all the Muslims together so they could have their freedom. Jinnah’s vision was that Muslims should have an independent state where they can practice their religion freely and live peacefully.