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Pakistan to invite India for ‘exclusive dialogue on Kashmir: Sartaj Aziz

Pakistan will invite India for an exclusive dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir, despite the stalled Composite Dialogue process between the two countries. Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says foreign secretary will formally write a letter to his counterpart soon to discuss the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. “Pakistan wanted to discuss the Kashmir issue on priority in view of the ongoing unrest in the Indian-held Kashmir due to indigenous movement of self-determination”. The advisor says Kashmir would be on top of the agenda of Pakistan during forthcoming session of the UN General Assembly. Pakistan has written to the UN Human Rights Council on human rights violations and the Council has conveyed to India that it wants to send a fact-finding mission to Occupied Kashmir. Recently held Envoys Conference in Islamabad also noted that India’s policy of not engaging in a comprehensive dialogue with Pakistan is not conducive for peace in South Asia. He mentioned that the Conference spent considerable time on the grim situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir and Indian brutality after July 8. Conference condemned the atrocities being committed by the Indian forces on unarmed and innocent Kashmiris.

Dialogue is the only option for Pakistan and India to resolve their issues: Chaudhry Nisar

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said dialogue is the only option for Pakistan and India to resolve their issues. “India always closed the door for talks and also maligned Pakistan. No Pakistani can remain silent over the atrocities being committed against the people of the occupied Kashmir by the Indian forces. The people of Pakistan are emotionally attached with the Kashmiris and rightly protested against the recent violence of the Indian forces in the occupied Kashmir”. Referring to the Indian Home Minister's early departure before conclusion of the recent SAARC Interior Ministers' conference in Islamabad, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said he only defended his country. “He as a Pakistani responded to the disgraceful remarks of the Indian Minister about Pakistan”

All Parties Hurriyet Conference calls for Referendum March to the Lal Chowk in Srinagar today and tomorrow

In Occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference calls for Referendum March to the Lal Chowk in Srinagar today and tomorrow. Call has given by Chairman Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement. Earlier, the puppet authorities continued to impose strict curfew and other restrictions across the Kashmir Valley on the 35th consecutive day.

India’s opposition parties call for talks with Kashmiris

India's prime minister met national party leaders to seek ways to end weeks of unrest in Kashmir, but a separatist group says there would be no peace until Indian politicians stop treating it as a purely internal issue. Indian security forces killed a militant leader on July 8, sparking violent protests across the Himalayan region, which is split into areas ruled by India and Pakistan. National opposition leaders have stepped up calls for an all-party delegation to visit Kashmir for talks with regional leaders. Opposition leaders also suggested that discussions be held with all groups, including those opposed to Indian rule in the disputed region, and that the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, which grants special powers to the army, be lifted from civilian areas. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi maintained a tough line ,telling party leaders in New Delhi that now is not the time to send negotiators and that there must be no compromise on national security. Added that such a move depends of the preparedness of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, whose Peoples Democratic Party is in an alliance with India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Modi's BJP rules Kashmir in a power-sharing arrangement with a regional party and has long advocated a tough stance toward the decades-long insurgency. 54 protesters have been killed since early July

Whole nation stands by the security forces in the war against terrorism: Army Chief

Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif says that the lengthy war against terrorism is about to conclude. He was chairing a high-level security meeting in Rawalpindi to review the National Action Plan and Operation Zarb-e-Azb. General Raheel Sharif says that the menace of terrorism will be eliminated from the Pakistani soil. He suggested that all segments of the society will have to play their role effectively to tackle the menace of terrorism.

Analysts

Abdul Majeed Malik (Hurriyet Leader): 

“The people of Kashmir are fighting for their right to self-determination since long. Many people have rendered sacrifices for an independent Kashmir and their sacrifices will not go in vain. Indian government has set the worst example of brutalities and violations of human rights in the valley. Many people have lost their eye sights as Indian forces are using pellet guns against unarmed innocent Kashmiris. The prevailing situation in the valley needs the attention of international community to force Indians to stop its brutalities in Occupied Kashmir. Without resolving Kashmir dispute, peace in the region could never be dreamed. The dispute must be resolved in accordance with UN resolutions.”

Dr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan (Senior Analyst): 

“In my opinion, Pakistan’s initiative to welcome India for an exclusive dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir will be appreciated at international level because the world knows that Kashmir dispute is the main cause of Indo-Pak tension. Both countries should resolve all outstanding disputes including this core issue through dialogue. War is not a solution to any problem. India should admit that despite a huge force deputed in Kashmir could not deter Kashmiris struggle for the right to self-determination. Indian politician are also demanding Indian government to review its policies regarding Kashmir. Former Indian Prime Minister Wajpai himself admitted that the only solution to Kashmir dispute is dialogue.”

 


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