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Friday, August 16, 2019

11:49 PM

FM Qureshi, Dutch FM discuss situation in Occupied Kashmir

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi discussed the current situation in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir with his Netherlands counterpart Stef Blok in a telephonic conversation and highlighted India’s illegal and unilateral actions to alter the disputed status of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.          
He apprised the Dutch foreign minister of the deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, which had been under total lockdown and curfew since 5th August.
The foreign minister said India was resorting to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control resulting in casualties on the Pakistan side.
Qureshi urged the Netherlands to play its role and impress upon India to lift the curfew and ameliorate the hardships and suffering of the people in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Foreign Minister Blok stated that they were closely following the developments in Kashmir and emphasized upon the need to avoid further escalation of tensions.
He urged India and Pakistan to engage in dialogue to address and resolve outstanding issues.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi yesterday (Friday) said that Kashmir issue could only be resolved under the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, FM Qureshi said that the UNSC emergency meeting on Kashmir nullified Indian claims that Kashmir was its internal matter and added that the meeting was a proof that the world considered it as an international issue.
The foreign minister said that UNSC held a meeting in New York to discuss the deteriorating situation in occupied Kashmir on Pakistan’s request within 72 hours.
11:48 PM

Floods feared in all major rivers of Punjab: PDMA

LAHORE: Provincial Disaster Management Commission (PDMA) issues flood alerts throughout the rivers in the province, ARY News reported on Saturday.
According to details, floods are feared in rivers, Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej, Beas and Jehlum within the next 72 hours.
The commission also directed the concerned departments to be prepared and on standby.
After heavy rainfall, Karachi faced a situation of urban flooding on July 30.
The military troops reached to assist the civil administration in relief work in the port city.
A flow of floodwater gushing out from Thado Dam in Gadap has reached to M-9 highway and a track of the motorway from Karachi to Hyderabad was completely closed due to flash floods.
Two youngsters drifted away in the currents of the flash flood while crossing a nullah in the federal capital, on August 15.
A video of the incident was received by sources wherein two youth could be seen maintaining their balance in the gushing water before both swept away in the flash flood, ARY News has confirmed the authenticity of the video.
The incident took place at an amusement point of Shahdara Valley in Islamabad.
11:47 PM

Post Hajj flights operation commencing from today

ISLAMABAD: A month-long post-Hajj flight operation, to bring back over 200,000 Pakistani pilgrims from Saudi Arabia, would commence from today (Saturday).
According to a spokesman of Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, three airlines including Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) would participate in the flight operation in 10 cities including Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan, Faisalabad, Sukkur and Sialkot. The flight operation would continue till September 15.
The ministry had offered optimum facilities to pilgrims during their stay in Saudi Arabia. A total of 187 ministry officials, 469 medical mission, 545 Pakistan Muavineen-e-Hujjaj belonging to Police and Scouts and 900 local Muavineen-e-Hujjaj were deployed to facilitate the pilgrims during hajj-2019.
According to Radio Pakistan, a pilgrim can get the complete information about his return schedule by visiting www.hajjinfo.org and entering his hajj application number or Computerized National Identity Card number.
The national flag-carrier had successfully concluded its pre-Hajj flight operations across the country on August 6. This year, PIA has made history by facilitating Pakistani pilgrims without acquiring a single aircraft on lease for the flight operations.
11:46 PM

Indian Minister’s remarks about nuclear policy reflects belligerent behavior: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said the substance and timing of the Indian Defence Minister’s statement about its nuclear policy are highly unfortunate.
Defense Minister of India Rajnath Singh’s statement is reflective of New Dehli’s’s irresponsible and belligerent behaviour, the FO spokesperson added.
Radio Pakistan reported that Faisal said the statement of Indian minister further exposes the pretense of their ‘No First Use’ policy, to which “we have never accorded any credence.”
He said ‘No First Use’ pledge is non-verifiable and cannot be taken at face value, especially when the development of offensive capabilities and force postures belie such claims.
The spokesperson said Pakistan has always proposed measures relating to nuclear restraint in South Asia and has eschewed measures that are offensive in nature.
“Pakistan will continue to maintain a credible minimum deterrence posture.”
Rajnath Singh, while paying tribute to India’s former premier Atal Bihari Vajpayee, tweeted on Friday and indicated a change in the nuclear policy for the future.
“Pokhran is the area which witnessed Atal Ji’s firm resolve to make India a nuclear power and yet remain firmly committed to the doctrine of ‘No First Use’. India has strictly adhered to this doctrine. What happens in [the] future depends on the circumstances,” Singh wrote.
The tweet of the Indian minister appeared to threaten global peace when New Dehli and Islamabad are already on a brink of war with regards to Kashmir issue.
11:45 PM

FM Qureshi updates Canadian counterpart on Kashmir situation

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday telephoned Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland to brief him over the current situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, ARY News reported.
The Foreign Minister highlighted the illegal and unilateral steps, taken by the Indian government to change the status of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and its demographic structure.
The Foreign Minister underlined that the actions taken by India, entailed grave risk for peace and security in the region and were aimed at bringing a material change to the status of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Foreign Minister apprised her of the worsening situation of safety and security of the people in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, which has been under curfew since 05 August 2019.
The two sides agreed to continue to work together for peace and stability in the region.
Earlier today, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi telephoned his Spanish counterpart Josep Borrell and briefed him on the current situation in India Occupied Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.
During the telephonic conversation, the Spanish foreign minister said his country and the European Union would make every effort to ensure peace and stability in South Asia.
Mr Borrell said they are closely monitoring the situation and that any further escalation would have a severe impact on peace and security in the region.
11:44 PM

Massive protests erupt in IoK against revocation of special status

SRINAGAR: A large number of people defying stringent restrictions took to the streets on Friday in Srinagar and other places of the IoK to protest against the Indian government’s decision to abrogate the special status of Occupied Kashmir.
Protests erupted today soon after Friday prayers against the revocation of Article 370. The protesters including young and old were chanting slogans against India and in favour of freedom.
They marched along the lanes of Srinagar and other areas, carrying black flags — signifying grief — and placards with slogans including “Go India, go back”, “We want freedom”, “Stop Genocide in Kashmir, Wake Up World.”
Police fired tear gas and pellet-firing shotguns to disperse residents who tried to march down the main road in the main city of Srinagar after Friday prayers.
Indian forces erected steep barricades and used concertina wires to block roads. No big gatherings were allowed in the valley and most mosques were shut for the second consecutive Friday.
Occupied Kashmir has been under unprecedented lockdown since August 5 with all the communication networks remaining inaccessible. Thousands of Indian forces have been deployed all across the territory to prevent anti-India demonstrations in the aftermath of the revocation of the special status to Occupied Kashmir.
11:43 PM

UNSC meeting nullifies Indian claim that IoK is its internal matter: Maleeha Lodhi


NEW YORK: Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr Maleeha Lodhi has said that the Security Council’s emergency meeting has nullified Indian claims that Kashmir is their internal matter, ARY News reported on Friday.
Talking to media along with Chinese envoy to the United Nations, after the UNSC meeting in New York, she said all the fifteen permanent and non-permanent member countries attended the consultative session.
She said the meeting was briefed on the latest developments and the dismal human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.
“After the UNSC meeting it has been proved that Kashmir is an international matter and it should be solved according to UN resolutions,” she added.
“Pakistan will always stand by Kashmiris, extending full diplomatic and political support,” she said, adding that voices of Kashmiris were heard today at the meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
The Chinese ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, while talking to media said that Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute which should be resolved according to the UN Charter. He also opposed the unilateral action taken by India over occupied Kashmir.
Zhang told reporters that the situation in Kashmir is “already very tense and very dangerous.” The ambassador urged Pakistan and India to resolve the issue peacefully.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi wrote to the president of the Security Council, requesting to convene a meeting on Kashmir dispute.
In the letter to the UN, Pakistan denounced recent aggressive actions by India, saying the country “willfully undermine the internationally recognized disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir.”
The letter said that Pakistan will not provoke a conflict. But India should not mistake our restraint for weakness.