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Protests in PoK against China, Pakistan over dam construction

New Delhi: Massive protests erupted in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) over the construction of two mega-dams by China and Pakistan in that region.

People came out in large numbers to condemn the proposed construction of dams on Neelam and Jhelum rivers.

The protests were organized by one ‘Darya Bachao, Muzaffarabad Bachao’ (Save Rivers Save Muzaffarabad) committee and the members shouted slogans of ‘Neelum Jhelum Behne Do, Humein Zinda Rehne Do’.

Recently, Pakistan and China signed agreements to construct mammoth hydel projects – Azad Pattan and Kohala Hydropower in PoK region.

As reported earlier, the Azad Pattan Hydel Power Project involves the generation of 700.7 megawatts of electricity and is part of the controversial China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The project has been sponsored by Chinese group – China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC) at a whopping $1.54 billion.

Sponsored by China’s Three Gorges Corporation, the Kohala Hydroelectric Project is located 90 km from Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. It is expected to be completed by 2026 and has been sponsored by International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Silk Road Fund. (Times Now)

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China a bigger problem than Pakistan, say a majority of Indians

New Delhi: A whopping 68.3 per cent Indians believe that China is a far bigger problem for India than arch-enemy Pakistan, according to the latest IANS-CVoter Snap Poll on China, conducted in the wake of the India-China standoff in Ladakh’s Galwan valley.

Only, a meagre 31.7 per cent respondents still think that Pakistan is a bigger problem for India than China.

This is a stark departure from the usual Indian mindset where Pakistan is perceived as the prime enemy. With a sample size of more than 10,000, the snap poll shows more and more Indians are waking up to the changed realities around India.

Twenty Indian soldiers, including an officer, were killed recently during a violent face-off with Chinese People’s Liberation Army troops at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh region.

Following this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent out a clear signal to China, saying that India won’t tolerate misadventures when it comes to defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Qureshi threatens India of retaliation amid LoC tensions

Islamabad: India’s landslide victory through an unopposed inclusion into the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as a non-permanent member has irked the Imran Khan-led government in Pakistan, as angry reactions have started coming out of Islamabad, threatening India of dire consequences in case of any misadventure committed along the Line of Control (LoC).

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has warned India against any misadventure, threatening a retaliatory response.

“Beware, beware, remember February 2019 and be ready for a quick retaliation while casting an evil eye on us,” he said during his address to the Upper House (Senate) of Pakistan.

Qureshi’s aggressive remarks came at a time when the Imran Khan-led government is facing serious criticism from its opposition parties for failing to raise the issue of Kashmir at the UN platform and giving India a walkover to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

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