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No talks until India changes its decision on Kashmir: Imran

Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Pakistan would not hold talks with India until New Delhi reverses its decision of scrapping the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

India abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 on August 5, 2019 and bifurcated it into two Union territories.

“Unless India retreats from the steps taken on August 5…, the Pakistani government will not talk to India at all,” Khan said while responding to questions from the public during a live broadcast session.

India has repeatedly said Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and the country is capable of solving its own problems.

New Delhi has told Islamabad that it desires normal neighborly relations with it in an environment free of terror, hostility and violence.

Indo-Pak relations deteriorated after India announced withdrawing special powers of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the state into two union territories in August, 2019. India has maintained that issue related to Article 370 of the Indian Constitution was entirely an internal matter of the country.

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Pakistan’s Bajwa snubbed by Saudi Crown Prince

Islamabad: Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa who started his Saudi Arabia visit on August 17 to calm diplomatic strains has been declined a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Gen Bajwa had to settle for a meeting with the Deputy Defense Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Salman, also the younger brother of the Crown Prince, as well as Maj Gen Fayyad Al Ruwaili, the kingdom’s chief of general staff, people familiar with the matter in Riyadh and New Delhi.

Bajwa is learnt to have conveyed the Imran Khan government’s apology over foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s statement that criticized Saudi Arabia over the reluctance of the Organization of Islamic Countries to convene a meeting of OIC foreign ministers to discuss Kashmir.

But the regret conveyed to Deputy Defense Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Salman during their meeting didn’t get Islamabad any further in Riyadh. General Bajwa’s interactions in the kingdom were limited to Saudi’s defense establishment, just as Pakistan military had claimed after news of General Bajwa’s trip was leaked back home.

This version was, however, contradicted by Pakistan minister Sheikh Rasheed who told a news channel that the army chief was visiting Saudi Arabia to iron out outstanding minor differences

There has been a buzz in Islamabad that PM Imran Khan was not averse to dropping Qureshi, who crossed the red line with Saudi Arabia when he threatened to call a conference of Islamic countries outside the OIC if it did not call a conference of foreign ministers to discuss the situation in Kashmir.

Pakistan has long pressed the Saudi-led OIC to convene a high-level meeting to highlight alleged Indian violations in the part it controls but hasn’t got its way so far.

“If you (OIC) cannot convene it, then I’ll be compelled to ask Prime Minister Imran Khan to call a meeting of the Islamic countries that are ready to stand with us on the issue of Kashmir and support the oppressed Kashmiris,” Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told local media last week. (Hindustan Times)

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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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Pak concerned over India becoming UNSC non-permanent member

Islamabad: As India gears up to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC), Pakistan has expressed serious concerns over it, calling it “not a moment of rejoice, but concern”.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that India’s intention to become a non-permanent member of UNSC is a matter of concern for Pakistan as “India has blatantly rejected resolutions of the prestigious forum, particularly on Kashmir”.

“India has been ignoring the resolutions of UNSC on Kashmir for a long time, giving way to an unending oppression of Kashmiris by denying them their rights to self-determination,” he said.

Raking up the Kashmir dispute, Qureshi said that Pakistan has been communicating to the UNSC and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (IOC) about the dire condition of Kashmiris, who are under lockdown due to what he called, “state-run and -managed atrocities of Indian occupational forces”.

“Also, the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act of the Indian Constitution has targeted the minorities, particularly the Muslims,” he added.

Qureshi said India’s neighboring countries are insecure because of New Delhi’s agendas.

“Majority of India’s neighboring countries, including Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are not safe from its nefarious and hegemonic designs,” Qureshi said.

“India locked horns with China on Ladakh, named Bengalis as termites and meted out a negative treatment to Sri Lanka and Nepal. India has made dysfunctional the platform of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and has also upset the entire neighborhood with its inept attitude,” he added.

Qureshi said that India’s misconception that Kashmiris are on Indian side would be clarified with the opinion of the Kashmiris.

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