India neither ready to hold talks nor accepting mediation on Kashmir Issue: Shah Mehmood Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday said that India is neither ready to hold talks bilaterally with Pakistan on Kashmir dispute nor does it accept third party mediation. Speaking to the media in Islamabad, Qureshi said, “Kashmir is a disputed territory and any demographic changes in occupied Kashmir will not be acceptable to Pakistan as well as Kashmiri people.” Responding to a question regarding the Afghan peace process, the foreign minister said, Pakistan is not a guarantor but only a facilitator in the Afghan peace process. “The entire onus…

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Kashmir Issue won’t be resolved bilaterally: Imran Khan post-meet with Donald Trump

Buoyed by US President Donald Trump’s offer of mediation on Kashmir, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that the contentious issue between the two South Asian neighbours can never be resolved bilaterally. Khan’s statement came hours after Trump offered to be the “mediator” between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue as the two leaders met at the White House where they discussed a host of issues, including the Afghan peace process. The Indian government has denied Trump’s astonishing claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him…

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‘If I can do anything to help, let me know’: Trump offers to mediate Kashmir Crisis between India and Pakistan

Donald Trump has offered himself as a mediator to one of the world’s thorniest strategic disputes – the conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. Speaking in the Oval Office with Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan, Mr Trump said he was confident Islamabad would help the US reach a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Then, to the astonishment of watchers of South Asia, Mr Trump claimed he had been asked by India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, to mediate between the two South Asian nations over the disputed territory…

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Al Qaeda chief, Ayman Al-Zawahiri threatens India over Kashmir

Terror group Al Qaeda’s Chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has told “Mujahideen in Kashmir” to inflict “unrelenting blows” on the Indian Army and government in Jammu and Kashmir in a message released by the outfit’s media wing, as per the Foundation for Defence of Democracies’ (FDD) Long War Journal. He also brought to light Pakistan’s involvement in fuelling cross-border terrorism in Kashmir in the message titled “Don’t Forget Kashmir,” released by As Shabab. Thomas Joscelyn, in his article for the journal, wrote that Al Qaeda has been grooming an upstart group to…

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OIC supports solution to Kashmir Dispute through UN resolutions, Appoints special envoy for Kashmir

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has appointed Saudi Arabia’s Yousef Aldobeay as its special envoy on Jammu and Kashmir, reiterating its support for the legitimate right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people in accordance with UN resolutions, the Foreign Office said on Saturday. The 14th OIC summit in the holy city of Makkah backed the host, Saudi Arabia, in the face of escalating tensions with Iran and threw its support behind the Palestinians ahead of a US-led peace plan suspected to be skewed in favour of Israel. The Foreign…

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Kashmir Issue close to our hearts, linking it with terrorism violation of international law: OIC

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Thursday said the Jammu and Kashmir issue “is close to our hearts” and “linking it with terrorism is a violation of international law”. “The Jammu and Kashmir crises is close to our hearts and is one of the most important issues on the agenda of the organization of Islamic Cooperation, and therefore our commitment to the Jammu and Kashmir cause has been and will remain firm,” said OIC Secretary General Dr Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen. He said Kashmir movement is a “legitimate struggle” of…

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Turkish president, Erdogan calls on Muslim countries to unite and confront Israel

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Muslim leaders to unite and confront Israel, days after scores of Palestinians were killed by Israeli snipers as they marked 70 years of Israeli occupation. Speaking at an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday, Erdogan said Israel should be held accountable over the killings which drew widespread international condemnation and triggered a wave of protests from Asia, through the Middle East, to North Africa. “To take action for Palestinians massacred by Israeli bandits is to show the whole world that humanity…

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Neither India nor Pakistan, Kashmir belongs to Kashmiris: Shahid Afridi

Former Pakistan crickerter Shahid Afridi has said that Kashmir belongs to the people of the valley and not India or Pakistan beside urging the two nations to resolve the issue through a Kashmiri-owned, Kashmiri-led peace process. Afridi in his autobiography named ‘Game Changer’, also said that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan must do more for Kashmir and its people. “Kashmir belongs to the Kashmiris. Not to Indians. Not to Pakistanis. That debate comes later. But first and foremost, Kashmir is for the Kashmiri people themselves,” the 39-year-old said in the…

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5 Indians among 290 killed in Sri Lanka Easter blasts, 24 suspects arrested

The death toll from attacks on churches and luxury hotels across Sri Lanka rose significantly to 290, and about 500 people were also wounded, police said on Monday. Five Indians were among those killed in the bombings in Sri Lanka, confirmed EAM Sushma Swaraj on Monday. At least 290 people were killed, among them dozens of foreigners. Sri Lankan authorities have arrested 24 people from the minority Muslim community in connection with the multiple blasts that rocked the island nation on Sunday, reported news agency PTI. Eight apparently co-ordinated explosions targeted…

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Imran Khan sees better chance of peace talks with India if BJP wins the ​election

He said Mr. Modi, like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was electioneering based on “fear and nationalist feeling” Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he thinks there may be a better chance of peace talks with India if Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins the general election due to begin on April 11. Mr. Khan said that if the next Indian government were led by the opposition Congress party, it might be too scared to seek a settlement with Pakistan over Kashmir, fearing a backlash from the right. “Perhaps if the…

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