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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Despite US saying no Pakistani jet shot down, New Delhi still insists it did

INDIA has insisted it did shoot down a US-supplied Pakistani Air Force F-16 fighter jet contrary to a recent US report stating the opposite A document published by Foreign Policy on Thursday cited two unnamed US officials who argued a recent count of Pakistan’s F-16s showed none missing after a dogfight with the Indian Air Force (IAF) on February 27. The encounter left at least one Russian-built Indian MiG 21 Bison destroyed. The plane’s pilot was forced to eject and was consequently captured on the Pakistani side of the so-called…

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China firmly with Pakistan, says Beijing and Islamabad raises Kashmir in top talks

China on Tuesday assured Pakistan of firm support to protect its territorial integrity and dignity during a high-level bilateral strategic dialogue in Beijing. At this meeting, Islamabad had raised the “rapidly deteriorating” situation in Kashmir and called on New Delhi to relook its policies in the state. Speaking at a joint press conference with Pakistan foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Chinese state councilor and foreign minister, Wang Yi appreciated Islamabad’s efforts to ease tensions with India following the terror attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama, claimed by Pakistan-based terror outfit, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).…

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No terrorists will be allowed to attack from Pakistani soil: Imran Khan

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said no militant group would be allowed to operate from Pakistani soil to carry out attacks abroad, days after his government announced a sweeping crackdown against Islamist militant organisations.Pakistan faces growing international pressure to rein in Islamist groups that carry out attacks in India. The February 14 attack claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel and led to tension between the nuclear-armed rivals as India conducted airstrikes in Pakistan’s Balakot region.Both countries carried out aerial bombing missions last week and even…

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Peace Plan for India and Pakistan Already Exists

A path toward resolving the Kashmir dispute, negotiated in the mid-2000s, deserves another look. India and Pakistan don’t have to be on the brink of war. Negotiators painstakingly put together a way out of the crisis and a road map for resolution of the Kashmir dispute in the mid-2000s, and we need to get back to it. Kashmir has been disputed since 1947, with India holding around two-thirds and Pakistan one-third of its territory and both claiming all of it. The unresolved future of the largely Muslim region has led…

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