Special UN envoy for Kashmir sort during the Istanbul conference

A conference in Turkey called on Tuesday for the secretary-general of the UN to appoint a special envoy to resolve the dispute surrounding Kashmir and for it to start mediation efforts on holding a UN-sanctioned plebiscite in the region. In a 13-point joint declaration issued at the end of a virtual two-day international conference on Kashmir hosted by Istanbul University, the participants demanded an “early, just and durable resolution” in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions. Welcoming recent remarks by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that Ankara is “in favor…

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Alarm Bells ON as China sends India terrifying World War 3 warning on Twitter

CHINA has sent a terrifying new warning to India on Twitter as tensions between the two countries escalate and intensify fears of World War 3 following a brutal battle in the Galwan Valley. By Paul Withers China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying wrote on Twitter that India’s front-line troops had “broke the consensus and cross the Line of Actual Control”. She accused those soldiers of “deliberately provoking and attacking Chinese officers and soldiers, thus triggering fierce physical conflicts and causing casualties”. Hua Chunying warned India not to “misjudge the current…

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Calls grow for the Organization of Islamic Conference to refashion its Kashmir Policy

Besieged Kashmiris and regional experts want the Muslim bloc to take a proactive role in resolving one of the oldest disputes since World War II. The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), a 57-member bloc envisioned for the empowerment of majority-Muslim countries, has earned the reputation of being a “toothless tiger” or a “tiger unable to hunt.” Its statements are rejected by non-members without consequences, while its members have been slammed for undermining its foundations. It recently waded in on the Kashmir dispute, but it served to once again shine a spotlight on its…

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Joe Biden seeks restoration of peoples rights in Kashmir; Disappointed with CAA, NRC

Joe Biden has been disappointed by the measures that the government of India has taken with the implementation and aftermath of the NRC in Assam and the passage of the CAA into law, a policy paper said. Democratic presidential nominee and former U.S. vice president Joe Biden wants India to take necessary steps to restore the rights of Kashmiris and has expressed disappointment over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the implementation of the NRC in Assam. According to a policy paper —‘Joe Biden’s agenda for Muslim American community’ — posted recently on his…

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Saudi Arabia to hold ‘Very Limited’ Hajj due to coronavirus pandemic

Saudi Arabia has announced it will hold a “very limited” Hajj this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with people already living in the kingdom allowed to take part in the pilgrimage that begins in late July. “It was decided to hold the pilgrimage this year with very limited numbers … with different nationalities in the kingdom,” the official Saudi Press Agency said on Monday, citing the Hajj ministry. The decision comes in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases around the world, the lack of a vaccine and difficulty…

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Why China and India are fighting over an inhospitable strip of the Himalayas?

Analysis by James Griffiths After over four decades of saber-rattling and minor scuffles, a border dispute between China and India has again turned fatal. At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a bloody brawl with Chinese troops on Monday in the Galwan Valley, close to Aksai Chin, an area controlled by China but claimed by both countries. It is unclear if or how many Chinese soldiers died. Both sides have accused the other of overstepping the de facto border, the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that runs along with the…

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The dispute between India and China in Kashmir leads to the first deaths along their border in decades

No official border through the Himalayas has been agreed by the two countries despite a 60-year truce Both sides used makeshift weapons rather than guns due to an agreement about not using military force China and India are looking to increase infrastructure in the contested region, which is fuelling recent unrest By Tracey Shelton & Tasha Wibawa High in the Himalayas, along a stretch of land that divides China’s autonomous region of Tibet from India, clashes have broken out between the two Asian giants in a major escalation of a…

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India challenges China’s sovereignty by changing Occupied Kashmir’s status: Dr Wang Shida

India’s unilateral move to change the status quo of Kashmir constitutes a serious threat to regional peace and stability, Dr Wang Shida, Deputy Director of Institute of South Asian Studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), has stated in his article published by China Economic Net (CEN). India has, since last August, taken constant actions to unilaterally change the status quo of Kashmir and continued to exacerbate regional tensions, wrote the Chinese scholar. On August 5 last year, the Indian government revoked the Article 370 of the…

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Why Chinese and Indian troops are scuffling?

By Archana Chaudhary China and India, two nuclear-armed powers with a combined population of 2.7 billion, have been gathering thousands of troops at a disputed border in a remote area of the Himalayas. It’s the latest flashpoint in a long history of border troubles between the two countries that includes a war in 1962 and a dust-up near Bhutan in 2017. The newest tensions along the 3,488 kilometer (2,167 miles) un-demarcated border come at a time of growing Chinese assertiveness in matters of sovereignty and as India grapples with a worsening…

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US Panel wants India on religious freedom blacklist

A US government panel has called for India to be put on a religious freedom blacklist over a “drastic” downturn under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, triggering a sharp rebuttal from New Delhi. In an annual report published on Tuesday, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said India should join the ranks of “countries of particular concern” that would be subject to sanctions if they do not improve their records. “In 2019, religious freedom conditions in India experienced a drastic turn downward, with religious minorities under increasing assault,” the…

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