Is Kashmir becoming a new combat zone of global powers?

Is Kashmir becoming a new combat-zone of global powers

By Kemal Pasha As the deadline for the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan looms, there is news of reshuffling of some U.S. military bases in the Middle East, speeding up the American administration’s efforts to repair its democratic values at home, and abroad. For years, the U.S. has been exporting its own style of democracy around the world, and unfortunately, that has lost its real meaning at home. Henry Farrell writes both U.S. President Joe Biden and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson “agreed to protect democracy and open societies”…

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OIC Chief meets India’s envoy in Saudi Arabia, offers mediation on Kashmir

OIC Chief meets India’s envoy in Saudi Arabia, offers mediation on Kashmir

The last such engagement between India and OIC took place in 2019 when the then Indian EAM Sushma Swaraj was invited as the “Guest of honor” at the OIC meet. In a rare development, India’s envoy to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen held a meeting on Monday (July 5). The meeting, which is being described as a “courtesy visit” in a release by OIC, took place at its headquarters in Jeddah. According to the OIC release, during the meeting, Secretary-General…

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Pakistan wouldn’t restore ties with India until New Delhi reverses its decision on Kashmir: Imran Khan

Pakistan wouldn't restore ties with India until New Delhi reverses its decision on Kashmir - Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that “entire Pakistan stands by their Kashmiri brothers and sisters” Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that Pakistan would not restore diplomatic ties with India until New Delhi revokes 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. “I want to make it clear that diplomatic relations will not be restored with India until it rescinds the illegal…

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Imran Khan again seeks US intervention on Kashmir Issue

Imran Khan again seeks US intervention on Kashmir Issue

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has again sought the intervention of the US to settle the Kashmir issue with India, a move that is unlikely to go down well with New Delhi, which has consistently spurned mediation by any third party. Khan made the call for the US administration to help resolve the dragging Kashmir issue during an interview with the news programme Axios on HBO. In the past, Khan found a ready taker for his calls for US intervention on Kashmir in former president Donald Trump, but such efforts…

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Pakistan will oppose any move by India to ‘Divide Kashmir’ and change its demography: Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Pakistan will oppose any move by India to 'Divide Kashmir' and change its demography - Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Pakistan said on Saturday that it would oppose any move by India to divide Kashmir and change its demography. Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has stated that India must refrain from taking any further illegal steps in Kashmir after its actions of 5 August, 2019. The Pakistani statement came on a day when the Centre invited 14 political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir to participate in a high-level meeting to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on June…

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Ready to restart talks with India if given Kashmir roadmap: Imran Khan

Ready to restart talks with India if given Kashmir roadmap - Imran Khan

The two nuclear-armed neighbors both control parts of Kashmir but claim it in full Previously, Khan and his government have held that India would have to first reverse its 2019 steps for any normalization process to begin Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday that Pakistan is ready to restart talks with arch-rival India if Delhi provides a roadmap toward restoring the previous status of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.The two nuclear-armed neighbors both control parts of Kashmir but claim it in full. In 2019, India withdrew India-ruled Kashmir’s…

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Pakistan to convene a meeting of FM’s of Muslim Nations on Kashmir Issue

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday announced to convene a meeting of the foreign ministers of Muslim nations in Islamabad next year to highlight the issue of Kashmir and get their support. He was addressing a gathering of political workers of his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party in his home town of Multan. ‘If God grants me time, then in March 2022 I will invite the foreign ministers of the Islamic world to Islamabad and try to rally them on the Kashmir issue,” he said. India has repeatedly said Jammu and…

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Rollback 2019 decision on Kashmir for better Pakistan-India ties: Imran Khan

Rollback 2019 decision on Kashmir for better Pakistan-India ties - Imran Khan

Relations between Pakistan and India cannot be normalised till New Delhi rolls back its decision of August 2019 to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday. Addressing a joint press interaction with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon in Islamabad, Khan said the full potential of the region can be achieved only if the situation in Afghanistan stabilises and there are better ties between Pakistan and India. Following back-channel contacts facilitated by countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, the…

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UNGA Chief Volkan Bozkir ‘Saddened’ by India’s reactions to his Kashmir Statements

UNGA Chief Volkan Bozkir 'Saddened' by India's reactions to his Kashmir Statements

General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir is ‘saddened by India’s reaction to his statements on Kashmir, according to his Deputy Spokesperson Amy Quantrill, who has asserted that they were taken out of context. She said at a news briefing on Tuesday, “The President was saddened to see a press statement from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, which portrays his remarks on Jammu and Kashmir from a selective perspective, while they are consistent with the longstanding UN position regarding this issue.” She added, “It is regrettable that the President’s remarks were…

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Chinese FM Lijian Zhao blames Britain and its ‘Bloody Colonial Past’ for the Kashmir Crisis

Chinese FM blames Britain and its ‘Bloody Colonial Past’ for the Kashmir Crisis

In strong tweets quoting a Chinese media report, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lijian Zhao blamed Britain for the “bloodshed” that continues in Kashmir. “If British India was the jewel in the crown of the British Empire, then Kashmir has been the biggest crack in it when the crown finally fell over on that land,” he posted Friday.The spokesperson was quoting from a report, titled ‘Kashmir: A Crack in the Jewel in the Crown of the British Empire’, which was published by state-run Xinhua News Agency on 18 May. “As long…

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