Imran Khan calls to resume dialogue with India on all issues

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, expected to be sworn in as Pakistan’s new premier next week, on Friday called for the resumption of dialogue with India on all outstanding issues, including Kashmir. Khan made the remarks during a meeting in Islamabad with Indian envoy Ajay Bisaria, who congratulated the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman on his electoral success. Bisaria briefed the “PTI leadership on India’s concerns about terrorism and cross-border infiltration”, said a statement from the Indian mission. PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry said Khan had called for the resumption of bilateral talks. “He…

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Geelani, Mirwaiz congratulate Tayyip Erdogan on election success

Hurriyat conference (g) chairman Syed Ali Geelani extended his congratulations to Tayyip Erdogan for “his success” in the June 24 presidential elections and “appreciated Turkey’s development, success in economy and a stronger position in the international arena,” statement said. “Our long and painful walk to freedom demands and deserved more practical and concrete steps from every freedom-loving nation especially the collective forum of Muslim countries—so that there is an end to our sufferings and we are allowed to live an honorable and peaceful life,” Geelani in a statement said. Geelani…

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World Bank asks Pak to accept India’s offer of appointing a neutral expert on Kishan Ganga dispute

The World Bank has asked Pakistan that it should accept India’s offer of appointing a “neutral expert” on the Kishanganga dam dispute instead of instead of insisting to refer it to the International Court of Arbitration (ICA), according to a media report today. Pakistan considers the construction of the Kishanganga dam in Kashmir over the waters flowing into the western rivers a violation of the Indus Waters Treaty 1960. It wants the dispute to be referred to the ICA. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim in a fresh communication last…

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Pak warns of dangerous situation over water issues with India

Pakistan warned on Friday that water issues with India can lead to a dangerous situation and that Islamabad wants a peaceful resolution of such problems as per the spirit of the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty (IWT). Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal, during the weekly media briefing, said the World Bank has assured that the international agreement will not be breached. He said Islamabad has been effectively raising the issue of India’s Kishanganga project to resolve it through a dispute resolution mechanism provided by the pact. Lately, Pakistan sent a four-member…

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Pakistan says UNSC must end selectivity in implementing resolutions on Kashmir, Palestine disputes

Pakistan has said that the UN Security Council must end “selectivity” in implementing its resolutions, especially long-standing “disputes” such as Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine. Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi made the remarks during a Security Council debate here last week on ‘upholding international law within the context of the maintenance of international peace and security.’ “The Council needs to be more consistent and unbiased in its actions. Selectivity in implementation of its resolutions and decisions, especially on long-standing disputes, notably Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine must end.…

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Pakistan to raise Indus Waters Treaty ‘Violation’ with World Bank

Pakistan will raise the issue of India’s alleged violation of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) with the World Bank, a media report said today, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 330 MW Kishanganga hydroelectric project in Jammu Kashmir. Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry told media that a four-member delegation led by Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Ashtar Ausaf Ali is in Washington to hold talks with the president of World Bank, Radio Pakistan reported. He said that the issue of construction of the Kishanganga…

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A rare look inside China’s detention camps to ‘Brainwash’ Muslims

Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist Party. When Bekali, a Kazakh Muslim, refused to follow orders each day, he was forced to stand at a wall for five hours at a time. A week later, he was sent to solitary confinement, where he was deprived of food for 24 hours. After 20 days in the heavily guarded camp, he…

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Gazans bury dead after bloodiest day of Israel border protests

The death toll in the protests on Monday, in which Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian demonstrators, reached 60 overnight and one person was reported killed on Tuesday. The center of Gaza City was calm after the militant group Hamas, which rules the territory, called for a general strike. The number of protesters was a fraction of what it had been the day before as Hamas scaled down the demonstrations but held out the threat of military action. Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Tuesday for the funerals of scores of…

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Israeli soldiers kill 38 Palestinians in Gaza protests against US Embassy

Israeli forces shot and killed at least 38 Palestinians during protests on Monday along the Gaza border, Palestinian health officials said. Gaza’s health ministry says 500 people were wounded Monday, including at least 69 by live fire. The Israeli military has accused Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement of instigating Palestinians to try to breach Israel’s border fence and said Israeli soldiers use live ammunition to stop them. Monday’s deaths bring to 67 the number of Palestinians killed during mass border marches that began in late March and are aimed at breaking…

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Kashmiris to hold protest, demos against Modi’s visit in London today

Kashmiris will hold an anti-India demonstration in London on Wednesday to uncover the ugly face of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his arrival to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, reported Radio Pakistan. Addressing a news conference in London, AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider said India is committing heinous crimes in the occupied valley and using all tactics to suppress the indigenous Liberation movement of Kashmiri people. Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has urged the Commonwealth countries to constructively engage with India, Pakistan and…

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