Would Saudi Arabia change its stance on Kashmir, as Imran Khan tries to mend ties with Riyadh?

The Imran Khan government in Pakistan is trying to mend its ties with Saudi Arabia, which had hit a low last year. Does this mean Riyadh will change its stance on Kashmir? While the Pakistan-Saudi relations hit a rough patch in 2020, both New Delhi and Riyadh strengthened their ties and pledged to work together in various sectors. All this while, Islamabad’s rhetoric on Kashmir has not found any takers among its allies, including Saudi Arabia. In August 2020, cracks had surfaced in the Pakistan-Saudi relations after Foreign Minister Shah…

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Kashmir Situation likely to deteriorate in 2021: Report

Peace to remain elusive as India, Pakistan ‘resorting to militarized strategies’ By: Hilal Mir Violence along the de-facto border in Kashmir is likely to continue to increase and India and Pakistan are unlikely in the near future to make efforts to resolve the conflict bilaterally, according to a report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) Project.The grim prediction is based on ACLED’s analysis of the events of 2020, which it called the most violent since 2016 when Kashmir witnessed months-long protests against India triggered by the killing…

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Army Human Rights record in J&K have raised barrier before German Arms Exports

The country is India’s sixth-largest trading partner and its largest trading partner from the European Union. Concerns over the security forces’ human rights record in Jammu and Kashmir have raised a barrier before Germany’s small arms exports to India. German regulations and covenants restrict, and often prohibit, arms sales to nations or regions where their use might cause direct or collateral damage to civilian populations and institutions. Two Indian security officials familiar with the bar on German small arms producers said these companies had failed to obtain export licences from…

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Loss of autonomy in J&K threatens minorities rights: UN Independent Experts

India’s decision to end autonomy in Jammu and Kashmir and restrict the participation of minorities in political and other activities sparked the concern of two UN-appointed independent human rights experts, on Thursday. “The loss of autonomy and the imposition of direct rule by the Government in New Delhi suggests the people of Jammu and Kashmir no longer have their own government and have lost power to legislate or amend laws in the region to ensure the protection of their rights as minorities”, Fernand de Varennes, Special Rapporteur on minority issues,…

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We would give Kashmiris ‘Right To Independence’: Imran Khan

Addressing thousands, PM Khan said he is willing to allow Kashmiris the full right to self-determination even if they vote to stay with Pakistan. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has pledged to allow the people of Kashmir the right to independence if residents of the disputed Himalayan territory were to vote for joining Pakistan in a United Nations-mandated plebiscite that has been delayed for decades. Since gaining independence from the British in 1947, Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir, with both sides claiming the…

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Turkey meddling in Kashmir Issue could hurt India’s interest and fuel fresh tension in South Asia

With Turkey growing more assertive in the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and South Asia, can Kashmir become a battleground between India and Turkey soon? By Smriti Chaudhary – Eurasian Times Relations between Turkey and India soured following New Delhi’s decision to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in 2019. Turkey has been openly supporting Pakistan on the Kashmir issue on international platforms. Kurdish and Greek media reports claim that Ankara is preparing to relocate Syrian mercenaries from Libya and Azerbaijan to Kashmir. “Abu Emsha, the head of the…

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Malaysian council condemns human rights violations in occupied Kashmir seeks UN intervention against India

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organisations (MAPIM) called on Wednesday for United Nations’ (UN) immediate intervention against India’s impunity on Kashmir’s freedom and human rights activists to ensure their protection, particularly Aasiya Andrabi. In a statement, MAPIM President Muhammad Azmi Abdul Hanid called for dropping “concocted charges” against Andrabi and her unconditional release. “India must end all persecutions on Kashmir political dissenters and human rights activists and those apprehended without charge must be released,” Azmi said. The statement was endorsed by Chairman MANAR Datuk Seri Syekh Ahmad Awang, Chairman…

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India, Pakistan trade barbs over ‘OIC Resolution’ on Kashmir

New Delhi rejects the OIC resolution, which slammed India’s actions in Kashmir, as Islamabad calls India’s reactions ‘untenable’. Pakistan and India have traded barbs over a “unanimous resolution” passed by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that criticised New Delhi’s decision to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its special status last August. The OIC resolution, a copy of which Al Jazeera has obtained, rejected India’s Kashmir decision and demanded that “India rescind its illegal step”. [The OIC] rejects the illegal and unilateral actions by India on August 5, 2019, to change…

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China urges UNSC resolutions to put an end to Kashmir Dispute

“China position on the Kashmir issue is consistent and clear. It is an issue left over from history between India and Pakistan which should be resolved properly and peacefully in accordance with the UN Charter, relevant Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements,”Zhao Lijian the foreign ministry spokesman — stressed in his speech during a news conference in Beijing. China on Monday urged India and Pakistan to resolve their dispute over Kashmir “properly and peacefully.” “China‘s position on the Kashmir issue is consistent and clear. It is an issue left over…

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China threatens India with ‘Liquid Bomb’ that could be much more Dangerous than Ladakh & Doklam

By Younis Dar After troubling India militarily in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, Beijing could now hurt the South Asian country by drying up the crucial rivers that flow into the country through Tibet. China has indicated that it is going ahead with building mega-dams on the lower reaches of the Yarlung Tsangpo, which flows from Tibet into northeast India. Beijing’s control over the key rivers flowing into India gives it a chokehold on India’s economy, effectively crippling India’s interests in the North East region. The country’s occupation of Tibet,…

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