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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Need a peaceful not military solution for Kashmir: Erna Solberg Norway Prime Minister

Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Monday batted for a peaceful approach to resolving the Kashmir conflict and reducing tensions between India and Pakistan. Asked if a military solution is possible in Kashmir, Solberg said, “I personally don’t believe that military solutions solve problems. I believe in peaceful solutions. I believe in participation of women, youth and peace negotiators. “You can have victory through military solutions but you will have underlying activities. It is not just in Kashmir, but in all places in the world. We see it in Syria.”…

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We were close to war: Asif Ghafoor

Pakistan Wednesday said the ball is now in India’s court following Islamabad’s “peace gesture” of releasing an Indian Air Force pilot but warned that the situation will “go bad” if New Delhi decides to opt for further escalation. The remarks were made by Asif Ghafoor, the director general of Pakistan army’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), to CNN. Tensions between the two neighbours heightened following the February 14 Kashmir suicide bombing that killed 40 CRPF personnel which was claimed by the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). India retaliated by bombing JeM’s biggest…

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Nobel laureates urge Imran, Modi to defuse tensions

Fifty nine Nobel laureates have written letters to the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan urging them to “defuse the rising tensions” between the two countries, according to a statement.A letter signed by the Nobel laureates, under the aegis of the Laureates and Leaders for Children — a platform founded by Nobel peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi — was submitted to India and Pakistan’s Permanent Representatives to the UN on Saturday, the statement said on Sunday. “In the best interest of our children, we, the Laureates and Leaders for Children call…

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Questions arise about ‘Vintage Military’ after India loses Dogfight to Pakistan

It was an inauspicious moment for a military the United States is banking on to help keep an expanding China in check. An Indian Air Force pilot found himself in a dogfight last week with a warplane from the Pakistani Air Force, and ended up a prisoner behind enemy lines for a brief time. The pilot made it home in one piece, however bruised and shaken, but the plane, an aging Soviet-era MiG-21, was less lucky. The aerial clash, the first by the South Asian rivals in nearly five decades,…

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Imran Khan Vs Narendra Modi: Who won the war of perception?

With the release of the Indian pilot captured by Pakistan, tensions between the two nuclear-armed countries over the attack in Kashmir are expected to abate. So who won the battle of perception during the crisis? On Thursday afternoon Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced in parliament that Pakistan would release the captured Indian pilot as a “peace gesture”. In Delhi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was addressing a meeting of scientists. Moments after Mr Khan’s remarks, he responded with a sarcastic broadside against Pakistan, saying that a “pilot project had…

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