India, US conspiring to sabotage Indus Waters Treaty: Khawaja Asif

Pakistan has accused India and the US of being “involved in an international conspiracy to sabotage the Indus Water(s) Treaty”,+ reported Pakistani media. India is “also supporting the conspiracies being hatched by Afghanistan against Pakistan”, isn’t giving any response to “Pakistan’s peace initiatives” and is, like Afghanistan, involved in a “blame game” with Islamabad as the target, said Khawaja Asif, Pakistan’s new foreign minister. In his first press conference since being appointed foreign minister, Asif also reportedly said that “Pakistan’s desire for peace and good relations with neighbours should not…

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India, Pakistan trade fire along LoC, 5 civilians killed scores injured

Five civilians were killed as the armies of India and Pakistan traded heavy fire along the Line of Control in Poonch sector, reports said. An official said that Mohammad Showkat and his wife Shafiya were killed after a shell fired from across the border hit their house in Khari Karmama sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. Their three children were injured in the attack, he said, adding that they were shifted to District Hospsital Poonch for treatment. Three civilians were killed and six others injured due to “unprovoked…

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India, Pakistan to hold talks on Kishanganga, Rattle hydropower projects in US

India and Pakistan would hold three-day secretary-level talks on the Kishanganga and Ratle hydropower projects from April 11 in Washington following the “intervention” by the US and the World Bank, a senior Pakistani minister has said. Speaking on the sidelines of the two-day talks between Indus Water Commissioners from both sides, Water and Power Minister Khawaja Asif welcomed India’s decision to resume negotiations under the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty on the proposed Pakul Dal, Miyar and Lower Kalnai hydro power projects, disputed by Pakistan. “The US has intervened at the…

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India, Pakistan must include Kashmiris in dialogue: Mirwaiz

Chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today said India and Pakistan should “evolve a mechanism to include the people of Kashmir in the proposed composite dialogue”. Speaking to media persons before leaving for New Delhi to attend the Pakistan Day function, Mirwaiz said the APHC had always stood for cordial ties between the two countries. “We believe that instead of confrontation, there should be coordination between the two countries to put the entire subcontinent on the path of peace, progress and stability. For that to…

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India, Pakistan to rely on secret diplomacy for Kashmir deal: Reports

Indian representatives will use ‘back channels’ for in-depth discussions on Kashmir ‘Secret diplomacy’ will be the strategy that India and Pakistan are likely to rely upon to broker a deal on the long pending Kashmir dispute, a report in a Pakistan newspaper said. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi have decided to use ‘back channels’ for in-depth discussions on Kashmir through their respective confidantes,” Express Tribune reported quoting sources. The foreign secretaries will discuss Kashmir but their mandate will be restricted to necessary confidence-building measures (CBMs)…

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India, Pak get back to the dialogue table, but people of Kashmir have little hope

India and Pakistan may have finally ended their diplomatic deadlock with the meeting of National Security Advisors in Bangkok, but the news has been met with little enthusiasm in the Kashmir Valley, where most people expressed pessimism about the future of the latest round of talks. On Monday morning in the heart of Lal Chowk, the commercial hub of Srinagar, vendors and shopkeepers were seen glued to local newspapers. Most papers gave a prominent mention to the NSA talks held between Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart, Lt Gen NSA…

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India, Pak have no option but to travel path of peace

Death looms large on the borders. The uncalled for manifestation of muscular power of the Pakistani army is visible in the ghastly sight of scattered bodies of women and children on either side of the international border. Without any fear of contradiction, it is a matter of record that the guns that boom from across the international border and the Line of Control are responsible for the killings on both sides of the border. There is always a provocation from across to which the Indian Army retaliates. The bullets and mortars…

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