India, Pakistan should not change Kashmir status: Volkan Bozkir

India and Pakistan should “refrain” from taking steps that would alter the status of the disputed territory of Kashmir, the president of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has said, as the two countries once again traded accusations over the Himalayan region this week. UNGA president Volkan Bozkir was speaking at a joint news conference with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Thursday, as he completed a three-day visit to the Muslim-majority nation. “Both parties, all parties, must refrain from taking steps that could…

Read More

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…

Read More

India, Pakistan report deadly violence along LoC, Killing at-least ten civilians and five security personnel

At least 10 civilians and five security personnel have been killed in cross-border shelling between India and Pakistan, in one of this year’s deadliest days along the heavily militarised frontier separating the nuclear-armed rivals, officials said. Indian officials said six civilians, three soldiers and a border guard were killed on their side. The Pakistan military said four civilians and one soldier were killed on the Pakistani side. Twenty two others were wounded in the Neelum Valley region of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, a Pakistani civil administration official told. “Deaths and damage are…

Read More

Will a Biden-Harris administration stand up to Modi’s toxic rule in India?

Rana Ayyub On Nov. 7, the first woman elected vice president of the United States, Kamala D. Harris, dominated Indian social media, newspapers and television coverage. The daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother was making history and being celebrated as a national icon. Just hours before she took the stage to introduce Joe Biden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted a picture with the president-elect, assuring the world that his presidency will take India-U.S. relations to new heights. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and later…

Read More

Alarm Bells ON as China sends India terrifying World War 3 warning on Twitter

CHINA has sent a terrifying new warning to India on Twitter as tensions between the two countries escalate and intensify fears of World War 3 following a brutal battle in the Galwan Valley. By Paul Withers China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying wrote on Twitter that India’s front-line troops had “broke the consensus and cross the Line of Actual Control”. She accused those soldiers of “deliberately provoking and attacking Chinese officers and soldiers, thus triggering fierce physical conflicts and causing casualties”. Hua Chunying warned India not to “misjudge the current…

Read More

‘Do not buy from Muslims Vendors’: BJP leader calls for social boycott

India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has issued a notice to one of its leaders after a video showing him asking people not to buy vegetables from Muslims surfaced amid a nationwide coronavirus lockdown. “Keep one thing in mind. I am telling everyone openly. There is no need to buy vegetables from ‘miyans’ [Muslims],” legislator Suresh Tiwari from Deoria town in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh was heard saying in the mobile phone video that went viral on Tuesday. Millions in India are facing unprecedented job losses and hunger…

Read More

India’s new Kashmir domicile law mirrors Israel’s settler-colonial blueprint

As the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic amid a global race to stop its spread, India has passed a new law in Kashmir which residents fear will change the demographic status of the Muslim-majority territory.  The new domicile law announced by India’s Ministry of Home Affairs on 1 April grants permanent residency rights, which entails owning and buying property and access to government jobs, for anyone who has resided in Indian-administered Kashmir for a period of 15 years.  The move has sparked anger in the contested region, with civilians from a range of political opinions questioning…

Read More

India put in ‘Shameful’ list of 38 Countries for Reprisals on Rights Activists by UN

The annual report from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres included allegations of ill-treatment, surveillance, criminalisation and public stigmatisation campaigns targeting victims and human rights defenders in the countries. The UN listed 38 “shameful” countries including China and Russia on Wednesday which it said had carried out reprisals or intimidation against people cooperating with it on human rights, through killings, torture and arbitrary arrests. The annual report from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also included allegations of ill-treatment, surveillance, criminalisation and public stigmatisation campaigns targeting victims and human rights defenders. “The world owes…

Read More

After Jammu, India, Pak trade fire along Uri sector in Kashmir

After several civilian killings along the International Border in Jammu region, the armies of India and Pakistan traded fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri region of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district Wednesday night. An official said that Pakistan army violated ceasefire around 9:55 pm by resorting to fire from automatic weapons and shelling in Kamalkote area. The shelling continued till 12:30 am, he said. The official said that several army posts were fired at by the Pakistani army. He said that Indian army retaliated to the fire. However,…

Read More

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…

Read More