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Peaceful region, dream until the Jammu & Kashmir dispute is resolved: FM | Instant News


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19:05 | 24 September 2020

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday said continued peace in the region would remain a dream until the core dispute over Jammu and Kashmir is resolved in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

In his virtual address to the Conference on Confidence-Building Interaction and Action in Asia (CICA) from here, he said the brutal and inhuman military siege and blockade of communications since India’s illegal and unilateral act last August, have destroyed lives at IIOJK.

During the meeting, the Foreign Minister assessed that India’s steps had resulted in the disruption of livelihoods and endangered IIOJK’s public identity.

He stressed that oppression of Kashmiris and denying them their fundamental right to self-determination, as stated in the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, is against the basic principles of the CICA.

Qureshi said Pakistan has always been at the forefront of all international initiatives to promote peace, tolerance, intercultural and interfaith harmony and mutual respect both at home and abroad.

He reiterated Pakistan’s strong commitment to global and regional peace and stability, and to the socio-economic well-being of its people through partnerships at the regional and sub-regional levels.

“We believe that a peaceful and safe environment, both regionally and globally, will make a major contribution to sustainable economic growth and development, poverty reduction and improvement of the welfare of our people,” he said.

Marking it as a ‘historic’ launch of the Intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha, the Foreign Minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan had long maintained that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan because ‘a political solution is the only way forward’.

Qureshi expressed satisfaction that Pakistani perspectives are now widespread throughout the international community and urged Afghan leaders to take this historic opportunity by working for an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political solution.

The peak of the success of the Intra-Afghan negotiations remains indispensable for peace, stability and prosperity in the region and beyond, he said.

The Foreign Minister stressed the facilitation of Pakistan in a process that culminated in the US-Taliban Peace Agreement in Doha on February 29 this year.

Spoilers, he says, both internal and external, can pose formidable challenges that require constant vigilance to guard against their intrigue.

He highlighted the alarming situation of the global rise of xenophobia, Islamophobia, hatred and acts of violence against minorities.

He points to a disproportionate growth in hate speech and the stigmatization of Muslim communities and individuals, including in Pakistani circles.

He reassured Pakistan’s commitment to promoting peace, stability and development in the region.

Qureshi said as COVID-19 affects the entire world with unprecedented health, humanitarian and economic challenges, cooperative multilateralism offers

the best mechanism to deal with this problem effectively.

Pakistan like other countries, he said, is working for joint international efforts to fight the pandemic and develop vaccines that are accessible for the benefit of the global public.

He mentioned Prime Minister Imran Khan’s proposal for a ‘Global Initiative on Debt Aid’ for developing countries to achieve enhanced fiscal capacity and deal with the negative consequences of the pandemic.

The Foreign Minister said Pakistan fully supports China’s Belt and Road Initiative and is proud to be a key player in one of its flagship projects – the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

He said apart from the development of Pakistan, CPEC would ensure benefits for neighboring Central Asia and Eurasia.

He thanked the forthcoming Chief Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan for the dynamic leadership of the CICA over the past two years and congratulated Mukhtar Tileuberdi, when Kazakhstan took over the leadership of CICA.

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Indian Army: Pakistani troops shoot along the LoC in Poonch, Indian troops retaliate | Instant News


JAMMU: Pakistani Army on Wednesday they were forced to fire on developed areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in two sectors Jammu and Kashmirthis Poonch district, withdrawing retaliation from Indian troops, a defense spokesman said. “Around 1540 hours today, the Pakistan Army began violating a ceasefire without reason by firing small arms LoC in Shahpur Sector“The spokesman said, adding Indian Army exact reply.

Cross-border shootings between the two parties occurred when the latest report was received, officials said.

However, there were no direct reports about the victims.

Fear has gripped villagers along the LoC in Rajouri, Poonch and Kupwara since three civilians were killed last week in a shooting by Pakistan.

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Pakistan calls on Indian envoys for violating the ceasefire | Instant News


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday called the Indian ChargĂ© d’Affaires here to protest against the alleged shooting by Indian troops on the Control Line which resulted in the killing of a Pakistani soldier and two civilians.

Director General (South Asia & SAARC) Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri summons India’s Business Authority Gaurav Ahluwalia and registered “Pakistan’s strong protest over alleged violations of the ceasefire by Indian forces” at Rakhchikri Sector On April 29, the Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) said.

That Pakistani Army has claimed that a 34-year-old Pakistani soldier and two women were killed in an alleged shot by Indian troops crossing the Control Line (LoC) on April 29.

“In 2020 alone India has committed 919 violations of the ceasefire and deliberately targeted innocent civilians who live close to the Board of Commissioners in Pakistan. Kashmir with artillery fire, heavy caliber mortars and automatic weapons, “FO said.

The Director General (SA & SAARC) called on the Indian side to respect the Understanding of the Armistice of 2003, investigate it and other deliberate ceasefire violations and maintain peace throughout the LoC and work boundaries, he said.

In August last year, Pakistan issued an Indian High Commissioner and suspended bilateral trade relations with India in response to New Delhi’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.

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Pakistan calls on Indian envoys for violating the ceasefire | Instant News


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday called the Indian ChargĂ© d’Affaires here to protest against the alleged shooting by Indian troops on the Control Line which resulted in the killing of a Pakistani soldier and two civilians.

Director General (South Asia & SAARC) Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri summons India’s Business Authority Gaurav Ahluwalia and registered “Pakistan’s strong protest over alleged violations of the ceasefire by Indian forces” at Rakhchikri Sector On April 29, the Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) said.

That Pakistani Army has claimed that a 34-year-old Pakistani soldier and two women were killed in an alleged shot by Indian troops crossing the Control Line (LoC) on April 29.

“In 2020 alone India has committed 919 violations of the ceasefire and deliberately targeted innocent civilians who live close to the Board of Commissioners in Pakistan. Kashmir with artillery fire, heavy caliber mortars and automatic weapons, “FO said.

The Director General (SA & SAARC) called on the Indian side to respect the Understanding of the Armistice of 2003, investigate it and other deliberate ceasefire violations and maintain peace throughout the LoC and work boundaries, he said.

In August last year, Pakistan issued an Indian High Commissioner and suspended bilateral trade relations with India in response to New Delhi’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.

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J&K News: J&K border residents have been hit twice by coronavirus attacks, a shooting in Pakistan | Instant News


POONCH: With threats coronavirus looks big and intense shooting by Pakistan, villagers living along the Control Line (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Jakarta Jammu and Kashmir struck between the devil and the deep sea.

For the past month, Pakistan has targeted villages and army posts along the LoC and IB in the unity area that killed and injured several people besides damaging more than two dozen homes.

While several attempts were made by intruders in recent days to enter India along the LoC in the Kupwara, Poonch and Rajouri districts in the Jammu region with Pakistani soldiers returning fire to them.

There is mounting fear in villages in the lower three districts, especially after three civilians were killed last week in Kupwara due to Pakistan shootings.

“I was seriously injured in a shooting by Pakistan … On one hand we fought to save our families from the threat of coronaviruses and on the other hand they (Pakistan) targeted us in our home,” Showkat, a resident of Kasba village entered Poonch District the word.

“We are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea,” he added.

Strengthening his views, Balakote resident Mumtaz Bibi said villagers had urged the government to build a bunker for them but their application appeared to have fallen on deaf ears.

“We have requested that a bunker be built so that we can save our families from the Pakistani bomb attack. We met with district officials but nothing has been done yet. Three bullets hit our house recently and we escaped,” he said.

“We can still save our families from the corona virus by following all the guidelines but how can we protect ourselves from mortar shells?” asked Mumtaz, who said that his house was “completely damaged” by the shooting.

However, a district official said the process of setting up bunkers along the LoC in all border districts had begun some time ago but because of the corona virus pandemic, work had to be stopped.

“We will ensure that bunkers are built for people who live along the LoC,” he said.

Shahzad Malik, a social worker active in the Rajouri-Poonch border belt, said people living along the LoC and IB in the districts of Kupwara, Rajouri, Poonch, Samba and Kathua were areas of much terror and difficulty.

“The border situation is very tense and along with people, hundreds of animals have been killed … We want the shooting to stop. The coronavirus outbreak only adds to the misery of the people,” he said.

Anwar Din from the village of Keran said: “We want to urge Pakistan and India to stop the shooting. We are fighting the COVID-19 epidemic. Let’s let us live in peace in times of crisis like this.”

The army has educated border residents about COVID-19 and provided them with masks and sanitizers in addition to ensuring important food supplies during the closing period.

“The army came to rescue us with food and other basic necessities while Pakistan tried to shoot and kill people,” Sudershan Singh from Laam village, who witnessed a heavy shooting last week, said.

For more than a month now, Pakistan has used shootings along the LoC in Tumina, Panzgam, Chowkibal, Rawathpora, among others in Kupwara Regency, Uri Sector in Baramulla District, Krini, Balakote, Mankote, Qasba, among others in the districts of Poonch, Laam, Nowshera, Sunderbandi, Manjakote in Rajouri District and the Hiranagar, Samba, Ramgarh sectors along the IB in the Samba and Kathua districts.

Three civilians, including minors and a woman, were killed in shootings from across the LoC in northern Kashmir on Sunday.

Five army personnel and as many as possible terrorists who infiltrated were killed in fierce fighting between troops and terrorist groups that infiltrated from across the Control Line in the Tap sector, northern Kashmir on Saturday.

There were a total of 646 ceasefire violations incidents along the IB and LoC between January 1 and February 23 this year, Defense Minister Shripad Naik said in March.

More than 3,200 ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces were recorded in 2019. There were 198 km IB and more than 510 km LoC with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir.

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