Police in Nepal fire at protesters; Indian man killed KATHMANDU: Nepal’s police shot at ethnic protesters who attacked a police station with gasoline bomb and stones on Nepal's southern border, killing an Indian man who was among the attackers, Nepalese officials said on Monday. Police official Raju Bahadur Shrestha said six officers at the police station were injured. “One of our officers was almost burnt to death, we managed to rescue him,”

Shrestha said. Shrestha…



Beef hysteria in India has gone to such a level that a leader of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has threatened to behead Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah if he “dared to eat beef”. Shivamogga district level leader of the BJP SN Channabasappa also said that he would “play with his (severed) head”. Karnataka…

India's Arundhati Roy returns National Award

India's Arundhati Roy returns National Award

NEW DELHI: Renowned South Asian writer Arundhati Roy on Thursday issued a statement explaining her decision to return the 1989 National Award she received for Best Screenplay, saying, "I want to make it clear that I am not returning this award because I am 'shocked' by what is being called the 'growing intolerance' being fostered by the present government.

" She goes on to clarify her statement: "'Intolerance'…

Modi juggernaut brought to halt, what next?

Modi juggernaut brought to halt, what next?

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered crushing defeat in the state elections in Bihar. Almost all estimates forecast a ‘neck-and-neck’ fight between the BJP and the opposition alliance of secular parties. However, the results are a landslide in favor of the opposition, which would probably translate as two-thirds majority in the 244-seat state assembly when the final tally gets known. Bihar is a major state…


— Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying it had repeatedly violated its air space, one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the plane had been attacked when it was 1 km (0.62…

India Introduced Nukes to South Asia; Pakisan

India introduced nukes to S. Asia: Pakistan

WASHINGTON: Pakistan reminded the international community on Saturday that it did not introduce nuclear weapons to South Asia, India did.
In a statement issued here, Pakistan Embassy rejected suggestions by the US media that Pakistan was “irresponsibly building its nuclear arsenal”.
“Pakistan was not the first to introduce nuclear weapons in South Asia, India was,” the statement said.
It also…


New York Times  reported: The United Arab Emirates dispatched 450 Columbian mercenaries to augment its forces fighting in Yemen.  The Columbian mercenaries are part of a larger Mercenary Brigade currently being trained in Emirates. It has been reliability learnt that 1800 Columbian mercenaries are part of this brigade.   The Columbian mercenaries are part of a larger Mercenary Brigade currently being trained in Emirates. it has been reliability learnt that 1800 Columbian…

India has been struck off the list of safe travel by Russia

India has been struck off the list of safe travel by Russia

The Times of India Report

CALANGUTE: In a second blow to Goa's tourism industry which was already reeling from a reduction in arrivals due to the devaluation of the rouble, India has been struck off the list of safe travel destinations recommended for Russian tourists, according to a report by the Russian news agency INTERFAX.

In a statement on Saturday, the Russian information centre in Goa stated that a…




Pursuant to the recently-held meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Paris climate summit, the National Security Advisers of both countries, accompanied by the Foreign Secretaries, met in Bangkok today. Guided by the vision of the two leaders for a peaceful, stable and prosperous South Asia, discussions were held in a candid, cordial…


Syrian crisis: Pakistan against any attempt to topple Bashar al-Assad

Dawn News

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday stated that it is against any attempt to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. "Pakistan is also against foreign military intervention in Syria and fully supports the territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic,” said Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry.

"Pakistan supports all efforts employed at facilitating…


MODI IN PAKISTAN The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has 'dropped by' in Lahore on his way to Delhi from Afghanistan to meet PM Nawaz today.

The premier is the first Indian PM to visit Pakistan in 10 years. This surprise visit comes on PM Nawaz Sharif's birthday, which Modi wished him earlier today via telephone.

However, Modi seems to be getting criticism from his country for this action too. According to NDTV, Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said, "It is…

Afghanistan and Pakistan Agree to Hold Talks

Afghanistan and Pakistan Agree to Hold Talks

Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to hold talks with US and Chinese officials next month aimed at restarting stalled peace talks with the Taliban. The first round of talks in July collapsed amid Taliban infighting. The announcement came after army chief General Raheel Sharif met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul on Sunday.

The Taliban are strong yet divided. With the announcement that…

Speaking of training the wrong army.

Speaking of training the wrong army.

In another sign of how bad the security situation in Afghanistan has become, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops there wants to put the brakes on plans to reduce the American troop presence over the next year. The request is a familiar one, as every U.S. commander in Afghanistan for the past 14 years has said that more troops, or more time, are crucial to stabilizing the country.

It’s actually Gen. John Campbell’s second request…



The Paksitan Foreign Office  spokesman elaborated and stated that the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan during their meeting in Islamabad will finalise a schedule of meetings of various segments of the comprehensive bilateral dialogue in accordance with the joint statement issued on December 9. “Pakistan and India have serious issues and outstanding disputes that need to be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy,” said…

Breakthrough at ‘Heart of Asia’

Breakthrough at ‘Heart of Asia’

In the meeting held between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and India's Swaraj on the sidelines of the 'Heart of Asia' conference earlier in December, the Indian minister had confirmed that the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Pakistan next year.

Pakistan and India have also agreed to reinitiate a comprehensive dialogue process, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said during a joint press conference…

Pakistan has 'serious concerns' over Saudi-Iran confrontation

Pakistan has 'serious concerns' over Saudi-Iran confrontation

January 05, 2016, 2:09 pm/

Foreign Affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan has 'serious concerns' over Saudi-Iran confrontation, Waqt News reported. He was addressing the National Assembly. According to media sources Aziz showed apprehensions over security of Pakistan’s ambassador and staff in Iran. “We want to ensure the security of our embassy staff in Tehran because terrorist elements…

India threatens Sri Lanka for suspending disbursement of loan

India threatens Sri Lanka for suspending disbursement of loan

The Nation January 05, 2016, 5:01 pm

COLOMBO: India has threatened Sri Lanka to refrain from purchasing JF-Thunder air craft’s from Pakistan, otherwise India will stop extending financial assistance to it. A private TV channel while quoting diplomatic sources said that India has mounted immense pressure on Sri Lanka on the issue of purchase of JF-Thunder aircrafts from Pakistan, India has warned Sri Lanka against…

Chief Minister of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir dies

Chief Minister of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Muhammad Sayeed dies at 79

The chief minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed died in New Delhi, early Thursday morning after complications due to a lung infection (BBC, WSJ). Sayeed was 79 years old. Sayeed was the founder of the predominantly-Muslim People's Democratic Party (PDP) and since last year, led a coalition government with Prime Minister Modi's BJP in Kashmir. His daughter Mehbooba…

Pakistani Consulate Attacked by ISS in Afghanistan

Pakistani Consulate Attacked by ISS in Afghanistan


JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Islamic State militants in Afghanistan claimed their first attack on a major city on Wednesday, after an assault near the Pakistani Consulate in Jalalabad that killed at least seven members of the Afghan security forces.

The claim, posted on the Telegram channel used by the Islamic State’s central command to announce attacks, was a sign that the main group in Syria and Iraq…

Muslim couple assaulted over beef rumors

Muslim couple assaulted over beef rumors


A Muslim couple was assaulted on a train by a group of Hindus over suspicions that they were transporting beef (BBC, The Hindu). Several Hindu passengers began searching the train after recovering an unclaimed bag of meat, which later turned out to be buffalo meat. The group physically assaulted Mohammed Hussain and his wife Naseema Bano, who then called family members for help. "Around 10 to 15 people boarded the train…

INDIAN SPY 'RAW officer' arrested in Balochistan

'RAW officer' arrested in Balochistan Syed Ali Shah — Updated about 8 hours ago QUETTA: Security forces in Balochistan on Thursday claimed the arrest of a man who is 'a serving officer in the Indian Navy and deputed to the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).' The man was arrested during a raid in the province, a security official who declined to be named since he was not authorised to speak to the media told DawnNews, giving no details of the exact…



India accepts ‘spy’ as former navy officer, denies having links ISLAMABAD: The Indian Foreign Office on Friday, while admitting the alleged RAW agent arrested by Pakistani security forces to be its citizen, claimed that the suspect had already taken early retirement from the Indian Navy, DawnNews reported. A statement issued by New Delhi denied having any links with the arrested individual and said “he was no longer…

Seven Indian Military perons die in Maoist attack

Seven Indian Military perons die in Maoist attack Officials in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh confirmed that at least seven paramilitary policemen were killed in a landmine blast on Wednesday, allegedly triggered by Maoist rebels (BBC). The attack near Dantewada district targeted personnel from the Central Reserve Police Force. Chhattisgarh is often hit by Maoist violence. The Maoists claim they are fighting for communist rule and greater rights for tribal people. Last July, bodies…

China agrees to build railway into Nepal

China agrees to build railway into Nepal On Monday, China and Nepal signed ten bilateral agreements including a commitment from China to build rail links to the landlocked country (PTI, Reuters). Nepal has struggled to decrease its dependence on its southern neighbor, India, and last year, as Nepal put in place its first post-monarchy constitution, protesters blocked trucks coming in from India, leading to acute shortages of fuel and medicine. Nepal blamed New Delhi for supporting the protesters.…

‘Panama Papers’ reveal Sharif family’s offshore holdings

‘Panama Papers’ reveal Sharif family’s offshore holdings The family of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was among the dozens implicated in a massive leak of secret files from a Panamanian law firm that specializes in offshore tax havens (Dawn). According to documents available on the website of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists -- one of the approximately 100 news organizations that worked on mining the data – Nawaz’s children Mariam, Hasan, and…

BJP in tight races in Assam and West Bengal

BJP in tight races in Assam and West Bengal Polling for state legislatures began on Monday in the states of West Bengal and Assam where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bhartiya Janata party (BJP) is in close races with Congress and other regional parties (BBC, Reuters). Opinion polls show the BJP will lose in Assam, further weakening Modi's position in the parliament. Last year, BJP was unsuccessful in Bihar which led to their failure in pushing through Modi's economic reform agenda…

India’s increasing military spending a threat to Pakistan’s efforts to promote peace, says Janjua

India’s increased spending on military and acquisitions of weapons is a threat to Pakistan and its efforts for regional peace said National Security Adviser Lieutenant General (retd) Nasir Khan Janjua on Tuesday. Speaking at a seminar titled ‘Pakistan’s role in promoting global peace and security’ in the capital, Janjua said that Pakistan is a peace-loving country but its efforts to promote regional peace are hindered by Indian desire to acquire military and strategic…

Afghanistan Taliban attack kills dozens, wounds hundreds

Afghanistan Taliban attack kills dozens, wounds hundreds A truck full of explosives detonated on Tuesday on an Afghan government security compound in central Kabul in a Taliban-coordinated attack that killed at least 28 people and wounded 327 others (NYT). A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, issued a statement that claimed responsibility for the attack. The statement said that “a truck full of explosives” was detonated on “Department 10,” a National Directorate…

ndian authorities impose curfew in Srinagar before JKLF leader's funeral

ndian authorities impose curfew in Srinagar before JKLF leader's funeral SRINAGAR: Indian authorities have imposed a curfew and other restrictions in India-held Kashmir's Srinagar in order to prevent people offering funeral prayers in absentia for deceased Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) supreme head Amanullah Khan, Radio Pakistan reported. A heavy contingent of Indian troops and police officials have been deployed in Srinagar to stop people from reaching the Lal Chowk area where…

Religious tolerance deteriorating in India

Religious tolerance deteriorating in India U.S. Report: United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) warned on Monday that India is on a negative trajectory in terms of religious freedom (Forbes, TOI). USCIRF is U.S. government body that monitors religious freedoms in different countries. USCIRF's annual report finds that “In 2015, religious tolerance deteriorated and religious freedom violations increased in India. Minority communities, especially Christians,…

Pakistan and China sign agreements worth $4.2 billion

Pakistan and China sign agreements worth $4.2 billion Pakistan and China agreed to $4.2 billion worth of financing for two road projects along the eastern portion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during planning, development, and reform minister Ahsan Iqbal’s visit to China last week (ET). The two new projects are a key part of connecting Beijing and the port city of Gwadar and are arranged through a Chinese concessionary loan of $1.3 billion for the 74.5 mile-long Karakoram…

Indian forces kill protesting Kashmiris

Indian forces kill protesting Kashmiris SRINAGAR: Violent clashes between police and protesters erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday following the killing of three freedom fighters in a gunbattle with Indian troops The gunbattle between freedom fighters and government forces began after troops acting on a tip cordoned Panzgam village early Saturday, said Indian army spokesman Col. Nitin N. Joshi. Later, residents in neighboring Pulwama town threw rocks at police and paramilitary soldiers…

Bangladesh to ban Jamaat-e-Islami

Jamaat-e-Islami, the party accused of committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War, says Bangladesh Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq.

“Jamaat-e-Islami is a war criminal party because they opposed the Liberation War as a party. They do not have any right to do politics in the country. There is no alternative way except banning them. Law minister informed me that the bill on banning Jamaat politics will be placed this session. He hoped  the…


At UN, Pakistan demands immediate cessation of illegal drone strikes

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan on Saturday demanded an immediate cessation of drone strikes in its territory at United Nation terming it a violation of "territorial integrity and sovereignty of states". Pakistan's Permanent Representative to United Nations (UN) Dr Maleeha Lodhi told the UN General Assembly that the extraterritorial use of armed drones or remotely-piloted aircraft is a violation…


Bangladesh siege

Twenty people, most of them foreigners, have been killed in an attack on a cafe in Bangladesh claimed by so-called Islamic State.

Gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe in Dhaka late on Friday before troops entered almost 12 hours later.

Six attackers were also killed and one was arrested, officials said. Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina has declared two days of national mourning.



Kashmir´s Facebook freedom fighters


SRINAGAR: Burhan Wani was part of a new generation of young, educated Kashmiri freedom fighters using social media to spread their demands for independence from Indian rule, turning growing Internet use in the restive region into a powerful recruiting tool.

Wani, whose death in a shoot-out with government forces has triggered deadly clashes with protesters in…

Turkey regains control after deadly anti-Erdogan coup bid

Turkey regains control after deadly anti-Erdogan coup bid

        By AFP

       Ankara. Turkish authorities said they had regained control of the country on Saturday after thwarting a coup attempt by discontented soldiers to seize power from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that claimed more than 250 lives.

 After the bloodiest challenge to his 13-year autocratic rule, Erdogan urged his backers…


Noam Chomsky speaks on Kashmir turmoil, compares it with Palestine

By Siddhant Mohan,

Boston/Srinagar - In an email conversation with Mehboob Makhdoomi, Expert on Kashmir situation and Socio-Political commentator from Harvard, American linguist and political activist Prof. Noam Chomsky compared the conditions in Kashmir to that of…

India Maoist rebels kill 10 soldiers in Bihar

India Maoist rebels kill 10 soldiers in Bihar

India 19 July 201


The Maoist insurgency has been described as India's biggest security threat


Ten paramilitary soldiers have been killed in a clash between security forces and Maoist rebels in India's eastern Bihar state, police say.

At least five other soldiers were injured in the battle in Aurangabad district late on Monday.

Maoist rebels have carved out…

Bangladesh Considers Abondoning Islam

Bangladesh considering abandoning Islam

Bangladesh could drop Islam as the country's official religion following a string of extremist attacks against people of other faiths. The supreme court in the South Asia nation has began to hear arguments which challenge Islam's status as the official state religion. It comes after a spate of attacks against people of other religions such as Hindus, Christians, and minorities Shi'ites, which have been…



GUWAHATI: Attackers wearing military uniforms shot dead 12 people and wounded 15 on Friday in a busy market area in a town in India’s restive northeastern state of Assam, in an attack blamed by the authorities on a regional separatist group.

Three or four gunmen fired indiscriminately and threw hand grenades at the crowded market in Kokrajhar, a town about 220 km (137 miles) west of the state’s commercial…




Bangladesh is experiencing the worst human rights crisis. The Indian backed Awami Government has captured more than 70 thoushand innocent civilians, 3000 opposition leaders. Awami Govt.…


Today is India's 70th Independence day. In a historic rally in Una, Gujarat, where 7 dalits were publicly flogged for skinning a dead cow Dalits vowed never to do sanitation work and never to dispose off dead cattle ever again. Perhaps a new era is born in India, or the beginning of a new independence movement for Dalits?



London Institute of South Asia (LISA) is holding a seminar on “Religion, Terrorism and Caste Oppression in South Asia” on Thursday, 25 August, 2016.from 5.15 pm to 8.00 pm at Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) School of Advanced Study, University of London,17 Russell Square, London,WC1B 5DR. You are invited.

DIRECTIONS:- Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is just about 5 minutes walk from the…




London Institute of South Asia held a seminar on “Religion, terrorism and caste oppression in South Asia” on 25 August 2016 at Institute of Advance Legal Studies, University of London, Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DR.

Speakers eloquently put forward the case of Dalits and the seminar was successful in sending a powerful message to all. …


Delhi decides to suspend Indus Water Commission talks

27 September 2016

NEW DELHI: India has decided to suspend Indus Water Commission talks until “Pakistan-sponsored terror” in India ends, The Hindu said on Monday.

It quoted sources as saying the decision was taken at a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on…

UNHC for Human Rights expresses serious concern over rights situation in IHK

UNHC for Human Rights expresses serious concern over rights situation in IHK

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has welcomed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' Spokesman's statement on Human rights violations in Indian held Kashmir.

The High Commissioner in a statement has expressed his serious concern about the human rights situation in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, as well as the rising tensions between India and Pakistan.


Taliban reject reports of secret talks with Afghanistan


The Taliban on Wednesday rejected reports of secret meetings with the Afghan government in a bid to resume long-stalled peace…



In an unparalleled draconian action Government of India has imposed one day ban, November 9, on the NDTV India for not following the rule 6(1)(p) of cable TV Network Rules 1994, for showing the coverage of the Pathankot attack which has compromised the security and sovereignty of the country. This is a blatant violation of freedom of press and freedom of expression


Pakistan provides evidence of Indian ceasefire violations to UN

Webdesk -19 November 2016

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan handed over a dossier containing important evidence of Indian violations across the Line of Control to the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), according to the Foreign Office, on Sunday. 

Members of the UNMOGIP met with senior officials at the General Headquarters…


Excesses in Kashmir

AN Indian rights group — the Concerned Citizens Collective — that includes individuals known for taking a position on the most dangerous issues in their country, came up with a strong statement on India-held Kashmir. Coming at the end of a four-day probe, during which group members met some 150 people of various ages and from all walks of life living in the troubled area, the statement read: “The high proportion of injuries…

Trump May Resolve Kashmir Issue, Says Aide

NEW YORK: US president-elect Donald Trump could use his “extraordinary deal-making skills” to reduce tensions around the world and solve problems such as the “intractable” Kashmir issue, vice president-elect Mike Pence said on Sunday.

In remarks on US TV news show ‘Meet The Press’, which are likely to raise hackles in New Delhi, Mr Pence also said the new US administration intended to be “fully engaged” in South Asia and with Pakistan and…

Hundreds killed in Myanmar crackdown on Rohingya:UN

Hundreds  killed in Myanmar crackdown on Rohingya:UN


Myanmar's four-month military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims has likely killed hundreds of people, the UN said Friday in a report detailing horrific abuses allegedly committed against civilians in Rakhine state.

“The 'area clearance operations'…



Policeman, two 'militants' killed during 15-hour firefight in India-held Kashmir


A police officer and two suspected militants were killed in India-held Kashmir during a fierce 15-hour gunfight overnight, an Indian official said Sunday, triggering clashes between…

Muslim man killed by mob for dating Hindu girl in India

Muslim man killed by mob for dating Hindu girl in India


NEW DELHI: A Muslim man was beaten to death for dating a Hindu girl in India, police said on Friday, in the latest mob violence…

US drops biggest non-nuclear bomb in Nangarhar, Afghanistan

US drops biggest non-nuclear bomb in Nangarhar, Afghanistan

Trump calls mission ‘very, very successful’; Mother Of All Bombs dropped by MC-130 transport plane; US military declines to immediately provide additional details on strike; General Nicholson terms bomb ‘right munition’ to reduce IS obstacles

WASHINGTON: The US military on Thursday dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat, targeting an Islamic State complex…

Muslim citizen abused on Delhi Metro, told to 'go back to Pakistan'

Muslim citizen abused on Delhi Metro, told to 'go back to Pakistan'

Two men on Tuesday reportedly hurled abuse at an elderly Muslim man in India who had requested them to vacate a seat for him on a Delhi Metro coach, Hindustan Times - view more

Indian army officer who tied a Kashmiri to jeep awarded

Indian army officer who tied a Kashmiri to jeep awarded

 The Indian army’s Major Nitin Gogoi, who had tied a 26-year-old Kashmiri man to a jeep as human shield, has been praised by the military and awarded a commendation card, reports Indian media.

“Major Gogoi, the officer who tied protester to jeep as human shield in J&K awarded…

Killing the Kashmiri Resistence

Killing the Kashmiri Resistance

Violence erupted once again in the Kashmir valley as the Indian forces clashed with protestors after the killing of another popular militant leader, Sabzar Ahmed Bhat. The episode mirrors the killing of Burhan Wani – reportedly a close friend of Bhat – that sparked a wave of unrest that has persisted until now. If past events are any indication, the valley is in for another period of extended unrest.

It seems India has…



West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjeeon Tuesday said she will never support the division of the state and urged all political parties in the hills to restore peace and normal life in Darjeeling, where the indefinite shutdown entered its 48th day.

“Whatever happens, everyone should remember that I am ready to give up my life but I will never support dividing (the state) into parts. Every district is our asset. People from…


Rally held by Sikhs near UN demanding an independent state “Khalistan”


UNITED NATIONS: Hundreds of Sikh activists from North America staged a rally in front of the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday — India’s Independence Day — to demand independence for the Indian Punjab as they raised the “Khalistan” flag.

The Khalistan movement is a Sikh…

India using Afghan soil to promote terror activities in Pakistan

India using Afghan soil to promote terror activities in Pakistan: FO

Islamabad on Sunday accused India of using Afghanistan soil to promote terrorism in Pakistan, Radio…

Win for China and a Humiliating Blow to India

Win  for China and a Humiliating Blow to India

 India has withdrawn troops from a disputed Himalayan border area, ending a tense stand-off lasting weeks.

The foreign ministry in Beijing said it was pleased that "trespassing Indian personnel have all pulled back to the Indian side of the boundary".

India's foreign ministry confirmed troops were "disengaging"…


Pakistan at forefront of fighting terrorism, world should recognize its contributions: China


August 31, 2017

BEIJING: China on Thursday reiterated that Pakistan is at the forefront of fighting terrorism, and for many years has been making positive efforts and great sacrifices on counter-terrorism.

As we have said many times, Pakistan is at the forefront of fighting terrorism, and for many years has been making positive efforts and great sacrifices on counter-terrorism,…

Las Vegas shooting: Bodycam footage shows first response

(CNN)Every detail of this indiscriminate mass murder seemed meticulously planned.

The selection of a hotel room overlooking a music festival, days before the attack. The cache of 23 weapons inside the gunman's Las Vegas suite. And thousands of rounds of ammunition -- plus an ingredient used in explosives -- inside the killer's…

US will try to work with Pakistan ‘one more time’, says Mattis

WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary James Mattis said on Tuesday Washington would try “one more time” to work with Islamabad on the Afghanistan front before President Donald Trump turned to options to address Pakistan’s alleged support for militant groups. “We need to try one more time to make this strategy work with them, by, with and through the Pakistanis, and if our best efforts fail, the President is prepared to take whatever steps are necessary,” the defence secretary…

Afghanistan pullout would be ‘to our ultimate peril’: Mattis

WASHINGTON: US Def­ence Secretary Jim Mattis warned on Tuesday that an American withdrawal from Afghanistan would be “to our ultimate peril,” as he briefed Congress on plans to increase US troop levels. “Based on intelligence community analysis and my own evaluation, I am convinced we would absent ourselves from this region at our peril,” he said, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee. The administration of President Donald Trump recently announced…

Jammu-Pak violates truce; Jawan killed along LoC in Poonch

JAMMU: An Army jawan was killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu's Poonch district on Tuesday.

"Pakistani army around 1250hours initiated unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts…

Sources: Vegas killer paid cash for property and privacy

Mesquite, Nevada (CNN)He seemed so ordinary, just another house-hunting retiree, when he strolled with his girlfriend into the sales office of the Sun City development in late 2014. The agents had just what Stephen Craig Paddock was looking for -- a 2,000-square-foot, two-bedroom stucco rambler on a cul-de-sac.

Other houses might offer bigger floor plans, but the one…

US voices concern about stability of Pakistan government

WASHINGTON: US Sec­retary of State Rex Tillerson said after a meeting with Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Wednesday that he believed the United States had a reliable partner in Pakistan.

In his brief remarks to the media following the meeting, Sec­retary Tillerson expressed concerns about the future of Pakistan’s government, stressing that Washington wanted a stable government in Islamabad.

While the secretary’s remarks about the future…

Storm Nate: At least 22 dead in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras

Tropical Storm Nate has killed at least 22 people in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras before it moves north towards the US. A state of emergency has been declared in the Central American nations, where more than 20 people are missing. It has caused heavy rains, landslides and floods which are blocking roads, destroying bridges and damaging houses. In Costa Rica, nearly 400,000 people are without running water and thousands are sleeping in shelters. At least eight people have died in the storm…

Pakistan warns India against targeting its N-installations

WASHINGTON: Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif warned on Thursday that if India launched a surgical strike on the country’s nuclear installations, nobody should expect restraint from Pakistan either. Indian Air Force chief B.S. Dhanoa said on Wednesday

Trump wins, Congress loses with Iran deal politics

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has a message to Republicans in Congress -- you don't like the Iran nuclear deal, so you deal with it. His expected decision to decertify the agreement would allow him to save face and dent Barack Obama's legacy. And by handing its fate to lawmakers, he would also limit his political…

Trump wall: New proposal ties Dreamer plan to border wall

The White House has tied any new deal on young undocumented immigrants to a clampdown on illegal immigration, including a border wall with Mexico. US President Donald Trump is asking for funding for the wall, speedier deportations and the hiring of thousands of new immigration officials. Last month he ended the Obama-era "Dreamer" programme which had protected some 690,000 immigrants. Leading Democrats in Congress have rejected the latest proposals.

They accused Mr Trump of backtracking…

Former ISI chief Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar takes early retirement from army

Former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar on Saturday requested early retirement from the Pakistan Army citing "pressing personal commitments". Gen Akhtar, in a letter, asked for "premature release" starting Oct 9, 2017, after nearly 35 years of active commissioned service in the armed forces. "I want everyone [...] to respect my decision and not succumb or resort to speculation in any domain. I shall be available for any service in the army…

India doing propaganda against CPEC to divert attention from Kashmir: Abbasi

India is unleashing baseless propaganda against China Pakistan Economic Corridor and nothing good is expected from New Delhi, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was quoted as saying by Radio Pakistan. In an interview with Geo News on Sunday night, Abbasi…

Pakistan attempts to restart Afghan peace process

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is trying to restart the quadrilateral peace process for ending the Afghan war and has asked the group members to meet in Muscat, Oman, on Oct 16. Afghanistan, the United States, China and Pakistan are members of the group. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif told VOA Urdu in Washington last week that Pakistan would play a leading role in this quadrilateral session, aimed at bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table.

The Quadrilateral Cooperation Group first met…

Pak Army recovers five Western hostages

ISLAMABAD:  10 October 2017.Pakistan Army Thursday recovered five Western hostages including one Canadian, his US national wife and their three children from terrorists’ custody. According to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement issued here, the hostages were recovered in an intelligence-based operation conducted by Pakistani troops. They were captured by terrorists from Afghanistan during 2012 and kept as hostages there. The US intelligence agencies had been tracking…

Canadian-American family, kidnapped in 2012 in Afghanistan, recovered in army-ISI operation

The Pakistan Army said on Thursday that it had recovered a family of foreign hostages held by a terrorist outfit "safe and sound" after it received and acted on intelligence shared by the United States (US). An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement today said the hostages included a Canadian, his American wife and their three children. The hostages were recovered "through an intelligence-based operation by Pakistani troops and intelligence agencies."


What Trump's move on Iran means for the US and the world

(CNN)President Donald Trump will not kill the Iran nuclear deal on Friday. But when he declares that it has not been in US interests, he will consign the proudest legacy achievement of President Barack Obama's second term to a deeply uncertain future -- and could even set off a train of consequences that could eventually lead to its collapse. Should that be the case, Trump, or one of his successors in the Oval Office,…

Las Vegas shooting: Worker's account raises fresh questions

A hotel worker has said he alerted staff to report a gunman had opened fire before the suspect shot dead 58 people at a Las Vegas music festival.

Stephen Schuck said he was responding to a jammed fire door on the 32nd floor when he heard gunfire and spotted a colleague who had been shot.

He called dispatchers and told them to call police as the gunman sprayed bullets down the hallway, he said.

His account has intensified questions about why the gunman was not stopped.

Kirkuk: Clashes reported after Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held sites

Clashes have been reported between Iraqi forces and Iraqi Kurdish fighters after Baghdad sent troops towards Kurdish-held sites in Kirkuk province. State TV report that Iraqi forces have taken control of some areas, including oil fields, "without fighting", but Kurdish officials deny this. An exchange of artillery fire is said to have occurred south of Kirkuk city.

The US government says it is very concerned and urged dialogue "as the best option to defuse tensions".

Iran's hardliners say Trump has done them 'great favors'

Tehran (CNN)Tehran is a city that wears its political colors on its sleeve. The sprawling Iranian capital nestles between barren mountain ranges, its streets packed with high rises, leafy parks and markets. A major boulevard slices through the metropolis, from the working class south to the more affluent north; a journey along this road highlights the many political views of its population.


US urges calm as Kirkuk crisis escalates

The US has called for "calm" after Iraqi government forces seized the northern city of Kirkuk and key installations from Kurdish control. State department spokeswoman Heather Nauert urged all parties to "avoid further clashes". Iraqi soldiers moved into Kirkuk three weeks after the Kurdistan Region held a controversial independence referendum.

They are aiming to retake areas under Kurdish control since Islamic State militants swept through the region. Residents of Kurdish-controlled…

Trump's unlikely Christian covenant

Donald Trump loves evangelical voters, and they love him. That much was clear on Friday, as the president basked in one standing ovation after another during his speech before the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC. How the thrice-married New Yorker, despite his sometimes salty language, brash demeanour and documented boasts of sexual belligerency, has formed such an unlikely bond with social conservatives is a complicated question.

In the end, it comes down to power. Mr Trump has it…

India: Violation of Adivasis’ land rights in Jharkhand

India: Violation of Adivasis’ land rights in Jharkhand


Five reasons Trump's widow story stings

Welcome to day three of the Donald Trump condolence-call story.

It started bad, with the president questioning the way his predecessors dealt with the families of war dead. It's only gotten worse, as the story has morphed into one of an allegedly callous presidential call to a grieving widow of a US soldier killed in Niger. Here are five reasons why this snowballing story is so damaging to the president.

It cuts against a strength

Mr Trump campaigned on being a defender…

What we know and don't know about the deadly Niger attack

Washington (CNN)Defense Secretary James Mattis wants answers regarding the ambush by 50 ISIS-affiliated fighters that left four US soldiers dead and two wounded in Niger two weeks ago, three senior US defense officials told CNN Wednesday. Mattis is dismayed at the lack of detailed information he has received about about the attack, but there is no indication he is trying to unduly hurry the investigation being carried out…

Obama and Bush decry deep US divisions without naming Trump

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush have voiced concern about the current political climate in the US, in comments seen as a veiled rebuke of Donald Trump's leadership. Mr Obama urged Americans to reject the politics of "division" and "fear", while Mr Bush criticised "bullying and prejudice" in public life. Both were speaking separately; neither mentioned President Trump by name.

Mr Trump, who has been critical of his two predecessors, is…

N. Korea: Nuclear war may break out any moment

Brian Todd reports on a North Korean ambassador's warning, that nuclear war could break out "at any moment."

Source: CNN

Myanmar Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh plea over 'untenable' exodus

Almost a million Rohingya people have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh, placing the country in an "untenable" position, Bangladesh's envoy to the UN says. Violence against Rohingya in Rakhine, northern Myanmar (Burma), continues, Shameem Ahsan said. "Thousands still enter on a daily basis," he added. About 600,000 have crossed the border since August, when militant attacks in Rakhine triggered an army offensive. Mr Ahsan was speaking at a conference in Geneva to raise funds…

Top US general reveals new info on Niger ambush

Washington (CNN)The US troops attacked in Niger were on their way back to their operating base when they were ambushed by 50 ISIS fighters, according to Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, who provided a timeline of the attack on Monday.

Four US and five Nigerien soldiers were killed and two Americans were wounded in the attack that occurred on October 4, but details…

Jeff Flake: Republican senator quits with attack on Donald Trump

A US Republican senator says he will not seek re-election, delivering a fierce attack on President Donald Trump. Arizona Senator Jeff Flake said "reckless, outrageous and undignified behaviour" at the top of the US government was dangerous to democracy.

Mr Trump has previously called Mr Flake "toxic". The US president is already embroiled in a row with another Republican Senator, Bob Corker. Before confirming his decision in a speech to the Senate, Mr Flake told the…

Iraq rejects Kurdish offer to 'freeze' independence

Iraq's prime minister has rejected an offer from the Kurdistan Region to "freeze" the result of last month's independence referendum and hold talks. "We won't accept anything but its cancellation and the respect of the constitution," Haider al-Abadi said. The Arab-led central government insists the vote, in which people decisively backed secession, was illegal.

The Kurdish offer came after Mr Abadi ordered the Iraqi military to retake disputed territory…

Kenya election: Police fire tear gas at protesters in Kisumu

(CNN)Kenyan police fired tear gas and water cannons at opposition protesters in their stronghold of Kisumu as the nation voted for a new president Thursday for the second time in three months.

The main opposition candidate had urged his supporters to boycott the latest…

JFK file release: Mob hits on Castro, a threat on Oswald

Washington (CNN)The CIA mulled mafia hits on Cuban President Fidel Castro. Someone called the FBI threatening to kill Lee Harvey Oswald a day before Oswald's murder. And the US examined sabotaging airplane parts heading to Cuba.

These assertions are some of many unearthed in newly revealed government documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

JFK assassination: Trump declassifies some documents

US President Donald Trump has ordered the release of 2,800 files on President John F Kennedy's assassination. But he blocked the release of other files, citing national security concerns. Senior administration officials did not divulge the contents of the records being shared by the National Archives on Thursday. Conspiracy theories have swirled since President Kennedy was fatally shot in Dallas, Texas, 54 years ago.

A 1992 law passed by Congress required all records related to the…

Mattis: North Korea nuclear threat accelerating

The threat of nuclear attack from North Korea is increasing, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said during a visit to South Korea. Mr Mattis warned it would face a "massive military response" if it used nuclear weapons. Separately, North Korea released a South Korean fishing boat which it said had been found in North Korean waters illegally. The crew of 10 were released on Friday evening, South Korean officials said.

HMS Vigilant: Nine sailors sacked after failing drugs tests

Nine sailors from a nuclear missile submarine have been dismissed from the Royal Navy after failing drugs tests, the Ministry of Defence has said. They had been serving aboard HMS Vigilant, which carries the Trident nuclear deterrent. The Daily Mail reported that the drug they had taken was cocaine.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is understood to have ordered all UK submarine…

Trump rages on Twitter at Clinton and Russia inquiry 'witch hunt'

US President Donald Trump has launched a Twitter tirade about the "guilt" of Hillary Clinton and the opposition Democratic Party. His Sunday morning outburst came amid reports that the first arrest in the Russian collusion inquiry would be made this week, possibly as early as Monday. Mr Trump insisted allegations of collusion between his campaign and Russia were "phony" and a "witch hunt".

He said Republicans were united behind him, before urging:…

Dread, expectation hang over Washington before Mueller sweep

(CNN)A mood of fateful anticipation is cloaking Washington, with possible arrests imminent after the federal grand jury in the Russia investigation approved its first charges. By taking one or more people into custody, a prospect first reported by CNN Friday, Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller would create a new, perilous reality for the White House, reflecting the gravity of the investigation into Russia's…

North Korea: Fresh test could trigger radioactive leak, South says

A fresh nuclear test at North Korea's mountainous testing site could trigger a leak of radioactive material, South Korea's chief meteorologist has warned. A hollow space of up to 100m in length in the bottom of Mount Mantap could implode, Nam Jae-cheol said. Pyongyang's last nuclear test in early September appeared to have triggered several landslides.

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Pummelling India’s democracy

FEW visiting heads are given the kind of adulation that leaders from China and Singapore get when they come calling, either to address trade meetings or to give speeches to august institutions in New Delhi. That’s when you will hear the upper classes bemoaning the chaotic nature of India’s democracy — it’s not even a “functioning anarchy” as some put it — and openly express their yearning for a strongman who would magically set right the besetting problems…

Pakistan seeks new US deal after returning nine choppers

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is trying to reacquire an unspecified number of helicopters from the United States for anti-narcotics operations after returning nine Huey II helicopters it had acquired in 2002, diplomatic sources said on Monday.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan returned five of the nine helicopters it had received almost 15 years ago. The ministry of interior, which was using the aircraft, returned four of these nine rotary-wing helicopters on Oct 15.

Pakistan had received a total…

New York truck attack: Five Argentine friends killed

Five friends from Argentina were among those killed in a truck attack in New York on Tuesday. Eight people were killed and 11 injured when the driver of the truck hit people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan. A 29-year-old man, reported to be an Uzbek immigrant, was shot and injured by police as he left the vehicle. US President Donald Trump has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to "step up" vetting measures in the wake of the attack. The suspect reportedly shouted "Allahu…

Russian bombers escorted away from US aircraft carrier

Washington (CNN)US Navy F/A-18 fighter jets were dispatched from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and escorted two Russian TU-95 bombers that were approaching the ship on Sunday, according to two US defense officials.

The interaction -- which occurred as the Russian bombers flew about 80 miles from the US carrier -- was deemed safe and professional, the officials…

Trump's post-attack talk doesn't change terror response

(CNN)Donald Trump just changed the way Presidents talk about terror attacks. But the question now is whether his venting will change how America prosecutes the legal war on terrorism. Instead of channeling grief and offering reassurance and resolve, as his predecessors might have done after the Halloween horror in New York where eight people died, Trump amplified the fury and desire for vengeance stirred by such carnage.

US Navy: 2 deadly summer collisions were 'avoidable'

Washington (CNN)The US Navy has released a report concluding that two fatal collisions that resulted in the deaths of 17 sailors during the summer were "avoidable." The guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain collided with commercial ships in June and August, respectively. In both collisions, the Navy found numerous failures by the crews and commanders of the ships. Those failures included…

North Korea working on advanced version of missile that could reach US, source says Barbara Starr-Profile-Image By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent

(CNN)North Korea is working on an advanced version of its existing KN-20 intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially reach the United States, less than six months after it launched its first ICBM, a US official tells CNN. This newly assessed ICBM is just one part of an accelerated effort by Kim Jong Un's regime to improve every part of its missile and nuclear weapons attack capability as quickly as possible,…

Donald Trump embarks on marathon tour of Asia

US President Donald Trump has embarked on an 11-day trip to Asia during which he will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. It will be the longest tour of Asia by a US president in 25 years. The trip comes at a time of heightened tensions with North Korea over its nuclear programme and missile tests. Mr Trump is expected to show a united front with South Korea and Japan while pressing China to take a stronger line with Pyongyang. President Trump flew first to the US state…

As Trump lands in Seoul, 3 US carriers prepare for drill

(CNN)US President Donald Trump's arrival in Seoul Tuesday is being accompanied by a major show of force in the Pacific. In coming days, three US aircraft carriers, accompanied by guided-missile destroyers and submarines, will be conducting a mock battle in the waters in the region, according to the US Navy. It's likely the show of power by the US forces will be seen by North Korea as a direct provocation.

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We've entered the post-ISIS phase in the Middle East

(CNN)Out of the blue, from an undisclosed location in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, 47-year old Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation Saturday afternoon. Claiming to have been the target of an assassination plot (which his own security forces deny), he left little doubt as to those responsible…

Trump China visit: US leader strikes warmer tone with Xi Jinping

US President Donald Trump has struck a warmer tone in China, praising leader Xi Jinping on his handling of the North Korean nuclear threat. At the same time, he urged Mr Xi to "work very hard" on persuading North Korea to denuclearise. Mr Trump also surprised many when he said he does "not blame China" for "taking advantage" of the US, in reference to their trade deficit.

The US president was speaking in Beijing while on a state visit. He is in the Chinese…

Trump sends clear warning to North Korea

President Trump called for unity against North Korea and warned Kim Jung Un in a speech to South Korea's National Assembly.

Iraq-Iran earthquake: Deadly tremor hits border region

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has rattled the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 170 people and injuring more than 1,000. At least 164 people died in western Iran's Kermanshah province, officials told state media. Six more were reported dead in Iraq. The death toll is likely to rise. The earthquake sparked panic, with fears of aftershocks sending residents out into the streets.

Mosques in the Iraqi capital Baghdad have been broadcasting prayers through loudspeakers.…

Donald Trump's Asia tour leaves observers perplexed

First Donald Trump insulted North Korea's Kim Jong-un, then, hours later, said he hoped the two could be friends in the future.

It is exactly the kind of contradiction that has typified his five-nation tour of Asia and left many observers scratching their heads. But what can we decipher about the US president's approach?

Donald Trump is likely to return home and say he has had a great trip to Asia.

There are some in the region who…

Zimbabwe crisis: Army says it is 'targeting criminals', not Mugabe

Zimbabwe's military has read out a statement after taking over the national broadcaster, ZBC, saying it has taken action to "target criminals". However, it said this was not "a military takeover of government" and President Robert Mugabe was safe. Heavy gunfire and artillery were heard in northern suburbs of the capital, Harare, early on Wednesday. Zimbabwe's envoy to South Africa, Isaac Moyo, earlier dismissed talk of a coup, saying the government was "intact".

Senate committee questions Trump nuclear authority

For the first time in over 40 years, Congress has examined a US president's authority to launch a nuclear attack. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing was titled Authority to Order the Use of Nuclear Weapons. Some senators expressed concern that the president might irresponsibly order a nuclear strike; others said he must have the authority to act without meddling from lawyers.

The last time Congress debated this issue was in March 1976.

Zimbabwe awaits news on Robert Mugabe future

Zimbabweans are waiting to see what steps the military will take next after seizing control of the country. President Robert Mugabe is said to be under house arrest but the whereabouts of his wife Grace, who was bidding to succeed him as president, are unknown. South African ministers have been in the capital Harare meeting the army and political parties. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional bloc will hold emergency talks on Thursday. President Mugabe, 93, has been in control…

Pakistan rejects US accusations about safe havens

Pakistan rejects US accusations about safe havens


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has brushed aside US accusations that Pakistan provides sanctuary to militant…

India kills three Kashmiris

3 youth killed in India-held Kashmir: report

Indian troops killed three youth in Kulgam district of India-held Kashmir (IHK) on Tuesday, The troops knocked a residential house to the ground with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Qazigund area. Subsequently, the three bodies were recovered from the debris of the house.

Following the killings, people took to the streets…

Trumps Diplomatic Vandalism

Trumps Diplomatic Vandalism

Saeed Ismat

By recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the facade of US neutrality on the Palestine –Israel issue has been lost. Trumps shifting US embassy to Jerusalem is a body blow to Palestinian cause. In so doing United States has taken sides and granted sovereignty of entire Jerusalem to Israel.

 The consequences of this move are impossible to predict…

'Lives of Kashmiris have no value, we have no rights': wife of leader detained by India

'Lives of Kashmiris have no value, we have no rights': wife of leader detained by India

Mashaal Malik, wife of detained Kashmiri leader Mohammad Yasin Malik, said on Monday that while Pakistan is allowing Indian spy Kalbushan…

India hatching conspiracies against CPEC using Afghanistan soil: Pak

India hatching conspiracies against CPEC using Afghanistan soil: Pak

December 31, 2017

Pakistan has accused India of using Afghanistan for hatching conspiracies against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Interior minister Ahsan Iqbal said the “enemies of Pakistan” were using different tactics and propaganda to cause the failure of the $50 billion CPEC economically.

“India is hatching conspiracies against CPEC but Pakistan will…

Kashmir Freedom Fighters Kill Four Indian Security Officers

Freedom fighters stormed a paramilitary camp in India-held Kashmir early on Sunday leaving seven, including three attackers dead, a security forces spokesman said, capping off the deadliest years in a decade for the disputed territory. Armed attackers lobbed grenades and fired automatic rifles to enter the camp of India's Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) outside the main city of Srinagar, triggering a fierce exchange of fire as hundreds of soldiers and special counterinsurgency police…

Trump threatens stop to Palestinian aid over Jerusalem row

The US may stop aid payments to Palestinians who are "no longer willing to talk peace", President Trump said.

On Twitter, Mr Trump said the United States received "no appreciation or respect" in return for its aid. He also said his controversial recognition of the contested city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital took the hugely divisive issue "off the table" for new peace talks. Palestinians had said the move showed the US could not be a neutral broker.

Israeli–Palestinian conflict Palestinian teen first to be killed by Israel in 2018

Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian teen on the northern outskirts of the occupied West Bank town of Ramallah, according to Palestinian officials. The Palestinian health ministry identified the 17-year-old boy as Musab Firas al-Tamimi from the village of Deir Nitham, where Wednesday's shooting took place. "He died shortly after the occupation forces fired a bullet into his neck," Maria Aqraa, a spokesman for the ministry, told Al Jazeera.

"He was…

Drone attacks can break partnership, US told

Drone attacks can break partnership, US told

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Wednesday warned that the drone attacks by the United States inside the Pakistani territory could prove detrimental to the Pak-US partnership .

Earlier in the day, a US drone strike in Kurram Agency killed two people.

Reports said two missiles…

Pakistan urges UN to implement its resolutions on Kashmir, Palestine

Pakistan urges UN to implement its resolutions on Kashmir, Palestine


Pakistan 's permanent representative to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi


India: Unchecked Attacks on Religious Minorities

India: Unchecked Attacks on Religious Minorities

(New York, January 27, 2018) – The Indian government failed to stop or credibly investigate vigilante attacks against minority religious communities during 2017, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing its World Report 2018. Many senior leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party…

Pakistan doesn’t consider Trump tweets official US policy: Abbasi

Pakistan doesn’t consider Trump tweets official US policy: Abbasi

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says US President Donald Trump’s tweet rebuking Pakistan over alleged terror safe havens doesn't constitute the official policy of the United States.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Abbasi said…

3 injured in firing as Indian forces target civilian population across LoC: ISPR

Three people were injured in firing by Indian Border Security Forces across the Line of Control (LoC) on Sunday, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement. "Indian troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations in Khuiratta, Kotli, Battal and Rawalakot sector targeting [the] civilian population," the army's media wing said. "Three citizens, including two women, were injured due to Indian firing," ISPR added. Pakistani troops "effectively…

Taj Mahal to be Renamed by Hinduva Government of India –New Name TEJ Mandir

Taj Mahal to be Renamed by Hinduva Government of India –New Name TEJ Mandir

February 6, 2018


Kashmir families mourn civilians killed by India's army

Ganawpora is in mourning. The small village in the southern part of Kashmir's Shopian district has lost five young men, including a rebel, in less than a week.

One of them, 19-year-old Javaid Ahmad Bhat, was a big cricket fan. On the morning of January 27, he was playing cricket before returning home for lunch. He left his home in the afternoon for the market but never come back. Instead,…

Journalist attacked in UP, saved by his gun-wielding wife

According to the reports, The assailants came to Journalist Abid Ali’s house and called him out and suddenly 4 to 5 assailants appeared and attacked on him. These people dragged Abid Ali out and take out the rubbish marks on them. His wife comes out of the house after hearing the ruckus in a few seconds and started firing on them.

Before that she is seen appealing to those assailants but they continues to attack her husband Abid Ali. When she started firing on the assailants, they…


UN should enforce its own resolutions on Kashmir: Maleeha

UN. New York


Indian Air Force officer arrested for allegedly sharing information with ISI


An Indian Air Force (IAF) official was arrested on Thursday for sharing classified information with the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) after being "honey-trapped", the - view more

Palestinians condemn alleged settlement annexation plan - al jazeera

Palestinians condemn alleged settlement annexation plan - al jazeera

Vigil Held for Samjhauta Victims in Canada

Vigil Held for Samjhauta Victims in Canada

 Human Rights

Despite freezing cold and wind, dedicated community activists showed up at the vigil organized in memory of the Samjhauta blast victims in Surrey on Sunday evening.

On February…


Pakistan elcted a Dalit woman from Sind as a senator




Indian troops kill four Kashmiri youth


Four youth were killed on Wednesday by Indian forces t during a siege and search operation at Ravarian Talla village, in Sunderbani area of the Rajouri district.
India has received flak for killing and harassing a number of unarmed civilians in the past year in the occupied Kashmir.
Two Kashmiri youth in Dooru area on March 24 were killed by Indian forces during a search operation.
On May 27, 2017,…

Indian troops kill 20, injure more than 100 in Kashmir

Indian troops kill 20, injure more than 100 in Kashmir



In occupied Kashmir, the Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism martyred 17 youth and injured as many as 100 in Shopian and Is-lamabad districts in a single day, today.
The youth were killed during cordon and search operations, launched by Indian forces at Dagdard and Kachdoora areas of the two districts in South Kashmir. The toll is likely to increase once the operation is over.…

Day of Death in South Kashmir: 20 Brutally Murdered By Indian Security Force- More Than 200 Injured including use of Pellet Guns

Day of Death in South Kashmir: 20 Brutally Murdered By Indian Security Force- More Than 200 Injured including use of Pellet Guns

2 April 2018

Internatinal Criminal Court Warns Israel Over Gaza Killing

ICC Warns Israeli Leaders Over Gaza Killings

The International Criminal Court has issued an unprecedented warning that Israeli leaders may face trial for the killings of unarmed Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip.

China backs Pakistan's bid to improve ties with Afghanistan

China backs Pakistan's bid to improve ties with Afghanistan

China on Monday termed the recent visit of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to Afghanistan an important step for improving the relations between Islamabad and Kabul.

“The Pakistani prime minister visited Afghanistan. It is an important step for improving the relations between the two countries,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang commented during his regular briefing.



14 out of world’s 20 most polluted cities are in India: WHO


Several high-profile sexual assault cases in India-LATEST- After a teenage Muslim girl gang raped and then burnt alive in Kashmir now the story repeats in Jharkhand

Several high-profile sexual assault cases in India-LATEST- After a teenage Muslim girl gang raped and then burnt alive in Kashmir now  the story repeats in Jharkhand



Imran Khan Takes Oath as 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan

Imran Khan Takes Oath as 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan

UK parliamentary body recognises 'Indian atrocities' in occupied Kashmir

UK parliamentary body recognises 'Indian atrocities' in occupied Kashmir 

Shrinking Political Space In Kashmir!

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Pakistan will lead global campaign against defamation of religions: PM Khan

Pakistan will lead global campaign against defamation of religions: PM Khan

Indian opposition stages giant joint rally to oust Modi

Leaders of India's main opposition parties join their hands together during "United India" rally ahead of the general election, in Kolkata, India, January 19, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

KOLKATA: India’s main opposition parties joined forces against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday at a rally which attracted hundreds of thousands of people months ahead of elections.

The 23 regional groups said they forged a common front to stop…

Indian Congress seeking Pakistan’s support to overthrow Modi govt: defence minister

India’s defence minister has accused the country’s main opposition party, the Indian National Congress, of seeking Pakistan’s help in a bid to overthrow Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, Times of India reported on Saturday.

“Congress leaders are playing dirty politics by seeking help from Pakistan to remove PM Modi’s government,” said Nirmala Sitharaman while addressing a two-day Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) convention on…

UN Security Council urged to address Kashmir for world peace

UN Security Council urged to address Kashmir for world peace

“Concern about the plight of Palestinians has resonated in this Chamber for over seven decades now”, the Pakistani envoy at UN Security Council

“Concern about the plight of Palestinians has resonated in this Chamber for over seven decades now”, the Pakistani envoy at UN Security Council


Sri Lanka Attacks: Mastermind Indoctrinated and Trained in India.

Sri Lanka Attacks: Mastermind Indoctrinated and Trained in India.

Modi used Kashmir to heighten Hindu Nationalism and bolster masculine image of “Chowkidar”

In a new bid to cripple the economy of Indian-occupied Kashmir valley and heighten restrictions on movement, New Delhi banned civilian traffic on the arterial highway that connects Srinagar with Jammu, along with connecting the far-flung valleys and villages of Kashmir with economic zones. New Delhi, much like Israel’s use of unspecified threats to ban movements in Gaza, used the pretext of security threats for its military convoys to impose a two-day ban on civilian…

Sri Lankan PM Debunks Indian efforts of linking Pakistan with Easter Sunday bombings

News Desk

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that Pakistan has “fully supported Sri Lanka’s war on terror” and his government will not hesitate to seek Islamabad’s help to “trace the terrorists and eliminate them.” After the horrifying Easter Sunday bombings that claimed the lives of 53 people, of which 45 were children, and hundreds were severely injured,…

Five Questions on Human Rights in Cambodia: Mu Sochua

The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancement of women and girls worldwide.

This interview is with Mu Sochua, the deputy leader of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP). Sochua has dedicated her life to promoting women’s…

Manufacturing Islamophobia on WhatsApp in India

What can a study of pro-BJP WhatsApp groups tell us about the party’s culpability in rising Islamophobia?

“Real or fake, we can make any message go viral,” Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah claimed in September 2018 while addressing social media volunteers in Kota, Rajasthan. “It is through social media that we have to form governments at the state and national levels. Keep making messages go viral.…

In Largely Catholic Philippines, A Muslim Woman Shakes Up Senate Campaign

Samira Gutoc cannot help but stand out from the crowded roster of candidates in the Philippines' midterm elections. The ebullient 44-year-old is a Muslim, and the only woman among the opposition's slate of eight candidates running for the Senate. Half of the 24 seats in the upper chamber and all of the 297 seats in the House of Representatives will be chosen in Monday's polling. The Elections Commission says 62 million voters have registered, and if history…

India's Muslims fear for their future under Narendra Modi

With an increase in hate crimes against Muslims in India in recent years, some fear the world's largest democracy is becoming dangerously intolerant under the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan reports. It happened just days before the first phase of voting in the Indian elections. A Muslim trader in the north-eastern state of Assam was leaving work when he was accosted by a mob. Shaukat Ali was surrounded by the group,…

Indian Forces continuing genocide of Kashmiri Muslims: Gandapur

Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur has strongly condemned the Indian state-terrorism which resulted martyrdom of five Kashmiris in Indian Held Kashmir.  In a statement on Thursday, he said Indian Forces are continuing the genocide of Kashmiri Muslims. The Minister said Indian human rights violations cannot stop the movement of Kashmiris for their just right of self-determination. He urged the international community to take bold…

What Is Future of Kashmir?

The irony of the situation in Kashmir can be made sense of through the fact that it dominated the headlines the past five years under the Narendra Modi regime, yet it witnessed the lowest voter turnout. The cul de sac that Kashmir seems to have entered looks like it has crossed the point of no return. It has been a literal stalemate for over four decades between a growing voice for Azaadi and self-determination by Kashmiri Muslims,…

Breaking the silence': Report documents torture in Kashmir

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - Prisoners in Indian-administered Kashmir have been subjected to abuse and torture, including "water-boarding, sleep deprivation and sexualised torture", according to a report by two rights bodies. The 560-page report released on Monday mentions solitary confinement, sleep deprivation, and sexualised torture including rape and sodomy, used as torture techniques against Kashmiris. Other torture methods included electrocution,…




Tens of thousands of people in India-Occupied Kashmir have been subjected to torture in the past three decades, according to a report released on Monday by two prominent human rights groups, which called for a U.N. investigation. The report…

UN demands India provide answers on civilian killings in Kashmir

By Ahmad Adil

CHANDIGARH, India (AA): Three UN rapporteurs have written a letter to India seeking details of steps taken to provide justice in 76 cases of torture and arbitrary killings in Jammu and Kashmir since 1990. The letter was written by Agnes Callamard, Dainius Puras and Nils Melter, special rapporteurs of the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) in March, but made public on the UN website along with the Indian response…

The media’s code of silence on Kashmir

The Indian media boasts an illustrious history. Born during the freedom struggle against the British colonial rule, it quickly mastered the rules of the game, working around the stiff curbs and acute sensitivities of the colonial masters. If the Independence movement saw popular newspapers provide intellectual leadership and direction to the country, the post-independence era saw them really thrive, mirroring the aspirations and dreams of a young nation. Except for…

OIC’s rebuke to India on Kashmir issue

New Delhi recently lashed out over a reference in a strong-worded communiqué by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to the Kashmir issue at the recent 14th Islamic Summit of the OIC at Makkah, Saudi Arabia. This was a great rebuke to India because just three months ago, India was the guest of honour at an OIC meeting in Abu Dhabi. Indian foreign minister Ms Sushma Swaraj had then hailed the OIC as “an organisation that has a key role in shaping our…

'Pakistan's Kashmir policy based on UN resolutions'

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Parliamentary Special Committee on Kashmir Syed Fakhar Imam on Tuesday said that Pakistan’s Kashmir policy is based on resolutions passed by theUnited Nations (UN). Imam was addressing a seminar titled ‘Post-Pulwama Kashmir Imbroglio, Modi’s Second Term, Role And Responsibility Of International Community’ jointly organised by Institute of Peace And Diplomatic Studies (IPD), Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM), Jammu…

Islamophobia will not solve Europe or Asia's problems

On June 5, during a rare trip abroad, Aung San Suu Kyi, state counsellor of Myanmar and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, visited Hungary and met Prime Minister Viktor Orban. After the meeting, the Hungarian government released an official statement, saying: "The two leaders highlighted that one of the greatest challenges at present for both countries and their respective regions - Southeast Asia and Europe - is migration. They noted that both regions have seen the emergence…

International community sheds light on human rights abuses in Kashmir

The international community, including the European Union, has opted to wade into the still simmering conflict between arch-enemies India and Pakistan over the disputed mountainous region of Kashmir. The Kashmir dispute dates back to 1948 when, following the end of British rule, the people of Kashmir were promised by the UN a plebiscite on their future status. They were to choose between integration with India, Pakistan, or independence. Both India and Pakistan claim…

Muslim countries urged to play role on Al-Quds issue

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari on Thursday urged Muslim countries to play their role in developing a consensus on the issue of Al-Quds.

Addressing an Al-Quds conference held to express solidarity with Palestine at a local hotel, she said Muslim countries, particularly Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey, should play their role to revive the issue of Al-Quds and highlight the lost…

Cynical nationalism in Myanmar and India prolongs Rohingya suffering

India and Myanmar have managed to put aside their differences to tackle a common enemy. In his briefing to the security council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said last year that the situation in Myanmar was “one of the world’s worst humanitarian and human rights crises.” But there is one question that has gone unanswered in the entire discussion over the Rohingya issue so far: how have India and Myanmar forgotten their hostilities to…

Amnesty International highlights human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir

The Amnesty International said on Wednesday that the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA) circumvents the criminal justice system in the Indian-occupied Kashmir to undermine accountability, transparency and respect for human rights. The briefing, “Tyranny of A ‘Lawless Law’: Detention without Charge or Trial under the J&K PSA”, analyses the case studies of 210 detainees who were booked under the PSA, a legislation that allows for administrative…

UN drops Kashmir from ‘regular report’ on situation of Human Rights

The United Nations has dropped Kashmir in its regular update report on the situation of human rights around the world for the first time in three years. According to a report that emanated from Geneva headquarters of the World Body, The News reported that it is being delayed due to ‘intense pressures’ and international politics, the UN officials and international diplomats at the headquarters contented. A combined group of Kashmiri youth from the region…

Muslim leadership needs to engage world for better understanding: Imran Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed the 14th OIC Summit in Makkah on Saturday, emphasizing the need to eliminate the labels of terrorism from the peaceful religion on Islam. The main thrust of his speech was that the Muslim leadership, namely OIC, should engage more robustly with the world for better understanding on issues that divide the world of Islam from the rest. The Pakistani premier started his maiden speech at the summit by raising the issue of Islamophobia:…

Mehbooba under delusion that without ‘prominent’ Kashmiris, plebiscite petition can’t be filed in Court. By Hem Raj Jain

The war of words is going on in regional J&K and national Indian media between Kashmiri leaders and BJP leaders (most of the anchors and jingoist political commentators in national media on BJP’s side) on the statement issued by PDP President and former Chief Minister of J&K Mehbooba Mufti as given also at - (  and…

Geneva Kashmiri Delegation Slams India Over Human Rights Abuses In IOK

A Kashmiri delegation, currently visiting Geneva Tuesday organized a seminar on the sidelines of United Nations Human Rights Council to condemn increased human rights abuses in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, says an official message reaching and released to the press here Tuesday night

MIRPUR (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - APP - 2nd Jul, 2019 ) : A Kashmiri delegation, currently visiting Geneva Tuesday organized a seminar on…

AJK showers Imran with praises for raising Kashmir issue at OIC

MIRPUR (AJK)-The Azad Jammu & Kashmir cabinet Wednesday paid rich tribute to Prime Minister Imran Khan for effective representation of Kashmir cause in the recently-held OIC meeting.

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Through a unanimously-passed resolution in the cabinet meeting held in AJK’s metropolis with AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider in the chair, the…

Kashmir and Kashmiris aspire for peace and security

International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM) in collaboration with International Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), Indigenous Peoples Nations Coalition (IPNC) and South Asia Centre for Peace and Human Rights (SACFPHR) organised a parallel event at the 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at the Palais Des Nations.


India has failed to capture the hearts and minds of Kashmiris

“Kashmir continues to bleed,” said World Kashmir Awareness Forum Secretary-General Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai. While speaking at Mosaic Center, Edmonton and Edmonton Community Center, Alberta, Canada, he maintained, “We see the horrendous brutality, unstopped and unpunished barbarities unleashed against the defenceless population.”

“A deliberate, systematic and officially sanctioned massive campaign of brutal oppression…

UN report on Kashmir calls for probe into human rights violations

Srinagar, India-administered Kashmir - The United Nations has accused India again of human rights violations in Kashmir and has called for the formation of a commission of inquiry…

OKC organizes round-table outside UN to condemn Indian atrocities

Organisation of Kashmir Coalition (OKC) organized a Kashmir Roadside Roundtable, in continuation of its Kashmir Freedom and Human Rights campaign, outside the United Nations near the famous broken chair in the UN Square.

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A large crowd of people, having travelled from London, Milan, Berlin, Madrid, other parts…

Second UN report calls for probe into IHK human rights violations

* Demands repeal of special powers protecting Indian troops from prosecution in occupied valley
* Pakistan welcomes report but cautions against equating human rights violations in IHK with prevailing environment in AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan A United Nations report released on Monday said tensions in Kashmir after a deadly suicide bombing earlier this year are having a severe impact on human rights in the region. “Arbitrary detentions during search operations…

‘No parallel between human rights violation in occupied Kashmir and situation in AJK’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday welcomed the second report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Jammu and Kashmir, which calls for fully respecting the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu & Kashmir as protected under international law.

“We again welcome the OHCHR’s recommendation for the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to investigate the gross and systematic human…

India's ruling BJP to revive plan for Hindu settlements in Kashmir

India's ruling BJP to revive plan for Hindu settlements in Kashmir

India's ruling party will revive a plan to build secured camps to resettle scores of Hindus in the Muslim-dominated Kashmir Valley, a senior leader said, a proposal that would almost certainly heighten tensions in the restive region.


NDA 2.0 has different plans for Kashmir

The crusade against the corruption in Jammu and Kashmir seems to have intensified since the day Bharatiya Janata Party led NDA 2.0 has returned to power with a thumping majority in the Centre. During the past one and a half month anti-graft agencies have become active in different states and Jammu and Kashmir has been a no exception. Recently, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik took pot shots at the people who were in charges of the Forest department in Jammu…

US sanctions top Myanmar generals over killings of Rohingya

US sanctions top Myanmar generals over killings of Rohingya

JKLF continues “free Yasin Malik”, “remove ban on JKLF” drive

Srinagar, July 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has said that its leaders and activists continue “Free Yasin Malik” and “Remove ban on JKLF” campaign in various parts of the world. The JKLF in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “The JKLF leaders, activists, well-wishers and Kashmiris living across the globe have expedited their protest rallies and other peaceful programmes demanding immediate…

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) Rejects India Plea for Release and Acquittal of Indian SPY held in Pakistan The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday (July 17) rejected India’s re

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) Rejects Indian Plea for Release and Acquittal of Indian SPY held in Pakistan

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday (July 17) rejected India’s request to ‘acquit, release and return’ of its national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced by Pakistan on charges of espionage, however, asked Pakistan to provide him consular access.

President of the ICJ Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf from Somalia read…

Revelations by new UN report on Kashmir

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on July 8, 2019, released a 43-page report that raises serious concerns about abuses by state security forces and armed groups in Indian held parts of Kashmir. The Indian government dismissed the report as a “false and motivated narrative” that ignored “the core issue of cross-border terrorism.” Pakistan welcomed the report but requested that sections be removed or amended in which the information…

UN Human Rights Council evaluating new report on Indian rights abuses in Kashmir: World body spokesman

UNITED NATIONS: A UN spokesman said Tuesday that a new UN report on the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir will be evaluated by the members of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council before deciding on how to follow it up. The report issued by the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday renewed calls for an international probe into serious violations in the disputed Kashmir region, saying the number of civilian casualties from May 2018 to April 2019…

Jammu and Kashmir Crime Branch questions former PDP minister Naeem Akhtar

"I am sure that truth will prevail. I have done nothing wrong and all due processes were followed"

The Jammu and Kashmir Crime Branch has questioned PDP leader Naeem Akhtar over alleged irregularities committed during his tenure as public works minister in allotment of contracts for the J-K Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC), officials said Sunday. The former minister has, however, denied any wrongdoing and said he has cooperated with police officials.

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Trump offers to mediate between Pakistan and India on Kashmir issue

Trump offers to mediate between Pakistan and India on Kashmir issue

UN, EU asked to observe human rights situation in Kashmir

Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider asked on Monday the United Nations and European Union to constitute a fact-finding mission to observe the human rights situation both in Indian-administered and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. He said so while addressing attendees at an event in Birmingham, UK. “We welcome [a] fact-finding mission to visit Azad Kashmir,” the premier said. Haider noted that the second report of the Office of the High Commissioner…

Trump could be the clown who solves the 70-year Kashmir crisis. India and Pakistan should let him try

Few places so mesmerising carry the pain of Kashmir. The Himalayan region, contested for seven decades by India and Pakistan, has been a hideout for Islamabad-backed…



Trump’s mediation offer on Kashmir win-win situation for Pakistan: Shireen

ISLAMABAD, Jul 24 (APP):Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari Wednesday said the mediation offer of United States President Donald Trump on Kashmir issue was a win-win situation for Pakistan.

Talking to a private news channel, she welcomed the offer of Trump to play the role of an arbitrator on Kashmir dispute.

During the successful and historical visit to the US, Prime Minister Imran Khan was confident and openly talked on all issues including Kashmir and Afghanistan,…

Kashmir fears end of special rights as India deploys more troops

New Delhi pushes at least 10,000 paramilitary troops – set to rise to 20,000 – to India-administered Kashmir sparking fears India may set aside a constitutional provision, Article 35A, allowing Indians to buy land in the Muslim-majority region.

Tensions in India-administered Kashmir rose on Sunday over the weekend deployment of at least 10,000 paramilitary troops –– set to rise to 20,000 ––…

Should US take ‘NO’ of India as an answer?

“I would like to categorically state that no such request (mediation on Kashmir) has been made by the Prime Minister (Modi) to the US President,” Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs told the Indian Parliament on July 23, 2019. He added that “Shimla and Lahore accords provide the basis for resolution of all issues bilaterally.” Why India stresses Lahore Declaration and Simla Agreement and not the United Nations resolutions, which…

Kashmir mediation

THE Kashmir issue has been a source of acrimony between Pakistan and India for over seven decades, yet Indian obduracy and refusal to recognise it as the core issue and adopt out-of-the-box solutions has left this wound festering. While New Delhi keeps harping on about militancy in South Asia,…

Panic grips Kashmir after Government asks yatris, tourists to leave

Which tourist will hang around after seeing this order, asks Omar

Kashmir remained on the edge on Friday as a fresh order asking tourists and Amarnath yatris to leave the Valley triggered panic among the residents as they started stocking up dry ration and essentials, fearing long law and order disturbance.

 The state government issued an advisory to Amarnath pilgrims and tourists to curtail their stay in Kashmir immediately.

“Keeping in view the latest intelligence…

OIC-IPHRC strongly condemns HRs violations in Occupied Kashmir

The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of OIC has strongly condemned the ongoing and fresh human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.

The Commission deplored the lack of respect and insensitivity shown by Indian government towards the international human rights law, UN Security Council Resolutions and its human rights obligations. The Commision said the recent deployment of additional thirty eight thousand Indian…


BEIJING - Beijing has criticised India’s decision to change the status of Jammu and Kashmir, a state that borders China, accusing New Delhi of undermining its territorial sovereignty.

China’s statement was most critical of the impact of India’s actions on the mainly Buddhist region of Ladakh - an area of strategic importance nestled between Tibet and Pakistan. Beijing has always opposed India’s inclusion of Chinese territory in the western section of the China-India…


Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard at a roadblock at Maisuma locality in Srinagar

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has condemned the legislative steps taken by India in occupied Kashmir and urged the Indian government to "respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of people in Jammu and Kashmir." India rushed through a presidential decree on Monday to scrap Article 370, which stripped the disputed valley…

The latest crisis between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, explained in under 600 words

India’s government made a controversial move this week to usurp power from the nation’s only…

Former Foreign Secretary Janjua to highlight Kashmir issue at UN Human Rights Council

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to send former Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua to the Geneva to highlight the Kashmir issue at the United Nations Human Rights Council, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Monday. Earlier today, Tehmina Janjua – who serves as the Prime Minister's Special Representative on Diplomatic Outreach – called on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and discussed important diplomatic issues including…

Shehla Rashid says ready to give proof to army on Kashmir human rights violations

acing severe criticism over her comments about alleged human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmir People's Movement leader Shehla Rashid has said she is ready to provide proof of allegations to the Indian Army. In an exclusive interview to India Today TV on Tuesday, Shehla Rashid said, "Let the army conduct an impartial investigation. I will depose before them and give them all the proof with details."

Shehla Rashid…

Pakistan to take issue of human rights violations in occupied Kashmir to ICJ

Pakistan has decided to take the issue of human rights violation in occupied Kashmir to International Court of Justice.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi while talking to a private news channel confirmed that an in-principle decision has been taken to take the issue of dispute of Kashmir to the International Court of Justice.

He said the decision of reaching out to ICJ was taken after considering all legal aspects.

The Foreign Minister said that additional information…

Genocide Watch issues alert for Occupied Kashmir

Genocide  Watch,  a US based organization, has issued an alert for Occupied Kashmir in the wake of India's ongoing clampdown in the Muslim majority region following revocation of its special status.

It issued the alert just as PM Imran Khan urged the international…

UN rights experts urge India to end communications shutdown in Kashmir

GENEVA: UN human rights experts on Thursday called on the Government of India to end the crackdown on freedom of expression, access to information and peaceful protests imposed in Indian-Administered Kashmir this month. The experts expressed concern that the measures, imposed after the Indian Parliament revoked the Constitutionally-mandated status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, would exacerbate tensions in the region. Reports have described…

Kashmir is not India’s ‘internal issue’, UNSC moot affirms

–Dr Lodhi says world’s top forum has acknowledged restive region’s disputed status  

–Chinese envoy says UNSC expressed concern over India’s blatant human rights violations in Kashmir

NEW YORK: The United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) special meeting on Friday has affirmed the disputed status of…

Amnesty International calls on Indian govt to release political leaders in Kashmir

Amnesty International UK has called on the Indian government to immediately release all the political leaders detained in occupied Kashmir and put an end to the deliberate silencing of voices in the region. Executive Director of Amnesty International in India Aakar Patel voiced concerns over the situation in occupied Kashmir and said that depriving an entire population of their right to freedom of expression, opinion and movement for an indefinite period runs squarely…

British MPs express concern over situation in held Kashmir

MUZAFFARABAD: Some members of the British parliament have observed that India had indulged in the worst human rights violations in occupied Kashmir as well as ethnic cleansing of the Kashmiri people in a bid to change the demography of the valley. Speaking at a joint press conference with Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan at Kashmir House in Islamabad on Tuesday, Labour MPs Barrister Imran Hussain from Bradford East, Khalid Mahmood from Birmingham…

India: Ensure Rights Protections in Kashmir

Lift Restrictions, Order Security Forces to Use Restraint

(New York) – The Indian government should ensure that rights are protected after lifting some restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir State, Human Rights Watch…

South Korean FM voices concerns over human rights violations in occupied Kashmir

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has voiced concerns over human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir. She expressed the sentiments during her conversation with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi who in a telephonic conversation apprised her about the latest situation in occupied Kashmir. The South Korean Foreign Minister said her country is keeping a close eye on developments in the region. She said breach of human rights is a serious issue which…

Indian Express criticizes human rights violations in occupied Kashmir


Leading Indian newspaper 'the Indian Express' says Kashmir problem is becoming a bigger headache for India due to increasing reports of violence by Indian military in the territory.

In an opinion piece, the paper notes that incidents of torture and violence taking place in Kashmir are a terrible mistake on the part of Indian authorities.

The paper raises the question that how long can this lockdown and communications blackout…

India suffers major diplomatic defeat at EU

BRUSSELS: The European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) on Monday demanded  the Indian government to immediately lift the 29-day curfew in occupied Kashmir that has created  humanitarian crisis in the valley.

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Human rights violations in occupied Kashmir not a 'bilateral issue', UK warns India

LONDON: British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Tuesday said that Britain had asked the Indian government to respect international standards of human rights, respect rights of Kashmiris and end lockdown of occupied Kashmir, which has now entered the second month. Speaking in the House of Commons to give policy statement of the British government, Dominic Raab expressed alarm at the worsening human rights situation in occupied Kashmir as a result of the draconian clampdown…

Over 50 countries at UN urge India to halt rights violations in Jammu & Kashmir

Over 50 countries in the U.N., including Turkey, as well as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), urged India to stop human rights violations in the Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. "The worsening human rights and humanitarian situation in the Indian Administered Jammu & Kashmir, especially following decisions taken on August 5, 2019, requires urgent attention by the Human Rights Council and human rights mechanisms," the countries said in…

FM sees risk of ‘accidental war’ over occupied Kashmir

GENEVA: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has warned that the situation in India-held Kashmir risks sparking an “accidental war”, and urged UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet to visit the troubled region.

Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council session…

Is it possible to reconcile in Kashmir?

kashmiri people have faced the most brutal repression and extreme violations of basic human rights consistently since Mughal invaders occupied Kashmir some 450 years ago. Therefore, the story of persecution is not new to Kashmir and Kashmiri people. Kashmir has outlived oppressors and oppression.

Today, the same story of oppression is being retold in Kashmir with blockades on the internet, the media and communications, while access to health care is either being denied or depleting. In…

Kashmir and human rights violations

A presidential decree issued on August 5 revoked Article 370 that guaranteed special rights to the Muslim-majority state, including the right to its constitution and autonomy to make laws on all matters except defence, communications and foreign affairs.

In the lead-up to the move, India sent thousands of additional troops to the disputed region; imposed a crippling curfew; shut down telecommunications and internet and arrested political leaders.

The move has worsened the already,…

‘India must accept responsibility for human rights violations in Kashmir’

US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has joined the growing ranks of US elected representatives who are raising their voices against the human rights in Kashmir. 

She released a statement on September 13 in which she said though she has a “deep respect for India and its important relationship with the United States”, she condemns the Indian government’s revocation of articles 370 and 35A, the communications…

European Parliament to discuss human rights violations in occupied Kashmir today

The European Parliament is expected to hold discussions today on the ongoing crackdown, human rights violations, and torture of detainees in occupied Kashmir by Indian security forces.  The military curfew and communications blackout in Indian-occupied Kashmir has entered the 44th consecutive day…

Senior Turkish lawmaker calls on India to 'immediately' end rights violations in Kashmir

A senior Turkish lawmaker on Tuesday called on the Indian government to end the worsening human rights violations in occupied Kashmir "as immediately as possible". "Human right violations have shown a massive increase in Jammu and Kashmir since August 5, 2019," Hakan Cavusoglu, the head of parliament's…

Lawmakers want UN panel to probe HR abuses in held Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: The participants of a national parliamentary Kashmir conference on Wednesday unanimously adopted a declaration demanding formation of an independent inquiry commission by the United Nations to investigate blatant human rights violations in India-held Kashmir and fix responsibility.

The Islamabad declaration adopted at the conclusion of the day-long conference bringing…

Modi faces lawsuit in US over HR abuses in Kashmir

A US court on Thursday issued summons against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for committing human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

According to the Houstan Chronicle, summons were also issued against Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah and Commander of…

World urged to take notice of violation in Held Kashmir

LAHORE: International Human Rights Movement (IHRM) and World Columnist Club along with civil society members held a demonstration against India near the US consulate here on Sunday. The demonstration drew attention of the world towards ongoing 50-day curfew, lockdown and severe human rights violations in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing the rally, IHRM president Muhammad Nasir Iqbal said today the people of Kashmir for peace, justice and freedom are looking…

China reaffirms support to Pakistan on Kashmir, other core issues

China reaffirmed its support to Pakistan on the Kashmir issue during a meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Prime Minister Imran Khan on the sidelines of the ongoing UN General Assembly session on Monday in New York City. Wang Yi said that…

World’s lukewarm on Kashmir disappointing, says Imran

PM urges UN to act swiftly before things blow out of proportion 

–Says India’s claim that Kashmir is ‘internal matter’ is ‘non-sense’

UNITED NATIONS: Prime Minister…

PM briefs ED HRW about grave human rights violations in J&K

Executive Director of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth called on Prime Minister Imran Khan on the sidelines of 74th meeting of United Nations General Assembly session in New York today.

The Prime Minister briefed about grave human rights violations being committed by Indian Occupation forces in held Kashmir.

He said the worst-ever human tragedy is feared in…

Times Square in New York lights up with ‘Free Kashmir’ signs

The Pakistani community in the United States has highlighted the grave human rights violations being carried out by Indian security forces in Indian-held Kashmir by sponsoring a screen advertisement at the iconic Times Squares in New York.

According to reports circulating on the social…

New York: Thousands rally for human rights in Kashmir

New York, US - Gurpatwant Singh Pannun still has vivid memories of the summer of 1984. A teenager at the time, he remembers security forces taking boys from his village in Punjab in the aftermath of a deadly Indian army operation in the Golden Temple, the holiest of Sikh shrines.

On Friday, Pannun, a lawyer in…

US congresswoman says rights violations in occupied Kashmir ‘extremely concerning’

WASHINGTON D.C.: US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday said the blockade on communication and life-saving medical care in occupied Kashmir “must end” as she expressed support for the people of occupied Kashmir.

In a post shared on Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez, who is among a group of progressive US congresswomen…

US envoy Alice Wells to testify before congressional committee on occupied Kashmir

WASHINGTON: A subcommittee of the United States House of Representatives will on October 22 hold a hearing on the human rights violations being carried out by India in occupied Kashmir. According to a press…

India Changed The Game In Kashmir—Now What?

Kashmiri kids participate in the pro-freedom protest in Srinagar,Kashmir on September 27, 2019. Government tightened restrictions in most parts of the Kashmir ahead of scheduled address by world leaders including Indian and Pakistan Prime ministers NURPHOTO VIA GETTY IMAGES

Modi’s move in Kashmir won’t escalate into a major war with…


Srinagar, Oct 06 At least 14 persons were injured on Saturday in a grenade explosion outside the District Magistrate’s office in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag, police said.The injured included and a traffic policeman.

Police sources said that militants hurled the grenade at the entrance of the office complex…

Police Blocks Protesters March Towars Indian Held Kashmir

Pakistani Kashmirisr ally to express solidarity with Indian Kashmiris. Police have blocked a march by thousands of people in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir who wanted to move toward the highly militarized Ceasefire Line/Line of Control that divides the territory between Pakistan and India.

JASKOOL, Pakistan (AP) —…

Kashmiris are not alone in the world, says US presidential candidate

WASHINGTON: “We have to remind the Kashmiris that they are not alone in the world,” says Kamala Harris, a major Democratic candidate for the 2020 US presidential election.

“We are keeping a track on the situation. There is a need to intervene if the situation demands,” she said in a recent statement. Her comments are even more significant because she…

IPR CEO slams violations of basic human rights in IOK

Chairman and CEO, Institute for Policy Reforms (IPR), Humayun Akhtar Khan has said that there is the deeply troubling issue of severe human and fundamental rights violation in Indian-occupied Kashmir. While addressing a seminar here on Wednesday, Khan said it began in 2014 with the election of an Indian government inspired by the ideology of religious…

US senator 'disturbed' by India's clampdown in occupied Kashmir

Mark Robert Warner, the co-chair of the United States Senate’s India Caucus, has become the latest American politician to speak out against the barbaric clampdown imposed by New Delhi in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

In a tweet late on Thursday night, Warner…

Kashmir tragedy - is Modi getting away?

Mysterious rise of a terrorist to the highest slot, Premiership of a country, Narendra Modi who had entered in politics as a trained terrorist, most wanted, enlisted in top ten terrorist of the world, went into hiding and disguised himself as a Sikh to avoid arrest is now the Prime Minister of India for his second term. Despite being most wanted in many cases and direct arrest order by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Narendra Modi did not go to jail because of his shrewd tactics but hidden…

No respite for Kashmiris as lockdown enters 70th day

SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir the miseries of millions of residents of Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue unabated as the strict lockdown imposed by the Indian government entered 70 days today (Sunday).

According to Kashmir Media Service shops and main markets are shut and public transport is off the roads in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu as a mark of protest to express resentment…

Communication Blackout in Kashmir is a Human Rights Issue

On August 5, 2019, the government of India, in an attempt to abrogate Article 370, which amongst other things, conferred a special status on the State of Jammu and Kashmir, caused the complete blackout of communication and Internet services in the region. The government, in the implementation of this watershed move, blatantly disregarded…

Pakistan intervenes in human rights debate to remind 193-member UN body of Kashmiris’ plight

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has reaffirmed its full support to the call by the United Nations (UN) human rights office for an investigation of the gross and systematic human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, saying the situation in the disputed state had now…

Jeremy Corbyn rejects bullying by pro-Modi groups on Kashmir

LONDON: The Labour Party leader has refused to be bullied by the Indian government over his unequivocal support for the oppressed people of Kashmir in the wake of revocation of Article 370 by Narendra Modi’s government and an organized campaign using over 100 British Indian community organisations…

UN and Human Rights violations in Kashmir

Every year the 27th of October is observed as Kashmir Black Day all around the world.

It was on this unfortunate day in 1947 that the Indian army forcibly occupied the Jammu & Kashmir against the wishes of its people. Since then this beautiful land has been witnessing the state terrorism unleashed upon its people. The Kashmir issue has recently gained traction globally due to…

'Egregious Human Rights Violation In Kashmir By India', Kashmiri-Origin Writer Tells US Congress

Kashmiri-origin author, Nitasha Kaul, on Tuesday, said the government was misleading the people by claiming that by abrogating Article 370 and Article 35-A, Kashmiri women would be empowered and their rights enhanced. She termed such claims as "red-herring" and said these were the instruments used to justify…

Callamard concerned over human rights abuses in Indian Occupied Kashmir

  • Callamard says quality of responses she received from Indian government regarding details about victims and their perpetrators has been “poor".
  • The situation in Kashmir is a big concern for many of us within Special Procedures.
  • The UN rapporteur says they will keep the issue on agenda and make sure that the situation is monitored continuously.

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UN body ‘extremely concerned’ over rights violation in occupied Kashmir


The UN High Commission for Human Rights (UNHCHR) said on Tuesday that it was “extremely concerned” over gross violation of human rights in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). “We urge the Indian authorities to unlock the situation and fully restore the rights that…

India’s power consolidation in Jammu and Kashmir

On October 31, 2019, the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, which was presented in Parliament by the Indian government on August 5, has come into force. It divides the India-Occupied Kashmir (IOK) into two union territories consisting of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). From October 31, J&K will be fully integrated into…

Observing a ‘Black Day’ story of Kashmir

Pakistan marked October 27, 2019 as Black Day to Condemn illegal Indian occupation of Kashmir. In the province of Punjab one Million Signatures campaign was inaugurated to highlight Indian atrocities in Kashmir. Representatives of youth held demonstrations against Indian state terrorism, continued violence and usurpation of human rights and killing of unarmed Kashmiris struggling for their right of self-determination. The Kashmir issue should be resolved as per the…

Experts condemn lockdown, communication gag in IOK

  • Experts on Sunday condemned the lockdown and communication gag in Indian Occupied Kashmir(IOK).
  • Chairman Kashmir Council Europe Ali Raza Syed said India had broken all the records of human rights violation.
  • It may be mentioned here that recently the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights based in Geneva.

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Kashmir a Bilateral Issue Between India-Pakistan, UK's Position Remains Unchanged: UK PM Boris Johnson


London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday said in Parliament that the UK's long-standing stance of Kashmir being a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan remains unchanged although the situation in the Valley is of "profound" concern to the country.


Kashmiris Won't Tolerate Illegal Land Mafia, Non Kashmiris Occupation In Valley: Mishal Malik

Mishal Malik wife of Hurriyet Leader Yasin Malik Tuesday said that Kashmiris would never tolerate illegal land mafia and continues non Kashmiris occupation in Valley and world powers should take serious immediate steps to stop this human violation and discrimination with Kashmiri people by Indian Hitler Modi government


Fakhar urges UN to ask Modi govt to immediately lift curfew in J&K

Chairman Kashmir Committee Syed Fakhar Imam has urged that the United Nations that it must ask Modi government to immediately lift the inhuman continued curfew in occupied Kashmir and release all the Hurriyat leaders. Talking to private news channel, he said that the innocent Kashmiri people are facing the shortage of food and medicines and unable…

President Alvi reiterates commitment to Kashmir


President Arif Alvi has said that India’s illegal and unilateral actthe ions to alter the disputed status of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and suspension of civic liberties constitute human rights violations of the people of the held valley. The president made these remarks while talking…

AJK PM informs MEPs about HR abuses in IOK

Brussels, November 08 (KMS): The Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, held separate meetings with Members of European Parliament (MEPs), Mrs Isabel Wiseler-Lima and Luke’s Mandl at the EU Parliament in Brussels. The AJK Prime Minster informed the members about the human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. He said that occupied Kashmir had been under military siege for last over three months. He said that Indian government…

US academic calls for world community to push India to end rights abuses in Kashmir

NEW YORK, Nov 14 (APP):An American academic of Kashmiri origin has regretted the lack of any “significant pushback” against India over its slew of human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir because of its strong economic ties with many countries, and called for turning attention to the aspirations of the suffering people in the disputed state. “For too long India has been able to commit human rights violations in Kashmir without significant pushback…

Unresolved Kashmir dispute a permanent threat to regional peace: Speakers

  • Speakers including Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK) Mohammad Nafees Zakaria expressing their grave concerns.
  • The status of longstanding international dispute of Kashmir was changed in blatant violation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions.
  • This was what Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has been cautioning the international community.

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All is hell in Kashmir

India says all is well in Kashmir, but when I contemplate about the current situation in Kashmir, a single phrase frantically screams in my mind and that is “all is hell in Kashmir”. Hell might still feel a bit better than what is happening over there in Kashmir. Hell is a place of sinners but to make a heavenly place such as Kashmir into a living hell by the Indian forces, is just an utter and complete violation of human rights by today’s standards.…

Indian repression fuelling militancy in held Kashmir, warns HR watchdog

WASHINGTON: The Indian government’s abusive tactics and violations of basic human rights have “increased support and recruits” for militant groups in held Kashmir, argues a US-based advocacy group.

In a written statement to the US Congress, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) also points out that India has used “excessive…

PM laments world silence on IHK siege, rights violations

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday lamented the silence of the powerful countries over the unabated siege of Indian-held Kashmir because of their trading interests. 

The prime minister on his Twitter account posted that situation in the occupied valley shows the fascist mindset of the Indian government’s…

Rights violations in Kashmir being documented: HRW

KARACHI: The Human Rights Watch has extensively documented rights violations in India-held Kashmir since Aug 5, 2019 and continues to do so, the group said on Thursday.

In a statement, the HRW said it has been monitoring and documenting human rights abuses by the Indian government in held Kashmir for nearly three decades now.

Referring to a news item `Women easy targets in held Kashmir, other war zones,…

Pakistan welcomes OIC’s principled stance on Kashmir issue

Pakistan has welcomed reaffirmation of principled stance of OIC Human Rights Commission in support of self-determination of Kashmiris and call for end to the ongoing human rights violations in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

“Pakistan welcomes the holding of OIC’s Human Rights…

World institutions must break silence over Kashmir issue: governor

LAHORE: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar said on Sunday that international institutions including the United Nations Organisation (UNO) would have to break the silence over Kashmir issue.

In a media statement issued here, he said that Indian army had committed the biggest terrorism by rendering 22,000 women widows and violating…

Global community rejected India’s false narrative on Kashmir: Masood Khan

London, Dec 05 (KMS):Azad Jammu Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan has said that India has illegally revoked Articles 35-A and 370 that altered the existing demography of the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK) in a move that can be termed as Occupational Constitutionalism.
The BJP led Indian government has created a fake alternative realism but fortunately the international media and numerous world parliaments have not bought this false narrative and instead,…

Jammu and Kashmir in Context

Written Submission of John Sifton to the United States Congress Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Thank you for inviting me to testify today.

Human rights are under threat in the province of Jammu and Kashmir, and in India more generally. The Lantos Commission deserves praise for recognizing that the human rights problems in both Kashmir and India generally, while distinct in the details,…

Wells arriving on three-day visit next week

WASHINGTON: The chief US diplomat for South and Central Asia is coming to Islamabad next week on a three-day visit to discuss bilateral and regional issues with Pakistani officials, the State Department anno­unced on Friday.


Principal Deputy Assis­tant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells will also travel to India and Sri Lanka during her…

Decorated Indian officer arrested over ties to Kashmiri fighters

Police in occupied Kashmir have arrested a long-serving counterinsurgency officer for allegedly having ties with Kashmiri groups fighting against Indian rule, officials said on Sunday.

"Police intercepted a car in southern Kashmir on Saturday night and arrested Deputy Superintendent Davinder…

KC-EU organizes 2nd awareness camp in Brussels on IOK situation

Brussels, January 13 (KMS): The Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU) has arranged its second camp in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, on Monday to make awareness among people of Europe regarding endless atrocities in Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK). The one-day camp was organized in front of EU’s External Action Service at “Place Schuman Roundabout” in EU’s headquarters Brussels. It is second awareness camp arranged by the Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU)…

India: Mounting Human Rights Abuses

(New York) – The Indian government’s unilateral actions in Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019 caused enormous suffering and rights violations of the Kashmiri…

Black day in Kashmir

On the Republic Day of India on January 26, nearly all of Kashmir observed a black day. Though it was not the first time it has happened, the intensity of it this year was much more severe in comparison with the past. Of course, an obvious cause for this year’s severity was the BJP government’s unilateral abrogation of the special status of Kashmir in the Indian constitution and announcement in August 2019 that Kashmir was being annexed into India. In protest,…

British MPs ask India to stop Human Rights violation in IOJK

LONDON: British members of Parliament (MPs) and other speakers here at a seminar on Tuesday night asked India to stop genocide, gross human right violations, and atrocities on the defenceless people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK) and give them their…

Politics killed Humanity In Kashmir!

Kashmir conflict continues to brew between Pakistan and India. The issue was first raised after the partition of India in 1947. The partition agenda holds that the partition was based on majority, and the majority of the Kashmiris were Muslims so as per the rules, Kashmir is a part of Pakistan. However, India does not acknowledge the phenomenon. Maharaja Hari Singh…

Firdous asks international media to highlight Indian atrocities in IoK

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Friday drew attention of the international media for highlighting gross human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) at the hands of Indian occupation forces, especially after the unilateral Indian decision to revoke special…

Seminar Held Against Indian Atrocities In IOK, Urges UN To Implement Its Resolutions On Kashmir

Speakers at a seminar strongly condemned continued atrocities and human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) and demanded UN Security Council (UNSC) to implement its resolutions on Kashmir, which has put peace in the region at stake.

PESHAWAR, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 3rd Feb, 2020 ) :Speakers…

Legislators criticize India for massive human rights violations in Kashmir

ISLAMABAD, Feb 03 (APP):Legislators in National Assembly Monday initiated debate on the Kashmir issue strongly criticizing India for its decades long massive violations of human rights of Kashmiris .

Opening the debate, Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Fakhar Imam said Quaid-e-Azam had stated that partition plan of Indian sub-continent would not be complete without the resolution of Kashmir issue according to the wishes…

US Congress to do ‘own investigation and fact-finding' on Kashmir, says lawmaker

WASHINGTON: The US Congress lawmakers raised concern regarding the ongoing human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir, calling it 'troubling'. Chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel spoke to Geo News, where he said that the US Congress will conduct its own ‘investigation and fact-finding’ on the human rights abuses in the IoK.

“There are things happening in Kashmir that are very…

World urged to take notice of violations in Held Kashmir

Lahore, February 7 (KMS): Punjab Minister for Energy Dr Akhtar has said Pakistan has fought wars of others in the last forty years that led to many problems which hindered smooth development of the country and ‘we lost our identity.’ Addressing the 5th Speakers Convention on Kashmir organised by Pakistan Youth Parliament at Punjab University’s College of Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES) here on Thursday, the minister said there was a need to…

International community’s intervention sought to deliver justice to Kashmiris

LONDON: Participants of the Kashmir Solidarity Day Seminar came together to review human rights abuses against Kashmiri people and discussed other aspects, such as the genesis of the dispute, women victims, on-going humanitarian crisis since 5 August 2019, documented accounts of crimes against humanity, role of international community, regional security and the socio-economic impact. The participants of the seminar held on 5th February at the Pakistan High Commission,…

NHRC team visits violence-hit areas in Delhi, seeks report from police

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Sunday asked a report from Delhi Police of the "human rights violations" in the Delhi violence where over 40 people were killed and over 200 injured.

The NHRC's fact-finding team visited the violence-hit areas…

Ex-envoy calls on Islamic world not to keep mum on violation of Indian Muslims’ rights

TEHRAN – A former Iranian ambassador said on Monday that the Islamic world's silence towards violence against the Muslim community in India will end in more violation of human rights. Abolfazl Zohrevand, Tehran’s former ambassador to Italy and Afghanistan, said, “Unfortunately, we are not seeing any stance toward the Indian issue…

OIC 'concerned' about human rights violations in occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was very concerned about the ongoing situation in occupied Kashmir, its Special Envoy for Jammu and Kashmir, Yousef alDobeay, said Tuesday.

A day earlier, an OIC delegation — led by alDobeay…

US watchdog of democracy slams India’s repression in Kashmir; rights abuses across country

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 05 (APP):Repressive measures against minorities and protesters in India have been sharply criticized by Freedom House, a key US watchdog of democracy, in a report warning of democratic decline worldwide. Its Freedom in the World report 2020 targets India, which claims to be the world’s largest democracy, for a “harsh…

OIC demands India to revoke 5th August steps in held Jammu & Kashmir

MUZAFFARABAD - The Special Representative of the OIC Secretary General on Kashmir, Yousaf Al Dobeay has demanded of the Indian government to revoke 5th August steps in the occupied Kashmir, lift curfew and siege and restore fundamental human rights of the Kashmiris.

READ MORE: Veteran comedian Amanullah Khan passes away

Talking to news men in Muzaffarabad…

Kashmir: the current developments

According to a recent survey conducted in Indian-held Kashmir by researchers from a university in Kashmir and New York's Skidmore College and reported by the international media, 91 percent college and university students of occupied valley want a complete withdrawal of Indian forces…

Pakistan urges world to intervene on Kashmir amid coronavirus outbreak

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has urged the world to intervene on held Kashmir amid the coronavirus outbreak as Kashmiris were being treated inhumanly by India. Pakistan has written letters to the world capitals or spoken to the top diplomats on the issue in the recent days, Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui told The Nation. She said Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi took up the Kashmir issue with his counterparts in and outside the region.


Former chief minister of Kashmir freed as India goes on virus lockdown

  • Abdullah’s release comes a week after the Supreme Court’s inquiry into his detention

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Pakistan urges UN to stop India’s belligerence in Kashmir

Pakistan on Friday urged the United Nations to stop India’s belligerence in held Kashmir. In yet another letter addressed to President of the UNSC and the United Nations Secretary General, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi drew attention to developments in held Kashmir as well as belligerent Indian rhetoric and aggressive actions on the ground. “Pakistan continues highlighting the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and the grave human rights situation in held…

Pakistan urges India to lift draconian laws in held Kashmir

ISLAMABAD - Pak Yesterday urged India to lift draconian laws in held Kashmir as coronavirus deaths were reported in the disputed territory. A foreign ministry statement said Pakistan was “deeply concerned over continued restrictions in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, despite so many confirmed…

Two die in occupied Jammu-Kashmir due to novel coronavirus

SRINAGAR: Occupied Jammu and Kashmir has reported two deaths due to the ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus, ARY News reported.

A 60-year-old man hailing from Tangmarg area of Baramulla district died early this morning.


New plan to change IOK’s demography unveiled

Srinagar, April 01 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Indian authorities, in a major development, took a big step last night towards changing the demography of the territory by notifying new domicile rules. A notification in this regard said that a person who has resided in J&K for a period of 15 years or has studied…

World Urged To Take Notice Of India's Constitutional Terrorism To Change Kashmir's Demography


Veteran political and human rights activist Altaf Hussain Wani Thursday urged world human rights bodies to take effective notice of India's constitutional terrorism against Kashmiris

ISLAMABAD, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan…

AJK govt condemns India’s domicile move for held Kashmir

MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan and Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider have strongly condemned India’s move to grant domicile to non-Kashmiris, predominantly Hindus, and called upon the international community in general and the United Nations (UN) in particular to take stock of the unwarranted and arbitrary…

OIC’s HR body condemns India’s anti-Kashmir domicile law

Jeddah, April 04 (KMS): The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) has slammed the new domicile law introduced by India in

occupied Kashmir with the intention to effect a change in the demographic composition of the territory. The new…

Constitutional terrorism against Kashmiris

It was India who took the Kashmir dispute to UN under Chapter VI (Pacific Settlement of Disputes) rather than Chapter VII which deals with aggression. The Kashmir dispute came on the UN Agenda in 1948 and has been recognised to be one of the most intractable and dangerous political disputes facing the international community. The Kashmir issue could not be settled despite UNSC resolutions passed from time to time.

According to the Shimla…

Coronavirus outbreak: Altaf Wani urges world to help release Kashmiri prisoners from Indian jails

ISLAMABAD: Reiterating his demand for urgent release of all illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activist lodged in different prisons of India, senior vice chairman Jammu and Kashmir National Front (JKNF) Altaf Hussain Wani has urged the world human rights bodies to mount pressure on Indian government to help release Kashmir prisoners languishing in different jails. “The Indian government’s deliberate act to keep Kashmiri prisoners in highly congested…

A case for Indian reprimand at UN and expulsion

Articles 3, 4, 5 and 6 of UN Charter describe the manner in which a country could seek membership of the United Nations and the organization could suspend a country from the exercise of the rights and privileges of membership or for a persistent violation of the Principles contained in the Charter, could be expelled from the UN by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council. The interpretation of membership and expulsion is explicit and simple. India moved to the United…

Hurriyat leaders denounce lodging of FIRs against journalists

Srinagar, April 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have strongly condemned the booking of noted Kashmiri journalists, Gowhar Geelani, Peerzada Ashiq and Masarrat Zahra, under serious charges for their posts on social media and news stories related to the Indian atrocities in the territory. APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Political Movement, Khawaja Firdous, in a statement issued in Srinagar denounced in strong…

Sikh bodies condemn harassment of journalists in IOK

Jammu, April 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, various Sikh bodies have strongly condemned the booking of noted Kashmiri journalists, Gowhar Geelani, Peerzada Ashiq and Masarrat Zahra, under serious charges for their writings and posts on social media. The Sikh bodies including Sikh Intellectuals Circle Jammu and Kashmir, International Sikh Federation, Sikh Students Federation and Sikh Youths of Jammu and Kashmir expressed solidarity with the Kashmiri journalists who are…

DFP seeks end to HR violations, persecution of journalists in IOK

Srinagar, April 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has taken a strong exception to increase in human rights violations and vicious campaign of persecuting journalist by Indian forces in the territory. DFP’s Central Executive Committee meeting in Srinagar discussed the prevailing grim situation in occupied Kashmir. It said that the occupation authorities had crossed all limits of brutality in the territory.


India Extends Kashmir High-speed Internet Ban

A recent uptick in "terrorist violence" is behind the move, authorities say. But rights groups have warned that civil liberties are at risk. Authorities in Indian-Administered Kashmir on Monday extended a ban on high-speed mobile internet until May 11. The Home Department, Jammu and Kashmir Government said the move was a response…

Pakistan Rejects Indian Allegations of ‘Infiltration Attempts’

In statement, Foreign Office says New Delhi’s rhetoric is designed to divert global attention from human rights violations in India-held Kashmir

Pakistan on Tuesday categorically rejected Indian allegations of “infiltration” of coronavirus patients into India-held…

Shahbaz pleads for Kashmiris’ rights

LAHORE: PML-N President and National Assembly Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif while paying tribute to the valour and sacrifices of the people of Indian-held Kashmir has said the reputation and authenticity of international institutions won’t be established until the people of Kashmir get their right to self-determination and freedom from the Indian tyranny. In a statement issued here on Wednesday, he said Kashmiris have been braving inhumane Indian oppression through their faith and conviction.…

Indian forces escalating tension at LoC to detract world’s attention from massive human rights violations in IOJK

ISLAMABAD, Apr 30 (APP):Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan on Thursday warned the international community that turning a blind eye to India’s blatant acts of belligerence would set off utter devastation in South Asia.
In his reactionary tweet messages after the martyrdom of more innocent civilians in Indian indiscriminate and unprovoked firing at LoC, Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan said that loss the precious lives in AJK…

Report released by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom

1-The US Commission has recommended the imposition of strict diplomatic sanctions on India
2-India deliberately allows systematic violence against religious freedoms
3-India has committed serious violations of international religious freedom law
4-Diplomatic, administrative sanctions should be imposed on the Indian government, institutions and officials.
5-The assets of those involved in the denial of religious freedom should be frozen, and entry into the United States…

Speakers decry rights violations in IOJ&K

ISLAMABAD: In a bid to take strong note against Modi’s Fascist ideology and implementation of draconian laws in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) an international video conference was organized by Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK. According to a statement issued on Monday, the…

Labour leader Starmer told his remarks hurt one million British Kashmiris

LONDON: Chairman Labour Friends of Kashmir Andrew Gwynne has told new Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, that the nearly one-million strong British Kashmiri community is anguished after his controversial comments on the issue of India-occupied Kashmir. In a letter to the leader of the opposition in the British parliament,…

Indian envoy summoned over ceasefire violations along LOC

Pakistan lodged a strong protest on Friday against ceasefire violations by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nezapir and Rakhchikhri Sectors on May 7.Indian aggression resulted in critical injuries to six civilians. According to the Foreign Office (FO), a senior Indian diplomat was summoned to register Pakistan’s…

Pakistan urges world to act on India’s defiance on Kashmir, GB

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has urged the world to act on India’s defiance on held Kashmir and the Gilgit-Baltistan which was threatening regional peace. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said India was escalating tension at a time when the whole world was fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

“India’s claims on occupied Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and the daily ceasefire violations are an eye opener for the world. There must…

British MPs, Human rights lawyers raise voice for Kashmir


More than 20 British MPs, Human rights lawyers from Kuwait and Bahrain raised their voice against grave human rights violations in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK) and called for  a peaceful solution of the Kashmir issue as per the aspirations of Kashmiris.

British MPs assured President…

EU parliamentarians voice concerns over worst human rights violations in IOJ&K


A group of European parliamentarians comprising of 15 members from all major political parties have raised their concerns in a letter written to European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen and European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josef…

Destroying Houses in Kashmir: A Collective Punishment

Nearly two dozen houses were reduced to rubble in recent encounters, a part of counter-insurgency. The state must answer if support for militancy has dwindled due to this coercive calculus.

In Kashmir, the destruction of houses and other properties by the state forces during encounters with militants—who are always vastly outnumbered—is…

UN chief urged to appoint envoy on Occupied Kashmir


Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan has called upon the United Nations to immediately intervene and convene a session of the Security Council in order to save the lives of 8 million Kashmiris living under India’s inhuman lockdown, curfew and military oppression.

World urged to take notice of innocent killings in IOK

Srinagar, June 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations while paying rich tributes to the nine Kashmiri youth, martyred by Indian troops in Shopian district, have sought the intervention by the United Nations on urgent basis to stop bloodshed in the territory. Jammu and Kashmir…

India’s violence in Kashmir continues: 4 freedom fighters martyred

India's violence in Kashmir has led to the death of four more freedom fighters. Human Rights organisations have begun to notice India's antics, and the UN appealed to stop all wars during the coronavirus pandemic, but India continues its rampage.

Four freedom fighters were killed in Indian-occupied Kashmir on Monday during…

India targeting Kashmiris to overcome shame received from China: AJK president

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Zamruda condemns military operations by Indian troops in IOK

Srinagar, June 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chairperson of Tehreek-e-Khawateen Kashmir, Zamruda Habib, has condemned the continued cordon and search operations in the Kashmir Valley and ceasefire violations along the Line of Control by Indian troops.


The Neglected Kashmir Calls For Attention

The modern-day Kashmir conflict, having roots in the partition of the Indian subcontinent, is the oldest unresolved conflict in the history of United Nations. Nevertheless, apart from being a political impasse between the two nuclear armed South Asian neighbors, it is a case of occupation, outright injustice, human rights violations not…

India to face huge loss in case of any attack or flag operation: AJK PM warns

MIRPUR (AJK) - Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan on Sunday warned India that if it dared to attack the liberated territory, it would have to bear the huge losses and indignity at the hands of the valiant armed forces of Pakistan and the people of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. In a statement issued…

'India challenges China's sovereignty by changing Occupied Kashmir's status'

India’s unilateral move to change the status quo of Kashmir constitutes a serious threat to regional peace and stability, Dr Wang Shida, Deputy Director of Institute of South Asian Studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), has stated in his article published by China Economic Net (CEN).vIndia…

UN chief urges India to ‘immediately end’ use of torture, pellet guns against children in Kashmir

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 16 (APP):UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has voiced deep concern over the continued use by the Indian security forces in occupied Jammu and Kashmir of torture and pellet guns against children as well as their illegal detentions, and called on New Delhi to “immediately end” such practices.

The call was made by Guterres in the annual report on Children and Armed Conflict, which was launched on Monday…

Global community urged to bring India to justice over atrocities in IOJ&K


Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan has welcomed United Nations Secretary General António Guterres’ call to India to stop killing of innocent children and arrests of the youth…

Barbaric, cowardly and unlawful: India’s maltreatment of the children of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir

India has been gravely violating human rights in Jammu and Kashmir for decades. When it comes to children, any violation of their rights is absolutely intolerable and cannot be justified on any grounds whatsoever. The facts and figures recently revealed in the United Nation’s report titled, “Children and Armed Conflict,” published on the 15th of June 2020 are deeply upsetting. A country whose government purposely chooses to harm children is a country that should be looked down…

Sexual violence in Indian-Occupied Kashmir

Human history is replete with wars and conflicts that cause deaths, destruction and pile miseries on the vanquished or subjugated people. The painful reality about them is that sexual violence against women and girls is often employed as a weapon of war and as a tactic to brutalise, humiliate, dominate and instil fear.

In the modern era it has been used extensively in Bosnia, Herzegovina, Cambodia, Uganda, Vietnam, Chechnya, Sierra…

Selective Western responses

Much of the world has been under lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic in which people have been isolated to their homes with limited face-to-face contact with loved ones and the outside world. Such circumstances have had the effect of raising tensions, notably in the US, as the pent-up energy accumulated caused underlying issues and prejudices to boil over. These events highlight pre-existing trends in human rights violations, including the excessive use of…

OIC states asked to raise Kashmir issue with India

ISLAMABAD: The Organisation of Islamic Conference Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir has called upon the OIC member states to raise the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in their bilateral engagements with India with a view to safeguarding the fundamental human rights of the Kashmiri people in the occupied territory, and ensuring expeditious implementation…

OIC rights body urges India to halt abuses in Kashmir

Muslim rights body seeks end to killings in Kashmir and solution to dispute based on UN resolutions

The human rights body of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) demanded Tuesday that India be compelled to “halt rights violations” in Jammu and Kashmir. In a statement…

AJK president says India has imposed war on Kashmiris


Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan, while citing the reoccupation of Jammu and Kashmir by India on August 5, said that a war has been imposed on us and we will have to fight this war for our existence. “This is a war for our sovereignty; for protecting…

We are heading for a human rights apocalypse in IOJ&K: AJK President

MIRPUR - Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan had said that the worst human rights violations in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) and the silence of the United Nations (UN) over it indicates that…

Kashmiris suffering under India’s repressive ‘double lockdown’: Amb. Khan

WASHINGTON, Jul 03 (APP):India has used the coronavirus crisis as an excuse to intensify the brutal repression it had already unleashed in occupied Kashmir since its last year’s annexation of the disputed region, Pakistani Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan said Thursday, while urging the world community to take…

US lawmaker pledges to raise Kashmiris’ rights abuses in Congress

NEW YORK - An American lawmaker Saturday promised to raise in the US Congress the plight of Kashmiri people still languishing under a military lockdown in Indian occupied Kashmir, as she spoke to members of the Pakistani community celebrating the US Independence Day in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke of New York, who was the chief guest at the event organized by the Pakistani American Association of New York, said she remained concerned…

192 martyred, 1,326 injured by Indian troops in 11-month siege of IOK

ISLAMABAD  -  In Indian occupied Kashmir, unrelenting military siege and crippling lockdown imposed by the fascist Modi government of India on August 5, last year, have completed 11 months yesterday.

A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, today, said, the life of Kashmiris has been made a miserable by the Indian authorities since New Delhi illegally abrogated Article 370 of its constitution on August…

US lawmaker pledges to raise Kashmiris’ rights abuses in Congress

NEW YORK, Jul 05 (APP):An American lawmaker Saturday promised to raise in the US Congress the plight of Kashmiri people still languishing under a military lockdown in Indian occupied Kashmir, as she spoke to members of the Pakistani community celebrating the US Independence Day in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City.…

UN officials seek investigation into Kashmiris' torture, deaths


Four UN special rapporteurs have asked the Indian government to investigate the alleged torture and custodial killings of several Kashmiri Muslim men since January 2019. A report was sent to the Indian government on May 4 over “the continued deterioration of human rights conditions” in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir, documenting several cases of “arbitrary detentions, violations…

UN expresses 'serious concerns' over continued human rights violations in India-occupied Kashmir

In its third commutation India since it imposed a lockdown  in Occupied Kashmir, the United Nations Special Rapporteurs expressed serious concerns over the human rights conditions in the region.

"We have serious concerns over the human rights conditions in occupied Kashmir,"…

UN urged to continue documenting HR abuses in held Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday called on the United Nations to continue monitoring and documenting human rights abuses being committed by India in occupied Kashmir.

“Pakistan reiterates its call for enhanced international monitoring of and continued UN reporting on the human rights crisis in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir to save lives, dignity and freedoms of the Kashmiri people under illegal occupation for…

Masood thanks UK, EU lawmakers for supporting Kashmir cause

MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan expressed his gratitude towards British and European parliamentarians for their “abiding and steadfast cross-party support” for Kashmiris’ right to self-determination and protection of their human rights.

“At this crucial hour, we need their voice and outreach to their respective governments along with the United Nations and relevant multilateral…

India cannot win conventional war against Pakistan: AJK president

Pakistan is fully prepared to militarily respond to unlawful actions of fascist Modi regime, says Sardar Masood


Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan has said that Pakistan is…

Kashmir Committee to build strong narrative: Afridi

ISLAMABAD - Chairman of Special Commit­tee of the Parliament on Kashmir Shehryar Khan Afridi on Wednes­day said that parliamentary com­mittee would work with the think-tanks, academia and policymakers to help build a strong narrative on the Kashmir dispute.

Shehryar Afridi expressed these views while talking to former AJK Prime Minister Barrister Sultan Me­hmood who called on him here. Afri­di said the Kashmir Committee…

A fight against tyranny

Human history is replete with oppression, persecution and the denial of basic human rights to subjugated masses by tyrant rulers and the resistance by the oppressed against the injustices perpetrated on them, leading to barbaric responses by the rulers to quell the uprisings. Kashmir is quintessential of this regrettable phenomenon with roots in the pre-partition era.

The people of Kashmir probably have the longest history of suffering and resistance against tyranny, persecution as well…

Speakers raise rights’ violations by Indian troops in IOK

Brussels/London; July 17 (KMS): The President of the All Parties Group on Kashmir – European Parliament (APGK), Professor Klaus Buchner together with Organisation of Kashmir Coalition (OKC) held an informal farewell get-together at the Brussels Press Club. The farewell event was attended by a good number of invited guests included MEPs, jurists, scholars, civil society members, and Kashmiri and Pakistani diaspora. All the speakers at the event paid rich tribute…

Whole Kashmir desired to accede to Pakistan in 1947: AJK president

ISLAMABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan has said that on July 19, 1947, the whole Kashmir State had desired to accede to Pakistan and that spirit still lives strong today.

Had it not been for the connivance of the Indian Army, Dogra Raj and the British rulers, true aspirations of the Kashmiri people would have been realised and they would have become a…

In Kashmir, military lockdown and pandemic combined are one giant deadly threat

COVID-19 is taking a terrible toll worldwide. But in the Himalayan territory of Kashmir, it’s only the latest indignity in a 73-year cycle of oppression, militarization and scarcity.

At least, that’s what the minimal news from Kashmir indicates. The Indian part of Kashmir – which shares volatile borders with Pakistan and China – has been an information black hole since August 2019, when the government of Prime…

APHC calls for strike on Friday in IOK against Indian occupation

Srinagar, July 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference has called for complete strike on Friday, July 24, to send a clear message to India that the people of Jammu and Kashmir reject its illegal occupation of their homeland.  

An APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar…

India’s Hindutva ideology poses serious threat to peace: FM

Islamabad, July 23 (KMS): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said India’s Hindutva ideology and aggressive policies pose serious threats to peace and stability in the entire region. Chairing a high-level meeting in Islamabad regarding the situation of peace and stability in the region, he said India is targeting civilians by committing ceasefire violations…

Iran urged to release rights activist with Covid-19 symptoms

GENEVA: A group of independent UN human rights experts has called for Iran to urgently release an activist who reportedly is ill with Covid-19…

No one can separate Kashmir from Pakistan: Afridi

Islamabad, July 25 (KMS): Chairman Parliament’s Special Committee on Kashmir Shehryar Khan Afridi has reiterated Pakistan’s unflinching moral, diplomatic and political support to Kashmiri people and vowed to expose fascism of Narendra Modi’s government at all international forums.
“Kashmir is our jugular vein. Kashmiris and Pakistanis are one nation and no one can separate Kashmir from Pakistan,” he said in an interview with APP.
“We would not allow…

India unable to reduce forces in held Kashmir

More than half a million Indian forces have been deployed by India in held Kashmir, which have made the Kashmiris hostage for decades. The situation worsened after August 5, 2019 when the Modi Sarkar revoked the Article 370 and annexed held Kashmir. India then brought in greater number of troops and imposed harsher restrictions on the residents of the Valley.

Following this, the Indian forces increased the pressure on the residents…

Pakistan Slams Indian Government Over Eid-al-Adha Prayer Restrictions In Jammu & Kashmir

Pakistan has strongly condemned restrictions imposed by Indian authorities on traditional prayers of Eid-al-Adha, the Muslim festival of sacrifice, in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Imposition of restrictions on prayers on one of the most important days of the Islamic calendar represents complete disrespect by the Indian government for the sentiments of the Muslims of IoJ&K [Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir]. It is also a flagrant violation of…

India: Abuses Persist in Jammu and Kashmir

Internet Restrictions Amid Pandemic Exacerbate Yearlong Crackdown

(New York) – Indian authorities continue to impose harsh and discriminatory restrictions on Muslim-majority areas in Jammu and Kashmir, one year after the revocation of the state’s constitutional status on August 5, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today.…

HRW Slams GoI Over ‘Human Rights Abuses’ In Kashmir

KO Pic: Abid Bhat

Srinagar: The international rights body Human Rights Watch on Tuesday slammed government of India for continued harsh and discriminatory restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir, one year after the revocation of the erstwhile state’s constitutional status on August 5, 2019.

Muslim bloc endorses UN call to probe Kashmir abuses

OIC rights body condemns extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, detentions by Indian forces

The human rights body of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday endorsed a call by UN experts for a probe into extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances…

Kashmir function was arranged at historic school

NOWSHERA: The recent Youm-e-Istesal Kashmir function was arranged at the historic Government High School No 1 Cantt which has had the honour of playing host to the Father of the Nation during the Independence Movement. Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had visited this building during his visit to the province on November 24, in 1945. He had addressed the Pakistan Movement workers there and delivered a historic speech. The school chose the school to arrange a well-attended…

Kashmir is part of Pakistan - Pakistan Unveils a New Political Map

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday unveiled a "new political map" of Pakistan which also included occupied Kashmir. The premier's announcement came a day ahead of the first anniversary of India’s controversial unilateral decision to revoke the area's semi-autonomy. Addressing the nation alongside Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the premier said that it would now be the "official map" after being approved…

Kashmir family alleges Indian forces killed three civilians

The Indian army, which initially said the dead were Pakistani 'terrorists', said it is investigating the incident.

The family of three missing Kashmiris have alleged the trio was killed in a staged operation by the Indian army, bringing back memories of past cases of extrajudicial killings in the Muslim-majority…

Pakistan condemns 'extrajudicial killings' of Kashmiris

Families allege Indian army killed 3 cousins in staged gunfight last month

Pakistan on Tuesday condemned alleged "extrajudicial killings" of three Kashmiris by Indian forces in disputed Jammu and Kashmir.

"Pakistan strongly condemns the extrajudicial killings of three Kashmiri laborers from…

New paper proposes UN-supervised Kashmir referendum

Kashmir has been called a paradise on Earth by historians and analysts, but the proverbial paradise has transformed into a living hell of fear for its people under India's occupation. With over 40 proposals for peace, but not a single one acceptable to all sides, the support for an independent referendum appears to be growing, making it…

Pakistan invites world’s attention towards Kashmir issue

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday invited the world’s attention towards the human rights violations and bloodshed in Indian held Kashmir.

Participating in a Special Virtual Session of D-8 Commissioners, Director General European Commission and…

Govenror urges world , IPU to take notice of HRs violations in IOK

LAHORE - Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) President Gabriela Cuevas Barron called on Govenror Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar and discussed democracy, governance  and cooperation during a meeting at the Governor’s House on Thursday. Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar…

Amnesty accuses Indian police of 'grave abuses' in Delhi riots


Pakistan condemns use of tear gas, pellet guns on Muharram procession in occupied Kashmir

Pakistan on Sunday condemned the use of tear gas and pellet guns by Indian authorities on Muslims taking part in a Muharram procession in occupied Kashmir a day earlier. In a statement, FO Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that due to…

Extrajudicial killings, detentions happening frequently in IIOJK

Srinagar, September 01 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the killing of 10 innocent youth in a span of just three days proves the level of inhuman treatment meted out to the Kashmiri people by Indian troops in the territory.…

In Kashmir, still a long way to go

In August last year, Parliament removed Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution from the statute book, effectively emasculating the special status of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). It followed this up by carving out two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh from the State of J&K. The asymmetric character…

Kashmir at the regional chessboard

It was really strange to hear Farooq Abdullah complainingto New Delhi for unexpected rough treatment despite unflinching loyalty of his family with Indian state. Though, complainis largely about the detention which was served to the ex CMs and loyalists of New Delhi amid unilateral stripping of quasi-autonomous special status of statehood from Kashmir on 5th August last year. Political parties in occupied Kashmir have recently reaffirmed resolve for restoration of statehood…

UN calls for probe into forced disappearances, mass graves in occupied Kashmir

The UN has again called on India to probe alleged cases of forced disappearance and mass graves in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir. In a letter this week addressed to the Indian government, at least nine UN rapporteurs also asked New Delhi to reconsider the closure of…

India: Stop Using Pellet-Firing Shotguns in Kashmir

(New York) – The Indian authorities should prohibit security forces in Jammu and Kashmir from using shotguns firing metal pellets to disperse crowds, Human Rights Watch said today. Indian - view more

South Korea paper paints gloomy picture of IIOJK

Says Azad Kashmir is peaceful, while IIOJK facing brute force

Seoul (South Korea), September 07(KMS): Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, also known as one of the most beautiful valleys in the world, has long been suffering from grave human rights violation at the hands of Indian forces while reporting of the cases of violation remains not only weak but response of the international community has been…

India plans to eliminate Kashmiris in next two years: AJK president

ISLAMABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan said India is implementing a vicious plan in Kashmir and wants to eliminate the Kashmiris in the next two years.

“So technically, Pakistan doesn’t have much time and we have to inform the world community about the Indian vicious plan for Kashmir,” he said while addressing a seminar held here on Monday to highlight…

Geneva envoys meet UN rights chief on Jammu and Kashmir

OIC ambassadors tell Michelle Bachelet that in last year human rights situation worsened in Jammu and Kashmir

Ambassadors of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group in Geneva met Tuesday with the UN's human rights chief on the conditions in Indian-administered…

India wants to jeopardize regional peace through its Hindutva ideology: Qureshi

Moscow, September 10 (KMS): Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that India wants to jeopardize peace and stability of entire region through its Hindutva ideology. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi stated this while talking to his counterpart from Tajikistan, Sirojiddin Muhriddin, during their meeting in Moscow.…

Inside IOK human rights forum shows a horrible picture

According to the information downloaded while browsing internet, I came across the first report of The Forum for Human Rights in Jammu and Kashmir which was formed May 2020 in a summarized form. It is being reproduced so that readers may see how even the human rights forums work in a tainted manner.

The report titled “Jammu and Kashmir: The impact of lockdowns on Human Rights August 2019-July 2020” launched a scathing attack…

Kashmir and the United Nations Security Council

India’s Ambassador to the United Nations, T S Tirumurti has asked the UN Security Council to take off the “outdated agenda item” of the “India-Pakistan question”, from the Council.Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Munir Akram responded, “Indian representatives are either deluding…


Terrorism and Proxy Wars: A Threat to Peace and Stability in South Asia | LISA holding it,s smeinar dated 24th September, 2020 @ 3.30pm BST.

Human rights violations in Kashmir more serious than Palestine, say experts

ISLAMABAD: India is escaping from international humanitarian law by not ratifying or being signatory to Geneva Conventions and Rome Statue while perpetrating gross human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), said experts at a webinar hosted by Legal Forum for Kashmir (LFOVK) on Wednesday. London-based law professor and international law expert Professor Dr. Patricia Hobbs said that the situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir is more…

Support on Kashmir

Prime Minister Imran Khan forcefully exposed Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir at the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly last year.

Despite the powerful projection of Kashmir’s cause, unfortunately no moral and legal support could be won from the august gathering of world leaders against Indian brutalities and illegal annexation of Kashmir. A few trusted friends, China, Turkey and Malaysia however came along.…

Rights groups leave India red-faced at UNHRC

MIRPUR: India faced severe criticism at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva where reputed international rights groups during a day-long debate took a dig at the BJP government for human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K).

The Council was urged to impress upon New Delhi to hold accountable members of its security forces involved in heinous crimes such as torture, arbitrary detentions, killings, and forced disappearances. Taking part in a debate held…

Indian army admits wrongdoing in killing three Kashmiris

Families demand justice after Indian army admits it killed three unidentified fighters in Amshipora village.

Human rights activists in Kashmir see the encounter as a gunfight in which civilians were dubbed rebels and killed by the army…

Pakistan rejects India’s remarks on GB elections

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has categorically rejected “unwarranted and irresponsible remarks” made by India’s Ministry of External Affairs regarding upcoming elections in strategically-located Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).

“India has no locus standi on the issue — legal, moral or historical. The regurgitation of false and fabricated claims by India can neither change the facts nor divert attention from India’s illegal actions and perpetration of the worst human rights…

‘Indian Military Occupation of Kashmir in 21st century is shameful’

— Armed resistance is recognized under International Humanitarian law and under ICJ judgments, say experts 

Protest in Geneva against HR violations in IIOJK

Geneva, October 01 (KMS): The Tehreek-e-Kashmir Europe and Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR) held a strong protest demonstration outside the Headquarters of United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to draw the world attention towards the continued bloodshed and human rights violations by Indian troops in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The protest demonstration, held on the sidelines of the ongoing 45th session of the UN Human Rights…

Kashmir, Palestine & Islamophobia

The PMs speech pointed out the real problems of the world
By: Muhammad Zahid Rifat

Lingering unresolved issues of Kashmir and Palestine, non-implementation and no enforcement of Resolutions adopted decades back by the UN Security Council and the mounting threat to humanity in general, and particularly to Muslims, in the form of Islamophobia were the main problems confronting the Muslim Ummah.


Self determination as vital as right to life: Speakers

Geneva, 5 October (KMS): Speakers at a virtual conference held on the sidelines of the 45th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva emphasizing that implementation of self-determination is as vital as the right to life have called for the settlement of the Kashmir dispute as per UN Security Council resolutions.

The event was organized by the Organisation of Kashmir Coalition (OKC) under the umbrella of its partner…

India committing gross human rights violations in IIOJK: Munir

Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York Ambassador Munir Akram says India cannot suppress the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiri people for the realization of the right to self-determination.

Addressing the session of the committee of General Assembly in New York, he said the…

Pakistan urges world community to push India to grant Kashmiris’ right to self-determination

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 08 (APP): Pakistan has called on world community to demand that India halts its human rights abuses in occupied Kashmir, accepts international inquiry commission and agrees to implement UN Security Council resolutions guaranteeing self-determination to the Kashmiri…

The United Nations and the Neglected Conflict of Kashmir

The principle of ‘right of self-determination’ and its applicability to the 72-year-old Kashmir conflict needs to be considered during the 75th session of the Fourth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly that is taking place between October 8 to November 10, 2020 at its headquarters in New York. The Committee…

UN urged to take cognizance of Kashmiri genocide by India’s fascist regime

—Kashmiri journalists launch ‘Kashmir Update’ magazine

ISLAMABAD: Human rights activists and parliamentarians from…

Human rights watchdogs call for probe into HR abuses in IIOJK

Geneva, September 25 (KMS): Lambasting the Indian government for committing gross human rights violations in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the representatives of reputed international human rights watchdogs have urged the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to conduct a comprehensive independent investigation into allegations of human rights violations committed by Indian forces in the territory. Taking part in the debate in the ongoing 45th session of the…

Pakistan re-elected to UN Human Rights Council with 'overwhelming majority'

Pakistan will continue to highlight plight of Kashmiris and other oppressed people all over the world, says FO

Pakistan has been re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) with an overwhelming majority securing 169 votes in the 193-member UN General Assembly.

Elections were held in New York on Tuesday. Among the five candidates from the Asia-Pacific region vying for four seats,…

Hurriyat forum, others aghast over killings, arrests in IIOJK

Srinagar, October 14 (KMS): In Illegally Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, senior Hurriyat leader Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Islamic Political Party and others have expressed concern over the surge in Indian state terrorism in the territory.

The Mirwaiz led forum in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the oppression unleashed by Indian brutal forces upon the Kashmiri people especially…

‘Pakistan to continue exposing human rights violations in Indian Kashmir’

Prime Minister Imran Khan says he is “pleased” with Pakistan’s re-election to the United Nations Human Rights Council for another three-year term. This is the fifth time Pakistan has been elected a member of the UNHRC. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has called the development a “big win” for Pakistan. Qureshi…

Kashmir and UN’s responsibility to protect

Why does this not apply to India?
Sovereign states are expected to act as guardians of their citizen’s security, but what happens if states behave as criminals towards their own people, treating sovereignty as a license to kill? Should tyrannical states be recognized as legitimate members of international society and accorded the protection afforded by the non-intervention principle? Non-Intervention has been the norm in international society since the1648…

International laws establish IOJ&K occupation as illegal

While IIOJK (Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir) has become a permanent peace irritant, endangering the lives of 1.5 billion plus people of the subcontinent, the illegal steps taken by India have given birth to a number of legal questions.

These questions pertain to legal classification of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir as well as to the ever-rising Indian atrocities perpetrated shamelessly upon the innocent people of this region whose majority happen to be Muslims. Questions…

Silencing Human Rights body is murder of democracy

Caste based social structure of India, as proposed by the Manu Smriti since medieval times is believed to be the foundation stone and principal organ to induce human rights violations and infringement. In more than 200 years of occupation, the British Empire intensified the caste system in its political, as well as, administrative configuration. They crushed the dissenting voices and there were no scope of justification for the victims. However, even after 73 years…

Indian Forces and Kashmiri Youth

It is a well established fact that since 1989, India has been using above 700,000 security forces in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK)to crush the Kashmiris’ freedom struggle, which the people of IOJK started in 1989, because since 1948, India had failed all the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) efforts to hold…

Kashmir dispute poses serious threat to regional peace, stability: Manzoor

Peshawar, Oct 22 (KMS): Former Ambassador of Pakistan Manzoorul Haq has said that Kashmir dispute had posed a serious threat to regional peace and urged the United Nations and International Community to play their due role in its resolution.

Talking to APP, the former ambassador said that the Modi’s fascist policies had put the peace of entire South Asia at stake.

He said revoking special status…

India Committing Human Rights Violations In IIOJK To Suppress Kashmiris' Movement

India is committing violation of human rights besides illegally suppressing the movement of self-determination by innocent Kashmiri people in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) by using force.

LAHORE, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Oct, 2020 ) :India is committing…

Pakistan urges UNSC to stop India from making demographic changes in Kashmir

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 24 (APP):Pakistan has called on the United Nations Security Council to prevent India from carrying out its “criminal colonial project” to convert occupied Jammu and Kashmir’s Muslim majority into a minority, saying it was the 15-member body’s “direct responsibility”…