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Azad Kashmir hydroelectric potential must be harnessed

Azad Kashmir hydroelectric potential must be harnessed

LAHORE – Azad Jammu Kashmir Prime Minster Sardar Attique Ahmad has said that India is planning to construct 250 small and mega dams over river Chenab. This situation would aggravate the already tense water situation, he said.
“If the inflows in the rivers continue to decline, people in cities like Lahore and Karachi may face water rationing in near future, he said while speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday. LCCI President Shahzad Ali Malik, Senior

Fazl asks UN to implement Kashmir resolutions

ISLAMABAD – Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Chairman Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Monday urged the United Nations to move its machinery for implementing the resolutions on the Kashmir issue.
Lauding the resolution recently passed by the UN in support of right to self-determination in support of the nations subjected to occupation by other countries, the Maulana asked the world body to ensure implementation of its resolutions on Kashmir also.
In a statement, the Kashmir

Nawaz launches PML-N in Azad Kashmir

MUZAFFARABAD – Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif has criticised the chief of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain, for supporting a dictatorial regime for 11 years.
During a public rally in Muzaffarabad on Sunday, wherein he formally announced to form the PML-N in Azad Jammu Kashmir, Nawaz slammed Altaf, saying those talking of a revolution should not have supported a dictator for 11 years.
Nawaz asked, “Why were 50 people killed in Karachi when the

US wants Pakistan, India dialogue on Kashmir

WASHINGTON – The United States has stressed that Pakistan and India to have a significant dialogue on Kashmir and resolve the decade-old issue, where continuing violence this year further strained relations between the two neighbours.
“The issue of Kashmir has come up on a regular basis in our discussions with Pakistan and with India, and our answer to officials of both countries is generally the same, that ultimately, it’s Pakistan and India that to have a significant dialogue

No change in China’s stance on Kashmir, says Kaira

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Sunday said that Chinese premier Wen Jiabao has assured Pakistani leadership that his country would support Pakistan at all fronts. He was addressing a news conference here along with Pakistani ambassador in China, Masood Khan. When asked as to why the Chinese PM avoided to mention Kashmir issue, Kaira said, “There is no change in China’s stance over Kishmir issue. Chinese premier has assured Pakistan that they

Krishna discusses Kashmir with Wen

NEW DELHI – India’s External Affairs Minister SM Krishna brought up Jammu Kashmir issue with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao during his meeting, the Time of India newspaper reported on Thursday.
The paper reported that the Indian minister told the Chinese premier that Jammu Kashmir was still a core issue and “Kashmir to India is like what Tibet is to China.”
The minister also discussed issue of stapled visa to Kashmiris, living in Indian Held Kashmir, and boundary disputes

Kashmir rapper uses rhymes to protest Indian rule

SRINAGAR: If you ask MC Kash, he’s just speaking the truth. But Kashmir’s breakout rapper’s songs are causing rebellion and could land him in jail. Kash calls himself a rebel who uses sharp rhymes and beats instead of stones or guns to protest India’s rule over the mostly Muslim region in the Himalayas.
Kash, 20, whose real name is Roushan Illahi, has won a fan base among Kashmir’s youth, whose summer uprising against Indian rule inspired his local hit “I Protest.”

Kashmir tops govt’s agenda: FM

MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Wednesday said the government would continue to extend moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris and highlight the issue.
While talking to media people after offering Eid prayer at Shah Rukn-e-Alam Mosque, he ruled out the impression that the issue was dropped from the UN agenda. The Kashmir problem was still on the United Nations’ agenda, he said, adding it was a wrong impression.
Qureshi hailed the government policies,

Kashmir dispute remains on UNSC’s agenda: UN

ISLAMABAD: The Jammu and Kashmir dispute remains on the United Nations Security Council’s agenda, a UN spokesman categorically stated on Tuesday as he rejected “inaccurate” reports that it has been removed from the list of unresolved issues.
“Some articles that appeared recently on Kashmir are inaccurate,” UN Spokesman Farhan Haq said, according to a Foreign Office statement.
He said the UN’s latest list of matters “continues to include the agenda item under which the

Kashmir no more ‘unresolved’ on UN list

LAHORE: To the utter dismay of Kashmiris as well as the Pakistan government, the United Nations in a dramatic way removed the Kashmir dispute from its list of “unresolved” issues which is tantamount to negation of the indigenous freedom movement of the Kashmiris.
According to a private news channel, the omission of Jammu and Kashmir from the list of disputes under the observation of the UN Security Council was noticed by Pakistan whose envoy has lodged a protest on the move.

Geelani calls for Obama to focus on Kashmir

SRINAGAR: A top separatist in Indian-held Kashmir on Sunday urged the US to intervene in the disputed region, saying Washington could eliminate its “trust-deficit” in the Muslim world.
Syed Ali Geelani said in a statement directed at President Barack Obama, who is visiting India, “Resolution of the (Kashmir) problem with American assistance will go a long way in eradicating the trust deficit between the US and the Muslim world.”
Congratulating Obama on his three-day visit to

Kashmir to be potentially explosive for Obama

WASHINGTON: Any mention of Kashmir by US President Barack Obama during his trip to India can be potentially explosive, a top American strategic expert has said, adding that Pakistan would dominate the topics discussed in Obama’s talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Noting in his latest comment that Obama’s visit would take place against the backdrop of the revival of Kashmir question, Bruce Riedel of Brookings Institute said Pakistan would move to capitalise on the

Indian home minister reviews security on Kashmir visit

SRINAGAR: India’s Home Minister P Chidambaram reviewed the security situation in Indian-held Kashmir on Sunday in the face of months of deadly protests against Indian occupation that have left over 100 people dead.
Chidambaram held a series of meetings with Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and top security and intelligence officials, a spokesman said.
It was Chidambaram’s first visit to the state since June 11 when a 17-year-old student was killed by a police teargas

US must mediate on Kashmir: FO

ISLAMABAD: Expressing disappointment over India’s non-serious attitude towards Indo-Pak talks, Pakistan on Thursday sought intervention by US President Barack Obama for the resolution of the Kashmir and other disputes between the countries.
“It is hoped that during his forthcoming visit to India, President Obama will take up issues that are central to ensuring peace and stability in this region. Pakistan hopes that the US being a major power can play its role for regional

Kashmir solution stressed

A seminar on ‘solution of Kashmir and the role of the international world’ was conducted at the University of the Punjab institute of communication studies, on Thursday.
The speakers emphasized that the resolution of the Kashmir issue is necessary for the progress of Pakistan. Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences Dean Dr Mughees-ud-din Shiekh presided over the seminar. Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Shamshad Ahmad, Institute of Communication Studies Director

Kashmir to come after Siachen, Sir Creek: Musharraf

Improvement of ties between India and Pakistan only needed the resolving of Siachen and Sir Creek issues, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf told an Indian daily in an interview.
“One could easily go one by one. It will encourage and build confidence,” he said. Other contentious issues could be resolved first, he added.
India and Pakistan had worked out “…some parameters of graduated demilitarisation, giving of maximum self-governance, and thirdly an