Pak energy needs hasten expedition of gas project with Iran
Tehran—Dire energy needs have made Pakistan, which is increasingly at odds with the United States over Washington’s disrespect for the civilian casualties of its so-called war on the al-Qaeda, accelerate construction and expedition of a 1,300-mile pipeline to carry natural gas from Iran.
Iran would provide Pakistan with 750 million cubic feet of gas a day from its massive offshore South Pars field in the Persian Gulf for the next 25 years, greatly alleviating Pakistan’s worsening energy deficit.
Kashmir settlement vital for peace in South Asia: Malik
srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muham mad Yasin Malik has said that Kashmir dispute is the worst example of human tragedy and its final settlement is essential for the real peace and stability in South Asia.
Muhammad Yasin Malik addressing a public gathering in Khiram area of Bijbehara said, “The foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan are engaged in talks to find out a solution to varied bilateral issues. The foreign secretary of Pakistan is visiting New Delhi very soon to hold talks with his counterpart and this systematic and organized process of talks is a welcome development. But it is imperative to give priority to the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in the process of talks.”
Shutdown to be observed in IHK tomorrow Rich tributes paid to martyrs of 2010 uprising
Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown will be observed tomorrow to mark the start of Martyrs Week in memory of all Kashmiri martyrs including those 122 innocent youth, who were killed by Indian troops and police personnel during 2010 uprising in the territory.
Call for observance of the Week has been given by the forum patronised by the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani. It was on 11th June in 2010 when a Kashmiri teenager, Tufail Mattoo, was shot dead by Indian troops in Srinagar.
AFSPA consuming innocent lives in Kashmir
Monitoring ReportUN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns has called for repeal of all draconian laws including Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Disturbed Areas Act (DAA) and Public Safety Act (PSA) from occupied Kashmir.
Releasing an interim report of his 12-day visit to India and occupied Kashmir, the UN Special Rapporteur told reporters in New Delhi on March 30, “AFSPA allows the state to override rights. Such a law has no role in a democracy and should be scrapped.”
“The contentious law has become a symbol of excessive state power and has resulted in consuming innocent lives in Jammu and Kashmir and Assam,” he said.