Pakistan Observer

Kashmir

NC, PDP equally damaged Kashmir cause: Er Rashid

Srinagar—The President of Awami Ittihad Party (AIP) and member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Er Rashid has said that the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party are equally damaged Kashmir cause.He added that till recent times PDP was just an extension of Congress and it was part of every constitutional erosion. ... Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Details

Indian border force questions preferential treatment army

New Delhi—India’s largest border guarding force Border Security Force (BSF) has strongly raised the issue of disparity of payment between BSF and army personnel terming it as ironical and demoralizing for BSF men, media reports said. ... Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Details

Surge in rights violations by Indian troops denounced

Islamabad—The Azad Jammu and Kashmir chapter of the forum patronized by the veteran Hurriyet leader Syed Ali Gilani has expressed concern over the surge in human rights violations by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir. The fourm during a meeting, presided over by its Convener Ghulam Muhammad Safi in Islamabad, today condemned the February 1993 Kunan-Poshpora tragedy perpetrated by Indian troops and the role of Indian government, judiciary and puppet administration in gruesome act. ... Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Details

9 years on, families of slain Dodhipora boys await justice

Srinagar—Nine years on, the family members and relatives of four boys killed by Indian troops on February 22, 2006 in Kupwara district are awaiting justice. The family members and relatives of the slain boys in a media interview in Srinagar said that the successive regimes in the territory, Indian troops and police personnel were shielding the involved persons on pretext of draconian law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and sought intervention of the international human rights organizations to bring the guilty to justice. ... Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Details

Remembering the Rape victims of Kunan-Poshpora

24 years have passed; victims of gang rape in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir are struggling for justice. But justice still remains elusive. ”. Today the brave and extraordinary women of Kashmir will come together to commemorate yet another year of struggle against injustice and retake a vow to challenge state-sanctioned impunity. It was on 23rd of February 1991 when the soldiers of 4th Rajputana Rifles, of the Army’s 68th Brigade, entered the villages and launched the most potent tool of repression used in theatres of political conflict — rape, sexual humiliation and sexual torture. ... Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Details

APHC releases report on women sufferings in IOK

Srinagar—The All Parties Hurriyet Conference has called upon international human rights organizations to take notice of harassment of women, which is being used by India as a weapon of war in the territory. The APHC at a meeting, held in Srinagar to observe the Kashmiri Women Protection Day, today, said that India had been using brute tactics against the women for the past over two decades to break the Kashmiris’ will for freedom. ... Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Details

Spring tree plantation starts

Mirpur—All is set to launch Spring Tree Plantation campaign 2015 throughout Azad Jammu & Kashmir on February 09 (today), it was officially declared. This year, Azad Jammu & Kashmir government has announced to name the Spring Tree Plantation Drive after the martyrs of the Army Public School Peshawar to pay glorious tributes to the innocent victims of the deadly December 16 terror attack, Secretary Forests, Wild Life, Fisheries and AKLASC, AJK government, Mr. Farhat Ali Mir said. ... Monday, February 09, 2015 Details

OIC, UN role urged to solve Kashmir dispute

Riyadh—Expressing solidarity with of Kashmiri people, Pakistani Ambassador Manzoor ul Haq urged the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the UN General Assembly, and the international community to play their role in redressing the plight of the hapless Kashmiris. The event, which was held at the Pakistan Embassy, was attended by prominent members of the Pakistani community, Kashmiris and the Saudi elite. Prince Abdullah bin Sultan bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz was the chief guest on this occasion, while Fazal ur Rahman, a prominent Pakistani expatriate, was the guest of honor. ... Monday, February 09, 2015 Details

Washington seminar warns India against Kashmir demographic change

Washington—Pakistan has said that India cannot roll the UN-recognised Jammu and Kashmir dispute under the carpet, while experts at a seminar warned India against changing the special constitutional status of the disputed territory and altering its demographics. ... Monday, February 09, 2015 Details

PDP-BJP alliance to be policy-oriented: Mufti

Jammu—In a virtual rebuff to his critics, Peoples Democratic Party patron Mufti Muhammad Syed has said that the proposed alliance with BhartiyaJanta Party for government formation in Jammu and Kashmir will be transparent and policy oriented. ... Monday, February 09, 2015 Details

Maqbool Butt: The Paragon of Patriotism

MAQBOOL Butt, the charismatic resistance protagonist who hailed from Trehgam Kashmir, joined Plebiscite Front in 1955 as a student activist. Snooping and prying eyes of the intelligence sleuths forced him to go into hiding and remain engrossed in literary activities. He passed B.A. examination in 1958 and migrated to Pakistan where he joined Peshawar University for higher education. He acquired Master’s Degree in Urdu. He worked as sub-editor of the Urdu daily Anjaam for some years. For Maqbool journalism was, in fact, a hobby which he used as a launching pad for revolutionary political activities aimed at the liberation of Kashmir from Indian yoke. ... Monday, February 09, 2015 Details

PDP, BJP formal talks after Feb 7

Srinagar—The rightwing BJP has said formal talks with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be held after Rajya Sabha polls in the State on February 7. “BJP leadership is busy with RS polls strategy. It is not possible to have any formal talks with PDP at this stage,” BJP’s newly-elected MLA and national executive member, Dr Nirmal Singh told Rising Kashmir. ... Thursday, February 05, 2015 Details

Sultan joining PTI is big jolt to govt

Islamabad—Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, an ex-premier of AJK, has finally decided to switch over his poliical loyalties to have now the flag of Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf (PTI-AJK) flutter at the frontal bonnet of his car. Certainly, spurnning his longtime association with PPP-AJK, he must have felt a pinch,but the situation in which he had fallen rightly forced him to embrace PTI and its boss Mr Imran Khan. His joining announcement expected today. ... Thursday, February 05, 2015 Details

Govt should raise Kashmir issue forcefully: AJK-JI

Sialkot—The Ameer Jamat Islami Azad Jammu Kshmir Abdul Rasheed Turabi has urged upon the rulers to raise strong voice at the international level against the Indian atrocities against Kashmiri muslims in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. ... Thursday, February 05, 2015 Details