India threatening regional security – Alvi

President Dr. Arif Alvi in a group photo during the International Conference on “Global Non Proliferation Regime: Challenges and Response ” organized by Strategic Studies Institute Islamabad on Oct. 15, 2018. (Photo courtesy: President’s Office)
Updated 15 October 2018

India threatening regional security – Alvi

  • Pakistan president says New Delhi’s acquisition of lethal weapons impacts stability in South Asia
  • Urges both countries to save on arms and spend on public welfare

ISLAMABAD: Highlighting the need for India and Pakistan to exercise restraint in acquiring arms and ensure regional stability, President Arif Alvi reiterated that Islamabad would not give up its pursuit of a meaningful engagement with New Delhi specifically for confidence-building measures, Pakistan’s state-run media reported on Monday.
In his comments — made while addressing an international conference in Islamabad on Global Non Proliferation Regime: Challenges and Response — President Alvi suggested that both Pakistan and India need to stop spending more money on acquiring arms and instead channel it toward public welfare.
“Pakistan’s proposal for a strategic restraint regime encompassing conflict resolution and maintaining conventional balance can provide a good basis for regional peace and security,” he said.
Dr. Alvi added that the orientation of Pakistan’s Nuclear Program is civilian and Islamabad has a complete program to harness the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The president said that Pakistan has presented a strong case by applying for the Nuclear Suppliers Group’s membership, due to its efforts and contribution toward non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Insisting that the strategic stability in South Asia is being threatened by the offensive posture and induction of lethal weapons by India, he said: “Discriminatory exemptions by certain countries for the supply of nuclear technology and supply of advanced military hardware in our neighbor has further complicated the regional security and undermined the credibility of non-proliferation regime.”
He hoped that good sense will prevail and that both Pakistan and India agree on the framework for strategic stability. The President also called for the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute to ensure world peace.


Protests mount in Indian-administered Kashmir clampdown

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Protests mount in Indian-administered Kashmir clampdown

  • Tensions remain high in the disputed Himalayan region
  • New Delhi last month to revoked the territory’s decades old semi-autonomous status

SRINAGAR, India: Kashmir has seen an average of nearly 20 protests per day against Indian rule over the last six weeks despite a security lockdown to quell unrest, a senior government source said.
Tensions remain high in the disputed Himalayan region after New Delhi’s controversial decision last month to revoke the territory’s decades old semi-autonomous status.
Despite a curfew, movement restrictions and the severe curtailment of Internet and mobile phone services, public demonstrations against India — mostly in the largest city Srinagar — have been constant, the source said late Saturday.
Altogether there have been 722 protests since August 5, with Baramulla district in the northwest and Pulwama in the south the biggest hotspots after Srinagar, the source said.
Since that date, nearly 200 civilians and 415 security force members have been hurt, according to the source.
Ninety-five of the civilians were injured in the last two weeks, the official said.
So far more than 4,100 people — including 170 local political leaders — have been detained across the valley, with 3,000 released in the past two weeks, the official said.
It was unclear whether any politicians were among those released.
Indian authorities have so far insisted that outbreaks of violence have been minimal, and that only five civilians have died since the clampdown started.
The relatives of four of those killed said they believed the security forces were responsible for their deaths.
The latest updates came as police said Thursday that three men suspected of belonging to a Pakistan-based militant organization were arrested while transporting weapons and ammunition toward Indian Kashmir.
Nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir, which was split between the two countries in 1947.
India deployed extra troops ahead of the August 5 decision to reinforce some 500,000 soldiers already stationed in the region, one of the most militarized places on the planet.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday promised to raise the decision to strip Indian Kashmir of its autonomy at the upcoming UN General Assembly session.