Pakistan president lauds Saudi Arabia, says India committing ‘genocide’ in Kashmir

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Prime Minister Imran Khan receives President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi at the Parliament House in Islamabad on September 12, 2019. ( PID photo)
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President Dr. Arif Alvi addresses the Joint Session of the Parliament in Islamabad on Sept. 12, 2019. (PID)
Updated 13 September 2019

Pakistan president lauds Saudi Arabia, says India committing ‘genocide’ in Kashmir

  • President Alvi maintains his country will not abandon Kashmiri people
  • Says peace in Afghanistan will help open new trade corridors in the region

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s President Dr. Arif Alvi said on Thursday that India’s “policy of genocide in Kashmir” was posing a threat to global peace and stability while urging the United Nations to send its observers in Indian-administered Kashmir to gauge the level of human rights violations in that region.
“If the world fails to take stock of the genocide in Kashmir, this will threaten global peace and stability,” Alvi said in a wide-ranging speech to the joint sitting of Parliament amid protest by the opposition parties against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.
New Delhi stripped Kashmir of its limited constitutional autonomy on Aug 5, imposing a strict curfew and communications blackout in the valley after the move.
Pakistan strongly protested India’s “illegal and unilateral” action at all national and international forums, demanding the right of self-determination for the people of Kashmir.
 “Pakistan wants to make it clear it won’t tolerate genocide [in Kashmir by Indian forces],” he said. “The United Nations should send observers [in Kashmir] to assess the [human rights] situation.”
The president vowed to stand by the people of Kashmir and lauded the government’s efforts to raise the issue at international platforms. “The whole Pakistani nation stands by Kashmiris…and we will never abandon them,” he said.
Discussing the country’s foreign policy, he said it was the success of “Pakistan’s narrative” that the whole world had admitted that there was no military solution of the decades-old Afghan conflict.
“The Afghan conflict has a political solution and we want to see peace in Afghanistan,” he said, adding that durable peace in Afghanistan would help open new trade corridors in the region.
Recalling Pakistan’s longstanding relations with Saudi Arabia, President Alvi said: “Saudi Arabia has always stood by Pakistan in difficult times.”
“The nation has immense respect and reverence for Khadim-e-Haramain Sharifain [King Salman bin Abdul Aziz],” he added.


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.