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Gilgit-Baltistan Part of J&K

A week after a committee headed by Sartaz Aziz, Foreign Affairs Advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, recommended converting the Gilgit-Baltistan region into the country’s fifth province, the British Parliament gave a blazing shocker to Pakistan. In a resolution passed by British lawmakers, Gilgit-Baltistan was declared as a legal and constitutional part of Jammu and Kashmir. Known as “the mother of all parliaments”, the British Parliament also termed the ongoing construction of the US$54 [...]

Do You Think That India Should Give Up Kashmir?

Since 1947 Pakistan has been obsessed with getting Kashmir, the entire region, to be part of Pakistan and it is now time for India to offer it to them on a platter. This is the only way there will be peace and tranquility in Kashmir, and Pakistan will finally be able to achieve Islamic utopia that Jinnah so ambitiously envisioned. After all, Pakistan was meant to be a land of Islamic brotherhood and peace, where [...]

Farooq Abdullah Doubts India's Claim of POK

  It may be a mere coincidence that Pakistan has appointed Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, a known Kashmir veteran as the next Army chief at the time when on the Indian side of the fence, former Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Chief Minister (CM) Farooq Abdullah has stirred political controversy by saying that India lacks the guts to take back parts of Kashmir occupied by Pakistan. “Pakistan is one of the stakeholders which the government [...]

Indian Army Launches Counter Assault

In what can be regarded as a dramatic increase in the enmity between the neighbours, Pakistani commandos killed two Indian soldiers and beheaded another one at Machil in the Jammu and Kashmir border shared by both the countries on November 22, 2016. Incidentally, as has become the norm in these incidents, the Pakistani soldiers had entered the Indian side of the border also known as the Line of Control (LoC). The Indian Army has vowed [...]

Protagonists of Jammu and Kashmir Cauldron Part 4

Continued from previous post, Movers and Shakers of Kashmir – Part 3 People of P-O-K The people of Gilgit and Baltistan in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (P-O-K) are an unfortunate lot. During 1947-48, they were forcefully occupied by the Pakistan Army and ever since, their voice, culture, freedom and economic development have all been suppressed by the Pakistani state. The people continue to suffer under Pak Army’s brutality as they try and continue with existential living. [...]

Protagonists of Jammu and Kashmir Cauldron - Part 3

  Hurriyat: (Continued from Part 2) Yasin Malik (1966 – ) Yasin Malik has been a hardline active militant who has now supposedly turned to non-violent means to achieve ‘Azadi’ for Kashmir, outside the influence of both India and Pakistan. He founded the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) to take on the Indian authority through violent means. It was his group that organized the kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed days after Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, her [...]

  This is in continuation to the blog titled, Movers and Shakers of Kashmir – Part 1 Farooq Abdullah (1937 – ) President National Conference: 1981 Chief Minister: Sept 1982 – July 1984 Chief Minister: Nov 1986 – Jan 1990 Chief Minister: Oct 1996 – Oct 2002 Minister of New and Renewable Energy: May 2009 – May 2014 Son of Sheikh Abdullah and a doctor by profession, Farooq Abdullah became President of National Conference in [...]

Pakistan army’s new boss

Normally in any country appointment of an army chief doesn’t make headlines. Pakistan is a lone country where not only appointment but also retirement of an army chief creates buzz in Islamabad’s power corridor, the media and streets of cities. As days of army chief General Raheel Sharif’s retirement are inching closer, rumour mill surrounding the next army chief’s appointment has gone into overdrive with opinions that he will be one who would be loyal [...]

Why China Supports Pakistan

Post the Uri terror attack, India has been able to meet its diplomatic goal of isolating and exposing Pakistan before the global community for its overt and covert support to terror groups operating from its soil. Despite its best efforts to counter India’s diplomatic offensive at the UN, Pakistan found few takers for its position on Kashmir. The world has recognized Pakistan, and specifically the ISI and military, for providing finance, training, equipment and logistic [...]

How Ajit Doval is making India strong again

In the past, India has always shown the utmost restraint in spite of repeated terror attacks emanating from the soil of its neighbours – something that they either deny or justify on some ludicrous ground or the other – but now, with the latest surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK), it seems that India has decided to shed that restraint. It has gone ahead and dealt forcefully with the one that had wronged it. On [...]

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