India chains entire Hurriyat leadership
Sincluding INCE decades, India has been using different cheap and dirty tactics
brutal use of force to suppress the voices of Kashmiri people seeking their birth right to self determination but these have all along failed to achieve the foul objectives. The reason is strong determination and will of the Kashmiri people who are spilling every drop of their blood to get the right that is very much enshrined in several UN resolutions but the double standards of some powers are hindering their implementation.
Scenes of oppression and coercion are a routine affair in the life of a Kashmiri in occupied Kashmir who has to face the possibility of arbitrary arrest, torture, frequent cordon searches and extra-judicial killings. Against the killing of a youth in Srinagar, the Kashmiri people had planned to hold a demonstration on Wednesday but in sheer disregard to their rights, the Indian troops again resorted to strict measures including putting the entire Hurriyat leaders Mir Waiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Gilani and Muhammad Yasin Malik under house arrest or behind the bars to foil the sit-in protest. These Indian tactics are not something new for the Kashmiri people but these clearly expose the evil and ugly face of the country, which never gets tired of blowing the trumpet of being the largest democracy in the world. In fact, it is the fourth generation of Kashmiri people that is fighting for the right to self determination and despite all the evil Indian maneuvers, including the one to link the freedom movement with terrorism, it has failed to bring any change in the stance of Kashmiri people who are as firm and resolute today as they were years ago to get themselves free from the yoke of Indian subjugation. It will, therefore, be advisable for New Delhi to stop making failed attempts of choking the voice of Kashmiri people and sit together with the Pakistani and Kashmiri leadership to find a solution that is acceptable to the Kashmiri people for peace and stability in this conflict ridden region.
TRUST deficit has deepened be tween Pakistan and the US since May 21, 2016, when the CIA-operated drone strike killed the Chief of the Afghan Taliban Mullah Akhtar Mansour in Nushki, Balochistan. On June 10, this year, a high-level delegation of the US visited Islamabad and met Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif and Adviser to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Adviser separately.
During the meeting, expressing his serious concern on the US drone strike in Balochistan as a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, Chief ofArmy Staff, Gen. Raheel Sharif highlighted as to how it had impacted the mutual trust and was counterproductive in consolidating the gains of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. Gen. Raheel Sharif by elaborated, “All stakeholders need to understand Pakistan’s challenges…inter-tribal linkages and decades-old presence of over three million refugees…blaming Pakistan for instability in Afghanistan is unfortunate…target TTP and Mullah Fazlullah in their bases in Afghanistan…RAW and NDS are of fomenting terrorism…Pakistan is committed to work for a long term peace process for Afghanistan under Quadrilateral Coordination Group framework.”
However, America’s open double standards in relation to India and Pakistan and secret double game with the latter have created unbridgeable trust deficit between Pakistan and the US. The US has always preferred
THERE have been reports in the western media and also unwit tingly reproduced in a section of Pakistani Press that China is curbing religious freedom in Xinjiang.According to the fallacious report, China has banned civil servants, students and teachers in its mainly Muslim Xinjiang region from fasting during Ramadan and ordered restaurants to stay open. This scribe visited Xinjiang in Ramadan and has interviewed government servants and ordinary Chinese Muslims as well as Pakistanis in the Muslim majority province and found that the allegation lacking veracity.
The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region or Xinjiang is located in northwest China. For thousands of years it has been a multi-ethnic region of multiple religions. At present, the major religions in Xinjiang are Islam, Buddhism, Protestantism, Catholicism and Taoism.
After the People’s Republic of China was founded, people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang gained the freedom of religious belief. The central government and local governments at all levels of Xinjiang have fully implemented the system of regional ethnic autonomy and the policy on the freedom of religious belief, and constantly improved laws and regulations on the administration of religious affairs. The majority population of Xinjiang is Islam and till recently, the province lagged behind the more opulent Eastern region of China, which led to a sense of deprivation amongst the people. The feelings of neglect were
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