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India to pull 10,000 troops from Kashmir

India to pull 10,000 troops from Kashmir

NEW DELHI – India plans to withdraw 10,000 paramilitary troops from Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) in 2011 and renew efforts to hold talks in the rebellion-hit region, a top government official said on Sunday. A separatist insurgency has raged in IHK, and at least 114 people died in street protests last summer in pitched battles with security forces.
“I think this year we can easily take out 10 battalions (10,000 personnel), if not more,” Indian Home Secretary Gopal Pillai said.

No compromise on Kashmir, say president, PM

ISLAMABAD – President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Saturday vowed not to comprise Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir, saying India had to give up the disputed region through negotiations. Addressing a convention at President House’s in connection with Kashmir Solidarity Day, Zardari reiterated that Pakistan was ready to talk to India on all issues, including Kashmir dispute, but the negotiations would not go ahead without permission of Kashmiris.

Pakistan seeks meaningful talks with India on Kashmir

ISLAMABAD – On the eve of the Indo-Pak foreign secretaries’ talk in Bhutanese capital Thimpu, Pakistan urged its nuclear neighbour for a “meaningful” dialogue on Kashmir and other disputes saying it was vital for durable peace and stability in South Asian.
Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir is set to meet his Indian counterpart, Nirupama Rao today (Sunday) in Thimpu, the Bhutanese capital on the sidelines of a SAARC ministerial conference in a bid to revive the dialogue process that

Nation observes Kashmir Solidarity Day

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI/LAHORE/PESHAWAR – People across the country and in Azad Kashmir observed Kashmir Solidarity Day on Saturday, renewing the pledge for continued support to their brethren in Indian-held Kashmir against the atrocities committed by the Indian forces.
Rallies were staged in almost all the cities and towns with a demand for cessation of hostilities and an end to illegal occupation of the valley by India. In Islamabad, National Assembly’s Committee on Kashmir Chairman

Avalanche warning issued in Kashmir

ISLAMABAD – Authorities on Saturday issued a medium-danger avalanche alert in several parts of Kashmir in view of moderate to heavy snowfall forecast over the next three days. “A medium-danger avalanche warning has been sounded by Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) for Gurez, Gugladara, Keran, Machil, Chowkibal and Tangdar in north Kashmir areas close to the Line of Control,” said Amar Ali, Disaster Management Cell coordinator.
He said the warning will be in force

Irked Jiyalas mar PPP’s Kashmir rally

KARACHI – The PPP Karachi Division’s public meeting to mark the Kashmir Day on Saturday went awry when the party’s jiyalas started protesting police excesses and sale of government jobs. The hall of the Arts Council of Pakistan – where the programme was organised – echoed with slogans by PPP activists belonging to different party wings during Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah’s speech.
Holding placards, the People’s Students Federation activists started protesting the Aram

Pakistan’s Kashmir policy remains unchanged

LAHORE – No federal government ever changed Pakistan’s stance on the Kashmir issue, former foreign secretary Shamshad Ahmed Khan said on Saturday. He was addressing a seminar at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal Complex to highlight the Kashmir issue and express solidarity with the Kashmiris.
Aiwan-e-Iqbal Complex Chairman and Pakistan Today Editor Arif Nizami, former member of the National Assembly (MNA) Onaza Ehsan Butt, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Secretary General Liaqat Baloch, Allama Shafi Josh

Religious parties organise rallies on Kashmir Day

LAHORE – Religious parties including the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and the outlawed Jamaatud Dawa organised two different rallies on Saturday in connection with the Kashmir Day. The JI’s rally started from the Nasir Bagh and culminated at the Punjab Assembly. Various leaders addressed the rally and reiterated their solidarity with the Kashmiris.
Speakers asked the Punjab Police to use an iron hand while dealing with Raymond Davis saying that if police investigate freely, they could

Kashmir Day rallies disrupt traffic

LAHORE – Traffic remained congested in the city owing to rallies organised by Jamat-ud-Dawa, a banned religious outfit, and Jamat-e-Islami on Saturday. The Mall and its adjoining roads were closed for the general public before the rallies’ commencement. Jamat-ud-Dawa workers took hold of The Mall on the preceding night to hang their banners and flags.
Rallies started from the Nasir Bagh and headed to the Faisal Square, where both rallies turned into a congregation. Roads

PML-N to mark Kashmir Day with fervour

LAHORE – The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will organise a function at its central secretariat in Islamabad today (Saturday) to mark the Kashmir Day. Party leaders, parliamentarians and workers would participate in the function. In his message on Kashmir Day, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif said that solution of the Kashmir issue could guarantee cordial Indo-Pak relations and regional peace.
He said that since regional peace and progress was linked to solution of the Kashmir

Kashmir Day for young – On showing solidarity

LAHORE – It is a holiday today and you probably will be reading this while you sit back, relaxed, lest you work in a newspaper. It is Kashmir Day today. Ever wondered why are you staying home on this day? What is the matter with Kashmiris, and how will you observing this holiday will materialize Kashmir’s liberation? Some say that the day is to show solidarity with the Kashmiris. What we ask here to the youth is only if they know what does solidarity mean and how is it showed?

Kashmir Day rallies today

LAHORE – Various religious parties on Friday finalised the arrangements to hold rallies in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day today. The main rally under the leadership of former Jamaat-i-Islami ameer Qazi Husain Ahmed will start from Nasir Bagh to Masjid-e-Shohada at 11am.
JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch, Amir-ul-Azeem and others will speak on the occasion. In the afternoon, Jamaat-ud-Dawa’s rally will start from Nasir Bagh and conclude at Punjab Assembly. Different

Kashmir Day today

ISLAMABAD – The nation is set to observe ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ throughout Pakistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir today (Saturday) to reiterate solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle for freedom. President Asif Ali Zardari at the President House in Islamabad would formally launch Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medical College in Mirpur Azad Jammu Kashmir while a joint sitting of both houses of the AJK Council and the AJK Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad is likely to

JI’s Munawar asks Fazl to quit Kashmir Committee

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hassan asked Parliament’s Special Committee on Kashmir head Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Friday to resign from his office for his failures on Kashmir issue. Addressing a press conference, he said the parliament’s committee failed in highlighting the Indian state terrorism in the Occupied Kashmir.
He backed the dialogue with India on the Kashmir issue but said that all the negotiations with India so far remained unfruitful

Indo-Pak moot urges meaningful dialogue on Kashmir

ISLAMABAD – Parliamentarians, intellectuals and opinion makers in Pakistan and India on Sunday urged the two countries to launch a meaningful dialogue on Kashmir and all other issues without further delay, cautioning that the absence of sustained engagement on conflicting matters would prove counterproductive and dangerous.
“The absence of a formal and sustained engagement on the full range of issues confronting India and Pakistan is unhealthy, counterproductive and dangerous. We

Indian RD marred by chaos in Kashmir

NEW DELHI – Indian Republic Day was celebrated Wednesday under heavy security, with tensions running high in Kashmir over efforts by Hindu nationalists to hold a rally in the troubled region’s state capital.
Security was especially tight in New Delhi where large sections of the capital were sealed off for the annual parade of military hardware. Around 35,000 police personnel, including 15,000 members of the paramilitary forces, were deployed across the city for the event, which

‘US can help resolve Kashmir issue’

GENEVA – The US could play a key role in allaying Pakistan’s fears about India by getting involved in a solution to the Kashmir dispute, a senior Pakistani diplomat said on Friday. Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Zamir Akram, said attempts by India and Pakistan to negotiate a settlement were derailed after 2006 by Hindu or Muslim “extremist” groups in each country.
“Unfortunately the momentum has been lost,” he told journalists. When asked what single