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Cash-strapped CDA set to start Kashmir Highway project

Cash-strapped CDA set to start Kashmir Highway project

ISLAMABAD – The cash strapped Capital Development Authority (CDA) is all set to start construction work for Kashmir Highway while the civic body has stopped its many ongoing projects owing to the paucity of funds.
The CDA had decided to start construction work on the Kashmir Highway in March that would cost Rs 2.60 billion while around Rs 2 billion was required to complete those projects over which the CDA had stopped or slowed down the work due to the scarcity of funds, an

US can encourage Indo-Pak talks on Kashmir: Munter

ISLAMABAD – US Ambassador Cameron Munter on Friday said the US could encourage Pakistan and India to resolve the issue of Kashmir through dialogue.
He was speaking at a discussion on the US-Pakistan relations held by Islamabad Programme in Global Studies.
He said the US could not dictate India or Pakistan, but as a friend of both countries, it could encourage the two sides to resolve the dispute over Kashmir. Munter said good relations between the two countries would be

From Kashmir to Afghanistan, something went wrong

The following is a compilation of questions to and answers from Ikram Sehgal, some in keeping with answers from the other panelists such as Gilles Dorronsoro, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Shuja Nawaz, Director South Asia Center
The first question to the panel sounded more like a suggestion, and it went like this: “It seems to me almost like Pakistan saying it wants to find the terrorists is like OJ (Simpson) saying he wanted to find his wife’s

Attique criticises PML-N launch in Azad Kashmir

ISLAMABAD – Claiming that only political parties from Azad Kashmir have right to represent the Kashmiri people, AJK Prime Minister Sardar Atique Ahmad on Sunday warned that any intervention of non-Kashmiri political parties in the state would be a ‘counter-productive’ for the Kashmir cause and Pakistan itself.
He was addressing a meeting of the Central Executive Committee of the Muslim Conference held here. According to a source privy to deliberations at the meeting, the AJK

Azad Kashmir hydroelectric potential must be harnessed

LAHORE – Azad Jammu Kashmir Prime Minster Sardar Attique Ahmad has said that India is planning to construct 250 small and mega dams over river Chenab. This situation would aggravate the already tense water situation, he said.
“If the inflows in the rivers continue to decline, people in cities like Lahore and Karachi may face water rationing in near future, he said while speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday. LCCI President Shahzad Ali Malik, Senior

Fazl asks UN to implement Kashmir resolutions

ISLAMABAD – Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Chairman Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Monday urged the United Nations to move its machinery for implementing the resolutions on the Kashmir issue.
Lauding the resolution recently passed by the UN in support of right to self-determination in support of the nations subjected to occupation by other countries, the Maulana asked the world body to ensure implementation of its resolutions on Kashmir also.
In a statement, the Kashmir

Nawaz launches PML-N in Azad Kashmir

MUZAFFARABAD – Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif has criticised the chief of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain, for supporting a dictatorial regime for 11 years.
During a public rally in Muzaffarabad on Sunday, wherein he formally announced to form the PML-N in Azad Jammu Kashmir, Nawaz slammed Altaf, saying those talking of a revolution should not have supported a dictator for 11 years.
Nawaz asked, “Why were 50 people killed in Karachi when the

US wants Pakistan, India dialogue on Kashmir

WASHINGTON – The United States has stressed that Pakistan and India to have a significant dialogue on Kashmir and resolve the decade-old issue, where continuing violence this year further strained relations between the two neighbours.
“The issue of Kashmir has come up on a regular basis in our discussions with Pakistan and with India, and our answer to officials of both countries is generally the same, that ultimately, it’s Pakistan and India that to have a significant dialogue

No change in China’s stance on Kashmir, says Kaira

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Sunday said that Chinese premier Wen Jiabao has assured Pakistani leadership that his country would support Pakistan at all fronts. He was addressing a news conference here along with Pakistani ambassador in China, Masood Khan. When asked as to why the Chinese PM avoided to mention Kashmir issue, Kaira said, “There is no change in China’s stance over Kishmir issue. Chinese premier has assured Pakistan that they

Krishna discusses Kashmir with Wen

NEW DELHI – India’s External Affairs Minister SM Krishna brought up Jammu Kashmir issue with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao during his meeting, the Time of India newspaper reported on Thursday.
The paper reported that the Indian minister told the Chinese premier that Jammu Kashmir was still a core issue and “Kashmir to India is like what Tibet is to China.”
The minister also discussed issue of stapled visa to Kashmiris, living in Indian Held Kashmir, and boundary disputes

Kashmir rapper uses rhymes to protest Indian rule

SRINAGAR: If you ask MC Kash, he’s just speaking the truth. But Kashmir’s breakout rapper’s songs are causing rebellion and could land him in jail. Kash calls himself a rebel who uses sharp rhymes and beats instead of stones or guns to protest India’s rule over the mostly Muslim region in the Himalayas.
Kash, 20, whose real name is Roushan Illahi, has won a fan base among Kashmir’s youth, whose summer uprising against Indian rule inspired his local hit “I Protest.”

Kashmir tops govt’s agenda: FM

MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Wednesday said the government would continue to extend moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris and highlight the issue.
While talking to media people after offering Eid prayer at Shah Rukn-e-Alam Mosque, he ruled out the impression that the issue was dropped from the UN agenda. The Kashmir problem was still on the United Nations’ agenda, he said, adding it was a wrong impression.
Qureshi hailed the government policies,

Kashmir dispute remains on UNSC’s agenda: UN

ISLAMABAD: The Jammu and Kashmir dispute remains on the United Nations Security Council’s agenda, a UN spokesman categorically stated on Tuesday as he rejected “inaccurate” reports that it has been removed from the list of unresolved issues.
“Some articles that appeared recently on Kashmir are inaccurate,” UN Spokesman Farhan Haq said, according to a Foreign Office statement.
He said the UN’s latest list of matters “continues to include the agenda item under which the

Kashmir no more ‘unresolved’ on UN list

LAHORE: To the utter dismay of Kashmiris as well as the Pakistan government, the United Nations in a dramatic way removed the Kashmir dispute from its list of “unresolved” issues which is tantamount to negation of the indigenous freedom movement of the Kashmiris.
According to a private news channel, the omission of Jammu and Kashmir from the list of disputes under the observation of the UN Security Council was noticed by Pakistan whose envoy has lodged a protest on the move.

Geelani calls for Obama to focus on Kashmir

SRINAGAR: A top separatist in Indian-held Kashmir on Sunday urged the US to intervene in the disputed region, saying Washington could eliminate its “trust-deficit” in the Muslim world.
Syed Ali Geelani said in a statement directed at President Barack Obama, who is visiting India, “Resolution of the (Kashmir) problem with American assistance will go a long way in eradicating the trust deficit between the US and the Muslim world.”
Congratulating Obama on his three-day visit to

Kashmir to be potentially explosive for Obama

WASHINGTON: Any mention of Kashmir by US President Barack Obama during his trip to India can be potentially explosive, a top American strategic expert has said, adding that Pakistan would dominate the topics discussed in Obama’s talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Noting in his latest comment that Obama’s visit would take place against the backdrop of the revival of Kashmir question, Bruce Riedel of Brookings Institute said Pakistan would move to capitalise on the

Indian home minister reviews security on Kashmir visit

SRINAGAR: India’s Home Minister P Chidambaram reviewed the security situation in Indian-held Kashmir on Sunday in the face of months of deadly protests against Indian occupation that have left over 100 people dead.
Chidambaram held a series of meetings with Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and top security and intelligence officials, a spokesman said.
It was Chidambaram’s first visit to the state since June 11 when a 17-year-old student was killed by a police teargas