Kashmiris and those in solidarity with the residents of the Indian-administered region have called a new domicile policy by New Delhi “obnoxious” and “insulting.” Critics have also accused India of using oppressive measures against Kashmiris. New Delhi has recently announced new rules regarding Indian citizens living in Kashmir.
Indians celebrated Republic Day “with a grand display of military prowess, vibrant cultural diversity and socio-economic progress” on Sunday. Thousands of military personnel and spectators gathered for the annual military parade, and to greet President Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi. India also demonstrated its military strength with missiles, tanks, rifle jets, Chinook and Apache helicopters. Apart from this, the parade also featured traditional dances from Indian areas, attended by hundreds of men, women, and children.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Chinese President Xi Jinping in the scenic southern town of Chennai. The town has a historic old temple and is popular with tourists because it is suitable for surfing. In this seaside town, Xi and Modi held a few hours of one-on-one talks. Xi said on Saturday that he had a free and frank discussion with Modi.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Beijing on a visit to China. It is his third visit to the country since becoming Prime Minister. Hours before reaching the capital of China, a spokesman for the Pakistani military tweeted that Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa has reached a meeting with the Chinese military leadership. In the tweet, it was written that Bajwa will also attend the meeting of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang with Imran Khan.
The ‘Azadi March’, which originated from Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, is nearing the Line of Control (LOC). Pakistani troops have stopped the march six kilometers from the Line of Control. Those involved in the march spent the night on the road and have claimed to be heading back to the border in the morning.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he understands “the anguish of the Kashmiris in AJK seeing their fellow Kashmiris in IOJK under an inhumane curfew for over 2 months.” However, he said that crossing the Line of Control (LoC) would only strengthen the Indian narrative.
A strong 5.8-magnitude earthquake has killed at least 37 people, with the death toll expected to rise as the rescue operation is still on. Several hundred others have been left nursing injuries. The tragedy occurred in Mirpur, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. According to local authorities, the quake also caused massive damage to homes and shops.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has warned of a massacre and the threat of war over Indian-administered Kashmir. Khan has said that there are 900,000 Indian soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir, and warned of a massacre once a military curfew is lifted. He urged the international community to play its part in resolving the issue. “For 50 days, the people of Kashmir have been locked down by 900,000 soldiers,” Khan said.
Pakistan has said that it rejected the Indian Foreign Minister’s provocative and irresponsible statements regarding himself and Kashmir. Earlier, the External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, had said that the abolition of Article 370 was an internal matter of India and part of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and would fall under the sovereignty of India.
Pakistan today refused to allow Indian President Ram Nath Kovind to use its airspace. Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Aviation, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, made the announcement on Saturday. The Indian Foreign Ministry asked for permission from Pakistan in connection with Kovind’s trip to Europe.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he is worried because the Indian government is taking steps to create a nuclear war on the subcontinent. Addressing the nation on Monday about the situation in India’s Kashmir, he said, “the way I see the Modi government’s ambitions, the kind of ideology they have if the problem goes to war. Remember, both countries have nuclear weapons and no one will win a nuclear war.”
Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has said that he has no plans to talk to India anymore because it is no longer useful. In an interview with The New York Times, Imran Khan said, “there is no point in talking to them. I mean, I have done all the talking. Unfortunately, now when I look back, all the overtures that I was making for peace and dialogue, I think they took it for appeasement,” Mr. Khan said.
According to reports from the Indian-administered Kashmir office, the process of removing barriers has been started. After a 13-day blockade of curfew and media communications imposed in Indian-administered Kashmir in early August, a government spokesman said on Saturday that various sanctions were gradually being lifted in the valley.
Pakistan’s political leadership celebrated Eid in Pakistan-administered Kashmir to express solidarity with Kashmiris, where Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, “Not only Pakistan but China also rejects India’s unconstitutional measures.” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi while addressing the Mank Payi refugee camp said, “We are not members of the Security Council. We needed a lawyer to fight for us.” So I went to China and congratulate you that I have brought a lawyer from China to fight our case to the Security Council.”
India is back to square one, thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move Monday to scrap special political rights for a Muslim-majority state in the Hindu-dominated country. The Muslim-rights issue, which led to the creation of Pakistan as a Muslim homeland in 1947, has now resurfaced: Can the Muslims get a fair shake in India?
India revoked Kashmir’s special status with a rush decree. A presidential decree issued on August 5, 2019 removed Article 370 of India’s constitution that provided special rights to Kashmir, which is also the Muslim-majority state. The state lost its unique constitution and the right to implement their own laws. India sent military troops to the region in anticipation of protests.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed, at the United Nations Security Council, to oppose India’s decision to abolish the special status of Kashmir under Indian control. Mr. Khan said the move contravened international law, adding that he was concerned about ethnic cleansing in India.
In India, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s government has announced that it is terminating its special status and powers given to Kashmir under the Indian constitution. India’s Home Minister, Amit Shah on Monday proposed the abolition of Article 370, signed by the President in the Rajya Sabha (Council of States) (the upper house of the Indian parliament), which has given Kashmir a semi-autonomous body.
Amid intense speculation about what is going to happen in Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah today held a long meeting with India’s national security adviser and intelligence chief. In the last ten days, an additional 50,000 troops have been deployed in Kashmir and after the removal of the pilgrims and tourists, there is panic in Kashmir. The local people from Srinagar say they are feeling ‘mental torture.’
- Things have, for the most part, returned to normal, after a tumultuous week between nuclear-armed rivals, India and Pakistan. An Indian pilot was returned from Pakistan Friday, after being shot down over the disputed region of Kashmir on Wednesday. Now Washington wants to know if an F-16 was used in the dogfight.