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Govt, opp on same paGe over Kashmir as solidarity messaGes pour in ISLAMABAD

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S the nation observed the 72nd Independence Day on Wednesday, solidarity messages from government and opposition leaders called attention to the plight of people in Kashmir in the face of recent actions by India. A day earlier, Pakistan asked the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to summon a session on the deteriorating

situation in occupied Kashmir, after India revoked its special status through a rushed presidential decree on August 5. In his message, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal BhuttoZardari said: “We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Kashmiri brothers & sisters in their struggle to exercise their right to self-determination.” National Assembly Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif said that “[the] current situation in occupied Kashmir required the attention of world leaders and

more importantly, it reminded Pakistani leaders of the true meaning of compassion”. “If not now when?” he asked. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in his Independence Day message, espoused the vision of founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah as he advocated the “right to self-determination” for Kashmiris. In a series of tweets, he said: “We stand united with the people of Kashmir and their right to self-determination.” “Pakistan has again reminded the UNSC of this inalienable right that is

Pakistan missions abroad celebrate Independence Day with national spirit NEWS DESK Pakistan embassies and high commissions around the world celebrated the country’s 73rd Independence Day with traditional enthusiasm and immense fervour on Wednesday. Ambassadors and high commissioners in their respective missions raised the national flags to the tune of the national anthem in ceremonies attended by the mission staff, their families and Pakistani community members. Moreover, messages from President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan were also read out in various ceremonies. An engaging ceremony was organised at the Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi, attended by a large number of the community members including women and children who sang national songs with national zeal. Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UAE, Ghulam Dastgir hoisted the national flag at the embassy. While underscoring the role of Pakistani community in the UAE, the ambassador appreciated their

contribution in the development of UAE and the role they are playing in supporting the national economy and improving ties between Pakistan and the UAE. He also reiterated that the day is being celebrated with the conviction that it would be a harbinger of political, economic and social stability. Ambassador Asim Iftikhar Ahmad highlighted the efforts being undertaken by the government of Pakistan on various fronts to safeguard and promote the Kashmir cause. He said that a strong Pakistan and a vibrant nation are the best guarantee for effective action on Occupied Kashmir. Apart from the embassy, the Pakistani community also celebrated the Independence Day together with the Kashmir Solidarity Day in various events held in Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket. The 72nd anniversary of Pakistan was also celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm at the Pakistan Embassy in Beijing on Wednesday with a renewed pledge of full political, diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiris in wake

of the latest Indian move to scrap special status of Occupied Kashmir. Naghmana Hashmi, Pakistan ambassador to China, hoisted the green and white flag while the national anthem was played. The messages of President Alvi and Premier Imran for Independence Day were read out by Deputy Head of Mission Mumtaz Zahra Baloch and Minister (Political) Amir Khan, respectively. To express China’s solidarity with the Kashmiri brethren reeling from latest Indian repression, she said the Independence Day is being celebrated as the Solidarity Day with Kashmiris. The envoy also appreciated the Chinese government’s support to the Kashmir issue, saying that China, during the recent visit of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to Beijing, fully supported Pakistan’s stance and proved to be an iron brother and all-weather friend. “We are proud of our friendship with China,” she added. A simple yet dignified flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Embassy of Pakistan in Paris to celebrate

the Independence Day in solidarity with the brave Kashmiris and their just struggle for their right to self-determination. Ambassador Moinul Haque, in his address, said the unilateral and illegal act of India to bring changes to the status of IOK was in contravention of international law, United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, bilateral agreements and pledges made by Indian leaders to the Kashmiri people. He further called upon the international community, especially the permanent members of UNSC to take notice of the human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir and play their role for the resolution of the long outstanding issue in accordance with the relevant Council resolutions. In line with the occasion, three Pakistani students were awarded Jinnah scholarships for their outstanding academic achievements. The Jinnah Award was instituted last year by the Embassy of Pakistan in France to acknowledge the academic achievements of Pakistani students in France.

All agreements with India abolished after Modi's Kashmir move: AJK PM MUZAFFARABAD INP

Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider has said that Kashmiris are looking towards Pakistan after India ended special status of Kashmir. Addressing the AJK Legislative Assembly, he said That all agreements with India had abolished after the actions taken by Modi and Line of Control (LoC) had become a ceasefire line now. He said that the next target would be Pakistan if Kashmir cause derailed. He said that Kashmir freedom movement was 500 years old.

He said, over 0.1 million lives have been sacrificed for Kashmir cause.

The AJK PM said that Ghulab Singh massacred people of Kashmir in 1832 and 40, 000 Kashmiris were forced to take refuge in Pakistan. He said, the journey to get freedom would continue. He said all those making propaganda against Pakistan would be ruined. He said Kashmiris long ago decided to live and die for Pakistan. Raja Farooq said that people of Kashmir were facing immense brutalities by the hands of occupied forces. He said, there is no difference in Hitler’s and BJP’s rule, adding that Kashmmiris are being deprived of food and medicine.

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their duty to protect, in a letter delivered to their President calling for an emergency session on Kashmir,” Qureshi added. While talking to media, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan said that “without the independence of Kashmir, the independence of Pakistan was incomplete”. “The whole nation is standing in solidarity with Kashmir,” Awan said, adding: “Kashmir could not become a part of

India”. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) stalwart Asad Umar hoped that “one day Kashmiris will also see the blessing of independence”. Earlier in the day, President Arif Alvi, while addressing a flag hoisting ceremony at the convention centre in Islamabad, has reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to stand with its Kashmiri brethren in their just right to self-determination. He said: “We are for Kashmiris and they are for us”.

Lodhi presents Qureshi’s letter to UNSC president urging meeting on IOK UNITED NATIONS APP

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi on Wednesday presented a letter from Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to the Security Council president asking for an urgent meeting on the grim situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir. Ambassador Lodhi presented the letter to UNSC President Joanna Wronecka. The president will now hold consultations with the member states and fix a date for the meeting. Meanwhile, Ambassador Lodhi began meeting the council members again to update them on the situation in occupied Kashmir. In another

development, Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, who is also in New York, said he hopes India and Pakistan can work out a “mutually beneficially solution” after New Delhi revoked the special status of occupied Kashmir. Czaputowicz was in New York to address a Security Council briefing Tuesday on ”International humanitarian law – Seventieth anniversary of the Geneva Conventions: upholding humanity in modern conflict.” Later, Czaputowicz addressed reporters at the UN Security Council stakeout where he was asked that Pakistan has demanded the Security Council be briefed on the situation in occupied Kashmir following India’s decision to

scrap its special status and whether Poland supports such a request as the council president. Czaputowicz said he has had a “phone conversation” with India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in the last few days. “We expressed concerns over current tensions between India and Pakistan resulting from the proposed changed status of Jammu and Kashmir. “Poland believes that the dispute can only be resolved by peaceful means and here we fully support the reaction of the European Union and statement issued by Federica Mogherini. “We are in favor of a dialogue between Pakistan and India to sort out the differences.”

Country to progress, Kashmir issue to be resolved under PM's leadership: Firdous ISLAMABAD APP

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Wednesday evening expressed confidence that Pakistan would progress and the Kashmir issue would be resolved under the bold and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The prime minister in his address to the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly earlier in the day had given a strong message to the Modi government to stop targeting people in IoK, who were struggling for their legitimate right of self-determination.She was ad-

Indian singer Mika Singh slapped with ban over Karachi wedding concert Indian singer Mika Singh, whose performance at a wedding in Karachi sparked outrage in his native country, has been banned by the AICWA. The film body, in a statement released on Tuesday, said that it had boycotted the singer’s association with the film production houses, music companies, and online music content providers. It further said that it will “make sure” no one in India works with the singer and that anyone who “violates the order” will face “legal consequences.” “When the

dressing the Kashmir Solidarity Day rally here at the D-Chowk, which taken out by the PTI from Liaquat Bagh Rawalpindi.Dr Firdous said people of both Kashmir and Pakistan had strong will and spirit, who could not be afraid of use of force by India. The whole nation was standing by the Kashmiris struggling for their just right of freedom from the Indian clutches, she added.The special assistant said the agenda of Indian sub-continent’s partition would remain inconclusive without liberation of the IoK.She said the prime minister would highlight the Kashmir cause at every fora, assuring the people of Kashmir that Pakistan would not disappoint them and never leave them alone. tension between the countries is at the peak, Mika Singh puts money above the nation’s pride,” the film association said. The body has also sought the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s intervention in the matter. Mika performed at a family event of a cousin of former president Pervez Musharraf. The singer, reportedly, charged a staggering $150,000 for the gig. As soon as a video of the event made its way to social media, the netizens started bashing Mika left, right and center. It is worth mentioning that Mika’s performance comes at a time when the relations between India and Pakistan have hit at a new low. India’s decisions to scrap Article 370 of the constitution and bifurcate the occupied territory of Jammu & Kashmir into two union territories have not gone down well with Pakistan. NEWS DESK

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