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Changing demography of Kashmir against UN resolutions, says Pakistan

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said that any effort to establish dedicated townships to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir would be in violation of UN resolutions.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said at a news briefing that India cannot change the population mix by settling outsiders in the Kashmir valley.

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“Any effort to establish dedicated townships or special zones to change the demographic makeup of the territory will be in violation of UN resolutions,” she said. The statement, a clear reference to the government’s move to set-up residential zones for Kashmiri pandits.

She also accused India of discriminatory treatment of Pakistani seamen who were rescued by Indian authorities after an Omani ship sank off the coast of Gujarat on 4 April while on its way to Alang ship-breaking yard in Amreli district.

Aslam voiced concern over reports that the Pakistani seamen were denied proper lodging saying it was breach of international laws and norms.

Indian Coast Guard and state marine police had rescued the 17 crew members, 15 of them Pakistanis, of the ship which sank about 10 nautical miles from Pipavav port.

“Those belonging to Yemen were lodged in a hotel while the Pakistanis reportedly were kept in a police station,” she said.

She said Pakistan high commission in New Delhi has approached the Indian authorities to ensure the security, well-being and early repatriation of Pakistani seamen.

To another question, Aslam said New Delhi has also not responded to Islamabad’s queries about the so-called “drug boat”, referring to the incident on 20 April when a Pakistani boat carrying 232 kgs of narcotics with street value of Rs 600 crore was seized and eight Pakistanis on board were arrested by the Indian Navy and Coast Guard in international waters off the Gujarat coast.


Don’t interfere in India’s internal affairs: BJP warns Pakistan

New Delhi: Flaying Pakistan for its support to protest in Srinagar in which pro-Pakistan slogans were raised, BJP on Thursday warned the country against interfering in the internal affairs of India.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Warning Pakistan that India will respond to it in its own language, BJP said Wednesday’s protest in Kashmir were part of a conspiracy to hamper the Centre’s measures to rehabilitate exiled Kashmiri Pandit community in the Valley and grant rights to refugees from West Pakistan settled in the state.

“We strongly condemn Pakistan for its support to anti-India activities in the Valley. We won’t tolerate it. Our government is committed to rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits and empowerment of refugees from western Pakistan,” BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.

Pakistan should remain within its limits and should not support such protests, he said, adding that the neighbouring country played a role in driving Kashmiri Pandits out of the Valley. Pakistan on Thursday said people waving its national flag on the streets of Srinagar is the “manifestation of deep and lasting emotional bonds” between the Kashmiris and the Pakistanis.

Reacting to pro-Pakistan slogans and flags being waved at a rally addressed by hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani against whom an FIR was registered for “unlawful” activity, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said it was a regrettable move.

“What we witnessed yesterday on the streets of Srinagar is the manifestation of the deep and lasting emotional bonds between the people of Kashmir and the people of Pakistan,” she said in response to a question.


Pakistan blames India for ‘inordinate delay’ in 26/11 trial

The comment made by Pakistan came after India expressed dismay due to the release of 26/11 attack prime accused Zaki-ur- Rehman Lakhvi by Pakistan court.

Lakhvi, who guided 10 LeT gunmen from a control room in Pakistan during 26/11, walked free on Friday after being under detention for six years, a day after a Pakistani court ordered his release.

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Pakistan on Friday blamed India for “inordinate delay” in extending cooperation in the 2008 Mumbai attack trial, saying it complicated the case of Zaki-ur- Rehman Lakhvi and weakened the prosecution, leading to the release of the LeT operations commander.”As I had mentioned earlier also, inordinate delay in extending cooperation by India complicated the case and weakened the prosecution. We respect the judicial process and are confident that it would serve the interest of justice,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said.”The case of Mumbai attack suspects is sub-judice. It would not be proper to cast aspersions on Pakistan’s commitment to countering terrorism at a time when Pakistan has entered a critical stage of defeating the menace of terrorism,” she said when asked about her Indian counterpart’s remarks on the Lahore High Court ruling, ordering Lakhvi’s release.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fifty five-year-old Lakhvi, who guided 10 LeT gunmen from a control room in Pakistan during 26/11, walked free on Friday after being under detention for six years, a day after a Pakistani court ordered his release.Lakhvi, a close relative of LeT founder and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, was arrested in December 2008 and was indicted along with the six others on November 25, 2009, in connection with the 26/11 attack that claimed 166 lives. The trial has been underway since 2009.

Pakistan offers assistance to people in flood-hit Kashmir

Islamabad: Pakistan on Wednesday expressed grief over loss of lives and damage to property in floods in Kashmir and offered all possible assistance to the people in the Valley.

“It is indeed a great tragedy that has befallen on our Kashmiri brethren particularly as they were still recovering from the devastation of last year’s catastrophe. Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families,” Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said in a statement.

Representational image. PTIRepresentational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Offering assistance to the victims, she said, “The entire Pakistani nation stands by our Kashmiri brothers and sisters and is ready to extend every possible assistance in their hour of need.”

Heavy rainfall since Saturday has already resulted in death of 16 people in Chadoora area of Budgam district of Kashmir.


Pakistan dismisses ‘terror’ boat issue raised by India as ‘very silly allegation’

Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday dismissed as a “very silly allegation” India’s assertions that the boat which exploded off the Gujarat coast belonged to it.

Pakistan said the ‘terror’ boat issue raised by India was a ‘very silly allegation’.

“I think this is a very silly allegation. We have checked with our authorities, no boats from Pakistan left,” Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said.

“We saw the boat burn, it did not blow up. There have been various contradictory claims,” she told an Indian TV channel.

Amid questions over the ‘boat’ operation, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said in New Delhi that “circumstantial evidence” indicated that the occupants of the vessel were “suspected or possible terrorists” and that they were in touch with Pakistani maritime officials and army.

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He dismissed the contention that the four people on board the boat, which “exploded” and sank in the Arabian Sea in the intervening night of 31 December and 1 January during an Indian Coast Guard operation, were smugglers.