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Saare summit in doldrums after India pulls out

Wednesday, September 28
(Dawn) - The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit scheduled in Islamabad in November seems to be in peril after an Indian announcement on Tuesday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would not attend it.

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Saudis urge government to treat women as full citizens

Wednesday, September 28
Thousands of Saudis have signed a petition calling on the Riyadh regime to treat women as full citizens by recognizing their complete rights and ending the controversial male guardianship system.

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`Insider attack` kills 12 Afghan troops during sleep

Wednesday, September 28
(AFP) - Two Afghan soldiers with suspected Taliban links killed at least 12 of their comrades as they slept in the volatile northern province of Kunduz, officials said on Tuesday in the latest so-called `insider attack` The incident occurred just after midnight on the outskirts of Kunduz city, which was briefly captured by the Taliban last year in a blow to Afghan forces.

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Election discourse in IHK

Nowadays, the people in occupied Kashmir are engaged in a discourse on the issue of participation in the elections, periodically held by Indian authorities. Without any reference to the absurd arguments advanced by those who have been serving the Indian interests in the territory, let us take stock of few valid points, which genuinely precipitate from the debate.

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Towards the path of unity

One of the biggest challenges faced by the Muslims in the contemporary world is how to forge unity amongst them. One of the manifestations of disunity is the division on the basis of fiqh (jurisprudence) and schools of thought. This has resulted not only into the segregation of the worshipping places and the educational institutions but also into the blood shedding of one another. There is no denying the fact that the phenomenon is not new but a continuation of an unfortunate series of historical events.

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Where is the silver lining!

It is really sad but understandable that despite sea changes in the world politics India is hell bent upon sticking to its unreasonable stand vis-à-vis Pakistan and Kashmir. India, in the recent past, had to face tremendous pressure within Jammu and Kashmir but full marks to its resilience that it has succeeded in pacifying the situation. It had to hold a defensive position when the uprising in Kashmir was at its peak during the nineties but is again on offensive against Pakistan and the people of Kashmir.

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Sushma Swaraj’s speech in UNGA full of lies, deceit: Geelani

Wednesday, September 28
Reacting to the UNGA speech by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani has termed it as full of lies, deceit, arrogance and persistent denial of basic and ground realities in Kashmir.

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Each day, pellet victims wake up losing more eyesight

Handwara girl develops cataract; Shopian youth wakes up to hazy vision
Wednesday, September 28
(Greater Kashmir) - Masarat Jan, a 14-year old girl from a Handwara village was hit by pellets in her left eye almost a month ago and had been sent home from hospital after being managed ‘conservatively’. On Tuesday, she was lined up at SMHS Hospital again for a surgery to remove the cataract that has developed in her injured eye over the past three weeks.

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Protests, shutdown continue in Kashmir valley

Cops foil pro-freedom rally in Kanelwan, damage 5 transformers, injure 12; Women stage protest rallies at many places
Wednesday, September 28
(Rising Kashmir) - The life in Kashmir Valley remained crippled for 81st consecutive day on Tuesday while protests continued unabated and forces fired pellets and tear gas shells to foil a pro-freedom rally in Kanelwan area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, injuring atleast 12 people.

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Kashmir: why talk to India?

By Munir Akram

Following the extensive discussions at the recent Pakistan envoys’ conference, Pakistan proposed a ‘separate’ dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir to India.

As expected, India promptly interposed preconditions for the talks, even more onerous than in the past. Pakistan’s counter — that the talks would be strictly on the basis of the UN resolutions on Kashmir — indicates that the proposal for talks was largely a tactical move to expose India’s obduracy.

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Effective strategy needed for Kashmir

By Zafar Bangash

While the Kashmiris valiantly resist the brutal Indian occupation, their friends around the world need to develop a coherent strategy to help them overcome one of the most brutal militaries in the world.

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Kashmir continues to burn

Kashmir was never so far away from Delhi as it looks currently
By Firdous Syed

Kashmir is fully immersed in battling a war of survival. Undeniably the repression  has been ugly, rather uglier.  Equally popular uprising--- our collective response to the challenge of the time--- is not only heroic but soul inspiring also. Call for Azadi is the real soul cry of Kashmir. Does there still linger any doubt about that?  Read more...

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