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Boris Johnson's Saudi 'proxy wars' comment 'not UK's view'

Thursday, December 08
(BBC) - Downing Street has said Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's comments on Saudi Arabia do not represent "the government's position".


Syria talks: Kerry says US, Russia working on possible agreement

Thursday, December 08
US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Moscow and Washington are working on a possible agreement on Syria, including the issue of Aleppo. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held talks in the German city of Hamburg on the sidelines of an OSCE meeting.


S.Korea parliament introduces bill to impeach Park; vote due Friday

Thursday, December 08
(Reuters) - South Korea's parliament introduced a bill on Thursday to impeach President Park Geun-hye, setting the stage for a historic vote to oust the embattled leader engulfed in an influence-peddling scandal.



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.


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.


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.


Encounter continues in south Kashmir village; One civilian dead, another critical and over 30 injured

Thursday, December 08
(Kashmir Life) - After the ‘operation to eliminate’ suspected militants entered into second day today in south Kashmir’s Hussanpora Arwani village, situation continues to remain highly tense, with one civilian dead and more than 30 others injured.


Hurriyat issues 3-day relaxation calender, extends strike to Dec 15

Thursday, December 08
The pro-freedom camp has extended the strike till December 15, though there will be relaxation for three days from Saturday in Kashmir Valley, which reeled under unrest since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag.


2016 Kashmir uprising: Not even one probe into civilians killings completed

Wednesday, December 07
Not a single inquiry ordered into civilian killings in the five-month long uprising in Kashmir has been completed even as probes were ordered only in five such deaths.



Kashmiri women on forefront

‘The saga of their heroic tales is an inalienable part of the resistance movement of Kashmir- a grand narrative of courage, resilience, and determination’
By Z. G. Muhammad
In South Asia men, out of share bravado often use the phrase, ‘we are not wearing bangles.’ Interestingly, even top generals often use this phrase for sending a terse message to the enemy country that we are not as weak and breakable as women. This South Asian phrase is comparable to the famous soliloquy of protagonist in Shakespeare’s masterpiece Hamlet, ‘Frailty, thy name is woman!’ that depicts women in a negative context as frail beings weak in a character who fail to rise to the occasion and fight adverse situations with fortitude and courage.


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.


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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