INDIA LODGES PROTEST OVER UN REPORT

India reacted angrily after the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) sought “establishment of a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir” and asked the governments of India and Pakistan to “fully respect the right of self-determination of the people of Kashmir as protected under international law”, reports Daily The Indian Express.

 

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INDIA PROTESTS PAKISTAN’S GILGIT-BALTISTAN ORDER

India on May 27, 2018 summoned the Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner to protest Islamabad’s order to integrate the region of Gilgit-Baltistan into the federal structure of the country. 

An official press release from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the region belongs to India and that Pakistan’s action has no legal support.

“It was clearly conveyed that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir which also includes the so-called ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’ areas is an integral part of India by virtue of its accession in 1947. Any action to alter the status of any part of the territory under forcible and illegal occupation of Pakistan has no legal basis whatsoever, and is completely unacceptable,” the official press release said. 

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DIRECT TALKS BETWEEN NEW DELHI AND PAKISTANI ARMY

Pakistan’s customary hostility towards India aside, there are some contradictory signals that offer a silver line of hope, writes The Times of India editorially. A British think tank commentary has said Pakistan’s army Chief General Qamar Bajwa wants peace and dialogue with New Delhi. As it is, by following a policy of asymmetric warfare against India, it is hurting itself more than India. New Delhi could open channels of communication with Rawalpindi, and that could help Pak generals to feel secure.

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INDO-PAKISTAN RELATIONS

Sharat Sabharwal

 

Indo-Pak relationship has seen cycles of taking a few steps forward followed by several steps backwards. The willingness shown by both to exchange prisoners was followed by preposterous practice of ill treating diplomats. Indian policy had been to manage relations by continuing dialogue with discreetly exercised deterrence. But now it is- no dialogue in the presence of terror and retribution against Pakistan provocations, writes Sharat Sabharwal.

According to him, Indian efforts at stabilization of relationship seem to have an unsatisfactory response from Pakistan. Pakistan has not abnegated the instrument of terror. Security forces are doing good work in Kashmir, but gains cannot be made unless political steps are taken to end widespread alienation in the Valley. The absence of such steps will confront our security forces with a situation which can be controlled at the cost of loss of lives in their ranks and among civilians.

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ATTACKS IN INDIA WOULD CONTINUE

US intelligence chief  Mr. Dan Coats has warned that Pakistan supported terrorist groups would continue to carry out attacks inside India, reports Press Trust of India (PTI) from Washington.  He made these remarks days after a group of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist struck Sunjuwan Military camp in Jammu, killing seven people including six  soldiers. He said that Pakistan will continue to threaten US interests by deploying new nuclear weapon capabilities, maintaining its ties with militants, restricting counter terrorism cooperation and drawing closer to China. This statement was made in his testimony before senate select Committee on Intelligence. Militant groups with safe haven in Pakistan, will conduct attacks in India and Afghanistan, including US interests. Pakistan’s perceptions of its eroding position relative to India  reinforced by endemic economic weakness, and domestic security issues would exacerbate long held fears of Islam and dire Islamists pursuit of actions that run counter to US goals for the region.

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RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: WHAT TO MAKE OF INDIA-PAK NSAS’ MEETING IN BANGKOK

Sushant Singh

In an analytical article, Sushant Singh writes that National Security Advisors (NSA) of India and Pakistan had a meeting at Bangkok on December, 26, at a time, when relations were at the lowest point. According to him, There have been 825 incidents of cease-fire violations during 2017. Pak army refused to hold DGMO level talks and only engagement is through Military Operations Directorate. The Diplomatic channels continue to function through High Commissioners and foreign office. People to people engagements have been limited. According to the analyst the tensions in Middle East and role of Saudi Arabia in Pakistan’s domestic politics complicate the situation. It is obvious that government is willing to engage with Pakistan, even at the cost of upsetting hawkish constituency.

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NO QUICK-FIX SOLUTION

Lt General K J Singh

A retired army general, who has the experience of serving in Kashmir, has come out with his suggestions for addressing Kashmir. He asserts that it is time to use soft power on long term basis in resolving the issue.

According to him the security forces have brought the overall security situation under control, but follow-up in socio-political domain seems to be lacking. The inclusive dialogue with all segments including Hurriyat Conference needs to be taken to a meaningful conclusion. He recommends the temporary suspension of charges against stone-pelters. The state should invest in Sadhbhavana on institutional basis. The recent Saudi initiative of Prince Salman in reforming Islam must be supported, recommends Mr. Singh.

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CRPF OFFERS HELPLINE TO LET J&K LOCAL MILITANTS RETURN

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has thrown open its helpline (1441) for local militants willing to surrender to establish contact, CRPF Inspector General Zulfiquar Hasan told The Hindu on 20th November, 2017.

Mr. Hasan, IG Operations in Srinagar said the helpline, launched earlier this year, has received more than 70,000 calls. “Since it is an established helpline, we decided that it should be used to help the local militants return home. We will guide them,” he said.

Foreign militants in Kashmir Valley would not be spared but security forces would pull out all the stops to ensure that the local boys who have joined terror groups come back to the mainstream, Mr. Hasan said.

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