Islamabad | The aggressive statement of the Indian Army Chief has been responded by the political and military leadership of Pakistan. However, the tribal leadership of the country has also expressed its deep concerns regarding the statement of the Indian Army Chief.
“The hostile statement of the Indian Army Chief cannot be considered as a statement of a soldier. Soldiers do not threat by using words, they let their actions speak. Indian Army Chief is fully aware of the consequences in case there is a war. He knows the extent to which the Pakistan Army could go against any misadventure.”
said Dr. Sardar Mohammed Kalim Khan, Tribal Chief of the Sadozai Tribe of Pakistan and Kashmir.
Dr. Sardar Mohammed Kalim Khan, a PhD in management sciences, is also a senior political leader of Azad Kashmir affiliated with the Jammu Kashmir Peoples Party (JKPP), a Kashmiri political party being headed by Sardar Khalid Ibrahim Khan. Keep Reading
Islamabad| Prime Minister Imran Khan has reacted to the Indian backing off from dialogues. Mr. Khan has termed the Indian response for dialogue as “arrogant and negative”.
Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier today took to twitter to directly respond to the Indian rejection of dialogue. He wrote that,
“Disappointed at the arrogant & negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue. However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture.”
Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, also showed his disappointment. Talking to media Mr. Qureshi said,
“I am very disappointed to see that India has rejected our sincere efforts for dialogues. We sincerely hoped dialogues to resolves the outstanding issues between Pakistan and India would be in the best interest of the whole region. But unfortunately, India backed off from its commitment for dialogue by making excuses of issuance of stamps and such sorts. The stamps were published in July and India is making it an excuse in September which does not seem reasonable. Any how I believe that it was a golden chance which was not availed by India due to its internal issues.”
Mr. Qureshi also condemned the language used by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs in its statement.
“There is no room for the language used by the MEA. It is against the diplomatic norms and uncalled for. I am disappointed after reading the statement of the MEA.”
New Delhi | Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj called off the meeting with Pakistani counterpart, Mr. Shah Mehmood Qureshi. The MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar announced the decision.
Since yesterday’s announcement of meeting of foreign ministers of India and Pakistan, two deeply disturbing developments have taken place. The latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of 20 postal stamps by Pakistan glorifying terrorists. – MEA Spokesperson
Srinagar, Occupied Kashmir
The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer on Sunday announced the dates of local government elections known as panchayat elections. The elections are to be held in nine steps. The polling will be conducted between November 17 and December 11.
The counting of votes will take place on the respective days of polling. The votes will be cast using ballot paper.
“Panchayat polls will be held in 9 phases. Date of polls will be Nov 17, Nov 20, Nov 24, Nov 27, Nov 29, Dec 1, Dec 4, Dec 8 and Dec 11. Counting will take place on the day of polling. Votes will be cast using ballot paper,” said J&K Chief Electoral Officer, Shaleen Kabra.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has criticized and condemned the conducting of panchayat elections and termed them as enforced elections.
Islamabad | The Federal Government of Pakistan has constituted a committee to review the 13th amendment of the Constitution Act 1974 passed by the Azad Kashmir legislative assembly.
The Azad Kashmir legislative assembly passed the controversial amendment at the behest of the former PML-N led Federal Government of Pakistan upon which the officials of defence ministry and foreign ministry had their reservations. However, these reservations were ignored by the former Federal Government and green signal was given to the legislative assembly of Azad Kashmir.
The Pakistan Tehreek Insaf led Federal Government took up the matter urgently within the first hundred days of its formation. The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, constituted a review committee under the supervision of the Federal Law Minister to review the 13th amendment of the 1974 Constitution Act of AJK. But the committee faced criticism for not having any members of the defence and foreign ministries in it. However, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, before going to Saudi Arabia directed that the senior officials of these ministries shall also be inducted as members of the review committee as the matters related to these ministries were also amended in the 13th amendment. Keep Reading
Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Imran Khan visited Saudi Arabia on Tuesday and later traveled to Abu Dhabi, where he met the UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The two leaders held comprehensive discussion on bilateral relationship, the regional and global political situation and the issues, being faced by the Muslim world, were also discussed.
During the meeting both the leaders expressed their desire to further enhance and diversify bilateral cooperation and to continue close coordination on issues of mutual interest.
The Saudi Arabian Visit
During his visit to Saudi Arabia, PM Khan traveled to Medina and visited the Holy Prophet’s Mosque to offer prayer. He also performed Umrah and prayed for the Muslim world at Holy Kaaba and then flew to Jeddah, the Kingdom’s port city on the Red Sea, where he was received by King Salman bin Abdul Aziz at his Palace, and was presented with a guard of honor and a state banquet was hosted for him and other visiting officials.
Meeting with Dignitaries
Prime Minister held wide-ranging talks with the King and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman. They exchanged ideas on enhancing cooperation in political, defense, economic, commercial and cultural sectors, developing joint ventures in line with their respective developmental needs, strengthening collaboration in human resource sector and addressing the issues faced by Pakistani expatriates in Saudi Arabia. Keep Reading
The Honorable Islamabad High Court heard the suspension petitions of the former prime minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Capt. (Retd) Safdar Hussain in avenfield reference case today. The petitions were heard by the divisional bench comprising of two honorable judges of Islamabad High Court, Mr. Justice Athar MinAllah and Mr. Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb.
The appellate court heard the counsel of the petitioners and the prosecutor for national accountability bureau at length and later on delivered its order on the petition. The honorable court suspended the sentences of all three petitioners against the bail bonds of Rs. 500,000/- each, till the final disposal of their pending appeals.
Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir have fired tear gas and used batons to break up religious processions marking the Muslim month of Muharram.
Authorities imposed a curfew in Lalchowk, the commercial hub of disputed Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, fearing the religious processions Wednesday could morph into anti-India protests.
Clashes erupted when police attempted to stop groups of Muslims who were trying to break the curfew and hold processions at several places in the city.
Muharram, one of the most important holy days for Shiite Muslims, marks the death of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussein, in the battle of Karbala on Ashura.
Police detained over a hundred mourners, who were expected to be released later in the day.
Indian authorities “provide state facilities and protection to facilitate the annual Hindu pilgrimage in Kashmir but ban our traditional religious processions,” said Hakim Adil, a participant in Wednesday’s processions. Keep Reading
Women who breastfeed their first child for five months or longer are more likely to have three or more children, and less likely to have only one child, than women who breastfeed for shorter duration or not at all.
In “Intensive Parenting: Fertility and Breastfeeding Duration in the United States,” published in the journal Demography Sept. 19, co-authors Vida Maralani and Samuel Stabler (Hunter College) report that women who breastfed did not differ in how many children they expected to have before they started their families. Rather, the number of children women actually bear differs by how long they breastfeed their first child. Women who breastfeed for shorter durations are more likely to have fewer children than they expected than to have more children than expected. In contrast, women who breastfeed longer are as likely to achieve their expectations as to exceed them, and they are nearly as likely to have more children than they expected as they are to have fewer.
The researchers caution that their results do not imply that breastfeeding duration causes women to have larger families. They write, “Indeed, our study reveals the opposite: the interconnectedness of family preferences and child investment across the life course.” But they do find that many factors, such as differences in education, marital status, family income, and working for pay do not explain these patterns. The authors point to the need to study other potential explanations such as spousal support, preferences for time spent with children or work flexibility. Keep Reading