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Pakistan rejects Indian president’s request to use airspace for foreign visits

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in a statement on Saturday that “the decision had been taken in view of India’s behavior.”  “The Indian President had sought permission to use Pakistan’s airspace to travel to Iceland but we decided not to permit him,” the top Pakistani diplomat added. Kovind is expected to embark on a visit to Iceland, Switzerland and…

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Pakistan’s PM Khan vows ‘fullest possible response’ to India over Kashmir

Khan said in a statement on Friday that the global community would be responsible for any “catastrophic” aftermath in Kashmir. “I have informed the world that Pakistan does not want war, but at the same time, Pakistan cannot remain oblivious to the challenges posed to its security and integrity,” Khan said.  “We are prepared to give the enemy the fullest…

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Pakistan will not initiate armed conflict with India: Khan

Addressing members of the Sikh religious community in Lahore on Monday, Khan said any armed conflict could lead to a nuclear standoff. “We both are nuclear-armed countries. If these tensions increase, the world could be in danger. There will be no first from our side ever,” he said. Tensions have been simmering between India and Pakistan since New Delhi stripped…

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Pakistan grants India access to alleged spy given death sentence

“Consular access for Indian spy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, a serving Indian naval officer and RAW operative, is being provided on Monday 2 September 2019,” tweeted Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad Faisal, late Sunday. A senior Indian government official confirmed the meeting and told AFP that New Delhi hoped “Pakistan will ensure right atmosphere so that the meeting is free, fair, meaningful…

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Pakistanis observe Intl. Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances

An enforced disappearance involves the secret abduction or imprisonment of a person by a state or political organization.  This is followed by a refusal to acknowledge the person’s fate and whereabouts. In the Pakistani city of Karachi, the victims’ families, human rights activists and members of civil society took out to the streets to condemn the practice. These protesters are…

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Pakistanis observe Intl. Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances

August 30 marks International Day of the victims of the Enforced Disappearances.  An enforced disappearance involves the secret abduction or imprisonment of a person by a state or political organization.  This is followed by a refusal to acknowledge the person’s fate and whereabouts. In the Pakistani city of Karachi, the victims’ families, human rights activists and members of civil society…

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Pakistani premier urges nationwide rallies in solidarity with Kashmiris

In a posting on Twitter on Thursday, Khan said, “I want all Pakistanis to come out tomorrow 12 noon-12.30 pm to show solidarity with the Kashmiri people,” “We must send a strong message to Kashmiris that our nation stands resolutely behind them,” the premier added. Early this week, Khan called on Pakistanis to begin holding weekly nationwide rallies in support…

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Pakistan tests surface-to-surface ballistic missile: Military

Major General Asif Ghafoor, the Pakistan Armed Forces spokesman, announced the news on twitter on Thursday, identifying the missile as Ghaznavi, which is “capable of delivering multiple types of warheads up to 290 KMs.” He also attached a short footage of the “night training launch” to the twitter post, showing the ballistic missile dashing upwards through the night sky. Ghafoor…

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Pakistan accuses India of using water as weapon of war

Muzammil Hussain, whose government agency is responsible for water in Pakistan, said on Monday that India was using its position upstream to wage “fifth-generation warfare” on the country. “They try to isolate diplomatically, they try to strangulate economically, they’re trying to strangulate our water resources – and water automatically will have an impact on your economy, your agriculture and your…

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Pakistan says five killed by Indian fire in Kashmir flare-up

The Pakistani military said in a statement on Thursday that its troops returned fire, killing five Indian soldiers and damaging their bunkers. “In efforts to divert attention from precarious situation in IOJ&K (Indian-held Kashmir), Indian Army increases firing along LOC. 3 Pakistani soldiers embraced shahadat (martyrdom). Pakistan Army responded effectively,” the statement read. “5 Indian soldiers killed, many injured, bunkers…

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