Pakistan to turn up the heat on Kashmir again

Published: January 30, 2015
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Govt decides to forcefully internationalise longstanding Kashmir dispute in move which is likely to perturb India. PHOTO: AFP

Govt decides to forcefully internationalise longstanding Kashmir dispute in move which is likely to perturb India. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan seems to be increasingly upset over recent regional developments in the wake of US President Barack Obama’s visit to India and has decided to forcefully internationalise the longstanding Kashmir dispute in a move which is likely to perturb New Delhi.

The first indication that Islamabad is all set to push ahead with its decade-old principled stance on Kashmir came on Thursday when a top Pakistani diplomat invited the envoys of the five permanent members of UN Security Council and other European countries to the Foreign Office to brief them on the issue.

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry told the envoys of these powerful countries that Pakistan would continue to support the ‘indigenous struggle’ of Kashmiris by extending “unflinching political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiri people.”

A statement issued here by the Foreign Office quoted the foreign secretary as telling diplomats that recently held elections in Indian-administered Kashmir could not substitute for a UN-monitored plebiscite. He also voiced Pakistan’s concerns over Indian attempts to alter the ground situation through demographic changes.

Aizaz emphasised that the resolution of the Kashmir dispute was pivotal for ensuring peace, security and stability in the region. Paying tribute to the sacrifices of the Kashmiri people in their struggle for self-determination, the foreign secretary stressed that the resolution of this long-standing dispute must be ensured in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions. For years Pakistan seemed to have shown flexibility over its position on Kashmir issue in an effort to find an ‘out of box’ solution to the longstanding dispute. But recent developments including the hardline position taken by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and visit of the US President, during which key agreements were signed, appear to have compelled Islamabad to change its stance.

The foreign secretary, according to the official statement, underscored the crucial role of the international community in helping to bring about a sustainable and lasting solution to the Kashmir dispute. He drew attention to the continuous rights violations by Indian forces in the disputed territory and the plight of the Kashmiris, “of which human rights organisations and the international community are well aware.” He expressed the hope that the international community would continue to remain engaged on this vital issue.

Aizaz also stated that while remaining firm on its just stance, Pakistan is committed to a meaningful and constructive dialogue with India to resolve all outstanding issues, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir. He conveyed Pakistan’s concerns on certain agreements which according Islamabad would have detrimental impact on the strategic stability in the South Asian region.

At her weekly news briefing, FO spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said India’s massive acquisition of weapons further complicated the regional strategic stability. “India’s defence spending has increased by 12% in 2014-15 and stands at US$ 38.35 billion. India has been the top buyers of arms for the last three years. In this backdrop, the US-India 10-year defence agreement can only add to the conventional asymmetry and hence strategic instability,” Tasnim told reporters.

She maintained that Pakistan has been proposing a three pronged Strategic Restraint Regime consisting of conflict resolution, nuclear and missile restraint, and conventional balance.

“Pakistan firmly believes that confidence-building and arms reduction in the regional and sub-regional context to be of paramount importance,” she stressed.

About the recent visit of army chief General Raheel Sharif to China in the backdrop of regional developments, the spokesperson termed China as a global power and said it is a ‘factor of regional stability.’

“We are engaged with China very extensively and we believe that globally and regionally China has an important responsibility and role to play for peace, stability, prosperity and development,” she said.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 30th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (98)

  • whats in the name
    Jan 30, 2015 - 10:38AM

    All the very best. This I am not telling out of arrogance but confidence. If only the same amount of energy is channelized towards the nation building exercise and betterment of the people. Lets Fight the kashmir issue some other day.
    Regards

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 30, 2015 - 10:38AM

    This is the best strategy. UN Resolutions are there for a reason.

    Also, fix the internal situation. Address extremism which has given Pakistan a bad name not just in non muslim countries but also muslim countries.

    Completely deweaponise society, so only the army and police have weapons.

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  • gulshan
    Jan 30, 2015 - 10:49AM

    under what logic can UN resolution take precedence over elections in J&k , which were internationally acclaimed as free and fair unlike Pakistan where free and fair election has
    become existential issue like islamic extremism.

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  • Raj - USA
    Jan 30, 2015 - 10:49AM

    I would be very happy to see Pakistan pressure or persuade China to issue a strong statement in support of Pakistan on Kashmir and condemn India in the strongest possible terms very clearly; not just issuing a confusing statement which is just ambiguous.

    If China obliges, it would bring India and USA even closer and, if not Pakistan will realize the reality and the support it has, even from China.

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  • Rafi Ka Deewana
    Jan 30, 2015 - 10:50AM

    Pakistan is understandably hurt by the US-India deal, but such hurried emotional response will not do any good. On the contrary, it may prove detrimental to the cause.

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  • wb
    Jan 30, 2015 - 10:58AM

    “Pakistan to turn up the heat on Kashmir again “

    Wonderful. Kashmiris are suffering from extreme cold.

    But don’t heat up too much, the melting of ice will only flood and drown Pakistan.

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  • Alfa Romeo
    Jan 30, 2015 - 11:03AM

    I really doubt if any major country would bother. China has issues with Muslims in Xinjiang asking for independence. Russia with Chechen Muslims,Europe is under the grip of islamophobia, US sees India as a strategic ally, Saudi see India as a significant customer. All of these countries see India’s capability in terms of economics & technology.
    Pakistan is just a dispensible terror stricken country with nuisance value from the world perspective. I think Pakistan’s value is immense considering its Geoploitical location as only Pakistan can ensure supplies to Afghanistan. Also, it can open land routes between Central Asia to South Asia which can greatly help Pakistan for supplies between India/china to Central Asia. But then the focus must be on trade, not terrorism./Kashmir

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  • Rhea
    Jan 30, 2015 - 11:03AM

    Internationalize if you must, and if you can. Raise it in as many fora as you wish. Let there be debates, summit meetings and what not. But for God’s sake, shun militancy. Shun terrorism.
    We may see light at the end of the tunnel.

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  • SuperNeo
    Jan 30, 2015 - 11:09AM

    Frustrated and depressed attempt… but its good for paksitan, same time they beg for some money also from these nations.

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  • Fawad
    Jan 30, 2015 - 11:23AM

    We already have a lot of issues to deal with, main being internal security. Not a good time to involve ourselves with other security issues at this moment.

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  • Momin
    Jan 30, 2015 - 11:32AM

    What have internationalise, diplomatise and such effeminate tactics achieved? The only way to attain Kashmir is through concerted MILITARY ACTION, remember Badr? Come to recent history, remember Afghanistan 1979? We are Momins, it’s time to teach the Polytheists the power of Pakistan, which is superior to their vegetarian power, lets go in with our armies and our green crescent flag and vanquish polytheism forever.

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  • ashwin
    Jan 30, 2015 - 11:40AM

    hahaha Awesome high time i was perosnally disappointed with Pakistan response we want a strong response and would enjoy Pakistan obsesses about Kashmir………Just a Update for Pakistanis ……Indian foreign minister is meeting Chinese and Russian counter parts in China. As for EU hahaha the less said the better….they will negotiate for their business interests using Pakistan and its obsession…Again Pakistan will be left with words…….like one boy band group songs goes Words is all i got hahaha

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  • ashwin_alias
    Jan 30, 2015 - 11:41AM

    hahaha Awesome high time i was perosnally disappointed with Pakistan response we want a strong response and would enjoy Pakistan obsesses about Kashmir………Just a Update for Pakistanis ……Indian foreign minister is meeting Chinese and Russian counter parts in China. As for EU hahaha the less said the better….they will negotiate for their business interests using Pakistan and its obsession…Again Pakistan will be left with words…….like one boy band group songs goes Words is all i got hahaha

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  • Mila
    Jan 30, 2015 - 11:42AM

    @Alfa Romeo: What a silly analysis. Pakistan’s transit value between Central and South Asia has nothing to do with Kashmir. Pakistan can do both things at once. If India can pursue this kind of inter-regional and international logistical and trade integration while still sponsoring terrorism in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Tibet and Balochistan, what on earth made you think Pakistan can’t?

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  • harsh
    Jan 30, 2015 - 11:43AM

    Didn’t UN secretary just retort that the issue has to be resolved bilaterally. Why for the past 6 decades you have been unable to implement UN resolutions on Kashmir???????? Any reason why china hasn’t helped you in that I mean this is laughable that you are unable to implement it dor past 6 decades

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  • Mila
    Jan 30, 2015 - 11:43AM

    @Rhea: Sure why not! Right after you shun your military occupation and genocide on the Kashmiri people. Deal?

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  • Mila
    Jan 30, 2015 - 11:45AM

    @wb: What a silly childish joke that makes no productive contribution to the topic, which, come to think of it, is a perfect thing to post on a forum like the Express Tribune!

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  • Mila
    Jan 30, 2015 - 11:47AM

    @whats in the name: What better advice to follow than your own, my dear Indian? You mind the 165+ armed separatist insurgencies that plague more than half of your territory before sponsoring terrorism in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Tibet and Balohistan. Then tell us to build up and develop our own country before doing anything about Kashmir.

    If you don’t want Pakistan to turn up the heat on Kashmir then you resolve the matter in good faith instead of insisting on your preposterous “integral part of India” nonsense.

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  • devindersingh
    Jan 30, 2015 - 11:47AM

    Hahhaha, best of luck, you ppl will never learn,did u consult your masters, now ready to sell pakistan,I think your dont wanna pakistan and wanted to see bulchistan as a new country, keep it upRecommend

  • Mila
    Jan 30, 2015 - 11:49AM

    @gulshan: Go back to your sandbox and play with your dolls. This is a discussion for adults. Anyone who thinks a local election (which the BJP dumped by declaring government rule) has supremacy over a UN resolution has no business commenting on this matter.

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  • Rohit
    Jan 30, 2015 - 11:49AM

    Pakistan would continue to support the ‘indigenous struggle’ of Kashmiris by extending “unflinching political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiri people.”

    In other words – Pakistan will continue supporting terrorism in Kashmir via proxies.
    Hilary Clinton is spot on ” you can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbours”. I wonder when will these Pakistanis learn?

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  • Manju
    Jan 30, 2015 - 11:57AM

    Never mind Bangladesh independence…
    Pakistan’s nation motto seems to be- ” Try and try till you decease”…

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  • Jor El
    Jan 30, 2015 - 12:01PM

    In all seriousness, how did the envoys of other European countries land in Pakistan, becoz, not to put too fine a point on it, “Aviation authorities in Europe have cautioned their air carriers against flying below 24,000 feet when cruising over Pakistan’s main cities out of fear of potential terrorist attacks.”
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/829948/fearing-terrorist-attacks-european-airlines-warned-of-conflict-zone-risks/

    Did they jump from the planes using parachutes from 24,001 feet ?

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  • Pakistani 2
    Jan 30, 2015 - 12:12PM

    @Rafi Ka Deewana:
    We are least interested in what you do, as long as Indians mind their own business.

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  • Pawan_Sandhu
    Jan 30, 2015 - 12:12PM

    Excellent. India would love you to raise these issues because it will us opportunity to further explain our POV on Kashmir that:-

    India never did demograhic changes, it is Pakistan who settled Punjabi sunni to Gilgit, Balistan to alter demographic profile to suit.

    India can have moral grounds to extend support to Balochistan and pakhtunistan freedom struggle. Punjabi Sunni have always exploited Pakhtuns and Baloch for their benefits.
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  • Sid
    Jan 30, 2015 - 12:14PM

    There is only one duty for all statesmen in Pakistan. Crib to the world about Kashmir, and ignore development, business, terrorism, flooding, falling petrol resources, falling international credibility……and more.

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  • Sid
    Jan 30, 2015 - 12:18PM

    Modi did something so right. Never seen Pakistan throwing so much tantrum and being so uncomfortable ever before. Congrats Modi, you are doing the right job.

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  • Sid
    Jan 30, 2015 - 12:26PM

    The only way Pakistan statesmen can keep their citizen happy is by saying that “we r doing something about Kashmir”

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  • Harinder Singh
    Jan 30, 2015 - 12:33PM

    Pakistan is already facing an existential crisis. Please don’t expedite it.

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  • whats in the name
    Jan 30, 2015 - 12:38PM

    Alternate View: why build everything, and better the peoples lives and then fight for kashmir with india, most if not all infrastructure will be destroyed. So lets fight it out. Let there be ONE winner. Then build / better the lives of the general public. Untill then keep fighting.
    which idea is better. I am confused

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  • Rishi
    Jan 30, 2015 - 12:45PM

    Now don’t blame India if Baluchistan separates from Pakistan, you were warned.

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  • ilyas
    Jan 30, 2015 - 12:49PM

    As part of this initiative while the Kashmiris around the world were protesting on democracy day last week, our prime minister sent a congratulatory letter to Mudi. Our foreign policy has become too foreign to be of any benefit domestically.

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  • Never Be Jealous
    Jan 30, 2015 - 12:49PM

    It is kind of funny that with so much of internal turmoil, a zero credibility democracy, kids in school being killed in the name of some utopian beliefs that is increasingly dominating Pakistan, Polio workers being shot for doing their job, US drones back in the skies (if ever they really left), the rulers of Pakistan have again chosen the time failed formula of public attention diversion. It is a surprise that they refuse to learn from history. Nowhere does one find any reflection of the inclination of Pakistan’s ruling classes work to get Pakistan a good industrial base, education and health.

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  • Jan 30, 2015 - 12:51PM

    For more than 60 years, Pakistan could not force India , which was a much poorer country for most of these 60 years to implement UN resolution. Now, when India is growing and on it’s way to be world’s 2nd largest economy within next 15 years, you hope to force India to implement that resolution.

    Grow up, and think of something new, if you are really serious about Kashmir. Otherwise Kashmir will just remain the opium that binds the Pakistani nation against India, nothing beyond that.

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  • wb
    Jan 30, 2015 - 12:55PM

    @Mila:

    “What a silly childish joke that makes no productive contribution to the topic, which, come to think of it, is a perfect thing to post on a forum like the Express Tribune!”

    Sorry I couldn’t add my wisdom to this joke of a news.

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  • Tyggar
    Jan 30, 2015 - 1:00PM

    Pakistan to turn up the heat

    And burn itself in the process

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  • ModiFied
    Jan 30, 2015 - 1:02PM

    What is so new in this heat ? India has been seeing this for last 68 years. Let us see if any of these so called great powers has the guts to say a single word on Kashmir. Forget about others, let us what sweeter than honey friend has to say. By all means provide moral and political support to Kashmiri separatists. However, be ready for the reciprocal support in Baluchistan and elsewhere in Pakistan.

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  • Gp65
    Jan 30, 2015 - 1:03PM

    @Momin:
    “What have internationalise, diplomatise and such effeminate tactics achieved? The only way to attain Kashmir is through concerted MILITARY ACTION, remember Badr? “

    What does Badr have to do with Pakistan. That was an Arab war.

    “Come to recent history, remember Afghanistan 1979? “

    How many Pakistani soldiers fought in the Afghan war against Soiets? Zero. Afghans fought, Americans gave arms and Saudis gave money and Pakistan was simply a broker. The more relevant recent history is 1971 and Kargill.

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  • Jai
    Jan 30, 2015 - 1:06PM

    Can’t wait for Pakistan to try their old tricks on Modi!

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  • Milind Dave
    Jan 30, 2015 - 1:07PM

    THe news has no values in International forum these is only for Pakistani as these govt creates such a havoc in Pakistan and people of Pakistan are suffering from power petrol crisis so they can divert from real issue but these move coast more for Pakistan as Modi sarkar become more hard for talk or may be some blackmail tactics with India so that India call them for dialogues but i do not see any changes from Indian govt

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  • Milind
    Jan 30, 2015 - 1:09PM

    Wrong timing… The world is fed up with Islamic militancy and has no stomach to support another bogus cause. The Middle East crisis & ISIS are enough for them.

    However it would be interesting to see how this pans out especially the reaction of the non-Western world.
    As one of the fellow commentator Raj – USA mentioned, it would be a litmus test for China. I would say, it would be a test for the Arab world as well.. If Pakistanis haven’t realized it, the Saudis have been cozying up to our Govt in the last 10 years.

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  • mohamaadthechut
    Jan 30, 2015 - 1:10PM

    @whats in the name:
    so fight now honey- if you can :)
    Pakistan is already down in dumps- even our para forces will vanquish u….btw, u know our def budget? A years spend is sufficent to take care of your efforts for 10 years!

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  • Gp65
    Jan 30, 2015 - 1:14PM

    @Mila: “@gulshan: Go back to your sandbox and play with your dolls. This is a discussion for adults. Anyone who thinks a local election (which the BJP dumped by declaring government rule) has supremacy over a UN resolution has no business commenting on this matter.”

    Some facts that you appear to be unaware of:

    1) the UN resolution on Kashmir did not move forward because the first step of resolution was that Pakistan should withdraw its forces from Kashmir which it never did,

    2) The UN resolution is section Vi – which means it is optional upto the countries involved not mandated by UN.

    3) the resolution lost relevance after Pakistan signed the Simla agreement with India in 1972 which states very clearly that the Kashmir issue will be resolved bilaterally.

    4) Pakistan’s strategy of arming, funding and infiltrating foreign proxies who have killed thousands of Kashmiri pandits has discredited Pakistan further. Today even OIC is unwilling to support you on this issue.

    5) no one has dumped the elections in Kashmir. Until any party is ale to prove a majority on the floor of the house, a CM cannot be announced. In the interim while the issues are being resolved there cannot be a vacuum and hence the governor rule. The assembly has not been dissolved and there will be a government in J&K soon. Mind you, 66% people voted in the elections which were totally free and fair. This is more than can be said about elections in Pakistan.

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  • WAQAR
    Jan 30, 2015 - 1:16PM

    @whats in the name:
    yes fight pls- if you can!

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  • Qamar Abbas
    Jan 30, 2015 - 1:17PM

    If the BJP has taken the hard-line approach on the issue of Kashmir. Pakistan should also take the hard-line position to internationalize the dispute. The future of Kashmir should be decided according to Wishes of Kashmiri people. India and Pakistan has no rights to decide their future !

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  • Gp65
    Jan 30, 2015 - 1:17PM

    @Jor El:
    These are envoys of these countries to Pakistan who are already stationed in Pakistan just like Abdul Basit is a Pakistani envoy to India stationed in India. They did not have to fly in.

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  • a hindu
    Jan 30, 2015 - 1:21PM

    @Momin:
    ha ha. do you remember 1971 or 1967 israeli war with arabs. so momin if you want you can choose what you suggested, we await you.

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  • Proud Pakistani Baluch
    Jan 30, 2015 - 1:30PM

    @Rishi:
    I am baluchi and I can tell you we know who is behind the BLA and BRA – it is India.

    They do not have the support of the people – they have killed innocent civillians, teachers, doctors and labourers, and blown up our pipelines, trains, and roads, so we can not develop.

    We will not allow India to succeed in Baluchistan through the terror outfits they are renting

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  • gulshan
    Jan 30, 2015 - 1:52PM

    @mila
    Forget about sand box and dolls and face reality
    1) Pak has killed UN resolution by not vacating POK of all its military and civilians for the last six decades. Now It is all over bar the shouting.

    2)Pak has killed UN resolution by changing demography of POK replacing locals with pakistanis.Pak waged wars and failed

    3)Pak has killed UN resolution by ceding part of kashmir to china without any ownership.

    4) Pak has killed UN resolution by making portion of kashmir GILGIT BALTISTAN AS its Riyasat without any ownership .
    5)India reserves right to raise Balochistan in UN which pak has forcibily occupied

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  • Vectra
    Jan 30, 2015 - 1:54PM

    @Proud Pakistani Baluch:
    Your name suits you perfectly i.e you are pakistani baluchi but not real balochi,real balochi support independence from pakistan and considers themselves independent nation with their own flag…dont they??Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jan 30, 2015 - 1:56PM

    @Mila:
    MAKE 1 COUNTRY OPENLY ASK INDIA FOR PLEBICITE NOW- world has changed and no one dare mess with india- china incl

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  • Raj
    Jan 30, 2015 - 1:59PM

    @Fawad: Well said. I think Pakistan has finally woken up to the fact that the terrorists breeding in their lands will often bite them back and hence they are in a mission control mode.

    The time for active military warfare is almost over now. If Pakistan has to seek balance of parity with India, they will have to grow strong economically and be seen as a serious player in the region, rather than resorting to jingoistic attitude. Only then will Pakistan get it’s deserving place under the sun.

    Amen!!

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  • Shakti
    Jan 30, 2015 - 2:01PM

    Hopefully this will be the last confrontation. No more Simla Accord or some such. This time India will go for the jugular.

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  • Raj
    Jan 30, 2015 - 2:04PM

    @Momin:
    Religious fanaticism like this will get you nowhere except calming your overbearing and stupid ego. You can resort to your dunderheaded MILITARY ACTION, something which you have adopted as a strategy since 1948, only to fail everytime and NEVER learning from your mistakes.

    Focus instead on building a healthy pakistan, free from terrorism, religious fanaticism and build yourself economically. The World has unfortunately moved ahead my friend. Either Adapt to be a part of it or perish in your shithole which you will only have yourself to blame for.

    And if you still don’t learn, our Armed forces will teach you the lesson the hard way. Wake up and smell the coffee.

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  • Raj
    Jan 30, 2015 - 2:10PM

    @Mila:
    So according to you Kashmir is an Integral part of Pakistan?? Really? HAve you read this article? http://www.2point6billion.com/news/2010/05/28/chatham-house-pakistan-option-unpopular-with-kashmiris-5787.html

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  • Raj
    Jan 30, 2015 - 2:13PM

    @Pakistani 2:
    Oh believe me, India and Indians have much better things to do than worrying about pakistan. But it seems a Normal Pakistani seems to be jealous of India and are either cursing the fact that why is Pakistan being left out or getting ready to blow up something. Wake up and smeel the coffee. Only if you as a generation realise that the way out is to develop economically, culturally and being seen as a responsible nation, will Pakistan grow out of it’s terrorism tag

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  • Siraj Ahmed
    Jan 30, 2015 - 3:10PM

    Wrong priorities. First develop our country and become strong. Today no one listens to us. Gen Raheel Sharif went to US and UK and told them about Kashmir and nothing happened. We have been doing this for the last 65 years. Nothing happened. This policy of internationalizing has failed. Instead bring peace and development to Pakistan and then

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  • saurabh
    Jan 30, 2015 - 3:13PM

    if Pakistan heat up Kashmir its time for India to do the same in Baluchistan which is far more important for Pakistan in economic and strategic terms.

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  • Gujesh
    Jan 30, 2015 - 3:27PM

    Kashmir issue has been discussed in UNO number of times in presence of bosses of these envoys. Nothing has happened so far. And UN chief says it is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. This is now world opinion.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 30, 2015 - 3:31PM


    Pakistan to turn up the heat on Kashmir again”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Thats the very solution prescribed by TextBook to attack shortage f petrol & electricty.
    Turn on the heat and get burnt!.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 30, 2015 - 3:38PM


    Pakistan to turn up the heat on Kashmir again”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Yet another 10 Mn March in London again addressed by Billa!
    What fails once must be tried again. motto of a certain country.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 30, 2015 - 3:44PM


    Pakistan to turn up the heat on Kashmir again”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    How appropriate headlines on a day when the Breaking News on ET is:
    ” Pakistan to turn up the heat on Kashmir again” Mubraq Ho.

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  • justathought
    Jan 30, 2015 - 3:44PM

    @Momin: thank you for providing some much needed comedic relief to lighten the mood :-D have you considered stand-up comedy as a career? i thnk you would blow everyone else out of the water..

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  • Shamsher Singh Bajwa
    Jan 30, 2015 - 4:05PM

    God has given us the best P.M! Love you Modi Ji.

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  • Bilal
    Jan 30, 2015 - 6:02PM

    To you Indian trolls. Pakistan will never give up on Kashmir for thousand years. Every Pakistani supports Kashmir against the Hindu-Jewish-USA world conspiracy. Pakistani will make any sacrifice even if the whole world is against us or if we have to live in rags.

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  • Rahm
    Jan 30, 2015 - 6:36PM

    From the “The Good, Bad, and Ugly”:

    [Tuco is in a bubble bath. The One Armed Man enters the room]

    One Armed Man: I’ve been looking for you for 8 months. Whenever I should have had a gun in my right hand, I thought of you. Now I find you in exactly the position that suits me. I had lots of time to learn to shoot with my left.

    [Tuco shoots One Armed Man with the gun he has hidden in the foam]

    Tuco: When you have to shoot, shoot. Don’t talk.

    By the way, you must also know one of Newton’s Laws, right? “Every action has equal and opposite reaction.”

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  • MyTake
    Jan 30, 2015 - 7:22PM

    This is an utter desperate and childish take at this juncture just when the country is passing through widespread terrorism. Pakistan had East Pakistan what happened to it, instead of trying to preserve is unrealistically trying to be on equal terms with India which will drag Pakistan into turmoil more. There is absolutely no parity between Pakistan and India be it military or GDP. Similarly India has no parity with China either. Secondly this stance is no different than previously held. In other words the message is that we will resort back to terrorism in Kashmir by sending militants. While the country is going through tough times from Wagah, Peshawar and todays news is there a need to issue such statements. The need of the hour for Pakistan is to introspect and see how they can improve the condition on all fronts and gain respect in the world. Right now frankly but sadly Pakistan has become insignificant at global stage. The world unfortunately sees it liked to terrorism while the country has so much to offer be it tourism, culture, food etc.

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  • Indian Hypocrits
    Jan 30, 2015 - 8:12PM

    Most intricate are Indians commenting here under indian, Pakistani and Muslim names, showing typical indian intellect. I wonder why so worried from the news.

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  • shankar
    Jan 30, 2015 - 8:37PM

    I don’t ever recall any OIC leader ever coming to New Delhi & slamming India about her Kashmir policy .

    Pakistan has internationized Kashmir, historically, even when it had the US,Chinese & Saudi bosom to suckle on….eg 60’s-90’s…& it failed!
    Hard power-failed,
    Kargil-failed
    war of a thousand cuts-failed,

    You think you have sufficient “soft power” to succeed?

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  • Kabir
    Jan 30, 2015 - 9:50PM

    @gulshan:

    People in Indian-held Kashmir vote for development, for roads, for jobs. Even the “pro-India” parties like National Conference have always made a point of saying that these elections are not a substitute for a political resolution to the Kashmir problem. Voters are not asked whether they want to be part of the Union of India or the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. That is the only question that really matters.

    Kashmir is DISPUTED TERRITORY. If Kashmiris do not want to be part of a Hindu country, you have no right to keep them in it by force.Recommend

  • Kabir
    Jan 30, 2015 - 9:55PM

    @Rishi:

    Balochistan is a province of Pakistan. It is NOT disputed territory. Your analogy is completely flawed.

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  • TrueIndian
    Jan 30, 2015 - 9:55PM

    @Mila: You talk too much nonsense my friend. If Kashmiri’s not interested to live in Kashmir..they are more welcomed to be in Pakistan butn’t Kashmir as independent. It’s not a religion issue.. it’s a security issue to India..and we know what would be the state of Kashmir if left alone.. and what harms can it bring to india..especially with your taliban friends all over Afghanishtan/Pakistan.. and Kashmir. So please forget about Kashmir as independent state..

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  • Eric Kumar
    Jan 30, 2015 - 11:35PM

    @whats in the name:
    I totally agree. Pakistan has so many pressing problems and having Kashmir it seems it solve all their problems. Country’s existence is question able. Very unstable politically. Economically stagnant and shaky. Every day killing and slaughter is going on. No matter what ever happens India would not Give Kashmir. Even it can lead to nuclear war. Kashmir is integral part of India. Pakistan start working on taking care of it’s Junta and forget Kashmir.

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  • Vakil
    Jan 31, 2015 - 12:14AM

    Wah Pakistan, Wah! Your own country is in flames (as today’s unfortunate Imambargah thing at Shikharpur, Sindh testifies) … and you are worried about a few embers in your neighbor’s front yard!?! What can I say? Pathetic. Sad.

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  • Sid
    Jan 31, 2015 - 12:26AM

    Take care of Shias in your country first before craving to add more Kashmiri Shias.

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  • Rahul
    Jan 31, 2015 - 12:56AM

    Folks, you need Petrol or Electric to turn on the heat! Just saying.

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  • LS
    Jan 31, 2015 - 1:13AM

    @Pakistani:
    What about UN resolution? Its a chapter 6 resolution, India does not care about it just like Pakistan did not care about it until it suited her. So don’t have high hopes on this…

    You can shout UN Resolution all your life and nothing will happen.

    In order to be effective you have to understand how UN works, what are the various resolution types and then talk about it. If it was chapter 7 type resolution people would have taken you seriously… but its not.

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  • LS
    Jan 31, 2015 - 1:18AM

    @Alfa Romeo:
    “I think Pakistan’s value is immense considering its Geopolitical location as only Pakistan can ensure supplies to Afghanistan”

    That will also go away after couple of years because of strategic development and cooperation between Iran and India. All goods will be transported via Iran into Afghanistan as well as middle-east or central Asia further reducing Pak’s Geopolitical importance.

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  • LS
    Jan 31, 2015 - 1:45AM

    @Kabir:
    “Kashmir is DISPUTED TERRITORY. If Kashmiris do not want to be part of a Hindu country, you have no right to keep them in it by force.”

    It is only disputed in your mind. No one takes Chapter 6 resolution seriously. Did Paksitan take it seriously till 1990? No, why should we? More over have you vacated POK?, Haven’t you donated some land to China thereby nullifying that UN resolution?

    If you are in Indian J&K you can easily step over to the side where bullets and bombs wait for you, if not then stay where you are and in few years we won’t have to bother.

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  • JSM
    Jan 31, 2015 - 2:26AM

    @Kabir:
    Bangladesh was also not a disputed issue but became independent. Same thing could happen in Balochistan.

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  • Ahmed
    Jan 31, 2015 - 4:40AM

    @gulshan:
    Pak has the right to help Singhs to have independent khalistan country. Sikhs can never forget the crime committed by Indian Government which attacked on their Golden Temple in 1984. All bomb blasts in Pakistan are sponsored by India. All terrorists activuties in Pakistan are being carried out by RAW.

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  • Shakti
    Jan 31, 2015 - 6:32AM

    To you Indian trolls. Pakistan will never give up on Kashmir for thousand years.
    1000 years?? Talk about optimism! It is not even 70 years and Pakistan is half what it was. The way things are in Pakistan, it would be a miracle if it stumbles through another 70 years. The remnants will keep themselves busy for 1000 years.

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  • Singh
    Jan 31, 2015 - 7:21AM

    @Bilal:
    “Pakistani will make any sacrifice even if the whole world is against us or if we have to live in rags.”
    Please don’t forget your word.
    ZA said he will eat grass to have nuke. And his word are becoming true.

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  • Kabir
    Jan 31, 2015 - 7:22AM

    @JSM:

    Just try breaking up the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The Pakistan Army is there to make sure that you will never succeed. This isn’t 1971. We have nukes now. Stay on your side of the Radcliffe Line and don’t mess with the ISLAMIC Republic of Pakistan.

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  • AKSHAT SHARMA
    Jan 31, 2015 - 12:32PM

    since 1947 Pakistan has been singing same song (j&k) at the UN, time has changed now , nobody is going to like and listen your out dated and old song, to get support of other members at the UN Pakistan will has to change rhymes of the same song . Pakistan always talk about human right violation in j&k but what about in Baluchistan, which is the least developed state of Pakistan.In Indian constitution there is” special status” provision for J&K……….

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  • Anoni
    Jan 31, 2015 - 6:33PM

    wow .. looking at the comment it looks i am reading.. tribune.in

    as 75% comment come from across the border from the rented trolls. ..

    Get a life.

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  • Adnan
    Jan 31, 2015 - 8:59PM

    Let us stop wasting our time on these efforts. Pakistan has to grow up and get working on their economy and fighting terrorism. Stop our obsession with Kashmir and muslims around the world.

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  • Yo2Da2
    Jan 31, 2015 - 11:20PM

    When we were kids, we used to enjoy simple games where we would have to connect the dots for the picture to emerge to our delight. Maybe the FO and other adults who “make” policy in Pakistan need to learn these games as they seem to deny that internal violence (the 61 Shia killed yesterday) has any connection with the obsession with Kashmir. Please connect the dots and see what picture emerges.

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  • Yo2Da2
    Jan 31, 2015 - 11:22PM

    @Mila: Any proof of this delusion?

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  • Yo2Da2
    Jan 31, 2015 - 11:26PM

    @Momin: Good satire, Momin. Maybe you can give Shehzad Ghias and Nadeem Paracha a run for their money. All the best.

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  • Yo2Da2
    Jan 31, 2015 - 11:34PM

    @Mila: Sovereignty still resides with governments, not with the UN. UN exists only as a forum, a release valve if you will, for nations to air their differences and cool things down. UN is not a World Government, yet, that can impose its will on nations.

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  • Yo2Da2
    Jan 31, 2015 - 11:40PM

    @Pawan_Sandhu: You seem to forget that a Muslim is a Muslim, ethnicity (whether Kashmiri, Punjabi, Sindhi, Baloch, Arab, Turkish, Persian) does not matter. (Unless, of course, you are Shia or Ahmedi, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Jew, atheist, apostate, or some other variety of non-Muslim.)

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  • PrasadDeccani
    Feb 1, 2015 - 4:52AM

    @Momin:
    Bring it on, polygamists.

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  • Kumar
    Feb 1, 2015 - 8:30AM

    This time around I really am looking forward to Pakistan “turning up the heat” on Kashmir. In fact, I dare them to.

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  • Avtar
    Feb 1, 2015 - 8:48AM

    Pakistan has problem solving simple issues like “circular debt”. How is it going to address complex issues such as Kashmir – through some sort of “circular focus”!!

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  • Indus
    Feb 1, 2015 - 9:03AM

    Cannot wait for Pakistan to turn up the heat !! Lord Modi will show you why you should be playing with people your own size.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Feb 1, 2015 - 12:22PM

    @Siraj Ahmed:” Wrong priorities. First develop our country and become strong”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Pakistans development priorities: Eating Grass and living in rags.

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  • JSM
    Feb 2, 2015 - 5:15AM

    @Kabir:
    We wil not have to do anything- the Baloch will do it. Just keep watching.

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