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Dear Pak, Kashmir Needs Solidarity – So Do ‘Missing’ Pakistanis

TAHA SIDDIQUI Source: The Quint, India Today, on 30 August, the Pakistani government and the military will begin its first public solidarity campaign for Kashmir, themed at raising awareness about the revocation of the ‘special’ status the region enjoyed under India, and the subsequent lockdown in the valley. On Monday, 26 August, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that all Pakistanis would have to dedicate half an hour of their time every Friday to express solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren. Then, on Wednesday, the head of the Pakistan military's media wing, General Asif Ghafoor, said that in line with the government's announcement to observe 'Kashmir Hour', national anthems and sirens would blare across the country at noon on Friday. 30 August also marks the UN-recognised International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, which will be observed by the leading human rights organisations in Pakistan. fb tw Also Read :  Kashmir

Baloch, Balochistan and a tale of pain and love of a sarmachar

Author: *Dostain Baloch* Spokesman of Baloch Republican Guards *Baloch*: his name might be so familiar, and people add certain adjectives with it to describe us: valiant, warrior, compassionate, hospitable etc. The Baloch have reasons for all them: reasons which force us to fight for our nation, reasons which teach us to stand for our rights, reasons which make us brave, and a history filled with black summons, inked in the blood of martyrs. The Baloch have understood their rights and fought for them. If they were not granted to us honourably, with a pen, we have taken up the sword. For that we have been abused and marginalized. We have fought for not just our rights, but for also for our land, our identity, and our culture. They fought against great kings, from the time of the Great Seljuks to the time of the Mughals, and then the British Raj. Now we’re fighting against Pakistan. Past uprisings have been suppressed, mutual ground was met between the tribal lords and the state. Bu

The price of censorship

Khurram Husain Updated August 29, 2019 The writer is a member of staff. NOW here is something interesting. On Friday, a devious little piece of mischief was perpetrated by an Indian wire service, and it spread to Pakistan and roiled the capital markets for a full day. It took nearly 24 hours to eradicate this virus from our news flow, and in the course of doing so, an important vulnerability was exposed. Pakistan was one of the countries whose evaluation report was up for discussion at the Asia Pacific Group (APG) meeting in Canberra that ran from Aug 18 to 23 last week. Once that discussion concluded, word from the government here was that all had gone well, that the Mutual Evaluation Report “has been adopted” notwithstanding a few gaps which are scheduled to be addressed soon. Pakistan’s evaluation ended early during the meetings, and by Wednesday word was out that the report has been adopted. By Thursday it was in the papers. Then on Friday the virus broke out. A story was put

Editorial: Airspace closure

Editorial August 29, 2019 INDIA’S brutality in held Kashmir needs a firm response from Pakistan, one that helps highlight the Kashmiri cause around the world. By all means, this country needs to continue its moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris, especially in this dark hour when the people of the occupied region have been strangulated by Delhi, their fundamental rights trampled underfoot. However, the response to India’s provocations must be mature and calculated; emotionalism must be eschewed in favour of effective diplomacy. Yet some of the suggestions coming from the government may add to Pakistan’s isolation instead of holding India to account before the world. On Tuesday, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said the government was considering banning the use of Pakistani airspace for flights from India. In the aftermath of the Pulwama episode earlier this year, both countries closed their airspace, which threw the schedules of many glob