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Kashmiris discarding Pakistan’s approach to capitalise on sentiments

Economic Times, IndiaPakistani leaders have most of the times used Kashmir to whip-up anti-India sentiments to consolidate their political standing and avoid inconvenient questions domestically.By ET CONTRIBUTORS | Sep 18, 2019, 09.08 AM ISTBCCLKashmiris understand that Pakistan’s “jehad” in Kashmir has done enormous damage to their cause internationally.By Avinash Mohananey“Aar-par ek awaz, Kashmir banega khud mukhtar” (on both sides, Kashmir will become autonomous/ independent) was the slogan being animatedly raised by a large group of youth waving “azad Kashmir” flags and marching towards the rostrum as Imran Khan, Pakistan prime minister, wound up his speech at Muzaffarabad on September 13. Besides, they were also raising other pro-independence slogans, which could be faintly heard in the background while the meeting was still on.
But what really hurt Imran Khan and his backers in Pakistan army that day was the slogan “go Niazi go” raised by the same group with equal fervour. Initi…

Will Pakistan reform under IMF pressure?

Paran Balakrishnan  | Updated on September 18, 2019  Published on September 18, 2019For the $6-billion loan, Pakistan has to adhere to stiff conditions. But Imran’s focus isn’t on tackling the economic messIt’s long been accepted that Pakistan’s army chief is the country’s most important power-broker who calls the shots. But in the coming months, there may be another crucial figure who’ll wield clout behind the scenes. His name is Reza Baqir who was with the IMF nearly 20 years and who now has been parachuted into the top job at Pakistan’s central bank.Baqir’s unenviable task during the next three years will be to keep a tight watch on Pakistan’s economic manoeuvres and to ensure it complies with toughest conditions ever set by the IMF for its latest $6-billion bailout. Abiding by the IMF’s terms will be all the more difficult because there’s no indication of Imran Khan, whose government just marked its first anniversary, showing any sign of comprehending, or tackling, the country’s d…

Speech on behalf of the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the European Parliament plenary debate on the situation in Kashmir

Speech on behalf of the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the European Parliament plenary debate on the situation in KashmirBrussels, 18/09/2019 - 09:35, UNIQUE ID: 190918_3HR/VP speechesDelivered by Ms Tytti Tuppurainen, Finnish Minister for European Affairs on behalf of High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini.Check against delivery!Mr President, Honourable Members [of the European Parliament],The tensions in the region have increased following the announcement by the Indian Government on 5 August of the revocation of Article 370 that grants a partial autonomy to the State of Jammu and Kashmir. This step has been accompanied by restrictions of fundamental rights and freedoms.The Indian Government has deployed a significant number of additional military and paramilitary troops in Kashmir and along the Line of Control. This action was presented by the Indian Government as a means to prevent violent protests. Pakistan has also deployed additional tro…