#AceNewsServices – INDIA (Kashmir) – October 12 – Civilians on both sides of the Kashmir Line of Control got a brief respite today from a solid week of cross-border fighting between Indian and Pakistan forces, but leaders on both sides indicate it is likely to remain brief indeed.
In a statement at Maharashtra, Indian Premier Narendra Modi lashed Congress for meaningless statements on the border clashes, saying it is “not the time for empty talk by them, but for bullets by our soldiers.”
Modi bragged that the week of fighting had given Pakistan a “befitting lesson,” and that Indian soldiers had successfully “shut their mouth” so that they dare not repeat their violations.
The assessment on the Pakistani side was just a belligerent, for while the National Security Committee ruled out war with India, Premier Nawaz Sharif ordered the army to engage in a “tit for tat” strategy of retaliation against India.
The two nations have warred in the past over the Line of Control, and as usual both sides are insisting that the other is wholly to blame for the violations, which have killed dozens of civilians.
#AceNewsServices PAKISTAN (Kashmir) October 08 -The official website of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was defaced Wednesday by a team of Indian hackers, slamming PPP patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari for his recent statement on Kashmir.
A group calling themselves the ‘Indian Hackers Online Squad’ replaced the website’s homepage with messages ridiculing Bilawal for his comments, and claiming that “will never get Kashmir”.
“To Citizens of Pakistan, Pakistan’s Army, Pakistan Peoples Party and Specially Mr. Bilawal Bhutto . Without any Violence Let Me tell you that Pakistan will never Get Kashmir. This is the Truth. You Have to Accept it,” said the message left by the hackers on the PPP official website.
Last month, Bilawal was reported to have said that party would get back entire Kashmir for his country.
“I will take back Kashmir, all of it, and I will not leave behind a single inch of it because, like the other provinces, it belongs to Pakistan,” he was quoted as saying.
Bilawal’s statement was not taken well on the other side of the border.
A spokesperson for India’s Ministry of External Affairs had responded by terming Bilawal’s comment “far from reality which takes us back into the past century”.
#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN (Islamabad)- September 14 – Spa Authorities were struggling
Saturday to rescue thousands of people stranded by floods in more than 100 villages in central Pakistan, dpa quoted officials as saying.
Several artificial breaches were created along the protective embankments of Chenab river to divert flood-water away from the historic city of Multan, civilian administrator Zahid Saleem said.
He said the threat to the city was almost over, but the diversion of water has affected 126 small villages and hamlets.
Thousands of relief workers, policemen and soldiers were working to evacuate areas and deliver relief supplies, state-run Pakistan Television reported.
The flooding began September 03 due to heavy monsoon rains.
About 280 people have been killed in the eastern province of Punjab province, Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the semi-autonomous Gilgit-Baltistan regions in the north, National Disaster Management Authority official Ahmed Kamal said.
More than 2 million people have been displaced.
The disaster agency said the flooding would continue for at least another week before the excessive water could drain out through the southern province of Sindh.
#AceWorldNews – INDIA/PAKISTAN – September 13 – Following days of heavy flooding and dangerous mudslides have now claimed more than 450 lives in Pakistan and India, more than 200,000 people remained stranded Saturday in Indian Kashmir, despite receding water, officials said, commenting on the Himalayan region’s worst flooding in a century.
”Rescue teams are now able to go inside houses and get out those still trapped inside and account for the dead bodies,” Shantmanu, the divisional commissioner of Jammu region, who uses one name, told AFP.
Government officials say at least 200 people died and 130,000 people have been rescued in Kashmir.
Each affected family whose home was destroyed will receive an initial 75,000 rupees ($1,200) and six months of food rations, the government said.
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#AceNewsServices – KASHMIR – April 24 – Police in the Indian-controlled Kashmir have clashed with protesters, as the last stage of India’s general elections is held amid separatist calls for a poll boycott in Kashmir valley.
Indian forces used tear gas and batons to disperse scores of demonstrators shouting anti-India slogans.
Protesters threw stones at the security forces and attacked some polling stations.
According to Press TV, despite the violence, polling is under-way in the restive region and police say the voting process has not been disrupted.
The turnout in the region – which has only six seats in the Indian parliament – has reportedly been very low, with only two or three percent of eligible voters casting their ballots.
The voting in the region is part of the sixth stage of India’s parliamentary election, in which over 180 million voters are casting their ballots in 12 states.
Altogether, more than 814 million Indians are eligible to vote.
The nine-phase election marathon began on April 7 and will come to an end on May 12. The final results are expected to be announced on May 16.
Activists of Kashmir’s top group, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, have held a torch rally as part of their election boycott campaign.
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#AceWorldNews – MUZAFFARABAD – April 03 – (DWN) – A man whose nationality could not be ascertained by law-enforcement agencies in Azad Jammu and Kashmir for months has finally been declared to be a Vietnamese citizen.
Belonging to the Hmong ethnic minority of Vietnam, Vu Gia Po, who had earlier been wrongly referred to as Wu Ta Puma is desperately awaiting completion of procedural formalities for repatriation to his country.
The 37-year old was kept in a police station in Athmuqam, district headquarters of Neelum valley, about 74 kilometres north-east of here, in November last year and his hosts have since been finding it difficult to decide about their inadvertent guest.
“We feel relieved that his birthplace has been traced and hopefully he will soon be reunited with his family,” SHO Athmuqam Mohammad Yasin told Dawn on Wednesday.
#AceWorldNews – ISLAMABAD – (SANA): United Jihad Council Chairman and Hizbual Mujahideen Supreme Commander Syed Salahuddin has vowed to continue struggle on all fronts till the achievement of freedom from Indian illegal occupation.
He said that in the resolution of Kashmir dispute Indian ego, stubbornness, unrealistic approach, military power are main hurdles in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Ha said that India shows zero change in its s 60 year old stance over the Kashmir issue.
He added that Parvez Musharaf changed the 60 years old stance of Pakistan over the issues and introduced a new formula. He said that what is the logic behind the regular change in policy from Pakistani side while the India has shown no change in its polices.
#AceWorldNews says that sixty-six Muslim students from the disputed Indian territory of Kashmir were expelled from their university because they cheered for the Pakistani cricket team during a televised match against archrival India, AP reported.
They were also briefly threatened with sedition charges.
The students had been living in the dorms at the private College of Swami Vivekanand Subharti University, in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh state.
Plans to impose the sedition charges were dropped, State Home Secretary A.K.Gupta said. Sunday’s match was won by Pakistan.
#AceWorldNews says the Police fired bullets and tear gas as hundreds of pro-independence villagers tried to storm a police station in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday, AP reported.
One protester was shot and wounded, police said. Government forces reportedly killed seven suspected rebels in the disputed region a day ago.
The crowd shouted pro-independence slogans and demanded that authorities identify the suspected rebels and hand over their bodies for burial, according to officials.