Solution of Kashmir dispute critical for better Pakistan-India ties: Qureshi

Solution of Kashmir dispute critical for better Pakistan-India ties: QureshiMuzaffarabad, Oct 27: Pakistan Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, has said that a solution to the Kashmir dispute is critical for better ties between Pakistan and India.

He also emphasised that there was a dire need to resolve the issue in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiris.

Qureshi further said that the Pakistan Government had invited Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the resumption of composite dialogue, which was necessary for ensuring peace in the region.

13 Pak Kashmir parliamentarians resign over official''s appointment

13 Pak Kashmir parliamentarians resign over official''s appointmentMuzaffarabad (Pakistan), Aug. 21 : Thirteen members of the legislative assembly in Pakistan administered Kashmir submitted their resignations to the speaker on Friday in protest against the appointment of a senior leader of the Pakistan People’s Party - Azad Kashmir Chaudhry Yasin -- as advisor to the prime minister on local government.

Ominous portents of Taliban’s expanding writ as it claims responsibility for POK blast

Ominous portents of Taliban’s expanding writ as it claims responsibility for POK blastMuzaffarabad, June 27 : After purportedly being pushed out of the Swat and Malakand Divisions by the Pakistan Army, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), in an apparent bid to expand its regime of terror, has claimed responsibility for the suicide strike in Muzaffarabad in which two security personnel were killed and three others injured here on Friday.

IMA Urges Bihar DGP To Recover Abducted Kid Safely

KidnappingOver the past few months there have been several incidents of kidnapping children, but in most cases, the kids were murdered.

Such stories are tear-jerking for everyone; parents' pain is all but unbearable.

Meanwhile, across the country, parents fear their kid could be next. Young girls are considered most vulnerable.

According to recent reports, a class 6 student Rithik Kumar, who is the son of medical practitioner Dr. Sudhir Kumar, has been abducted from Bihar’s Muzaffarpur region.

The reports also said that the kidnapped kid remained traceless.

Pakistan Occupied Kashmir gets new Prime Minister

Muzaffarabad, Jan 7 : The newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK), Sardar Yaqub, took oath of office.

POK President Raja Zulqarnain Khan administered the oath on Tuesday, the Online reported.

Former POK Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed was removed from office in a no-confidence vote amid allegations of corruption and nepotism; the Daily Times quoted sources, as saying.

Attique received only 17 votes against 31 in favour of Yaqub, they added.

Attique accused the government in Islamabad of engineering his ouster.

Attique's supporters chanted anti-Zardari slogans outside the legislative assembly in Muzaffarabad.

Mumbai terror mastermind among 20 arrested in Pak

Muzaffarabad, Dec 8: Wanted Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander, Zakiur Rehman Lakhwi has reportedly been arrested by Pakistani army personnel on the outskirts of Muzaffarabad, the Dawn reports.

According to sources, over 20 members of the banned LeT, including its Azad Kashmir chief were arrested during a crackdown.

The army had on Sunday launched a crackdown on activists of the LeT and its front organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) on the outskirts of the Azad Kashmir capital.

The army raided a site housing some infrastructure currently used by JuD, which is headed by Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.

However, there was no official confirmation about the attack from the Interior Ministry or the Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR).

Security forces crackdown on Lashkar-e-Toiba in Pakistan Kashmir

Muzaffarabad/Islamabad, Dec. 8 : Pakistani security forces have launched a ‘quiet’ crackdown on activists affiliated with the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the political wing of the banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba on the Pakistan side of Kashmir as well as in other parts of the country.

According to the Dawn, in Muzaffarabad, a major army operation was under way in the city suburbs on Sunday against a site being used by the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, which is headed by Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.

Sources told the paper that more than 20 members of the banned organisation and Lashkar-i-Toiba’s ‘commander’ Zakiur Rehman Lakhwi had been arrested.

There are reports that similar actions are planned in some cities and towns of Punjab.

Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service to resume today

Srinagar, Aug 21 : The Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service between India and Pakistan will resume today.

The service was suspended last week due to violent protests over the Amarnath land transfer in Kashmir valley.

Regional Passport Officer B L Manavalan said the fortnightly bus service would also ply on August 28 according to schedule. 

In one of the most positive and concrete confidence building measures, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh had flagged off the bus service linking the two parts of divided Kashmir in 2005.

The service, which runs twice a month, is a small concession for families separated by conflict since 1947 but also carries hopes of a big boost to a cautious peace process. (ANI)

Pak’s K-policy not to be affected by Musharraf''s resignation

Pak’s K-policy not to be affected by Musharraf''s resignationMuzaffarabad (PoK), Aug 20 : Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) prime minister Sardar Atiq Ahmed Khan has said that former president Pervez Musharraf’s resignation “would not affect” Pakistan’s policy on Kashmir.

The prime minister said Musharraf’s four-point formula was never a final solution of Kashmir issue but it was one step forward towards the issue.

Khan said while addressing a national security workshop here in Muzaffarabad last evening, reported The News.

Salahuddin warns Pak govt against ‘Junoon’ performing in Srinagar on Sunday

Muzaffarabad (PoK), May 23 : The United Jihad Council (UJC), the Muzaffarabad-based ISI sponsored group of extremist organizations, has reportedly urged the Pakistan government to ensure that Pakistani rock group Junoon does not perform in Srinagar on Sunday in the honour of Indian President Pratibha Patil, who would be on her maiden visit to the Valley after assuming the highest post in her country.

The UJC, headed by Syed Salahuddin, said the performance by the Pakistani music group would send a “wrong message” to the international community that Kashmir was an integral part of India, which can hold any international event in Kashmir, which according to the Council, was a “disputed territory”.

Gilani calls for improved trade and tourism between Muzaffarabad and Srinagar

Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza GilaniMuzaffarabad, Apr 30 : Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that trade and tourism between Muzaffarabad and Srinagar should start so that Kashmiris on either side can avail of opportunities to sit and interact with each other.

Pak PM ready for meaningful talks with India on Kashmir

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza GillaniMuzaffarabad, Apr. 30 : Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said that the people of Kashmir have sacrificed their lives and livelihood in their quest for self-determination, and therefore, his government is committed to ensuring that these sacrifices are not in vain.

Addressing a joint sitting of Legislative Assembly and Senate Council in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Gilani said his government would like to hold meaningful talks with India on the Kashmir issue.

Salahuddin slams Musharraf over concessions to India on Kashmir

President Pervez MusharrafMuzaffarabad, Apr 22 : Leaders of militant groups fighting against India’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir have criticised President Pervez Musharraf’s policies and vowed to continue their fight to end their subjugation.

Criticising the Musharraf regime for offering “too many concessions to India”, United Jihad Council (UJC) chairman Syed Salahuddin claimed that Kashmir had “never been the core issue” in Pakistan-India talks over the past few years.

POK website hacked

Muzaffarabad, Dec 1: The official website of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) Government has been hacked. The hackers have removed all the data placed on it.

The site ( developed by the Information Technology Board now offers "cool and funny jokes" to be surfed through a search engine instead of information about the area, history, traditions, government and institutions POK.

The Dawn quoted an official source as saying that the alleged hacking had taken place three days ago, but the IT Board appeared to be unaware about it. (ANI)

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