Op-ed: Pakistan’s FM should learn a thing or two from Javad Zarif

Recently Dr Javad Zarif, the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran visited the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and met Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Imran Khan. Perhaps Dr Zarif has the toughest diplomatic assignment in the world. Despite all odds, he has performed exceptionally well in this position, totally committed to… Continue reading Op-ed: Pakistan’s FM should learn a thing or two from Javad Zarif

India’s obduracy will prove to be a warrant for Kashmir’s freedom

Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti alleged ‘Government of India wants to turn Kashmir into an open-air prison and convert actual jails into Guantanamo” (Business Standard April 17, 2019, and Greater Kashmir April 16, 2019). AG Noorani also called Kashmir a prison (Kashmir, a prison, Dawn, January 12, 2019). The Kashmiri are, currently, in the slough… Continue reading India’s obduracy will prove to be a warrant for Kashmir’s freedom

Kashmir: an unresolved question on UN agenda

Despite being a nuclear power, Pakistan did not retaliate to India’s ‘surgical strikes’ and ‘annexation’ of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir State in its official maps. A general impression was that India’s acts of aggression enjoyed US backing. What lent credence to this ‘impression’ was that Trump administration was brazenly supporting India as a proxy… Continue reading Kashmir: an unresolved question on UN agenda

India aims to dilute Muslim majority in Kashmir with Hindu settlers

Hailing from a hardline Indian nationalist and conservative group (RSS), Narendra Modi was elected as the prime minister of India back in 2016. RSS is also suspected to be the ideological backbone of India’s ruling party BJP. Critiques are of the view that India’s iconic independence leader and an iconoclast Mahatma Gandhi was also put… Continue reading India aims to dilute Muslim majority in Kashmir with Hindu settlers

How Indian rule has undermined the potential of Kashmiris

For centuries, the Kashmiri have been ruled over by the Afghan, Sikh, Dogra, and the British. Some rulers had been nice, others nasty. The conquerors’ version of history is considered the most authentic. There is a plethora of books and movies extolling valour of the Allies in the Second World War we rarely see or… Continue reading How Indian rule has undermined the potential of Kashmiris

After annexing Kashmir, India kicks out Kashmiris from State machinery

When India annexed and reduced Jammu and Kashmir to a centrally administered territory exactly a year ago by repealing article 370 of the Indian constitution, observers felt the move was aimed at changing the region’s Muslim-majority character. While it may take years to enforce huge demographic changes, it appears that the local population has already… Continue reading After annexing Kashmir, India kicks out Kashmiris from State machinery

Kashmir: India’s Bleeding Wound

Kashmir is the real theatre of unspeakable violence and moral corrosion that can spin us into violence and nuclear war at any moment. To prevent that from happening, the conflict in Kashmir has to be addressed and resolved. That can only be done if Kashmiris are given a chance to freely and fearlessly tell the world what they… Continue reading Kashmir: India’s Bleeding Wound