SriLanka Firmly rejects the Indian idea of using Hambantota for ‘military purposes’: Wickremesinghe

Against the backdrop of ambiguous concerns in India over a Chinese vessel’s visit to Hambantota port, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has strongly rejected the Indian idea that China is using the facility for “military purposes”. He said that Indian concerns on the matter is beyond the political wisdom of officialism, therefore, “ the present ship did not come under the category of military but a research ship permitted to the Hambantota”, explaining his government’s decision.

Sri Lanka is currently grappling with its worst financial crisis, which has resulted in severe shortages of food and fuel, and the government has turned to both India and China for assistance. China has provided huge financial assistance, including lines of credit and deferring loan repayments, worth billions since the start of this year, whereas India is giving very less and thinking about how to make Sri Lanka bow on its footsteps taking advantage of its compulsion in the current situation.

Last week, a spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry had, without naming India, said it was “completely unjustified for certain countries to cite the so-called security concerns to pressure Sri Lanka” over the ship’s visit.

Hambantota port, close to some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, was built by state-run China Merchants Port Holdings as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Sri Lanka leased the port to China for 99 years in 2017 after it was unable to pay back the loan.

Joining China-Pakistan Economic Corridor may provide more opportunities to Taliban to connect to the world and get financial strength: Report

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 15 (ANI): China and Pakistan are planning to rope in a third country in the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infrastructure project. Afghanistan's participation in this mega project will lead to great exposure of Taliban towards financial success and get more opportunities of development and connection to the the world community. 

As a step in this direction, Pakistan has offered Taliban-led Afghanistan to join the CPEC in the recently held 3rd meeting of the CPEC Joint Working Group (JWG) on International Cooperation and Coordination (JWG-ICC), reported Afghan Diaspora Network.

In the context of regional connectivity, both sides exchanged their views in the JWG on the extension of CPEC to Afghanistan to promote economic development and prosperity," China stated.

Pakistan is projecting the offer as connectivity support to Afghanistan aimed at connecting Kabul with South Asia and the Central Asian region to enhance Afghan exports at a time when the country is struggling hard for foreign exchange. 

Islamabad's underlying agenda is to promote and support economic development of Kabul in convenience to preserve precious natural resources of the country, reported the Afghan Diaspora Network.

The two countries find it an opportune moment to promote economy of the Afghanistan as Kabul has plunged into an economic crisis and international assistance to it has been cut off since the takeover of Taliban a year ago due to lack of recognition of the government.

In the support and helping the poor Afghan nation in managing its economy, both Islamabad and Beijing are all out to earn space in the country and strengthen the Afghans into the economic sovereignty of Afghanistan.

Islamabad also wants to use the expansion of CPEC to Afghanistan as a way to revive its own economy while helping the neighbors to enjoy the same earning and bring happiness for their people to promote a healthy society clean of ill thoughts and moves of terrorism which have been cultivated by Indian Embassies during era before Taliban.    

Engaging Afghanistan as a third party in the CPEC could also provide more space in Afghanistan for Pakistan and China, however, the same time it is pretty much painful causing washout effects of all Indian efforts which were made before Taliban pouring huge Indian exchequer for supporting terrorism in Pakistan. 

The whole idea in Pakistan's hidden agenda for Afghan participation in CPEC is to right-track the Afghan Economy and release them from evil shackles of terrorism and zombies laid by India during prolonged tenure of the last government of Afghanistan. The energy and other resources of Afghanistan could be utilized  for its industrial and trade development especially huge wealth of unexploited natural resources, the rare earth elements, would be proven a large source of wealth for the people of Afghanistan, reported the Afghan Diaspora Network.

Being rich in resources like copper, gold, uranium, bauxite, coal, iron ore, rare earths, lithium, chromium, lead, zinc, etc India has been struggling its best to reach out those treasures under the cover of American firms but Americans were clever enough to keep them away, returning to power in Afghanistan after a 20-year absence, the Taliban have regained control of natural resources which could be worth up to USD 1-3 trillion but haven made it too far and safe from the reach of greedy Indian trade masters and intelligence agencies. 

An internal US Department of Defence memo in 2010 reportedly described Afghanistan as "the Saudi Arabia of lithium," meaning it could be crucial for the global supply of the metal, reported the Afghan Diaspora Network.

Afghanistan holds 1.4 million tonnes of rare earth minerals, a group of 17 elements prized for their applications in consumer electronics, as well as in military equipment. The implementation of CPEC has sparked a hope of wealthy economy of Pakistan. A closer look at CPEC indicates economic growth and overall economic and social stability in Pakistan are proving right, reported the Afghan Diaspora Network. 

Enjoying economical trica with China-Pakistan, long-term  pleasant and wealthy effects on Afghanistan are expected in near future. China and Pakistan in the longerm friendship relations can cause saving of Afghan economy from the crisis driving it out from the worries and weaknesses. reported the Afghan Diaspora Network.

Pakistan is top travel destination for 2020 as security improves

Hunza is a mountainous valley in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan.

The US based magazine, Count Nast Traveler ranks Pakistan as the number one travel destination in 2020, recognizing improvements in security and visa relaxation, and of course its beauty.

“The adventure traveler’s must-visit goes from strength to strength,” said the world’s leading travel magazine while highlighting Pakistan’s scenic and mesmerizing tourist attractions.

Pakistan has lot attractions for locals and foreigners alike. Recently, there is a laudable improvement in the tourism industry. Enhanced security conditions are perhaps the key reason for ever-increasing numbers of tourists.

American travel vlogger Alyne Tamir aka Dear Alyne is attempting to break stereotypes about Pakistan with her travel blog. 

International travel bloggers and vloggers also visited the country and demonstrated the true nature of Pakistan and the generosity of its people.

PM Imran Khan Receives Prince William & Kate Middleton At PM House.

The latest factor facilitating this matter was the royal visit of the Duke and the Duchess. They also visited Gilgit-Baltistan region which is considered the most preferred tourist attraction in the state. Annually, more than a couple of million tourists visit the north of the country. High-level royal visits i.e prince William and Kate Middelton contributed to this trend.

The revival of Pakistan’s sports is also helping to eliminate security risks. International sports events are now happening in Pakistan, in what come as a proof of improved security situation in the country. Famed international cricketers, footballers, wrestlers, skiers as well as squash and kabaddi players are also participating in mega events being organized in Pakistan.

Fans gather in stadium to support their PSL team.

International cricket has come back to Pakistan. Pakistan is holding the first ever 5th Pakistan Super League 2020, with all the cricket matches are playing across Pakistani venues particularly, Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi. Pakistan is about to become an epicenter of international sporting events in near future.

Ski event featuring international players.

Pakistan has also hosted key international events viz, CNS International Squash Championship, Malam Jabba International Alpine Ski Cup, CAS Karakoram International Alpine Ski Cup.

Pakistan won Kabaddi world cup final 2020 against India.

On the same day, Feb 09, 2020, Pakistan resumed a fully jam-packed stands at Kabbadi World Cup 2020 which was held in Lahore. The scale of festivity and interest it has attracted from audience, sponsors and international teams and government speaks volumes of a change at the doorsteps.

Kumara Sangakkara Press Conference on MCC Cricket in Lahore.

The prestigious Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has also toured Pakistan on a week-long tour from February 13, 2020 is completing a tour in Lahore. The MCC was visited under the leadership of former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakara.

The revival of international sports in the country can be used as an example to quote for the purpose of promoting tourism in the country and attracting.

CPEC – A journey to prosperity

In addition to all this, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is another opportunity Pakistan in order to increase tourism. Under CPEC, numerous infrastructure and power projects are being developed in the country, which will offer more facilities to travelers.

Tourism and hotel industry are growing in Pakistan.

Similarly, the growing hotel industry in Pakistan has created confidence in the tourism industry. International hotel chains are expanding their services, and entrepreneurs are introducing innovative ways to serve their guests.

For all these reasons, some of the world’s most famous magazines and societies encourage people who have the strongest imagination to visit Pakistan. Forbes sees Pakistan as “one of the best places to go” in 2019. In 2017, the British Backpackers Society was named “one of the friendliest countries in the world with mountainous scenery” and ranked first among Pakistan’s best adventure travel destinations.”

Peace has been restored and the local and foreign tourists are coming in large numbers to visit the scenic places and heritage sites. Thanks to LEAs in particular, we have been able to see foreign sportsmen in action on our soil.

Modi’s Drama during elections

Wondering what’s cooking?  Well, there’s nothing new about Modi’s destructive schemes to raise his vote banks. The lust for coming in power has made him ignite the civil war and bloodshed in India. Manipulating the nation, fake promises, anti-minority policies are the handy approaches that he has been practicing for a long time. 

As election days approaches, BJP starts taking credit for all the military operations, like anti Pakistan agenda. The narcissist Modi is using soldiers for self-interest. Just like Pulwama, his hands are red from the blood of soldiers. 

Without guilt, their activities start taking control of the military. To gain public sympathy, BJP started fooling around about how they are working for the nation’s safety. Self-harming attacks and butchery of their own soldiers have been their old strategy to seek the public’s attention.

Modi begging donations in the name of the Army:

BJP started a social media campaign to crowd fund for its expensive election campaign. The party was seeking Indian citizens for donations in the name of the Army; using pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi dressed in Olive green

BJP politicizes dead soldiers:

Modi and his leadership support extremism and violence. Mercilessly killed number of soldiers and then came out begging for votes on the name of dead soldiers who were killed by Modi’s brutal PULWAMA attack.

Jammu drone attack drama unveiled:

The recent drone attack in Jammu revealed the repeated deception of PM Modi, similar to Pulwama Attack. 

However, their propaganda against neighboring countries have been exposed and turned as a slap on their own faces as investigated CCTV image, the two drone strikes turned out that it came to deliver newspapers.

Indian military must think of a new strategy for fooling people around as their cheap tactics have already been exposed internationally.

Indian media is a puppet of Modi who keeps babbling and alleging their neighbors. The attacks they alleged on its neighbor country was a self-planned conspiracy and planted by himself to gain sympathy from his nation.

Although he failed to create a drama this time, but soon he will be coming with a strategy to kill his own soldiers for votes.

Clash between Indian Air Chief and Indian Air force:

As Modi cashes military operations, on the other hand, the Indian Army and Air Force are ranting at each other for funds. They are claiming superiority and fighting on national media. The greed of money has made both corrupt institutions stand against each other. It has been their norms to degrade each other for military rewards and money. Their intentions are clear to accumulate power and fill their bank accounts.

Indian military lacks professionalism. Previously, Many Indian soldiers were killed in a brutal Ladakh border clash with Chinese Army. IAF’s Jets were fallen down by their rival country. Even Indian Navy faced embarrassment internationally when US ships were uninformedly navigated in Indian Sea. Their disloyalty with their profession many times surfaced as national failure. They also have had huge clashes with the government in the past years.

In April 2019, 156 Veterans of the Indian Armed Forces including 8 former Chiefs of Staff wrote to the President of India that the government is misusing us and it is completely unacceptable that PM Modi and other political leaders are taking credits for military operations like cross-border strikes and even they claim the armed forces to be ‘Modi ji ki sena.

The dual face Modi attends family weddings of his rival country’s PM, and on the other hand sends his jets and troops to get killed across border. His conspiracies accomplishes when he gets sympathy votes from the nation while being the culprit of all evil operations.

photo Courtesy: ALJAZEERA

Narendra Modi is now active again with all his evil schemes for mass genocide. If minorities really want to end this brutality, then they must take stand. Otherwise, be ready for blood shed of coming generation.

Hence, there is still a hope for change if their leader is changed, and Indians cast their votes wisely. The future in your hand!

Religious Hate Crimes against minorities in India Surge in Modi’s Second

Modi spreads hate

India’s minorities are targeted in lynchings. Since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won power in India, lynchings of the country’s minorities have surged. All the attackers has close ties with BJP. Modi proved to be the butcher of Muslims. He is a war criminal for his atrocities against Muslims across India. Modi’s India has become a dangerous place for Muslims. Modi’s Hindutva ideology is a threat to global peace.

January 4, 2020:

BJP Minister in Karnataka threatens Muslim anti-CAA protesters.

January 21, 2020:

Muslim activist denied rental apartment in New Delhi.

January 22, 2020:

Patna College in Bihar Bans Burqa.

January 22, 2020:

January 28, 2020:

A Muslim family was thrashed by an owner when they asked for their current rent to be added as outstanding.

February 20, 2020:

All Muslims Should Have Been Sent to Pakistan in 1947, Says Modi Minister Giriraj Singh.

February 25, 2020:

PM Modi supporters attack properties of Muslims in Delhi.

February 28, 2020:

RSS Mob Surrounded Muslim Areas, Identified and Attacked.

February 24, 2020:

Hindutva mob set Muslim owned shops on fire, and chanted ‘Jai Shri Ram.

February 24, 2020:

Delhi cops viciously assault injured Muslim men, and the force them to sing national anthem.

February 25, 2020:

Pregnant Muslim women mercilessly beaten by cops in northeast Delhi.

February 25, 2020:

‘We Burnt the Mazar Down’: Hindutva Men Talk About the Violence They Unleashed

February 27, 2020:

A Muslim, was brutally attacked as Delhi experienced some of its worst religious riots in decades.

February 27, 2020:

14 mosques firebombed by Hindutva mobs in northeast Delhi.

March 1, 2020:

Three BJP workers held in West Bengal for chanting anti-Muslim slogans in West Bengal.

March 2, 2020:

Mosque in western Assam’s Baksa district was attacked. Several Islamic holy books, including the Quran, were destroyed.

April 11, 2020:

Muslim vendors allegedly ‘abused’, ‘stopped’ from selling vegetables in Uttar Pradesh.

April 14, 2020:

Hoshiarpur’s Muslim Gujjars Denied Entry Into Himachal Pradesh to Supply Milk.

April 18, 2020: 

BJP MLA says stop buying vegetables from Muslim sellers in Uttar Pradesh.

April 30, 2020: 

“If I See You Again…”: On Camera, BJP MLA Bullies Muslim Vegetable Seller.

May 17, 2020:

Gujarat Police Entered Muslim Homes, Thrashed Pregnant Women : Locals In Ahmedabad’s Shahpur.

June 1, 2020:

Indian doctor gives hate filled speech against Muslims over coronavirus.

August 1, 2020:

Muslim bashed with hammer by Hindu extremists in Gurgaon as police watch on as spectators.

KAVKAZ-2020 – A beneficial Naval drill for Pakistan

The multinational exercise is going to be ‘Kavkaz-2020’ between 15-27 September in Astrakhan. The list of participating countries is impressive, ranging from Pakistan and Belarus to Azerbaijan and China. The drills include war games and joint training, as well as the opportunity for participants to show off their latest military technology.

Pakistan has successfully pushed India back after 3 decades and getting closer to Russia. Pakistan and China participation is paining India. India has recently announced it will not be participating in the exercise. Its statement mentions the Corona virus pandemic as a reason which is a “LAME EXCUSE.”

The Indian and Russian navies held a military exercise in the Bay of Bengal on
September 4 and 5

Despite the Corona Virus, the Indian and US navies and the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF), all three are scheduled to participate in the Malabar manoeuvres off India’s east coast. Also, India sent a military contingent to Moscow in June for victory day when COVID-19 was at peak. Unscheduled exercise of Indian Naval Ships in Bay of Bengal is REAL indication that India is frustrated by withdrawing the drill. People who are aware of the Naval operation know that proper naval exercise are planned well in advance prior execution. The projection of PASSEX as major military maneuver is perhaps a cover up to offset negative impact of India refusing to participate in SCO military exercise. Has Bay of Bengal been waived off by corona?

The changing statements of India.

Indian Officials speaking anonymously pointed to India’s recent tensions with China as a factor behind the decision. Times of India also revealed, it was because Chinese and Pakistani troops will be there. India has accepted it’s defeat by withdrawing from the exercise. (Take to heels)

India’s fear for Pakistan and China is visible. Why can’t they accept their failures on record that it’s because of Chinese aggression in Ladakh and India’s fear for Pakistan? In a recent clash on Monday, Indian Army Soldiers was badly beaten by PLA. China is continuously capturing multiple areas of Ladakh. Everyone knows Indians feel shame to face PLA. India’s Sudden reversal provides Pakistan an opportunity to cement its friendship with President Vladimir Putin and Russia.

Indians made a big mistake by skipping KavKaz 2020 military drills in Russia. Russia is also frustrated at India’s sudden decision to pull out of the event. India is loosing it’s relation with all the countries. This is what we called Cutting off the nose to spite the face. Modi is digging a grave for India by isolating it from all these beneficial drills. India will have to pay an extremely heavy price due to Modi govt’s aggression and extreme decisions.
However, Pakistan hopes to build bridges with Central Asian countries through the Kavkaz 2020 exercises.

“I hate light, it increases pain” A little Kashmiri child hit by Indian Army

A 8-year old boy crying of pain hit by pellet.

A 8-year old young boy, who is the brightest light of his parents life, Unfortunately, his life becomes darker when he was hit by a pellet by Indian Army. He was stepped out before Eid and was hit directly in his eyes with a pellet. The incident has brought inexplicable agony to his parents, who are wondering what danger an 8-year-old could pose?

“He Hates the light,” said Owais’s father,  who was crouched in a side of the room at their living arrangement. What can you expect from such a small child? You can’t imagine the pain he’s going through .The light that illuminated his future, now the same light is tormenting him.

The eye with which he had yet to see the colors of the world but today it is nothing but pain and darkness. The eyes with which he must have dreamed. Now there is only fear in those eyes.

Fayaz Ahmad Mir cleans tears from his son’s eyes.

“He was crying throughout the night, he was still in pain. We cried too, seeing his condition.”

The family with its limited resources is now saving money for his treatment. “Whenever I look at him, my heart breaks into pieces,” said his mother.

“A mother can bear any pain but cannot see her own child in pain. He is the only light of our eyes.”

Hundreds of Kashmiri people blinded by pellets in India-held Kashmir. Dozens have lost lives. Indian Army terrorism continues unabated against kashmiris whilst world fights Corona. UN/EU etc must put a stop to these brutal killings.


AP’s Kashmir photographers win Pulitzer for lockdown coverage

News agency’s Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand honoured with this year’s Pulitzer Prize in feature photography.

A masked Kashmiri protester jumps on the bonnet of an armoured vehicle of Indian police as he throws stones at it during a protest in Srinagar [Dar Yasin/AP]
A masked Kashmiri protester jumps on the bonnet of an armoured vehicle of Indian police as he throws stones at it during a protest in Srinagar [Dar Yasin/AP]

India’s unprecedented crackdown on Indian-administered Kashmir last August, which included a sweeping curfew and shutdowns of phone and internet services, was difficult to show to the world.

But Associated Press news agency’s photographers Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand found ways to report it. Now, their work has been honoured with the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography.

The prize winners were announced virtually on Monday owing to the coronavirus outbreak.

Pulitzer board administrator Dana Canedy declared the winners from her living room via a livestream on YouTube rather than at a ceremony at New York’s Columbia University.

In a statement on their website following the announcement, Pulitzer said the Kashmiri photographers were selected for their “striking images of life” in the disputed Himalayan territory.

The Pulitzers are generally regarded as the highest honour that United States-based journalists and organisations can receive.

‘Important and superb’

Snaking around roadblocks, sometimes taking cover in strangers’ homes and hiding cameras in vegetable bags, the three photographers captured images of protests, police and paramilitary action and daily life.

They then headed to the local airport to persuade travellers to carry the photo files out with them and get them to the AP’s office in the Indian capital, New Delhi.

“It was always cat-and-mouse,” Yasin recalled on Monday in an email. “These things made us more determined than ever to never be silenced.”

Yasin and Khan are based in Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, while Anand is based in the Jammu district.

Anand said the award left him speechless. “I was shocked and could not believe it,” he said.

The AP’s president and CEO Gary Pruitt said their work was “important and superb”.

“Thanks to the team inside Kashmir, the world was able to witness a dramatic escalation of the long struggle over the region’s independence.” 

Six-year-old Muneefa Nazir, a Kashmiri girl whose right eye was hit by a marble ball shot allegedly by Indian Paramilitary soldiers on Aug. 12, stands outside her home in Srinagar, Indian controlled K
Six-year-old Muneefa Nazir, a Kashmiri girl whose right eye was hit by a marble ball allegedly shot by Indian soldiers on August 12, 2019 [Mukhtar Khan/AP]

Conflict has flared for decades in the Muslim-majority Kashmir region, divided between India and Pakistan and claimed by both the nuclear powers.

The tension hit a new turning point in August, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s Hindu nationalist government stripped Indian-administered portion of Kashmir of its semi-autonomy, and divided the Jammu and Kashmir state into two federal territories.

India poured more troops into the already heavily militarised area, imposed a months-long curfew and harsh curbs on civil rights, and cut off internet, mobile phone, landline and cable TV services.

India said the moves were needed to forestall protests and attacks by rebels seeking independence. Thousands of people, including senior politicians and separatists, were arrested.

Last month, several leading Kashmiri journalists were charged by the Indian police under stringent laws for their “anti-national” social media posts – a move slammed by press and rights groups from around the world.

FO rejects India’s ‘baseless, fallacious contention’ regarding SC allowing govt to hold polls in GB

Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui. — Photo courtesy Radio Pakistan/File

The Foreign Office (FO) on Monday rejected India’s “baseless and fallacious contention” regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the federal government to conduct the upcoming general elections in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).

On April 30, the top court had allowed the Centre to conduct the elections under the Election Act 2017 and amend the related law to install a caretaker government for conducting polls.

The five-year term of the incumbent government of GB is due to expire in the last week of June whereas the next general elections in the region will become due within 60 days after the expiry of the GB Legislative Assembly.

Earlier today, India protested against the Supreme Court’s order, claiming Pakistan’s institutions have “no locus standi on territories illegally and forcibly occupied by it”.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs lodged a “strong protest” through the démarche that “clearly conveyed that the entire union territories of Kashmir and Ladakh, including the areas of Gilgit and Baltistan, are an integral part of India by virtue of its fully legal and irrevocable accession”.

“India completely rejects such actions and continued attempts to bring material changes in Pakistan occupied areas of the Indian territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement added.

Responding to India’s protest, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui issued a statement rejecting the claims.

“A senior Indian diplomat was summoned today to convey Pakistan’s rejection of India’s baseless and fallacious contention regarding the SC’s verdict in a matter pertaining to GB,” the statement read.

“It was clearly conveyed that the Indian claim over the occupied state of Jammu and Kashmir as an ‘integral part’ of India had no legal basis whatsoever.”

Farooqui added that the “entire state of Jammu and Kashmir” is a “disputed territory” and is recognised as such by the international community.

“The dispute, which is the longest outstanding item on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), stemmed from India’s forcible and illegal occupation in 1947 in complete violation of international law and aspirations of the people of the region.”

It was underscored that the only resolution to the conflict was by implementing the relevant UNSC resolutions that “recognise the Kashmiris’ inalienable right to self-determination”.

“Pending the resolution of the dispute, any unilateral Indian actions in occupied Kashmir were illegal,” the statement read.

It was also reiterated that India’s unilateral actions on August 5, 2019 — which stripped the region of its special autonomy through a presidential decree — and subsequent attempts to alter the demographic structure of the region were “illegal and in clear violation of the UNSC resolutions”.

“It was also emphasised that the baseless Indian contention about GB could neither cover up the atrocities being perpetrated by Indian occupation forces against innocent, unarmed Kashmiris nor could they succeed in diverting the attention of the international community from Indian state terrorism and aggravating human rights situation in occupied Kashmir,” the spokesperson’s statement said.

“The government of India was called upon to immediately reverse all of its illegal actions in occupied Kashmir, including ending illegal occupation of the territory, and let the people exercise their right to self-determination as enshrined in the UNSC resolutions.

“Reiterating Pakistan’s condemnation of the continuing grave human rights violations by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir, India was called upon to lift restrictions and communication blackout, release illegally detained Kashmiri youth and incarcerated Kashmiri leadership, and withdraw draconian laws such as Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public safety Act in IOJK,” it said.

Army troops helping govt contain virus: ISPR DG


KARACHI  : Major General Babar Iftikhar, the director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), has said that Pakistan Army troops have been deployed across the country to aid the civil administration to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

“The main objective of the deployment is to enforce the provincial governments’ lockdown directives,” Maj-Gen Iftikhar said in his first-ever interview to a private news channel, since assuming the charge of the head of the military’s media wing in February.

The military is also providing medical and all possible support to the civil administration. “We are also engaged in the mass production of personal protection equipment (PPE).”

According to the ISPR DG, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) was formed to tackle the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic and to synergise the national efforts via this central authority.

He appreciated China’s support to Pakistan in tackling the global pandemic, saying their role is very positive and “we are grateful to them”.

On the Covid-19 pandemic, the ISPR DG said that until the development of a vaccine, “people might have to adjust to the new norms as life must go on”.

Rubbishing the Modi government’s allegation about “infiltration attempts”, Maj-Gen Iftikhar said, “The baseless allegations of the Indian leadership like infiltration of infected Covid-19 patients across LoC are condemnable.”

He said that the saffronisation of Indian Army is a reality and it could “jeopardise the regional peace and stability”.

On the Modi government’s victimisation of minority communities, particularly Muslims, amid the Covid-19 crisis in India and comparing them to the rights of minorities in Pakistan, he said: “The relation of minorities in Pakistan starts with our flag as the white colour represents them… they are part and parcel of everything in our country and their services for the country are appreciable.”

Maj-Gen Iftikhar also reiterated the country’s earlier demand that the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) should hold inquiry into the Indian allegations of targeting “launching pads”. “The UNMOGIP is welcome to visit any area in Pakistan.”

The deployment and activities of Pakistan Army troops on eastern and western borders have not been disturbed due to the ongoing Covid-19 relief operations.

Pakistan Navy’s ration distribution drive continues

In the wake of country’s fight against coronavirus pandemic, Pakistan Navy is extending its support to affected families in the lockdown. Pakistan Navy assisting the civil administration during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, distributed ration , PPEs at Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur and other parts of the country.

Pakistan Navy has donated food and commodities while reaching out to needy families in Coastal and Creeks areas of Sindh and Balochistan containing sufficient amount of food commodities for a family of 8-10 persons for a month. They went door to door to distribute the essential items.

“We are thankful to Pakistan Navy that they helped us. They have gone from door to door distributing rations. They also said that they have more ration and if required, they would help us.” said a resident.

“All the shops are shut due to which purchasing ration is difficult. But today, Pak Navy came and provided us all the necessary food items. We are very thankful.” said another resident.

“We were out of food, we had been starving for 2 days. Pak Navy personnel’s came to our door and provide us ration bags and also guide us about safety precautions against Corona Virus.” said a local.  

Moreover, Pakistan Navy personnels are also conducting awareness campaigns on preventive measures against COVID-19 and distributed Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

Pakistan Navy Women Association (PNWA) has also remained at forefront in distributing ration among low income civilian staff families in Karachi and rural outskirt villages of Islamabad including Bhara Kahu and other areas.

Earlier on march 31, Naval chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi announced to donate his month’s salary to relief fund in the fight against COVID-19. While all other officers are also donating their salaries.

Pakistan Navy amidst challenges of coronavirus pandemic is determined to extend humanitarian support for national cause. Pakistan Navy is helping people across the country in this hour of need.