Published: Tue, August 20, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Extreme rhetoric by certain leaders not conducive to peace: Modi to Trump

Extreme rhetoric by certain leaders not conducive to peace: Modi to Trump

Kashmiri leaders and citizens fear this step is an attempt by India to change the demography of the Muslim-majority state, where some groups have been fighting against Indian rule for independence, or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.

The overnight skirmishes between residents and police left dozens injured, according to senior officials and eyewitnesses quoted by Reuters.

On Sunday family members held a wake for timber trader Sidiq Khan, 62, who relatives said had died after suffocating from tear gas fired by security forces in Srinagar. The move has erupted protests all over Pakistan, while the Indian controlled Kashmir region is under lockdown. In particular, elected local leaders of the state have been detained, telecommunication facilities in the state have been completely cut off and the population itself has been subjected to repeated curfews and other restrictions. He said the Hindu supremacist Modi's government poses a threat to Pakistan as well as to the minorities in India and in fact to the very fabric of Nehru and Gandhi's India. It is clear that both India and China want to maintain the Wuhan Spirit especially given the multiple tensions and uncertainties that both countries face internationally and domestically.

Trump's conversation with Khan was a significant revision of his comments after a July 22 meeting with the Pakistani PM in Washington where he offered to mediate and even claimed Modi had sought as much.

"The President conveyed the importance of India and Pakistan reducing tensions through bilateral dialogue regarding the situation in Jammu and Kashmir", Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement. Refusal of UNSC president Ms Joanna Wronecka to formally entertain Islamabad's request for intervention highlights the fact that the global community respects India's stand on Kashmir.

The UN Security Council met to discuss Kashmir for the first time in decades, and Pakistan's UN ambassador said the session showed that people in the region "may be locked up. but their voices were heard today". But no statement was issued because most nations, including permanent members US, Russia and France, openly said that the issue should be settled through bilateral talks between India and Pakistan.

Pokhran is the area which witnessed Atal Ji's firm resolve to make India a nuclear power and yet remain firmly committed to the doctrine of "No First Use". Such statements are agreed by consensus.

But AFP spoke to numerous government officials in Kashmir's main city of Srinagar, including police and security personnel, who confirmed the sweeping arrests.

Most of the telephone exchanges in the valley should be functional by Sunday evening, officials said. In the Jammu area, which is mainly Hindu, mobile services have been restored in some districts. He further said that 9 million Kashmiris are under siege in IOK for over 2 weeks and this should have sent alarm bells ringing across the world.

"Your leadership is good for the region and the world beyond for tackling current challenges such as climate change-induced disasters and depletion of natural resources, among others", said Pema Gyamtsho.

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