Published: Fri, August 23, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Kashmir: Pakistan to seek International Court of Justice ruling

Kashmir: Pakistan to seek International Court of Justice ruling

US President Donald Trump has brought up mediation talks yet again.

Pakistan said on Tuesday it would take its dispute with India over Kashmir to the International Court of Justice, after New Delhi revoked the special status of its part of the region earlier this month.

During the interview at the Prime Minister's Office in Islamabad, which NYT said was Imran's first with an worldwide news organisation aimed at publicising anger over the situation in occupied Kashmir, the premier said: "There is nothing more that we can do".

Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad was twice stopped from entering Jammu and Kashmir, and was sent back to New Delhi.

A neighborhood street is blocked with tree branches by Kashmiri protesters in Srinagar, Aug. 19, 2019.

Imran has been on the edge since India revoked Article 370 to completely integrate Jammu and Kashmir. He said that ending special status of Kashmir was an important matter and the Muslim countries should support the people of Kashmir in this hour of trouble. However the move is expected to face major resistance in the region.

It said that any discussion on Kashmir will take place bilaterally and only with Pakistan.

The Pakistan army has so far confirmed the killing of four of its soldiers and several civilians in more than two weeks of fighting in Kashmir. It is not possible to seek independent verification of claims made by either side about ongoing skirmishes.

Clashes are common between Indian security forces and militants in Kashmir, where an insurgency has fought against Indian rule for decades.

"We remind the Indian authorities that the restrictions imposed by the Indian Government are intrinsically disproportionate because they preclude considerations of the specific circumstances of each proposed assembly", they added. Residents and independent observers, however, continue to express serious concerns over the humanitarian crisis stemming from the crackdown.

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke of NY also voiced her concerns over the heightened discrimination and human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir. "Where should I go with my baby?" she said, her newborn daughter in her lap.

Trump's remarks follow his telephone conversation with PM Modi and Imran Khan.

"Pakistan is always committed to resolving issues through peaceful means and Pakistan's peace overtures and offers of dialogue had been rebuffed by India", said FM Qureshi. Khan also compared the Modi government with Nazi Germany during World War II. Great relationship with both of them, but they are not exactly friends at this moment.

United Nations human rights experts, today, called on India to end the crackdown on freedom of expression, access to information and peaceful protests imposed in occupied Kashmir.

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