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    A cricket match is underway on a bright day on a rocky terrain overlooking the snow-clad Haji Peer Mountain Pass. The players are in their early adulthood. A batsman hits the ball hard, sending it downhill.

    A group of cheerful young people chases it, spreading their joy in the surroundings.
    It’s a rare sight and sound at Batgrah in the Pir Panjal Mountain Range in Haji Pir Sector along the Line of Control (LoC).

    This frontier village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district is not familiar with such scenes of laughter and enjoyment. Instead, it is accustomed to the shrill noise of mortar shells fired by Pakistan’s army from its bunkers camouflaged somewhere in mountains across the border.

    But that has stopped, for now. Last month, India and Pakistan released a joint statement announcing a ceasefire along LoC from February 25, following talks between their Directors General of Military Operations.

    For villagers of Batgrah, which is in Uri sub-division, this calls for celebrations. They can go about their lives from ploughing fields to rearing cattle without the ever-present fear of Pakistani shells wreaking havoc. But as they hope for a better tomorrow, they also count the cost of a bloody yesterday.

    Marouf Ahmad, a final-year student of arts at a government college in Uri, is among those playing cricket. He recounts the horror of 2012, when one of his friends died in cross-border shelling in front of him. “We were on the way to an examination centre…Suddenly, a shell hit him and he was dead,” says Ahmad, 22.

    Hafeez Ahmad Gojerchachee had gone out of the village for some work on June 12, 2020. On his trek uphill towards Batgrah, he saw a barrage of shells raining on the village. At that point, he could do nothing but pray for the safety of his family. Upon reaching his house, he found his mother, Akhter Begum, 48, lying lifeless in a pool of blood.

    Gojerchachee, 26, who has two brothers and a sister, says it was their mother who raised them almost singlehandedly. “Our father has blurred vision and physical disabilities. Our mother used to earn money for the family by selling walnuts…She worked hard all her life. When it was time to see her children flourish, she was no more,” he says.

    Gojerchachee has preserved remnants of the shell that killed his mother. He calls LoC a “bloody line”.

    Then there are those who have suffered life-changing injuries. For example, 40-year-old Nazir Ahmad Masi, who is from Churunda village along the border. Walking on crutches, he has to take rest at regular intervals while traversing the tough terrain. An uphill trek seems too hard for him nowadays. In September 2000, Masi, who was then a porter with the Army, was hit by a shell that inflicted grave injuries in his left leg. “I was carrying water…when the shell hit me,” he says. Life has not been kind to him since.

    At Balkote village, nearly 17km from Batgrah, 18-month-old Aliza Bano begins crying as soon as her 16-year-old sister, Shaista Bano, leaves her. Their mother, Farooqa Begum, 35, was killed in cross-border shelling last November. Shaista remembers the incident vividly: the shell landing in their hutment and the last moments of her mother, organs ruptured and blood oozing out.

    Shaista has just passed her Class 10 exams. But alongside little Aliza, she also has to care for her two other siblings, Basharaat Ahmad, 10, and Simran Bano, 6. Their father, Bashir Ahmad Dar, is a labourer and spends most of the time out to earn for his family. The family has received Rs 50,000 as compensation from the administration so far, but the children are finding it hard to come to terms with the tragedy that has struck them.

    Such grim examples galore. Residents of nearby Dana village still recount the fateful day in 1998 when their houses were destroyed in heavy shelling by Pakistan. Naseer Ahmad Dar, now 26, survived the bloodbath, as he was in his school in another village. But his parents died, while his sister suffered a life-changing injury. Her right leg had to be amputated.

    On February 3, 2021, the government said in Parliament that 5,133 incidents of ceasefire violations were reported last year. There were 3,479 incidents in 2019, and 2,140 in 2018. Twenty-two civilians were killed in 2020, 18 in 2019 and 30 in 2018. While 24 security personnel were killed last year in cross-border firing, 19 were killed in 2019 and 29 in 2018.

    In villages along the LoC, the signs of hostilities lay scattered in the form of rubbles of hutments, burnt roofs and damaged windows. Now that there is new hope, many have started rebuilding their damaged homes.

    Several people in villages close to LoC work with the Army as porters. Others work in agricultural fields, rear cattle, or are employed as labourers. Locals here have grievances against the civil administration, even as they say they get help from the Army in difficult times.

    Gojerchachee, from Batgrah village, says he is yet to receive compensation from the administration for his mother’s death.

    “The file is stuck. Officials have told me to take the file myself to the DC (district commissioner) office in Baramulla,” says Gojerchachee, 26. “At least the Army provided some money to my family,” he adds.

    An amount of Rs 1 lakh is paid to the family of a victim of cross-bordering firing, according to officials. Additionally, a person in that family is offered a government job. If the family does not accept that offer, it is paid Rs 4 lakh in compensation. Also, an amount of Rs 75,000 is paid in case of permanent disability and Rs 5,000 in case of an injury.

    The amount is to be disbursed within three months of the incident, but the process of claim resolution could drag on for even a year, an official adds.

    In June 2018, then home minister Rajnath Singh announced bulletproof ambulances and 14,000 government-built bunkers for the border population affected by ceasefire violations. But locals say they are yet to get the benefits.

    Officials maintain that 44 such bunkers have been sanctioned for Uri’s 150,000 population. But, in most places, ditches have been dug and then left unattended. Locals say the pits are not big enough for a large crowd taking shelter during shelling.

    Besides, they also complain of bad roads, which have made their tough lives even tougher. “There is no road here. Students have to wake up early and start their 15km journey to school on foot. The return journey uphill is more tiring. It is why our girls mostly study till middle or 10th standard,” says Gulzar Ahmad Chachee, 24, a resident of Batgrah.

    On the grievances of villagers, Jammu and Kashmir divisional commissioner Pandurang Kondbarao Pole says the administration is not indifferent to their hardships.

    “…as per the demand of the locals from these areas (that are affected by ceasefire violations), bunkers were approved. The concerned department (Roads and Buildings Department) was involved in the construction of those bunkers,” he says.

    He adds that of the 2,200 habitations in the Valley, some 25-30 are yet to be covered under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. “Rest all are covered. It includes border area habitations also,” he says.

    He also underscores the challenges before the administration. “Topographical differences and difficulties remain…Border areas in Kashmir normally remain cut off in winters…(mountain) passes have to be crossed to reach Karnah, Keran, Gurez or parts of Uri. People may have faced difficulties, but there is nothing like indifference.”

    https://www.news18.com/news/india/af...y-3523730.html


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    Cycles invariably turn, the world revolves, time withers away emotion. I don't expect the current state of affairs between India and Pakistan to persist forever, in fact history teaches us to regard that notion as ludicrous. There will be an eventual thawing in relations, maybe in 10 or 20 or 30 years, but there will come a time when both sides need to move past Kashmir.

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    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-p...-idUSKBN2BA1S9

    Pakistan’s army chief called on Thursday for arch rivals India and Pakistan to “bury the past” and move towards cooperation, an overture towards New Delhi that follows an unexpected joint ceasefire announcement last month between the two countries’ militaries.

    General Qamar Javed Bajwa stressed however that the burden was on India to create a “conducive environment”, and said Washington had a role to play in ending regional conflicts.

    Pakistan and India, both nuclear armed countries, have fought three wars and in 2019 tensions rose dramatically when they sent combat planes into each other’s territory.

    “We feel it is time to bury the past and move forward,” Bajwa said in a speech at a conference in Islamabad meant to highlight the Pakistani government’s new security policies.

    “But...our neighbour (India) will have to create a conducive environment, particularly in Indian-occupied Kashmir,” he said.

    Pakistan’s powerful army has ruled the country for nearly half of its 73-year existence, and the military has long controlled foreign and security policies.

    India and Pakistan both control parts of the northern Kashmir region, but both claim the Himalayan region in full - which has been a source for most of the conflicts between the two.

    Relations deteriorated in 2019 after Delhi stripped its part of Kashmir of the special status it long had under the Indian constitution.

    Bajwa said the economic potential of South and Central Asia had “forever remained hostage” to the India-Pakistan disputes.

    The militaries of both countries released a rare joint statement on Feb. 25 announcing a ceasefire along the disputed border in Kashmir, having exchanged fire hundreds of times in recent months.

    The United States immediately welcomed the move, and encouraged the two to “keep building on this progress”.

    Bajwa said Pakistan had “hope” in the form of President Joe Biden’s new administration, which he said could help facilitate peace in the region.

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    Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh said on Saturday that there has been a 100 per cent drop in the ceasefire violations since the ceasefire agreement was resumed by India and Pakistan last month and no fresh cases of infiltration have been reported.

    He was talking to reporters on the sidelines of the inauguration of Under-19 T20 Zonal- level Cricket Tournament at SK Cricket Stadium in Srinagar.

    “Infiltration has been checked to a great extent, our security grid has been doing a good job all through the year,” he said. “There has been a 100 per cent drop in the cases of ceasefire violations along the borders after the resumption of ceasefire agreement.” He said Pakistan was using drones to send weapons into J&K. In 2020, weapons seized were double compared to the previous year. A total of 475 weapons were seized in 2020, including pistols, AK rifles, and M4 US rifles.

    He said a large number of youth have shunned the path of violence and whatever little militant activity is seen in Srinagar city and some other areas will also come down.

    He said religious leaders, social leaders and people from the media have to put their heads together to see that the youth does not go on the path of violence and does not play with their lives.

    M4 duplicates made in Pak, Afghanistan

    J&K police chief Dilbagh Singh claimed that American assault rifle M4, which was among the seized weapons in the union territory recently, was being illegally manufactured somewhere in Pakistan or Afghanistan.
    He said, “The weapons seized last year was huge, incomparable to what we have seized in previous years. In all, there were 475 weapons seized last year.

    “M4 actually is an American rifle but there are duplicates manufactured in Pakistan or Afghanistan,” he claimed.

    https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/j-...-jk-dgp-228207


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    About 24 hours after military chiefs from India and Pakistan surprised the world last month with a rare joint commitment to respect a 2003 cease-fire agreement, the top diplomat of the United Arab Emirates popped over to New Delhi for a quick one-day visit.

    The official UAE readout of the Feb. 26 meeting gave few clues of what Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed spoke about with Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, noting they “discussed all regional and international issues of common interest and exchanged views on them.”

    Yet behind closed doors, the India-Pakistan cease-fire marked a milestone in secret talks brokered by the UAE that began months earlier, according to officials aware of the situation who asked not to be identified. The cease-fire, one said, is only the beginning of a larger roadmap to forge a lasting peace between the neighbors, both of which have nuclear weapons and spar regularly over a decades-old territory dispute.

    The next step in the process, the official said, involves both sides reinstating envoys in New Delhi and Islamabad, who were pulled in 2019 after Pakistan protested India’s move to revoke seven decades of autonomy for the disputed Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir. Then comes the hard part: Talks on resuming trade and a lasting resolution on Kashmir, the subject of three wars since India and Pakistan became independent from Britain in 1947.

    Over the years, India and Pakistan have routinely made peace overtures only to have them quickly fall through, particularly as both sides frequently use the issue to stir up emotions around election time. Officials said expectations were low that the current detente would achieve much beyond the return of envoys and a resumption of trade through their Punjab land border.

    But this process appears to be the most concerted effort in years, and comes as the Biden administration is seeking wider peace talks on Afghanistan -- a place both countries for years have battled for influence. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to shore up growth and focus military resources on the border with China, while Pakistan’s leaders are also facing economic woes and looking to make a good impression with the U.S. and other powers.

    Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry didn’t comment on the talks or the role of the UAE, while the foreign ministries of India and the UAE had no immediate comment.

    Last week Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa asked India “to bury the past and move forward” while saying the military was ready to enter talks to resolve “all our outstanding issues.” The comments came a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan after called for a resolution on Kashmir, which he described as “the one issue that holds us back.”

    On Saturday, Modi sent a tweet wishing Khan well after he was diagnosed with Covid-19 -- another sign that relations between the countries are getting warmer.

    The UAE, which has historic trade and diplomatic links with India and Pakistan, has taken a more assertive international role under de facto ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The biggest shift has been in the Middle East where the Gulf Arab state has intervened in conflicts and backed groups and regional leaders. But it has also looked to Asia as it strengthens political alliances beyond its role as a global trade and logistics hub.

    India-Pakistan ties were effectively cut off two years ago after a suicide attack in India-controlled Kashmir killed 40 Indian soldiers, prompting Modi’s government to authorize air strikes on alleged terror facilities inside Pakistan. The joint statement last month said the two sides “agreed to address each other’s core issues,” signaling a wider discussion on Kashmir and terrorism.

    Several clues over the past few months pointed at the UAE’s role. In November, Jaishankar met bin Zayed and the crown prince on a two-day visit to Abu Dhabi, followed by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi the following month. Roughly two weeks before the Feb. 25 announcement, the UAE foreign minister held a phone call with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan “wherein they discussed regional and international issues of interest.” And just days before, India allowed Khan’s aircraft to fly over Indian airspace as he headed to Sri Lanka for a state visit -- a practice suspended since the 2019 hostilities.

    After the cease-fire, the UAE was one of a handful of countries to issue a statement welcoming the cease-fire announcement, highlighting the “close historical ties” it has with both India and Pakistan and hailing “the efforts made by both countries to come to this agreement.” In Washington, State Department spokesman Ned Price dodged a question on what role the U.S. played in bringing the two sides together while urging Pakistan to play a constructive role in Afghanistan, Kashmir and other places.

    “Obviously Pakistan has an important role to play when it comes to Afghanistan and what takes place across its other border,” Price said on Feb. 25. “So clearly, we will be paying close attention.”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...top-uae-royals


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    The problem is Modi ji needs a puching bag to hide his failures.
    Pakistan army needs a bogey man to justify its hegemony over Pakistan's economy.
    It's a symbiotic relationship.

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    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2290996...all-neighbours

    In yet another sign of thawing of relationship, Pakistan's acting high commissioner to New Delhi on Tuesday said Islamabad wants friendly relations with all its neighbours including India stressing that peace was inevitable in the South Asia region.

    "For the larger interest of the region peace within South Asia is inevitable," said Pakistani Charge d’ Affairs Aftab Hasan Khan while addressing an event in New Delhi to mark Pakistan Day.

    According to the statement issued by the Pakistani mission in New Delhi, Khan said that Pakistan wants to have friendly relations with all countries including India.

    "To achieve peace between Pakistan and India both countries shall resolve all outstanding issues including IIOJK through dialogue," he stressed.

    His statement appears to suggest that both countries are trying to lower the rhetoric in order to create a conducive environment for further engagement.

    The relationship between the two neighbours has been on the mend since the two countries in an unexpected move announced to restore the 2003 ceasefire on February 25.

    Since then both sides have been visibly trying to send positive signals. While the Pakistani leadership is giving conciliatory statements, India also opted to avoid giving hostile statements against Islamabad.

    Another sign that the two countries are willing to re-engage is the holding of the meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission in New Delhi. The two-day meeting kicked off in New Delhi on Tuesday was taking place after a gap of two and a half years.

    There are reports that the UAE is trying to mediate between the two countries.

    Meanwhile, Charge d’ Affairs Khan in his remarks extended warm felicitations on Pakistan National Day and lauded the zeal with which the broader Pakistan High Commission family participated in the event.

    Charge d’ Affaires said that on 23rd March 1940, the Muslims of India under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah made a resolve to make a separate homeland for themselves.

    He said every year on this day we renew our resolve, to make Pakistan a modern Islamic and democratic welfare state in the light of the guiding principles of Quaid Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

    In the end, he stressed the importance of each successive generation to contribute its own part with honesty, hard work and dedication toward the realization of Quaid’s vision.

    Students of the Pakistan High Commission School presented national songs and tableau on the occasion. Erum Aftab, the wife of Aftab Hasan Khan, gave away prizes and gifts to the teachers and students of the school.

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    A letter from Imran to Modi

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    Arsenal all the way!! (and Pakistan, of course!)

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    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-p...KBN2BM2HQ?il=0

    Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday replied to a letter written by his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, and said Islamabad desires peaceful relations with New Delhi, an official source told Reuters.

    Modi had written to Khan on the occasion of Pakistan’s Republic Day on March 23, also calling for peaceful relations between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

    Dated March 29, the letter wasn’t officially released by either side but the official, speaking on anonymity, confirmed its contents which were shared widely on social media.

    “The people of Pakistan also desire peaceful, cooperative relations with all neighbours, including India,” Khan said in his reply, adding, “I thank you for your letter conveying greetings on Pakistan Day.”

    Neither the Indian or Pakistani foreign ministries responded to requests for comment.

    Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper quoted Modi’s letter on March 23, Modi as saying that “India desires cordial relations with the people of Pakistan” and “for this, an environment of trust, devoid of terror and hostility, is imperative.”

    India and Pakistan have fought three wars and have shared a fractious relationship since the two gained independence in 1947, and in 2019 tensions rose dramatically as they sent combat planes into each other’s territory.

    Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has called on both the nations to bury the past after the militaries of both countries released a rare joint statement last month announcing a ceasefire along a disputed border in Kashmir.

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    https://www.geo.tv/latest/342402-pak...on-say-sources

    Trade relations between Pakistan and India may resume soon and preparations are being made to import sugar, cotton, and yarn from India, Geo News reported Tuesday, citing sources.

    According to sources, the Ministry of Commerce will submit summaries prepared in this regard to the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) for approval tomorrow.

    Meanwhile, the commerce ministry has sent the summaries to the ECC with the approval of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

    Sources added that it has been suggested to import sugar from India through the Chinese Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) as well as some commercial importers.

    At present, Indian exporters are not allowed to participate in TCP tenders due to a ban.

    Per the report, it is proposed to import cotton and yarn from India by June 30, 2021, while the method of import will be via land.

    Government sources say that Pakistan has to import cotton to meet the shortfall, adding that importing cotton and yarn from neighbouring India will be cheaper for Pakistan.

    It may be recalled that Pakistan had suspended bilateral trade with India in August 2019.

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    Pakistan, India FMs avoid blame game in Dushanbe

    Diplomatic sources say this is part of understanding between the two countries to lower the rhetoric

    Pakistan and Indian foreign ministers may not have met on the sidelines of Heart of Asia-Istanbul conference in Dushanbe but the top diplomats on Tuesday avoided pointing fingers at each other in their speeches in a clearest indication that the two neighbours are looking to lower the rhetoric.

    The speeches by both the foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar, were a departure from their previous statements. Unlike, previous sessions of Heart of Asia conference, this time both sides avoided using the platform to cast aspirations against each other.

    The Indian external affairs minister did not mention Pakistan in his speech that largely focused on supporting the peace efforts. Qureshi, too, only made a terse reference of “spoilers both within and outside Afghanistan’ but he didn’t not name India in his speech.

    Diplomatic sources said that this was part of the understanding between the two countries to lower the rhetoric. Qureshi later told reporters in Dushanbe that there had been some movement on Pakistan, India relationship.

    He particularly mentioned the February 25 understanding between the director generals military operation of the two countries on restoring the ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC). He said that this would benefit the people of Kashmir.

    Qureshi also noted that the Indian foreign minister did not make the usual allegations against Pakistan in his speech. This, he believed, was a welcome development. Responding to a question, he said that he had no encounter or interaction with Jaishankar. “Pakistan never shies away from talks but for that India has to create a conducive environment,” he added.

    There was lot of hype before the Heart of Asia conference since many were speculating that the two foreign ministers might meet. Both sides had denied that any meeting was scheduled or any side sought for the interaction on the conference fringes.

    But the fact the two foreign ministers avoided blaming each other’s countries is something that observers think may lead to some level of engagement between the two countries.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2292302...me-in-dushanbe

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    Former Indian diplomat Satinder Lambah, who has been involved in backchannel diplomacy between Islamabad and New Delhi, has welcomed the recent thaw in the relations between the two arch rivals.

    Lambah, who served as special envoy to ex-Indian premier Manmohan Singh and ran the official back-channel between India and Pakistan, said in an interview with The Hindu that backdoor talks, if true, between Indian National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval and Pakistan’s army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa would be a “good combination”.

    “Our two countries have different power structures, and therefore we need people who have seniority in their own systems, direct access and confidence of the leadership. They need to be able to take on-the-spot decisions,” he said while responding to a question.

    The seasoned diplomat said despite all differences between the two countries, Gen Bajwa and NSA Doval would be a “good combination” to oversee the dialogue.

    “History shows that Pakistan army chiefs think of improving relations with India only after stabilising themselves. General Zia suggested back channel talks after nine years in office, just before his death. General Musharraf started his peace overtures five years after taking over; and General Bajwa, three years after becoming army chief. Such occasions come after a gap of several years,” he added.

    Lambah welcomed the current development on India-Pakistan ties, saying, "We need people who have seniority in their own systems, direct access and confidence of the leadership".

    Lambah, who ran the official back-channel from 2005-2014 stressed that a previous deal on trade that was derailed in 2014, and the agreement on Jammu and Kashmir between Indian and Pakistan are valid even today.

    Without elaborating much, the former envoy said the recent backdoor negotiations between the two countries are bilateral and it is very unlikely that any other country including UAE had any involvement. Although it may be influenced by the US President Joe “Biden effect,” he added.

    Lambah said the agreement on Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan is still valid because it was not negotiated “for a specific era or political regime”.

    While suggesting steps to improve ties between the two nuclear-armed nations, the former Indian official said he believed that engagement is necessary particularly with an adversary “and I am glad it is being done now”.

    “India’s biggest friends and ambassadors are Pakistanis who visit India and then return to tell others about all that we have achieved.

    “At a suitable occasion, respective High Commissioners should be reinstated. Track – II dialogues should be held. There is no need to shy away from any discussion, because our fundamentals are strong,” he added.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2293558...x-indian-envoy


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    WASHINGTON: The US State Department has refused to comment on Pakistan cancelling an earlier decision to import sugar and cotton from India but did ask the two neighbours to hold direct talks to normalise relations.

    “I wouldn’t want to comment on that specifically. What I would say is that we continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on issues of concern,” said the department’s spokesperson Ned Price when asked what Washington thought of this development.

    On March 31, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) announced in Islamabad that it was allowing the private sector to import 0.5 million tons of white sugar from India. The committee also approved another proposal to import cotton from India starting June this year.

    But on April 1, the federal cabinet deferred the ECC’s decision to allow imports from India until New Delhi reinstates Article 370 of its Constitution, which guaranteed a semi-autonomous status for India-held Kashmir.

    Pakistan suspended bilateral trade with India in August 2019 when New Delhi announced its decision to change Kashmir’s status.

    The now defunct decision to resume trade with India had followed an agreement between Islamabad and New Delhi to observe a ceasefire on the Line of Control after months of tensions. The move had rekindled hopes that the two nuclear-armed neighbours would start taking baby steps towards normalising relations.

    In 2018-19, India and Pakistan traded only $494.87 million worth of goods and that too mostly favoured India.

    At the State Department briefing on Tuesday, Mr Price also reiterated the Biden administration’s desire to end America’s military presence in Afghanistan but did not say if Washington will meet the May 1 deadline.

    The Trump administration had signed an agreement with the Taliban which required Washington to withdraw its troops by May 1. The Biden administration recognises the agreement but seems reluctant to meet the deadline.

    “We are committed to bringing a responsible end to the conflict, removing our troops from harm’s way” but not without “ensuring that Afghanistan can never again become a platform, a launch pad, for terrorist attacks that would threaten the United States or our allies,” Mr Price said.

    Published in Dawn, April 8th, 2021


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    ISLAMABAD:For the first time the Foreign Office has publicly acknowledged that Pakistan and India were in contact with each other despite tensions.

    "States have their ways and means to communicate which remain available even during wars. Therefore, whether any talks are taking place between Pakistan and India is not important," Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri told his weekly news briefing on Friday.

    "What is important is: one, whether Pakistan should talk to India; two, what should be discussed between the two sides; and three, what constitutes conducive environment for a meaningful and result-oriented dialogue," Chaudhri explained

    He was responding to a series of questions regarding any talks taking place between Pakistan and India. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during his visit to Islamabad gave the impression that dialogue between the two countries had been resumed. This raised many eyebrows since India and Pakistan never formally admitted they were holding talks.

    When asked the spokesperson did not opt for categorically denying the talks. Instead his answer gave an impression that the two countries were in touch with each other. The spokesperson did not specify which mode of communication the two countries were using.

    Observers believe that Feb 25 understanding between the DGMOs on the ceasefire could be the result of back channel efforts.

    There has also been a visible change in the tone and tenor of India and Pakistan against each other.

    The recent exchange of letter between the Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers was also seen as a sign of thaw.

    "As for talks, Pakistan has never shied away from talks with India and has always maintained for the need of a ‘meaningful dialogue’ and peaceful resolution of all outstanding disputes, including Jammu and Kashmir dispute," he said.

    "We believe durable peace, security and development in the region hinge on peaceful resolution of the long-standing Jammu and Kashmir dispute," the spokesperson said.

    Hafiz said India had vitiated the atmosphere, and the onus was on India to create an enabling and conducive environment for talks between the two countries.

    To another question, the spokesperson said as for the appointment of high commissioners was concerned, no such decision had taken place as yet.

    He said Pakistan was ready to host the Saarc summit the moment "artificial barriers" were removed when asked if Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would visit Islamabad for the regional conference later this year.

    On the statement of the US that Pakistan and India should hold direct talks to resolve all outstanding issues, the spokesperson said the international community had an important role to play in ensuing peace and stability in the region.

    "As for the role of third parties including the US is concerned, we believe that the international community has an important role to play in averting risks to peace and stability in the region and facilitating a just and lasting solution to the Jammu & Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions."

    As for the withdrawal of the US troops, the spokesperson said Pakistan supported ‘orderly’ and ‘responsible’ withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan as "we believe that a precipitous withdrawal would create a vacuum for spoilers."

    "The Afghan peace process made significant progress last year. We believe that it is critical that the progress made in the peace process is maintained and further built upon in order to achieve its stated objectives of a peaceful political settlement in Afghanistan."

    "All parties must work together for an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement," the spokesperson said.

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    India-Pakistan crises likely to intensify, China tensions still high: US intel

    The US has followed the border conflict closely and condemned China’s aggression in strong terms. It has also expedited certain military supplies requisitioned by India.

    India-China border tensions “remain high” despite pullbacks of forces and although a war between India and Pakistan is “unlikely”, crises between them will become “more intense, risking an escalatory cycle”, the US intelligence community said on Tuesday in its annual assessment of threats around the world.

    It added that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India was “more likely than in the past to respond with military force to perceived or real Pakistani provocations, and heightened tensions raise the risk of conflict between the two nuclear-armed neighbours, with violent unrest in Kashmir or a militant attack in India being potential flashpoints”.

    For the US, the intelligence community saw China as “a near-peer competitor, challenging the US in multiple arenas”; Russia as “pushing back against Washington where it can globally, employing techniques up to and including the use of force”; Iran was described as a “regional menace” with broader malign influence activities; and North Korea as a “disruptive player on the regional and world stages”.

    The report — released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence — said China was seeking to use “coordinated, whole-of-government tools to demonstrate its growing strength and compel regional neighbours to acquiesce to Beijing’s preferences”, including its claims over disputed territory and assertions of sovereignty over Taiwan. India-China border “tensions remain high, despite some force pullbacks this year”, the report said, adding: “China’s occupation since May 2020 of contested border areas is the most serious escalation in decades and led to the first lethal border clash between the two countries since 1975.”

    As of mid-February, “after multiple rounds of talks, both sides were pulling back forces and equipment from some sites along the disputed border”, the report added on the India-China conflict.

    The US has followed the border conflict closely and condemned China’s aggression in strong terms. It has also expedited certain military supplies requisitioned by India.

    About others in India’s neighbourhood, the report said that the Myanmar military’s February seizure of power, detention of state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, and declaration of a one-year state of emergency “marked a break in that country’s democratic transition and ushered in new societal instability and widespread popular protests”.

    For Afghanistan, which has become America’s longest war, the report said: “We assess that prospects for a peace deal will remain low during the next year. The Taliban is likely to make gains on the battlefield, and the Afghan Government will struggle to hold the Taliban at bay if the coalition withdraws support”.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/world...362034731.html

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    India and Pakistan held secret talks this year in Dubai to break political impasse

    Seems that there was a definite thawing of relations before the inevitable setback.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-i...KBN2C12E1?il=0

    Top intelligence officers from India and Pakistan held secret talks in Dubai in January in a new effort to calm military tension over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, people with close knowledge of the matter told Reuters in Delhi.

    Ties between the nuclear-armed rivals have been on ice since a suicide bombing of an Indian military convoy in Kashmir in 2019 traced to Pakistan-based militants that led to India sending warplanes to Pakistan.

    Later that year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi withdrew Indian-ruled Kashmir’s autonomy in order to tighten his grip over the territory, provoking outrage in Pakistan and the downgrading of diplomatic ties and suspension of bilateral trade.

    But the two governments have re-opened a back channel of diplomacy aimed at a modest roadmap to normalising ties over the next several months, the people said.

    Kashmir has long been a flashpoint between India and Pakistan, both of which claim all of the region but rule only in part.

    Officials from India’s Research and Analysis Wing, the external spy agency, and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence travelled to Dubai for a meeting facilitated by the United Arab Emirates government, two people said.

    The Indian foreign ministry did not respond to a request for comment. Pakistan’s military, which controls the ISI, also did not respond.

    But Ayesha Siddiqa, a top Pakistani defence analyst, said she believed Indian and Pakistan intelligence officials had been meeting for several months in third countries.

    “I think there have been meetings in Thailand, in Dubai, in London between the highest level people,” she said. Such meetings have taken place in the past too, especially during times of crises but never been publicly acknowledged.

    “There is a lot that can still go wrong, it is fraught,” said one of the people in Delhi. “That is why nobody is talking it up in public, we don’t even have a name for this, it’s not a peace process. You can call it a re-engagement,” one of them said.

    Both countries have reasons to seek a rapprochement. India has been locked in a border stand-off with China since last year and does not want the military stretched on the Pakistan front.

    China-ally Pakistan, mired in economic difficulties and on an IMF bailout programme, can ill-afford heightened tensions on the Kashmir border for a prolonged period, experts say. It also has to stabilise the Afghan border on its west as the United States withdraws.

    “It’s better for India and Pakistan to talk than not talk, and even better that it should be done quietly than in a glare of publicity,” said Myra MacDonald, a former Reuters journalist who has just published a book on India, Pakistan and war on the frontiers of Kashmir.

    “...But I don’t see it going very far beyond a basic management of tensions, possibly to tide both countries over a difficult period - Pakistan needs to address the fall-out of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, while India has to confront a far more volatile situation on its disputed frontier with China.” Following the January meeting, India and Pakistan announced they would stop cross-border shooting along the Line of Control (LoC) dividing Kashmir which has left dozens of civilians dead and many others maimed. That ceasefire is holding, military officials in both countries said.

    Both sides have also signalled plans to hold elections on their sides of Kashmir this year as part of efforts to bring normalcy to a region riven by decades of bloodshed.

    The two have also agreed to dial down their rhetoric, the people Reuters spoke to said.

    This would include Pakistan dropping its loud objections to Modi abrogating Kashmir’s autonomy in August 2019, while Delhi in turn would refrain from blaming Pakistan for all violence on its side of the Line of Control.

    These details have not been previously reported. India has long blamed Pakistan for the revolt in Kashmir, an allegation denied by Pakistan.

    “There is a recognition there will be attacks inside Kashmir, there has been discussions as to how to deal with it and not let this effort derailed by the next attack,” one of the people said.

    There is as yet, however, no grand plan to resolve the 74-year-old Kashmir dispute. Rather both sides are trying to reduce tensions to pave the way for a broad engagement, all the people Reuters spoke to said.

    “Pakistan is transiting from a geo-strategic domain to a geo-economic domain,” Raoof Hasan, special assistant to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, told Reuters.

    “Peace, both within and around with its neighbours, is a key constituent to facilitate that.”
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    Talks were so secret that these were published in news website

    On a serious note, a sane and sensible decision.

    Talks and negotiation is the key forward for Pak / India's future.

    War will only bring destruction and make European/'Murican weapon makers rich meanwhile these 2 countries will spend their scarce resources on hoarding weapons instead of education/healthcare...

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    These agreements don't last. Fighting across the LoC has only temporarily stopped.


    PP's own self proclaimed sharpshooter and defender of Islam and Pakistan.

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    Talk nah!

    It was always in Pakistan’s interest to talk to India. Now with the China stand off, and Covid breaking down the economy it is India’s interest as well to talk to Pakistan. India’s think tank will need to reverse the brain washing it has done to its public over the years that war was the only solution!


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    The United Arab Emirates' (UAE) envoy to Washington confirmed the Gulf state is mediating between India and Pakistan to help the nuclear-armed rivals reach a “healthy and functional” relationship.

    Top intelligence officers from India and Pakistan held secret talks in Dubai in January in a new effort to calm military tension over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, people with knowledge of the matter had told Reuters.

    Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba said in a virtual discussion with Stanford University's Hoover Institution on Wednesday that the UAE played a role “in bringing Kashmir escalation down and created a ceasefire, hopefully ultimately leading to restoring diplomats and getting the relationship back to a healthy level”.

    “They might not sort of become best friends but at least we want to get it to a level where it's functional, where it's operational, where they are speaking to each other,” he said.

    Ties between India and Pakistan have been frozen since a suicide bombing of an Indian military convoy in occupied Kashmir in 2019 was blamed on Pakistan, leading to India sending warplanes to Pakistan.

    Later that year, India's prime minister withdrew the occupied region's autonomy in order to tighten his grip over the territory, provoking outrage in Pakistan and the downgrading of diplomatic ties and suspension of bilateral trade.

    Otaiba also said that Pakistan should play a helpful role in Afghanistan, where the United States plans to start withdrawing US troops on May 1 to end America's longest war.

    The Emirati official voiced concern that an abrupt US withdrawal would constitute “reverse progress” by serving the interests of “the more illiberal forces” in Afghanistan.

    “The question is if the three parties (the US, Taliban and Afghan government) can reach an agreement that they can all live with,” Otaiba said.

    “It's hard for us to see a way to stabilise Afghanistan without Pakistan playing a helpful role,” he added.

    Turkey is due to host a peace summit for Afghanistan from April 24 to May 4 meant to jump-start efforts to end the war and sketch out a possible political settlement.


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    ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is all set to leave today (Saturday) for the United Arab Emirates for a three-day official trip.

    This will be the foreign minister's first official visit to the Emirates in the backdrop of confirmation by Emirati Ambassador to the US Yousef al-Otaiba, who said Pakistani and Indian officials had travelled to Dubai for backdoor negotiations.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement detailing the FM's plans on the UAE visit.

    He will hold talks with the UAE's counterpart on the entire spectrum of bilateral relations and regional situation.

    The Foreign Minister will also meet Pakistani community in the Emirate besides interacting with the local and international media.

    FM Qureshi will meet his counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other UAE dignitaries. Meetings with Pakistani diaspora and interactions with local and international media are also on the FM's agenda.

    The MOFA statement confirmed that FM Qureshi will hold consultations with the UAE’s leadership on all areas of bilateral cooperation, including collaboration in trade and investment, job opportunities for Pakistani workforce and the welfare of Pakistani diaspora.

    He will also discuss regional and global issues of mutual interest. The UAE is home to the second largest Pakistani community abroad.

    Pakistan and the UAE enjoy strong fraternal ties, rooted deep in common faith and shared history and values, the MOFA statement read, adding that high-level visits between the two countries have played a pivotal role in providing further impetus to strengthening bilateral cooperation and collaboration on a wide range of issues.

    On Thursday, the Gulf state's envoy to Washington confirmed that the UAE is mediating between India and Pakistan to help the nuclear-armed rivals reach a “healthy and functional” relationship.
    In January, top intelligence officers from India and Pakistan held secret talks in Dubai in a renewed effort to calm military tension over Kashmir, people with knowledge of the matter had told Reuters.

    Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba said in a virtual discussion with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution on Wednesday that the UAE played a role “in bringing Kashmir escalation down and created a ceasefire, hopefully ultimately leading to restoring diplomats and getting the relationship back to a healthy level”.

    “They might not sort of become best friends but at least we want to get it to a level where it’s functional, where it’s operational, where they are speaking to each other,” he said.

    Ties between India and Pakistan have been frozen since a suicide bombing of an Indian military convoy in Kashmir in 2019 which India accused Pakistan of backing, and which Pakistan has always maintained was a home-grown attack perpetrated by disillusioned Kashmiri youth.

    The incident eventually led to India sending warplanes to Pakistan for an unsuccessful mission that ended with the planes dropping their payload on a hillside in Balakot. Pakistan retaliated soon after, capturing an Indian pilot and downing two Indian jets in the process.

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    Pakistan, India FMs’ presence in UAE sets off speculations

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2295278...f-speculations

    The foreign ministers of Pakistan and India will be in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) tomorrow (Sunday), setting off speculations the top diplomats may meet as part of efforts to seek rapprochement.

    Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in the UAE on Saturday on a three-day official visit, confirmed the Foreign Office in a statement.

    The moment Qureshi landed in the Gulf country, the Indian government announced that External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar would be in Abu Dhabi for a day trip on April 18.

    This means both Qureshi and Jaishankar would be in Abu Dhabi at the same time. There is no official confirmation from either sides if the two foreign ministers meet.

    But the possibility of a meeting is not ruled out by some sources. The UAE’s role in seeking rapprochement between Pakistan and India has been the subject of discussions in recent weeks.

    Several reports suggested that the UAE was mediating between the two countries. There were even reports that senior intelligence officials of Pakistan and India had met in Dubai in January leading to the ceasefire between the two countries along the Line of Control (LoC).

    The UAE Ambassador to Washington also confirmed that his country was facilitating dialogue between the two countries. The envoy said the idea behind the UAE’s effort was to ensure that Pakistan and India have a functional relationship.

    When asked about the claims, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafiz Chaudhri in his weekly briefing on Friday did not deny such reports. He simply said states did have ways and means to communicate each other even during the times of war.

    Meanwhile, the Foreign Office said during the visit, the foreign minister will meet his counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other UAE dignitaries.

    Also read: 'Pakistan, India held secret talks to break Kashmir impasse'

    In response to queries from some media colleagues on a possible meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Minister of External Affairs of India, S Jaishankar, the spokesperson said: “No such meeting is scheduled during Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s ongoing visit to the UAE”.

    The foreign minister will also meet Pakistani diaspora and interact with local and international media.

    The foreign minister will hold consultations with the UAE’s leadership on all areas of bilateral cooperation, including collaboration in trade and investment, job opportunities for Pakistani workforce and the welfare of Pakistani diaspora.

    He will also discuss regional and global issues of mutual interest. The UAE is home to the second largest Pakistani community abroad.

    "Pakistan and the UAE enjoy strong fraternal ties, rooted deep in common faith and shared history and values. High-level visits between the two countries have played a pivotal role in providing further impetus to strengthening bilateral cooperation and collaboration on a wide range of issues," according to the Foreign Office statement.

    Qureshi will also visit Iran, Qatar and Turkey as part of Pakistan’s diplomatic efforts to evolve a consensus on the Afghan situation.


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