Bollywood actor Anupam Kher in a Tweet last night referred to the situation in Kashmir as ‘Kashmir Solution’, often alluded as the Nazi plan for the genocide of Jews. Kher wrote, “Kashmir solution has begun,” and in common usage, “final solution” usually refers to Final Solution to the Jewish Question, which was the official code name for the policy.
Ruling party in India repeals Article 370 of constitution, stripping Kashmiris of special autonomy they had for seven decades through a rushed presidential order. People from rest of India will now have right to acquire property in occupied Kashmir. Article 370 had also limited power of Indian parliament to impose laws in state, apart from matters of defence, foreign affairs and communications.
After Indian government’s plot to strengthen its hold in occupied Kashmir, the Foreign Office (FO) strongly condemned the move and stated that “Pakistan will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps”. The statement reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to the Kashmiri cause and rejected the move by the Indian government, stressing that IoK was internationally recognised as a disputed territory.
India’s ruling party’s Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday introduced a measure in parliament to revoke the special constitutional status of occupied Kashmir. The move by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to revoke special constitutional status, which allows only residents to buy property and hold state government jobs, is the most far-reaching move on the disputed Himalayan region in nearly seven decades.
Indian government imposed curfew like conditions in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK), and placed under house arrest the former chief ministers of IoK Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. Internet services on the cellphones were also suspended, in order to prevent any possible anti-India demonstrations from being organised. All educational institutions have been closed in the restive region and public movement has been banned.
Panic grips all over Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) as Indian government has asked tourists and Hindu pilgrims to leave immediately. Additional deployment of 25000 troops and call to stockpile food and fuel has sparked fears in occupied Kashmir that New Delhi is planning to scrap an Indian constitutional provision that disallows Indians to buy land in the Muslim-majority region.
The Indian Army used cluster munitions along Line of Control (LOC) to target civilians, violating the Geneva Convention and international laws, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). As a result of bombardment by cluster munitions, at least two civilians – including a four-year-old boy – were martyred and 11 were injured. The attack took place on the night of July 30/31.
US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate on Kashmir issue has been rejected by India. India has conveyed to the United States (US) that Kashmir remained a bilateral issue between Islamabad and New Delhi and mediation on the topic was neither welcome nor warranted. This is the second time New Delhi has rejected an offer of mediation by Washington.
Indian Air Force launched an air-combat mobile game featuring a character resembling to wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was shot down and captured by Pakistan earlier this year. The Android and iOS based mobile game ‘Indian Air Force: A Cut Above’ will let players fly different aircraft and complete various missions. Abhinandan’s character has been used to promote the game.
India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, will appear with Bear Grylls in a wilderness survival programme, in which the 68-year-old leader projects himself as a man of action and champion of environment. A trailer of Man vs Wild, will air on 12 August. The two men are seen cutting through forests, sniffing animal dung and floating down a river on a makeshift raft.