Imran Khan ‘disappointed’ Kashmir campaign not working

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s “Mission Kashmir” has failed and he admitted for the first time Tuesday that he was disappointed by the lack of response to his campaign to bring international pressure on India over Kashmir, blaming it on India’s appeal as a “market of 1 billion people” and Kashmiris were Muslims. “To be absolutely frank, I am a bit disappointed by the international community,” Khan told reporters at a news briefing at the United Nations, alleging the reaction [...]

China ‘misread’ India’s decision to repeal Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir: Jaishankar

External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday said that China had “misread” India’s decision to nullify Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The government had divided the state to two union territories—J&K and Ladakh. China had said that the decision to make Ladakh a union territory was “unacceptable”. India had rejected the criticism and said Ladakh was an “internal matter”. In New York for the UN summit, Jaishankar said he had explained to Beijing that nothing [...]

‘Unable to handle Assam NRC’: Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury takes dig at Centre

Miffed at the final list of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam that excluded over 19 lakh people, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that government should also conduct NRC in Parliament. The Centre came out with the list on Saturday. Addressing the media persons after the senior Congress leaders met at 10 Janpath on the final NRC list issue on Saturday, Adhir said the government failed to properly handle the NRC in Assam. “The country belongs to them, [...]

India open to discuss outstanding issues with Pakistan bilaterally: S Jaishankar

India is willing to discuss outstanding issues with Pakistan bilaterally in an atmosphere free of terror and violence, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Friday. The remark was made during the minister’s meeting with European Union Commissioner Christos Stylianides after the latter reiterated the EU’s stance that New Delhi and Islamabad need to re-open dialogue through diplomatic channels for the de-escalation of tensions in the Kashmir region. The two leaders further shared their expectations for better governance and greater [...]

Modi government committed to timely completion of Kartarpur corridor: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said the Modi government is committed to completing the Kartarpur Sahib corridor within the stipulated time. The assurance of the home minister came a day after India and Pakistan held a meeting of the technical committee at the Zero Point in Gurdaspur in Punjab on the opening of the Kartarpur corridor, amid fresh tensions between the two countries after Jammu and Kashmir’s special status was scrapped. Extending greetings, to “especially my sisters and [...]

Ready for ‘conditional dialogue’ with India: Pakistan minister

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan is ready for a “conditional dialogue” with India, reported Dunya News quoted a foreign News Agency. The report comes after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that India is willing to discuss outstanding issues with Pakistan bilaterally in an atmosphere free of terror and violence. Pakistan is upset with the Indian government’s move to strip the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and has found itself completely [...]

‘Rebellion’ in Congress over Article 370, young leaders say seniors can’t sense public mood

Congress president Rahul Gandhi believes that the public opinion on the Modi government’s decision to scrap Article 370 is divided but his young party colleagues have a different opinion. At a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s apex decision-making body, Tuesday evening, the so-called ‘Young Turks’ launched a virtual revolt against the high command for its refusal to read the public mood. “Whatever we may think about the government’s decision but the people outside are all for [...]

LK Advani remembers ‘close colleague’ Sushma Swaraj as a role model for women politicians

Paying rich tributes to Sushma Swaraj, BJP veteran L.K. Advani on Wednesday described her as one of his closest colleagues who rose to become one of the BJP’s most popular and prominent faces and “a role model for women leaders”. Remembering her fondly, Advani said he could not recall a single year when she missed bringing his favourite chocolate cake on his birthday. In a statement, Advani said Swaraj was someone whom he had known and worked with since the [...]

Congress Working Committee slams Modi govt’s ‘brazen’, ‘undemocratic’ move on Article 370

The Congress Working Committee late Tuesday deplored the “unilateral, brazen and totally undemocratic” manner in which provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution was abrogated and the state of Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated by the government into two Union Territories. At a meeting of the Congress’s highest decision-making body, the party accused the BJP of violating constitutional law, the states’ rights, parliamentary procedure and democratic governance. Party sources said various party leaders made their points and the leadership respected [...]

Young, tech-savvy DMK takes shape under Stalin, year after Karunanidhi’s death

It’s been a year since Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) patriarch and former Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi passed away, a death that put a big question mark on a party that seemed to be getting by solely on his political capital. But it’s been a year of metamorphosis for the DMK, now led by Karunanidhi’s younger son and chosen heir M.K. Stalin, 66. Since his father, 94, died on 7 August last year, Stalin has injected young blood into [...]

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