Pakistan will go to any lengths for Kashmir: Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor

Pakistan will go to any lengths for Kashmir: Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor

"I want to give this message to Kashmiris that we stand by you and will continue to do so". We are hopeful that both countries will not disappoint us.

Several Indian and Pakistani soldiers have since been killed in skirmishes along the heavily militarized Line of Control. Qureshi had said Tuesday that the diplomatic visit followed direct appeals from Khan.

'He was reportedly injured with a blunt object in a law and order situation where a violent crowd was indulging in stone pelting, ' Jammu and Kashmir director general of police Dilbag Singh said.

Officials said they believed Khan was hit by a stone thrown by protesters, though protesters say he was struck by a teargas canister.

There have been at least two deaths during protests reported earlier by media but authorities denied the reports.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses to the nation on the country's Independence Day from the ramparts of the historical Red Fort in New Delhi, India, Aug. 15, 2019.

Even though India's Kashmir narrative projects the territory's annexation as an internal problem, the decision by the Modi government to nullify its special status is likely to yield consequences that affect the geopolitics of the entire South Asian region and even beyond. India says the change will help Kashmir's development, to the benefit of all.

The communication blackout, including severing of mobile phones and internet connections, has now entered its second month. Hundreds of political leaders and activists, including three former chief ministers, have been detained. The discussions between the visiting dignitaries and Pakistani leadership were focused on the humanitarian crisis in IHK and escalating tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi.

The sources further said that the movement of the Pakistan Army troops has come at a time when it has already activated its terrorist infrastructure and terrorist organisations Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) have started recruiting locals and Afghans in a big way. Islamabad maintains it offers only political and diplomatic support for what it calls an indigenous Kashmiri struggle for freedom from Indian rule.

On Sunday, thousands of Pakistani protesters held an anti-India rally in Karachi for a fourth consecutive week.

While a nuclear war is unlikely to break out in South Asia considering the scale of devastation it could be expected to cause, there is every possibility that Pakistan might once again start supporting Kashmir separatist militant groups who could be expected to swim rather easily in the sea of a receptive Muslim population in a bid to fight Indian hegemonic moves within India.

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