Trump asks Imran Khan to reduce tensions with India through dialogue

18 Août, 2019, 14:39 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Information vacuums and uncertainty tend to keep investors at bay and Kashmir is currently under lockdown

In related developments, Pakistan has also downgraded diplomatic relations with India, suspended trade and expelled Indian high commissioners after India divided the region into centrally-controlled "Union Territories". He said that eight people suffered injuries, but they were in stable condition.

There was a deadly exchange of gun and mortar firing between Indian and Pakistani forces Saturday across the militarized Line of Control that divides Kashmir between the archrivals.

Security forces that blanketed the region remain on high alert after hundreds of people took to the streets for an anti-India protest following Friday prayers in Srinagar, the main city in the divided Himalayan region.

Since they were partitioned in 1947, India and Pakistan have fought three wars - in 1948, 1965 and 1971 - two of them over Kashmir, in addition to a three-week long Kargil skirmish in 1999.

The landline connections were also restored in some other parts of the region, PTI said.

Split between China, India and Pakistan, and claimed in full by both India and Pakistan, the region has become an issue so sensitive that the Security Council steered clear of formally talking about it for almost half a century. Tensions spiked earlier this year when the Indian military conducted airstrikes in the region in response to an attack orchestrated by a terrorist group based on the Pakistani side of Kashmir.

Observers said that the Security Council had put the onus of resolving the conflict on India and Pakistan.

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Turkey on Saturday said it welcomes the United Nations Security Council's (UNSC) decision to address the issue of occupied Kashmir in its session.

The foreign minister said in the meeting of the Special Kashmir Committee, representation was given to the opposition parties who participated and gave their valuable input.

The meeting, which will see the participation of several Pakistani institutions, has been called up to discuss the next course of action after this latest setback to Islamabad. Trump reaffirmed the U.S. position that nuclear-armed Pakistan and India should reduce tensions through "bilateral dialogue", said White House spokesman Hogan Gidley.

India's envoy to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, emphasized after the meeting that New Dehli had imposed reasonable restrictions in Kashmir "to stop terrorists bleeding our people", according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi had said that the Security Council's emergency meeting has nullified Indian claims that Kashmir is their internal matter.

Kashmiri Muslims shout pro-freedom slogans at a demonstration after Friday prayers during curfew like restrictions in Srinagar, India. "The Pakistan army's own shabby treatment of journalists, opposition leaders and ethnic movements representing the minority Baluch and Pashtuns, makes it hard for Islamabad to argue that Kashmiris will be better off in Pakistan", wrote Journalist Sadanand Dhume in an article published in the Wall Street Journal. Except China which has a transactional relationship with Pakistan, no country with significant clout has come forward to support Pakistan.

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