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  1. Devil Soul

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    'Pakistan may redeploy troops from Afghan border to Kashmir'
    By APP
    Published: August 13, 2019
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    PM Imran Khan with COAS General Bajwa. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

    NEW YORK: Warning that the Kashmir crisis could get worse, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Asad Majeed Khan has raised the possibility that Islamabad might redeploy troops from the Afghanistan border to the Kashmir frontier, a shift that could complicate American peace talks with the Taliban, now said to be in the final stages.

    In an interview with The New York Times editorial board on Monday, Khan emphasised that the Kashmir and Afghanistan issues were separate and that he was not attempting to link them.

    On the contrary, he said, Pakistan hoped the American talks with the Taliban would succeed and that his country was actively supporting them.



    “We are doing all that we can and will continue to do so,” Ambassador Khan said. “It’s not an either-or situation.”

    Nonetheless, the Pakistani envoy said that India’s crackdown on occupied Kashmir as it annexed the disputed state “could not have come at a worse time for us.”

    In this regard, NYT explained that Pakistan has sought to strengthen military control along the western border with Afghanistan, an area long infiltrated by Taliban militants, as part of the effort to help end the Afghanistan conflict by denying the group a safe haven.

    “We have our hands full on the western border,” Ambassador Khan said, adding, “If the situation escalates on the eastern border, we will have to undertake redeployments.”

    “Right now in Islamabad, we are not thinking about anything but what is happening on our eastern border.”

    Pakistan condemns India’s clampdown in IOK to block Eid congregations

    About the reaction in India to New Delhi’s illegal IoK move, Khan said, “Pakistan as a punching bag sells in India.”

    There has been little communication between the two countries over the past week, the ambassador said, and the crisis “unfortunately, I suspect, is going to get worse.”

    But he declined to specify what such a worsening would look like.

    “We are two big countries, with very large militaries, with nuclear capability and a history of conflict, so I would not like to burden your imagination on that one,” he said. “But obviously if things get worse, things get worse.”

    ‘Slap in the face for US’

    In an article published in The Washington Post on Tuesday, Ambassador Khan said India’s revocation of Kashmir’s special status is a slap in the face of a renewed American commitment to solve the Kashmir dispute.

    Referring to President Donald Trump’s recent offers to mediate the Indo-Pakistan dispute, the ambassador said India’s unilateral action in Kashmir makes “plain to the world the depth of India’s arrogant indifference to the region’s peace and stability.”

    “In the past, diplomatic support from our allies helped lower tensions. This is why it is more urgent than ever for the United States to do what it can to prevent India from precipitating another crisis,” wrote Ambassador Khan.

    “A long and painstaking US-led reconciliation effort, which has been supported by Pakistan, has brought peace within our grasp in Afghanistan.”

    The Pakistani envoy further wrote, “The time is now for the United States to make good on Trump’s offer of mediation – not for Pakistan’s sake or for India’s sake, but for the sake of the only people who have not been heard since India gagged them a week ago: the people of Kashmir themselves …”

    “The territorial dispute of Jammu and Kashmir – one of the oldest on the United Nations’ agenda – is the legacy of the end, in 1947, of British rule in the Indian subcontinent. The people of Kashmir have now been waiting for 72 years to exercise their right to decide their future, which was promised to them, repeatedly, by India.”

    Khan wrote that Narendra Modi’s government’s decision to scrap Article 370 “shows that India is no longer willing to pay even lip service to its international obligations.”

    “It is the logical culmination of the reign of terror unleashed by India on Kashmiris that began in 1947 and continues to this day, but which has assumed an even more virulent form since 2016.”

    “It is the people of Kashmir who are suffering while leaders and supporters of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party have cheered as their government has shut down internet services, electricity and telephone lines in Kashmir, and arrested hundreds of Kashmiri leaders.”

    He said August 5 “sounded the final death knell for India’s increasingly tenuous claims to be a secular democracy.”

    “In fact, the right-wing BJP’s project to remake India (not just occupied Kashmir) is neither secular nor democratic. Instead, the BJP envisions a future in which India’s long-suffering Muslims, Christians, lower-caste Hindus and other religious minorities and tribes are formally relegated to the status of unpersons.”

    Khan also addressed New Delhi’s claims against Islamabad and said “India will [this time] not be able to trot out the familiar boogeymen of ‘cross-border terrorism’ and ‘Pakistan’ to draw attention away from the ugly reality of its occupation and oppression in Kashmir.”

    The ambassador criticised the BJP’s “rash and irresponsible actions” which he said “have also put South Asia on the brink of conflict for the second time in less than six months.”

    “Prime Minister [Imran] Khan, who has made repeated offers of dialogue to India since assuming office last year, recently warned the international community of catastrophic consequences should India’s latest act of recklessness lead to conflict. This, he stressed, is the reality of any conflict between the two countries that are armed with the weapons that both India and Pakistan possess.”
     
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    And people say we have no cards to play. US will have to make a call how desperately it want the Afghan crisis to be resolved versus how far it is going to allow the Kashmir genocide to continue by this rogue nation who hides behind the cover of World's largest democracy.
    This is also the first time any government has taken India head on diplomatically. Previously neither the governments of Zardari and nawaz use to take a stand and nobody was willing to listen to us either. Military solution is already on the table as cleared by the COAS that we will go to any extent to safe guard Kashmir. That should be clear for anyone having doubts about the intentions of this government or the army. While the government is fighting the war on diplomatic front and used strong language which i havent seen in the past after Bhutto (The real bhutto) and army stands ready to fight on the military front. Things will be cleared after the UNSC. Whatever happens after that, the P5 would be responsible, the blood would be on their hands since US,UK, France fail to confront and acknowledge that their new GF is nothing but a whore who chooses a mass murderer and a terrorist as their leader. I wonder how would the world react if Pakistanis one chose Hafiz Saeed as their leader. The double standards and hypocrisy of the West as pointed out by PM Khan is astounding.
     
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  3. Goenitz

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    This time it will hurt us not US in Afghanistan, until we fence it properly.
     
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    I think it is better we ask afghan taliban to control and provide security at our western border and move our troops towards indian border but we should take military action against india otherwise redeployment for stalemate has not much benefit for us
     
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    this is a blunder and will hurt only us, TTP, HuA, JuA, ISKP, PTM all are waiting for this move so that they can reverse all the gains in earstwhile FATA and KPK itself. they ll roll int our settled areas and terror attacks will increase.
    Afghanistan is a hostile country and we need permanet presence of troops on that border.
    the only remedy for this is increasing our numbers.
     
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    Lol.. Then be ready for unlimited suicide in Pakistan again.... US will be happy after this decision of pak
     
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    Trump has no control over America deep state. They are the ones putting spanners in the works, not in million years India can take any unilateral action without the blessing of yanks. Back Afghan Taliban with help of China and Russia, let them steam roll any opposition in Afghanistan so we don't have to face any worry from western borders.
     
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    So u think all those suicide bombings were a result of lack of army on western front and its redeployment will start it again? How naive...
     
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    Ofcourse yes.. All the past suicide bombing inside Pakistan were carried out by TTP ghoons, who are still hiding near PAk afghn border area...
     
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    hope its not true
     
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    offcourse it was, earstwhile FATA and many district were practically under occupation of TTP from 2007 to 2009, that includes complete FATA, Malakand division and many other districts. we had to literraly liberate these areas from TTP, starting our fight from Bajaur in 2008.
    it is a hard earned peace and enemy is waiting just across the border to roll it back.
     
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    Press TV discloses that Pakistan is moving its hardware near Indian borders. This raises possibilities of Pakistan/Indian war.

    ‘Pakistan moves military hardware, aircraft to India border’
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    Pakistan has reportedly begun moving military hardware to forward bases near the Indian border, raising concerns about a potential military confrontation with India over the disputed Kashmir region.

    “Three C-130 transport aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force were used on Saturday to ferry equipment to their Skardu air base opposite the Union Territory of Ladakh,” New Delhi-based Asian News International (ANI) reported, quoting Indian “government sources.”

    “The Indian agencies concerned are keeping a close eye on the movement of Pakistanis along the border areas,” the source further said.

    The report said that Pakistan was also “most likely” to deploy “JF-17 fighter planes” to the Skardu air base.

    The sources proclaimed that the Pakistan Air Force was planning to carry out military drills, speculating that the movement of the aircraft to the Skardu air base could be in preparation for those exercises.

    Kashmir has been tense since the Indian government decided earlier in August to scrap the autonomy of the part of the region under its control. Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since their partition in 1947. They have fought three wars over the region. And until now, it has generally maintained its disputed status.

    Islamabad has reacted furiously to the decision by New Delhi to overturn that status.

    On Sunday, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan likened the Indian government to Nazi Germany, saying Hindu-majority India was planning “genocide” against the Muslim-majority population of Kashmir.

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    HRW censures India’s repressive measures in Kashmir

    Meanwhile, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a news release on Monday, expressing major concerns about New Delhi’s repressive measures against the residents of Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the decision to revoke its autonomy.

    “There are reports of worried families unable to contact loved ones, and a lack of proper access to medical services,” read the press release issued by HRW South Asia Director Meenakshi Ganguly.

    “Some journalists have described mass protests which security forces quashed with tear gas and shotgun pellets, something the government denies. There are unconfirmed reports of numerous ongoing arrests, including of activists.”

    The statement was released a day after Indian authorities re-imposed more restrictions on parts of Kashmir ahead of the Muslim Eid-al-Adha festivities.

    India had already imposed a curfew and cut internet and telephone lines in Kashmir.

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    India locked down the Muslim-majority region last week. Numerous police and army roadblocks stopped movement by many residents.

    The HRW statement said that while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had conceded that Kashmiris were suffering due to the extraordinary restrictions imposed on them, he continued to insist that such measures were “in the country’s best interests.”

    “Instead of continuing repressive restrictions, Indian authorities should ensure justice and accountability for human rights abuses, repeal abusive laws like the Public Safety Act or the Armed Forces Special Powers Act which gives government forces immunity from prosecution, end aggressive treatment of Kashmiris at checkpoints and during search operations, and work towards the safe return of all the displaced,” it said.
     
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    its just precaution
     
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    I think we’re forgetting the fact that a large part of the border is now fenced and secondly that border duties do not fall on the army. They fall on the FC. in large parts of KPK and Baluchistan. FC is taking over border control, like rangers on this side, since things are calmer now and because the FC is much more modern and powerful than what it used to be. They have tanks, SFs, helicopters, same equipment and training as the army and now a fenced border with trenches, forts and bunkers. They’ve proved what they can do in the WoT. This is a completely feasible move. I’m sure the same army which has been saying for 15 years that terrorism is a bigger threat than India won’t forget it in one day. But in the end let’s hope it never comes to that.

    My above post speaks for the Baluchistan and KPK part of the Afghan border, the FATA Part would still be a concern. But it got recently merged with KPK aswell. And that decision first perfectly with this precaution. Now the FC KPK can take up border duties for FATA aswell.

    Secondly the army could still stay in the unfenced and more dangerous areas like the Ex-FATA while FC could completely take over the now secured areas. There’s a lot of ways this can be done. There’s no way the army will leave the Afghan border unmanned.
     
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    fence is not going to protect itself its a man made obstacle and can be easily overcomed if not under constant observation or not under cover of automatics. secondly there are huge capacity building issues in paramilitaries in these regions