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Youm-e–Istehsal observed in several world capitals

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ISLAMABAD:

To condemn India’s illegal and unilateral steps in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), the international community and Pakistan’s diplomatic missions abroad expressed solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiris.

Special events and rallies were held in various countries to raise voices against the India’s unilateral actions of August 5, 2019 and afterwards that demonstrated sheer disregard for international law, views of the international community, and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

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The participants highlighted the Indian state-terrorism against the Kashmiris through numerous reports and video evidence recorded presented by credible human rights and humanitarian organisations as well as the international media.

A protest camp was held in front of the European External Action Service organised by the Kashmir Council European Union against Indian atrocities in IIOJK. The protestors called upon the international community to urge India to end its gross and widespread human rights violations in IIOJK.

The protesters demanded immediate reversal of India’s unilateral and illegal actions of August 5, 2019, repeal of draconian laws, and implementation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir.

The Embassy of Pakistan in Berlin organised a webinar to mark Youm-e–Istehsal. A large number of people from the Pakistani diaspora, Kashmiris, local Germans, students, civil society members, academicians and journalists attended the event.

UK Lord Wajid Khan told the webinar that Kashmiris were facing genocide and the Indian military was involved in grave human rights violations. The international community must not ignore the plight of the Kashmiris in lieu of their economic interests.

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“We must continue to raise our voices until the peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” Lord Wajid said.

The German panellists, including Prof Hans Dube, an expert on South Asia and Afghanistan affairs, Volker Tschapke, Honorary President of the Prussian Society and journalist Ewald Konig, asked the international community to be more sensitive towards ensuring the fundamental rights of the people of IIOJK and play an active role in the swift resolution of this longstanding dispute.

The Pakistan Embassy in Moscow also held a ceremony to commemorate Youm-e-Istehsal to pay tribute to the indigenous freedom struggle of the Kashmiri people and to denounce the illegal and unilateral acts of India.

Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Russia Shafqat Ali Khan termed the Indian atrocities and illegal and unilateral act of 5th August 2019 as the last futile efforts to suppress the indigenous freedom struggle by the Kashmiri people.

In his address, prominent Moscow-based Kashmiri Ishteaq Ahmed Hamdani called for joint efforts from the forum of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

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A virtual event was also held in Bangladesh to express solidarity with the oppressed people of the IIOJK and pay tribute to the extraordinary services of the Hurriyat Leader, late Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Pakistan’s high commissioner to Bangladesh, in his remarks, reiterated the message of the Pakistani leadership and conveyed steadfast political, moral and diplomatic support of Pakistan for the Kashmiri people.



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Jirga formed to talk to Mir Ali protesters

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MIRANSHAH:

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday formed a jirga to hold talks with the demonstrators in Mir Ali area protesting for the last four weeks against the killing of members of Dawar and Wazir tribes, after his meeting with National Democratic Movement chief MNA Moshin Dawar, who informed the premier about the gravity of the situation as well as the overall scenario in his constituency of North Waziristan.

The 16-member jirga, announced by Defence Minister Khawaja, would comprise officials from the multi-party alliance, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM). The jirga would be headed by Leader of the Opposition in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Akram Khan Durrani.

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A declaration issued under the signature of defence minister read that leading members of all political parties (except the PTI) would hold a discussion for peace with the elders of North Waziristan. First, the members of the jirga would hold an important meeting at Durrani’s residence in Bannu on August 12 at 10am, after which they will go to Mir Ali in North Waziristan to meet the participants of the sit-in and find a permanent and lasting solution to their problems.

It added that members of all political parties and various organisations at the provincial level would also participate in the jirga so that a proper and long-term solution to the demands of the people and elders of North Waziristan could be found.

For this purpose, the names of prominent leaders of political parties including Akram Khan Durrani and Maulana Attaur Rahman of the JUI-F; Amir Maqam and Murtaza Javed Abbasi of the PML-N, Aimal Wali Kkhanof the ANP; Najamuddin Khan and Faisal Karim Kundi of the PPP; Sikandar Khan Sherpao of the Qaumi Watan Party; Abdullah Nangyal of the NDM; Advocate Haider Khan of PkMAP; Mukhtiar Bacha of the National Party ( Bizenjo Group); Fayaz Khan of the JUI-Pakistan Noorani Group); Dr Zakir Shah of the Ahle Hadees Sajid Mir Group; Maulana Ataul Haque Darwish of the JUI-Pakistan; and Senator Mushtaq Ahmad Khan and Professor Muhammad Ibrahim Khan of the Jamaat-e-Islami are included.

However, no reaction has come from Atmanzai tribes in this regard because mobile signal and internet have been suspended in the area since a day earlier.

It may be recalled that for the past four weeks, the Atmanzai tribes have started a protest in the area for peace and against targeted killings, in which all the connecting roads and markets have been closed, due to which life has practically been paralysed.

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Pakistan Navy saves nine crew members of Indian sunken ship

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KARACHI:

The Pakistan Navy on Wednesday saved nine crew members of an Indian vessel after it drowned in the Arabian Sea near Gwadar, according to a statement issued by the Director-General Public Relations (Navy) on Thursday.

The ship ‘Jamna Sagar’ sunk with 10 crew members aboard on Tuesday (August 9), the navy spokesperson said in the statement.

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“The navy immediately responded to the distress call and the Pakistan Maritime Information Centre requested a nearby merchant ship ‘MT KRUIBEKE’ to provide necessary assistance to the stranded crew of the drowning sailing vessel,” the spokesman added.

Also read: Chinese man rescued at sea fell off merchant ship

“The merchant ship eventually recovered nine crew members and continued voyage to its next port Dubai and onward disembarked the crew.”

The statement added that one Pakistan Navy ship, along with two helicopters, reached the area and located the dead body of one crew member who had gone missing when the vessel drowned.

His body was recovered and handed over to the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) authorities for further proceedings, it added.

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Chinese man rescued at sea fell off merchant ship

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KARACHI:

A Chinese seafarer, Zuo Xiang Wei, rescued on Wednesday had fallen off a Chinese merchant ship near the Karachi port, the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) said on Thursday.

According to a PMSA spokesperson, Zuo Xiang Wei, was sighted by local fishermen swiming near Phitti Creek.

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Al Madina launch captain Abdullah and his team of fishermen were out for a catch from the Ibrahim Hyderi Jetty when they found a Chinese citizen swimming near Bundal Island. According to the Fisherfolk Forum spokesperson Kamal Shah, Abdullah directed the vessel towards the Chinese national and hauled him aboard.

The launch crew then sent a distress call to the PMSA base Sadaqat, which responded in time.

AS per PSMA the Chinese sailor was safely recovered in coordination with a local fishermen. Initially, first aid was given to him at the PMSA base at Ibrahim Hydri. Later he was transferred to the PMSA headquarters for a detailed medical checkup.

Also read: Two siblings drown in Pindigheb pond

It was later confirmed that Zuo Xiang Wei had fallen off a merchant vessel, identified as Xin Shang Hai (IMO 9307231) of the Cosco Shipping on August 10, 2022 in near approaches to Karachi harbour.

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The coordinated efforts of Pakistani fishermen and PMSA ensured the rescue of the Chinese national which was highly appreciated by the Consulate General of China in Karachi.

According to the spokesperson, timely response by its assets is a clear manifestation of the PMSA resolve that it remains committed to safety of lives at sea.



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