Kashmir – Ariana News https://ariananews.af Bringing Afghan News to the World Wed, 15 Jan 2020 06:01:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 Kashmir Avalanches Kill Dozens, Destroy Villages https://ariananews.af/kashmir-avalanches-kill-dozens-destroy-villages/ Wed, 15 Jan 2020 06:01:38 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=374740 At least 69 people died after avalanches hit the Pakistani and Indian administered Kashmir during the last 24 hours, Reuters reported.

According to the report, at least 59 people were killed and many more were missing after avalanches in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir over the last 24 hours, senior government officials said, Tuesday.

In the Indian administered Kashmir too, at least 10 people were killed after several avalanches hit the northern part of Kashmir.

Two Pakistani officials said many villagers were still stranded by the avalanches in the Neelum Valley following heavy rain and landslides. Many people were reported missing and feared dead as rescue efforts got underway, an official told Reuters.

Rescuers had managed to extract more than 50 people from the snow and airlifted them out of the area for treatment. Authorities also scrambled to provide relief to local people with another spell of heavy snow expected on Friday.

At least 53 houses have been completely destroyed by avalanches in the Pakistani administered region known as Azad Jammu and Kashmir abbreviated as AJK, officials said.

“I have asked the National Disaster Management Authority, the military, and all our federal ministers to immediately provide all humanitarian assistance on an emergency footing to the affected people in AJK,” Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted.

A senior Indian police official said five soldiers were among the 10 killed near the border between India and Pakistan.

The area is one of the world’s most militarily tense frontiers, where the neighboring armies have confronted each other over disputed territory for decades. Kashmir has been divided between Indian and Pakistan since their independence in 1947.

In 2012, an avalanche engulfed a Pakistani army battalion headquarters near the Indian border, killing at least 124 soldiers and 11 civilians.

Meanwhile in western Pakistan, heavy snowfall in southwestern Balochistan destroyed several houses in the mountainous region, killing 17 people.

The disaster management authority declared an emergency in seven districts of the mineral-rich province and sought the army’s help for relief and rescue operations.

Key highways connecting Pakistan and Afghanistan were blocked due to heavy snow, forcing officials to suspend transportation of essential goods into Afghanistan.

In addition, severe cold and heavy snow led to the death of 39 people in six provinces of Afghanistan in the past two weeks said Tamim Azimi, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s Natural Disaster Management Authority in Kabul.

“We are distributing emergency assistance, including cash to the affected families,” said Azimi, adding that heavy rain and snow have hampered the rescuers.

26 Killed As Earthquake Hits Pakistan’s Kashmir https://ariananews.af/26-killed-as-earthquake-hits-pakistans-kashmir/ Wed, 25 Sep 2019 05:42:13 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=335238 A powerful earthquake rocked several parts of Pakistan on Tuesday, leaving at least 26 people dead, and more than 300 others wounded.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers with its epicenter lying 1km southeast of Mirpur, Pakistan-administrated Jammu and Kashmir.

Tremors were also felt in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Murree, Jhelum, Charsadda, Swat, Khyber, Abbottabad, Bajaur, Nowshera, Mansehra, Battagram, Torghar and Kohistan.

Deputy Commissioner of Pakistan administered-Kashmir, Raja Qaiser told reporters that emergency has been imposed in hospitals. 

He further said that the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) have been directed to carry out rescue operations and gather data on the damaged done. 

Meanwhile, Pakistani Army Chief ordered army personnel to participate in the rescue activities.

The country was also hit by a magnitude-7.6 quake on October 8, 2005, that killed more than 73,000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless, mainly in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Pakistan’s Envoy to U.S. Says Kashmir Crisis Could Affect Afghan Peace https://ariananews.af/pakistans-envoy-to-u-s-says-kashmir-crisis-could-affect-afghan-peace/ Tue, 13 Aug 2019 09:29:47 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=328047

Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Asad Majeed Khan has said on Monday that his country might redeploy troops from the Afghanistan border to the Kashmir frontier, a shift that could complicate American peace talks with the Taliban, the New York Times reported.

In an interview with the New York Times editorial board, Khan emphasized 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 U.S. talks with the Taliban would succeed and that his country was actively supporting them.

“We are doing all that we can and will continue,” Mr. Khan has told the New York Times. “It’s not an either-or situation.”

Such a possibility, coming just as Pakistan’s longstanding Kashmir crisis with India has escalated, could add a new element to the peace negotiations, which are said to be in the final stages and would end the long-term conflict in the war-weary country.

Pakistan’s Efforts Made U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks Possible: Envoy https://ariananews.af/pakistans-efforts-made-u-s-taliban-peace-talks-possible-envoy/ Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:08:30 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=298713 Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan said on Tuesday said that his country has paved the way for peace talks between the United States and the Afghan Taliban, insisting that these talks have been “substantial and constructive”.

 Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Zahid Nasrullah said Pakistan has played a key role in the ongoing U.S.-Taliban peace talks.  He stressed that the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is aware of Pakistan’s efforts in this regard.

“You can ask Mr. Khalilzad what are the consequences of our efforts. It is due to our efforts that the U.S. and the Taliban are talking. It is due to our efforts that these talks have been substantial and constructive,” Nasrullah said.

The Pakistani envoy also warned that peace talks between the U.S. and Afghan Taliban would be affected if India resorted to violence against Pakistan in response to a recent deadly bombing in the Kashmir region. 

“…the Prime Minister of Pakistan also categorically stated that if there is any military action by India, Pakistan will not wait but retaliate. He has made it clear that this issue of Kashmir must be resolved through peaceful dialogue as that of Afghanistan,” Nasrullah said.  

His remarks come as tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors has risen sharply over the killing in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday of 40 Indian paramilitary police in a suicide bomb attack claimed by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group.

The U.S. and the Taliban representatives are due to meet in Qatar on February 25 in the next round of talks to end the 17 years of war in Afghanistan.

Pakistan Reiterates Support to Kashmir People on Solidarity Day https://ariananews.af/pakistan-reiterates-support-to-kashmir-people-on-solidarity-day/ Wed, 06 Feb 2019 09:25:12 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=296644

Pakistan observed ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ on Tuesday (February 5) as the country’s President Arif Alvi reiterated his support to the people of Kashmir in their struggle for the right of self-determination.

Pakistan president in a message said that the February 5, is an opportunity to pay tribute to the unparalleled commitment of the Kashmiris for the attainment of the legitimate right to self-determination.

“We reassure our Kashmiri brothers and sisters that we will remain consistent in our principled position on Kashmir. The entire Pakistani nation stands with its Kashmiri brethren in their valiant struggle to achieve the legitimate right to self-determination,” Alvi said.

Pakistan’s President also urged the Indian government to uphold the rights of the Kashmiri people.

Every year on February 05, Pakistan celebrates the day as “Kashmir Solidarity Day” when they organize protest rallies against the alleged human rights violation in Kashmir.

It comes as the tensions between Pakistan and India have intensified on Kashmir. Pakistan is pushing India to implement the United Nations resolutions on the decades-old dispute between the nuclear-armed neighbors.