Posts tagged ‘Kashmir’

July 1, 2011

Azad Kashmir polls: PPP in the lead, followed by PML-N

Vote count on 31 seats complete.

MUZAFFARABAD: 

The PPP led with 19 seats after vote count ended in 31 constituencies of Azad Kashmir, followed by the PML-N, which secured eight seats in the legislative assembly polls, official results provided by the local Election Commission showed on Thursday.

One of the seats was bagged by an independent candidate.  The vote counting was completed at the district headquarters complexes under strict security.  Even though the PPP emerged as the single largest party in the Azad Kashmir elections, it has decided to follow a policy of reconciliation espoused by President Asif Ali Zardari.

“We will invite all parties to join us as (has already been) suggested by the president,” said PPP leader Barrister Sultan Mehmood.  The first session of the AJK Legislative Assembly is scheduled to take place in the last week of July. The incumbent assembly will complete its tenure on July 23, while notifications for the newly-elected members would be issued after July 9.

Meanwhile, the AJK High Court started the hearing of an application filed against the postponement of elections on two refugee seats in Karachi.

The full bench of the apex court comprised Chief Justice Mustafa Mughal, Justice Muhammad Munir and Justice Tabassum Aftab Alvi, who directed the commission to file a reply “within two hours”. However, the deadline was later extended till Friday morning.(With additional input from APP)

Published in The Express Tribune, July 1st, 2011.

June 30, 2011

Region will remain unstable till Kashmir issue is resolved: Gen Wynne

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee said as long as Kashmir remains unresolved, the region will remain unstable.

ISLAMABAD: The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shameem Wynne said on Wednesday that as long as the Kashmir issue remains unresolved , the subcontinent region will remain unstable.

Wynne was speaking at a convocation ceremony of the National Security and War Course in Islamabad.

He said it is pivotal that India and Pakistan work to find a solution to the Kashmir dispute.

Yesterdat, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed hope that Pakistan will “leave Kashmir alone”, as it has its own share of internal problems to deal with.

In a meeting with editors of a select five Indian newspapers, he claimed that Pakistan had not done much against terrorism and needs to do more.

Singh said India is not a big player in Pakistan – but whatever its role-engagement is a commitment to our shared geography.

Today, General Wynne also added that Pakistan’s armed forces have taken up the challenge to combat terrorism.

June 30, 2011

Leave Kashmir alone and focus on internal problems: Manmohan tells Pakistan

Indian premier hoped for Pakistan to leave the Kashmir (issue) alone and expressed concerns about the Haqqani network in Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed hope that Pakistan will “leave Kashmir alone”, as it has its own share of internal problems to deal with, in an interview on Wednesday.

In a meeting with editors of a select five Indian newspapers on Wednesday, he claimed that Pakistan had not done much against terrorism and needs to do more.

Singh said India is not a big player in Pakistan – but whatever its role-engagement is a commitment to our shared geography.

Responding to a question about trade with Afghanistan through Pakistan – he said Pakistan is not ready, adding that Afghanistan is quite keen for trade with India – but they also have to reckon with Pakistan’s capacity to protect their enterprises since the situation on the ground is not that good.

On a question, regarding the Taliban, Singh said that the reconciliation talks should be Afghan-led and that one cannot carry the good-bad Taliban distinction much too far, adding that the Haqqani group on the other hand was a much more determined group-perhaps not in league with the Pakistani establishment, but expressed concern about it.

June 30, 2011

Leave Kashmir alone and focus on internal problems: Manmohan tells Pakistan

Indian premier hoped for Pakistan to leave the Kashmir (issue) alone and expressed concerns about the Haqqani network in Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed hope that Pakistan will “leave Kashmir alone”, as it has its own share of internal problems to deal with, in an interview on Wednesday.

In a meeting with editors of a select five Indian newspapers on Wednesday, he claimed that Pakistan had not done much against terrorism and needs to do more.

Singh said India is not a big player in Pakistan – but whatever its role-engagement is a commitment to our shared geography.

Responding to a question about trade with Afghanistan through Pakistan – he said Pakistan is not ready, adding that Afghanistan is quite keen for trade with India – but they also have to reckon with Pakistan’s capacity to protect their enterprises since the situation on the ground is not that good.

On a question, regarding the Taliban, Singh said that the reconciliation talks should be Afghan-led and that one cannot carry the good-bad Taliban distinction much too far, adding that the Haqqani group on the other hand was a much more determined group-perhaps not in league with the Pakistani establishment, but expressed concern about it.

June 30, 2011

OMCs’ licences: Suspension in Azad Kashmir, northern areas only, says OGRA

The six companies have 1,100 petrol pumps across the country.

ISLAMABAD: 

The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) has suspended licences of Oil Marketing Companies only for Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Northern Areas, an official clarified on Wendesday.


The authority on Tuesday had suspended licences of six oil marketing companies for not maintaining required stocks at their oil depots in various parts of the country.


The official said these companies will not supply stocks to petrol pumps in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Northern Areas of the country following the suspension.


The official hoped the suspension of the licences will not create a fuel shortage. There are 13 oil marketing companies operating across the country.


The six companies include Byco Petroleum Pakistan, Admore Gas, Hascol Petroleum, Askari Oil Services, Overseas Traders Private and Bakri Trading Company Pakistan.


The companies, having 1,100 petrol pumps across the country, were violating the licence by not retaining fuel stocks for at least 20 days. OGRA had issued show cause notices to these companies and asked them to strictly implement the licenses’ terms and condition but they paid no heed and fuel shortage continued to prevail.


Byco continues operations


Byco Petroleum has not received any official suspension notice so far and continues business activities, according to a notice sent to the Karachi Stock Exchange on Wedensday.


“We have 78 days of petrol and 49 days of high speed diesel in our storage,” said the oil marketing company’s CEO Amir Abbassciy in the notice.


The company plans on setting up new storage facilities in MehmoodKot, Machike and Shikarpur.