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Two die after Kalyan Nallah bridge collapses in AJK

MUZAFFARABAD: At least two persons were killed and four injured when the bridge on Kalyan Nallah caved in Barnala area of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Intermittent rain continues in Barnala Azad Kashmir. As the bridge caved in a passenger wagon, a tractor and a motorcycle fell down leaving two persons dead and four others were injured. Dead and injured have been shifted to hospital. Rescue operation with the help of a crane has been completed. On August 7, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had reported…

Caretaker PM discusses security situation with President AJK

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister retired Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk has reaffirmed moral, political and diplomatic support of Pakistan to the people of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir in their legitimate struggle for their right to self-determination. The prime minister was speaking to Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan who called on him in Islamabad on Friday. Stressing upon the need for an immediate end to the state-sponsored reign of terror unleashed in Indian-occupied Kashmir, the prime minister observed…

As climate risks grow, Kashmir boosts emergency plans

MUZAFFARABAD: When major floods hit Azad and Jammu Kashmir in 2016, Jawad Hussain, a worker at the local government disaster agency, had to wait hours to receive updates on what kind of help was needed and where. The delays meant families were left without aid for days, he said, as flooding forced thousands from their homes and left others injured or dead. But Pakistan - one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change – is now trying to boost its ability to respond to disasters, including in the Kashmir…

India must be held accountable for war crimes in Occupied Kashmir: AJK President

ISLAMABAD: President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan on Monday expressed solidarity with the people of India-Occupied Kashmir and said that they will continue their struggle for freedom despite the atrocities of the Indian occupation forces. Addressing a press conference with a British parliamentary delegation in Islamabad, the AJK president said that exactly one year ago on April 9, eight Kashmiris were killed in Budgam District and over 100 were seriously injured adding that that such killings have become a…

Nation to stand by Kashmiri people in right of self-determination struggle: PM

MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said the entire Pakistani nation stands by the Kashmiri people in their decades-old struggle for right to self determination. Addressing the joint session of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) assembly and Kashmir council here, the premier called upon the parliamentarians to forge unity on the issue by keeping all political and personal differences aside. He said Pakistan will continue to extend its moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir.…

Indian unprovoked shelling martyrs one civilian, injures two in AJK: ISPR

RAWALPNDI: A civilian was martyred and two children sustained gunshot wounds when Indian troops resorted to unprovoked shelling on the eve of Kashmir Soldiarity Day in two districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Sunday. According to army’s media wing, Indian security forces targeted civil population along the Line of Control (LoC) in its latest violation of ceasefire accord. “Indian forces opened unprovoked firing in Nezapir and Rawalkot sectors, targeting the civil…

Kashmiris observing Indian Republican Day as ‘Black Day’ today

SRINAGAR: Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and across the world are observing Indian Republican Day on Friday as ‘Black Day’ in a protest against usurping of their right to self -determination. The day will be marked with a complete strike in Occupied Kashmir and anti-India demonstrations and rallies in world capitals, reported Radio Pakistan. The aim of observing Black Day is to  convey a message to international community that India has usurped Kashmiris’ inalienable right to self-determination by…

Kashmiris all around world observing self-determination day today

MUZAFFARABAD/SRINAGAR: People of Kashmir on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) are observing the Right to Self-Determination day on Friday (today) to remind the international community of the United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions on Kashmir adopted on this day (Jan 5) in 1949, acknowledging the Kashmiris’ right of self-determination. Kashmiris all around the world observe this day to draw the world attention towards the territorial dispute besides sensitizing the global community about early resolution of…

Diamonds – the buried treasures of Azad Kashmir

Chitta Katha, AJK: The people of Azad and Jammu Kashmir are sitting on a treasure chest: Millions of rubies, estimated to be worth up to half a billion dollars, are lying beneath them.   But archaic tools and a lack of investment in infrastructure and techniques are hampering efforts to transform the area into a significant player in the gem industry. "We have rubies that are at least as good as the Burmese, but their mining techniques are more sophisticated", says Huma Rizvi, a dealer in precious stones. Pakistani…