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Rahul Gandhi accepts J&K Governor’s invite to visit the valley and asks for freedom to meet Kashmiris



Rahul Gandhi accepts J&K governor invitation to visit the valley and asks for freedom to meet Kashmiris

On Tuesday Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has responded to Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik’s invite to the valley to observe the ground situation.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a reply to the governor he tweeted that “Dear Governor Malik, A delegation of opposition leaders & I will take you up on your gracious invitation to visit J&K and Ladakh. We won’t need an aircraft but please ensure us the freedom to travel & meet the people, mainstream leaders and our soldiers stationed over there,”

Rahul Gandhi response came a day after J&K governor Satya Pal Malik had asked Rahul Gandhi to fly down to the valley and observe the situation himself after the latter claimed that there were instances of violence in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370.

Earlier  Satya Pal Malik had said that “I have invited Rahul Gandhi to come here. I will send you a plane, to observe (the situation) and then speak up. You are a responsible person and you should not speak like this,” 


Gautam Gambhir helps Pakistani child get a visa for heart surgery in India



Former Indian cricketer and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir took to Twitter to welcome a minor girl, Omaima Ali, from Pakistan and her parents after they were granted visas to travel to India for medical purposes following Gambhir’s intervention.

Apparently, Gautam Gambhir had written a letter to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar appraising him of a girl in Pakistan whose parents wanted to bring her to India for heart surgery.

Acting on Gambhir’s letter, S Jaishankar asked the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to issue visas to the girl and her parents so that she could travel to India.

Gautam Gambhir tweeted a photo of the letter that Jaishankar wrote to him informing that the girl and her parents have been given visas in Islamabad.

Besides the photo, Gambhir also accompanied a couplet in Hindi with the photo in his tweet. The couplet read (translated version):

“When a gentle heart approached us from the other side,
our heart set aside all barriers and boundaries;
with her tiny feet, she also brings sweet air for us,
it appears as if a daughter is visiting her home”

In his letter to Gautam Gambhir, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, “I have asked our High Commissioner in Islamabad to issue appropriate visas to Omaima Ali and her parents. With regards.”

This is not the first time that despite strained relations with Pakistan, India has issued visa to people in Pakistan on humanitarian grounds so that they could avail of critical medical facilities in India.

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India slams Pakistan for raising Kashmir issue at UN



India has slammed Pakistan for raising the issue of Jammu and Kashmir at a forum of the UN, saying the country employs “empty rhetoric” to serve its “distorted agenda” and continues to engage in spreading unsubstantiated allegations.

Minister in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Deepak Misra did not name Pakistan but his remarks were in response to a statement by Islamabad’s UN envoy Maleeha Lodhi, who while speaking at a forum last week, had yet again raked up the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

Lodhi had said that the UN’s decolonization agenda will remain incomplete without the resolution of the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and refereed to India’s decision to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

“We have one delegation which has a penchant for deviating from the subject being deliberated upon in this august forum and making unwarranted remarks not pertinent to the agenda on hand,” Misra said on October 16.

“It seeks to employ empty rhetoric to serve its distorted agenda and continues to engage in spreading malevolent and unsubstantiated allegations,” he said.

Misra, addressing the Committee, said that since the creation of the United Nations, more than 80 former colonies have gained their independence and joined the family of the United Nations.

As a result of sustained efforts by the UN membership, today, fewer than two million people live in non-self-governing territories, according to UN documentation.

However, he noted that even as seven decades have gone by, the process of decolonization that began with India’s own independence remains unfinished.

“There still remain 17 non-self-governing territories, which are in various stages of the decolonization process” on the agenda of this Committee. He underscored the need to step up international efforts to conclude this long-drawn process.

“In this interconnected world, India strongly believes that pursuing a pragmatic approach towards decolonization would surely lead to the fulfillment of legitimate wishes of the people of Non-Self Governing Territories. The complex challenges facing the present world can only be met by coordinating our responses in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration,” Misra said.

He added that the international community must strive to enhance cooperation with international agencies and actors and channelize resources for the 17 non-self governing territories that would enable them to build capacities in their just and noble quest towards achieving long-cherished goals.

Pakistan has been unsuccessfully trying to drum up international support against India for its decision to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcate the state into two union territories.

After India’s decision on August 5, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner from the country.

Rejecting Pakistan’s reaction, India has categorically told the international community that its move on Kashmir is an internal matter. India maintains Kashmir is a bilateral issue with Pakistan and no third party has any role in it.

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Pak violates ceasefire along IB in JK’s Kathua



Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire by targeting forward posts and villages with small arms firing along the International Border (IB) in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Saturday.

The firing from across the border in the Manyari-Chorgali area in the Hiranagar sector was unprovoked and started around 7.30 pm on Friday and continued intermittently throughout the night, the officials said.

They said the Border Security Force (BSF) retaliated effectively.

There was no report of any casualty or damage in the Pakistani firing which ended around 4.15 am on Saturday morning, the officials said.

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